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Vuzix Blade 3000 Sunglasses are like a smartwatch for your face

Vuzix Blade 3000 Sunglasses are like a smartwatch for your face

Vuzix is looking to fuse the world of wearable tech and augmented reality with its new Blade 3000 Smart Sunglasses. The company has unveiled its new smart specs, announcing that they'll be at showcased at CES next year. These glasses aim to give users a head-up display that can take the place of their smartphone in many instances, similar to the capabilities of a smartwatch.

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Reasons why Google’s Pixel 2 could be the best phone ever

Reasons why Google’s Pixel 2 could be the best phone ever

As we’re busy heaping praise on the Google Pixel, one interesting factoid has come out that suggest what Google does next might really blow the iPhone away. It’s not new camera features; many would argue that’s not necessary anyway. It’s also now a new processor, though we’re entirely sure that’s coming as well. Next time, it’ll be all about partnerships and how much time Google has to focus in on how to build what could be the best phone ever, hands down.

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Samsung itself is hesitating on foldable phones, says report

Samsung itself is hesitating on foldable phones, says report

Just when you thought that Samsung is really close to launching a foldable smartphone next year, it seems that it’s still not a sure deal. Or if it does come, it will be even more limited than the eccentric and curved Galaxy Round. According to reports, the embattled Korean OEM is indeed already capable of producing a foldable smartphone by late 2017, albeit in small quantities. Uncharacteristic of Samsung, however, is the report that the company is actually exercising caution, having second thoughts about the feasibility of such a product.

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HTC Bolt launched with 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation support, no headphone jack

HTC Bolt launched with 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation support, no headphone jack

Sprint has announced that it has landed a new smartphone for customers to choose that is the fastest device Sprint offers on its network. The smartphone is called the HTC Bolt and the big feature of the device is that it is built for the speedy Sprint LTE Plus network and supports 3x20 MHz Carrier Aggregation. Support for that network comes thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon X10 LTE modem.

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This is the Project Ara modular smartphone we could have had

This is the Project Ara modular smartphone we could have had

The dream of a truly modular smartphone is dead. Or at least the dream of having a consumer product by 2017. While the LG G5 and Moto Z sort of foreshadow what is possible, the fulfillment of the ideal modular smartphone died when Google killed off Project Ara, leaving us to wonder what could have been. Fortunately, the folks over at Phandroid were able to get their hands on one of the later iterations of the near complete Project Ara smartphone, revealing details of the stillborn mobile device.

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UMi Plus E steps up the game with Helio P20, 6 GB RAM

UMi Plus E steps up the game with Helio P20, 6 GB RAM

When we reviewed the UMi Plus a few weeks ago, we found little to differentiate it from the UMi Super that we reviewed previously. But had we reviewed the UMi Plus E instead, we might have had a very different opinion. Differing only by one letter in its name, the Plus E puts the "plus" in this mid-range smartphone. While most of the specs remain the same, it upgrades the smartphone in two areas where it matters the most: the processor and memory.

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Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook has recently become more aggressive in its expansion into other territories, particularly those already held by bigger names in that area. Facebook Workplace struck at Slack even before Microsoft got its Teams out the door. Facebook was recently reported to be aiming for LinkedIn as well. Heck, it is even taking a stab at Valve’s Steam with Facebook Gameroom. And now, it is again trying to wrest the crown from Snapchat, for the third time already. But this time, Facebook Flash is treading where Snapchat might have difficulty walking into: Internet-constrained markets.

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BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

It is an end of an era for BlackBerry. Under the charge of CEO John Chen, the former smartphone giant has shifted its focus from a complete product stack to a software development house. There will still be BlackBerry phones of course, but those will no longer be made by BlackBerry itself. And chances are, they will be your traditional all-screen smartphone.Well, except one. Chen has finally confirmed that the company will pay tribute, perhaps one last time, to the classic keyboard-wielding phone that made the company popular.

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OnePlus 3T may be the Android phone benchmark for 2017

OnePlus 3T may be the Android phone benchmark for 2017

The newest smartphone from OnePlus has been teased as the OnePlus 3T, a device with specifications that trump all previous units. This is not the sort of release that undercuts a previous smartphone. Instead, OnePlus seems to be set on releasing a smartphone that takes everything the OnePlus 3 is and gives it a boost. Whether or not that ends up being fair for OnePlus 3 users seems irrelevant.

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Verizon Ellipsis 8 HD tablet launches with Android Marshmallow

Verizon Ellipsis 8 HD tablet launches with Android Marshmallow

Following a recent leak, Verizon has officially launched the new Ellipsis 8 HD. The tablet boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor and Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, as well as a relatively inexpensive price tag of $249.99 USD alongside a couple payment options. This is an update to the carrier’s previously launched Ellipsis 8, a budget-tier tablet that, unfortunately, has earned modest-to-low reviews in the couple years since launching.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 successor detailed as “whole new ballgame”

Samsung Galaxy S7 successor detailed as “whole new ballgame”

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is tipped as aiming to revitalize the good name of the company with three sizes at once. The company's strategy has been considered, says our source, in several different ways. What may end up being the most wise is a three-pronged strategy. In that strategy, a release of the Galaxy S8, a new Galaxy S8 Plus, and the swift return of the Galaxy Note series, too.

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Google Maps beta reveals new features, including default satellite view

Google Maps beta reveals new features, including default satellite view

It would seem a new update that adds a few noteworthy features is on the way to Google Maps. The update to version 9.41.0 isn't officially here yet, but it has entered beta, giving us a good look at what's coming up. The folks over at Android Police got their hands on the beta and have put together a changelog that details the biggest additions this update will offer.

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