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HTC rumored to spin off VR business as HTC 10 tanks in China

HTC rumored to spin off VR business as HTC 10 tanks in China

The HTC 10 might in the end suffer the same fate as the HTC One (M7). Both smartphones have been warmly received and praised by critics and even users but ended up flopping in terms of actual sales. Of course, it's still too early to tell, but in China, the signs are quite damning. According to media, there have only been 251 pre-ordered units on two e-commerce platforms since the period started April 25. And the main reason for that is because HTC, for whatever reason, decided to offer only the gimped HTC 10 Lifestyle in China.

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SkinTrack turns your body into a trackpad controller

SkinTrack turns your body into a trackpad controller

Today a group within Carnegie Mellon University have broadened our "smart touch" horizons. Touchpads and touchscreens - a thing of the past. Smartphones, smart watches, and smart devices of all sorts will be changed forever. This group has made a technology that uses your skin as a controller. Instead of swiping back and forth on the screen of your phone, you'll swipe back and forth on your wrist. Instead of scrolling on the screen of your watch, you'll scroll by brushing your hand. How simple. How perfect.

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Smartphones next big thing: “Pre-Touch”

Smartphones next big thing: “Pre-Touch”

Androids and Windows Phones and iPhones rejoice, the next big thing you didn't know you wanted but now need is almost here. Pre-Touch. A system with which you'll find your fingers affecting your touchscreen device before they actually physically tap the surface. Sound familiar? It should. If you've ever used a Samsung Galaxy Note device before, you've seen their S Pen (stylus) and its ability to "hover" - appearing as a circle on-screen before it touches said screen. Now a project led by Ken Hinckley, principal Microsoft researcher, makes this feature far larger for your fingers and hands.

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Android ads on your lockscreen and how to destroy them

Android ads on your lockscreen and how to destroy them

Today we're going to learn about an Android feature known as SpeedCharge - and why developers should NOT be dropping ads there. If you're the sort of person that likes to pay for apps in order to allow developers to eat food and have a roof over their heads, you'll likely also be the sort of person that's not a fan of advertisements. As such, we're about to tell you how to get rid of a bunch of them from one of the worst places they've ever appeared.

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Xiaomi Mi Max is thin and comes with 4500mah battery

Xiaomi Mi Max is thin and comes with 4500mah battery

A single promotion image of the Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone shows what appears to be a very thin device with larger dimensions. The promo image doesn’t include any new tidbits on the hardware inside the smartphone, it come only a few weeks after some teaser images of the smartphone crammed in a pocket turned up.

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Huawei G9 Lite debuts with octa-core Kirin 650 SoC or Snapdragon 617.

Huawei G9 Lite debuts with octa-core Kirin 650 SoC or Snapdragon 617.

Huawei has rolled out a new smartphone called the G9 Lite and a new tablet called the M2 7.0 in China. The first device is the G9 Lite and it has a 5.2-inch 1080p screen that boasts a 76.4% screen-to-body ratio meaning thinner bezels. The heart of the G9 Lite is an octa-core Kirin 650 16nm SoC for some carriers and other carriers will get the device with a Snapdragon 617 under the hood.

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LG Stylo 2 smartphone hits Cricket Wireless packing integrated stylus

LG Stylo 2 smartphone hits Cricket Wireless packing integrated stylus

Cricket Wireless has unveiled a new smartphone that will land at the pre-paid retailer on May 13 called the LG Stylo 2. The smartphone will sell for $169.99 and for the money it offers a 5.7-inch HD resolution screen. Since the device has a larger screen, it comes with an integrated stylus with Pen Pop and Screen-off Memo. The stylus and features allow the user to take notes in an app made just for writing with the stylus.

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Kyocera DuraForce XD become’s T-Mobile’s first rugged device

Kyocera DuraForce XD become’s T-Mobile’s first rugged device

As fancy and sophisticated as flagship smartphones are today, very few of them can brag about surviving traumatic experiences, as many bend and stress tests love to prove. Even Samsung's Galaxy S7, with its high IP68 dust and water proof rating, isn't as touch when it comes to strong forces. That is one market that Kyocera pretty much has in its pocket. It has been churning out super rugged smartphones like crazy and its DuraForce XD is just one of the latest to make its way into the market, this time into T-Mobile's roster of smartphones.

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Google I/O 2016 APK available this afternoon

Google I/O 2016 APK available this afternoon

Today Android developers and fans alike will be able to download and open the official Google I/O 2016 app. This app works for Android devices only - thus far - and will be available to your device - smartphones and tablet - immediately if not soon. Inside this app you'll find the ability to browse either as a person who is actually visiting the Mountain View event or as a person who'll be watching remotely. How handy!

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Apple’s next product needs to be insanely Android

Apple’s next product needs to be insanely Android

The future of computing - especially mobile computing - is not in smartphones. In a very short period of time, 10 years or so, smartphones have reached a point at which there's little room for innovation. Sharpness on smartphone displays already exceeds what the human eye is able to distinguish at a normal viewing distances. Smartphone cameras are more than nice enough for what we generally use them for. Members of the public do not need new smartphones. So what can Apple do?

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Xperia X series pre-orders start in Europe

Xperia X series pre-orders start in Europe

Sony Mobile has begun taking pre-orders for the entire Xperia X line of smartphones in Europe. Pre-orders are underway for the Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance. The latter model is only available for pre-order in select European countries with the others available across various regions in Europe. In the UK, the Xperia X will sell for £469 and in other European countries it will sell for €599.

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Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

The Nextbit Robin, the Android-powered smartphone with a focus on storing unnecessary content in the cloud instead of locally, has landed on Amazon, giving those who missed the successful $1.36 million Kickstarter a chance to pick one up. And there's a great incentive to buy it on Amazon too: it's available for $100 off the regular asking price, but only from today, May 4th, through May 10th.

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