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Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina is a smartphone adapter that aims to bring eye examinations anywhere they're needed, such as remotely located medical clinics that don't otherwise have access to the necessary hardware for performing eye assessments. Peek stands for Portable Eye Examination Kit, and as its name suggests the adapter is entirely portable -- small enough to fit in a pocket along with the smartphone to which it will be attached, offering both a retina camera functionality and an ophthalmoscope while leveraging the smartphone's camera.

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Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

The second-generation Moto X will be available through Republic Wireless early next month, the carrier has announced. This will give those interested in Motorola's latest handset a no-contract option, rounding out the other Moto devices already offered by Republic Wireless. The phone will be launching amidst the holiday shopping season on December 10th, bring with it a 16GB capacity and a price tag shaved down from the typical off-contract pricing. Buyers will be able to customize the device through the Moto Maker, as well.

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iPad may have first decline ever as tablet market slows

iPad may have first decline ever as tablet market slows

With the Nexus 6, one thing remains clear: a big smartphone screen has value. In just about every review you come across (ours included, of course), the same narrative carried itself; the screen was a bit large for day-to-day use, but everyone saw the value, and could likely get used to it. Smartphone screens are getting larger all over the place, and seem to be causing fits for tablet sales. Now, the IDC says tablet sales growth will slow dramatically, and the iPad may experience its first decline ever.

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Modem shipments in decline as tethering becomes popular

Modem shipments in decline as tethering becomes popular

Smartphones replace a lot of various devices we no longer find a need for. Cameras, home phones, music players, and now — modems? According to research firm Strategy Analytics, smartphones are rapidly taking the place of our modems, too. Shipments of modems are expected to decline 24% by the end of the year, not surprising after a 17% dip in shipments last year. Since 2010, Strategy Analytics says the market cap for modems has been cut in half, but it’s not doomsday just yet.

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Sony betting big on gaming and image sensors for next 3 years

Sony betting big on gaming and image sensors for next 3 years

This week Sony suggests that they'll be redirecting their concentration away from mobile devices and TVs over the next three years, aiming instead at gaming and image sensors. Given their success in selling the PlayStation 4 and surrounding technologies, Sony is ready to go big with their gaming segment. The same is true of image sensors, readying their technology for the next generation of cameras and smart devices of all kinds. It should come as no surprise that Sony would pull back on their Mobile Communications Segment as forecasts there show the only operating income loss amongst all of Sony's products.

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Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

The Meizu MX4 Pro has made its debut, and with it comes an upgraded version of the company's previously released MX4 flagship. Features abound, some of them a tad odd ("Retina Sound"), but overall the handset looks to pack a punch, bringing with it display resolution a little above 2k, a Samsung Exynos 5430 processor, and the mTouch fingerprint reader, among other things. Topping it all off is the Android 4.4.4-based Flyme 4 operating system, something that flies in the face of the occasional speculation that Meizu might be including Ubuntu Touch.

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YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

The YotaPhone 2, shown off earlier this year at MWC 2014, will be making its official launch in a couple of weeks, according to the folks at Android Central. Yota Devices, the company behind the handset, will be having an event in London on December 3 for the second-iteration of the phone we saw back during CES 2013, and though no new details about it are forthcoming at this point, it looks to have the same dual-screen construction.

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Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

If you're no longer satisfied with only being able to see little ellipses as your chat partner types a message, the text messaging app Beam will likely strike your fancy. It leaves no room for edits -- at least, no room for private edits. Rather, everything you type is shown in real time to the person on the receiving end, for better or for worse, meaning you'd better think carefully about what you want to say before taking to the keyboard.

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Aeternum gives jailbroken iPhones the Apple Watch UI

Aeternum gives jailbroken iPhones the Apple Watch UI

Those enamored with the Apple Watch's UI can now bring it to their iPhone, as long as it is jailbroken. Called Aeternum, this Cydia app builds upon previous offerings to present users with the Apple wearable's smooth floating interface, complete with solid animations, the ability to rearrange and remove icons, and a nice dock at the bottom of the display. Aeternum isn't the first tweak to do this, with WatchSpring before it bringing about a similar version, but it is arguably the best available thus far.

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Prynt case prints instant photos from smartphones

Prynt case prints instant photos from smartphones

We've seen a resurgence in interest for printed photographs, with different services ranging from ZenCam to Polaroid's Socialmatic offering printed images as part of their features. Adding itself to the list is the Prynt Case, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a smartphone case that prints photographs, only with a unique twist. Using the app, one can hold the printed photograph in front of their phone's camera to see it turn into an animation, giving it the Harry Potter universe's living portrait feel.

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