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Vivo in-display fingerprint scanning phone ready for production

Vivo in-display fingerprint scanning phone ready for production

There were no sensational new smartphones announced at CES this year, but there is one that is at least promising to do that very soon. No, not the Galaxy S9 or any foldable phone. Chinese OEM Vivo, which some might be surprised to know is one of the world’s top 5 phone makers, is showing of what is still a prototype of a smartphone that is ready for mass production. But while the smartphone itself might be a bit nondescript at this point, it has one feature no other smartphone has yet: a fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen.

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Moto Mod slide-out QWERTY keyboard launching later this year

Moto Mod slide-out QWERTY keyboard launching later this year

The modular phone dream is practically dead, but no one seems to have told Motorola. Granted, its vision of modularity is so far removed from that of Google’s Project Ara that it might as well be called a different thing. The good news is that Motorola’s Moto Mod is far from dead and to prove that, it is announcing two crowdfunded and accelerated mods that will finally hit stores sometime this year. And, yes, that includes the QWERTY keyboard.

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Galaxy S9 unveiling confirmed for MWC, Galaxy X foldable phone in 2019

Galaxy S9 unveiling confirmed for MWC, Galaxy X foldable phone in 2019

CES is almost half over so anything that should happen would have already happened by now. And so it’s not exactly surprising when DJ Koh, Samsung’s mobile business president, confirmed it won’t be announcing the Galaxy S9 this week. Somewhat unexpected, however, is that Samsung will indeed announce its 2018 flagship not at a separate even but at, or specifically before, MWC 2018, with launch details promised to be revealed there as well.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro US release detailed (but no AT&T deal)

Huawei Mate 10 Pro US release detailed (but no AT&T deal)

Huawei will launch the Mate 10 Pro as an unlocked, SIM-free phone in the US come February 2018, selling the Android smartphone through third-party stores but not via a carrier. Announced last year, the Mate 10 Pro packs a 6-inch OLED display and a dual-lens camera developed with Leica. Meanwhile, there'll also a Porsche Design version of the phone, and a new celebrity ad campaign intended to help potential American buyers figure out how to pronounce Huawei's name.

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CES 2018: 10 more of the best devices and tech (so far)

CES 2018: 10 more of the best devices and tech (so far)

Today we're taking a second look at what's been delivered to CES 2018 in gadgets, gizmos, or otherwise innovative tech. Our first list of devices (linked at the end of this article) was limited to the first day on the ground in Las Vegas. This second list of tech from CES includes another heaping helping, this time with 50% more Alexa with every spoonful!

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Apple to combat iPhone addiction (for kids)

Apple to combat iPhone addiction (for kids)

Apple responded this week to a letter of concern from two major investors about smartphone addiction in children. The letter was dated January 6th, and came from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and investment management group Jana Partners LLC. The letter included the following: "we have reviewed the evidence and we believe there is a clear need for Apple to offer parents more choices and tools to help them ensure that young consumers are using your products in an optimal manner."

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Razer Phone Netflix HDR, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support arrives

Razer Phone Netflix HDR, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support arrives

Gaming computers also make great multimedia entertainment computers. That’s because the hardware and features necessary for smooth gaming also apply to things like playing high-quality video and audio. That definitely does seem to be the case with the Razer Phone, the smartphone by gamers for gamers that has just turned into a smartphone for video buffs as well. That’s thanks to the addition of support not just for Netflix’s HDR content but, at the same time, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio as well.

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BlackBerry promises 2 new phones plus Motion US launch details

BlackBerry promises 2 new phones plus Motion US launch details

2018 should be a busy year for BlackBerry, with with the company promising two new smartphones in addition to at least one new special-edition. The phone-maker, now owned by TCL, is playing details of the upcoming range refresh close to its chest, but we do now a few tidbits at the very least.

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Alcatel to bring 18:9 screens to all 2018 tiers

Alcatel to bring 18:9 screens to all 2018 tiers

Although not exactly one of the most talked-about smartphone brand, Alcatel, is, perhaps, one of the oldest that still remains in use today. That despite changing owners a couple of times. It has stayed in the race, but hasn’t exactly gained headway over the past years, with its devices commonly associated with mid-tier products. The new year is an opportunity to start anew and Alcatel is redefining its design for 2018, employing a new language that, among other things, will put 18:9 screens on all tiers, whether flagship, mid-range, or entry level.

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Google Pay assimilates Android Pay, Google Wallet into a single platform

Google Pay assimilates Android Pay, Google Wallet into a single platform

Google isn’t exactly known for always having a coherent product message and lineup. Just take a look at its current mess of messaging apps and services, not to mention those that it already retired. To a lesser extent, that is the same situation with its mobile payment systems, previously comprised of Android Pay, Google Wallet, and, if you’re in India, Tez. “Previously”, because Google is now combining two of those, namely Android Pay and Google Wallet, into a single “Google Pay” brand to reduce, or increase, confusion.

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Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

CES isn’t usually Google’s time to grab the spotlight but this year, it’s making its presence felt in a rather new way. No, there’s no new Google product or device being announced. Instead, there are dozens of new ones. Confused? You probably will be once you take a load of all the new speakers, headphones, smart displays, and in-car audio systems debuting at CES 2018. Despite hailing from different brands and coming in different forms, they all have one thing in common. They all have Google Assistant inside.

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CES 2018: The best gadgets and tech so far

CES 2018: The best gadgets and tech so far

Today we're going to have a run down of what we've found awesome at CES 2018 so far. The show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center hasn't yet opened, and we've already got a whole heaping helping of devices from all corners of the consumer electronics market. Let's take a peek at what's stood out the most thus far.

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