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by Matar Khalifa
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This concept was given by Nokia and was featured in The Museum of Modern Art and the Design and The Elastic Mind exhibition.

The Morph concept device is a bridge between highly advanced technologies and their potential benefits to end-users. Developed by NRC (Nokia Research Center) in collaboration with the Cambridge Nanoscience Centre (United Kingdom), Morph is a concept phone that using nanotechnology which enables materials and components that are flexible, stretchable, transparent and remarkably strong. Users should be able to transform their cell phone into different shapes.

Things looked bad for Samsung when a customer’s replacement Galaxy Note 7 — a “safe” device — suddenly burst into flames on an airplane. Now a half dozen more have caught fire.

Over the weekend, reports started popping up all around the globe. From Kentucky to Korea to Australia, replacement Note 7s were revealing themselves as being every bit as dangerous to use as the recalled devices they’d been swapped for.

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LG Innotek says its newest product solves one of the main problems with wireless charging, that it’s nowhere near as fast as plugging your device into a traditional charger. Its aptly named Quick Wireless Charging Pad is so powerful that it’ll zap 50 percent into a flat battery in just 30 minutes, or a full charge in 90 minutes, which matches that of the fastest wired chargers.

Samsung, after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, has been rumoured to advance the launch of its next Galaxy flagship. Now, a leaked teaser claims that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch on February 26 thus clearing the air that next flagship launch won't be advanced. According to details shared by Twitter user Ricciolo, Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event will take place at the side-lines of MWC in Barcelona, the event Samsung has historically launched its Galaxy S series flagship in.

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Huawei has started sending out invitations for the launch event of its Honor 6X smartphone on October 18, a day ahead of the launch of upcoming Oppo R9s.

This month we welcome the Galaxy Note 7 onto the list, as the faulty battery issue is fixed and the device is now deemed safe to use.

Good thing, too, because it would be a shame to leave out such an otherwise excellent smartphone. 

Here's our ranking of the best phones you can buy. 

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Turing Robot Industries (TRI) has huge plans regarding its new phone. The third in the series phone, has such high-tech plans lined up for it that these plans itself make you cringe on the grounds of practicality and reality. The plans of the company for this phone include an 18 GB RAM, three Snapdragon 830’s, 6.4-inch 4K display, 1.2 TB storage 60MP iMAX 6K Quad Rear Camera Triplet Lens at f/1.2, and a 20MP front camera. 

After much speculation and a leak, Samsung's rumoured new smartphone - the Galaxy C9 - has reportedly appeared on Geekbench.

A smartphone bearing model number SM-C9000 was spotted on Geekbench, and it's thought to be the Galaxy C9. A smartphone with the same model number was also recently spotted on Indian import-export website Zauba with a per unit price of Rs. 17,107. Note that import/ export website price listings are only declared values, and usually aren't accurate reflections of actual market price. Coming back to the Geekbench listing, we see the smartphone is listed to sport a 6-inch display, quashing the early rumours of a 5.7-inch display. The device may also sport an octa-core Qualcomm CPU clocked at 1.4GHz.

by Matar Khalifa
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Apple's new iOS 10 update, released last week, is sneakily big and packs a lot of changes that you may not come across if you aren't looking for them. Here are 10 small changes to Apple's new mobile operating system that can make a big difference in your life.

Apps in Messages: If you've downloaded iOS 10, you've probably noticed that messages look a little different. But the changes to Messages are far more than skin deep. There's now an App Store for messages, which is just to the left of the text bar. Apps let you do things like look up movie times and buy tickets on Fandango or find and book a reservation on OpenTable within the app. It can also makes coordinating plans very easy.

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You think that Jet Black finish comes cheaply? It turns out the iPhone 7 isn't just breaking the bank for smartphone buyers - it's costing Apple a pretty penny too.

A teardown by IHS Market estimates the overall component cost of the iPhone 7 to be $224.80, a price that also includes basic manufacturing costs. That's $36.89 more than IHS Market listed the iPhone 6S at, which goes someway to explaining the iPhone 7's $649  price tag.