Samsung to offer an ultrasonic cover for the Galaxy Note 4

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With every new phone comes new accessories, and the Galaxy Note 4 won’t be alone. It appears Samsung is working on an ultrasonic cover that could be utilized for those that have vision-related disabilities.

According to SamMobile, the cover will detect nearby objects from its ultrasonic sensor and provide feedback. Users will also be able to choose between three different levels: short, middle, and long.

An insider with a Note 4 prototype sent in the complete description from the accessory, of which you can see after the break.

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New Samsung patent for flexible display spotted at USPTO

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Samsung is no stranger to filing patent applications for smartphone devices taking a variety of form factors including those with flexible displays. The latest patent filing spotted at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows a smartphone device that could be folded in half like a wallet or a tent card. The ability to hold a position once bent is one of the key details that Samsung describes in their application. This could make it easier for the device to double as something like an alarm clock.

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ASUS starts teasing new smartwatch to be released at IFA 2014

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Earlier this summer, shortly after the first Android Wear smartwatches were released during Google I/O, ASUS was quick to let it be known that they were working on something to be released later in the year. Since then, ASUS has shared some information about some of the design factors they worked through as they appeared to be working toward releasing the smartwatch at IFA 2014. The release date rumors appear to be panning out as ASUS took to Twitter today to tease the release of their smartwatch. They promise something “Incredible” so it will be interesting to see what they produce.

source: @ASUS

Affordable and waterproof Xperia M2 Aqua announced by Sony

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Looking for a waterproof smartphone but don’t want to break the bank?

Sony finally has an answer for you.

Although the internals aren’t premium, the newly announced Xperia M2 Aqua is fully waterproof as well as dust resistant. You’ll still get the sleek OmniBalance design, though, as well as a dedicated camera button. Hit the break for the details.

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HTC Butterfly 2 released to Asian markets

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HTC has announced the release of their latest device in the Butterfly line of devices. Going by the long name HTC J butterfly HTL23 in Japan through KDDI, the device is really the HTC Butterfly 2. That easier name is how it will be marketed through Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, CSL in Hong Kong, and other carriers in South Asian markets. Regardless of what it is called, it is probably a device that many people outside those markets wish HTC would make available on a wider scale as it combines some of the best features of the HTC One (M8) and the HTC One (E8) with a sprinkling of upgrades. Read more

LG plans to bring G3’s UX to future entry-level and midrange phones and tablets

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The UX design and features found on LG’s G3 flagship will reportedly be brought to future LG entry-level and midrange smartphones and tablets, a company release said today.

The standardization of the UX features from the G3 is part of an effort to make its less-premium hardware feel more high-end compared to competing devices from other OEMs.

Some specific features brought over to other devices include Touch and Shoot, Gesture Shot, Clean View, Smart Keyboard and more. Hit the break for LG’s full release.

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[Deal] Grab the Moto X and get a free wooden back upgrade

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Motorola continues to offer deals on the Moto X. If you grab the phone between now and August 21, you will be able to select a wooden back at no extra charge. That’s a $25 savings, and it works for both off contract and on contract pricing. So hit the source link below and get your order in. Of course, I wouldn’t blame you for waiting to see what the Moto X+1 is all about.

source: Moto Maker

Sprint officially announces the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA

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As expected, Sprint went ahead and announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which is the first device to come out of the Sprint and Softbank merger. It will of course be available with Softbank in Japan, but it will also be available exclusively at Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal features a 5-inch edge-to-edge 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 2,040 mAh battery, Sprint Spark network, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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Android 4.4.3 update rolling out to T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8)

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A software update is rolling out to HTC One (M8) owners on T-Mobile. The build is 2.22.531.5 and it contains Google’s Android 4.4.3 update. HTC has even bundled in the security fixes found in Android 4.4.4 in addition to everything that the labeled version of Android has (which is really just bug fixes). For HTC’s proprietary software, a slew of applications and futures have been improved.

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