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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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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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