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Moto G 3rd gen makes a surprise appearance online

Moto G 3rd gen makes a surprise appearance online

Motorola's little powerhouse budget smartphone, the Moto G (which lies somewhere in the space below the Moto X but above the Moto E) has seen ample success both in its first and second generation iterations. The third-generation of the Moto G is expected but thus far unannounced -- that hasn't stopped it from cropping up on a retailer's website, however, a trend with the product that's starting to become a pattern. The 3rd generation Moto G recently appeared (somewhat) on the retailer website Flipkart, where a few details were included.

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ASUS ZenBook UX305 Crystal White Limited Edition now available

ASUS ZenBook UX305 Crystal White Limited Edition now available

On Wednesday, ASUS announced a new limited laptop called the ZenBook UX305 Crystal White Limited Edition ultrabook (as well as a standard edition champagne gold UX305). Only 200 units of the white model will be made; they're available to purchase now for $999 USD, while the standard version is priced at $699 USD. The laptop (the special edition, that is) features a 13.3-inch IPS matte display with a 3200 x 1800 pixels resolution. It brings with it all the goodies you’d hope to find on an ultrabook, as well as Windows 8.1.

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SmartChutes are parachutes for your (falling) drone

SmartChutes are parachutes for your (falling) drone

Some drones return themselves safely to the ground when the battery is low, but others just start to die and sink quickly. On top of that, any number of catastrophes or troubles can surface that means your drone will be hurtling toward the potentially damaging earth at a fast rate. Such is a time for a parachute, in this case the SmartChutes, which is described as an "autonomous parachute recovery system" for quadcopters. When your drone falls, the parachute deploys.

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GTA 5 “Angry Planes” mod and more tipped as viruses

GTA 5 “Angry Planes” mod and more tipped as viruses

If you're a Grand Theft Auto 5 fan who plays on the PC, you better think twice before you download mods...even if they're popular and widely known. Reports from upset users are stating that some of the most popular GTA 5 mods are installing malware of various sorts on users computers, including keyloggers and other programs. The "Angry Planes" mod is cited as one malicious GTA 5 mod, as well as "NoClip" and a mod manager. One user in particular has gone so far as to publish removal guides.

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Moonfish found to be first warm-blooded fish

Moonfish found to be first warm-blooded fish

The moonfish, also known as the opah, is the first known warm-blooded fish, it has been announced. This rather voluptuous fish warms its blood using a flapping motion with its pectoral fins, and maintains that heat it generates with "a series of counter-current heat exchangers within its gills". The fish is found in deep sea waters around west Africa and Hawaii, and can grow to be several feet in size. As far as researchers know, this is the first fish of its kind.

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Apple patent app hints at future iPhone Force Touch display

Apple patent app hints at future iPhone Force Touch display

Apple has a new patent application that hints at the OS X Quick Look feature coming to iOS via a new so-called “Intense” touch gesture that’ll be facilitated with new display intensity sensors -- basically meaning Force Touch being integrated into the iPhone's own display. We’ve already seen Force Touch on Apple’s new MacBook, and there’s also rumor that it’ll be coming to a future iPad model. If this is the future of iOS devices, it means they'll be able to sense the force of your touch.

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What has an attention span shorter than a goldfish? You, says Microsoft

What has an attention span shorter than a goldfish? You, says Microsoft

Do you ever find yourself starting to read something, but only a paragraph or two into it you have to stop and pop open a new tab, pull out your smartphone for a quick browse, or any other number of distractions? Then it’s right back to whatever you were doing originally, only you’re constantly interrupting yourself with a seemingly endless litany of things, none of which are terribly productive? If that sounds like you, it’s probably because you have an attention span shorter than a goldfish. At least according to Microsoft.

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Silver Mario amiibo arrives May 29

Silver Mario amiibo arrives May 29

As we reported back in February, Nintendo will be releasing Silver and Gold edition Mario amiibo figurines. No details about them were released at the time, but we’ve heard more about them since then, and now the most important detail has arrived: when you can get your hands on them…or, at least, on the Mario Silver Edition Amiibo (given that a gold edition hit Walmart back in March). The figurine will be available at retailers across the nation starting on May 29 at $12.99 USD.

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LEGO Jurassic World game release date drops aside new trailer

LEGO Jurassic World game release date drops aside new trailer

Earlier this year, we detailed the upcoming LEGO Jurassic World video game. As the movie itself nears, we’ve finally gotten information on when we’ll be able to get the game itself: June 12. Alongside the announcement comes another trailer, as well, giving a further look at the game which we’ve previously seen in past trailers. As we previously heard, the LEGO Jurassic World video game will be based on all four movies in the franchise, including the new one that will be in theaters next month.

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Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

As expected, a new Windows smartphone called the LG Lancet is coming to Verizon Wireless, something the carrier made official today. The LG Lancet is said to be the first Windows Phone offering on Verizon to feature Advanced Calling 1.0, which gives users HD voice calls when talking to another Verizon user with an Advanced Calling handset. In addition, the phone brings with it Windows Phone 8.1 and a load of modest but notable features, including support for a 128GB micro SD card.

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