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Fairphone 2 is modular and robust

Fairphone 2 is modular and robust

The Fairphone 2, the aptly named update to the original Fairphone, was detailed today by the company’s CTO Olivier Hebert. The latest handset is said to be robust, eliminating the “flaw” of vulnerability that many modern phones have by, among other things, including a replaceable outer shell that doubles as a protective case. In addition, the phone has a modular design similar to what we've seen with Project Ara and some competing projects, which will allow users to upgrade components as needed.

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Cortana for Android arrives in July

Cortana for Android arrives in July

We have known for a little while now that Cortana would be coming to Android and iOS, and word had it the Android version would be arriving toward the end of this month. In a blog post today related to Cortana and the Xbox, however, Microsoft slipped in a little detail: Cortana for Android will be arriving some time in July. Next month will bring around the beta test for the Android Cortana app, says the company; it isn't clear when the beta will end.

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Starbucks expands Mobile Order & Pay to 3400 more stores

Starbucks expands Mobile Order & Pay to 3400 more stores

Jealous because of other Starbucks customers' ability to order their beverage from afar (the mobile app), and pay for it at the same time? You might be getting access to the same mobile feature soon. Starbucks is expanding its Mobile Order & Pay system to a bunch of new states, and as such will be expanding the number of stores where the ordering method is possible by more than three thousand. The feature, as we've previously reported, first arrived late last year in Portland.

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This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

While much has already been said of iOS 9's big features, including a revamped Siri, new health tracking options, and transit directions coming to Maps, we're now getting a fresh look at one of the smaller aspects of Apple's new mobile OS, but one that we use every day: the app switcher. In terms of the overall user interface, iOS 9 changes very little of what was established in 8 and 7, but switching and closing apps is a different story.

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Sony Xperia Z4v coming to America

Sony Xperia Z4v coming to America

Sony announces Xperia Z4v, a device destined in the United States for Verizon alone. This device is the next in line for Xperia devices after the Xpeira Z3 released in 2014. This device is the direct descendant of the Xperia Z3v, the uniquely Verizon-carried edition of the Z3 in the United States. This device has a 5.2-inch Full WQHD "Triluminos" display - that's LED with Sony's "X-Reality" technology, technology they suggest provides a "wider palette of rich, natural colors and enhanced color depth and gradation without risk of over saturation."

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Panasonic Lumix CM1 camera runs Android, launches in US

Panasonic Lumix CM1 camera runs Android, launches in US

Panasonic has launched its Lumix DMC-CM1 hybrid camera in the United States, where it will be selling the device at its retailers and online. The CM1 is unique because of its different assembly of features — there’s a 1-inch camera sensor, for starters, as well as Android and an unlocked GSM smartphone capability, making this a mobile device and camera all-in-one, but in a way that is different from your typical smartphone. The 1-inch sensor in particular enables the camera to take higher quality images than typical mobile cameras.

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Adobe Creative Cloud apps hit Android

Adobe Creative Cloud apps hit Android

Adobe has turned its eyes upon Android, and bestowed users on the platform with a handful of new mobile apps, rounding out its mobile offerings that have been available to iOS users. All four apps are available now to Android users via the Google Play Store, and they’re comprised of Color CC, Photoshop Mix, Shape CC, and Brush CC. The move comes sooner than expected, but not soon enough depending on who you ask. Demand for more Adobe products on Android has been consistently high.

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BlackBerry tipped to possibly release Android smartphone

BlackBerry tipped to possibly release Android smartphone

If you have a smartphone, the odds are high it is running Android or iOS. There are the BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone users out there, but their numbers are (relatively speaking) few, and in the absence of some of its biggest former customers BlackBerry in particular is feeling the crunch. Thusly enters a new rumor, one that pegs the Canadian company as planning to offer a future smartphone that runs Android rather than its BlackBerry 10 platform. This would be a first for the company.

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Be wary of pop-ups in iOS Mail, bug leads to phishing attacks

Be wary of pop-ups in iOS Mail, bug leads to phishing attacks

Hacking and phishing are ever-evolving cat and mouse games. As soon as one attack method is quashed, another leaps to fill its place. A new type of phishing attack has been brought to attention and iOS users should take heed. This specific phishing attack launches a pop-up window when a user is checking his iOS mail. The pop-up appears to be genuine, asking to verify iCloud login information.

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Sony RX100 MK4 detailed with 960fps video

Sony RX100 MK4 detailed with 960fps video

The Sony RX100 MK4 has been announced by sony with 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 960 frames per second. That's above and beyond anything we've seen in a consumer camera - even more so when you consider the tiny size of this shooter. You'll also be able to work with Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second as well as high resolution 4K movie shooting. This camera is one of two Sony cameras being released with the 960fps ability, the other called RX10 II.

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