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Thirteen-year-old Ariel Tolfree from Texas was awoken by the smell of something burning, and it turned out to be her Samsung Galaxy S4 after it slipped beneath her pillow. Thomas, her dad, says, "The whole phone melted. The plastic, the glass. You can't even really tell that it was a phone." Fortunately, Samsung is replacing her bed, including the sheets. For those who can't view the video above, continue reading to see more images of the aftermath.

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Even though Apple hasn't officially unveiled the iPhone 6, companies like Brikk, are already coming up with luxury models for the ultra wealthy. Called the "Lux iPhone 6", this 4.7-inch (128GB model) smartphone will be available in 24-carat yellow gold, 24-carat pink gold and pure platinum. For $8800, you'll get the hand-polished pure 5-layer platinum finish, complete with diamond encrusted Apple logo. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a very polite bird who knows how to ask humans for a drink.

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Let's face it, despite all the negativity towards filtering naturally beautiful photos via Instagram, there are still some worthy of a detailed up-close view. Unfortunately, this feature does not come turned on by default. Simply go to General -> Settings -> Accessibility and then toggle the switch on. For those who don't have their phone of them, continue reading for a short video showing just how the "Zoom" function works.

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Sometimes, accidentally sending a text message to the wrong person can go from awkward to funny in an instant, depending on how the other person responds. For example, someone sent an image of a standard cable to the wrong person, but only ended up with a cat picture and a simple "who is this" message. Continue reading for more examples of why these texts can actually make your day.

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Amazon's Fire Phone is the first to boast both Firefly technology and Dynamic Perspective. The former allows users to quickly identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes by simply pressing and holding the dedicated button for useful information in seconds. While the latter enables you to tilt, auto-scroll, swivel, and peek to navigate menus and access shortcuts with just one hand. It features a "4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and six individual camera modules to make the 3D effect work", says The Daily Mail. Product page. Continue reading for the full press conference, two videos and more information.

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We're not saying that all moms should stay away from text messaging, but there are a few that should learn the ropes before attempting to send people messages. For example, asking awkward questions should be left to voice calls or sending weird and extremely random photos of a tooth might be best shared in a private email message. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when 7-foot Uruk Hai goes shopping.

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We have seen the future of holograms, and they'll be projected from smartphones, tablets, watches and other mobile devices, thanks to a California company based in Carlsbad called Ostendo Technologies Inc. They've developed a miniature mint box-sized projector that projects visible 3D holograms without requiring special 3D glasses. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Unlike the upcoming iPhone 6, Vertu's $11,380 Signature Touch phone is made of titanium and has a screen that's protected by sapphire crystal, along with a leather-clad chassis. All buyers get a 24-hour concierge available via voice, email and live chat and an built-in app offers exclusive access to sporting events and private members' clubs worldwide. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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There are just some places where you shouldn't be using your camera-equipped mobile device to take pictures, and they include: at concerts (tablets mainly), in the middle of eating a meal, while pretending to sleep, or just laying around the ground for no reason whatsoever. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the most adorable Predator you'll ever see.

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While it may first appear to be an optical illusion of sorts, the "Magic Phone Stand" actually uses a simple mechanism to make it seem like your device is levitating in mid-air. It utilizes a special cable that actually forms a rigid coil, capable of supporting your phone via its micro-USB, Lighning or 30-pin charging port. According to the company, they've successfully kept a Samsung Galaxy S4 aloft, but recommend additional support for something heavier, like a Galaxy Note 3. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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