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LG G5 “Friends” now available in the US, sans B&O Hi-Fi DAC

LG G5 “Friends” now available in the US, sans B&O Hi-Fi DAC

It's been more than a month since the LG G5 officially launched in the US, but it is only today that LG finally released the "Friends" that actually made the LG G5 truly special. After all, the smartphone's modular doesn't really serve any purpose if it doesn't have modules to use. In any case, fans and would be buyers can breathe a sigh of relief now that the CAM Plus, 360 CAM, 360 VR, and TONE Platinum are available for purchase. Sadly, it seems the speculations were spot on, and the Hi-Fi DAC module is indeed missing from the set.

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Watch Samsung’s rollable display in action

Watch Samsung’s rollable display in action

Samsung knows how to make an eye-catching concept device, and the company's rollable display prototype doesn't disappoint. Shown off for the first time at SID 2016 in San Francisco this week, the 5.7-inch screen takes Samsung Display's OLED technology and furls it up into a very pocket-friendly form factor.

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Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Why would Apple consider adopting a hardware and software model similar to Google's ChromeOS for an Apple Chromebook? Would that be absolute madness? Or would Apple be smart to make use of the ecosystems of apps it already has in place in new and interesting ways? We've not yet seen Google's newest move with ChromeOS take shape in the wild, it's clear that there's some real interest in adopting - nay, accepting - apps made for Android coming to a desktop environment. Now is the time when Apple should open the path from mobile to laptop.

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olloclip 4-in-1 lens lands on the new OtterBox uniVERSE case system

olloclip 4-in-1 lens lands on the new OtterBox uniVERSE case system

When trying to protect our smartphones from accidental falls and bumps, sometimes we're sacrificing more than we're willing to. Aside from adding some amount of bulk, protective cases more importantly close the door to other accessories that need to attach to the smartphone. The not so simple solution to this is to make a case that can be expanded with modules that, in turn, expand the smartphone's capabilities. That is exactly what OtterBox has accomplished with its new uniVERSE case system for the iPhone, and famed lens masters at olloclip are one of the first to jump aboard.

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i.am+ EPs Bluetooth earphones land as Apple Store exclusive

i.am+ EPs Bluetooth earphones land as Apple Store exclusive

Music fans probably recognize the name will.i.am, he is more than a musician these days with his own i.am technology company. i.am has launched a new set of premium earphones called the i.am+ EPs that aim to be different in a market that is packed with mostly sports solutions. The hallmark of the design for the EPs is a shape supposed to remind fans of vinyl records.

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Moto does an LG: Moto Z, or X, to also get modular

Moto does an LG: Moto Z, or X, to also get modular

Modular smartphones seem to be a hot thing again. LG may be the first OEM to more or less make that dream a reality, but the biggest fires were fanned by Google's ATAP, which was then part of Motorola, which was then under Google. That seems to be coming full circle, as Motorola, now under Lenovo, is leaked to reveal a modular smartphone next month, perhaps even more modular than the LG G5. That is the latest rumor surrounding the Moto Z which is scheduled to debut on June 9.

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iPhone 7 confusion continues: schematics, back panel leaked

iPhone 7 confusion continues: schematics, back panel leaked

Leaks are sometimes what they are, just leaks. Sometimes, however, they also represent some wishful thinking. That may perhaps be the cause of much of the conflicting information and dumps we've been getting around the iPhone 7, which is shaping up to be a more interesting smartphone more for its leaks than its actual expected features. In this latest batch from two different sources, we see some confirmation of the camera placements for both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a noticeable lack of smart connectors.

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Apple hit with patent suit because iPhones are phones

Apple hit with patent suit because iPhones are phones

Patent trolls are nothing new. They may have even existed as long as it became profitable to sue people for patent infringement. Of late, however, they have increased in their aggressiveness and boldness, whether out of desperation or out of greed. Case in point this latest patent lawsuit levied upon Apple by a Texas company named Corydoras Technologies, LLC. Its beef is that all of Apple's iPhones, and some of its iPads, can make calls, take selfies, do video chats, and block incoming calls. Practically what makes a smartphone a smartphone.

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Galaxy Note 6 needs to be a LOT more magical than this

Galaxy Note 6 needs to be a LOT more magical than this

Today we've come across a patent for a new version of a device that you may have heard of before. It's the Apple Pencil. What's that got to do with the Samsung Galaxy Note 6? One very key element - the S Pen. What it can do, what it can't do, and what we're going to expect it to do now that Apple has (finally) presented a stylus of their own. The patent we're seeing makes the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen look like no more than a decent first attempt at a higher-level stylus device. Can they both write and draw? Sure. That's where similarities end. See our Samsung portal for the most updated word on this device.

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OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

This week the OnePlus 3 is being teased by the folks at OnePlus, a group that previously gave away thousands of "Cardboard" viewers with Google's spec. Now they're bringing the idea back, giving away thousands of an accessory they call the Loop VR. They've also gone so far as to show the OnePlus 3 off in the video by sliding it in to the headset. You won't get any additional specs here, unfortunately.

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Ily Smart Home Phone keeps familys safe and connected

Ily Smart Home Phone keeps familys safe and connected

More and more people are moving away from traditional landline phones and going to mobile phones only. The problem for families that do this is that kids can't always use a smartphone unsupervised and sometimes older people either have a hard time using a smartphone or simply aren't interested in one. A new smart home phone called Ily has hit Kickstarter that aims to keep people connected easily and safely.

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ZTE Grand X Max 2 smartphone lands at Cricket Wireless

ZTE Grand X Max 2 smartphone lands at Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless has announced that it has a new budget mobile offering that is available on its pre-paid network. The smartphone is called the ZTE Grand X Max 2 and its biggest feature is the large 6-inch screen. That big display has full HD resolution and the smartphone measures 6.46" x 3.30" x 0.35". The OS right out of the box is Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the processor is a 1.5GHz Octacore unit of unspecified model.

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