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Prynt Instant Camera Case

Prynt, the world's first instant camera case for smartphones, let you snap a photo or choose one from your favorite social network, and print it out in 30-seconds. Thanks to its modular design, Prynt is compatible several different types of phones, including the iPhone 5 / 5S / 5C / 6 and Galaxy S4 / S5. Simply swap out the dock depending on what phone you're trying to use. In the future, they will have docks for other phones so the printer will never need to be upgraded. Continue reading for the intro video and Kickstarter page.

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Be My Eyes App

Be My Eyes is a new app with a simple, yet fun, concept: visually-impaired people use the camera on their mobile device to shoot live video of whatever they need help seeing, and a sighted volunteer on the other end tells them what they need to know. CEO Thelle Kristensen says if users get reported enough times for misuse, they won't be able to connect to anyone through the app anymore. On the other hand, if you're a sighted user and a notification is left unanswered, the request will automatically go to someone else. There's currently more than 17,800 sighted people and 1,500 blind people using the app. iTunes page. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

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Phone Bacteria

The image above, taken by students at the University of Surrey, shows the hundreds of bacteria that thrive in the crevices of your mobile phone. They put their phones in agar-filled petri dishes and monitored what happened over a period of three days. Fortunately, most of the bacteria you see is harmless, but they did discover some traces of staphylococcus aureus, which can cause skin infections. According to Dr Simon Park, the university's senior lecturer in molecular biology, mobile phone users should disinfect their devices each week in order to prevent the build up of bacteria. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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TextBlade

No larger than a standard pocket knife and weight just 1.5-ounces, WayTools' TextBlade consists of 3 separate modules that when placed in close proximity to one another in the correct orientation, magnetically snap together to form a functional wireless keyboard. The smart keys feature capacitive touch technology to bring multi-touch functionality to each individual physical button, enabling 6-different characters to be placed on each key with 19mm finger spacing. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an amazing chocolate 3D printer.

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Project Ara

Project Ara by Google is basically an open platform for creating highly modular smartphones that will include a structural frame (endoskeleton that holds smartphone modules of the owner's choice), such as a display, camera or an extra battery. It would allow users to swap out malfunctioning modules or upgrade individual modules as innovations emerge, providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste. It's hitting Puerto Rico later this year, but there's no word yet on pricing of the individual components nor a complete handset. Continue reading for more hands-on pictures, a video and additional information.

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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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Phone Stacking Game

These days, people spend more time socializing on their phone at restaurants than with whomever they are dining with. The Phone Stacking Game aims to change that. Simply have everyone stack their phones up and whoever picks theirs up first will have to foot the bill. As you can see, there are already variations of this game that make use of other objects, such as a bucket. Now if nobody loses, everyone splits the bill or pays for their own share. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone climbing 1500-feet to do the most unexpected job imaginable.

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Jetpack Joyride Arcade Machine

With the mobile game market just beginning, it's only a matter of time before all popular games are ported to the arcade machine platform. Currently, there are just a handful, and we've rounded up a few of the best for your viewing enjoyment, starting with Jetpack Joyride. In the mobile version, players uses a simple, one-touch system to control the jetpack; when the player presses anywhere on the touchscreen, the jetpack fires and Barry rises. When the player lets go, the jetpack turns off, and Barry falls. Because he is continually in motion, the player does not control his speed, simply his movement along the vertical axis. Continue reading to see more.

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Lamborghini Android Phone

Priced at $6000, the Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri smartphone doesn't double as a key, or include a diecast model of the Aventador, Huracan, etc., but on the bright side, it's clad in fine calfskin leather on top of its 3-layer stainless steel chassis. It features a 5-inch 1080p display, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 20-megapixel main camera, 2.3-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, dual-SIM slots, and a 3400mAh battery, all running Android Kit Kat 4.4.4. Continue reading for a hands-on video, more pictures and additional information.

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LG G Flex 2

LG's curved G Flex 2 is one of the first smartphones to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 quad-core processor, complete with its 64-bit octa-core CPU clocked at 2-GHz for smooth game play and graphics rendering. It also comes equipped with a fast-charging 3,000mAh battery that can be recharged to 50% in just 40-minutes. Other specs include: 16GB-32GB of internal memory, 2GB - 3GB of RAM, microSD memory expansion, 13.0-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front camera. According to CNet, "LG has integrated motion recognition that allows the camera to sense whenever it's being lowered from on high by a stick or a raised arm. When it picks up on this movement, a preview of the last taken photo will immediately appear without the user having to manually check for him or herself." Continue reading for another video, hands-on pictures and more information.

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