HI-TECH NEWS with #smartphone hashtag

by Ahmed Dubai
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Google have sent out invitations to an October 4 event, hinting that the Internet titan will show off a new smartphone powered by its Android mobile software.

Emailed invitations sent late Monday revealed only the time and place for the gathering in San Francisco, the message topped by blue, red, yellow, and green dots of color.

Google fired off a Twitter message with hashtag #madebygoogle and a video of what appeared to be a long rectangular search term box morphing into a silhouette of a smartphone.

Samsung on Monday kicked off its exchange program for potentially dangerous Galaxy Note 7 phones, in the UK and Ireland at least.

The company says it has fixed the battery flaw that caused multiple devices to burst into flames and will start issuing Note owners with replacement devices this week.

The UK is one of the first countries to receive new shipments of Note 7 devices. Customers in the US will not be able to begin trading in their phones for fresh versions until Wednesday, September 21.

by Paulite
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Many Android phones are a bit more durable than iPhones, but that doesn't mean they're immune to damage. Phone screens are made of glass, after all, and glass breaks when you drop it.

So. You dropped your Android phone for the 60th time and you now have a beautiful spider web pattern blooming across your home screen. If you don't have month-to-month phone insurance, here are your options for getting that screen fixed.

by Amanda's
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Apple just announced the iPhone 7 camera and iPhone 7 Plus dual camera.

Both smartphones come with upgraded cameras with the widest apertures we've ever seen on an iPhone, as well as machine-learning-assisted shooting.

Apple has also made them a bit more appealing to hardcore photographers, with the ability to shoot raw DNG images like you can get from a DSLR (or some Androids). Raw files offer users finer control when they're editing, but are a bit technical for casual shooters and can't be uploaded straight to Instagram.

by Smartmon
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Nintendo dropped a megaton at Apple's September 2016 keynote event by announcing "Super Mario Run." It marks the first official appearance by one of Nintendo's flagship franchises on mobile devices.

But regular "Super Mario Bros." games were never meant to be played on phones. Here's how "Super Mario Run" changes up the formula for its new home:

by Tom-Link
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Apple lifted the veil off the new iPhone 7 today at its fall event in San Francisco. The device, which leaked early on Twitter, will feature a 12-megapixel camera and jet black design with stainless steel Apple symbol.

The iPhone will come in five colors, Silver/White, Gold/White Rose Gold, "Black" and "Jet Black." The iPhone 7's home button will be a force-sensitive home button, moving away from one that users can physically press. The new home button is reminiscent of Force Touch and 3D Touch on previous Apple devices.

Apple isn't saying much about its next iPhones, but there's been plenty of speculation that the giant Plus model will have two camera lenses side by side on the back.

Why? A second lens could make photos sharper or give amateur shutterbugs blurring techniques more common in full-bodied SLR cameras. Apple isn't revealing anything until its product event in San Francisco next week. For now, though, people can look at how a few other smartphone makers are using two lenses.

by Tom-Link
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Do you ever feel like you spend your whole day worrying about battery life? Between a camera, laptop, smart watch, fitness tracker and mobile phone, the average technology enthusiast has to charge at least five devices on a regular basis - often more.

What's worst is when something runs out of battery and you've got a fully-charged device sat right next to it, with no way of transferring that power from one to the other. But researchers at the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have come up with a solution to this oh-so-first-world of problems.

While smartphones help us stay in touch with colleagues, keep on top of our inbox, and complete urgent tasks on the move, they actually make us less productive when we are working at our desks, according to a new psychological experiment by the Universities of Würzburg and Nottingham Trent, commissioned by Kaspersky Lab.

The experiment unearthed a correlation between productivity levels and the distance between participants and their smartphone. When their smartphone was taken away, participant performance improved by 26 per cent.

by Matar Khalifa
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Tech giant Samsung said on Wednesday stronger-than-expected demand for the new Galaxy Note 7 is causing supply constraints globally, suggesting strong initial sales for the premium device.

"As pre-order results for the Galaxy Note 7 have far exceeded our estimates, its release date in some markets has been adjusted," Samsung told Reuters in a statement.