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OnePlus One Mini allegedly surfaces in two photos

OnePlus One Mini allegedly surfaces in two photos

OnePlus recently teased on its Google Plus page plans to do something tomorrow -- likely introduce a new device. Ahead of it is a new leak that might clue us in on what to expect: the OnePlus One Mini, or whatever it might be called. Two images have surfaced showing a OnePlus handset with a 5-inch display and white backing, both of them having been posted over on Chinese website Weibo. If this is the device we'll be seeing tomorrow, OnePlus teases: "We've got 10,000".

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PuzzlePhone is a modular phone set for release in 2015

PuzzlePhone is a modular phone set for release in 2015

Google’s Project Ara is a really interesting concept; a smartphone that never really becomes obsolete. Working on that concept, a new contender has emerged in the form of Circular Devices, a Finnish company readying their own modular smartphone, the PuzzlePhone. Visually, it’s a bit more approachable than Google’s Ara, and a bit simpler overall. Rather than make each component swappable, PuzzlePhone has two major elements you can replace: the brain, and the heart. It’s a neat concept, and may end up the next step in modular smartphones.

 

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South Korea: $27k fine, 3 yrs in jail for unregistered ‘selfie-sticks’

South Korea: $27k fine, 3 yrs in jail for unregistered ‘selfie-sticks’

Selfie-taking South Koreans have one-upped the rest of the world with the rapid popularity of "selfie-sticks," or low-tech solutions to improving self-portraits taken with our high-tech phones while in public. But now the country is getting ready to crack down on the tools, even making them illegal. For becoming public nuisances? For being used as weapons? No, it's simply because they're unregistered Bluetooth devices.

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FCC labels on phones, tablets will soon vanish

FCC labels on phones, tablets will soon vanish

The back of your smartphone or tablet probably has a series of symbols meant to inform you about what not to do with your device as well as who’s approved it for your pocket. Now, new legislation has been signed into law to move those etched or printed symbols into the software. The E-Label Act, signed into law today by President Obama, was only introduced this Summer. Manufacturers will now have to find a new way to entertain you while you stare at the rear of your device.

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OnePlus, Cyanogen to part ways in India

OnePlus, Cyanogen to part ways in India

OnePlus is set to make their first foray into India soon, an emerging market where many an OEM is staking claim. Since launching (slowly) stateside, OnePlus’ One smartphone has enjoyed Cyanogen, an operating system built atop Google’s Android. India, however, won’t have the same courtesy. When OnePlus launches their device for the Indian market, Cyanogen won’t be on it. Cyanogen has instead chosen to go with Micromax, an OEM more familiar to the Indian market. Cyanogen and Micromax also have an exclusive deal.

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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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