ARCHOS announces new Magnus tablet line, new “Fusion Storage” option for devices

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ARCHOS has announced they are bringing a new line of tablet devices to market in April 2015. The tablets will be part of a new “Magnus” line of devices that focus on making large amounts of storage available for users. Along with the new tablets, ARCHOS is also introducing a new technology dubbed Fusion Storage on their new smartphones and tablets, as well as some unspecified existing devices, that seamlessly combines internal memory and microSD card memory capacity.
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Silent Circle reveals new Blackphone 2, forthcoming Blackphone+ tablet

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In the days leading up to MWC 2015 Silent Circle announced they had bought out Geeksphone, their partner in development of the original Blackphone and their own operating system, PrivatOS. The company has now revealed their plans to provide a complete Enterprise Privacy Platform consisting of hardware devices like a new Blackphone 2 smartphone and Blackphone+ tablet, improvements to their PrivatOS operating system, and apps designed to enhance privacy for end users.
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Qualcomm’s new fingerprint sensor might be better than Apple’s Touch ID

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Qualcomm is certainly making some news this week at Mobile World Congress. With a new 820 chip, a collaboration with Cyanogen, and now a new fingerprint sensor that promises to be better than Apple’s Touch ID.

Based on Snapdragon Sense ID, this new fingerprint sensor verifies your fingerprint in 3D using ultrasonic waves. This ultrasonic technology is now being used in biometric security applications. It can “penetrate the outer layers of skin, detecting three-dimensional details and unique fingerprint characteristics, including fingerprint ridges and sweat pores.” What that means is that others won’t be able to use a copy of your fingerprint to break into your phone. Apple’s Touch ID is based on a 2D image scan.


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Sony’s waterproof M4 Aqua comes with a 5-inch HD display, 64-bit Octa-Core processor and runs Lollipop

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Carrying on from unveiling the Xperia Z4 tablet at the MWC in Barcelona, Sony has taken the covers off of its Xperia M4 Aqua, a smartphone that offers front and rear cameras that are more than handy, along with OmniBalance design and a 64-bit Qualcomm processor. We have the specifications, gallery, video and press release after the break.
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Check out Samsung’s official introduction of the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge

samsung_galaxy_s6_front_back_slanted_blueSamsung has posted the official introduction video for their two newly announced flagship devices, the Galaxy S 6 and its Edge counterpart. The video doesn’t really go into a ton of detail about the device, but it gives you a flashy overview of the biggest selling points of both phones.

Hit the break to check it out, and be sure to keep up with the rest of our MWC coverage.


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HTC will release the Hima Ultra exclusively for Chinese markets with the launch of the M9

htc_one_m9_sprint_dark_gunmetal_greyIf you weren’t entirely impressed with HTC’s M9 today, there’s always a chance that the bigger sized version of the device will change things up a bit. According to @upleaks, HTC will announce the Hima Ultra at a Chinese press conference later this year when they announce the M9 for that particular market. Unfortunately, that means the supposedly bigger sized version of the device will be exclusive to Chinese markets, at least at first.

There isn’t much info on what the Hima Ultra will be, but it’s a pretty safe bet it’ll stick to the same mold HTC is using for the new HTC One. We’ll keep you updated as more information surfaces.
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Samsung beefs up charging options in Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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There is already a lot of buzz about Samsung’s decision to seal the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge as part of the new design they incorporated for the devices. This is a change for many people who are used to being able to swap batteries and back covers. In the past, one option owners of Samsung smartphones had was to add a wireless charging capable back cover to their device. Without that option, Samsung took the challenge as an opportunity that may lead to easier charging and better energy management in their new devices.
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Samsung details new manufacturing process for both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

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The dream Galaxy phone has finally arrived. Samsung showed glimpses of greatness last year with the Alpha, A Series, and Galaxy Note 4, but the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge take things to a whole new level with a brand new manufacturing process.

The Edge version is by far the more intricate device. A new process called 3D Thermoforming involves the insertion of glass between two molds, followed by heating it to 800 degrees Celsius to make it pliable, allowing it to be pressed into a symmetrical shape. This whole process is what gives Samsung the ability to curve the glass at both the right and left sides.


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