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BlackPhone 2

Unlike other smartphones, the Blackphone 2 comes fully encrypted by default and comes with a suite of secure features that let you make calls and send texts that are impossible to track. This Android-based device is built by Spanish manufacturer GeeksPhone, as well as security experts Silent Circle and Pretty Good Privacy (PGP). Everything from the custom-built PrivatOS to web browsing and apps, are encrypted, or have been fitted with an extra layer of security. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Slide to Answer

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Seasoned iOS users probably already know why there are some calls that require you to "Slide to Answer" while others can be declined, but there are new iPhone owners that might be perplexed. As long as your phone is locked, it will only let you "Slide to Answer", with the option to "Decline", "Accept", "Remind Me", and "Message" appearing only in unlocked mode. 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 - includes a very smart parrot.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review

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In addition to being one of the first handsets to feature built-in, dual-standard wireless charging technology, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge boasts a curved display where the notifications appear on either the right or left-hand side, depending on which hand the owner uses. Up to five contacts can be programmed to appear on this edge, and each contact is assigned a color. Contacts can be accessed when users swipe the relevant color to reveal recent interactions and details about that person. On the other hand, swiping the long edge of the screen shows the time, weather or other customized notifications. Accidentally placed your phone face down? No worries, as the edge glows to show a phone call, text or email has been received. If these messages are from a saved contact, the edge will glow the relevant color. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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HTC One M9

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A video leaked ahead of Mobile World Congress purportedly shows the all-new HTC One M9, which sports an all-metal "dual-finish" frame, with the back being silver and the edges gold. The main difference is that the M8's rear-facing dual-camera has been replaced with a 20-megapixel camera on the back, and a single, 4-megapixel camera with "Ultrapixel" technology for better low-light selfies, on the front. No word yet on pricing or availability. 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 - don't miss the hypnotic ink shot in ultra slow motion.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Here's a first look at the Samsung Galaxy S6, which will be powered by the new Exynos 7 processor and feature a Quad HD 5.5-inch display. Some say that it will have a high-capacity 2,600mAh battery as well. This handset might also use the 'magnetic-inductive' method of charging, involving pairing a device with a dock. There are three wireless charging organisations including the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), and its Qi standard, the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). Samsung's next Galaxy phones are expected to be the first to support these multiple standards on a built-in chip. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Pokemon Smartphone

If Nintendo ever gets into the smartphone business, this Pokedex smartphone might be the geekiest (and smartest) idea ever. They could take the theme even further by incorporating a messaging system, complete with freemium stickers, as well as a special Pokemon game that lets you battle it out with others who also own the phone(s). Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the truth about meeting attractive women.

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BlackBerry Empathy

Designed by Kiki Tang and Daniel Yoon, the BlackBerry Empathy shows a smartphone that might have given Samsung, LG, Apple, etc. some competition - though the BlackBerry Classic seems to be a popular choice among current users. Yoon says, "Each contact has an avatar that is encompassed by two colored rings. The inner colored ring shows the contact's previous emotional state, and the outer ring represents the contact's current emotional state. It is important to show the shift in emotions in order to see how an event has affected that contact." 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.

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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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