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Google-backed FASTER cable is ready to serve faster Internet

Google-backed FASTER cable is ready to serve faster Internet

Microsoft and Facebook might be trying to plant a submarine cable across the Atlantic, but Google has it beat when it comes to the Pacific. Granted, the FASTER cable system did start a lot earlier, almost two years ago. Now the consortium that runs the program has proudly announced that construction of the undersea cable is now done and that FASTER is ready to deliver faster Internet between Japan and the US West Coast, which, of course, also promises to improve Internet connectivity and service in neighboring states and cities.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV gets Plex server, HDR Netflix, 4K VUDU

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV gets Plex server, HDR Netflix, 4K VUDU

The NVIDIA SHIELD is a nifty Android device that is quite perfect for developing graphics intensive apps, like games, thanks to its NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip and the shiny new Vulkan API.But at its heart, it is an entertainment device with a disposition for high quality, high resolution video. That nature is all the more emphasized in the latest firmware 3.2 update that brings, among other things, Plex server, support for 4K videos on VUDU and YouTube, and Netlix in HDR mode.

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System Shock remake Kickstarter goes live, demo now available

System Shock remake Kickstarter goes live, demo now available

Yes, ga.. ga.. ga.. gamers, System Shock is indeed returning. The genre defining first person shooter sci-fi horror narrative-driven cult classic computer game will be trying its fortune in the modern gaming world, with update graphics, updated game engine, updated everything. Simply called "System Shock", no "remastered" or "remake" in the name, it is indeed a complete remake, aside from the core plot, and has gone to Kickstarter to try and make this gamer dream come true. But unlike most games you'll find on Kickstarter, System Shock, the remake, has already progressed far enough to offer a free demo to would be backers.

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Google phone might not be the best move for Android

Google phone might not be the best move for Android

It's like the early 2000s again. With Apple finally launching the first ever iPhone, there is talk about Google doing something similar. Of course, that happened and it didn't, with the Nexus line the closest thing to a "Google phone". Fast-forward nearly a decade, Google is rumored to once again try its hand at actually becoming a smartphone maker too. Like Apple. It doesn't make business sense, of course. But what if it were true? What if Google din put out a "gPhone"? It definitely can, like the Pixel C Android tablet. But if it did, this non-Nexus Google-made Android smartphone would be an atrocity for consumers. Here are the reasons why.

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ZTE nubia Z11 finally launches with no side bezels

ZTE nubia Z11 finally launches with no side bezels

Most of the time, OEMs launch an "N" model and then follow it up with "N mini" or "N max". ZTE, however, seems to have done the reverse. After the nubia Z11 mini and the nubia Z11 max, the Chinese manufacturer is now launching the ZTE nubia Z11, the nominal flagship of the trio. But it isn't just a flagship in title. In design and in specs, the nubia Z11 does stand up to expectations, sporting almost all the high-end components and a display that is flushed to the sides, leaving no room for underutilized bezels.

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Wileyfox Spark trio spreads Cyanogen further in the UK

Wileyfox Spark trio spreads Cyanogen further in the UK

Almost a year ago, UK smartphone maker Wileyfox revealed its Storm and Swift Android smartphones, the first Cyanogen OS powered devices to set foot outside of China and India. Now that same OEM is back with another batch of wallet-friendly bang for buck handsets and, yes, they also bear the latest and greatest version of Cyanogen's Android-based platform. The Wileyfox Spark, Spark+ and Spark X give consumers in the UK another choice aside from the usual Android experience that your usual brands offer.

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FLI Charge promises universal, painless wireless charging

FLI Charge promises universal, painless wireless charging

Until that day in the future when smartphones are safely powered by nuclear energy or whatnot, charging mobile devices will always be a fact of life. Various technologies and products, like wireless charging, are being put in place to at least make that as painless as possible. Fancy and ideal as that might sound, wireless charging is still fragmented and inefficient. Enter FLI Charge, a system that aims to leapfrog over the competition, embracing all types of devices and power needs. All through the proven technology of conductive wireless charging.

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Galaxy Note 7 now tipped to have 3,600 mAh battery only

Galaxy Note 7 now tipped to have 3,600 mAh battery only

One of the missteps that Samsung made with the Galaxy S6 was to take away the removable battery, which was exacerbated by the fact that it had a rather modest 2,550 mAh battery. The OEM partly corrected that with the Galaxy S7 by giving it a still non-removable but bigger 3,000 mAh pack. Samsung might be dragged again into the battery debate with the Galaxy Note 7 (or Note 6) now that the latest word is that it will have a 3,600 mAh battery instead of the earlier leaked and hoped for 4,000 mAh.

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LG VPInput lets you control your LG flagship from your PC

LG VPInput lets you control your LG flagship from your PC

Anyone who works with a computer daily is probably familiar with the frustration of having to reach out for your smartphone just quickly check or do something. Not only is it inconvenient, it is also unproductive. LG has just announced its solution that fixes. Provided you have an LG G5, G4, or even a V10. Simply called VPInput, the Android app and accompanying PC program allows you not just to view but also control your smartphone right from the comfort of your desktop or laptop.

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Google’s new pervasive ad tracking is thankfully opt-in

Google’s new pervasive ad tracking is thankfully opt-in

Google isn't exactly popular for its privacy practices, despite official protestations that it is, in fact, pro-privacy. So when the company initiates changes to its ad tracking that includes more of your Internet life, that's not exactly out of the ordinary. What is extraordinary, however, is that Google has made the changes opt-in, which means it is disabled by default and needs an informed and conscientious decision by the user to join in. And even when they do, they're being given fine-grained control on which things they will allow Google to track.

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Android root – the lowdown and pitfalls of the super user

Android root – the lowdown and pitfalls of the super user

Our smartphones and tablets today have become powerful computers, almost matching the cheapest "netbook" grade laptops. We feel they can almost do anything and everything. In theory, they can. In reality, however, they are limited by the boundaries that platform makers like Google and Apple impose on them. Some of those limitations are inherent in the platform itself or the hardware it runs on. Others, however, can be unlocked by the process now known as rooting (for Android) or jailbreaking (for iOS). In the past, rooting was not only something for power users to play with but somewhat even recommended for more adventurous ones to squeeze out the best functionality from their smartphones. But does rooting still have that sway today? What do we gain and what do we lose when we set our smartphones free? Read on the find out.

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Amazon Inspire crowdsources resources for educators

Amazon Inspire crowdsources resources for educators

In this Internet age, a lot of information flows freely on the Web, but not all of them are reliable or even factually correct. A whole market, led by the likes of Coursera and Udacity, have sprung up to give a bit of formality to "online education." Now Amazon is jumping in with its new Amazon Inspire platform, but with a very different twist. Instead of catering to students looking online instruction, Inspire practically crowdsources educational materials and resources that other teachers and educators can use and customize for their particular use cases.

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