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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smashes into mobile with an alarm app

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smashes into mobile with an alarm app

You might disparage his acting skills (and some might argue with you on that), but one thing no one will be able to deny is that The Rock is built like, well, a rock. And he probably didn't get that bod just by sitting on his posterior all day. Now The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson, wants others to also achieve their goals, be that to get a great body or a great mind. And part of that mission apparently involves releasing The Rock's first mobile app, an alarm clock called, what else, The Rock Clock.

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Lenovo says Micromax’s Cyanogen OS exclusivity has ended

Lenovo says Micromax’s Cyanogen OS exclusivity has ended

While Cyanogen OS has noble roots in the popular CyanogenMod ROM and community, part of its reputation has been built on controversy. The company would go to challenge Google's hold over Android, partnering with Microsoft and other companies in an attempt to replace Google's apps and services. But even before that, it was already mired in controversy when, without warning, it made the OS exclusive to Micromax, at least in India. Lenovo, who will soon be launching the ZUK-branded Z1 in the country, says that the exclusivity is now over.

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Galaxy Note 6 details add up with USB-C

Galaxy Note 6 details add up with USB-C

It may be time for Samsung to try their hand - again - at adopting the next generation of USB technology in smartphones of all sorts. They previously attempted this with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a device that utilized a B-shaped USB 3.0 port. That wasn't especially positively popular with users, from what we heard, so Samsung ended up switching back with the Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 6 is said, today, to be moving forward with the first non-micro-USB-B port on a Samsung phone since the Note 3.

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Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

After the San Bernardino iPhone debacle, the idea of unlocking smartphones has become a hot topic. These days, we store a lot of personal information on our phones. In fact, nearly every method of digital communication I use can be accessed on my phone, so I don't want anyone getting in there without my permission. And as it turns out, a court can now force you to unlock your phone for them.

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HTC 10 update brings camera tuning and better Wi-Fi [Update]

HTC 10 update brings camera tuning and better Wi-Fi [Update]

Just before the first waves of users begin to receive their HTC 10 units out in the wild, HTC has sent out their first big software update. This update includes bug fixes - as all first updates inevitably do. This update also includes improved Wi-fi connectivity. In this case, that'll also mean the addition of Smart MIMO technology.

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Anker 60W USB Type-C charger powers five devices at once

Anker 60W USB Type-C charger powers five devices at once

Anker has a new charger that is able to charge an entire family's gadgets all at the same time from a single outlet. The device is called the Anker Premium 5-Port 60W USB Wall Charger PowerPort+. That is a very long name and it can charge five devices at one time with four USB ports and a single USB Type-C port.

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Nexus 5x gets scratched and bent in durability test

Nexus 5x gets scratched and bent in durability test

We all want to buy a smartphone that performs well and is rugged enough to survive everyday use. The latest smartphone to go under the pic over at JerryRigEverything on YouTube is the Nexus 5x. This is a plastic cased phone and presumably that means it won't be as robust as a smartphone encased in metal. The testing starts using Mohs Scale pics to see where the smartphone screen scratches.

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BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

In this business, dealing with leaks and unofficial sources is a risky afair. Sometimes you bump into dead ends. Sometimes you end up with red herrings. Of course, in the absence of real deal, which may or may not come, we take what we can. It seems that some did more than just take, in the case of some supposedly leaked renders of BlackBerry's two upcoming Android devices. BlackBerry Central's Dylan Habkirk went public to claim those images as his, but with one important correction: they aren't leaks but actually renders based on prototypes he has seen himself.

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Samsung Gear 360 launches in Korea, app, video guide now up

Samsung Gear 360 launches in Korea, app, video guide now up

As hinted before, Samsung has indeed launched the Gear 360 camera in South Korea. Sadly for those wishing to get a whiff of more international news, the Korean OEM has remained mum on the subject of market availability in other countries. For now, interested buyers will have to content themselves with the knowledge that, at least, the camera has truly arrived in the market. They could also prepare by downloading the Gear 360 Manager app or see how the camera works in a brief walkthrough video.

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Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Has Intel finally thrown in the towel in the smartphone market? It seem so. As part of the company's comprehensive reforms, which also saw 11% of its worforce get pink slips, Intel has revealed the immediate cancellation of two of its current and still coming products: the SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips. While those names might not ring too many bells, these basically means that Intel has effectively killed off the future of its Atom processors, putting into question the very future of its smartphone and, more importantly, low-cost tablet dreams.

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LG’s fingerprint sensor hides under glass, eschews button

LG’s fingerprint sensor hides under glass, eschews button

LG might have just taken one step towards the envisioned future where the fingerprint scanner merges seamlessly with the display. Well, somewhat. LG still hasn't been able to throw away the bezels, but it is at least throwing away the home button. It is proudly announcing that it has successfully designed a buttonless fingerprint sensor module that can conveniently hide under the cover glass. This innovation allows not only for more freedom in terms of design but also better ingress protection for the sensor.

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Galaxy Marshmallow update incoming: AT&T latest this month

Galaxy Marshmallow update incoming: AT&T latest this month

The Samsung Galaxy S6 for AT&T is just the latest in a line of Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates to the Galaxy smartphone line. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been updated in basically all iterations - as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. All of the Samsung Galaxy S and Note smartphones released in the past could of years should be getting updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow before the end of this year - unless you're very, very unlucky.

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