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Republic Wireless Relay is designed to curb smartphone addiction

Republic Wireless Relay is designed to curb smartphone addiction

Republic Wireless has designed a new device for kids called Relay, and it is intended to curb smartphone addiction. Relay is described as a smart walkie-talkie, one that doesn't feature a screen but enables families to stay connected via voice. The device works with both WiFi networks and 4G LTE, and it doubles as a tracking device so that parents can keep an eye on where their child is located.

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Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Apple may have planted its flag on the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) can still be mindful of privacy, but Qualcomm is looking to unlock the same for Android with the new Snapdragon 845. The new system-on-chip (SoC), unveiled today, will help device and service-makers break their phones, apps, and other products away from their tether to the cloud. It also puts a renewed focus on security.

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This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its new super-chip, the Snapdragon 845, set to be found inside smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018. Renewing Qualcomm's focus on virtual and augmented reality, computational photography, video capture, mobile security, and more, the new system-on-chip (SoC) promises faster performance along with more efficient battery use and charging.

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iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

Consumers coveting the iPhone X can now buy an unlocked SIM-free version of the handset directly from Apple, giving them the freedom to use it on whatever carrier they want whenever they want. The unlocked version has appeared on Apple's website, where it is listed alongside the existing carrier-centric versions. Customization options remain.

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Samsung Galaxy X folding phone tipped for 2018 launch

Samsung Galaxy X folding phone tipped for 2018 launch

The Galaxy X smartphone, first leaked back in September followed by roundabout confirmation from Samsung, may launch next year, according to sources speaking with a Korean newspaper. These sources claim that the Galaxy X will be a folding phone, a claim we've heard before, but more widely that Samsung is working to get a primary foothold in the upcoming folding smartphone market.

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Substitute Phones are fidget spinners for the iPhone-obsessed

Substitute Phones are fidget spinners for the iPhone-obsessed

What are your fastidious fingers meant to do when the novelty of a fidget spinner wears off? Designer Klemens Schillinger may have the answer with his Substitute Phones series, part artwork and part social message. Described as "the object as a therapeutic approach," each may be shaped like a phone but only does one thing.

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Motorola Black Friday deals 2017 include Moto Z2 Play and mods

Motorola Black Friday deals 2017 include Moto Z2 Play and mods

Motorola, as with Verizon and many others before it, has detailed the Black Friday deals it is offering consumers this holiday season. The company has a total of five deals currently live on its website, including a big discount on the unlocked version of its Moto Z2 Play handset. For those who already have the Moto phone of their dreams, all of the Moto Mods are also discounted.

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Galaxy S9 specs leak ahead of rumored CES preview

Galaxy S9 specs leak ahead of rumored CES preview

Samsung may be planning to show off its upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship smartphones at CES 2018, according to a new report, though the extent of the unveiling is anyone's guess. This reveal won't replace the expected March launch event, per the tipped details, so it is possible we won't see much at the show in January.

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Best Buy Black Friday deals mark down games, TVs, and smart speakers

Best Buy Black Friday deals mark down games, TVs, and smart speakers

We're quickly closing in on Black Friday, and as such, a lot of retailers are getting their planned deals out in the open. It seems that Best Buy will have some of the most extensive deals out there, today releasing a 50-page Black Friday preview ad. Within those pages are deals on pretty much any gadget you can imagine, whether you're looking for a video game, a TV, or a refrigerator.

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Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Samsung has just teased the existence of an AI-centric software for its flagship smartphones called the Samsung Galaxy AI UX. This may be a rebranding of the company's UI, and it is expected to be introduced with the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone. This underscores the company's strong focus on Bixby and the overall vision it has for the use of its AI in a full ecosystem of products.

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Google Assistant Pixel 2 troubleshooting feature appears in preview

Google Assistant Pixel 2 troubleshooting feature appears in preview

Google Pixel 2 owners can now get help troubleshooting their smartphone using Google's own personal assistant app, at least unofficially. The feature appears to work for both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL phones, but not for other handsets with the app. The person who spotted the ability is located in the US and running a developers preview of Android Oreo 8.1.

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Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

There's another good reason to pick up an Essential Phone, with the company releasing its Android Oreo beta today. The new software has been pushed out via Essential's developer site, fulfilling its promise back in October to quickly move users to the latest version of Android.

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