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Dell Venue 8 Lollipop brings the gift of force encrpytion

Dell Venue 8 Lollipop brings the gift of force encrpytion

Early adopters of Dell's RealSense-empowered Dell Venue 8 tablet rejoice! Users are reporting that they are receiving a large update that will bring their tablets into the age of Android Lollipop. But early adopters also beware! Dell is doing something that no OEM has dared to do when upgrading their devices from pre-Lollipop to Lollipop. It seems that Dell has chosen to force data encryption on owners of the device as part of the update process, whether they like it or not. And some will definitely not.

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Pebble Time teased in Red, charger design done

Pebble Time teased in Red, charger design done

With the Pebble Time Kickstarter ending with a bang, all that's left is for Pebble to deliver on its promise. Being Pebble, there is perhaps little doubt they can pull that off too, but it's still a good thing to hear an update or two from them. Last week, they teased some of the software functionality of smartwatch. This time, they're going for a bit of hardware, showing off one of the new Pebble Time color options as well as the finished charger cable design.

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Megaman X, X2 played at the same time with same controller

Megaman X, X2 played at the same time with same controller

Some people have some insane skills. Some have an insane amount of time in their hands. And some are probably just insane. We still don't know under which category this latest YouTube gaming feat falls under, but it might as well be "all of the above". Not finding enough challenge in the Mega Man X and X2 games, YouTube user Aura Puffs took it upon himself to beat the game using the same controller, but not one after the other but at the very same time.

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Apple pledges to help take care of China’s environment

Apple pledges to help take care of China’s environment

Doing business in China doesn't mean simply wooing the market with products that appeal to them. It also means playing by their rules and sometimes playing the same game they are playing. Apple is doing part of that today by announcing its commitment to using, promoting, and establishing renewable resources in China, aligning with the country's own environmental initiatives. This involves multiple projects and endeavors, ranging from nurturing managed forests that produce essential virgin fiber to installing solar panels that will power Apple's Chinese offices and stores.

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Wallet Drone fits in your pocket, charges in its controller

Wallet Drone fits in your pocket, charges in its controller

Personal drones have become a so common that they have started to come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. A new crowdfunding campaign wants to stretch that size range even further. The name Wallet Drone probably says it all. The drone itself actually isn't the size of your wallet. In fact, it is much smaller than that. The tiny quadrocopter fits inside a controller box and that controller is the one that is the size of your wallet, letting you carry fun and mayhem anywhere you go.

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OnePlus #DoesSettle: truce with Micromax, CM updates

OnePlus #DoesSettle: truce with Micromax, CM updates

Contrary to its slogan, it seems that startup OnePlus does know how to settle. Legally, that is. Much to the relief of fans and device owners in India, OnePlus and Micromax have mutually decided to withdraw their lawsuits in the country, paving the way for a more peaceful coexistence. At least as far as OnePlus' remaining OnePlus One stocks are concerned. Plus, smartphone owners are once again promised to get their CyanogenMod OTA update from Cyanogen, if they decide not to move over to OnePlus' own OxygenOS.

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Google Play Store now supports pre-registration for upcoming apps

Google Play Store now supports pre-registration for upcoming apps

If you've ever been in that situation where you failed to keep track of when an interesting app or game finally landed on Google Play Store, then you'll know how important this new feature is, both for users and developers. Now developers will be able to mark soon to be launched apps as "Coming Soon" and interested users can opt to be informed when that day arrives by pre-registering for the app. This enables both to squeeze out maximum engagement, and maybe even money, for the app.

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OPPO teases R7 Plus while we’re still waiting for the R7

OPPO teases R7 Plus while we’re still waiting for the R7

OPPO seems to be taking a page out of its rivals' marketing books. In a "rare and daring" unprecedented move, the Chinese manufacturer has officially teased the existence of a much larger OPPO R7 Plus, even while the OPPO R7 itself is still to be fully unveiled. It is also sharing some of the details that give a hint into the R7 as well. OPPO says it's a move that shows its confidence in its products. It's also probably because smartphones are the worst kept secrets these days anyway.

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Lenovo blames clerical error for reported LaVie Z “defect”

Lenovo blames clerical error for reported LaVie Z “defect”

Lenovo just can't catch a break these days. Just after another reported security flaw in its pre-installed software, the world's largest PC makers is once again the target of criticism over its newly launched LaVie Z 360 laptop/tablet hybrids. Consumer Reports took to the Web to inform the public about Lenovo knowingly shipping a defective product and offering a 5 percent refund in reparation. Lenovo, however, stands firm that there was no defect. Instead, the blame lies solely on an error on what got put up on the LaVie Z 360's product page.

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Bentley Bentayga render hints at still large but chrome-laden SUV

Bentley Bentayga render hints at still large but chrome-laden SUV

Nearly 3 years since the EXP 9 F SUV concept was first shown to the public, Bentley is getting close to making it a reality. Now known as the Bentayga, the company's first ever SUV, is slated to be shown off at the Frankfurt auto show in September. But while waiting for four months for that to happen, Car and Driver has produced renders on what it thinks the Bentley Bentayga might look and feel like. And it seems it might not be to everyone's tastes.

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