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ZTE Hawkeye, formerly Project CSX, jumps on Kickstarter

ZTE Hawkeye, formerly Project CSX, jumps on Kickstarter

From crowdsourcing to crowdfunding. That basically sums up the conception and infancy of the ZTE Hawkeye, the formal and final name of the smartphone that was born out of ZTE’s unexpected Project CSX, short for “Crowd Sourced X”. Now that smartphone, which is basically a self-adhesive device with built-in eye tracking, will be put to the test to see if there really is a market for such a smartphone. Or if supporters of the CSX initiative are truly ready to see this through and raise $500,000 to start the Hawkeye’s production.

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ZTE Blade V8 Pro brings brand and dual cameras to the US

ZTE Blade V8 Pro brings brand and dual cameras to the US

By now, ZTE should no longer be an unfamiliar name in the US smartphone market. Having started out with the budget nubia sub-brand, the Chinese manufacturer has brought a stronger and higher end Axon line to the West. Now it is filling in the gaps by bringing its Blade brand to this major market as well. Known for mixing usually premium features with mid-range specs and prices, the Blade V8 Pro, the first Blade to step on US soil, indeed sports dual cameras are earlier leaked. Fortunately, the actual facts turned out to be even better.

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See Galaxy S8 release details in top-end renders

See Galaxy S8 release details in top-end renders

On the Galaxy S8 front this morning a series of images were "leaked" by a fellow by the name of Veniamin Geskin. These images show the Samsung Galaxy S8 in all its massive glory, complete with a full lack of a home button up front. This version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 would also be sporting two display "edges" flowing down its side, not unlike the Samsung Galaxy Edge lines of the past.

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Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

This week we're having a look at a pair of smart shoes that take the Nike MAG (Back to the Future self-lacing shoes) to a new level. These have nothing to do with Nike, nor are they to be mistaken for any other official Back to the Future technology. According to the folks representing this shoe, Zhor-Tech, the real challenge in creating a shoe like this is mixing electronic knowhow with footwear - dust, shocks, humidity - and of course wireless electronic lacing.

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Galaxy Note 8 is still a thing, coming with 4K screen, Bixby

Galaxy Note 8 is still a thing, coming with 4K screen, Bixby

Why throw the baby out with the bathwater? That might be the very question crossing Samsung execs’ mind in trying to decide the fate of its Galaxy Note brand. After the utter mess that was the Galaxy Note 7, there have been repeated calls for dumping the Note brand, believing it to be cursed, or at least irreparably tainted. A single incident, however, may not be enough reason for Samsung to throw in the towel, and, at least according to an unnamed company official, it will still put out a Galaxy Note phablet later this year.

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LG Stylo 3 hands-on: tiny stylus, no Note 7 kill

LG Stylo 3 hands-on: tiny stylus, no Note 7 kill

This evening we've had a little bit of time to experience the LG Stylo 3, aka the LG Stylus 3, a smartphone with a built-in stylus. This is the third edition of the device, as the name implies, and it's ready to do the basics. It's not ready to be a Galaxy Note killer - but once again it's possible LG never intended to make the direct comparison.

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This Honor Magic should’ve been Honor’s big CES 2017 launch

This Honor Magic should’ve been Honor’s big CES 2017 launch

Honor brought its Millennial-bait 6X to CES 2017 complete with a startlingly low price tag, but it hid its magic - literally - in the corner of a demo booth. The Honor Magic was announced for China some months ago, but had until now avoided American shores, despite no shortage of interest. It's undoubtedly the company's most interesting device right now.

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Honor 6X targets Millennial photo-addicts on an Android budget

Honor 6X targets Millennial photo-addicts on an Android budget

Honor, Huawei's brand obsessed with Millennials and selling them smartphones, has brought its latest model at CES 2017, the Honor 6X. Boasting two cameras on the back, for a surprisingly broad aperture range of f/0.95 through to f/16 - albeit digitally aided - the Honor 6X could very well turn out to be a favorite of the shutterbug on a budget. As well as the dual lenses, there's phase detection autofocus for 0.3-second locks.

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BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

Well that went fast. It feels like only yesterday when BlackBerry put out the DTEK60. Actually it was just a few months ago, so not exactly an exaggeration. It was no secret that BlackBerry had one last smartphone up its sleeve, perhaps the last of its kind. A smartphone bearing its own, non-sliding physical keyboard has been expected, and it seems it's coming sooner rather than later. At CES 2017, right at the start of the year, BlackBerry and TCL will reveal what is perhaps the last keyboard smartphone, the BlackBerry PRESS.

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Galaxy S8 leaked to get Continuum-like experience

Galaxy S8 leaked to get Continuum-like experience

Our smartphones are very capable computers in their own right and some have even taken that to its logical extension. Features like Microsoft's Continuum and Ubuntu's Convergence give the promise of turning our smartphones into our desktops, give or take. It seems that Samsung might be joining the fray in just a few months if this leaked slide means what we think it means. Supposedly taken from a presentation for the Galaxy S8, it shows what Samsung is calling its Desktop Experience, which looks pretty much like Windows 10 Mobile's Continuum feature.

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OnePlus 3, 3T get Android Nougat in time for the new year

OnePlus 3, 3T get Android Nougat in time for the new year

Just in the nick of time. OnePlus gave itself an end of the year deadline and it has just beat the deadliest of deadlines. With just a few hours to spare, at least from OnePlus HQ, the high-profile Chinese OEM announced the incremental rollout of Oxygen OS 4.0, which brings Android 7.0 Nougat not only to the OnePlus 3T as promised but also to the OnePlus 3 as well. A fitting way to start the new year and end the old one, provided the update actually gets to users quickly.

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Galaxy Note 7 problem unlikely due to battery only, say sources

Galaxy Note 7 problem unlikely due to battery only, say sources

Samsung has already concluded its investigations and already knows what made its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 explosive. It has already shared its findings with independent labs and is expected to share those results with the rest of the world soon, probably this month even. And yet, in an industry notorious for leakS, there how been very little info about that data and Samsung is exercising extreme caution with leaks. That may be because, according to industry sources, the root cause of the Galaxy Note 7's problem isn't simply a battery issue, contrary to what Samsung kept on insisting months ago.

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