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RokPak rugged solar dry box doubles as phone charger

RokPak rugged solar dry box doubles as phone charger

Going out into nature is risky business if you’re bringing your phone along. Whether you’re on the beach or in the middle of a forest, you’re faced with the dual challenge of protecting your phone and other small gadgets (a smartphone, for example) while keeping the battery charged. Enter the RokPak, a dry box that included a built-in solar panel and battery for on-the-go charging.

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Galaxy S7 Active tipped in Samsung app changelog

Galaxy S7 Active tipped in Samsung app changelog

Back when the new hotness from Samsung was the Galaxy S6, if you wanted dust and water resistance you had to opt for the S6 Active smartphone to get either of those features. When the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hit the market, one of the big selling points for both of those devices was that they came out of the box with dust and water resistance. That doesn't mean that there isn't a S7 Active in the works though.

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iPhone could get AMOLED screen, wireless charging next year

iPhone could get AMOLED screen, wireless charging next year

Apple might not be radically changing the iPhone. At least not this year. But it won't be long before it does. Contradicting his own earlier report, Ming-Chi Kuo, the famed Apple analyst and prophet of upcoming products and features, has pulled forward the timetable for Apple's somewhat new yet familiar next iPhone, which could be the iPhone 8. Instead of 2018, it will be the 2017 iPhone that will get the rumored new display material and even wireless charging. Despite the new features, however, it could be wrapped in a design similar to older iPhones.

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New HTC 10 flavor tipped with Snapdragon 652 and 3GB of RAM

New HTC 10 flavor tipped with Snapdragon 652 and 3GB of RAM

There have been lots of rumors about the HTC 10 smartphone so far with the official unveil coming April 12. Previous rumors tipped that the smartphone would have a Snapdragon 820 paired with 4GB of RAM. A new rumor has surfaced that HTC will be making a third version of the HTC 10 smartphone and this one is said to be targeting a lower price point and has lesser hardware inside.

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LG flaunts UX 5.0 features ahead of LG G5 launch

LG flaunts UX 5.0 features ahead of LG G5 launch

In just a few days, the LG G5 will launch in key markets around the world. LG has already tireless advertised the smartphone's hardware features as well as its specially designed accessories. Now it's high time for the OEM to start singing about the software side of the equation. While Samsung has its TouchWiz, LG has opted for the unassuming "LG UX" name. Now at its fifth major iteration, the UX unsurprisingly focuses on the smartphones' modular features as well as its dual lens camera.

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HTC 10 gets leaked in gray, black, a bit of its innards

HTC 10 gets leaked in gray, black, a bit of its innards

In two weeks' time, HTC will finally show its hand. It promises to deliver what its fans, nay the world, has been waiting for with the HTC 10. Of course, given how it promised that each year, we'll have to wait and see to believe. For now, we'll have to distract ourselves with yet another batch of leaked photos, this time courtesy of Chinese retail site Taobao. Though they don't really divulge anything new that we haven't seen leaked before, it does, at least, confirm and emphasize the design direction that HTC is taking its flagship, both the good and the bad.

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Huawei P9 poses for an unofficial photoshoot

Huawei P9 poses for an unofficial photoshoot

Huawei is definitely in the big leagues. It is now experiencing what Sony was once notorious for: not being able to keep any of its flagships under wraps. The Huawei P9, which has yet to see the light of day, is probably the company's wost kept secret now, having most of its specs leaked in their entirety just recently. Now its the turn of the smartphone's overall design to get the same unforgiving treatment. That said, having all those details available before launch could very well in the Huawei P9's favor.

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New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

Burner phones are still as easily accessible as ever — you just head to your nearest convenience or big-box store, pick up a cheap prepaid phone and a phone card, and like magic you have a completely useable phone sans any identification records. It's a great thing if you're in a bind and in need of a last-minute phone, but not so great if you're law enforcement trying to hunt down potential criminals.

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LG G5 Friends get priced in the UK

LG G5 Friends get priced in the UK

Android users in the US eagerly awaiting their newest flagship in the form of the LG G5 will be able to get their hands on the device in just over a week. But what's also been on their minds is the availability and pricing of the phone's modular accessories, dubbed LG Friends. We've known the general pricing range for some of the items, such as the LG 360 Cam, a 360-degree VR-ready camera expected for around $200, but the official UK pricing for four of the accessories has been announced, giving a better idea of what we'll be coughing up at the register.

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OnePlus 3 turns up on AnTuTu benchmark, specs in tow

OnePlus 3 turns up on AnTuTu benchmark, specs in tow

One of the best places to glean some details bout coming smartphones are benchmark apps. Some benchmarks for what is claimed to be the OnePlus 3 smartphone have turned up on AnTuTu and the phone sounds decent enough. The OnePlus 3 is expected to launch in the next few months and the specs might make you want to buy one, if the price is right.

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LG G5 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Verizon pre-orders start

LG G5 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Verizon pre-orders start

Verizon wireless fans who have been on the lookout for a new smartphone can now pre-order the LG G5 on the carrier. Verizon says that if you pre-order the G5 now you will get the smartphone in your hands on April 1 when it launches officially. The G5 has a slide-out removable battery to keep you powered and going all day and all night.

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New Jersey bill proposes fine, jail for texting while walking

New Jersey bill proposes fine, jail for texting while walking

New Jersey is entertaining a new bill that, if passed, will make it illegal to text while walking in the state. The punishment could range from mild (a $50 fine) to relatively severe (15 days in jail), and aims to prevent injuries and mishaps resulting from inattentive pedestrians who fail to be mindful of their surroundings.

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