Magna Steyr MILA Plus concept sports car unveiled

Magna Steyr MILA Plus concept sports car unveiled

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is quickly approaching, and joining the list of vehicles being shown off ahead of their official debut is the Magna Steyr MILA Plus concept sports car. This yellow racer is designed to show what the auto supplier -- Magna Steyr -- has to offer, and is one of several concept vehicles it has debuted in recent times. The company will be showing off its concept car at the auto show amidst big-name manufacturers' own branded wares, and though this isn't an offering you'll be able to pick up at your local dealership, it does inspire ideas about what sports cars could be showing up in the future.

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Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Earlier this week, both Reddit and Google revealed plans to crack down on adult content, and while Reddit has held firm to its decision, Google has listened to the outcry of its users and, likely upon fully realizing how many users were poised to leave, reversed its decision. Today on the company's Product Forums, Google worker Jessica Pelegio announced the reversal, saying that rather than instituting this new adult content limitation, the company will merely be ensuring that its users stick to the current rules.

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Google’s futuristic HQ plans impossible to achieve (right now)

Google’s futuristic HQ plans impossible to achieve (right now)

In their video announcing plans for their new campus, which you can see below, Google made an interesting point: Silicon Valley is pretty boring. For all the innovative, awesome stuff that comes from one small area of California, the landscape looks exceedingly corporate and boring. After scaling so quickly, some large the companies are looking to expand. Apple has their ‘spaceship’ campus underway, and it seems Google wants to follow suit. The images below detail their plans, which by their own admission, are impossible to achieve.

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Chrysler expands recall to include 467k SUVs

Chrysler expands recall to include 467k SUVs

Yesterday Chrysler revealed plans to recall about 26,000 Chrysler 200 sedans over a fairly serious problem with their transmissions, and now it has announced plans to expand a recall from last year, adding about 467k SUVs to the number of potentially faulty vehicles. This follows a previous recall that took place in September for the same stalling problem (which has now been linked to the fuel pump relay); about 189k SUVs were recalled then, and with this latest recall, the total number jumps to in excess of 656,000 cars.

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Huawei Nexus 8 – is this Google’s future?

Huawei Nexus 8 – is this Google’s future?

The next Nexus device is being rumored this week to be taking on a decidedly more Chinese origin than hardware of the past. Suggestions from sources inside China say Huawei may be in a good spot to take on the Google-centric Android line of devices that've been central to the software-makers plan for Android total world domination. This rumor suggests that Huawei could be ready to announce a brand new Nexus phone late in the year 2015. What you're seeing here could be the near future.

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Cars

Cook: Apple Watch ‘designed’ to replace car keys

Cook: Apple Watch ‘designed’ to replace car keys

We know enough about the Apple Watch to keep us interested, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. Even when it comes to pricing, we’re still in the dark a bit. Slowly, Apple CEO Tim Cook is leaking details about the Apple Watch, though. We’ve heard the water resistance might be better than expected, and now Cook is hinting that the Apple Watch will be “designed to be able to replace car keys”. Seems our days of all-in-one key fobs are coming to a close.

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Leonard Nimoy, 83, passes away at home

Leonard Nimoy, 83, passes away at home

Leonard Nimoy is gone. The actor died this morning at his Bel Air home in Los Angeles. His passing has been confirmed by his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, who says the cause of his death was late-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Leonard Nimoy said last year his disease was caused by years of smoking, though he had given up the habit some 30 years ago. According to The New York Times, Nimoy was hospitalized earlier in the week.

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Aereo assets sold for a measly $2 million

Aereo assets sold for a measly $2 million

The TV streaming company that's been battling their way to real release over the past several years is now dead. Aereo just went through an auction to sell off their assets, which they expected to be sold for between $4 million and $31 million USD. Unfortunately for the company, they just can't catch a break - their entire portfolio of assets has just sold for right around $2 million - total. This auction attracted a whopping 10 bidders and a statement has been released by Aereo's lawyer William Baldiga, who suggests that they were "very disappointed" by the results.

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Lenovo News

Leaked mid-range LTE BlackBerry is actually pretty sharp

Leaked mid-range LTE BlackBerry is actually pretty sharp

In all the lead-up to MWC, we’ve come across something from BlackBerry! This alleged device is actually pretty snappy, too. A mid-range device, the handset has reportedly ditched its ‘Rio’ moniker for the ‘Leap’ mid-range brand BlackBerry is believed to be launching. Sporting a composite shell, the handset doesn’t offer up many details, and we even see an OS that might be in early development. But for BlackBerry fans, and those in emerging markets, the handset might prove very useful.

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MotionX is going to make dumb analog watches really smart

MotionX is going to make dumb analog watches really smart

Here’s the interesting thing about smartwatches: we want them to look like real watches, but also a touch smarter than a traditional timepiece. That’s the goal, but it’s not been an easy one to achieve. Some watchmakers have gone so far as to block digital representations of their faces from being made available for download. Withings did a good job of straddling the line with Activite, but what about the traditional companies out there? With MotionX, a new platform specifically for those brands, their pieces can be smart, too.

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