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Smart health for kids: eSkin Thermometer, Smart Pacifier

Smart health for kids: eSkin Thermometer, Smart Pacifier

Why should grownups get all the smart toys? In the ever growing attempt to make everything smarter, a few companies are gearing up to address the youngest generation as well. But these two particular smart products don't simply cater to kids. Unlike entertainment or even educational smart devices, this VivaLnk eSkin Termometer and BlueMaestro Pacif-i Smart Pacifier are specifically designed to help kids go through the horrifying ordeal of being sick, with as minimum fuss or stress for both the kid and their parent.

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Qualcomm puts SafeSwitch kill switch in Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm puts SafeSwitch kill switch in Snapdragon 810

"Kill switch" is the buzz phrase of lawmakers and security enforcers these days, at least when it comes to the issues of smartphone security and theft. Even with some flaws and its fair share of detractors, manufacturers, platform developers, and app developers are scrambling to add some form of the feature into their products. Now even Qualcomm is getting into the game. It is announcing that its own hardware-based SafeSwitch solution will debut on the Snapdragon 810, the chip that is expected to power many high-end mobile devices this year.

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Hands-on with Mophie’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Juice Packs

Hands-on with Mophie’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Juice Packs

When it comes to smartphone accessories, cases and battery packs probably rank right up there at the top, probably next to earphones. Of course, combining the two is, in many cases, a very good deal. And when it comes to such battery cases, there is probably no other more trusted name than Mophie. Here at CES 2015, the battery case maker unsurprisingly revealed not two but three new products designed for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and we get to take a hands-on of these deceptively large packs.

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Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Are the commonly flashy colors of Lumia handsets not entirely to your liking, but black and white too plain? If so, Microsoft has introduced a couple special editions of the (Nokia branded) Lumia 830 and 930 Windows Phone handsets with gold trim along the edges. The Nokia 930 special gold edition will be arriving first followed by the Nokia Lumia 830 rendition some time next month, both of them being offered in black and white with an extra gold flair.

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Kodak IM5 is a mid-tier Android smartphone

Kodak IM5 is a mid-tier Android smartphone

Following rumbles that such a device would be incoming, Kodak has shown off its new decidedly mid-tier smartphone, a handset packing Android KitKat with a promised upgrade to Lollipop and, as you might have guessed, a slight focus on mobile photography. Unfortunately, that photography focus is not particularly strong, so don't get your hopes up about a smartphone tailored to your inner photographer. Rather, the Kodak IM5 smartphone presents users with a relatively average handset that'll meet the average user's needs.

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Blu Studio G takes on the budget range: 4G, Lollipop and more

Blu Studio G takes on the budget range: 4G, Lollipop and more

Blu has blatantly taken on the Moto G with its new Studio G smartphone, a handset that has a design greatly resembling the aforementioned Motorola phone while tossing in a price tag that undercuts it just a tad. As with other Blu smartphones (including the others recently introduced at CES), the Blu Studio G is sold unlocked and targets those aren't concerned about toting around any particular brand name or carrier's handset. The phone is set to arrive the end of this month on Amazon, and will be priced at $89 USD when it does.

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Blu introduces new smartphones at CES 2015

Blu introduces new smartphones at CES 2015

Blu, following its recent unveiling of new phones, has again introduced some new offerings, this time at CES 2015. Among these new phones is the ultra-thin and attractive Blu Vivo Air, which seems like Blu's obvious attempt at pulling off an Apple-like design, as well as the Blu Studio Energy which gives several weeks worth of standby time on a single charge and days worth of talk time. There's also the the second-generation Life One phones, which are all-around everyday handset for those with general needs.

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TCL Communications confirms return of Palm brand

TCL Communications confirms return of Palm brand

Palm was a big name in the PDA and smartphone market for a long time before it was surpassed by smartphone makers like Samsung and Apple and ultimately went out of business. We mentioned late last month that word was circulating that the Palm brand might be making a comeback and now at CES 2015 and that comeback has been confirmed. TCL Communications Technology Holdings Limited has confirmed that it will be bringing Palm back to market.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus SIM-free models now available

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus SIM-free models now available

Yesterday word surfaced that Apple would begin offering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today with a SIM-free option, allowing those buying off-contract to get a model without a T-Mobile SIM card included. Fast-forward to this morning, and such an option is indeed now available on Apple's website. This follows a relatively long wait for such an option, and will also be available to those who buy one of the handsets in-store rather than online. The price is the same as the with-SIM version.

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HTC Desire 826 hands-on: Ultrapixel selfie machine

HTC Desire 826 hands-on: Ultrapixel selfie machine

The team at HTC haven't brought their next super-hero phone to CES 2015 (not yet, at least), but they have brought a bit of a surprising piece of hardware. This is the HTC Desire 826, another selfie-friendly device the likes of which we've seen in a very similar model - the HTC Desire EYE. Unlike the EYE, this Desire 826 is coming to market with two different models, each with a different front-facing camera. One replicates the EYE with 13-megapixels, the other with 4-Ultrapixels, the same as the back-facing camera on the HTC One.

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