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Galaxy Note 6 may scan your eye to unlock details

Galaxy Note 6 may scan your eye to unlock details

As it was with the original Samsung Galaxy Note and every Galaxy Note thereafter, the Galaxy S7 will inform the next big-time S Pen-toting device. The smaller device will inform the looks and the feel of the larger device, and many features will be brought over to the future model as well. The Galaxy Note 6 will therefore be extremely familiar - it'll look more or less like the Galaxy Note 5 - but it'll have water resistance.

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The new iPhone SE is nearly sold out everywhere

The new iPhone SE is nearly sold out everywhere

It would seem as though Apple did not foresee the early success of the iPhone SE, their new 4-inch display-toting iPhone with the body of a tried-and-true past model. The iPhone SE's shipping time continues to slip, as Apple Insider notes, with shipping set to begin on April 22nd - two weeks from today. In-store pickup availability, on the other hand, seems to depend solely on the popularity of the story you're headed to.

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Leap Motion just updated to meet the HTC Vive head-on

Leap Motion just updated to meet the HTC Vive head-on

This afternoon the folks at Leap Motion have delivered an update to their VR headset mount hardware - and the software therein. They've made it possible to use the Leap Motion motion tracking device to put your hands in the virtual reality universe. This - you might be thinking - isn't strictly new. You're right. What IS new is the ability to see your hands and work with your hands at the same time as you're using the HTC Vive's wireless controllers.

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Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Those of you worried about being left unaware when you receive a phone call or a text in virtual reality should worry no more. The HTC Vive Phone Companion app has launched - and we've given it a try. What you're about to see is how simple the app is and how effective it's going to be when it comes to giving you a heads-up when your friends are about to barge in your room right after they've given you a call.

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Why you’ll want a Huawei P9 Plus in the USA

Why you’ll want a Huawei P9 Plus in the USA

The Huawei P9 Plus smartphone is headed for many countries in the world this Spring. The United States is not one of them. Why might citizens of the USA want to get their hands on this device, provided a version were made that were able to work with carriers that cover this country? There are plenty of reasons, really - we're going to discuss just one. That "one" reason is the pair of camera lenses at the back of the device, the lot of which were co-engineered by the folks at Leica.

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Dear HP: Your new logo is amazing and you should use it everywhere

Dear HP: Your new logo is amazing and you should use it everywhere

This week we got our first look at the HP Spectre 13.3 - and with it, the newest (and yet old) HP logo. This logo is fantastic. It was originally designed all the way back in 2011 by the folks at Moving Brands, and here in 2016, HP tells us that they'll use the logo for their premium products only. They also suggested that they'd also wanted to use the full "Hewlett Packard" branding on high-end machines for this year - that is, until they split the company in late 2015, and the rights to the name went in a different direction.

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Roku Streaming Stick update packs quad-core processor

Roku Streaming Stick update packs quad-core processor

Roku has introduced an updated Streaming Stick, and it brings with it a quad-core processor. Unlike the previous Streaming Stick, this new model is black and features the company’s new “Private Listening” feature. With it, users can listen to their show using headphones connected to their phone, assuming the phone is running the Roku mobile app. This feature is available only via the new Streaming Stick, and is similar in convenience to the headphone jack included on some Roku remotes.

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Do you really need a smartphone?

Do you really need a smartphone?

Accenture research has produced a study which suggests that "a majority" of smartphone users are "dissatisfied with their mobile experience." They also suggest that this majority is prepared to "switch mobile providers." In the grand scheme of things, do these people really need to have a smartphone? Do you? What would your life be without a smartphone at your side, connected at all times? Would you be living the same life?

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LG G5 is metal – seriously, it really, really is

LG G5 is metal – seriously, it really, really is

For those of you that've heard the rumor - or read the rumor - that the LG G5 was actually made with plastic while attesting to being made of metal, let'd dispel that nonsense right now. In addition to the obviousness of the truth we can see in our own experience with the LG G5, LG's own Ken Hong has produced details in spades showing how the device is made of metal and why it was made with the processes LG chose. It begins with the aluminum alloy called LM201b, developed at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.

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LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

This past weekend my family and I traveled to Mt Rushmore - I brought the LG G5 along for the trip to shoot some photos. What you're about to see is a set of photos captured with the LG G5's primary camera as well as its wide-angle-lens camera, both using the LG G5's standard camera app. Note that these photos were not captured with any LG Friends accessories, just the basic camera. Also keep an eye out for the photos captured not by me, but by a 4-year-old, inexperienced photographer. You'll find the results interesting, I assure you.

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Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

This week the fellow that introduced us to Microsoft Ink at BUILD 2016 also let loose word of a new writing tool. This stylus, he somehow neglected to mention onstage, will be made in collaboration with Wacom, and will "work across a huge number of pen enabled devices." This word comes from Microsoft's Bryan Roper who also mentions that this is "something big", as it were.

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LG G5 Camera samples from the NY Auto Show

LG G5 Camera samples from the NY Auto Show

I spend a lot of time on the road in my role as an automotive journalist, and that means I'm always on the lookout for versatile tools that allow me to capture as much of a given experience as possible without taking up a huge amount of space in my luggage. Until recently the demands of video and photography have compelled me to juggle a variety of cameras and recorders to make sure I can not only snap in-the-moment pics for social media and online sharing but also grab more composed shots suitable for publication.

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