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Channel your inner Uber driver with this car mount for your smartphone

The fun reason to get a car mount for your phone is that it lets you channel your inner Uber driver. The practical reason is that it is way safer — and less illegal — than trying to navigate with your phone on your lap. The Avantek cell phone car mount fits in the air vents of your car dashboard. Its spring-loaded arms will hold most recent-model phones, and they’re padded to prevent any scratching or damage. Once its mounted, just clamp…

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Razer reportedly working on gamer-focused smartphone

Razer is a company known for its gaming mice, keyboards, and laptops, but the company could soon get into another product category: phones. Razer is working on a mobile phone, claims a new report from Bloomberg. Details of the device are unknown, but it’s said that Razer is targeting “hardcore gamers” with its upcoming handset. While unofficial, a Razer phone that targets gamers wouldn’t be a huge surprise. Razer acquired Nextbit, makers of the Robin Android phone, earlier this year, so Razer’s got…

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Smartphone screens find their size sweet spot

The joke in the smartphone space in years past was how screens just kept getting bigger — stretching palms and making you look ridiculous when held up to the head to talk. How times change. Talking into phones? Why, how 2005 of you! Phablets have long been the new normal as the telephone icon lost out in the war to capture our attention via finger-flicking touchscreen fun — losing out to all the other apps offering more visual ways to be…

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Win a free Samsung smartphone and six months of premium FreedomPop!

For our latest competition we’ve teamed up with FreedomPop to offer one lucky reader a free Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, as well as a premium FreedomPop contract for six months. What is FreedomPop? FreedomPop is a UK company offering UK consumers free-to-use SIM cards. No catches, no gimmicks – you can order your very own FreedomPop SIM today and be enjoying free calls, texts and internet access on your smartphone in no time at all. Right now, FreedomPop is offering three…

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What life after the smartphone will look like

News about the iPhone 8 featuring a wider bezel and OLED technology landed with a thud recently. More tweaks to the existing design, baby steps forward in the overall design. We’ve been living with smartphones for about ten years now — a bit more if you count the earliest Windows models and those made by BlackBerry and Nokia. (Note: I don’t.) The first iPhone came out in 2007, and the first Android model shipped in 2008. If you didn’t notice,…

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This might be the prettiest smartphone of all time

With the big players in the smartphone game updating their devices every year, we rarely see innovation that warrants shelling out hundreds of hard-earned pounds. Sure, the iPhone is waterproof and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 boasts an iris scanner, but it’s been some time since one of the mid-tier options truly blew the market away with a fresh design. That is, until now, with Sharp unveiling a beautifully sleek concept handset. The electronics company has developed a new smartphone display…

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Google’s modular smartphone, Project Ara, is officially dead

Over the past few years, Google has been working on a modular smartphone concept that would allow users to swap certain components and customize the device. Potential add-ons ran the gamut from improved cameras to larger batteries. Initially, Google implied that core blocks like the CPU, display, and sensors might be swappable. But the company changed the design spec earlier this year to a much more limited platform in which the CPU, GPU, sensors, battery, and display were all locked down…

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LG REVEALS ITS V20 SMARTPHONE, A 5.7-INCH PHABLET FOR ‘STORYTELLERS’

Can a serious YouTuber reasonably use a mere phone to shoot all her videos? That’s what LG promises as consumers weigh options in a crowded marketplace for super-sized phablets. LG finally went public with the specs and features of its 5.7-inch V20 super-phone on Wednesday, and much like last year’s V10, the new model is geared toward “storytellers”—folks who depend on their phones to capture audio, still images and video. Sure, the V20 is the first phone to ship with…

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Canadian Police obtained Master Key to Decode BlackBerry Messenger

BlackBerry has made a name thanks to the high level of security on their devices, but the new discovery is about to seriously question the reputation of the company. It turns out that the Canadian police for years owned master encryption key, which allows it to intercept and decode sent through the service BlackBerry Messenger messages Vice News reported. As Vice writes: “And if the global key is still sitting on a server in the RCMP’s headquarters, the potential consequences…

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The White House can now use the iPhone, but not the President

US officials continue to use old technologies for professional communication, most of them still carry the BlackBerry in them pocket. It turns out that almost all the administration work with archaic computers and monochrome printers, writes New York Times. Many White House aides now carry the most recent iPhones. Mr. Obama, however, still carries a specially modified, highly secure BlackBerry. President Barack Obama, however, wants to change that within the entire government. Deputy Chief of Staff Anita Decker Breckenridge already…

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Apple iPhone 7 To Feature Fast Charging

New leak of information about iPhone 7 shows that the smartphone will provide faster charging. While Android handsets can benefit of fast charting technology such as Quick Charge of Qualcomm, or DASH Charge of OnePlus, now looks and Apple will support such technology. The modules, which will provide fast charging in the iPhone 7 will run on 5V at 2 amps. This is not a perfect solution to the one-day battery life, but at least will reduce the time for…

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Nexus Marlin Appears in AnTuTu with QHD Display and Snapdragon 820

The larger of the two expecting Nexus phones, codenamed Marlin, appeared in AnTuTu benchmark where previously already found a place and Sailfish. Thus, information gathered practically confirmed rumors that both Nexus smartphone will be created based on the same platform. From the description in AnTuTu we can see that the 5.5-inch model features a QHD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM memory. Surely phone will have a version with 32GB of storage; rumors…