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Intel is finally catching up on mobile

Intel is finally catching up on mobile

This week was Intel usual time to shine at the annual IDF and, unsurprisingly, it revealed a great many things. It even had a Tango smartphone (with a NERF gun!) to show off. Now, if you've been watching the mobile industry for quite some time now, you'd know that "Intel" and "smartphone" don't usually go in the same sentence. Of course, the RealSense Tango smartphone is primarily a developer's toy, but this still makes us ask the big questions. Has Intel finally caught up with its rivals in the mobile space? Or will it be forever trailing behind?

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Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Today Google has updated Android Wear with Translate, an app which allows you to speak to your watch and see a translation instantly. This app works with 44-languages, harvesting language knowledge from the Google Translate library. Once you choose a language, speaking to your watch will result in instant translations in text form. Once you've read what you need to read, you can flip your wrist to see the other of the two languages you've chosen.

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This flip phone may have the Galaxy S6’s camera

This flip phone may have the Galaxy S6’s camera

This week Samsung has revealed the G9198 dual-screen Android flip phone, a smart device with a bland name. While smartphones with flip-screens like this aren't all that uncommon in China, this device has something special going for it. This device has a 16-megapixel camera at its back with F1.9 lens with autofocus and LED flash. This could very well be the same camera array already present on the Galaxy S6. If only this device were prepared for launch in the United States! But alas, it's trapped across the sea.

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Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

The wearable smart device Microsoft Band receives an upgrade to track users' golf games. This should be a good indicator for the direction of the band, a device that's currently at war with the likes of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices of all sorts. This system works not only with Microsoft Band, but Microsoft Health as well, an app ecosystem that exists exclusively on Microsoft Windows Phone devices.

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These batteries could last forever

These batteries could last forever

This week researchers at MIT and Samsung have revealed a new approach to batteries, paving the way for "rechargeable batteries with almost indefinite lifetimes." MIT suggests that the electrolyte is the key to this next-generation solution to longer-lasting batteries is in a solid electrolyte instead of liquid, liquid being the element used in most common rechargeable batteries today. This new solution could also make the next generation of batteries safer, too, reducing the chance of explosions and harmful chemical leaks.

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Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Today Final Fantasy VII hits the mobile platform with Square Enix' release on both iPhone and iPad. This game will be joined - sooner or later - by a new mobile app "Final Fantasy Portal". While a mash-up of the Valve-made classic first-person title and the classic RPG might seem like a dream made in fairyland, this app is instead a portal for all things Final Fantasy - card games and all. While this version of Final Fantasy VII (or Final Fantasy 7, if you prefer), is similar to the original, it includes just a few odd changes that make it a whole different experience.

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Skype for Android update brings custom ringtones

Skype for Android update brings custom ringtones

Skype for Android has received a new update, bringing it to version 5.10. The update is relatively small, at least as far as apps go, but it does bring a couple of welcomed features, the most important for many users likely being personalized ringtones. With this, Skype users are able to set custom ringtones for contacts, making it possible to know who is calling without pulling out your phone or tablet and taking a look.

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LG has a super beefy smartwatch coming out soon

LG has a super beefy smartwatch coming out soon

If you wanted an Android Wear smartwatch but you didn't want to rest until you found one that could withstand a nuclear blast, you're in luck. LG has a smartwatch coming that's just about as beefy as possible. Almost like it was made by Panasonic. In fact we wouldn't be surprised if Panasonic's first smartwatch looked like this. Here the FCC has revealed LG's next big smart wearable without a name.

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ZTE Warp Elite budget Android phone hits Boost Mobile

ZTE Warp Elite budget Android phone hits Boost Mobile

ZTE has a new budget smartphone, the ZTE Warp Elite. The Warp Elite has launched through Boost Mobile, where it is priced at $180 USD. Unlike many budget phones, the ZTE Warp Elite features a large 5.5 inch display and other specs that are — at least in relation to the phone's price tag — fairly notable. This includes a 13 megapixel rear camera and the use of Android Lollipop 5.1, an atypically large battery, and a sleek, non-cheesy design.

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Infinix HOT 2 phone kicks off Android One in Africa

Infinix HOT 2 phone kicks off Android One in Africa

The Android One program, which was introduced about a year ago in India, has expanded into Africa, Google has announced. Half a dozen African countries have been added to the Android One roster. Google cites an Internet Society study that indicates 23 percent of Africa’s mobile phone will be online by the end of 2015. The Android One program will help this along, says Google, with the introduction of the HOT 2 phone in six regions.

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Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera has pushed out an update for its Opera Max Android app, and with it comes much-awaited support for both Netflix and YouTube. Opera Max is an app that compresses content and manages data usage to maximize how much browsing you can do with your carrier's monthly data allotment. According to Opera, the app will save data across 3G/4G /LTE and Wi-Fi networks by up to 50 percent. One of its big bragging points is that its compression comes with minor quality loss, so much so that users aren’t likely to notice any changes in the content’s quality.

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Microsoft’s testing ‘NewsCast’ app that reads the news to you

Microsoft’s testing ‘NewsCast’ app that reads the news to you

Microsoft is tinkering with an app called NewsCast that will go one step above competing news apps by reading the news to you. Such functionality will be facilitated by text-to-speech technology, one that is hopefully smooth and pleasant to hear. Microsoft isn't the only company working on projects that could serve as a news hub for consumers, but it does seem to be the only one working on delivering news audibly for the daily commute.

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