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Huawei Honor 6 Plus shows up at TENAA with two rear cameras

Huawei Honor 6 Plus shows up at TENAA with two rear cameras

After just unveiling the Ascend Mate7 last September, it seems that Huawei is gearing up for yet another smartphone launch, at least based on this TENAA sighting and a teaser for the company's own Weibo account. This time, however, it won't be much of a big jump as it is a spinoff from the Chinese OEM's existing Honor 6 smartphone. But this Huawei Honor 6 Plus isn't a simple upgrade. Implied from the name, this upcoming phablet takes a few cues from Huawei's competitors in the market.

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UK gets its first human, food waste powered bus

UK gets its first human, food waste powered bus

The "poo bus". OK, cue all dirty jokes and puns you might have been inspired to make from this, but this is a rather serious endeavor, but one that will still have some people raising their eyebrows or twitching their noses at the idea. Over at Bristol in the United Kingdom, water supplier Wessex Water has unveiled a bus that uses waste, both from humans and our leftovers, to power an eco-friendly bus. Provided people would actually want to ride on a thing they know is fueled in that manner.

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Google Shopping to offer more details in search results

Google Shopping to offer more details in search results

Yep, it's that time of the year again. More than just the turkeys and family reunions, a lot of people in the US are looking forward to (or, conversely, dreading) the days that immediately follow as auspicious times to buy those gadgets you've been waiting all year to get your hands on. And at reduced prices even! To help you make more efficient use of your time waiting in line, Google is updating its Shopping experience this week to load more knowledge into your mobile device in preparation for the onslaught of like-minded shoppers.

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Snapjet prints your phone photos without wires or apps

Snapjet prints your phone photos without wires or apps

Despite the growing number of smartphone photography enthusiasts, there is also a growing resurgence in interest with "instant film" printing started by Polaroid. There are many solutions out there, ranging from a dedicated camera, a bulky photo printer, or an insanely bulky smartphone case (we're looking at you Prynt). What if you could throw out all that bulk and still have printer that works with any smartphone of any size? Well, you could do that with this Kickstarter called Snapjet, that prints instant film photos without wires, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, or even apps.

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Symantec discovers highly sophisticated Regin spyware

Symantec discovers highly sophisticated Regin spyware

Malware, even the spying kind, isn't uncommon, but it is quite rare to come across something as complex, modular, sophisticated, and long-lasting as the Backdoor.Regin that Symantec uncovered. This particular Trojan has managed to evade detection and forensic tools and in fact might still have some form out there. And it has been going around since circa 2008. This makes it a very dangerous tool in the hands of the very wrong people, and a bit of speculation suggests that it might indeed be the work of a nation state.

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Alienware Alpha ships, still no SteamOS in sight

Alienware Alpha ships, still no SteamOS in sight

Those who have pre-ordered Alienware's foray into the almost oxymoronic realm of "living room PC gaming" now have something to look forward to in the coming days. Dell has announced that the Alienware Alpha is now shipping to those early adopters and can also be bought online as well as from select retail partners. Some of that crowd, however, might be disappointed to hear that the gaming rig is indeed not shipping with SteamOS, considering Valve is quite behind schedule, and instead runs completely on Windows 8.1
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Elon Musk teases SpaceX’s “X-Wing” grid fins

Elon Musk teases SpaceX’s “X-Wing” grid fins

No, this doesn't mean that SpaceX's next spacecraft will be a starfighter from Star Wars. After all, these hypersonic grid fins make the Falcon 9-R look nothing like the almost iconic rebel ship. They do, however, still play a pivotal role, no pun intended. These fins are designed to help control and steer the rocket during its return trip from space. This will hopefully ensure that the craft will be able to land safely even on hard ground and survive to fly another day.

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Apple apps, stores go (RED) for World AIDS Day 2014

Apple apps, stores go (RED) for World AIDS Day 2014

Continuing a tradition that is eight years in the running, Apple will be embarking on a campaign not just to promote awareness about the AIDS situation, especially in Africa, but also to help fund efforts in fighting the disease and helping victims survive. Starting Monday, 24th November until December 7 , a whopping 25 apps on iTunes App Store, its biggest collection ever, will have their proceeds go to the efforts of (RED) and the Global Fund. And buyers will also have something to show for their pledge, with exclusive in-app content and perks to mark the occasion.

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Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

It seems that either Google or Rockstar (the industry consortium, not the game developers) has decided to throw in the towel. Details are still unclear on who called it quits first, but the fact of the matter is that, at least in the patent case filed in Texas, Google and Rockstar have reached an agreement to settle "all matters of controversy". It is highly likely that a large amount of money will also be involved. But what's even less clear is how it will affect Android, who is at the heart of the litigation.

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Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

We have a lot of smart objects in our lives these days. Smart phones, smart watches, smart homes, and a bit of smart cars. What about smart bikes? No? Well, Baidu thinks "yes" and its Dubike smart bike is now up for everyone to see. Or at least images and videos of it. The Dubike is indeed equipped with your standard fare navigation and tracking features, but it is a bike that does not easily reveal its geeky nature and looks like any classy, high-end bicycle.

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