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Oppo R1 smartphone crosses FCC with LTE support

Oppo R1 smartphone crosses FCC with LTE support

It's only been a few days now since we talked about the Oppo Find 7a smartphone that was up for pre-order. That phone came with an extra battery, memory card, and a case for those who pre-ordered. That Find 7a smartphone wasn't exactly a bargain considering that you can buy a lot of devices in that $499 price range. If you like the Oppo style, but the Find 7a doesn't float your boat, another smartphone from the company has crossed the FCC.

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Wearables market booming: ease of use leads the way

Wearables market booming: ease of use leads the way

In the oncoming war of the wearable device, it’s usability, not their power or aesthetics, that will drive the market. While Samsung releases three new smartwatch devices this season with full-functioning operating systems and Sony releases a sports band that’s just about as simple as a wearable device can be, it’s clear that we’ll be seeing a full spectrum. But what drives the successful machine? Besides advertising dollars, that is.

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Chromecast gains Aereo: TV streamed to HDMI

Chromecast gains Aereo: TV streamed to HDMI

Google’s Chromecast device caused quite a stir when it was first released, turning the television into a "show me anything" display overnight. With a $35 price tag and integration open to any developer wishing to integrate, this little device is in thousands of homes across the world. Today the team at Aereo have made clear their intent to leverage that group of users.

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Google will sell you Glass on April 15th

Google will sell you Glass on April 15th

Google has confirmed plans to throw Google Glass ownership open to general access in the US on Tuesday, April 15th, temporarily doing away with the current invitation requirement. The promotion - which will be for "a limited number of spots" in the Glass Explorer Program, though Google doesn't say exactly how many units it has - will still come with a hefty price, however: $1,500 with tax.

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Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google is updating Android to continuously check phones and tablets for rogue apps, picking out those with malware behavior even if they've managed to squeeze through the initial verification. The new feature, which builds on Android's existing "Verify apps" system that sifts through software at the point of installation to flag up any concerns, will add real-time and ongoing checks.

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Galaxy S5 Teardown reveals display-level barrier

Galaxy S5 Teardown reveals display-level barrier

It’s not the water and dust resistance that’s holding back the repairability of the Samsung Galaxy S5, that’s for certain. Instead it would appear that this device has Samsung seeking to fuse its components together, so to speak, with access given to the battery - very user friendly - otherwise keeping everything under lock and key. This device is far less repairable than its predecessor.

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Google Ara phone details dropped in OEM documents

Google Ara phone details dropped in OEM documents

It’s time to get another glimpse of what the first modular smartphone from Google is set to look like right out the gate. This device will be coming in three sizes - Mini, Medium, and Large, and will be offered in as many configurations as hardware manufacturers can offer. As new parts are made, combinations multiply exponentially.

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