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Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

During the late Steve Jobs' time, the CEO and the company were quite popular for their derision of the stylus, as the input stick was back then. Fast-forward to today, not only has Apple bet on the accessory for two of its iPads, it has been toying with ideas to improve the stick to go beyond their limitations. Or particularly the Apple Pencil's limitations. The USPTO just published a patent Apple filed back in December 2014 for a stylus that had sensors and electrodes to enable the it to gather touch gestures to be interpreted by the OS or software into appropriate actions.

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Solar Impulse 2 makes the first solar-powered Atlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 makes the first solar-powered Atlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 has made history yet again. Earlier this month it finally completed the US leg of its "around the world" journey bourne on solar-powered wings. From New York, where it made a pit stop last June 11, it has now landed in Seville, Spain. This makes it the first solar-powered aircraft to cross the Atlantic ocean, in the tradition of the first voyages from Europe to the Americas and back. But as historic as the achievement is, the feat of the pilots themselves are equally impressive.

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Windows 10 Mobile finally descends on select BLU handsets

Windows 10 Mobile finally descends on select BLU handsets

BLU Products might be better known for its wallet-friendly Android smartphones, but, yes, the company does have a sizable roster of Windows Phone devices. However, thanks to Microsoft flip-flopping on the rollout of Windows 10 Mobile, not all of its devices were deemed worthy of the Redmond's update. While Microsoft whittled BLU's list down to only two devices, customers might find them fortunate that three of BLU's Windows Phone devices will, in fact, get Windows 10 Mobile after all.

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Vysor can now wirelessly mirror you Android in Chrome

Vysor can now wirelessly mirror you Android in Chrome

Koushik "Koush" Dutta is renowned in the Android community as the creator of the ClockworkMod recovery tool or CWM. Of course, he has grown out of that role some time ago and has released a good number of apps that push the boundaries of Android. One of those is Vysor, which lets you mirror and control your Android screen inside the Chrome web browser. Now that handy tool has also grown up, listing wireless connectivity as its latest feature to let users control their Android devices from their Chrome browser, no cables needed.

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HTC Sense Home 8 coming to non-HTC devices, testers contacted

HTC Sense Home 8 coming to non-HTC devices, testers contacted

Gone are the days when each OEM had some wild implementation of the Android interface in an effort to differentiate themselves from the crowd. Those have now matured and mellowed down, shedding off some weight and putting some of their custom apps on Google Play Store for easier maintenance. HTC Sense, one of those custom Android skins, will even come to devices not made by HTC. At least that seems to be the deal with the e-mail sent to select testers, allowing them to experience HTC's vision of a proper Android experience, at least on the home screen.

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YouTube livestream broadcasting coming to mobile app really soon

YouTube livestream broadcasting coming to mobile app really soon

The game is on! The live streaming game, that is. Facebook was recently reported to be signing up and paying networks celebrities to use its Facebook Live platform and naturally YouTube isn't going to take things sitting down. No, it won't be making such contracts (not that it doesn't already for all we know). Instead, YouTube is going to put the power into hands of the masses, by rolling out the live streaming feature baked right inside the regular YouTube app soon.

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“GODLESS” Android malware threatens 90% of devices

“GODLESS” Android malware threatens 90% of devices

Malware isn't something new to smartphone operating systems, especially Android. Sometimes, it's even a point of criticism for Google's platform. There are, however, few exploits, like Stagefright and Heartbleed, that has users, developers, and security researchers scrambling. The new "GODLESS" family of malware, reported by software security firm Trend Micro, seems to be bent on becoming one of those, secretly rooting infected devices and opening them up to further compromise, which is practically any device running Android 5.1 Lollipop or older.

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OnePlus 3 OTA to address sRGB display, RAM complaints

OnePlus 3 OTA to address sRGB display, RAM complaints

Just because OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has expressed exasperation over accussations of "cutting corners" with the OnePlus 3, that doesn't mean the company is turning a deaf ear to admittedly valid complaints. Showing that it is indeed listening hard to what its users really want, the company's community manager has shared that a special OTA update is being pushed to review units addressing two of the biggest concerns about the smartphone, specifically the lack of sRGB color management and a seemingly sub-optimal use of the device's 6 GB of memory.

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Manufacturers should stick to Android, despite Google exerting more control

Manufacturers should stick to Android, despite Google exerting more control

Huawei was recently reported to be in the process of developing its own OS as a contingency plan. It isn't unique nor first in that regard. Samsung has long been believed to have invested in Tizen for that very purpose. Both of these independent pieces of news share a common theme, a common goal: being free of total dependence on Google. That concern has recently resurfaced with whispers of Google desiring to exert more and more control over Android. But whether that is true or not, and it is likely to be true, Android hardware makers will be better off remaining with Android, with or without Google.

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SanDisk iXpand Memory Case lets your iPhone 6 remember more

SanDisk iXpand Memory Case lets your iPhone 6 remember more

The debate over whether microSD card slots are essential or not still goes on for some people and OEMs. But considering Apple refuses to let go of its 16 GB baseline models, for some iPhone users, additional storage is not just a luxury but a necessity. Being an iPhone, of course you're normally out of luck. Unless you get one of SanDisk's new iXpand Memory Cases which, as you might have guessed, lets you have the semblance of external storage on your iPhone 6 or 6s. Plus it protects your premium looking and priced smartphone, too!

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Opera challenges Microsoft Edge’s battery saving claims

Opera challenges Microsoft Edge’s battery saving claims

When you just recently released a product or feature that promised to significantly save users some laptop battery life, you would naturally be unsettled when, out of nowhere, someone suddenly claims to have an even better "regular" product. That is probably what browser maker Opera felt when Microsoft surprisingly published a blog post that extolled its own Edge browser's battery efficiency. Now Opera is refuting Microsoft's claims by presenting its own hard evidence of how Opera's new power saving feature trumps them all.

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iPhone 6 almost banned in China via barely existing company

iPhone 6 almost banned in China via barely existing company

Over the weekend, Apple was almost dealt a fatal blow in China. The Beijing Intellectual Patent Office ruled that Apple's iPhone 6 infringed on patents held by a certain company named Shenzhen Baili, which would have meant sales of the smartphone would need to be suspended. Apple gained a slight reprieve while the ruling gets reviewed. Now it would seem that the company that sued it, as well as its parent company Digione, might not exactly be what they say, with Shenzhen Baili barely existing as a "flesh and blood" company.

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