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Samsung spin-off launches a finger-phone strap

Samsung spin-off launches a finger-phone strap

A team of Samsung employees has spun off a company by the name of Innomdle Lab with a device by the name of Sgnl. Sgnl is a watch strap that allows a smartwatch to become a phone - sort of. This device connects physically to a watch - any watch, really - and uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. That smartphone then sends sound to the strap, which sends sound through the user's fingertip directly into their ear.

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Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google has rolled out a new search tool for Android users dubbed "In Apps." Available in the Google app or Google Now, it allows users to search for content or information within the apps installed on the device, including contact info, messages, email, photos, music, and videos. Search results can be filtered to display only items within apps, and unlike before, the search is completely local, so there's no need for an online connection.

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ASUS debuts ZenPad 3S 10 tablet

ASUS debuts ZenPad 3S 10 tablet

The Asus announcements at IFA 2016 continue with the debut of the company's latest flagship tablet, the ZenPad 3S 10. With a simple, clean design, the latest ZenPad features a 9.7-inch touchscreen display (2048 x 1536) and its chassis comes from a single piece of aluminum. It's easy to see a resemblance with the iPad Air 2, but the ZenPad 3S 10 beats Apple's tablet in thickness, measuring just 5.8mm.

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Archos 50 Saphir has a rugged design and a giant 5000 mAh battery

Archos 50 Saphir has a rugged design and a giant 5000 mAh battery

Archos is a maker of affordable smartphones that you can buy unlocked and use on many networks around the world. The company has a new smartphone that it has launched in Europe called the Archos 50 Saphir that is a rugged device designed to help people who are active or work in harsh environments keep in touch without breaking their device constantly. The smartphone is IP68 certified and can survive water at depths up to 1-meter.

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ZTE Warp 7 packs in quad-core processor and 5.5-inch display on a budget

ZTE Warp 7 packs in quad-core processor and 5.5-inch display on a budget

Pre-paid mobile carrier Boost Mobile has a new smartphone that slots into its Warp series for people shopping on a budget to check out. The smartphone is called the ZTE Warp 7 and the smartphone is available to purchase online right now for $99.99. It will be available in stores on September 5 presumably at the same price. This isn't a high-end smartphone, but for the price it does have some nice specifications.

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Pebble Update 4.0 released: details and download

Pebble Update 4.0 released: details and download

Today the next big release from Pebble has been ushered in, fully prepared for examination by thousands of Pebble watch users. This newest update was teased earlier this month with a picture of Pikachu - likely in an effort to gain eyeballs from the ravenous hordes of players of the game Pokemon GO. Unfortunately this update does not - somehow - include Pokemon GO compatibility, but it DOES include a new way for developers to make icons. So that's neat.

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BLU Pure XR crams 4GB RAM, 3D Touch, f/1.8 camera in mid-ranger

BLU Pure XR crams 4GB RAM, 3D Touch, f/1.8 camera in mid-ranger

As demonstrated by Archos yesterday, China isn’t the only one with crazy cheap but decent quality smartphones. Now US-based BLU Products is chiming in with its latest Pure XR. Looking at some specs and the price tag, it definitely looks the part of a mid-range smartphone. But you might not be able to easily tell because of its design and its features, which includes 4 GB of RAM, a pressure sensitivity displays, and a camera that, on paper, should give high-end flagships a run for their money.

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Pokemon GO unbans some “innocent” users

Pokemon GO unbans some “innocent” users

Pokemon GO creators Niantic Labs is probably having a terrible time nowadays. After the initial fever and fervor surrounding the game, the court of public opinion has quickly turned against them. And in its zeal to curb cheating, it may have turned some of its users against them as well. Niantic has recently started slamming the, sometimes perma, ban hammer on “cheaters”, but apparently some of those were simply ill-informed but otherwise innocent gamers. Now Niantic is working to reverse some of those bans, while still making sure that real cheaters and hackers get locked out.

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Minecraft Pocket, Windows 10 editions are getting “The Boss” update

Minecraft Pocket, Windows 10 editions are getting “The Boss” update

Minecraft is probably most known for all the creative and insane things players build in the blocky virtual world. But Minecraft also has a darker side to it: Survival Mode, where not everything is friendly and your equally blocky virtual existence is in danger every time the square sun goes down or when you venture into dark, ominous corners. Playing on that mode, Mojang, now part of Microsoft, is adding a few new features to Minecraft’s mobile and Windows 10 versions, including bosses and, of course, boss fights that make Minecraft more than just a crafting game.

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Omate Rise Limited Edition brings Amazon’s Alexa to your wrist

Omate Rise Limited Edition brings Amazon’s Alexa to your wrist

While it seems that smartwatch makers have settled down in camps around a very few wearable platforms, like Android Wear, Apple watchOS, Tizen, and Pebble OS, Omate remains firm in its uniqueness. It is perhaps the only remaining smartwatch maker that runs a “full” Android version on its smartwatches. Not Android Wear but Android. It turns out, that has advantages, like expanding the platform to integrate new features, like, say, Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. In fact, that is exactly what Omate is doing with yet another “flash” Indiegogo campaign, this time for the Omate Rise Limited Edition.

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Google’s Crowdsource app lets you do its translation chores

Google’s Crowdsource app lets you do its translation chores

Ever read about Tom Sawyer and the fence that needs to be whitewashed? Go ahead and Google it up for a while, because Google has a proposition for ya. Ever dreamed of experiencing the joys of translating words and phrases from one language or another? Or ever wished you could be like those smart AI’s and transcribe handwritten scribbles into machine readable plain text? Well, you’re in luck! Google, in its magnanimous wisdom, has launched a crowdsourcing app ingeniously called “Crowdsource” that gives you a foretaste of those delectable tasks. In exchange for your few precious seconds, you get to walk away a light and joyful heart , knowing how you’ve made the world a better place.

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Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

This week an app from "Rejected Games" has found its way into the hearts and minds of Pokemon GO users everywhere. Despite the numerous distorted similarities to Pokemon GO, this "game" is not going to help anyone become a better Pokeball tosser in Pokemon GO. Not even a little bit. This app goes by the name "Ball Practice for PoGO", and it's absolutely horrible. We've gone ahead and played it so that there be no need to play, ever again, for anyone else.

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