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Minecraft used to create functional blocky iPhone

Minecraft used to create functional blocky iPhone

There's no shortage of amazing Minecraft creations, some of which are more "common" like replicas of famous destinations and fictional cities, and others that are pretty mind-blowing, like the 1KB HDD. Joining that latter category is the work of YouTube user SHUFFLE, who has created a "functional" iPhone in Minecraft. Obviously the pixelated creation won't be making calls or firing off messages, but within the blocky realm of its digital world, the smartphone is incredibly functional, including a working passcode, home screens that can be toggled through, and more.

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AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to four regions

AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to four regions

Back in April, AT&T revealed that it was looking at a bunch of locations to which it might expand its gigabit Internet service. Though no timeline or definite we're-going-to-do-it promise was given, the service provider has indeed moved ahead with its plans. Four of the previously revealed locations will soon be getting AT&T's GigaPower service: Chicago, the Atlanta area, Newnan, and Decatur. Construction is set to start some time this year, but when the service will be available isn't yet known.

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Verizon DROID Turbo full specs leak

Verizon DROID Turbo full specs leak

We've heard a lot about the DROID Turbo in recent times, not the least of which includes leaks that seemingly happened by accident from Verizon itself. Now, ahead of the launch later this month, the full list of specifications have leaked, as well as shots of the phone from the front and back. According to the folks at Droid Life, Motorola's upcoming smartphone will feature a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and Gorilla Glass 3, as well as a slew of other details we have for you after the jump.

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.Klatz smart bracelet transforms into a Bluetooth headset

.Klatz smart bracelet transforms into a Bluetooth headset

That special point at which fashion and function meet have largely eluded modern wearables. We've seen some that aim to satisfy those who want a connected device for the wrist or finger without it being obvious they're sporting a tech device, but the realm is mostly relegated to simple rings and similar devices. The .klatz bracelet is different, offering a sleek futuristic look that blends in well with more formal attire, and, best of all, includes functionality that would come in handy throughout the course of the day.

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Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Hackers have been in the news on a regular basis -- sometimes for their escapades, other times for their convictions. The latest among them is a Russian hacking collective that has been spying on high-profile targets for the last five years. The collective is being referred to as the Sandworm Team by iSight Partners, which made the discovery, due to Dune references spotted in the hackers' code. The hacking efforts are said to be ongoing even now, and involve phishing tactics to infect the various targets' computers.

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Google Glass update brings app notifications syncing

Google Glass update brings app notifications syncing

Google's smartglasses have yet another update inbound, this one bringing with it new functionality that will make life a bit easier for users. Once it arrives, Google Glass users will be able to see Android app notifications from their smartphone on the wearable, giving a hands-free option to see what notifications you have and whether any of them are worth pulling your phone out for. Those using an Android Wear device will likely already be familiar with the Notification Sync feature.

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Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Last month Apple surprised its users with U2's newest album for free, something that resulted in a huge number of downloads...not all of them intentional. Some users expressed frustration with the automatic downloads and the inability to reverse them, which eventually prompted Apple to release instructions on how to nuke the album. Fast-forward a bit and Bono has addressed the mini snafu in response to a fan's question, saying that he is sorry for the forced download and explaining what went awry with their "beautiful idea".

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Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

In a world where the biggest tech companies are often criticized for employing relatively low numbers of female workers, Apple and Facebook have both instituted a notable change in policy: they'll both now cover the costs for employees to have eggs frozen, something more women are choosing to do so that their younger years can be spent working on building a career. Both are now covering costs that will, under typical pricing structures, allow female workers to have up to two procedure rounds.

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Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

We've heard about a lot of bugs this year, not the least of which being the recent "Shellshock" bug. Now Google researchers have discovered a bug in SSL 3.0 that could allow hackers to nab user data. The discovery was detailed today in a report published by the team, which says they were able to breach the protocol using what they call a "POODLE" attack -- Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption attack. With this, they have recommended that SSL 3.0 be disabled to mitigate the problem.

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Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Virtual reality is upon us, and many companies have been busy at work on their own VR offerings, not to mention Google's interesting Cardboard headset. According to a report from ArcTablet, it looks like Archos is also getting into the market, with the company reportedly being set to launch its own VR headset either next month or in December. Notably, the headset will only be priced at about $38 USD, making it a budget-friendly option for those looking to trifle with the technology without significant investments.

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