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Sonim XP6 rugged smartphone supports LTE and PTT

Sonim XP6 rugged smartphone supports LTE and PTT

AT&T has a new rugged smartphone that is aiming directly at workers in the field that need a device that can stand up to harsh working conditions. The smartphone is called the Sonim XP6 and it runs the Android operating system and has a physical keypad. It's designed to support most of the features of a normal smartphone while having the ease of use that a feature phone offers.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus shows up at TENAA with two rear cameras

Huawei Honor 6 Plus shows up at TENAA with two rear cameras

After just unveiling the Ascend Mate7 last September, it seems that Huawei is gearing up for yet another smartphone launch, at least based on this TENAA sighting and a teaser for the company's own Weibo account. This time, however, it won't be much of a big jump as it is a spinoff from the Chinese OEM's existing Honor 6 smartphone. But this Huawei Honor 6 Plus isn't a simple upgrade. Implied from the name, this upcoming phablet takes a few cues from Huawei's competitors in the market.

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Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

There are many reasons that people need earplugs, and not all of them are reasons you might expect. People need earplugs in very loud situations, such as shooting guns or at a loud racetrack for sure, but there are other reasons in the home that people use them as well when it's important that you still be able to hear sounds around you, such as sleeping. For situations like this, a new set of earplugs called Hush smart earplugs have debuted.

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Snapjet prints your phone photos without wires or apps

Snapjet prints your phone photos without wires or apps

Despite the growing number of smartphone photography enthusiasts, there is also a growing resurgence in interest with "instant film" printing started by Polaroid. There are many solutions out there, ranging from a dedicated camera, a bulky photo printer, or an insanely bulky smartphone case (we're looking at you Prynt). What if you could throw out all that bulk and still have printer that works with any smartphone of any size? Well, you could do that with this Kickstarter called Snapjet, that prints instant film photos without wires, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, or even apps.

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AT&T pulls Nexus 6 from stores due to software bug

AT&T pulls Nexus 6 from stores due to software bug

The Nexus 6 is pretty difficult to come by. Google only releases stock in stages, and carriers are just now getting the device. On top of all that, some can’t even figure out pricing, which recently caused last-place Sprint to issue contract credits for over-charging customers. Now, AT&T has run dead into the Nexus wall, and have chosen to return all Nexus 6 inventory to Motorola. The reason? Software! Motorola evidently shipped the wrong software to AT&T, though it’s not clear what the issue was.

 

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OnePlus boss details why it’s so hard to get the One

OnePlus boss details why it’s so hard to get the One

If you want a OnePlus One, you understand how rough it can be. Invitations, flash sales, and terribly misguided (read: offensive) marketing schemes get in the way of us just being able to buy a phone. At $299, though, the headaches are more than worth the wait for some. Offering top-end specs with a low-end price, the OnePlus has sat in Google’s warm Nexus chair left vacant by the Nexus 6. If you’re curious why it’s still so hard to get a phone, OnePlus’ founder has come clean.

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Gorilla Glass 4 will bring in better drop protection

Gorilla Glass 4 will bring in better drop protection

Your smartphone screen has come a long way since the feature phone days. Nearly scratch-proof, and highly resistant to shattering, it doesn’t seem as though it could get much better at times. Corning, makers of Gorilla Glass (I can almost guarantee that’s what your smartphone has covering its pixels), don’t rely on ‘good enough’. The company today announces Gorilla Glass 4, the lineal successor in their product line, and almost assuredly the covering you’ll find on your next flagship phone purchase.

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Starbucks wireless charging begins nationwide expansion

Starbucks wireless charging begins nationwide expansion

Customers in 200 Starbucks branches throughout the Bay Area will now be enjoying the hassle-free and tangle-free benefits of wireless charging for their mobile device. The coffee chain giant has just taken off the covers from its initiative to bring Duracell's Powermat technology to its stores, potentially turning them even more into hubs for mobile users and workers. Now instead of becoming wall (or sometimes floor) huggers, customers might end up fighting over the specially designated tables to get their phones powered up for the rest of the coffee break.

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Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

The Meizu MX4 Pro has made its debut, and with it comes an upgraded version of the company's previously released MX4 flagship. Features abound, some of them a tad odd ("Retina Sound"), but overall the handset looks to pack a punch, bringing with it display resolution a little above 2k, a Samsung Exynos 5430 processor, and the mTouch fingerprint reader, among other things. Topping it all off is the Android 4.4.4-based Flyme 4 operating system, something that flies in the face of the occasional speculation that Meizu might be including Ubuntu Touch.

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Cyanogen strikes up a partnership with India’s Micromax

Cyanogen strikes up a partnership with India’s Micromax

The rumors were true after all and Cyanogen, Inc., the company formed from the community-oriented CyanogenMod's core developers, is indeed targeting the growing mobile market of India. It has struck a deal with manufacturer Mircromax that will bring the Android-based OS to a new device. With promises of dirt cheap handsets, constant updates and freedom from bloatware, this team up pretty much puts Micromax somewhat at odds with its other partner, Google, just after the two launched the Android One program last September.

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