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Blackberry smartphones to offer physical keyboards in bid to redirect company’s future

Blackberry smartphones to offer physical keyboards in bid to redirect company’s future

Blackberry kicked off 2013 with a bang, and though it had tried valiantly to remake itself, the company was down by summer's end and, ultimately, limped into the new year with a different CEO and more than a few wounds to be licked. With 2014 comes a bit more wisdom and a new perspective, however, and so it isn't surprising to hear from the company's new CEO that most of Blackberry's new phones will have physical keyboards.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone specs leak in full

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone specs leak in full

The folks over at GSM Arena have acquired four documents containing the full specifications for Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 Neo, a rumored so-called lite variety of the smartphone by the same (sans Neo) name. These internal documents confirm the existence of the handset, and in it we see details that lay out a handset akin to the previous Note generation, the Note 2.

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Lenovo Vibe Z is company’s first LTE smartphone

Lenovo Vibe Z is company’s first LTE smartphone

Lenovo, quite the busy bee for CES 2014, has introduced its first-ever smartphone with LTE support, the Vibe Z. With this super thin handset comes a variety of features, including gesture control and rapid speeds. Coming alongside this flagship offering are a few other models, namely the 6-inch S930 phablet, the so-called "tweener" S650 mid-range handset, and the 5-inch A859.

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Toshiba dual-camera module for mobile devices offers object erasing

Toshiba dual-camera module for mobile devices offers object erasing

Erasing unwanted objects (read: photobombs) out of images is possible, but usually involves some after-the-fact digital editing and nearly always leaves traces of the object's absence in its wake. A dual-camera module Toshiba has developed for mobile devices -- smartphones and tablets, namely -- takes on the subject from a different angle, allowing unwanted objects to be erased from photographs.

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HP rumored to launch two Android phablets by year’s end

HP rumored to launch two Android phablets by year’s end

Hewlett-Packard may or may not release two brand new smartphones by the end of 2013, reported The Information today by way of The Verge. That gives the computing company eight days to make rumors come true. The phones -- for which no leaked or officially sanctioned images exist to our knowledge -- are expected to be a 6-inch "phablet" and a 7-inch phablet.

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OPPO N1 with pre-installed CyanogenMod ships Christmas Eve [UPDATE]

OPPO N1 with pre-installed CyanogenMod ships Christmas Eve [UPDATE]

Google this week approved CyanogenMod's operating system for pre-installation on the OPPO N1 smartphone, a CyanogenMod developer announced yesterday. The CM operating system is an open source project that changes Google's Android OS in a wide variety of ways. The OPPO N1 will be the first major handset to ship with a CM pre-installation option. [UPDATE: CM has released a demo video of its OS running on the N1; read on and click play when you get there!]

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