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Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

One of the most fantastic toys ever made, BB-8 by Sphero, now has its own remote control. The basic model requires your smartphone to move around - and that's pretty awesome as it is. But Sphero wanted to go the extra mile. Forget these drones that are commanded by your smartwatch. Sphero wants to sell you the device, not just push an app to someone else's gear. That's why they're showing off the Star Wars Force Band.

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LG K smartphones to offer budget friendly photography

LG K smartphones to offer budget friendly photography

At CES 2016 this week, LG will unsurprisingly be revealing some new smartphones. Surprisingly, it won't be one of its expected flagships, like a new G or V smartphone. Instead, LG is launching a new line of handsets with the "K" initial that focuses primarily on cameras. Almost like an indirect nod to Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom camera smartphone. A key difference is that these devices are meant to be wallet friendly smartphones instead of top of the line devices, intended for a younger, not to mention selfie-loving, crowd.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

This week we've been passed a collection of sounds synthesized from the publicly-available Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailers, all sounds made by BB-8. These BB-8 sound effects have been cut down and cleaned and formatted in a way that makes them perfect for whatever odd project the Star Wars-loving public might want to use them for. We'll be using them for ringtones and notification sounds on our smartphones - you can do what you wish.

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Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

It's that time of year again. While the last days of the year are the perfect time to take stock of what has transpired in 2015, it's also the perfect time to plan ahead and to look forward to the upcoming year. So naturally, we take out our crystal ball from the chest in the attic, give it a little rub and polish, and try to peer into what the future of mobile devices will look like in 2016. At least, based on the seeds that have taken root this year. While many, like the adoption of 2K resolution screens and USB Type-C ports, may seem like no brainers, there are still some interesting things we're divining for the future. Here are five.

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The 8 best and 4 worst things in Tech for 2015

The 8 best and 4 worst things in Tech for 2015

The year 2015 in technology was a year of improvements. Many of the best devices were succeeded by machines that were incrementally better, and we continue to live in an environment where we're either satisfied with what we have, or continue to wait for the next big thing, which seems to perpetually be right around the corner. What you're about to witness - in no particular order - are the 8 best devices released this year followed by the 4 worst happenings in the tech universe.

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Lenovo Google Project Tango team-up date set

Lenovo Google Project Tango team-up date set

As of Q1 2016, Google will have officially teamed up with Lenovo to bring Project Tango to the public. The how and the when of the project will be revealed at the special event, but for now, we're pumped up about CES. There we'll undoubtedly see more of this collaboration, including word on whether or not this means Google will move forward with Project Tango with Windows or whether Lenovo will integrate Tango technology in to one of their Android devices. If so, where does this leave Motorola?

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Apple’s OLED screens for iPhones to come from Samsung, LG

Apple’s OLED screens for iPhones to come from Samsung, LG

The mobile world is sometimes a funny one. The coined word "frenemies" seems to be perfect to describe some of the relationships here. Sometimes vicious rivals in public can actually be partners and suppliers in private. Take for example this latest rumor about Apple's 2018 iPhones, which in turn are rumored to finally switch to OLED displays. Those panels are now said to be provided by two Korean manufacturers, namely LG and Samsung, the latter of whom is Apple's sword rival in the smartphone biz.

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Galaxy Note 5 placed at #3 in DxOMark’s ranking

Galaxy Note 5 placed at #3 in DxOMark’s ranking

The year is nearly done, but DxOMark isn't yet. Before 2015 ends and before a whole batch floods the scene, it is trying to dot all it's i's and cross its t's for this year's generation of smartphones and their cameras. One of the last to receive a good and thorough testing is Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 phablet. But as they say, "last but definitely not least", as Samsung's stylus toting Android smartphone gets an overall score of 86, landing in third spot and just a point behind the top dogs Galaxy S6 edge+ and Sony Xperia Z5.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 may look the same… again

Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 may look the same… again

Next year both the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 will have a new look. Clues from both the Samsung and Apple camps suggest that antenna will be baked-in with the metal surrounding their glass fronts in 2016. While it's not clear whether or not the iPhone 7 will have a glass back, we can count on Samsung to return with a back that's not all that different from this year's model, while both groups have been tipped to be rolling with phones with an outer border that's slightly less broken up than before.

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Apple patents fingerprint uploads and cloud storage

Apple patents fingerprint uploads and cloud storage

Apple patent shows methods for iPhone to save fingerprint information, upload to the cloud, and download on another iPhone. Filed in August of 2015, this patent appears to have been a "continuation in part" of a patent application from July of 2013, a patent which has now been "abandoned" in favor of this new listing. This new patent application suggests that Apple devices with fingerprint sensors would first collect fingerprint information, as they do today, but that they would also be capable of uploading that information to the cloud for storage.

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