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New Synaptics touch controller could give Android a 3D Touch

Apple introduced the idea of a new way of interacting with touch gestures, first with Force Touch and then with 3D Touch on the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Naturally, it will become the next trendy technology that everyone will vie for. Luckily for everyone else, Synaptics has come out with some new touch controllers that could give smartphones like those running on Android exactly that. Calling it ClearForce, Synapitics is introducing a new way to interact with smartphones and expanding the current gesture beyond the current tap, swipe, and pinch.

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iPhone 6s has a zoom with 3D touch feature

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been out for a full weekend now, meaning users have had a fair amount of time to play with the screen's new 3D Touch feature, which basically adds pressure sensitivity. In addition to Apple's own pre-installed apps, there are a number of third-party apps already taking advantage of 3D Touch. But there's one way to use it that hasn't been promoted, and is mostly buried deep in the settings: a screen zoom feature.

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These are the first third-party apps to support 3D Touch

Today the iPhone 6s will be in the hands of thousands of new users, and with it, Apple's newest hardware feature: 3D Touch. This piece of technology senses how deeply a user presses the iPhone's display, also giving the user real-time feedback with the device's new Taptic Engine. Today we have a list of the first set of 3rd-party apps that'll be working with 3D Touch functionality, right out the gate.

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I want my next iPhone to have dimples

3D Touch on the iPhone 6s is, if you believe the early impressions, about as big a change to touchscreen phones as capacitive multitouch was eight years ago. Having tried it myself, earlier this month when Apple officially unveiled the 6s and its iPhone 6s Plus sibling, I certainly agree that it's an intriguing mixture of new and familiar: something you acclimatize to almost instantly, but the potential of which for shaking up interface design is vast. What intrigues me is how it could contribute to the evolution of one of the iPhone's most consistent design elements.

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This Acer Chromebook R 11 shows why Windows is afraid

Once upon a time, Chromebooks were the flimsy, uninspiring netbooks of the cloud generation. Now, they're often more interesting than "proper" computers. Case in point: 2015 has seen a number of striking convertibles, offering multiple form-factors with the sort of budget pricing that Google's Chrome OS has become notorious for.

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Huawei Mate S features Force Touch, knuckle gesture recognition

Huawei is using its stage time at IFA 2015 to announce its latest smartphone, the Mate S, clear shot at rivaling Apple's forthcoming iPhone "6s" Plus. First off, the device features a 5.5-inch display, down from the 6-inch Ascend Mate 7 from last year, but it's also touting Force Touch, the same pressure sensitive touchscreen technology that Apple debuted in the Apple Watch and Retina MacBook, and is expected to be a big part of this year's new iPhones.

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You can bend AUO’s flexible phone to navigate apps

While we're now well into the era of curved screen smartphones, thanks to hits like Samsung's Galaxy Edge devices, Taiwanese manufacturer AUO has raised the bar with its new flexible phone concept. Unveiled at Touch Taiwan 2015 this week, the screen isn't just bendable for the sake of showing how strong it is, it's actually used as a form of input. Corners or sides of the phone can be bent with up to six degrees getting recognized as inputs similar to a stylus or pinch-to-zoom gestures.

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Acer puts Windows 10 on its touchscreen iMac rivals

Acer has revamped its skinny all-in-one PC, slotting Windows 10 and full-touch into the Aspire Z3-710. The 23.8-inch desktop has a Full HD display with 10-finger multitouch, while inside are Intel's processors with up to a Core i5-4590T supported. Meanwhile, Acer offers up to 2TB of storage, though there's no SSD option at this stage.

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The Problem with Touch controls in the Automotive Industry

You don’t have to be an automotive expert to know that tech is coming to the automotive market in a huge way. Technology in cars is so pervasive these days that many tech firms like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are fighting to get their foot in the door first. One big byproduct of tech firms moving into the automotive industry is that they bring ideas about what works in the tech market with smartphones and tablets and try to apply that to the automotive market.

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Touchjet WAVE turns any TV into an Android Surface Hub

We already have smart TVs, even those that run Android, but interacting with them still isn't something that has settled into a standard. You've got remote controls, gamepads, and even keyboard and mouse. So why not throw in two more ways? Like touch and a stylus. If that sounds almost familiar, then you've probably heard of Microsoft's Surface Hub. The Touchjet WAVE can do that too but at a fraction of the price and with the more open and more flexible Android. That is, if the crowdfunding campaign gets off the ground.

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