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ASUS ZenFone 2

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The ASUS ZenFone 2 may be priced at just $199 shipped, unlocked, but it's definitely no slouch. Featuring a quad-core 1.8-GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5.5" IPS full HD display covered in Gorilla Glass 3, a 13.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture lens, 5.0-megapixel front camera and 16GB of built-in storage. This handset The sports Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop with a custom ZenUI, which includes new gesture controls, like swiping the shape of the letter "e" to open your email, amongst other customization options. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Animax Cell Phone

If you want to throw practicality out the door when searching for a hands-free cell phone solution, look no further than the Animax Type-01 Swan. Simply put, it's a wearable swan that holds your phone in its mouth, perfect for attracting unwanted attention when in public. For anyone who guessed this was an April Fools' Day prank, you'd be correct. Continue reading for the strange video the company made.

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Scam Troll

If your phone ever gets hacked (or stolen and then returned), make sure to reconfirm all of your personal contacts, or else you may have seemingly close friends requesting strange favors. This person was a victim of phone hacking, but was smart enough to figure out this this friend was just another scammer, and not really in need of iTunes cards. Continue reading to see the conversation that ensued, as well as the interesting pictures that were requested.

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Runcible Circular Smartphone

It seems like most smartphone manufacturers only care for slimmer designs and larger displays, but Berkely-based Monohm aims to change that with the Runcible. Sporting a completely circular design, complete with a convex wooden back designed to nestle in your palm, it features a display on the front and rear-facing camera. The company says you'll still be able to make calls, browse the web, text, snap photos and more. Anderson, Monohm's CEO, says: "The form factor has a long history -- magic stones in your hand, compasses, women's compacts." No word yet on pricing, but it's rumored to cost $600+. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including The Matrix lobby scene recreated with LEGO bricks.

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KeySweeper

From afar, this looks like any old phone charger, but open up the computer it's wirelessly connected to, and you'll see that it's recording everything you type. Called KeySweeper, this gadget sniffs out every key you type on specific Microsoft-branded 2.4-GHz wireless keyboards released before July 2011. When it's unplugged from the wall, the device looks like it powers down, when in reality, it just switches to battery power while continuing to log and transmit data. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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How to Play Happy Birthday Phone Number Pad Keypad

Sure, we have SnapChat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and thousands of other social media apps now, but some people still prefer calling each other to say Happy Birthday. For those who want to add an extra brick / flip phone touch to their greeting, you can use the digits above on your number pad to play the Happy Birthday songs while you're at it. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an amazing 4-year-old Bruce Lee impersonator.

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Samsung Galaxy A7

Not only is it thinner than the iPhone 6, but Samsung's Galaxy A7 boasts dual 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core processors, along with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, for a total of 8-cores. Other features include a 13.0-megapixel rear camera, 5.0-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, 2GB of RAM, a high-capacity 2,600mAh battery, and 5.5-inch display, all running on Android 4.4 KitKat. No word yet on subsidized pricing, but the off-contract price is rumored to be $420 when it launches. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Funny Texts 2014

With all of the messaging apps out there, you'd think text messaging would be on the decline, but that most certainly isn't the case, and there are plenty of gems that make their way onto the internet, like these. Whether it be "Lil Marco" or "Dad Loretto" playing a cruel prank on one of his children, you'll find them above. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a guitar solo that was played entirely on an iPad.

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Charge Your Gadgets

Power banks are dime a dozen now days, but when you're looking for an out-of-the-box charging solution, these five products should do the trick. They range from a Darth Vader-inspired mask charger to one that requires you to pedal (at Paris Gare du Nord) to keep the power flowing. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for viral video of this year's "People Are Awesome" compilation.

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Texts from Parents

Technology may be quickly advancing, but there are parents still figuring out what popular acronyms, like "IDK", "LY", and "TTYL", mean. Even when the person they've asked responds, things get even more confusing. Just this year alone, several thousand of these types of messages have gone viral online. Here are twenty-five of the funniest and strangest for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.

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