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Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

If you want to message your friends, but don't want to use plain old text messaging, you have plenty of apps to choose from. If you want to send photos, you can use Snapchat. If you want to make sure that all of your messages are encrypted, you can use WhatsApp. And now, if you want to virtually kick your friend in the crotch, then you can use Rawr.

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iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

One of my favorite features to come to the iPhone was the fingerprint reader. I've had laptops in the past with the feature, but I never really found myself using it very often. However, with a smartphone, it's so nice to just press and hold my finger for a second or two, rather than tapping in a passcode. A recent change to iOS means that you'll have to start using your passcode a little more often than before, though.

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Microsoft sells Nokia brand use to Foxconn and HMD global

Microsoft sells Nokia brand use to Foxconn and HMD global

There was a time when there was one, unquestionable king of cellphones. No, I'm not talking about Apple, as this was before their time. I'm not even referring to Blackberry, who certainly had their time. I'm referring to Nokia, who is famous for their nearly-indestructable candy bar phones. Well the brand is looking to make a comeback.

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Moto Z tipped to replace Moto X as new flagship phone

Moto Z tipped to replace Moto X as new flagship phone

Lenovo subsidiary Motorola reportedly has a pair of flagship smartphones in the pipeline, and they may be launching under the new “Moto Z” moniker rather than the company’s now-familiar Moto X. The company’s two tipped handsets are said to go by the codenames Vertex and Vector Thin; per a new leak, the Vector Thin will supposedly launch as the “Moto Z Style,” while the Vertex will launch as the “Moto Z Play."

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Google’s Gboard keyboard is coming to Android

Google’s Gboard keyboard is coming to Android

Yesterday Google released their new 3rd-party keyboard for iOS users named Gboard. With it, came the extremely-useful G button, which essentially integrates Google searches into your keyboard. This means never having to leave your messaging app just to search for something relevant again. Naturally, Android owners have been wondering where their version of the app is.

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Greenlight turns your smartphone into a dash cam

Greenlight turns your smartphone into a dash cam

In this digital age, having a dash cam almost feels like a necessity. In the event of an accident, you'll at least have the comfort of knowing that some portion of it was caught on camera. This makes it a bit easier when it's being determined who is at fault for the collision. But when all of us have a perfectly good camera in our pocket at all times, why should we need to buy an extra one, just to sit in our cars?

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ASUS ZenFone 3 will be launched in June

ASUS ZenFone 3 will be launched in June

ASUS will launch the ZenFone 3 in June, the company’s CEO has stated. More than 90-percent of the next-generation ZenFone handsets will feature Qualcomm processors, as well, with the remainder using MediaTek instead. Following the early summer launch, ASUS will start shipping the phones in six countries this upcoming August.

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ASUS ZenFone Go TV has a built-in digital TV tuner

ASUS ZenFone Go TV has a built-in digital TV tuner

ASUS has launched an interesting addition to its ZenFone lineup: the ZenFone Go TV smartphone with an integrated TV tuner. As expected, the tuner allows users to receive and watch local over-the-air TV channels wherever there is reception, providing an alternative to data-hungry video streaming services like Netflix. The smartphone supports the DTV channels available in 41 countries.

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Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

I do photography for fun, so I'm used to purchasing new lenses to get the shots that I want. It's just something that comes with the territory. These days you can even pick up new lenses for the camera on the back of your phone. But what you may never have considered getting one for is your phone's flash.

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Viking Horde malware uses Google Play Store to infect Android devices

Viking Horde malware uses Google Play Store to infect Android devices

Android owners might want to be extra cautious about the apps they download, for a little while. There's a new piece of malware in the wild, and it's turning phones and tablets alike into a part of a large botnet. The worst part about the new Viking Horde malware is that it appears to be coming from a number of apps available on the Google Play store.

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The feds are ramping up for war on bad mobile security

The feds are ramping up for war on bad mobile security

Apple, Google, and a host of other smartphone makers and US carriers have found themselves the subject of a mobile security investigation. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have kicked off a joint inquiry to figure out how smartphones and other devices are kept secure and up-to-date, given the increasing number of hacking attempts and the amount of personal data users now generally carry around in their pockets or purses.

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India: Apple can’t import and sell refurbished iPhones here

India: Apple can’t import and sell refurbished iPhones here

Apple wants to sell refurbished iPhones in India, but the nation isn’t interested in letting that happen. According to an official with India’s telecommunications ministry, India has denied Apple’s request over fears that an influx of used iPhones will undermine the nation’s own Make-in-India program and local manufacturers who may not be able to compete with Apple otherwise.

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