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Archos Diamond 2 phones pack 2K display, USB-C

Archos Diamond 2 phones pack 2K display, USB-C

Archos has a pair of new smartphones, the Diamond 2 Plus and Diamond 2 Note. Both feature similar designs and an impressive roster of features considering their mid-range prices. Archos won’t be launching the phones until this upcoming May, but it has detailed both of them ahead of that launch. Features include Android Marshmallow, USB-C, a borderless display, and more.

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LG’s new ultra-slim bio sensor is more accurate, needs less power

LG’s new ultra-slim bio sensor is more accurate, needs less power

LG Innotek has taken the wraps off a new ultra-slim optical bio sensor module it has developed for tracking various health metrics including things like stress, heart rate, and oxygen levels. Higher-end smartphones typically include these sort of modules — the Galaxy S6, for example — and they serve to complement fitness tracking wearables and fitness/health-centric apps like Moto Body and Google Fit.

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Twitter adds native GIF support to their app

Twitter adds native GIF support to their app

The internet has completely changed the way that we communicate. First, we were able to send emails. Then, we started sending instant messages, and eventually tweeting at each other in 140 characters or less. But we have finally reached what I'd like to refer to as the Golden Age of Communication. A time where we can communicate using nothing more than relevant GIFs.

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Ubersnap wants to print out your gifs (yes, they move)

Ubersnap wants to print out your gifs (yes, they move)

Remember when you first watched Harry Potter, and practically all of the technology in the wizard world was just powered by whimsy? Old oil lamps, and quills made everything feel like it was set in the 1800's. However, the wizards had one interesting piece of tech that we muggles have yet to master. Printed copies of moving pictures. These were found in frames, and even newspapers, but we still have to resort to phones and computers if we want to see that sort of thing. But one company wants to change that.

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LG G5 Quick Cover teases always-on display

LG G5 Quick Cover teases always-on display

LG has taken the wraps off its Quick Cover for the LG G5 smartphone. Though the phone isn’t available yet, the company has detailed its windowed cover, and also teased the rumored always-on display feature. With the LG G5 Quick Cover, which features a semi-transparent mesh cover, users are able to see certain details on their display through a small window, eliminating the need to open the cover for every little notification.

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Final Fantasy IX is now available on iOS and Android

Final Fantasy IX is now available on iOS and Android

Just a couple weeks ago, Square Enix made a surprising move. We know that they've been working on remakes and remasters of various Final Fantasy titles, but one we hadn't heard about was IX. So when they showed off the game running on a mobile device, people went nuts.

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Google reverses Android ad-blocker decision

Google reverses Android ad-blocker decision

Just last week, Google seemed to declare war on mobile ad-blockers on the Google Play app store. It all started when they blocked Adblock Fast from the store. The most bizarre part of the story was Google's vague reasoning behind their decision, which was that it violated Section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement. Well, now they appear to have reversed course.

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Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

It's 2016, and my phone can't last more than a day or so on a full charge. For whatever reason, phone manufacturers still seem to care more about the size of the phone than how long the battery will last. And as it turns out, app developers aren't helping matters, either.

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OnePlus 2 gets a $40 price drop

OnePlus 2 gets a $40 price drop

Last month, OnePlus quietly pulled the 16GB version of their OnePlus 2 phone from their online store here in the US. While I was happy to see the small size go, it did mean that the entry price for a OnePlus 2 went up considerably. Well, just a few short weeks later, that's changing.

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Sony’s dual-camera system being used by ‘major smartphone players’

Sony’s dual-camera system being used by ‘major smartphone players’

Amidst all the rumors about upcoming smartphones packing dual camera systems, Sony itself has added fuel to the fire. During its third quarter earnings call in the recent past, the company’s chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida answered an analyst’s question about dual camera adoption in the future, saying in part that “major smartphone players” will be using Sony’s dual camera platform.

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Samsung Galaxy S II gets the Marshmallow treatment

Samsung Galaxy S II gets the Marshmallow treatment

People love to have the latest and greatest gadgets. If your phone is more than a year or two old, you might as well just throw it out, right? Actually, many phones still keep working long after the manufacturer stops supporting them. In fact, if you have an old Samsung Galaxy S II that you're still using, you can get a surprising new update for it.

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Xiaomi phones pulled from US Mobile, as they’re “not authorized” to sell them

Xiaomi phones pulled from US Mobile, as they’re “not authorized” to sell them

Yesterday, we heard that Xiaomi phones would be making their way to the US market for the first time, albeit in a somewhat shady way. The devices quickly disappeared from the US Mobile site, but the question about how they came to be there in the first place still lingered. And was Xiaomi actually okay with them doing this?

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