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BlackBerry teams up with Android: for real this time

BlackBerry teams up with Android: for real this time

This afternoon BlackBerry has announced that it's teaming up with Google to bring a more secure version of Android to the public. They'll be bringing the security features of BlackBerry's enterprise device deployment service BES12 to Android through Android 5.0 Lollipop and Google Play for Work. That business-ready BlackBerry device running Android you've always wanted might be a reality in the very near future - and the rest of the hardware manufacturing world braces for what might be a bit of an unforeseen blow in a sector they did not expect to have any change any time soon.

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Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google suggests that inside the notebook computers of tomorrow will be wireless charging coils for smartphones and wireless power receivers. A new patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office has revealed Google's plans to implement standardized wireless charging abilities into an on the keyboards of the laptop computers of tomorrow. Or perhaps the Chromebooks of tomorrow, if Google's love of Chrome OS stays strong enough long enough. These chargers would be under the caps of the keys on your keyboard, sending power out or acting as receivers of power in alternate use cases.

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LG G4 Beat joins the G4 groove with mid-range specs

LG G4 Beat joins the G4 groove with mid-range specs

Another day, another LG G4 variant. Early this month we spotted a certain LG G4 S making its way through the Internet and it seems that the sources were more or less spot on. Properly called the LG G4s, that particular model, however, is meant for Europe and CIS regions, which is accurate considering where the leak originally came from. To the rest of the world, however, particularly in Latin America and Asia, the mid-tier smartphone will take on the name of the LG G4 Beat.

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Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus phablet details leak out

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus phablet details leak out

We're still two months away, or one month if you believe the rumors, but the pictures of Samsung's next smartphones are almost complete thanks to the non-ending flow of leaks. This latest batch details some of the innards of the two phablets and they are quite a mixed bag of both goodies and disappointments. There is little doubt that the two will continue the new design path that Samsung has chosen this year, but none of the leaks have so far hinted at anything mouthwatering or surprising.

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Fleksy: another Android Keyboard moves to the free bin

Fleksy: another Android Keyboard moves to the free bin

Several months after SwiftKey decided to move to a "free" model for Android devices, the keyboard known as Fleksy has decided to flip the switch as well. This is the first time - outside of promos - that the 3rd party keyboard will be free. Users will be able to download the Fleksy keyboard for any and all compatible Android devices as early as this afternoon. From there, in-app purchases like keyboard themes will be available. It's likely Fleksy felt the pressure from the wide variety of other keyboards on the market today with similar models.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop update comes to Motorola, HTC, LG phones

Android 5.1 Lollipop update comes to Motorola, HTC, LG phones

The Android update to version 5.1 Lollipop has been launched for several smartphones over the past week, and two more today for Motorola. As of this week the original Motorola Moto X has been cleared for early landing with a "soak test" for the software on AT&T. We'll be expecting Android 5.1 Lollipop for the original Moto X on other carriers soon - AT&T appears to be the first to be bringing this software to the masses for the first Moto X this week.

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Galaxy A8 is shaping up to be a fine, mid-range Galaxy S6

Galaxy A8 is shaping up to be a fine, mid-range Galaxy S6

Late last month we caught a glimpse of the Galaxy A8 in China's TENAA and it looked almost like a Samsung Galaxy S6 knock-off. It turns out, there might some truth to that but not in a negative sense. A pre-release hands-on of this mid-range smartphone reveals some interesting tidbits about it. In addition to its extremely slim profile, the Galaxy A8 is indeed almost a blow for blow match to the Galaxy S6 but with slightly lower specs and an expected lower price tag to match.

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Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla announces that they'll be pushing for two separate companies in the near future, one focusing on software, the other on hardware. While they suggest this morning that "the new Jolla devices company will be announced separately after the summer," they assure those anxiously awaiting the Jolla Tablet that they'll have the device they payed for. Eventually. As soon as possible, they say. Meanwhile those of you hoping for a wider distribution of Sailfish OS have good news coming your way.

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LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

This morning LG released footage of the LG G4 working with a mount on a high-powered drone. If you're the sort of person to pick up a drone and fly it around Los Angeles, you'll know exactly what it's like to have to deal with less-than-fantastic camera action on built-in units with the lesser of the drones on the market today. This solution looks to be just about the best there is. You'll also notice that this drone owner uses the leather-clad LG G4, of course.

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For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

Necessity is the mother of invention, but moviegoers were still astonished to hear that unexpected Sundance 2015 hit Tangerine was filmed entirely on iPhone. The high-energy, sharply comic, but also touching film wasn’t the first to rely on Apple’s smartphone, but with a theatrical release this week it’s perhaps the highest-profile. After an early screening in San Francisco, I sat down with Tangerine’s writer/director Sean Baker and co-screenwriter Chris Bergoch to find out how the iPhone helped shape a movie that at times can be as challenging to watch as it is rewarding.

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