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Snowden Surveillance App Haven

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and the Guardian Project, have unveiled a new app called "Haven". When installed on an Android smartphone, it activates different sensors on the device, uses the front / back cameras to detect motion, and uses the microphone to spot changes in the volume level, thus turning it into a personal surveillance system of sorts. Continue reading for an in-depth video and more information.

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Apple Watch X

Android Wear smartwatches have always sported round designs, but that hasn't been the case with Apple's offering. Industrial designer Ruguan Liu aims to change that with the Apple Watch X by showing that iOS works just as well as its square-faced counterpart, starting with an edge-to-edge OLED display and a dial that can be used to scroll through apps. Continue reading for more pictures.

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iPhone X vs. Google Pixel 2

Photo credit: Martin Hajek

The iPhone X pre-order officially goes live on October 27th at 12:01am PST, but some smartphone users have already opted for the Google Pixel 2 instead. For those wanting a size comparison, 3D artist Martin Hajek has created a set of pictures that show just that, but anyone seeking a performance benchmark may want to see how the iPhone 8 stacks up against Google's Pixel 2. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Essential Phone


Made from titanium with a ceramic back, Android creator Andy Rubin's "Essential Phone" is nearly all-screen, a 5.71" (2,560 x 1,312 resolution) edge-to-edge display to be exact, and touted as the "anti-iPhone". Other features include: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, dual 12MP fisheye camera sensors capable of capturing 4K 360° video at 30fps, 128GB of internal storage, a high-capacity 3,040mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor. Expect to shell out $699 for this smartphone when it's released sometime next month. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a train plowing right through a semi truck at full speed.

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Eye iPhone Case

Esti Inc's "Eye" case basically adds a 5-inch AMOLED screen to the back of a user's iPhone, but it's not just a display. This "smart case" runs Android 7.1 Nougat and comes equipped with its own 2,800mAh battery, 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, dual SIM card slots and microSD expansion. "The current technology of the iPhone LCD display is old. In comparison, Eye's screen is using the best display technology on the market today called AMOLED. With this technology, all colors, including real black, are much more vibrant on the screen," according to the company. Best of all, early backers were able snag one for just $95. Continue reading for another video and more information on how to pre-order one.

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Android Wear Smartwatch

Most Android Wear devices can be a hassle to use, especially if the watch face doesn't have enough room to fit all the UI elements, but this concept aims to change that. This model features a easy to press "Home" / "Back" button, while the screen displays the current time, missed calls, weather, day, date, SMS, email and social network notifications. Installed apps now feature a vertical scrollable menu, and all the other UI elements are set against a white background. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Sunvell Streaming Box

Going Back to School is probably an event that parents rejoice, while students dread. However, there are some deals to be had, like the Sunvell T95M, which transforms just about any television into a quad-core Android 5.1 device. In addition to the Amlogic S905 quad-core CPU, paired with a Mali-450 GPU, it offers 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 8G of eMMC Flash Memory, 2.4GHz WiFi (10 / 100Mbps Ethernet), Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and support for 4K UHD video. Get one here now for $35.31, or check out more Back to School deals. - be sure to enter coupon code: BTS10OFF for an additional 10% discount. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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iPhone Running Android

Programmer Nick Lee, known for putting Windows 95 on an Apple Watch, unveils his latest project: a 3D-printed iPhone case that lets you run a fully-operational version of Android on an iPhone. First, he cloned the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to make a custom Android Marshmallow build to run on a board he purchased. He then 3D printed an iPhone-sized enclosure, and proceeded to install the board, battery, resistor, along with a boost converter to make the lightweight case you see above. That's not all, HDMI, USB ports, and an SD card slot was added to finish things off. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a crazy drone racing battle.

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Android Wear Counterstrike

Counter Strike 1.6 fans with Android Wear rejoice! Now you can run the game on your smartwatch, thanks to an app called Xash3D. This piece of software basically enables one to run old Windows versions on Android Wear, given that you have a copy of the original. Once both are ready to go, all you need to do is make a separate Xash folder, then copy the Valve / Counter Strike folders into that, launch the client app, and you're ready to game. Continue reading to see it running on a standard Android phone.

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NVIDIA Shield TV with Remote

The NVIDIA SHIELD + Remote puts other set top boxes to shame, and you can pick the pair up for $174.99 shipped, today only, originally $249.98. Enjoy infinite entertainment on a single device, including movies and shows in 4K Ultra HD or 1080p, your favorite songs at the touch of a button, and a new generation of great games. Get unbeatable performance - 3x faster than Apple TV, 4x faster than Fire TV, and 10x faster than Roku 4. It includes 16 GB of storage (expandable up to 128 GB), the SHIELD controller, the SHIELD remote, and an HDMI cable. Product page. Continue reading for an Apple TV comparison and more information.

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