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Lumia 950 and 950 XL detailed: Microsoft’s Windows 10 hero phones

Lumia 950 and 950 XL detailed: Microsoft’s Windows 10 hero phones

This week the folks at Microsoft revealed a couple of new smartphones for the Windows 10 generation. These devices were the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, both with very similar innards and outward aesthetics. The larger of these two devices works with a 5.7-inch display, while the smaller has a 5.2-inch display, and both use OLED technology. Both devices also have Microsoft's own "glance screen" technology ready to roll. Both devices also use the newest version of Microsoft's phone-based Windows 10 operating system.

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5 Nexus 6P/5X features Google didn’t tell you about

5 Nexus 6P/5X features Google didn’t tell you about

Yesterday Google showed the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P for the first time - today they've come to the internet to share a few tidbits. While we learned most of the details about the Nexus smartphone lineup for 2015 just about 24 hours ago, today we're finding out the details that hardcore Android addicts will want to know. The Android addict is not just your average consumer - they want to know things like: are the camera arrays in both devices exactly the same?

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Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 hands-on: smart media double-down

Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 hands-on: smart media double-down

Today we see the tiny vinyl-record-looking device known as Chromecast Audio launch alongside the Chromecast 2nd-gen. Both devices are hockey-puck looking devices, both made of strong plastic and designed to be out-of-the way - but look good if they happen to be spotted. While the original Chromecast was a dongle attached immediately to an HDMI port, with no concern for the crowded plugs around it, this generation the Chromecast duo both have slightly more extended connections - they know they're not the only devices sticking out of your TV or your speaker system.

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Nexus 5X hands-on: all-around contender

Nexus 5X hands-on: all-around contender

This afternoon we're having our first hands-on opportunity with the Nexus 5X, LG's follow-up to their popular Nexus 5. This device works with Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box - the newest Android, as all Nexus smartphones and tablets are meant to have - and has a 5.2-inch LCD display up front. This smartphone works with a high-powered camera around its back and has a fingerprint scanner for Android Pay and unlocking as well. This device is not meant to compete with the strongest smartphones in the world today - only to drive the Android smartphone ecosystem from Google's perspective.

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This is Pixel C: Google’s premium Android 2-in-1

This is Pixel C: Google’s premium Android 2-in-1

Google has revealed a high-powered tablet by the name of Pixel C, exemplifying the best in what the Google hardware ecosystem can do. Like the original Chromebook Pixel, this device has a high-definition display and is meant to lead the way for smart devices within its software's ecosystem, in that case Chrome. In the case of the Pixel C, Google is leading the way with an Android tablet. This tablet works with a magnetically-connecting display that connects to a keyboard below.

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Nexus 5X detailed by Google: the “all-around” smartphone

Nexus 5X detailed by Google: the “all-around” smartphone

The Nexus 5X works with Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box. It'll have a 5.2-inch display with Full-HD resolution with LCD technology covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 up front. This device has a fingerprint scanner at its back with the same name as the Nexus 6P's, called Nexus Imprint. This fingerprint scanner will work to unlock the device as well as allow users to work with Android Pay. This device will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor inside with Adreno 418 GPU.

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Nexus 6P detailed by Google: all metal photo master

Nexus 6P detailed by Google: all metal photo master

This morning Google revealed the Nexus 6P for the first time. This device will be coming in Aluminium, Graphite, and Frost colors - and there'll be a Gold version likely appearing next year, so we hear. The device will be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB editions. This smartphone is the first "fully metal" Nexus device, coming with an aluminum back and sides. This device has a 12.3-megapixel camera at its back with 1.5 micron pixels, the "best camera [Google] has ever put in a Nexus device."

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HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition detailed with 3x kinds of AF

HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition detailed with 3x kinds of AF

Smartphone maker HTC reveals the HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition with three forms of autofocus in a feature called "3-in-1 fusion focus". This system replaces the secondary camera present on the last couple HTC One releases with a laser autofocus. This device also has phase detection and traditional autofocus, as well as optical image stabilization (OIS). This is all coupled with a dual-LED flash and a 21-megapixel camera at its back. Other than its camera, this device is largely the same as the HTC One M9+ as previously revealed.

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Pico Cassette is the game cartridge of the mobile age

Pico Cassette is the game cartridge of the mobile age

A tiny device that plugs into your smartphone's headphone socket may be the next big thing in tiny gaming. What the company called Pico Cassette wants to do is regain some of the joy and fervor that came with buying and loading games in your own home with physical cartridges, doing so here with a device that replicates the look and the feel with a unique accessory. Just don't say the word "Nintendo," or your dreams may never come true.

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BlackBerry Venice Android phone photos leak with details

BlackBerry Venice Android phone photos leak with details

The first BlackBerry Android device has been leaked with a series of photos up close and personal. These images show the device to have a touchscreen display and slide-out keyboard - a hardware keyboard, that is - and a relatively sizable back-facing camera. This device has a number of BlackBerry-specific software features in addition to its notable odd hardware. You'll notice slightly modified icons as well as a set of BlackBerry-made apps, new to Android entirely.

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Apple 3D Touch – the iPhone 6s reboots multitouch

Apple 3D Touch – the iPhone 6s reboots multitouch

This afternoon Apple revealed the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and along with them a new sort of multitouch: 3D Touch. This system has Jony Ive saying that "tapping, swiping, and pinching have forever changed the way we interact with our digital world" - now it's time for Peek and Pop. This is what you might recognize as a technology called Force Touch, but here Apple is suggesting it's different enough from previous iterations that it'll be called something different: 3D Touch.

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Orange Pi PC trumps the Raspberry Pi in price

Orange Pi PC trumps the Raspberry Pi in price

Although there have been many development boards before it, like the Arduino and BeagleBoard, the Raspberry Pi undoubtedly started a new trend of offering those same benefits with a more open hardware and, perhaps more importantly, a more affordable price tag. That has spurred a host of other boards, clones even, that try to repeat the magic of the RPi. Like this awesomely (not) named Orange Pi PC, from the makers of the Orange Pi, 1 and 2. They're advantage over the RPi? 20 bucks less.

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