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Meizu m2 note has an odd mBack home button, dual SIM tray

Meizu m2 note has an odd mBack home button, dual SIM tray

When you speak of Chinese smartphone OEMs, Meizu might only be at the third or fourth of the list. But that isn't stopping it it from trying to break into the market with memorable devices. The Meizu m2 note still pretty much looks like a large iPhone 5c, now with a tinge of iPhone 6, and differs very little from the m1 note announced just 6 months ago. It does, however, have a few tricks up its sleeves, or under the cover in this case, that could at least make the smartphone a tad more interesting.

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“Seacrest Out” as BlackBerry kills Typo iPhone keyboard

“Seacrest Out” as BlackBerry kills Typo iPhone keyboard

BlackBerry and Typo have settled over Ryan Seacrest's snap-on iPhone keyboard, but it's probably not what the American Idol host hoped for. The contentious accessory promised BlackBerry Classic-style text entry for Apple's smartphone, catering to those who wanted to jump to iOS but couldn't resist the tactile allure of a physical 'board. Unfortunately, BlackBerry has effectively litigated the gadget out of smartphone relevance.

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ASUS ZenFone Selfie comes with 13MP shooters

ASUS ZenFone Selfie comes with 13MP shooters

This is a selfie generation, or at least that's what device makers are trying to both justify and actually promote. From digital cameras to smartphones, you are sure to find some semblance of a selfie-friendly feature, either covertly or overtly mentioned. ASUS isn't about to break the mold here, but while its ZenFone flagship is a, more or less, "serious" smartphone, it's now announcing a more selfie-oriented version. Dubbed, what else, the ZenFone Selfie, this mid-ranger is designed with features, both hardware and software, to cater to all your self photography needs.

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Google’s VR circle is now complete: Cameras to Cardboard

Google’s VR circle is now complete: Cameras to Cardboard

Google's virtual reality ecosystem is now prepared to handle the public, with everything from low-cost VR headsets to YouTube 360. What we've got here is a full ecosystem, with the three main components ready to roll. The first step is providing the means to capture media, in this case 360-degree cameras - while Google's own 360-rig system Google Jump isn't quite prepared for the public as yet, they've already released tools for creatives with their own 360-capable cameras to upload to YouTube. Therein lies the second step: providing a place for creative people to share the media they've created - YouTube, of course.

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Uber update improves app for hearing-impaired drivers

Uber update improves app for hearing-impaired drivers

Audio alerts are great...unless you're hearing-impaired, in which case they are near-or-totally useless. Visual alerts are the solution, but not many apps are designed to accommodate such needs. Uber has pushed out an update for its app that adds features for drivers who are deaf or have trouble hearing, and included among this are visual alerts rather than audible ones, and some changes on the rider's end to let them know that calling the driver isn't an option, as well as alternative ways to message the driver.

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Qualcomm partners with Google on Tango phone

Qualcomm partners with Google on Tango phone

While both units remain "developer units", Google has announced that Project Tango is prepared now as a tablet for the public and as a phone with Qualcomm inside. The Project Tango Developer Kit tablet will be available from the Google Store as early as this afternoon to all buyers. It'll have the same price as it did for developers most recently (reduced from the original, of course), for a cool $512 USD. This kit will use an NVIDIA K1 processor inside while another phone-sized device is currently in development. This phone-sized device will have Qualcomm's processor technology running the show.

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Google Photos: today’s best solution for automatic photo organization

Google Photos: today’s best solution for automatic photo organization

Releasing a new edition of their already in-place Photos app ecosystem, Google re-vamps their software with a set of tools that trumps the competition. What makes this particular solution so excellent is the ease with which you're able to implement it. This solution uses information built-in to your photos - location, for example - and seeks out similarities in photos (and video!) to organize your collection. Once uploaded, entirely for free, you'll have access from every device with which you've got web access.

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5 things consumers need to know about Google I/O 2015

5 things consumers need to know about Google I/O 2015

Google presents their yearly developer-aimed conferenced centered on a new version of their mobile operating system Android, Google Now [On Tap], Photos, and a "new" payment system called Android Pay. The company has decided to release offline features for several of their major apps for countries with small mobile web imprints as well. They've also brought more heat to the virtual reality environment with an updated version of their own low-cost Cardboard VR headset, not just for Android anymore - as well as an education program to bring it to schools around the world.

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Halo Back smart screen cover adds ‘back’ button to iPhone

Halo Back smart screen cover adds ‘back’ button to iPhone

Have you made the switch from an Android device with a back button to the iPhone, which lacks one? If so, you've probably hit for that non-existent back button on more than one occasion, and now there's a solution (or, at least, the promise of a solution). It's called the Halo Back (which probably isn't supposed to be the pun it sounds like), and it is bid as a smart cover for an iPhone that adds back-button functionality for one-handed ease of use. It fits over the iPhone's display, adding very little to the girth, and will -- hopefully -- make life easier.

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