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Replaceable Battery and microSD slot on Phones: how critical are they?

Replaceable Battery and microSD slot on Phones: how critical are they?

Samsung has just unveiled its two latest phablet masterpieces and, naturally, they are the talk of the town. But some of those voices raised aren't as welcoming as Samsung might have hoped. Because just as we expected and equally dreaded, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ did lack two features: a removable battery and a microSD card slot. And just as expected, it did not sit well with the very same group of people, the "productivity users", that Samsung is trying to win over. But how important are these two features today anyway?

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You can Stream Xbox One to Windows 10 in very high quality

You can Stream Xbox One to Windows 10 in very  high quality

While many hailed the ability to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs, it was not without its limitations. The feature offered different levels of quality, from low to high. Being very picky eaters, gamers naturally wanted more, along the lines of the same quality as the Xbox One output itself. While the Xbox PC app didn't allow that, it seems there is a way to actually force it to stream in "very high quality". Of course, it affects your network, but for some, it might be well worth the sacrifice.

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Take Two: BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R debuts at Pebble Beach

Take Two: BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R debuts at Pebble Beach

1975 was a very special year for BMW. Then called "Bavarian Motor Works", the car maker first set foot in the US that year, the first time it did so outside Europe. It was also on that year that it joined its first US motor race with the now iconic BMW 3.0 CSL. 40 years later, BMW wants to celebrate that momentous year by revealing the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the equally popular Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach, giving due respect to the past while, at the same time, blazing forward to the future.

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iHome iSP5 Smartplug is here, works with HomeKit and Android

iHome iSP5 Smartplug is here, works with HomeKit and Android

Apple's HomeKit hasn't been its fastest adopted products and it is only recently that we are seeing appliances and connectors in the market that support it. Announced in early June, iHome's new iSP5 Smartplug is finally ready to go live. Not a smart appliance itself, the Smartplug gives some brains to any electronic device that plugs into a power outlet. But while iHome is naturally advertising the plug's compatibility with HomeKit, the iSP5 also works with Android smartphones to turn your home into a smart one.

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Patent for “slideable” plane seats might be terrible idea

Patent for “slideable” plane seats might be terrible idea

Leg room in airplanes today is a luxury and is one of the many pain points to traveling by air. A new patent aims to solve that but might inevitably make matters worse and cause havoc inside plane cabins. The "Method and Apparatus for Adjusting the Space of Vehicle Seats Based on the Size of the Seat Occupant" pretty much boils down to being able to slide a seat forward or backward to create more leg room for the passenger. That is, if anyone actually gets to sit in the first place.

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OnePlus 2 iFixit verdict: easier to repair than predecessor

OnePlus 2 iFixit verdict: easier to repair than predecessor

Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ are hogging all the attention right now, some still have the new-ish OnePlus 2 in their radars. That includes the iFixit team since, well, they won't be able to get their hands on the new Samsung phablets for a while. Although OnePlus has delayed shipping its latest flagship to the US by almost a month, they did give iFixit their own rare specimen just for the purpose of tearing it apart. Luckily, the outcome was more favorable than the last OnePlus.

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PlayStation 4 still on top in July, says NPD

PlayStation 4 still on top in July, says NPD

Microsoft may have wowed the crowd at Gamescom early this month, and may even have won hearts, but Sony is still winning wallets, at least in July and for now. Market research firm NPD has just given their report on the console gaming market in the US for the past month and Sony is only too happy to share it. That's because, despite not having new games for the season, both in general and for Sony specifically, the PlayStation 4 still ranked as the top console and its games the top software for July.

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There might be no Galaxy Note 5 for Europe

There might be no Galaxy Note 5 for Europe

Samsung has just unveiled its two new metal-clad phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, and is now just waiting for the global launch next week. However, that global launch might not be so global after all. BBC reports that due to some still unfathomable logic, Samsung is planning NOT to launch its S Pen toting Galaxy Note 5 in Europe, considered to be a major market for smartphones. This decision could have a negative impact of the phablet, if not in sales then in perception.

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Five for the Galaxy Note 5: top features you’d want to use

Five for the Galaxy Note 5: top features you’d want to use

So the cat is out of the bag and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is now out in the open. And while its new sleeker metal design is surely breathtaking, it's definitely more than a pretty face. A productivity-oriented phablet at heart, Samsung has loaded the Galaxy Note 5 with features to make your life, especially your professional life, easier. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them revolve around the S Pen, which also got a new look. To help you navigate through the flood of tech specs and features, here's the top 5 things you would definitely one to try first and maybe even forever.

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Windows 10 Mobile picks up the pace with Build 10512

Windows 10 Mobile picks up the pace with Build 10512

Now that Windows 10 for PCs and tablets is out the door, it's only natural to think of the next big launch. Apparently, that's also the same line thinking going on inside the Windows Team's head. After focusing all their resources on PCs and tablets, they are now refocusing on the smartphone. After a bit of a hiatus, Microsoft is rolling out Build 10512 for Insider Preview on the fast track. Though a mix of improvements and issues, the build assures fans that Windows 10 is inching slowly to Mobile.

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Microsoft delays Surface Hub to January 1 because too popular

Microsoft delays Surface Hub to January 1 because too popular

It seems that one of Microsoft's promised products will fall back farther than the highly anticipated Windows 10 Mobile rollout. Updating its blog post on the Surface Hub, the company has revealed the updated shipping schedule for its "wall computer". Instead of September, the date is being pushed back as far as January 1 next year. The reason for the delay is, ironically, because there's a stronger demand for the Surface Hub than Microsoft anticipated, forcing it to adjust its production process and schedules for a more massive undertaking.

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Sony tells VAIO owners to hold off on Windows 10

Sony tells VAIO owners to hold off on Windows 10

Most manufacturers are eager to jump on the Windows 10 bandwagon but one former PC maker doesn't seem to be in a rush. Although it has already sold off its VAIO PC business to a Japanese company, Sony is still required to support its existing models in the market. As part of that, it will, of course, need to roll out Windows 10 eventually. "Eventually" here being sometime in Fall apparently. Sony is warning users to stay away from Windows 10 at least for the time being.

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