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LG G4 hands-on: Quantum physics, leather and a smarter camera

LG G4 hands-on: Quantum physics, leather and a smarter camera

There’s never been a tougher time to introduce a new smartphone, but LG thinks it has a hit on its hands with the new LG G4 for 2015. Building on last year’s G3 with a better camera, more high-quality materials, and a cleaner Android install, it may have a vaguely nonsensical tagline - “See the great. Feel the great” - but marketing hyperbole can usually be forgiven if the device lives up to expectations. I spent some time with the G4 to see why LG is talking Quantum Mechanics and movie theaters for its new flagship.

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Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu is releasing a new, unlocked Android smartphone, catering to millennials and selfie enthusiasts everywhere. The aptly named Selfie, focuses on generating high-quality selfies, but doesn't neglect its other features. Most smartphones let focus on the main camera while taking a light-handed approach to the front-facing lens. Selfie boasts two 13MP cameras with Sony IMX135 sensors. The main camera can record HD 1080P @ 30 FPS. An 88-degree, wide angle expands your range of possibilities for the perfect shot. The front-facing camera features a "glam flash" designed to output flattering lighting in a low-lit club for a no-filter selfie.

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BlackBerry Classic comes in white, three other devices leak

BlackBerry Classic comes in white, three other devices leak

BlackBerry seems to be cooking up a storm. The Canadian company isn't exactly swimming in gold, but it just barely survived sinking to its demise. Now, BlackBerry might be gearing up for an onslaught of new devices, including one that has been teased with a sliding keyboard, much to the fascination and excitement of some BlackBerry faithful. But before getting into the realm of the theoretical, let's turn our attention to what's already here and already real: a BlackBerry Classic in classical and clean white.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Review: Surprisingly Good

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Review: Surprisingly Good

The device you're seeing here is not what it seems. While you might have never owned an Alcatel smartphone before - and you might never have even seen one in the wild - they've been around for a while. Here, with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, the company has created a device that aims to take out the top tier with a surprisingly lower-tier bit of cost. While this smartphone does not break the bank, it certainly brings some heat to the feet of its far more expensive competitors.

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New BlackBerry/Porsche collaboration leaks

New BlackBerry/Porsche collaboration leaks

The last time BlackBerry and Porsche worked together, the result was a $2,00 smartphone. Expect similar results this time around, as a series of pictures have leaked via Weibo which seem to show off a new-look BlackBerry Porsche collaboration. Though similar to the BlackBerry Passport, the design here is distinctive enough to be a lot less BlackBerry and a whole lot more Porsche, unlike the P’9983 we saw appear late last year. If you like BlackBerry and love bold design, this might be one to watch for.

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Lenovo K80 takes on ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM, price tag

Lenovo K80 takes on ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM, price tag

ASUS may have just launched its 4 GB RAM toting ZenFone 2 in some markets, including India, but looks like it immediately has some competition in China. Lenovo has just unveiled the K80, it's own take on a smartphone that fully utilizes the 64-bit powers of its CPU. But the Lenovo K80 isn't just gunning for the ASUS ZenFone 2 in RAM alone. It is taking it on almost spec by spec, but slightly winning over its rival when it comes to battery size and the price tag.

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Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Most might be familiar with the way fingerprints can be used to uniquely identify individuals, but anyone who has watched a few seasons of CSI will probably know by now that a lot of other body parts can be used similarly. Parts like ears and palms, which, coincidentally, are body parts other than fingers that also get in contact with smartphone screens. Bearing that in mind, researchers from Yahoo have found a way to turn ordinary smartphone touchscreens into makeshift biometric scanners for these body parts.

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Send notes, directions, more to Android phones from a Google search

Send notes, directions, more to Android phones from a Google search

Last week, we showed you how to find your Android phone with a simple Google search. Now Google is introducing new features that allow you to push data to your phone through your desktop browser. You can send directions from the web to your phone; just type "send directions" into Google and a drop-down menu should pop up allowing you to "send directions to [your] phone." Then, Google Maps will automatically open on your phone, and you'll be ready to navigate away from your desktop.

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Xperia P2 leak resembles a slightly different Xperia Z4

Xperia P2 leak resembles a slightly different Xperia Z4

It's been quite a while, three years in fact, since we've last seen a P series smartphone. In fact, there has actually only been one member of that family, until now. At least, if this latest leak is to believed. The rather strange thing about this Xperia P2 is not that it exists, considering how the Xperia P wasn't exactly a hit. It is the fact that its spec sheet make it look like a thicker variant of the just announced Xperia Z4, a smartphone that itself is still shrouded in mystery, that makes it rather curious.

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Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

The great thing about a wearable like Apple Watch is that you need never miss anything from your digital life; the terrible thing is that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. While it might seem like a fantastic idea to offload every beep, ping, and vibration from the smartphone in your pocket to an easily-checked spot on your wrist, the reality is that not everything needs - or deserves - top tier attention. Luckily Apple’s notification options are reasonably granular, but that doesn’t mean this new flavor of apps can’t be confusing. Here’s what you need to know.

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