Smartphones

iPhone 7, 7 Plus Get (PRODUCT)RED Editions

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iPhone RedApple presents special (PRODUCT)RED editions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus-- models featuring a vibrant red finish on the anodised aluminium back, together with a white Apple logo and white front bezels.

Available in 128 and 256GB versions, the special editions commemorate the 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED), and provide means for customers to contribute to the Global Fund for AIDS research.

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Meet Bixby, the Samsung Voice Assistant

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Samsung presents what it claims is a "new way to interact with your phone"-- Bixby, its take on the voice assistant likes of Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant.

Samsung GalaxyThe result of the acquisition of Viv, an AI specialist founded by the creators of Siri, Bixby promises to be superior to the competition through 3 specific properties. These are completeness (it can handle "almost" any task one can do using the touchscreen), context awareness (Bixby-enabled apps can summon Bixby at any time, and the assistant carries out tasks specific to the app) and cognitive tolerance (it understands commands with incomplete information, and prompts users to tell it more if necessary).

Bixby will also find use beyond smartphones, since Samsung plans to put it a wide variety of connected devices, including appliances, TV remotes and wearables. In fact, the company states Bixby can work on just about anything with an internet connection and a microphone. Uniting all Bixby-enabled offerings is a dedicated hardware button, which Samsung claims eliminates the "confusion around activating a voice interface."

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How to Add Android to an iPhone

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Customers with the want to run iOS and Android on the same device might get a solution with the Eye-- an case putting an entire Android smartphone on the back of an iPhone.

The Eye caseMade by a startup named Esti, the Eye is a standalone device, even if it shares the speaker, microphone and cameras of the iPhone. It has a 5-inch AMOLED display, 2 SIM card slots, storage via microSD card, a 2800mAh battery and even includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR blaster. The Android version of choice is Android 7.1.

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The Phone With a 360-Degree Camera

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The Protruly Darling is a sure contender for the strangest smartphone of Mobile World Congress 2017 award-- it features a built-in 360-degree camera and, in the case of one version, embedded diamonds.

Protruly DarlingMade by an obscure Shenzen-based company, the Darling has an unusually long design housing the aforementioned 360-degree camera. It allows users to shoot photos and record videos in all directions, which one can preview on the 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display in globe form before sharing on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.

The phone also include a pair of regular cameras on the front and back, and runs on a 2.5GHz deca-core Helio X20 MT6797 CPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The OS of choice is Android 6.0, the battery is a 3560mAh number and connectivity comes through USB-C. Topping off the package are a fingerprint sensor and, as if the device is not strange enough, a thermal camera.

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Xiaomi Intros Mi 5c

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Xiaomi presents the first smartphone running on its own mobile chipset-- the Mi 5c, a 5.15-inch handset designed mainly for the Chinese mid-range market.

Xiaomi Mi 5cThe chip inside the Mi 5c is the octa-core Surge S1. It promises lower power consumption, allowing the smartphone to carry a smaller 2860mAh battery with 9V/2A quick charge support for a slimmer (7.09mm) metal body. The chip is built by Xiaomi subsidiary Pinecone, and has been in development since October 2014.

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