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Optimus Aux renders: size, key tweaks and port changes detailed

Optimus Aux renders: size, key tweaks and port changes detailed

Two Optimus posts in one day almost smacks of Maximus hype, but it's Friday and we do have some slick new renders of the recently-christened Aux.  Optimus have tweaked the design from its initial, Pultius form: gone are the odd gaps between the columns, and an extra USB port has been added to the back.  Optimus originally suggested that the USB could be used to daisy-chain multiple keypads together.

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Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

The relatively short history of the Art Lebedev line of customizable keyboards is a tragic one when you consider how much we've wanted to get our hands on every single one of these OLED screen per-key boards and their subsequent delays, but now we're really getting down to business here in 2012 with not only the Mini Three and the Aux, but the Mini Six and the long-awaited Optimus Popularis as well. The great thing about these boards of keys is that not only are they customizable in their functions, they are each of them their own OLED display*, this allowing you to show yourself whatever you like to tap. While the original Optimux Maximus has been out for some time (2007), we've been waiting for the full expansion for what seems like an eternity.

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Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis and Mini Six keyboards ready for pre-order

Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis and Mini Six keyboards ready for pre-order

We haven't heard much from Art Lebedev's design studio since, well, the update on the Optimus Polaris last summer. But the Russia design company know for its innovative usage of LCDs on high-end keyboards has announced today that they're taking pre-orders for both its Optimus Popularis and Optimus mini six keyboards, the former priced at 31,500P, or approximately $1086 USD, and the latter at 10,900P, or around $376 USD. That's the hefty price you pay for a sleek Art Levedev piece, indeed.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

In the Galaxy Note 3 you'll find the re-solidification of the idea that this device category was both invented by and continues to be piloted by Samsung. You wont find this company resting on its laurels when it comes to adding and refining both software features and hardware bits and pieces. This is easily the finest not-quite-tablet-sized smartphone on the market - but what does that mean in a market with little to no competition?

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Samsung Galaxy Note II (T-Mobile) Review

Samsung Galaxy Note II (T-Mobile) Review

In the Samsung Galaxy Note II we've got an experience like no other - similar to the first Galaxy Note with its massive display and S-Pen action, but here with processing power and software just great enough to carve for itself a unique place in the smart device universe. The T-Mobile version of this device is so very similar to the rest of the carrier editions here in the USA that it's almost foolish to review it more than once - the differences have been sliced down to the apps included inside, Samsung once again flexing their brand power to keep the device near-identical across all carrier borders. This device is to the Galaxy Note line what the Galaxy S III was to the Galaxy S line, continuing very much with Samsung's coming-of-age - very wise indeed.

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LG’s MWC big guns: Seven Android Torrent

LG’s MWC big guns: Seven Android Torrent

Most manufacturers wait until a major show like Mobile World Congress to show off their latest and greatest. HTC is jumping the gun a little with a press conference the day before, likely showing off their new flagship. But LG just couldn't wait to show us a gaggle of its latest and greatest, all officially debuted this week and escorted by smiling models. Just to save you some time in the hubbub next week, here's all the new LG phones we know of - so far.

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Can PRADA Save LG?

Can PRADA Save LG?

LG's first PRADA Phone was legitimately groundbreaking, with its pre-iPhone capacitive touchscreen. The second PRADA handset was a stumbling attempt to cash in on a much-loved fashion label. Now, with the PRADA Phone by LG 3.0, the Korean firm is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Samsung and end 2011 on a high. The signs are surprisingly good: a great display only marred by mediocre resolution, a neatly designed body and no shortage of top-tier features like NFC, speedy HSPA+ and a potent dual-core. Can the third-gen PRADA Phone - and the lessons to be learned from it - lead LG to mobile salvation?

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