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Cyanogen introduces Mods, partners with Microsoft for Skype, Cortana, and more

Cyanogen introduces Mods, partners with Microsoft for Skype, Cortana, and more

If you like having some extra control over your phone's OS, then you probably have an Android device. And if you really want to have full control, you might just use Cyanogen. Well today, the possibilities for that particular branch of Android have opened up considerably.

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Acer unveils Liquid Zest and Liquid Jade 2 at MWC 2016

Acer unveils Liquid Zest and Liquid Jade 2 at MWC 2016

Acer has rolled out some interesting new devices at Mobile World Congress 2016 including the Liquid Zest, Liquid Zest 4G, and Liquid Jade smartphones. The Liquid Zest and Zest 4G share most of the same hardware with the only difference being the support for 4G connectivity and sound. Both have Android 6.0 for the operating system and come in midnight black or daylight white colors.

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Qualcomm: 5G is more than just blistering data speed

Qualcomm: 5G is more than just blistering data speed

Shiny new hardware like the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 might be the most attention-grabbing thing at Mobile World Congress this week, but the next-generation backbone of 5G networks are arguably more important. Qualcomm certainly has a vested interest in seeing 5G roll out sooner rather than later, but according to the company is about much more than just a bump in data speed.

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Sprint doubles down on data with their Better Choice plans

Sprint doubles down on data with their Better Choice plans

I enjoy watching phone providers fight it out to win over customers. Each one steps up their game just a bit, in order to outdo the competition. But just as one seems to have the upper hand, another comes out and flexes its muscles, in attempt to lure people to their service with a better deal. Today's newest deal comes from Sprint, who wants to give you more data than the competition.

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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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