The USPTO awards patent D726,140 to LG for a foldable smartphone-watch mash-up

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With the recent release of its Flex and Flex  2 smartphones, LG has advanced the field of flexible devices. It seems that the Korean company is looking further down the line though, according to patent D0726,140 that was awarded to it by the United States Patent and Trademark office last week. This new patent shows a design for a foldable smartphone-watch mash-up.


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Samsung publishes kernel source code for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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So, you’ve just got your hands on a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge smartphone and you’re already wondering how you can remove some of the bloatware, install a custom recovery or maybe even install firmware developed by a third-party such as Cyanogen. Thanks to Samsung publishing the kernel source code for both handsets, this possibility is now a step closer.


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LastPass gets a material update on Android

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The LastPass password manager app for Android got an update this week to incorporate Google’s Material Design philosophy for Android. As part of the announcement of LastPass’s update, the company also announced they were partnering with Samsung to offer a premium upgrade to buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge as part of the Samsung Galaxy Gifts program.
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[Deal] Select Motorola Moto 360 models discounted through Best Buy, Amazon

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Didn’t pre-order an Apple Watch? That’s probably because you don’t have an iPhone or you did not want to wait weeks or months to get a smartwatch. If you want one right now, maybe the Moto 360 is worth a look because both Best Buy and Amazon (which we mentioned earlier) have select models discounted. The Motorola smartwatch, which is powered by Android Wear, can be purchased for as low as $179.

Check out the models listed in the links below. Let us know in the comments if you purchased one or already have a smartwatch on your wrist.

[Best Buy] [Amazon]

Samsung hypes unboxing the Galaxy S6 with new ‘Anticipation’ commercial

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Today, millions of people around the world will have a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge in their hands for the first time. The feeling of unboxing either device, or any device for that matter, cannot be described any better than with the word “anticipation.” Samsung has decided to show that feeling in a new television commercial that captures all moments of anticipation. The commercial covers moments like blowing out a birthday cake or preparing to perform on stage. It closes with excitement all around and everyone interacting with their Samsung devices.

Hit the break for the commercial.


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HTC’s Sense 7 to land on HTC One M8 in next update

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Owners of the HTC One M8 have started to receive their Android Lollipop update, but they have noticed that they do not get HTC’s latest interface, Sense 7. That missing piece is surely a disappointment to some, but leaving it out of the current update probably helped get Lollipop onto the One M8 a little bit faster. HTC vice president Mo Versi has now confirmed that the One M8 will get Sense 7, but it will not be until the next major upgrade is released.
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Samsung wants to use bitcoin technology in new applications

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Bitcoin was all the rage a year or so ago, but its price is down by almost 50%. There still could be a future for the currency, but Samsung thinks the technology behind it is worth more to them.

They are currently working with International Business Machines Corp to bring bitcoin’s technology to new applications. It’s the bitcoin blockchain that interests them. It’s a public ledger that shows all bitcoin transactions in chronological order. This technology could be tweaked to show ownership for other assets using a network of computers or mobile phones.


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Samsung will launch Avengers-themed accessories for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

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Back when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, consumers quickly edited an image of the Emerald Green Galaxy S6 Edge to include a photo of the Hulk.

At that time, Samsung Mobile global marketing lead, Lee Young-hee, suggested that they might offer an Avengers Edition of the phone assuming they could strike a deal with Marvel to include themed wallpapers and such. Now Samsung Electronics Vice President of Design for Samsung Mobile Lee Min-hyuk is saying that fans will be able to enjoy cases based on each character in the upcoming Avengers movie.


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