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Facebook Messenger might get SMS back, multiple accounts soon

Of the myriad instant messaging services out there, Facebook Messenger is perhaps the most common and, therefore, most taken for granted. It doesn't usually make it to the headlines, except for the few times it manages to piss people off. Or gets an experimental and frighteningly smart feature. Or goes down, which is when people realize how embedded it has been in their digital lifestyles. Some changes, however, might be coming again to Facebook Messenger that could put it back in the spotlight, starting with the return of SMS.

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Popular NES “shooter” Duck Hunt gets an unofficial VR remix

Back in the days of the NES (Famicom in other parts of the world), there were already shooting games. But not quite like the FPS titles of today. With the limitations of technology back then, most of those games were limited to billboard and arcade types of gameplay. But at least they had a (light) gun! One of the most popular to hit the cartridges was Duck Hunt. With the new dawn of virtual reality, it just seemed fitting to give an homage to the title, which is exactly what New Jersey Institute of Techonology student Joseph Delgado did.

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AT&T gets its 5G gear ready for testing this year

Our data networks will soon be even more crowded and congested. There was already a surge in data usage the past few years, thanks primarily to smartphones and tablets. In the upcoming years, not only will the number of devices connected to the Internet rise thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), the volume of traffic will also increase due to 4K videos and virtual reality. To prepare for all of that mess, carriers are plotting their next gen network technologies. AT&T, for its part, will be putting its eggs in the 5G basket and will start its testing phase this year.

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Internet Archive now has, and runs, Windows 3.1 programs

The Internet Archive, perhaps more known for its archive.org address, has an interesting history. What started as a website to hold old copies of web pages for posterity's sake, the archives has become home to the many of the computing world's history, both the highs and the lows, from websites to games and, more recently, even malware. And now, the Internet Archive has added one more important part of history, making available Windows 3.1 programs for yesteryears, and allowing uses not only to view but even run such ancient software in their browsers.

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No new Assassin’s Creed in 2016, Destiny 2 coming 2017

Game franchises can sometimes live on and on for years. Some even for decades. But being old and venerable doesn't always mean you always get it right. Sometimes, you can lose your way and need to find your way back. That might be the kind of soul-searching that Ubisoft will be undertaking, or should undertake, this year when it decided not to launch a new Assassin's Creed title this year. In the meantime, Bungie will be forging ahead with Destiny 2, though it seems that it is the game's destiny not to launch this year either.

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Possible Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 sighted, might debut at MWC 2016

Unlike with the first Galaxy Tab S, Samsung hasn't been marketing the Galaxy Tab S2 as much, which is strange considering the line is supposedly its flagship Android tablet family. Perhaps its due to a worldwide somewhat negative attitude towards tablets in general. So it is somewhat not a surprise that a Galaxy Tab S3 isn't making a big splash in Samsung's rumor mill either. It might have even entered our radars if not for a sighting, coupled with some deduction, on GFXBench, hinting at its existence.

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2017 BMW M760i xDrive brings M sportiness to luxury 7 series

BMW has just revealed a new sedan that marries two of the car maker's most esteemed lines. While it dons the appearance and materials of a member of the luxurious sixth generation BMW 7 family, the new 2017 M760i xDrive boasts of the performance that only the BMW M roster can offer. That thanks to an M performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder V12 gasoline engine teamed up with some of BMW's most sophisticated car technologies to date and construction materials that deliver both rigidity without sacrificing lightness.

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HTC M10 “Perfume” might finally have competitive cameras

There was a time not too long ago when HTC tried to make it big in the smartphone camera department with its UltraPixels spiel. The problem with that was it was a rather confusing new marketing buzzword that ended up with little to show for. It eventually ditched that term, save for the front camera, opting for a still underwhelming regular sensor. Now it seems that HTC is finally really stepping up, based on a few leaks that point to what could be an impressive camera pair, that will still be "UltraPixel".

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Actev’s Arrow Smart-Kart: the first kids’ electric go-kart

Actev Motors is a company founded in 2014 by race car drivers and enthusiasts and technology leaders. Their first product is, however, something you might not immediately expect from its roster: a kid's toy. But don't let that categorization fool you. The Arrow Smart-Kart is no simple ride-on car for kids. It brings together Actev's expertise in racing as well as the latest smartphone technologies to deliver an electric and smart go-kart that will please both children as well as their parents, the latter thanks to safety features.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 pre-order tipped for Feb. 21 with free Gear VR

In just about 10 days, we will finally get to see whether all the hype around the Samsung Galaxy S7 was really worth their salt. Samsung has already announced its UNPACKED event for 21st February on the eve of MWC 2016, where it is expected to unveil the smartphone, possibly along with another VR product. But on that very day itself as well, it seems that the two, smartphone and VR, will also team up, with pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 tipped to start on that very day and will come with a Gear VR headset.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid brings fuel economy in a familiar body

These days, cars aren't just designed to be powerful or sleek. They're also designed to be eco-friendly from the ground up. Especially with Volkswagen's epic blunder, car makers are putting even more emphasis on fuel efficiency and environment friendliness. At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is unveiling its own on the trend, blending new and old in one package. With the 2017 Optima Hybrid, the car maker is putting forward its newest fuel efficient powertrain, top of the line intelligent systems, all wrapped in a body inspired by last year's gas-powered Optima sedan.

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Kia unveils the 2017 Optima PHEV, its first plug-in hybrid

Kia is really serious about reaching its 25% fuel efficiency milestone by 2020. How serious, you ask? Serious enough to unveil three hybrids at this week's Chicago Auto Show, two of which come from the car maker's popular Optima lineage. While the 2017 Optima Hybrid already exemplifies Kia's vision of fuel economy, the 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid Elecric Vehicle, or PHEV, takes things even further, not only with a more powerful hybrid engine but also by adding an all-electric range, allowing drivers to enjoy as much as 27 miles on the electric motor alone.

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