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The First LG Smartphone With DAB+

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The First LG Smartphone With DAB+

LG takes to Radiodays Europe 2016 to launch the Stylus 2-- the first smartphone from the company with support for DAB+, the de facto standard for digital radio broadcasting.

Developed in combination with the International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG), the Stylus 2 gets digital radio support through a DAB+ chipset and an exclusive app allowing customers to enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box. Meanwhile broadcasters get a technical interface for the development of apps combining online services with radio broadcasts.

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Akyumen Brings Projector-Equipped Devices at MWC

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Akyumen Brings Projector-Equipped Devices at MWC

US-based mobile device maker Akyumen Technology shows off a number of products at MWC 2016-- the Falcon EDU and Falcon M tablets, the Hawk smartphones and the Holofone phablet, all featuring built-in projectors.

The company claims the projector inside all its devices can beam images up to 100-inch in size via bulb with a 3000 hour lifespan, all while avoiding the heat issues involved with similar devices.

As the name might suggest, the Falcon EDU is aimed at the education market, while the Falcon M is a consumer version. Both run on Windows 10 and carry Intel quad-core CPUs with 4GB RAM. The EDU includes 200GB built-in storage and a 40+ lumen projector, while the M version has 300GB storage, a 45+ lumen projector and the ability to switch between Windows 10 and Android.

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Meizu Debuts Ubuntu-Powered Pro 5

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Meizu Debuts Ubuntu-Powered Pro 5

Canonical takes to China's Meizu to bring the dream of an Ubuntu-powered smartphone to life-- and the result is the Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition, the "most sophisticated and feature-rich Ubuntu phone in the market."

Announced ahead of MWC 2016, the Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is a 5.7-inch handset with a 1920x108 resolution AMOLED display. It carries a 1.5GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, 21MP rear-/5MP front-facing cameras and a 3050mAh battery inside a metal body, making it identical to the regular, Android-powered Pro 5 in all but software.

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MIT-Powered AI On Mobile Devices

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MIT-Powered AI On Mobile Devices

MIT researchers promise to bring brain-like intelligence to low-power mobile devices with Eyeriss-- a 168-core chip claiming to be 10 times as efficient as regular mobile graphics processors.

The Eyeriss chip is optimised for deep-learning, allowing it to handle tasks such as natural language processing and facial recognition without need to connect internet (the iPhone requires an internet connection to run Siri, for instance). Such functionality usually demands hefty amounts of processing power, but the researchers say the Eyeriss chip can bypass both size and power demands by giving each core own memory, reducing the need to exchange data with distant memory banks.

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Vaio Presents Windows Phone

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Vaio Presents Windows Phone

The independent Vaio chooses a perhaps unusual operating system for its second smartphone-- Vaio Phone Biz is a sleek handset running on Microsoft-powered software, namely Windows 10 Mobile.

Featuring a style similar to the company's laptops, the Phone Biz is a 5.5-inch smartphone featuring a 1920x1080 resolution display, an octa-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm 617 CPU, 3GB RAM and a 13MP rear-facing camera. Also included is typical Microsoft software such as Office 365 and OneDrive.

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ZTE Intros All-Metal Nubia Prague S

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ZTE Intros All-Metal Nubia Prague S

ZTE launches the Nubia Prague S-- an incremental upgrade on the My Prague seen back in August 2015 featuring the eye scanner and touch-sensitive edges seen in the Nubia Z9 and Axon Elite.

The smartphone features a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 resolution display together with an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB RAM and 64GB storage inside an all-metal body. The 8MP front-facing camera doubles as the aforementioned eye scanner, allowing users to unlock the phone by simply looking at it.

Users can also open apps, summon the camera or adjust display screen brightness by tapping and swiping on the touch-sensitive edges.

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Lenovo to Make Project Tango Smartphone

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Lenovo to Make Project Tango Smartphone

Lenovo announces it is working on a Project Tango-enabled smartphone at CES 2016, a collaboration with Google in consumer mobile devices equipped with depth perception.

Google revealed Project Tango back in 2014. A brainchild of the search giant's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, the project involves granting devices “human-like understanding of space and motion" through sensors and camera vision co-processors. So far it has only been seen in the wild in the shape of a couple of prototype devices-- a 5-inch smartphone and a 7-inch tablet, both carrying 2 back cameras, IR depth sensors and software handling 3D image capture.

Details on the Lenovo Tango-enabled device are lacking, since the company is still working on the final design. However it does say the device will be "less than 6.5-inches" in size and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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The Smartphone With a 10000mAh Battery

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The Smartphone With a 10000mAh Battery

Customers demanding a smartphone with a longer-lasting battery? Chinese vendor Oukitel might have a solution with the K10000, a device packing a 10000mAh battery.

According to the company the gigantic battery allows for around 10-15 days of use per charge. It also supports reverse charging, turning it into a battery pack of sorts for the charging of other devices.

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Galaxy S7 Gets Pressure-Sensitive Display, USB-C?

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Galaxy S7 Gets Pressure-Sensitive Display, USB-C?

The Wall Street Journal claims to know about a couple of features in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone-- specifically a "pressure-sensitive display and a new high-speed charging port."

The addition of a "pressure-sensitive display" to the flagship handset might not be too surprising, even if it involves the Korean giant unashamedly following on the "3D Touch" feature seen in the iPhone 6S. Meanwhile the "high-speed charging port" consists of a USB Type-C port reportedly allowing users to fully charge the device in "under 30 minutes," if not "significantly faster than that."

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