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Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer

Polaroid's Socialmatic is great for instant photos on-the-go, but for those who don't want to lug around another camera, the Zip Mobile Printer is perfect. It's basically an instant mobile printer that lets users wirelessly print photos in less than a minute, without using any ink. The device prints out polaroid-sized photos on special ZINK paper, which uses dye crystals that are activated during the print process. It connects directly to either an iOS or Android device running the Polaroid ZIP mobile app in order to immediately select an image to print. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Animax Cell Phone

If you want to throw practicality out the door when searching for a hands-free cell phone solution, look no further than the Animax Type-01 Swan. Simply put, it's a wearable swan that holds your phone in its mouth, perfect for attracting unwanted attention when in public. For anyone who guessed this was an April Fools' Day prank, you'd be correct. Continue reading for the strange video the company made.

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Panasonic Lumix CM1

Panasonic's Lumix CM1 is no ordinary camera or phone, it's touted as the "world's slimmest communication camera". Early reviewers have been calling it the best camera phone yet, thanks to a 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and f/2.8 28mm equivalent Leica lens. If those numbers mean nothing to you, think of it as a ultra slim phone that would rival some of your favorite point-and-shoots, blowing the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S6's cameras out of the water. Speaking of smartphone functionality, it runs Android and is powered by a Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Smartphone Projector

Sure, the image may not be comparable to a real projector, but creating your own makeshift version is good enough for viewing photos or even internet videos. You'll need a decent-sized cardboard box, magnifying glass, paperclip, hobby knife, and your smartphone. This would work best when projected onto a white wall in a dim setting. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of

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Smartphone Photographs

These days, anyone with a cell phone can be an incredible photographer, no fancy camera, or even a simple point-and-shoot, necessary. Sony announced the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards' Mobile Phone category, and we're impressed to say the least. Mobile is just one of the many categories in the competition - others include Professional, Open and Youth. There were more than 10,200 photo submissions to the Mobile category alone, and the winners in the category were chosen by an online vote from a shortlist of 20 photos. Above, we have a stunning shot of the Takachiho Gorge in Kyushi, Japan, shot with an iPhone 6.

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Hyperkin Smart Boy

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Originally an April Fools' Day joke, Hyperkin's Chris Gallizzi announced that Smart Boy, an iPhone 6 accessory that transforms the device into a functional Game Boy, is going to be a real product. Think of it as a dock of sorts, complete with a Game Boy cartridge slot. When the phone is plugged in, simply launch the app, connect the controlpad via Bluetooth, and you'll be ready for some retro gaming action. Continue reading for a diagram showing how it will work.

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Scam Troll

If your phone ever gets hacked (or stolen and then returned), make sure to reconfirm all of your personal contacts, or else you may have seemingly close friends requesting strange favors. This person was a victim of phone hacking, but was smart enough to figure out this this friend was just another scammer, and not really in need of iTunes cards. Continue reading to see the conversation that ensued, as well as the interesting pictures that were requested.

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Beastgrip Pro

Always wanted a DSLR-like experience with your smartphone? Then look no further than the BeastGrip Pro. To start things off, the video above was shot with an iPhone 6, BeastGrip Pro, Beastgrip DOF adapter, and a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. This accessory is essentially a universal lens adapter and camera rig for smartphones. You can set it up however you want, whether it be a basic tripod mount or a full-featured professional. Its patent-pending design has an adjustable lens mount and clamps that adapt to just about any phone, thanks to the redesigned lens mount assembly being built on a three-way axis. That's not all, the company has also unveiled new BeastGrip conversion lenses as well as a DOF (Depth of Field) adapter for use with SLR lenses to capture shallow depth of field images using manual focus. Continue reading for a video, more information and the Kickstarter page.

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Aukey Power Bank

Aukey Portable Power Bank easily fits in your pocket and is priced at just $26.99 shipped with coupon code: 3NINBLGS - today only. It uses AIPower Technology to intelligently detect the input current of the connected devices to maximize both compatibility and charging speed (up to 3.1A for 2 Ports). The monster 20000mAh capacity charges the iPhone 6 / Galaxy S5 at least 7 times, and can also fully charge an iPad Air 2. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: 3NINBLGS at checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for a hands-on video preview and more information.

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Runcible Circular Smartphone

It seems like most smartphone manufacturers only care for slimmer designs and larger displays, but Berkely-based Monohm aims to change that with the Runcible. Sporting a completely circular design, complete with a convex wooden back designed to nestle in your palm, it features a display on the front and rear-facing camera. The company says you'll still be able to make calls, browse the web, text, snap photos and more. Anderson, Monohm's CEO, says: "The form factor has a long history -- magic stones in your hand, compasses, women's compacts." No word yet on pricing, but it's rumored to cost $600+. 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, including The Matrix lobby scene recreated with LEGO bricks.

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