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This is the first Ubuntu phone, the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

This is the first Ubuntu phone, the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

The smartphone space is about to get more crowded, with the first Ubuntu phone, the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, hoping to muscle in among Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Targeting the midrange market that so far Android has cavorted significantly in, BQ's new phone has a 4.5-inch screen, dual SIM support, and both an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera up-front. More important than the hardware, though, is the new software, which Ubuntu claims is more content-centric than rival platforms. That's built around what Ubuntu has dubbed Scopes, a new take on the mobile UI.

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Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

iOS 8 brought a lot of fancy new stuff to the iPhone, some of which seem like a good idea for any mobile platform. But rather than gnash their teeth in envy, Android users can still get some of those benefits on their smartphones as well. No, we won't be theming Android to make it look like Apple's smartphone. There are a lot of those already out there. What we will do here is to take a look at some of those nice features and show how Android lovers can them too.

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Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

...and that is not a typo. Back in the early days of smartphones, Blackberry was the undisputed heavy-weight champion. Everybody who was anybody at the time owned a Blackberry phone. One of the main features of Blackberry’s was the keyboard; as tiny as it was, but people loved typing away on it. Hoping to recapture some of that former glory, A company called Typo introduced an iPhone case that makes your phone look eerily like a Blackberry. Online posts and comments started, and Of course, Blackberry saw it as well. They were not too amused by this, resulting in a major lawsuit in January last year. The former king of cell phones just won this lawsuit and now Typo has to pay up.

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Surprise, another Android update

Surprise, another Android update

This week it would appear that the super secretive Google Android group have been on the hush-hush about their next software push. Apparently - don't tell anybody - they're going to be updating Android AGAIN. This time they'll be adding a ".1" to their Android version number and it'll include "bug fixes" - can you believe it? It's going to be crazy! And here's the kicker - it might not be coming to your phone first! Word on the outraged Android user underground circuit is that Android One device might get this update before non-One users!

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OPPO R5 available for pre-order in UK, ships Feb 20

OPPO R5 available for pre-order in UK, ships Feb 20

The iPhone started the whole smartphone trend, all the way back in 2007. It was a game-changer in so many ways. Thin (impossibly thin, according to Steve Jobs), powerful, and just plain fun to use. Since then, smartphones have progressed and evolved almost beyond recognition, and with each generation, are getting even more impossibly thin, powerful, and feature-rich. Apple has steadily held the throne for many years, but is constantly being challenged by other manufacturers and their latest products. The most recent contender is the OPPO R5, which is now ready for pre-order through Amazon and estimated to be delivered on the 20th of February.

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Galaxy S6 to showcase new Samsung mobile payment system

Galaxy S6 to showcase new Samsung mobile payment system

As is always the case, Samsung's next flagship is portrayed with almost godlike powers and the Galaxy S6 is no different. Perhaps aside from the fact that it might not be running on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. In addition to dual curved edges and a new "stationary" fingerprint sensor instead of a swipe-based one, now the smartphone is rumored to have one more special feature. If the information is accurate, the Galaxy S6 will be the first to bear Samsung's new mobile payment system, that is rumored not to rely on NFC.

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Schools use Pocket Points app to keep kids from checking phones in class

Schools use Pocket Points app to keep kids from checking phones in class

Everyone today has a smartphone or tablet and most people pull them out frequently to check messages, texts, social networks, and other media. In some locations, it's not an issue to pull out your phone and check this stuff, but when in class it can be a distraction to other students and the teacher. Getting students to pay attention in class is a challenge for schools and some schools have figured out an interesting way to get students to comply.

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Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft wants a place on your Android smartphone, and it seems to figure one of the best ways to get there -- and be seen multiple times every day -- is by targeting the lock screen. Such is the nature of its new Picturesque lock screen app for Android handsets, giving users on Google's mobile platform a free alternative to the default lock screen. Picturesque is the brainchild of Microsoft Garage, the place where Microsoft workers bring their own projects into existence, and it is available now in the Play Store for (just about) anyone to grab.

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Lenovo Vibe Z3 Pro leak reveals some juicy specs

Lenovo Vibe Z3 Pro leak reveals some juicy specs

It's been barely a year since Lenovo put out the Vibe Z2 Pro but it seems that it already has a successor in the works and ready for a debut next month. The Vibe Z3 Pro, as the name might suggest, would be the Chinese OEM's high-end contender for this year, at least based on these leaked specs. Suffice it to say, the Vibe Z3 Pro could very well go head to head with upcoming flagships, presuming it gets a wider distribution and demand to match that of those big players.

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Selfies, flash contributed to plane crash, says NTSB

Selfies, flash contributed to plane crash, says NTSB

Using your phone while on a plane? Great idea if you’re a passenger. If you’re actually flying the plane, or otherwise near the person piloting the aircraft, it’s a potentially devastating choice. The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) has released their findings on a crash that occurred in May of last year, and are blaming selfies and the use of flash for bringing the aircraft down. According to their report, the pilot experienced spacial disorientation as a result of being distracted while flying.

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