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Apple: fart apps not allowed on Apple Watch

Apple: fart apps not allowed on Apple Watch

Well, color me disappointed. Turns out one of the first apps owners of the new $17,000 luxury Apple Watch Edition won't be downloading is one that plays fart sounds. Dang, thanks a lot Apple! Ok, seriously, someone was hoping to be behind the very first fart app for the Apple Watch, the brilliantly titled Fart Watch, but Apple has rejected their submission. The reason? Because it was nothing more than a fart app.

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Nokia: we have no plans to resume making or selling phones

Nokia: we have no plans to resume making or selling phones

In a somewhat unexpected move, Nokia has released a new statement making it as clear as day that the company has no plans to return to making and selling consumer cell phones. This is clearly in response to the rumors that keeping popping up every so often, with the latest being just last week, that they are going to attempt a return to the phone business sometime next year. This closest Nokia gets to the mobile industry right now is through licensing of their large portfolio of patents, as well as licensing their own name for the N1 tablet sold in Asia.

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Google Exec Dan Fredinburg dies while climbing Everest during Nepal Earthquake

Google Exec Dan Fredinburg dies while climbing Everest during Nepal Earthquake

As the world mourns for the tragedy that fell upon Nepal on Saturday in the form of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, Google has revealed that it lost one of their own. Dan Fredinburg, a longtime employee and executive in charge of privacy for the Google X division, sadly died while climbing Mount Everest in an avalanche that was triggered by the quake. In what is said to be the worst quake to hit Nepal in the past 80 years, leaving infrastructure severely damaged over 2,000 were killed in the region along with 18 other Everest climbers.

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Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

NASCAR fans who tuned in early to Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway saw a vehicle of a completely different type leading the pack of 43 racers around the track. It was the NASCAR Sprint Cup series' Toyota Owners 400, and a 2016 Toyota Mirai sedan became the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to serve as a pace car for an event by the racing body. This was another NASCAR first for Toyota, as in 2009 the first hybrid vehicle to act as a pace car was a Camry Hybrid.

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Damaged your Apple Watch? Here’s what warranty will & won’t cover

Damaged your Apple Watch? Here’s what warranty will & won’t cover

If you're already enjoying your new Apple Watch this weekend, the next thing that should come to mind is when it will be damaged in some way. Not "if," but "when." While you try to continue keeping it perfect condition, now is the time to brush up on what is and isn't covered by the smartwatch's 1-year limited hardware warranty. The following information comes from Apple's Visual Mechanical Inspection process, which is what all Apple authorized service providers must follow.

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Tesla website, Elon Musk’s Twitter defaced by hackers

Tesla website, Elon Musk’s Twitter defaced by hackers

Even the smartest, most innovative companies fall victim to hackers once in a while, as evidenced by the few hours of difficulty Tesla Motors experienced on their website and Twitter account. Starting sometime between 4:00 and 5:00pm ET on Saturday, hackers took control of the company's official home page, Twitter account, and even founder Elon Musk's Twitter account for a brief time. The profile name on the social networking site's page was changed to #RIPPRGANG during the time control was lost, with tweets promising a free car to anyone who called a certain phone number.

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Apple Watch launches in UK with new folding power adapter

Apple Watch launches in UK with new folding power adapter

Now that the Apple Watch is arriving for customers around the world, and all the dust from the unboxing madness is beginning to settle, it's time to talk about some of the smaller, overlooked details of the new device's launch. That includes the real star of the Watch's launch in the UK: the new folding prong power adapter! While Apple's new 5W USB power adapter still performs the same function as before, namely to charge your new Watch or iPhone, the folding pins design is new.

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Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Fingerprint readers have quickly become commonplace on our smartphones, and while they are touted as offering some of the best security, it seems that may not be true across the board. A group of researchers at FireEye have reported a flaw in certain Android phones like the Galaxy S5 that could allow hackers to steal fingerprint data. Now, before you start panicking and preparing to set your fingerprint-based phone on fire in the name of security, know that this can only take place in extremely limited situations, and as for Android itself, the loophole was already patched with the release of Lollipop.

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Google officially discontinues Nexus 7 tablet

Google officially discontinues Nexus 7 tablet

If you're in the market for an affordable, highly-rated, not-too-big-not-too-small tablet, your chances to buy the Nexus 7 are quickly running out. If you were planning to purchase one from Google directly, then your ship has already sailed. That's because the company officially discontinued the 7-inch tablet on Friday, and is no longer selling it on the Google Store's website. You can still find one from other places, but you better act fast.

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New iPod Touch rumored for late 2015, but low-end iPhone unlikely

New iPod Touch rumored for late 2015, but low-end iPhone unlikely

Now that the Apple Watch has finally been released, the world can begin returning to normal. And with that comes rumors and speculation about Apple's other products. The two latest pieces of information focus on less-promoted devices like the iPod Touch and a cheaper, low-end iPhone successor. The near-forgotten iPod Touch was last updated in October 2012, so even a minor refresh could be welcome, while a followup to 2013's iPhone 5C was absent from last September's iPhone 6 debut.

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