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Xiaomi Mi 5 leaks hint at laser guided AF, IR blaster

Xiaomi Mi 5 leaks hint at laser guided AF, IR blaster

Althought literally dozens, if not hundreds, of smartphones come out of China every year, few ever reach international distinction, even if not internationally available, as Xiaomi's flagships. The Chinese manufacturer's fatal combination of mid to high range specs and dirt cheap prices produces devices that sell out in just minutes. Every year, Xiaomi gets closer and closer to premium specs, and the upcoming Mi 5 might not disappoint. That said, it is also getting closer and closer to premium pricing, which might turn off a few fans.

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Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

For both iOS and Android, combined, the number one ranking app in the world for the year 2015 was WhatsApp Messenger. After that is Facebook Messenger, Facebook (the basic Facebook app), and Instagram. The next couple of apps on this list of most-downloaded apps in the world for the year 2015 are slightly more difficult to believe: Clean Master, 360 Mobile Security, and Skype. After that you've got YouTube, UC Browser, and Snapchat.

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Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

While this year we might see more and more manufacturers adopt "3D Touch" technology for their touchscreens, Elliptic Labs is trying to push a different way to make more expressive controls for smartphones and tablets. Almost llke a Jedi, Elliptic's ultrasonic gesture recognition system can let users wave or "force push" their way to taking selfies, playing games, or just simply navigating around the smartphone. And best of all, at least for OEMs, they won't need specialized hardware to make it all happen.

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No surprise: Saygus V2 delayed but still coming Q1

No surprise: Saygus V2 delayed but still coming Q1

Saygus, the makers of the almost wonderful smartphone in 2009 that never came to be, is close to once again being the center of ridicule. That Iis, if it can't avoid yet another delivery fail. The Saygus V2, pronounced as "V-squared", announced early last year won't be making it early this year. Or at least not next month. The company announced over at Twitter that it's still on the road for a first quarter launch, though the reasons it gave might not spark that much confidence in the new schedule.

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Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks is once again embracing the digital lifestyle, but this time it is dancing to a slightly different beat, almost literally. This time it won't be about ordering through mobile devices or wirelessly charging said devices. Together with Spotify, the companies will be letting customers discover and experience music in a different way, allowing them to save on Spotify the music that's currently playing in a Starbucks store or access a specially curated Starbucks playlist. Now you won't need to try to guess (or use Shazam) to find out what the catchy new tune's name is.

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Samsung sued in the Netherlands over lack of Android updates

Samsung sued in the Netherlands over lack of Android updates

Samsung is notorious for being one of if not the slowest OEM to push out Android updates, if at all, and some have taken it as a fact of life. The Netherlands' biggest consumer protection agency, however, says it shouldn't have to be and wants the country's courts to enforce that. The Dutch Consumentenbond just filed a lawsuit against the Korean OEM over its poor software update policy which it labels as unfair trade practice that leaves consumers vulnerable to security exploits and hacking attempts.

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Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

In a court case that seems to have been going on since the dawn of time, Apple and Samsung remain at legal war with one another. As a result of that case - the same one we've been talking about for several years - Apple has won an injunction to block the sales of several Samsung phones. Lucky for Samsung, the lot of these phones are... essentially out of rotation. There's almost no possible way you'd be buying these phones in a store today anyway, and if you were, it probably wouldn't be direct from Samsung.

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BlackBerry PRIV coming to T-Mobile – here’s why you want it

BlackBerry PRIV coming to T-Mobile – here’s why you want it

As of Tuesday, January 26, 2016, you'll be able to purchase a BlackBerry PRIV at T-Mobile USA. This device is different from every other device available at T-Mobile at the moment, and not only because it has a slide-out keyboard. This is BlackBerry's first device with Android, rolling with a decent camera and BlackBerry's own suite of unique apps, as well.

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Huawei tipped to launch four P9 smartphones

Huawei tipped to launch four P9 smartphones

Rumors are swirling that Huawei is going to be launching four different smartphones as part of the P9 family of devices. The tip comes from a source claiming to be familiar with the company’s plans. Along with the tip of four devices comes a bit of detail on the devices. One claim is that Huawei will launch a regular P9 and a budget friendly P9lite.

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Huawei’s rumored dual OS laptop may never see the light of day

Huawei’s rumored dual OS laptop may never see the light of day

Perhaps spurred by its recent good fortune in the smartphone market, Huawei is being rumored to be interested in entering the PC space, particularly laptops. But it won't settle for any old school laptop, of course. Those rumors make mention of a hybrid laptop, a.k.a 2-in-1 tablets, as well as of dual booting Windows 10 and Android. The idea is definitely nothing new and we've heard the story, even the promise, a long, long time ago. And chances are, just like those old stories, Huawei's tale might meet the same tragic end.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM10 “smart camera” ditches the phone

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM10 “smart camera” ditches the phone

While many of the high end smartphones these days are getting closer to digital camera quality, some manufacturers like Samsung and Panasonic, are bridging the divide from the other side of the gap. Late 2014, Panasonic revealed the LUMIX DMC-CM1, a savvy looking compact digital camera that also boasted the same functionality as your Android smartphone. More than a year later, it is unveiling the DMC-CM10, a successor that, from the onset, looks largely unchanged from the previous model. But it differs in one crucial feature. Or misfeature if you want.

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