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How Gorilla Glass 5 made surviving everyday phone drops the priority

How Gorilla Glass 5 made surviving everyday phone drops the priority

It's a fact of life that, as smartphones have got bigger, slimmer, and more slippery, you're increasingly likely to drop them while playing Pokemon GO and smash the display. Corning can't stop you from getting over-excited at the sight of a wild Pikachu, but it does have a new version of its toughened glass, Gorilla Glass 5, which promises even greater resilience to being dropped on the next generation of smartphones and other devices.

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LG G Pad X 8.0 tablet and K10 phone hits AT&T this Friday

LG G Pad X 8.0 tablet and K10 phone hits AT&T this Friday

This upcoming Friday, AT&T will offer two new devices: the LG K10 smartphone and the LG G Pad X 8.0 tablet. The K10 smartphone will be offered under the AT&T Next (monthly device payment) program, while the tablet will be made available with a two-year contract option. Both devices fall into the budget tier, offering a couple new Android options for those who don't want to spend too much.

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Alcatel Idol 4S with VR headset bundle preorders start July 15

Alcatel Idol 4S with VR headset bundle preorders start July 15

The Alcatel Idol 4S smartphone, first unveiled back during Mobile World Congress, will go up for preorder on July 15. The preorder won’t just be for the phone, however: buyers will get the phone bundled with a VR headset for $349.99 USD, making it a relatively cheap way to get a nice phone with a better-than-Cardboard way to view 360 and VR content. Sales will officially start in early August for the higher price of $399.99 USD.

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Huawei fakes P9 phone photo using DSLR camera

Huawei fakes P9 phone photo using DSLR camera

As the playing field between smartphone manufacturers begins the even out in terms of sheer processing power, we're seeing an increasing number of them opt to outfit their phones with impressive cameras. This has been one of the most heavily marketed features of Huawei's new device, the P9. The P9 features a dual 12 megapixel camera that was co-engineered with Leica, and even though the phone's technical specifications aren't exactly bad, it's the camera that has been turning heads.

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iOS 10 will make it easier to become an organ donor

iOS 10 will make it easier to become an organ donor

There are a number of ways to become an organ donor if you live in the US, but Apple and Donate Life America are looking to make the process even easier in iOS 10. In a joint press release today, the two organizations announced they were teaming up to bring organ donor registration to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. Apple will apparently be adding the ability to sign up as an organ, tissue, and eye donor to iOS 10's Health app when the OS becomes available this autumn.

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OnePlus 3: Brexit may force price increase

OnePlus 3: Brexit may force price increase

The surprising ‘Brexit’ vote may force OnePlus to increase its prices, the company said in a statement. Note, that price increase hasn’t happened yet, and if it does come about (hint: it probably will), it’ll be one of the “hard choices that need to be made,” per OnePlus’s statement. The reality of the situation — that is, the impact Brexit has had on the Pound — will in all likelihood result in the company’s second-ever price increase, though.

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Making your phone battery last all day (without using a power bank)

Making your phone battery last all day (without using a power bank)

Our phones are always with us, and they're our only tool for doing most things anymore: getting in touch with someone, finding an address or phone number, navigating somewhere, taking a picture, and all that fun stuff. As such, a low or dead phone battery is harrowing. We'll keep the phone on a charger when possible, but getting through a day without having to charge is ideal...and, fortunately, entirely possible.

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I’ve given up on budget phones, and maybe you should too

I’ve given up on budget phones, and maybe you should too

I've owned my share of budget phones over the years. In fact, the first smartphone I bought after my trusty LG KS360 slider phone died was some cheap ZTE phone on Cricket's network. I don't remember what kind it was, but I do remember the $40 price tag was hardly low enough to justify the terrible performance. I've had higher-end budget phones since then, but as of last year, I gave up on them altogether. Some things, it turns out, are always worth the money.

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Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

While Google’s mobile OS is dominating the smartphone market, the tech giant isn’t content with just making phones and the Android OS. Last year they launched Google Fi, which is their first venture into being a mobile phone carrier. The project seems to have been doing well, and today they’ve struck a deal that will expand their coverage.

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EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

With the rise of smartphones and tablets, we're spending more time looking down at our hands than ever. Go to any public place, and you'll see people hunched over their phones, checking Facebook, Tweeting, or watching videos. Our bodies aren't designed to hold that position for long periods, and that can cause painful issues. One company has their eye on this problem, and aims to fix it.

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It’s time to stop thinking about smartphones as being ‘just phones’

It’s time to stop thinking about smartphones as being ‘just phones’

I've seen some articles floating around social media again in which someone proclaims that smartphones are expensive luxuries used by mindless people to entertain themselves with mindless games while truly smart and savvy people continue to use their old flip phones. These articles are nothing new; they resurface regularly, enjoy brief popularity as cynical people bat them back and forth with thinly veiled comments about their own superiority, and then they fizzle back into dormancy for a while. What none of them seem to realize is that smartphones are so much more than just 'fancy phones.'

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MEEM is the first cable that backs up your phone

MEEM is the first cable that backs up your phone

I'm terrible about backing up my phone. I generally only need to charge it overnight, so I simply dock it when I go to sleep. And since I'm only at my computer for the first half of the day, I rarely think about plugging it in to sync. Well one company wants to help you backup your phone every time that you charge it.

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