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New phone prototype has NINE lenses, expected to launch this year

From the iPhone X to the Samsung Galaxy S9, most of the big-name smartphones now come with a dual-lens camera. But in a bid to take on these devices, Light is reportedly developing a phone with not two - but nine rear cameras. According to The Washington Post, Light is currently working on the prototype, which could be ready by the end of 2018. But why nine cameras? Well, Light says that this arrangement of cameras is capable of capturing 64-megapixel shots, as well as better low-light performance and sophisticated…

Tech firm raises $118 million in virtual coin offer to fund blockchain phone

Technology firm Sirin Labs said on Thursday it had raised $118 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to support the development of an open source blockchain smartphone. ICOs allow startups founded on cryptocurrency technologies such as blockchain to quickly raise capital by issuing virtual tokens to investors. Such offerings have become more common in the past year, but Europe’s top markets regulator warned last month they were “extremely risky and highly speculative investments.” Read More: The SEC just issued a…

ORRI: Your finger can be your smartphone

Hong Kong based start-up Origami Labs is looking to change the way we interact with our mobile phones with the release of its innovative new wearable product ORII this month. A Kickstarter project, ORII is the world's first voice-powered smart ring that turns your finger into a smart phone. Just by touching your ear you can make calls, send messages, set reminders, or anything else that Siri or Google Assistant can do for you. ORII uses bone conduction to send sound along your finger and into your ear, giving the…

Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states, the Kremlin said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar last month, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world. Moscow is trying to tread cautiously in the dispute, since it…

Leaning forward during phone use may cause ‘text neck’

LOS ANGELES: Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with neck and upper back pain, likely related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use, according to a recent report. Some patients, particularly young patients who shouldn’t yet have back and neck issues, are reporting disk hernias and alignment problems, the study authors write in The Spine Journal. “In an X-ray, the neck typically curves backward, and what we’re seeing is that the curve is being reversed as people look down at their phones for…