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FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

Flexible displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction, but it's only recently that they've started to filter through into production. FlexEnable hopes to overshadow Samsung's curved OLED with its own technology, relying on cheaper LCD panels that use plastic substrates rather than glass so as to be both more imaginatively-shaped and more resilient to impacts and other damage.

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How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

Lenovo and Google couldn't have picked a more impressive venue to demonstrate the latest iteration of Project Tango at MWC 2016 nor, indeed, one more suited to its indoor mapping capability. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya isn't short on fine art, and like most museums you could easily imagine getting lost in its various rooms and corridors.

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Hands-on with ZTE’s Spro Plus, a tablet that’s also a projector

Hands-on with ZTE’s Spro Plus, a tablet that’s also a projector

If you thought the days of squeezing a projector into a relatively unexpected place were over, think again. ZTE has brought its latest tablet to MWC 2016, the Spro Plus, and inside its tubby little chassis lurks a straightforward way to inflict PowerPoint presentations and home movies on the innocent.

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Sony Xperia Ear: the first in new breed of intelligent devices

Sony Xperia Ear: the first in new breed of intelligent devices

Sony's Xperia brand has been, for quite a few years now, synonymous with mobile devices. But smartphones, and especially tablets, are no longer the hottest craze in the market, something that Sony is feeling especially in its coffers. To adapt to the times, Sony is "re-imagining" the Xperia brand to embrace more types of devices. In particular, devices that exude intelligence and deliver personalized experiences. In other words, more smart devices, starting with the Xperia Ear, which Sony promises is more than just an in-ear Bluetooth headset.

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Hands-on with the (potentially doomed) HP Elite x3

Hands-on with the (potentially doomed) HP Elite x3

Is HP inspired, doomed, or just a glutton for punishment? The company is diving back into the smartphone arena, but it's not taking the obvious route. Instead, the HP Elite x3 runs Windows 10, making it a rare beast in the first place, though HP's positioning of the device as a businessman's best friend makes it even more unusual.

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Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung has pushed consumer virtual reality hard with the Gear VR, and now it's looking to put VR creation into the hands of the public with its new 360-degree camera. The Samsung Gear 360 is aiming at the consumer VR sweet-spot, the company says, offering much better resolution than most low-cost 360-degree cameras but without the huge price tag of professional kit like Nokia's OZO.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on with Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on with Galaxy S7 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the most hotly-anticipated Android smartphone of 2016, so the good news is that it's pretty damn good. Announced today at Samsung's latest Unpacked event in Barcelona, Spain, the S7 - and its Galaxy S7 edge sibling, with a bigger screen and curved edges - pick up the torch from earlier Galaxy flagships and gives them a shove in the direction of the South Korean firm's latest obsessions.

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The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

Windows 10 tablets with detachable keyboards are clearly A Thing here at Mobile World Congress this week, with Huawei revealing its MateBook PC. Aiming, so the Chinese company promises, to bring about the age of Business 3.0, the super-sleek 12-inch tablet sets the iPad Pro in its sights, but for those who want full Windows app support.

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LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG promised something out of the ordinary for Mobile World Congress this year, and the LG G5 certainly delivers. The company's flagship Android smartphone for 2016 not only ditches the little-loved plastic of its predecessor, but introduces a new range of "Friends of G5" accessories that can expand its functionality, in some cases physically modifying it depending on whether you want more polished photography, better audio, or even more accurate control of your drone.

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Nextbit Robin: A Modest Proposal and our 3 first impressions

Nextbit Robin: A Modest Proposal and our 3 first impressions

Day 1 with the Nextbit Robin, a smartphone that puts unused apps and media in the cloud to keep the burden of storage off its user. I'm already impressed. Instead of attempting to create another unit that more of less drives toward smartphone aesthetic singularity, this device has a strong, blatantly design-conscious look. It's not for everyone. It's not even for most people. This device is not meant to do battle with Apple and/or Samsung. And it's not going to do battle with either one. Instead, this device is doing something unique.

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Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

The Internet of Things might seem pretty ubiquitous at this point, but there are still headaches in getting things connected. Most internet-linked devices rely on WiFi, and though that's common in homes and increasingly in offices (though the latter might be ruled by a draconian IT department), out in the wild it can be harder to find consistently.

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Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Bluetooth trackers and IoT-style connected gadgets have given us tech that James Bond once could only dream about, but startup Metasensor has even broader ambitions than Q. Sensor-1 is a roughly coin-sized, motion-tracking Bluetooth puck that promises to secure your belongings, help you avoid forgetting your phone, and even hunt down objects without power-hungry GPS.

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