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Galaxy S6: new leaked images point to aluminum body

Galaxy S6: new leaked images point to aluminum body

As speculation over the next model of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone, one rumor has been getting the most attention: Whether the device will finally move on from using plastic and upgrade to a metal chassis. While there have been several reports already about the Galaxy S6 sporting an aluminum body, several images have been released that could very well be considered the first leaks. In addition, a shipping manifest hints that there could be at least one Galaxy S6 being used for prototype and testing purposes.

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Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

The Boeing Black phone, an Android-based smartphone from the aerospace and defense contracting company, has long been in development, but little heard about in the last 2 years. With many questions raised over the devices main feature, its ability to self-destruct as the ultimate security tool, it seems development may very well be moving forward with a newly announced partnership. Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is working with Boeing to provide help with security and encryption via its BES 12 platform.

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Fire Phone gets arty with Amazon update

Fire Phone gets arty with Amazon update

Amazon has given the Fire Phone a high-brow update, adding the ability to recognize famous works of art with its Firefly visual search system, in addition to making the little-loved handset more capable for business users. The update, taking Fire OS to v3.6.5 for AT&T versions of the phone, also adds flexibility to how the Fire Phone's camera processes images as part of its "Best Shot" feature, adds music controls to the lock screen, and challenges Google Calendar with Amazon Cloud Calendar synchronization of schedules across any other Amazon devices users might own.

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Google’s Project Ara adds NVIDIA and Marvell chips

Google’s Project Ara adds NVIDIA and Marvell chips

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone may be yet to convince everyone that it solves a legitimate problem, but we now at least know it won't be lacking power, with Marvell and NVIDIA both cooking up processor modules for the phone. NVIDIA is creating a Project Ara application processor module from its Tegra K1 - the same potent chipset found inside the Nexus 9 tablet, for instance - according to Google project chief Paul Eremenko, while Marvell is doing the same with its PXA1928 quadcore. It's not the only sign of manufacturer support for Google's big scheme to make future Androids piecemeal, either.

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BlackBerry finds dreary phones douse revenues

BlackBerry finds dreary phones douse revenues

BlackBerry has trimmed its losses but still struggles to find a solid revenue stream, with an unexpected drop of a third over last year, as its smartphones fail to find broad favor with either individuals or businesses. Net loss overall for the third quarter fell to $148m - hardly fantastic performance, but far better than last year's $4.4bn loss - and, when massaged to discount one-off costs and such, actually earned faithful BlackBerry investors all of a cent a share. However, BlackBerry failed to demonstrate the pace in revenue gains that market observers expected to see.

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Samsung plans to shutdown ChatOn service in 2015

Samsung plans to shutdown ChatOn service in 2015

Samsung rolled out its ChatOn service in 2011 as a way for it to compete with messaging services already on the market like BBM and iMessage. ChatOn originally launched in 120 countries and was supported in 62 languages. Users could send photos, video, voice messages, and share contacts, calendars, and other content on the service. ChatOn hasn’t been terribly popular with users around the world.

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Gresso Regal coats Android phone with gold and titanium

Gresso Regal coats Android phone with gold and titanium

If you think that your smartphone, despite having a price tag enough to ransom a crown, isn't yet fit for royalty, then Gresso's new line of luxurious, and expensive, smartphones might fit the bill. Aptly named the Regal Black Edition, these three smartphones boast of a skeleton of titanium for strength, a coating of PVD for blackest black, and an insert of gold for bling. Happily, the expected exorbitant price tag is worth the cost with the Gresso Regal boasting of rather high-end hardware.

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How Google Cardboard is going to democratize VR everywhere

How Google Cardboard is going to democratize VR everywhere

Google Cardboard enables its wearer to use a smartphone to enter the world of virtual reality. This week we got the chance to speak with Google's Andrew Nartker, product manager for Cardboard on what their latest grand re-opening means for the VR community and what "this little cardboard box" is able to do for developers and for viewers like you, the reader. Take a trip to a virtual realm with any one of several VR-enabled games, to a concert stage with live-shooting cameras, or to any street in the world via Google Maps.

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Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Beyond a mini-game of a press release called INFO QUEST II - which we'll also include here if possible - is the next generation in Minecraft gameplay. This is Minecraft Story Mode, a Telltale Games Series. This is the same group that brings you Takes from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and most recently Game of Thrones - they're the kings of storytelling games in episodic releases, that is to say - since all the way back in 2006 when they released their first episodic series of games. It's time to get pixely.

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BLU Studio 7.0 tablet is a smartphone in disguise

BLU Studio 7.0 tablet is a smartphone in disguise

Why carry two devices when you can just have one? That is the rhetorical question that BLU Products wants you to ask yourself when trying to consider why you would want to invest on a BLU Studio 7.0, which is, for all intents and purposes, a 7.0-inch smartphone. Yes, that is practically the smallest tablet size in the market, but with added functionality not just for mobile data but for actually making phone calls. Two devices for the price of one, and maybe the price of a bit of self-respect.

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