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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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Volkswagen iPhone Case

Custom smartphone cases are becoming increasingly popular with the trend towards personalization, and users are always seeking to one-up the mass-marketed cases. In many instances, like this Volkswagen case, they are succeeding to say the least. However, there are offering some websites that let you build them from scratch, if these pre-made ones just won't do. Continue reading for more.

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The Defender

Sometimes, pepper spray alone will not deter potential assailants, that is unless...you're using The Defender. This pocket-sized gadget combines a camera, a 24/7 monitoring system for law enforcement / health ervices, and pepper spray to provide an all-in-one portable defense system. Basically, when a user is attacked, they can hit a single button that will simultaneously send a photo of the assailant (and exact location) to the police, sound an alarm to notify people nearby of an emergency situation, along with temporarily blinding the assailant. The company is currently taking pre-orders for $179, which includes 12-months of monitoring service. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of three dogs and a laser.

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Phone Battery Explosion

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics because of their high energy density, no memory effect, and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. These batteries can be dangerous under some conditions and can pose a safety hazard since they contain, unlike other rechargeable batteries, a flammable electrolyte and are also kept pressurized. Continue reading to see what happens when you continually poke at one with a sharp knife.

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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

Photo credit: Andre Borges

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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