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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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Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Today it's been tipped that the next big Google event will take place on the 29th of September, 2015. This event is said to be home to the two newest Nexus smartphones, both of them coming with fingerprint scanners and both ready and willing to be the headliners of the big Android Pay mobile payment market push. The smaller of these devices is rumored to be coming from LG, while the larger will be coming from Huawei.

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Acer unveils new Chromebook, notebooks, desktops, and Revo Build mini PC

Acer unveils new Chromebook, notebooks, desktops, and Revo Build mini PC

This week Acer is unveiling a variety of Windows-based PC products, convertibles, and a Chromebook, too. The Aspire U5-710 all-in-one PC was introduced alongside the Acer Revo Build Series mini PCs. Also at IFA 2015 Acer showed off the new Aspire V Nitro series notebook line as well as a refresh of the R 13 Convertible Notebook line. The Acer R11 Chromebook has also been shown off for the first time, complete with a 360-degree hinge with four use modes.

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Google to work with Sanofi on diabetes research

Google to work with Sanofi on diabetes research

Leading diabetes medication makers Sanofi will be working with Google in the near future on the monitoring and treatment of the condition. In the near future this Google Live Sciences division will be split off into its own company under Alphabet. For now, it's still inside Google. Google Live Sciences is currently led by Andrew Conrad who suggests that this Sanofi partnership is just one of many made in the recent past to grow Google Life Science's involvement in medication, software, medical devices, and computing infrastructure.

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Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

A set of photos suggests that HTC's next flagship smartphone may be extremely similar to the iPhone 6 Plus. Today we're going to take a quick look at how it's not just this leaked HTC device that looks like the iPhone, it's the iPhone that looks like the first "HTC One", and the Galaxy S6 looks like the iPhone 6, and the Xperia Z series looks like it had Samsung designers on staff - and any number of comparisons that, in the end, point toward the same conclusion: we're headed toward a smartphone design singularity.

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Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Today a study has been released in which Apple Pay appears to be being used by 80% of all Apple Watch users. Carried out by Wristly, a private research group, it's a headline grabbing figure for Apple's mobile payments service, which gets a dedicated button on the Apple wearable. Nonetheless, as with any such study, there are some lingering questions to take into account.

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Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Today Google OnHub was revealed by Google and aimed at bringing the company into the networking market. This is the first time Google has created such a device, generally staying within the smart mobile device market - especially now that Alphabet exists. Google's OnHub router will make Wi-Fi secure, support home automation devices, and will look good as it does so. This is a router that doesn't need to sit under a pile of books or stay stuffed in your closet in shame - it doesn't look half bad.

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If this is the Moto 360 2, Motorola’s in trouble

If this is the Moto 360 2, Motorola’s in trouble

Earlier today Motorola revealed a new "okay Moto" video showing a version of the Moto 360 that'd they'd never before shown. This version of the device is a prototype, one we've seen one before - in a video from behind the scenes at Motorola's design studio for the Moto 360 and Moto Maker. Here we've got what's essentially the same Moto 360 as before, only the button on the right is now in the upper-right. We still see the "flat tire" of the non-circular display up front, as well as essentially the same functionality as the original.

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Galaxy S6 and Edge prices drops begin to take effect in USA

Galaxy S6 and Edge prices drops begin to take effect in USA

Samsung's price cuts for both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have begun to take effect near the eve of the reveal of the Galaxy Note 5. This was foretold by Samsung itself, as the company's last quarterly earnings report revealed lackluster sales of both devices. While it was suggested that sales didn't add up because of manufacturing difficulties, the results are these: one hundred dollars knocked off the prices of either device in the market, starting in the United States with T-Mobile USA.

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Corsair and Cherry to release silent mechanical keyboard

Corsair and Cherry to release silent mechanical keyboard

The interest in mechanical keyboards among PC gamers and serious typists isn't going anywhere, but what's a user to do when they want the tactile feedback that mechanical switches provide, but don't like the loud click-clack sounds they make? Well, keyboard maker Corsair and switch maker Cherry have come up with a solution: a mechanical keyboard that features completely silent switches. This October will see the release of the Corsair Strafe RGB Silent, priced at $160, featuring the new switches and support for LED backlighting.

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