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Lenovo smartphone numbers not enough for Q4 2014 profits

Lenovo smartphone numbers not enough for Q4 2014 profits

Many have pointed to the writing on the wall for the PC business, looking towards to smartphones for the future. While that may have been true to some extent for Lenovo, the world's largest PC maker, it isn't the complete story. Lenovo has just revealed its report card for the last quarter of 2014 as well as its full year evaluation of that year. And while its smartphone shipments have indeed improved, partly thanks to its acquisition of Motorola, those numbers weren't enough to save its sinking profits.

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ASUS chair isn’t a Windows 10 Mobile believer

ASUS chair isn’t a Windows 10 Mobile believer

Microsoft is putting all its eggs in the Windows 10 basket almost literally. The next version of the operating system will run on all its supported hardware, which includes not just PCs or tablets, but even smartphones and, yes, the Xbox. But while some OEMs like LG, who just recently launched a new Windows Phone, are in on the game, one major name isn't joining the singing. Based on the words aired by ASUS chairman Jonney Shih, his company isn't jumping on the Windows 10 Mobile wagon just yet.

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Microsoft’s Flow “micro e-mail” app gets some screenshots

Microsoft’s Flow “micro e-mail” app gets some screenshots

It was only yesterday that news broke out that Microsoft might be working on a new email experiment simply called Flow. Now, we're getting some more details as well as some masked screenshots. This e-mail that isn't e-mail app doesn't resemble e-mail at all but behaves like a chat app. And now it seems that form really does follow function. That said, it's simply a wolf in sheep's clothing, so to speak, with the e-mail-centric Exchange server said to be the muscle behind Flow, at least in this testing phase.

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Hycopter drone uses hydrogen gas to fly for 4 hours

Hycopter drone uses hydrogen gas to fly for 4 hours

With the rising buzz around drones, some have started envisioning them to become bearers of good news. Or at least the packages you ordered. But while Amazon might have gotten a bit of green light for its delivery drone plans, there remains one technical problem. Drones can't really stay up in the air for long, with some of the best lasting only half an hour. Horizon Unmanned Systems, however, might have a solution in the works. Its Hycopter UAV can fly 2.5 to 4 hours, depending on payload, by using fuel cells instead of lithium batteries.

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Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Memorial Day is just around the corner and for some, nay many, that means a lot of traveling. And when traveling is involved, especially by land, then headaches and tempers caused by traffic are as well. Just in time for the holiday, however, Google is coming to the rescue of drivers across the country. The search giant has updated Google Maps to include more vital information when navigating roads, including alerts for unusual traffic conditions, road congestions, and even suggestions for alternate paths to take.

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NVIDIA confirms existence of 500GB SHIELD Pro box

NVIDIA confirms existence of 500GB SHIELD Pro box

There you have it folks. More or less official confirmation that we weren't just imagining things or Amazon wasn't just messing things up. The NVIDIA SHIELD Pro, with a 500 GB of storage space, is real and it's coming. At least according to an NVIDIA employee who we hope is at liberty to confirm such things without endangering his employment. In any case, now that the question has been answered, the next one is "exactly when". Followed by, "will it have Netflix out of the box?"

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Huawei embraces all with LiteOS Internet of Things OS

Huawei embraces all with LiteOS Internet of Things OS

As the mobile industry are starting to settle down around major players, some manufacturers are turning their eyes onto the next big target after our pockets: our homes, and sometimes our cars. The amorphous "Internet of Things" or IoT that encompasses almost anything and everything that can be made "smart" has become the most recent industry buzzword. Naturally, Huawei wants in on it as well, and it is going to do so with its own "Agile IoT Solution", starting with its very own operating system, LiteOS.

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Brazilian agency approves Apple Watch, reveals demo base

Brazilian agency approves Apple Watch, reveals demo base

Anatel, Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency, has just been reported to have finally approved the Apple Watch, both the Sport kind and the stainless steel model. This takes Apple's smartwatch one step closer to its promised 2015 date. But although that fact alone might be interesting enough to Apple fans, especially those in Brazil, the approval had one other, perhaps more interesting tidbit. It showed, for the first time, the mysterious demonstration bases found in Apple retail stores, revealing the secrets inside the interaction between the Apple Watch and the iPad embedded within.

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Galaxy Note 5, Project Zen leaked with puzzling details

Galaxy Note 5, Project Zen leaked with puzzling details

It's not unusual for OEMs to venture outside of their comfort zones in search of the perfect pitch. That is especially true for Samsung, who has, at least for the time being, diverged from its usual path with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. That said, there are some choices that still boggle the mind and confound imagination. Like these new tidbits that are coming about Samsung's rumored two high end smartphones, particularly the one called Project Zen, the Galaxy Note Edge successor that might not be a successor at all.

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Spotify Now cooks up playlists for morning, lunch, and running

Spotify Now cooks up playlists for morning, lunch, and running

Music streaming services are becoming a dime a dozen, with almost anyone and everyone launching their own biz to join the fray. Differentiation, then, becomes a matter of who gets the most appealing customization features that make the services feel more than just a music storage and streaming store. Spotify may have just gotten the upper hand in that department, at least for now. With Spotify Now and Spotify Running, the service promises to cover all your needs, no matter the time of day, no matter the shoes you wear.

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