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Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney is doing a lot more than 3D-printing fabric. Disney Research Labs have created smartphone accessories called "acoustruments" that can control your smartphone by playing the instrument-like accessories. These little ultrasonic instruments attach to the base of a smartphone and the manipulations of sound can be interpreted like toggles and switches for the smartphone, like pressing a camera shutter in the above photo. The idea is based on the principles of wind instruments like slide whistles and The Legend of Zelda's ocarina.

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ZTE Spro 2 Android smart projector arrives in US at AT&T

ZTE Spro 2 Android smart projector arrives in US at AT&T

During CES 2015, ZTE introduced a smart projector running Android called the Spro 2, and it is now arriving to buyers in the United States via AT&T. The device is a 2-in-1 projector that includes hotspot features and the ability to connect to a WiFi network, as well as an Android touchscreen built into the device. There are HDMI ports, as well, for connecting devices, but it can be used completely independently of a laptop or such by accessing content through the Android interface and streaming it over Wi-Fi or a 4G LTE network.

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90s Oldsmobile almost had a car with an embedded NES

90s Oldsmobile almost had a car with an embedded NES

There is an old phrase that goes something like "boys and their toys", and what would better qualify as "toys" than games and cars. Back in the 90s, those games would be from the consoles of that generation, particular the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES, also known as the Family Computer or Famicom in some regions. Around that time as well, a now defunct car maker almost put out a car that would have been a gamer's game come true, one that had the gaming console built right into it.

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Verizon: Fear lazy IT staff not smartphone security

Verizon: Fear lazy IT staff not smartphone security

Many of the companies and organizations you trust your personal data to are storing it on unpatched and unprotected servers, Verizon has concluded, with carelessness a key contributor to data breaches. In fact, laziness in applying long-released security patches remains a primary weakness, the company's 2015 report discovered. However while mobile security has become a key talking point by Apple, Google, and others, each pitching their platform as the safest for users, the stats suggest the risk there is "negligible," in fact.

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Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone debuts

Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone debuts

Microsoft has rolled out a new Lumia smartphone that is aiming at shoppers on a budget who need to have a device capable of handling dual SIM cards. The smartphone is called the Lumia 540 Dual SIM and carries a price of under $150. Microsoft says that the device will make a good option for buyers looking for their first smartphone.

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US carriers are stripping down the Galaxy S6 even further

US carriers are stripping down the Galaxy S6 even further

Samsung's phones are notorious for the amount of bloatware they come with, exacerbated by carriers' own bloatware on top. For this round, however, Samsung was noted to have put the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on a software diet. Well, as much as it can concede. It still has some, of course, but not exactly as bad as before. US carriers seem to also be getting into the rhythm. It's not exactly surprising to hear that carriers are modifying their versions of the Galaxy S6, but some of the changes are rather puzzling at times.

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Sprint to hand deliver smartphones to some customers

Sprint to hand deliver smartphones to some customers

Competition in the smartphone world is very stiff. Major carriers are constantly offering to pay termination fees and give away free or cut priced smartphones to lure in new customers. Carrier Sprint is one of the hardest hit in the industry with customers leaving in droves. In an effort to stem the subscriber losses, Sprint has outlined a new plan that sounds very expensive.

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‘Ride’ new carpooling app hits iTunes today

‘Ride’ new carpooling app hits iTunes today

Carpools aren't just for soccer moms anymore. The latest ridesharing service, Ride allows those with a long commute, more than 30 minutes, to participate in efficiently arranged van pools. It has an app and mobile interface, like Uber, but its similarities end there. Ride drivers are all volunteers instead of paid contractors. The service hope to save you time and money. Instead of paying for tolls, parking, and wear and tear on your vehicle, Ride supplies a regularly maintained van to transport people who live or work in the same area.

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Mike’s Surprise VR Proposal: Cardboard Cuteness

Mike’s Surprise VR Proposal: Cardboard Cuteness

Mike Rios had a really good idea. It involved a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, a Moto 360 smartwatch, and his then-girlfriend Maggie. He wanted to ask her to marry him, and he wanted to do it in as special - and unexpected - a way as possible. To do this, he needed to transport Maggie to a virtual realm, one where her friends and family - and a mariachi band - were able to help make this marriage proposal with a truly next-level set of plans and execution.

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LG G3 Google Cardboard VR headset Review mini

LG G3 Google Cardboard VR headset Review mini

The first thing I said to myself when I placed the "VR for G3" against my face was "ouch."* This piece of equipment is made of hard plastic, and is the beginning of something much bigger for LG and the Virtual Reality universe. They say so, in fact. "This is just the beginning," they print on a card in the box - "Want to be the first to hear about what's next from LG," they ask, "sign up now" to find out more. Meanwhile we're fairly sure we're a bit early to the game as the URL we're direct to launches a VR for G3 first announcement sort of presentation.

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Carousel ‘Photo School’ may up your mobile photography game

Carousel ‘Photo School’ may up your mobile photography game

The best camera you have is the one you’ve got with you, right? We bet your smartphone is on you most of the time, too, making it crucial for getting pics when you’re in a moment. While hardware and software are a big part of taking good pics, so is skill. If you don’t know how to take great photos, yours won’t be very good, regardless of what photo editor or smartphone you have. To help with that, Carousel is introducing Photo School, a series of blogs meant to encourage better smartphone photography.

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Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

There's no shortage of mobile game pads, and likewise there's an emulator to meet every nostalgic gaming need. Form is as important as function, however, and Hyperkin's latest concept -- the SmartBoy -- is an exciting prospect, one that the maker is teasing plans to actually produce. The SmartBoy is a device that houses one's smartphone, providing Game Boy-like controls with a similar design, while providing compatibility with existing Game Boy cartridges -- meaning you'll be able to play classic games sans ROMs and hassle, and with a pleasantly retro twist.

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