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Nothing’s CMF sub-brand announces a $200 smartphone with a modular back

Nothing’s budget-friendly sub-brand, CMF, is getting experimental with its latest device lineup. There’s a smartphone, watch and earbuds, but I’m most intrigued by the CMF Phone 1. The back cover is interchangeable, so users can swap to different colors and designs on the fly. The company says the removable cover makes accessing the phone’s internal components easy for repairs.

There’s also an accessory point on the back cover, which when unscrewed, can attach to fold-out stands, card holders and lanyards. It’s like a customizable case already part of your phone. That speaks to me, someone who won’t shut up about for iPhone and Android phones .

This pseudo-modular design is far cooler than anything else listed on the phone’s spec sheet (8-core MediaTek Dimensity 7300 5G processor, 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display flagship-grade 50MP main camera), but it’ll be joined by companion earbuds and a smartwatch.

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The companion watch has multiple band styles, but users can also swap out the bezel to “switch fluidly between styles to suit any occasion.” Meanwhile, the second-gen CMF earbuds have a giant control dial on the case that can be assigned to volume, skip tracks or anything else you might want to do with the buds. Available now, the CMF Phone 1 costs $200, and the watch and buds launch on July 11th.

Oh and set your alarms for tomorrow, because Samsung Unpacked 2024 is happening. It’s time for foldables.

— Mat Smith

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Amazon has revealed an all-new Echo Spot ahead of Prime Day. It’s very much like the original Echo Spot that came out in 2017. Has anything changed in the interim? Yes, the front face is now split between a hemispherical display and speaker. Amazon says the new model has better sound and a sharper display. And it’s still a pretty simple alarm clock. While the RRP is $80, it’s already on sale for $45.

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Scalpers have used a security researcher’s findings to reverse-engineer “nontransferable” digital tickets from Ticketmaster and AXS, allowing transfers outside their apps. The workaround was revealed in a lawsuit AXS filed in May against third-party brokers adopting the practice.

Ticketmaster and AXS lock ticket resales inside their platforms, preventing transfers on third-party services, like SeatGeek and StubHub. Although the companies claim the practice is strictly a security measure, it also conveniently allows them to control how and when their tickets are resold. Hackers have used the research findings (read up on the saga , courtesy of 404 Media) to shift tickets across and resell them.

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