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Odd Project Ara “tablet” sighted in benchmark site

Odd Project Ara “tablet” sighted in benchmark site

If you have forgotten about Project Ara, Google's promise of a modular smartphone, you can, perhaps, be forgiven a bit. Promised, although tentatively, to launch sometime in early 2015, the now almost mythical device is still nowhere to be seen. Except in developer conferences, blog posts, and, apparently, benchmarking websites. An certain Google Project Ara, model A8A01, appeared on GFXBench and while most of the specs seem normal for a high-end smartphone these days, one detail or two make it sound more like an odd and gigantic tablet instead.

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Galaxy Note S Pen might someday also function as a stand

Galaxy Note S Pen might someday also function as a stand

It seems that Samsung has been busy with more than just figuring out how to get the S Pen unstuck when pushed in the opposite way. A USPTO filing, made in the third quarter last year, reveals one idea to turn that stylus into more than just an input stick. Because, after all, you won't be using it to watch a movie. Instead, the S Pen can be folded and inserted in a such way that it doubles as a stand for propping up the Galaxy Note for some much needed video binging.

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Lumia 650 XL live photos cause mayhem on Lumia 850 theories

Lumia 650 XL live photos cause mayhem on Lumia 850 theories

Given how poorly Microsoft's smartphones performed in last year's market, it might surprise some to hear that there are still a good number of faithful followers eager to see what Microsoft's next Lumia smartphones will be like. There are, actually, two smartphones floating around the rumor mill but only one of them might actually get to see the light of day. Sadly, those rooting for a higher end Lumia 850 might feel be feeling disappointing, with a sighting of a certain Lumia 650 XL putting the existence of the former into question.

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Morocco turns on the 1st part of epic solar power plant

Morocco turns on the 1st part of epic solar power plant

Morocco is a name usually associated with exotic getaways and clothing, but by 2018, it will also be knowns as a super power, almost literally. By that time, its sprawling solar power plant complex will be in full operation to provide electricity for as much as 1.1 million people. But while that dream is still two years away, the country has already started the important first step in that journey, turning on the switch for Noor 1, the first of three sections that together will make up the world's largest solar plant.

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Malware Museum shows how past viruses were creative, artful

Malware Museum shows how past viruses were creative, artful

Today's viruses make your heart ache with sorrow and stress. Yesteryear's viruses sometimes made your heart ache from laughter. While still relatively destructive during their time period, the malware of previous decades showed one thing that is lost upon today's cybercriminals: a sense of humor. Thanks to the Internet Archive, however, those can now be relived, or reviled if you were a victim, showcasing the viruses prevalent during the 80s and 90s, in all their animated pixel art glory. Without the damaging virus itself, of course.

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iPhone 5se rumored to ditch Rose Gold for Hot Pink

iPhone 5se rumored to ditch Rose Gold for Hot Pink

Just when you thought the rumor dust around the 4-inch iPhone has more or less settled a month before it is finally revealed, here comes a new one that could tickle some pink, pardon the pun. Apparently, according to a third party accessory maker in Japan, the upcoming iPhone 5se, whose name still isn't final of course, will come in three color option of Silver, Space Gray, and Pink. What's that you say? No Rose Gold? Apparently so. And it might seem that regular Gold might be missing as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 6 to return to the UK, Galaxy S7 edge+ out

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 to return to the UK, Galaxy S7 edge+ out

The Galaxy S7 isn't even out yet, but here we are talking about the Galaxy Note 6 and Galaxy S6 edge+ already. The pair isn't even expected to appear until later this year at IFA 2016, but already they might be introducing heartaches, at least for those in the UK. Perhaps reeling from the "business decision" they made last year, Samsung is now rumored to be bringing the Galaxy Note 6 to the UK this time around. But in exchange, Samsung might actually be killing of the Galaxy S7 edge+ entirely.

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New X-Men, Captain America trailers kick off at Super Bowl

New X-Men, Captain America trailers kick off at Super Bowl

While the Super Bowl is always a time for football fans to root for their favorite teams, matches aren't the only battles going on in the stadium. It has also been an opportunity to fight for people's attention, affection, and even money. Like these trailers for two movies, for example. While both have their roots in Marvel's hallways, only one is technically and legally Marvel's baby. But only one really offers us something new to drool upon. Presenting the Super Bowl's unveiling of the new trailers for X-Men: Apocalypse and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.

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Google Android VR tipped to take on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR

Google Android VR tipped to take on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR

Google already has one foot in the virtual reality train but Cardboard is more like a tentative, hobbyist contraption more than a serious, longer lasting consumer product. Well, that is about to change, according to the usual people familiar with the matter. Google is allegedly working on a new virtual headset along with an accompanying "Android VR" platform, that will also use smartphones as the display and processing power. In other words, it will be a direct jab at Samsung's Gear VR, jointly made with Oculus, now part of Google's rival Facebook.

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Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact now in the US, no fingerprint scanner

Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact now in the US, no fingerprint scanner

Nearly half a year since it introduced its new flagship smartphones to the world, Sony is finally bringing at least two out of three of them to the US market. That's right, the time has come for the Sony Xperia Z5 and its smaller sibling, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, to come to the shores. Toting high end specs, they come with Sony's usual entourage of features like two-day battery life with STAMINA mode, PS4 Remote Play, and a competitive main camera. This is definitely Sony's latest. Whether they're the greatest, you'll have to read the fine print a bit.

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Remember the Milk 4.0 hits (almost) all platforms, price change

Remember the Milk 4.0 hits (almost) all platforms, price change

Before the likes of Todoist and Wunderlist were hip, there was Remember the Milk. Named after one of the most common errand to be done (next to getting the eggs), RTM, as it became to be known, become the todo list app. SInce then, however, it has been somewhat overshadowed even by a note-taking service like Evernote. Now at version 4.0 and a year away from its 10th birthday, Remember the Milk is shaking things up with new apps that covers almost all platforms and, somewhat sadly, some pricing changes.

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Apple might soon accept broken iPhones for trade-in

Apple might soon accept broken iPhones for trade-in

Apple has long accepted older iPhones, sometimes even non-iPhones, to be traded in for some monetary value towards buying a new device. Initially launched as a way to "reuse and recycle", the trade-in program has since then expanded to entice owners to invest in a new device. Now, Apple is extending it even further. According to sources in the know, Apple will soon be accepting even iPhones that have broken displays, cameras, or buttons, something that previously were grounds to be left out of the trade-in.

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