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Samsung said to sell its own refurbished smartphones in 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Samsung is looking to sell its own refurbished devices in order to make money on its premium smartphones a second time around, according to Reuters. The company will introduce a refurbished device sales program “as early as next year,” according to Reuters’ source, and will use inventory provided by customer who sign up to a year upgrade program in markets where it’s… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

August 22nd

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The Instax Share SP-2 adds just enough modern magic to the instant print renaissance

instax-sp-2-hero Or at least, in terms of my appreciation of the memories they represent, that’s what it feels like. That’s why I was excited enough about the Fujifilm Share Instax SP-2 to go out and grab one as soon as it showed up in stock at my local camera shop. The SP-2 is a Wi-Fi picture printer, a device that harkens back to the glory days of Polaroid by giving you a pocket-sized,… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

August 8th

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Tecla’s tech makes Pokémon Go more accessible for wheelchair users

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 5.19.53 PM Toronto-based B corporation Komodo OpenLab thought Pokémon Go using its Tecla product, an assistive hardware device designed to make it easier to use smartphones, tablets and users for people who might not generally be able to interact with these gadgets, including, for example, wheelchair users with spinal injuries or multiple sclerosis. As you can see from the video above, the Tecla… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

August 5th

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HTC’s $179 unlocked handset is hitting the States this month

HTC Desire 530 The HTC Desire 530 is $179 unlocked. That’s the main thing you need to know about it. Everything else about the handset is pretty underwhelming at best – and reviewers haven’t exactly been heaping praise on the thing. But it’s $179 unlocked and it’s arriving this month in the States. The company debuted the phone at Mobile World Congress back in February, leading… Read More

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Brian Heater

July 7th

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Volkswagen throws in with LG on ‘Cross-Over’ connected car platform

Autodesk VRED Professional 2016 SP1 Everyone’s picking teams for the coming connected car wars, and Volkswagen and LG have chosen each other. The new smart car squad announced a “memorandum of understanding” to collaborate on R&D related to a connected car platform to be developed “over the coming years” today. So what, exactly, does this partnership entail? It’s not just the premise for… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

July 6th

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Apple eyeing touch controls to extend the power of the stylus

Apple stylus patent Apple has been looking at ways to extend the control power of stylus input methods, patenting a touch sensitive stylus which could allow for users to manipulate on screen objects depending on how and where they place their fingers on the stylus shaft itself. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

June 23rd

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Sevenhugs bets on smartphone-free connected home future with $14.6M Series A

Sevenhugs French startup Sevenhugs closed a $14.6 million Series A today led by Xerys on a quest to better integrate smart home technology. Sevenhugs has already developed a sleep tracker and is nearing completion on development of a universal smart-remote. Sevenhugs joins Misfit, Hello, and others with its hugOne sleep-tracker. When it launches, the remote will let users simply point to control… Read More

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John Mannes

June 23rd

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Meem backs up your phone every time you charge it

MEEM_KS_img_Cover Forgot to back up your phone again? The way we use smartphones has changed a lot, and many of us never even plug our smartphones into computers anymore. Meem’s new power cables for iOS and Android may just be the solution — they back up your device every time you plug it in. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Meem’s cables start shipping this month, after extensive delays. Read More

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Haje Jan Kamps

June 10th

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By 2021, the average smartphone user will plow through 8.9 GB of data per month

Smartphone Data Usage
Thanks to the rapid expansion of LTE, smartphone users today are blowing through more data than ever before. From watching Netflix videos to streaming Spotify for hours on end, there are certainly no shortage of ways by which users can easily and quickly push the upper threshold of their monthly data caps.

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Yoni Heisler

June 2nd

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The crazy dream of modular smartphones

Project Ara File it under ‘it seemed great on paper’… but Google’s project Ara modular smartphone concept is — for all intents and purposes — dead. If you want to be a little more generous, you can say Google has pivoted away from attempting to engineer the impossible — i.e. total smartphone modularity — to strip it back to a few swappable units that will… Read More

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Natasha Lomas

May 23rd

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