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Sony says its new Xperia C3 is the 'world’s best selfie smartphone'

Regardless of your take on them, selfies have become such a phenomenon as to spawn specially designed cameras and shooting modes. Now Sony is getting in on the action with the Xperia C3 "selfie smartphone."  Read More

LG's KizOn straps to a child’s wrist so that parents can know their location at all times

Children are wily creatures. They just love to run around with their friends, explore new places, and generally enjoy the freedom of just being a kid. Though this is part of the stress-free life of being a child, it is also often the source of anxiety for some parents who constantly worry about where their child is. In an attempt to relieve this anxiety, LG has created KizON, a wearable device that not only lets concerned parents know where their precious progeny are 24 hours a day, but also provides the ability to call them if necessary.  Read More

The Passport is one of the more unusual smartphones we've seen in recent years

BlackBerry’s Passport smartphone, which features an unusual large square-shaped display, was met with notable confusion when it was quietly announced during an earnings conference last month. The handset seems to be suffering from an identity crisis – caught between the company’s traditional keyboard-toting smartphones and the larger-screened tablet form-factor. BlackBerry is clearly aware of the issue, and has stepped in to explain why we should be excited about the product’s unusual design.  Read More

The Samsung Galaxy S5 (right) and its newly announced Galaxy S5 mini sibling (left)

Between these handsets, it’s no secret that the fully blown Samsung Galaxy S5 is the more capable of the two. The real question is just how many of the premium device's feature the Galaxy S5 mini manages to retain – and the results may surprise you. Read on as Gizmag compares two of the Korean firm’s biggest handsets for 2014.  Read More

The Soofa bench is the creation of Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off compan...

A number of parks in the Boston area will soon receive solar-powered smart benches, courtesy of Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off company. Dubbed Soofa, the benches sport a solar panel, a pair of charging points for smartphones (or similar devices), and they monitor environmental data such as local air quality and noise pollution.  Read More

Made from ceramic and American Walnut, Swich uses micro-suction caps to hold your phone in...

While we've seen many notable wireless charging innovations of late, sometimes a little elegance can be all it takes to stand out from the crowd. Slovenian-based Lutman Design has developed Swich, a functional wireless charging stand made from sustainable materials, with a stylish design inspired by crashing ocean waves.  Read More

The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a scaled down yet capable version of its flagship sibling

Samsung has announced its latest smartphone in the form of the Galaxy S5 mini - a scaled down version of its popular S5 flagship. The device, which features the same faux-leather styling as its big brother, offers mid-range specs in a thin and light form factor, while holding on to stand-out features including a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor.  Read More

The iLuv Selfy being demonstrated at CE Week

Although some people really like taking selfies, the shots are usually limited by the length of the shooter’s arm. Devices like the HISY Bluetooth camera phone remote are one alternative, although users might not have them handy when a photo op presents itself. iLuv has addressed that problem with its Selfy – a smartphone case with a detachable Bluetooth camera remote.  Read More

The Nokia X2 is the first Android-based smartphone for Microsoft after taking over Nokia's...

Microsoft has unveiled its first Nokia-branded Android-based smartphone since the takeover of Nokia's Devices & Services business was finalized earlier this year. Aimed at the budget end of the smartphone market, the Nokia X2 packs a 4.3-inch WVGA display and is powered by a Snapdragon 200 dual core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM.  Read More

The Fire Phone is Amazon's first ever handset, but can it compete with the super high-end ...

Amazon is pitching its first smartphone as a fully-fledged rival to market big hitters from the likes of HTC, Samsung and LG, but it's also taking a slightly different approach to that of its rivals. While LG’s G3 handset ticks all of the high-end boxes, the Fire Phone features solid specs, but relies on its standout features to win over consumers. Read on as Gizmag compares the two flagship devices.  Read More

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