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In a world plagued by terrorists and psychopaths pretty much anywhere you can think of, it's always a bad idea to carry a gun-shaped anything at the airport. Although this should go without saying, apparently, an individual in the London Stansted Airport did not have enough common sense to know that. Alternately, it could be just a very stupid idea of a prank that went south for the man.


This person walked into the airport with a gun-shaped iPhone case, which was found on him during the mandatory security check. The photo above is for the purpose of illustration and was NOT the way in which the individual was touting the pseudo-gun. However, that did not save him from getting charged for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place, as well as for threatening behaviour to cause alarm or distress.



Popular online sites like Amazon and eBay used to list items similar to this iPhone case, but they have completely stopped selling them after recent terrorist attacks and multiple warnings by law enforcement officers issued to citizens against using anything that imitates a gun in a public place. If you were planning to buy something similar for your phone, it's probably a VERY bad idea!


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If you have been following us, you probably have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 already. But just in case you don't have an idea, have a look at some these recent renders released by VRS Design while listing their new range of cases for the Note 7.



The pictures do not reveal anything to us that we do not know already but they sure are reinforcing the rumors almost to the point of becoming facts. We can see the S-Pen's top end poking out from the bottom right S-Pen slot and the expected USB Type-C port makes its appearance in this render as well. What we do not see clearly however, are the three lenses of the rumoured retina scanner. Given that the images do not show the retina scanner to be absent either, don't lose hope yet! Additionally, we can see the dual Edge display, the ambient light sensor, the front camera, the rear camera and the dual tone flash.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

 



Although the official unveiling date for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is still more than a month away on the 2nd of August, rumors and leaks have already given away most of what to expect from the next Note. The latest leak even hints at a brand new "Coral Blue" variant that has not been seen on a Galaxy Note device yet. Most importantly though, two debated issues regarding the name of the next Note and the choice of display has now been resolved. The next Note will be called Note 7 instead of Note 6, even though it is the sixth iteration in the series. Also, there will be no flat screen variant of the Note 7 at release, but only one version with a curved/Edge display.


To top it all off, if there was any doubt in anyone's mind regarding the actual shape and form of the upcoming Note, it has been cleared by Olixar's online listings. Olixar has listed three NovaShield covers for the Galaxy Note 7 in Blue Leather, Carbon Fibre Gold and Red Leather. Interestingly enough, the listings clearly show the cases wrapped around a white Note 7 with a curve display and a S-Pen slot at the bottom right. In order to know more about the Samsung Galaxy Note7, check out our spec sheet and rumoured spec lists.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


 

It has become a trend now for cases and covers to leak well before a popular smartphone model is revealed officially and since the Galaxy Note 8 is inarguably one of the most anticipated Android phones till date, this trend is proving true in this case as well (no puns intended!). The case in question is made by Olixar and the news was brought to attention by a post on SamMobile. It's now up for preorder at Mobile Fun as you read this.

 

What it means for us enthusiasts is that we get to have a first look at how the Galaxy Note 8 will look like when released in about two months' time. As case makers usually receive information regarding the design of a smartphone well in advance since they have to start manufacturing the cases well before the smartphones are launched, we are hoping that this is a pretty reliable look at how the Galaxy Note 8 may look like. Then again, nothing is for certain unless more reliable sources reveal the actual handset. If the design does turn out to be true, then the good news is that while the fingerprint scanner will still be placed at an awkward position, the flash and the heart rate sensor has been placed in-between the dual camera module and the fingerprint sensor to eliminate any chances of smudging the lens.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Since Google just informed the press about an upcoming event on October 4, we are pretty sure that's where the new Pixel phones will be unveiled for the first time. This belief was further confirmed by the fact that there's a new "Oct. 4" video on Google's official YouTube channel where the Google search bar slowly transforms into the shape of a smartphone.


As far as leaks go, the latest Geekbench spec sheets are revealing a revised Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and Android Nougat 7.1, a version of the OS that no other smartphone is running at the moment. Both the Pixel (5.2-inch) and the Pixel XL (5.5-inch) will be made by HTC this year and there will be two versions this time around; one for the US and the other for the international market.



We have also seen a few mobile case listings for the Pixel phones and as you can see from the image, the camera cut-outs are suspiciously large and may indicate a dual camera setup at the back. However, no such rumor regarding the Pixel or Pixel XL has surfaced so far. We will find out more very soon as the official unveiling date is now confirmed and just around the corner.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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