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Samsung’s new 12 Gigabit LPDDR4 paves the way for 6 GB RAM on smartphones

Samsung’s new 12 Gigabit LPDDR4 paves the way for 6 GB RAM on smartphones

Samsung has been steadily improving its semiconductor products, from processors to NAND storage, and now to volatile memory, to help offset its disappointing smartphone sales. While the numbers and names might be a bit confusing thanks to how they're marketed, this 12 Gigabit, not Gigabyte, LPDDR4 RAM is still a notable achievement. By squeezing in more memory in a single chip made with the same 20 nm process, Samsung is practically paving the way for smartphones and tablets to soon have as much as 6 GB of RAM inside.

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AirConsole turns browsers into a local multiplayer console

AirConsole turns browsers into a local multiplayer console

We've seen how the likes of Chromecast can turn TV screens into gaming screens, but what if you don't even have that? What if all you had was a big desktop or tablet monitor and a smartphone? What if you wanted to enjoy good old competitive gameplay with your friends in the same room? Luckily, someone has thought of a solution to that. Meet AirConsole, the virtual web-based gaming console that turns any browser into a local multiplayer gaming experience and your smartphone into controllers.

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Alcatel reveals new POP and GO devices at IFA 2015

Alcatel reveals new POP and GO devices at IFA 2015

As reported earlier, Alcatel has a bunch of new devices ready for us at IFA 2015 and now it's sharing the details about those. Well, as least some of the details. The manufacturer isn't still spilling all the beans but is teasing just enough to keep things interesting. The 5-inch POP STAR, for example, boasts of a wide array of covers to choose from while the POP UP shows some muscle with its octa-core processor. And Alcatel's new GO line comes with a smartphone and a smartwatch for more active users.

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T-Mobile starts rolling out native video calling feature

T-Mobile starts rolling out native video calling feature

Most smartphones have a front-facing camera, but video calling is still far from common. Despite it not being as convenient as voice calls in certain situations, it's also more difficult to arrange -- you'll need the other person to install the same app (Messenger, for example) in order to place a video call, and will need to toggle between apps depending on what your friends are using. T-Mobile is, as has become its focus, aiming to change this. Today the wireless carrier announced native video calls, which places the new calling feature right in the phone's dialer.

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Lenovo VIBE Series phones offer Lollipop, uber selfies, and quick charging

Lenovo VIBE Series phones offer Lollipop, uber selfies, and quick charging

Lenovo's new VIBE Series of smartphones is comprised of three models: the VIBE S1, VIBE P1, and VIBE P1m. Each phone is similar in features and design, but with their own unique functions and perks. The first of the bunch, for example, features a front-facing camera that produces “the ultimate selfie photo”; the P1, the next step up, boasts “exceptional battery life”; and there’s the more budget friendly among them, the VIBE P1m, which includes a splash-proof nano coating, among other things.

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Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus ‘phablets’ are budget friendly

Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus ‘phablets’ are budget friendly

Lenovo has introduced some budget-friendly "phablet"-sized smartphones, the Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus. Both phones boast big displays and a wide array of features, as well as price points that put them in the reasonable range for most consumers. This positions them to compete with other big-screened smartphones from the like of Samsung and Apple, and with -- as far as most consumers are concerned -- few notable tradeoffs.

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Moto X Pure Edition U.S. preorders start tomorrow

Moto X Pure Edition U.S. preorders start tomorrow

Motorola has announced the Moto X Pure Edition will be going up for preorder tomorrow in the United States. The Pure Edition will have a starting price of $399.99 USD, and will be available this coming fall, according to Motorola’s website. The Moto X Pure Edition brings with it all the stylings of the Moto X, but with a “pure Android experience,” says Motorola, as well as being unlocked, giving users the freedom to toggle between carriers.

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Pew report: Americans frown upon phone use in social settings

Pew report: Americans frown upon phone use in social settings

The widespread presence of mobile devices, namely smartphones, have brought about new issues in regards to etiquette, and though over the years a general shape about proper usage has formed, many still bicker about what is appropriate and what isn’t. Pew Research recently surveyed a bunch of Americans to find out their opinions on smartphone usage in public, and found that while most people are fine with phones being used when a person is in public, only a small percentage think it is okay to use the phone during a social gathering, whether you’re at the restaurant or just talking to someone.

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BlackBerry Passport with Android Lollipop shows up in video

BlackBerry Passport with Android Lollipop shows up in video

We’ve known for a while now that BlackBerry is looking to add Android to its own hardware, and in recent times we’ve seen the slider codenamed Venice which is purported to be the first BlackBerry phone running Google’s OS. Now a new video has surfaced showing the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android Lollipop, hinting that we might be seeing Android versions of BlackBerry’s existing models.

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Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

In early October, researchers will show off Microsoft’s new MobileFusion technology, a project that enables an ordinary smartphone to serve as a 3D scanner. MobileFusion is notable for a number of reasons: it doesn’t require any special attachments, nor does it require an Internet connection, and it is something any smartphone user could utilize. Most present day smartphones are powerful enough to use the 3D scanning system, with the phone’s camera being the starting point of that system and an algorithm doing the rest of the work.

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ZTE Warp Elite budget Android phone hits Boost Mobile

ZTE Warp Elite budget Android phone hits Boost Mobile

ZTE has a new budget smartphone, the ZTE Warp Elite. The Warp Elite has launched through Boost Mobile, where it is priced at $180 USD. Unlike many budget phones, the ZTE Warp Elite features a large 5.5 inch display and other specs that are — at least in relation to the phone's price tag — fairly notable. This includes a 13 megapixel rear camera and the use of Android Lollipop 5.1, an atypically large battery, and a sleek, non-cheesy design.

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Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera has pushed out an update for its Opera Max Android app, and with it comes much-awaited support for both Netflix and YouTube. Opera Max is an app that compresses content and manages data usage to maximize how much browsing you can do with your carrier's monthly data allotment. According to Opera, the app will save data across 3G/4G /LTE and Wi-Fi networks by up to 50 percent. One of its big bragging points is that its compression comes with minor quality loss, so much so that users aren’t likely to notice any changes in the content’s quality.

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