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You can bend AUO’s flexible phone to navigate apps

You can bend AUO’s flexible phone to navigate apps

While we're now well into the era of curved screen smartphones, thanks to hits like Samsung's Galaxy Edge devices, Taiwanese manufacturer AUO has raised the bar with its new flexible phone concept. Unveiled at Touch Taiwan 2015 this week, the screen isn't just bendable for the sake of showing how strong it is, it's actually used as a form of input. Corners or sides of the phone can be bent with up to six degrees getting recognized as inputs similar to a stylus or pinch-to-zoom gestures.

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Verizon makes it easier to bring your own smartphone

Verizon makes it easier to bring your own smartphone

If you already own a smartphone that you want to activate on the Verizon Wireless network, in the past it hasn't been that easy to get activated. AT&T and T-Mobile make it easy to bring your own device. Verizon has worked hard to make it simpler to bring your own device and if you have a compatible phone, you can now activate on Verizon in a streamlined manner.

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Galaxy Note 5 has the best smartphone screen, says DisplayMate

Galaxy Note 5 has the best smartphone screen, says DisplayMate

It's that time again for assessing whether Samsung's newest flagships have what it takes to be on top. While we await some findings, like iFixit's repairability score or DxOMark's camera evaluation, we now have the results of DisplayMate's tests of, what else, the smartphones' screens. Almost unsurprisingly, just as it had done with the past Samsung smartphones, DisplayMate gives the crown to the Galaxy Note 5, and partially to the Galaxy S6 edge+, for having the best smartphone display in the market, particularly when it comes to OLED screens.

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Vertu outs Signature for Bentley feature phone

Vertu outs Signature for Bentley feature phone

Vertu is at it again, producing a mobile device for the elite few that can afford it. This time, however, it is doing things a bit differently. For one, it has again partnered with Bentley to design a phone that matches one of the latter's automobile lines. Second, unlike most of its phones, this isn't so smart. The Signature for Bentley, though classy and luxurious in its design and materials, is pretty much a basic mobile phone, with a focus on voice calls and audio in terms of functionality.

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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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Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

It's been suggested today by two unnamed informants that Nokia will be returning to the smartphone arena in 2016. How they'll do this, exactly, remains a mystery - especially given their current lack of manufacturing power as a result of their sale to Microsoft back in early 2014. But they've made a tablet since then - right, so what's to stop them from making a collection of smartphones? Nothing, really - they've just got to team up with a manufacturing partner and begin to smash the nail with the hammer, so to speak.

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Microsoft has a new Nokia phone: the entry-level Nokia 215

Microsoft has a new Nokia phone: the entry-level Nokia 215

Apparently, Microsoft hasn't done a lot of things. It hasn't completely thrown out the Nokia name for mobile devices. It hasn't given up just yet on feature phones. And it hasn't ported Windows Phone down to that tier, if that's even possible at all. So it is both surprising and yet at the same time expected that the tech company is now unveiling it latest feature phone. Perhaps the last to bear the Nokia name as well. But besides that name, Microsoft wants you to remember that this is the cheapest Internet-connected smartphone in the market.

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Hangouts in Chrome adds Phone tab, desktop notifications

Hangouts in Chrome adds Phone tab, desktop notifications

Just yesterday, Google rolled out an update to Hangouts on Android that added a bit of whimsical fun via stickers. While not as cute as that, the desktop version of Hangouts is now also seeing its fair share of updates. The latest version of the Hangouts Chrome browser app has been updated not just to match the Android version's Material Design but also adds a similar Phone tab to the user interface. It also got its own desktop notifications to alert you to new messages.

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RogerVoice subtitles phone calls for the hard-of-hearing

RogerVoice subtitles phone calls for the hard-of-hearing

These days, speech recognition is a lot about Siri versus Google Now versus Cortana, but that is definitely not the only use case for the technology. We often take for granted what we are able to use our smartphones for because we are physically capable of handling them. Luckily, there are those like RogerVoice who are taking up the banner for others, especially those with hearing problems who still want to use their phones for what they are originally intended to be used for: making calls.

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will.i.am to reveal i.am+ wearable dream on Wednesday

will.i.am to reveal i.am+ wearable dream on Wednesday

Everyone is getting into wearables these days. And by everyone, we don't just mean the usual culprits of technology companies and mobile device makers. Seeing traditional watch makers trying to dip their toes in the nascent market isn't surprising. But entertainers and artists? That's definitely not your usual mix. And yet that is actually what will.i.am from popular music group Black Eyed Peas is doing and he will be revealing exactly what his vision and plans are for this rising device category this Wednesday at Dreamforce 2014.

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iOS apps can make calls without asking you first

iOS apps can make calls without asking you first

Users are known to ignore a few warnings, skip a few steps, and other sometimes cringe-worthy actions for the sake of convenience. However, that isn't an excuse for app developers to ignore common sense (which, apparently, isn't really that common) just to provide users that convenience. Unfortunately, that might be the case on iOS, where several popular apps have allegedly skimmed over Apple's developer documentation, leaving users vulnerable to, in the worst case scenario, making an automatic phone call to a premium-rate phone number.

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