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Jolla’s Sailfish OS reaches 2.0, embraces Intel, licensing

Jolla’s Sailfish OS reaches 2.0, embraces Intel, licensing

There comes a time when every child grows up and starts to leave home for his or her own adventures. For Jolla's own Sailfish OS, that time has come. In preparation for the upcoming launch of the successfully crowdfunded Jolla Tablet next quarter, the Finnish startup is announcing the next major version of Sailfish 2.0. While details on what's new for end users are still quite slim, the release is meant more to entice partners, particularly of the hardware kind, to join in on the fun.

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Acer Liquid Z220, Z520 expands the budget range

Acer Liquid Z220, Z520 expands the budget range

Acer has been known to put out very affordable mobile devices in the market and it is doing so again today at MWC 2015. Joining the company's growing army of budget smartphones are the Liquid Z220 and the Liquid Z520. Flaunting a strange yet unique textured back cover, the Liquid Z220 is designed to appeal even to both ends of the age spectrum. The Liquid Z520, on the other hand, tries to appeal to aspiring digital photographers who are on a very tight budget.

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“Thinking” phones & cars promised by Qualcomm Zeroth

“Thinking” phones & cars promised by Qualcomm Zeroth

Our mobile gadgets may be fast, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily smart, something Qualcomm is aiming to change with its Zeroth contextual platform. Aiming to bring skills like visual perception, behavioral analysis, and audio recognition to future phones and tablets, Zeroth also has applications in tomorrow's cars, Qualcomm suggests. Initially, though, the demonstrations are a little more humble, like camera apps that can be trained to recognize people and objects.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 teased with Kryo cores

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 teased with Kryo cores

The first phones running Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, like the HTC One M9 announced yesterday, may only just be arriving, but the chip firm couldn't help but tease its next-gen silicon. The Snapdragon 820 isn't expected to begin sampling until the second half of 2015, but Qualcomm decided that there was no better place than Mobile World Congress to slip out a few early details about what might be powering your smartphone upgrade in 2016.

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Qualcomm’s fingerprint tech turns touchscreens Touch ID

Qualcomm’s fingerprint tech turns touchscreens Touch ID

Unlocking a phone with a fingertip on your phone's home button is certainly convenient, but Qualcomm's latest biometric sensor see your fingerprint through your display. The company has announced Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology at MWC 2015, a long name for what's shaping up to be a potentially big improvement in security ergonomics. Rather than a capacitive sensor, as used in Apple's Touch ID and on the new Samsung Galaxy S6, Qualcomm's approach uses ultrasonics so that it can sense through a variety of materials.

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Microsoft unveils Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL at MWC 2015

Microsoft unveils Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL at MWC 2015

Microsoft might not be making a big splash at MWC this year, but that doesn't mean it's completely ignoring the opportunity to show some signs of life. While it does have a few products, they aren't that big. Well unless you mean physically big. The tech giant is unveiling the new Lumia 640 and its giant cousin named, what else, the Lumia 640 XL. But don't get too excited yet about these smartphones as they aren't yet running what would eventually be Window 10 for phones.

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Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: a unique camera/phone

Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: a unique camera/phone

This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed the Lenovo VIBE Shot, a device that they suggest delivers "the best of both in one device." The best of both of what, you might ask? Why, the best of smartphones and cameras, of course. This device includes a 16-megapixel camera at its back with tricolor flash that adjusts automatically based on ambient light. This device also runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and looks extremely unique, to say the least. On its back, it's horizontal, top to bottom.

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Lenovo A7000 hands-on: bringing Dolby ATMOS to mobile

Lenovo A7000 hands-on: bringing Dolby ATMOS to mobile

Lenovo has introduced one of its new smartphones, the A7000. It joins the maker's other wares being shown off at Mobile World Congress, and we recently went hands-on with the device, getting all the details ahead of its launch later this month. The A7000 will feel familiar to those who have used other Lenovo smartphones, resembling some of its other mid-tier handsets while still offering features that make it distinctly its own. Read our full hands-on to find out more!

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Lenovo Pocket Projector hands-on: a mini portable ‘theater’

Lenovo Pocket Projector hands-on: a mini portable ‘theater’

Lenovo has a new projector among its wares, and rather than being embedded in a tablet, this one comes in a body small enough to fit in your pocket, hence its name: the Lenovo Pocket Projector. The Pocket Projector is small and, not surprisingly given some of the maker's other products, flexible, the combination of which helps distinguish it from some competing miniature projectors already on the market. We recently got a hold of the projector and gave it a quick run, and what we discovered was a solid, fun little device poised to serve your projection needs.

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Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

This week the folks at Sony have detailed their new midrange smartphone, the Xperia M4 Aqua. This device is Sony's first octa-core 64-bit smartphone running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with Android 5.0 Lollipop under the hood. This device will be released in 80 countries worldwide with more than 100 carrier partners - except the United States. No Xperia M4 Aqua for us. There are no plans at this time to bring the US, suggests Sony, as their flagship focus in the United States continues. Guess we'll have to live with the ultra-awesome Xperia Z3 or Z3v.

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Xperia Z4 tablet keeps Sony in 2K high-end tablets

Xperia Z4 tablet keeps Sony in 2K high-end tablets

The Sony Xperia team have revealed the Xperia Z4 Tablet, a device with a 10.1-inch display with 2K resolution. This device will roll out with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor under the hood and will hold a couple of world records for 10-inch tablets. According to Sony, the Xperia Z4 tablet will be the lightest and slimmest 10-inch tablet in the world at 389g Wi-Fi / 393g LTE and just 6.1mm. It'll also be rated IP68 waterproof and dust-tight, just like each of Xperia tablets released over the past several years.

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SlashGear 101: What is Samsung Pay?

SlashGear 101: What is Samsung Pay?

You’ve heard of Apple Pay, you’ve heard of Google Wallet, but now there’s Samsung Pay, the South Korean company’s take on mobile payments. Debuting as a feature update on the new Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge later in 2015, Samsung Pay’s claim to greatness is that not only does it use NFC for transactions, as per Apple Pay, but that it can emulate a traditional card for use with older cash registers. Confused? Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered after the cut.

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