Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 arrive with svelte all-metal unibody

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 arrive with svelte all-metal unibody

Rumors can be put to rest, with Samsung introducing the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 handsets tonight. The phones come in a rainbow of colors, each sporting a full metal unibody and the design we saw leak earlier this month. The two handsets are largely the same, differing the most with their displays (5-inches and 4.5-inches, respectively) and their cameras, though the A5 does pack an additional gig of RAM. Selfies have been given some special attention by Samsung, as well, which packed the handsets with several features aiding in snapping the best shots of yourself.

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Google Street View cleavage snap leads to penalty

Google Street View cleavage snap leads to penalty

Google's Street View has caught some interesting things over the years, some of them fueling conspiracy theories, others being less fun but no less notable. Sometimes it catches things inappropriate, however, as was the case with Maria Pia Grillo of Montreal, who was sitting on her porch when the Google mobile drove by. It caught her in a picture leaning forward with elbows on knees and a fair bit of cleavage exposed. Google blurred her face but not her chest, and that led to a legal tussle.

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Fireside digital frame shows only the photos you want to see

Fireside digital frame shows only the photos you want to see

Have you grown weary of the static picture frames dotting your home's various planar surfaces? Digital picture frames have been a thing for many years, but have only recently been getting a modern tech upgrade, with things like Canviz adding a welcomed twist to the products. Latest among these is the Fireside SmartFrame, which includes a cloud service and promises to only display the photos you want to see. The product recently hit Kickstarter, where it is enjoying relatively substantial success.

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Andy Rubin is parting ways with Google

Andy Rubin is parting ways with Google

Andy Rubin has had a long and fruitful career at Google, having started big there under his work with Android, later moving on to other projects and eventually ending up managing the company's robotics division -- a position from which he is stepping down, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The reason isn't clear, but his future plans include kicking off an "incubator for startups", it is being reported. Google has confirmed the departure, with CEO Larry Page having thanked him for his time with the company.

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Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Methods to monitor law enforcement are in demand, and we've been seeing different related technologies that meet this need appear increasingly. One example is the Yardarm sensor that monitors firearm usage, shuttling the data off to a cloud platform where it can be accessed by dispatchers and investigators if needed. Ford is working on its own surveillance system, this one being designed to provide real-time information on the driving actions of any particular police cruiser in which it is equipped.

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Tim Cook isn’t gay for you

Tim Cook isn’t gay for you

Let's talk about Tim Cook being gay. Or, actually, let's not talk about it at all. The Apple CEO's unexpected open letter today, discussing his reasons for suddenly talking about his sexuality and the feelings of responsibility to use his platform to further the understanding of LGBTQ issues, confirmed what many had believed for years. It also met with its fair share of "so what?" comments. The strength of reaction to who one man - even one very influential man - loves has varied widely, of course, but what's been eye-opening to me is the number of people who not only don't see why it's a big deal, but can't understand why anybody else might think differently.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review: a pretty one-way path

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review: a pretty one-way path

With the mid-size tablet genre being redefined, Amazon has stepped in with their latest, an 8.9-inch HDX version of the Kindle Fire. Taking square aim at the iPad mini and Air, as well as the Nexus 9, this tablet brings a familiar set of specs and viewing experience. Depending on what you want from your tablet, though, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 might be right for you. To see just how much has improved, and whether or not you should give it a hard look, we took it for a test run.

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Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

It’s that time of year again, when ghouls and goblins come asking for treats at the doorstep. Scary movies are plentiful, too. Over on the Pottermore Facebook page, curious things have been going on. It seems JK Rowling is cooking up a treat for Harry Potter fans. Or is it a trick? We’re not certain, but a series of clues and riddles hidden in plain sight suggest something significant is coming tomorrow, possibly a new revelation in the new Harry Potter story.

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New app Hash cuts down Twitter noise, delivers news

New app Hash cuts down Twitter noise, delivers news

Twitter is this constantly flowing stream of, well, everything. It’s sometimes had to keep up, especially if you’re too busy to stay glued to your Twitter feed. A new app called Hash might help, though. Released a few days ago, Hash is a cultivated feed of the things people are talking about most, and gives you quick access to the most topical discussions of the day. If you find keeping up difficult, Hash might help you wade through the noise and hear the news.

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This 45,000-year-old leg bone will change how old you think we are

This 45,000-year-old leg bone will change how old you think we are

A paper has been published by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig which shows the results of their decoding of a set of genes from a 45,000-year-old modern human male from Sibera. It'd be enough to noteworthy that this man was nearly twice the age of the otherwise eldest modern human whose genome was sorted, but there's another point to be had, as well. This leg bone not only has modern human genes, but Neanderthal as well.

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