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Endless targets developing nations with unique desktop

Endless targets developing nations with unique desktop

Those in developing nations have had growing options when it comes to gadgets, and one company has done its part to make sure desktop computers are more accessible to anyone who needs one. The Endless computer, as it is being called, is a unique looking desktop computer designed specifically for developing nations, though arguably anyone could find a use for it, and it was conceived during a trip to India. It brings with it its own simplified custom operating system.

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Tinder integrates Instagram to show you’re well-rounded

Tinder integrates Instagram to show you’re well-rounded

If you're trying to lure in new connections on Tinder, hawking your life through carefully filtered and selectively framed Instagram photos is one way to do that. The service hasn't been entirely friendly toward Instagram, however, in that it didn't offer support for such and users would have to put a link to their Instagram profile in their Tinder profile. Users requested a bit more than that, though, and Tinder has decided to listen, adding an option to embedded your Instagram photos directly in your Tinder profile for all to see.

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Pope’s used iPad sold to anon bidder for $30,500

Pope’s used iPad sold to anon bidder for $30,500

The pope is an iPad user, and like any gadget user, he has parted ways with his outdated slate. Unlike most used gadgets, however, this one attracted the attention of people the world over — for obvious reasons — ultimately selling for a pretty penny: $30,500 USD, to be exact. It was sold at an auction earlier this week, and the money that was made in the sale went to a school in Uruguay for disadvantaged kids. The person who bought the tablet is from Argentina, but who he is isn’t known, with the successful bidder asking to be anonymous.

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Apple Watch with gold Link Bracelet bestowed upon designer

Apple Watch with gold Link Bracelet bestowed upon designer

The Apple Watch is coveted by many and a fashion choice for some, and designer Karl Lagerfeld is counted among them. One of Apple’s smartwatches can be found on his wrist, but it isn’t like the rest of them: Apple gifted him with one that was specially made for him as a gift, and it features a gold Link Bracelet. The image surfaced on Instagram, where the designer’s assistant Sebastian Jondeau posted a picture of it (available after the jump). Whether this band indicates a gold Link Bracelet could eventually become an option for others isn’t known at this point.

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Silvair Control wireless remote lends smart home control

Silvair Control wireless remote lends smart home control

Seed Labs has introduced its new Silvair Control wireless controller lending simple control of common home elements, such as blinds and lights. The Silvair Control is said to be "gesture-driven" and to include Bluetooth connectivity for use with tablets and smartphones. It does not need wiring or anything burdensome like that, and it is powered by a battery that lasts for up to 8 years, depending on usage. Mounting is performed using magnets. It, like many controllers before it, aims to make having a smart home simple.

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AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphones bring swappable parts

AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphones bring swappable parts

Love headphones but haven't been able to find the perfect pair for you? AIAIAI might have the solution: its new modular headphones, which includes a variety of cables, headbands, and ear cups, among other things, allowing for a tailored music listening experience. In addition, if one part of the headphones in particular wears out before the rest, owners can simply order a replacement component and swap it out themselves, eliminating the need to tinker with a broken pair or replace them entirely.

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Super Smash Bros. Mewtwo code emails are rolling out

Super Smash Bros. Mewtwo code emails are rolling out

Today brings good news for those who have both the 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. — the email containing the Mewtwo character DLC codes are rolling out now. This is notable for two reasons: if you don’t qualify, you’ll have to pay for the character; and, secondly, you’ll have to wait until April 28 to get your digital hands on it. Reports of the codes being received by some qualified gamers started popping up this morning, first for those located in Japan, but with those in North America and Europe seeing them soon after.

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Gray whale’s migration from Russia to Mexico breaks record

Gray whale’s migration from Russia to Mexico breaks record

A nine-year-old female gray whale has set a new record by migrating from Russia to Mexico and back again, a multi-thousand mile trip that began in November of 2011. Researchers know of the similar gray whales that hang out around California’s coast during the fall migration, and they’ve relatively recently turned their attention to the western north Pacific gray whale population living near the Russian coast. One of those whales broke the researchers’ belief that the Russian whales were isolated, however, by swimming from Russia’s Sakhalin Island to Baja California’s Cabo San Lucas.

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Uber’s Bay Area driver numbers spike over 2014

Uber’s Bay Area driver numbers spike over 2014

The so-called “sharing economy” has its critics, but it is a rapidly growing way for some to make a part-time or full-time income, and depending on where you live, you have likely seen it expand over recent months. Uber might be one of the biggest examples of this, at least when it comes to giving strangers rides in your own car for money, and it has just released some numbers that demonstrate that growth: its number of drivers in the Bay Area have more than doubled in a single year.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

Samsung Galaxy S6 replacement battery cost detailed

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has an integrated battery, but it can be replaced (not without some difficulty, however). Some have questioned how much that replacement battery will cost, and now Samsung has confirmed the pricing: a replacement S6 battery will cost $45 USD, and the replacement of said battery can be done in a single business day, meaning users won't have to be separated from their smartphone for too long. In certain circumstances in particular, though, the replacement battery will be free.

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