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Oppo folding smartphone prototype is a modernized flip phone

Oppo folding smartphone prototype is a modernized flip phone

Back in the '90s before the smartphone craze kicked off and the design that everyone wanted for their mobile phone was the iPhone-style candy bar device, everyone wanted a flip phone. Flip phones were long enough to resemble the normal phones that people were used to in their homes, but compact enough when folded to fit easily into a pocket or a purse. Oppo has a new prototype smartphone that has turned up with a folding design that reminds a bit of those old flip phones.

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Galaxy Tab Iris launches in India with iris-recognition security

Galaxy Tab Iris launches in India with iris-recognition security

Samsung India has announced the launch of a new tablet called the Galaxy Tab Iris that is built around iris-recognition security technology. The tablet is ready for Aadhar authentication using the biometric security processes built in. Samsung India says that the tablet is designed to provide cashless and paperless services to users in banking and for eGovernance services like passport, taxation, healthcare, and education.

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Skylanders Battlecast puts a new spin on “toys to life”

Skylanders Battlecast puts a new spin on “toys to life”

Disney has practically quit the so-called "toys to life" market, a niche practically occupied by Disney's Infinity, Nintendo's Amiibo, and Activition's Skylanders. While Activision isn't throwing in the towel just yet, and Nintendo being its usual quiet self, the game publisher is trying out a new way to bridge digital and physical toys together, sprinkling a dash of augmented reality even. Skylanders Battlecast is a free-to-play card game that tries to combine the best of purely digital card games like Hearthstone with that of physical ones like Magic: The Gathering.

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Huawei sues Samsung in the US over 4G smartphone patents

Huawei sues Samsung in the US over 4G smartphone patents

Samsung is definitely no stranger to patent lawsuits. It has been sued left and right by different parties, ranging from your usual patent trolls to Apple, in its most high-profile patent court battle. Now, however, Samsung is facing an attack from an unexpected new foe. Chinese OEM Huawei has filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the US, alleging that the Korean consumer electronics giant has used several of its patents, mostly relating to the use of 4G technology and software, in its smartphones without paying a license fee.

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LG G5 “Friends” now available in the US, sans B&O Hi-Fi DAC

LG G5 “Friends” now available in the US, sans B&O Hi-Fi DAC

It's been more than a month since the LG G5 officially launched in the US, but it is only today that LG finally released the "Friends" that actually made the LG G5 truly special. After all, the smartphone's modular doesn't really serve any purpose if it doesn't have modules to use. In any case, fans and would be buyers can breathe a sigh of relief now that the CAM Plus, 360 CAM, 360 VR, and TONE Platinum are available for purchase. Sadly, it seems the speculations were spot on, and the Hi-Fi DAC module is indeed missing from the set.

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Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

This week the folks at Google have ended their tenure with the first "Nexus" Android TV product, Nexus Player. They've taken the device down from the Google Store online and retailers - retailers we've seen, anyway - haven't had the device available for quite some time. Now comes the age of the 3rd-party manufactured Android TV products. Wait, you might be saying. Wait - didn't NVIDIA already make an Android TV device? Yes. Yes they did. They made the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, a device that eclipsed any efforts any other manufacturer had or had planned on in the past year.

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Gululu revives that Tamagotchi life in a smart water bottle

Gululu revives that Tamagotchi life in a smart water bottle

There's a virtual pet living inside the water bottle we've been using over the past week. Made for children, they say, and "playful adults", Gululu contains your water and encourages you to drink said water. You'll interact with a digital cartoon pet via two touch-sensitive strips on the bottle's sides while the bottle reports how much water is being consumed to whichever smartphone or tablet it's wirelessly attached to. This water bottle connects to the internet.

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Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Today Twitter updated rules on which bits of your tweet count towards the service's 140-character limit - there are new rules. This isn't like your old Twitter. This is a brand new dawn, a place where up is down and down is counted towards your limit - unless it has an @ symbol in front of it and was tweeted as a reply to another tweet. These rules and a whole lot more can be simple - we've gone ahead and made a list of rules for you.

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Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Why would Apple consider adopting a hardware and software model similar to Google's ChromeOS for an Apple Chromebook? Would that be absolute madness? Or would Apple be smart to make use of the ecosystems of apps it already has in place in new and interesting ways? We've not yet seen Google's newest move with ChromeOS take shape in the wild, it's clear that there's some real interest in adopting - nay, accepting - apps made for Android coming to a desktop environment. Now is the time when Apple should open the path from mobile to laptop.

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Twitter for Android gets automatic Night Mode UI

Twitter for Android gets automatic Night Mode UI

It's a safe bet that nearly everyone with a smartphone has used it while laying in bed at least a few times. And there's at least one app that you open up that's always way too bright. Despite having your brightness turned all the way down, the white background can be painful to look at. This is why some apps have a special "night mode" which gives you a dark background with light text, as opposed to the other way around.

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Google Project Abacus coming by the end of 2016

Google Project Abacus coming by the end of 2016

Last year at Google I/O one of the things that was talked about and sounded pretty cool was Project Abacus. This project is a fancy authentication system that doesn't require the user to enter a password or fingerprint to gain access to apps. Rather than required any scanning or typing, Project Abacus analyzes how the user types, swipes, moves, and talks to allow them access to apps.

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2016 Vizio SmartCast M-Series TVs with Android remote now shipping

2016 Vizio SmartCast M-Series TVs  with Android remote now shipping

Vizio has announced its 2016 line of SmartCast M-Series displays for home theater fans are now shipping. The entire M-Series range features Ultra HD resolution, high dynamic range, and a fancy 6-inch tablet remote control. That remote control runs the Android operating system and has the Vizio SmartCast app integrated.

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