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Circular Luxury Smartwatch

The problem with most smartwatches today is that they just look plain ugly, and / or feature bizarre graphical user interfaces, without the technology needed to complete basic smartphone tasks. For example, most, if not all, smartwatches need to be paired with a handset to function properly, but this one by Gabor Balogh, is standalone. Its interface uses buttons and bezel found on standard watches, with the former being key, as it can be used for scrolling through a long message, etc. By using the bezel to control apps and other functions, it frees up the side buttons for "native" functions like time, date, alarms and toggling between modes. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including the bizarre response Siri gives when you ask it to divide 0 by 0.

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Trapped in Phone Funny

Want to make others think that your friends are actually trapped inside a phone? Then simply take a photo of them with their face squished against glass, assign it to their contact info and just wait for them to call in a place where many people are peering over your shoulder, such as a store queue, etc. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one showing Bill Gates at work.

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Fonkraft Modular smartphone

In the future, many smartphones will feature a customizable, modular chassis, like the Fonkraft. Rather than having to replace the entire handset, users will be able to swap out old parts for new ones, such as the camera, CPU, RAM, etc. To really cash in on the modular craze, companies could also release limited edition shells that can either go straight into someone's collection, or on their phone. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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BLU Life One

The BLU Life One may only be priced at $99 (pre-order price this week only), but it's definitely no slouch. It's basically an unlocked 4G LTE dual-sim smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat (upgradeable to 5.0 Lollipop). Featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 64-bit architecture, 5.0" HD 720p Display, 13.0-megapixel Sony IMX 135 Sensor Camera with LED Flash and a front-facing 5.0-megapixel camera. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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PicoAir PicoPro Projector

Cellulon's PicoPro (iOS) and PicoAir (Android) are the world's first laser HD pico projectors, and they basically put a cinema in your pocket. At just 8-ounces, these projectors create up to a 250-inch image with a crisp HD resolution of 1920 x 720. Both models features an 80,000:1 contrast ratio, laser brightness, and the capability to show up to 16.7-million colors. Infinite Focus means you'll never need to adjust the focus no matter how close or far you are from your display surface, and its integrated battery keeps it running continuously for 2-3 hours. Product page (PicoPro) / Product page (PicoAir). Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Pizza Box Smartphone Projector

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Pizza Hut Hong Kong wanted a unique way to promote their 'double pizza' promotion, so they hired Ogilvy & Mather to create a special box that doubles as a functional projector. To use, simply remove the pizzas, punch out the projection hole, turn up the screen brightness and place your phone on the included stand before closing the box. That's not all, scan a special QR code and you'll get access to a host of free movies. Continue reading for a video of it in-action as well as an interesting fact about the very first store.

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Cicret Bracelet

First unveiled last year, the Cicret Bracelet is closer to becoming a reality, after being featured on many television news stations. If you missed the post, here's how it works: it uses a miniature Pico projector and eight miniature proximity sensors to replicate an image of your device screen onto your arm. How does it communicate with your mobile device? Using low energy Bluetooth and a Wi-Fi component will connect you to the network. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Lenovo Smart Cast Projector Phone

How about a handset with a built-in projector that transforms any surface into a touch display? Introducing the Lenovo Smart Cast. It's the world's first smartphone with an integrated laser projector. When the phone is propped up on its kickstand, "surface mode" is activated, and the projector beams a variety of virtual keyboards or even a full touchscreen onto the surface in front of it. You can play a virtual keyboard, games and much more. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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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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Fonkraft Modular Smartphone

Similar to Google's Project Ara, the Fonkraft is a modular smartphone that lets you easily swap out hardware components without having to replace the entire handset. Simply remove the camera, CPU, storage, etc., and replace it with the new module, ensuring that you're always on the cutting edge. The base model comes in several different configurations, including "Pilot" with two batteries, Resolution for photography enthusiasts and Hi-Fi targeted at audiophiles. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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