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LG’s 2014 financial report: Life’s really good

LG’s 2014 financial report: Life’s really good

While Samsung is reporting some financial losses, it's biggest Korean rival definitely has a lot of reasons to be in an upbeat mood. LG has just released the figures of its 2014 full-year financial reports and the numbers are definitely looking good. It says that has gained a 125 percent increase in net profits compared to 2013. And most of that is thanks to its smartphone business, whose shipments have risen by 24 percent, with a lot of those coming from North America.

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Qualcomm admits “large customer” loss amid Samsung speculation

Qualcomm admits “large customer” loss amid Samsung speculation

They're not naming names, but we can pretty much read between the lines. In its Q1 2015 fiscal report, chip maker Qualcomm is lowering its revenue outlook for the second half of this fiscal year due to a number of huge factors. Aside from a shift in share among OEMs and higthened competition in China, where is actually facing some legal battles, Qualcomm also mentions the loss of a "large customer" of its Snapdragon 810. Given how things are going, it's hard not to believe that it is referring to Samsung.

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You can now buy the Gear VR from Best Buy, online only

You can now buy the Gear VR from Best Buy, online only

If you've been waiting to get your hands on Samsung's fancy VR headset accessory but aren't a fan of having to buy it through Samsung itself or aren't eligible for AT&T's offer, then your prayers might have just been answered. Somewhat. Now you can try your luck at getting the Gear VR from Best Buy as your last resort. But there's a catch. Don't expect to be able to walk into a Best Buy outlet to grab one, as the headset is still only available online.

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Falcon Heavy flight animation reveals SpaceX’s future vision

Falcon Heavy flight animation reveals SpaceX’s future vision

Elon Musk's SpaceX has just released a new flight animation video that reveals its vision of how it wants it next launch to proceed. Presuming, of course, it doesn't end up in flames. It shows what will be the first test flight for the heavy-lift Falcon rocket and also throws in some hints of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where SpaceX plans to have its second Florida launch pad later this year. That is, of course, if all goes well.

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Luna smart mattress cover learns to keep your bed toasty

Luna smart mattress cover learns to keep your bed toasty

You better be paying attention to the latest smart home trends, because before you know it, the Internet of Things will be crawling with you into bed. Take for example Luna, touted to be the world's first smart mattress cover. It can learn from your habits, preferences and even your very sleep patterns in order to set the perfect temperature for your bed. What's more, Luna can even talk with your other smart home appliances to orchestrate the perfect morning wake up routine.

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Ideum’s Duet brings Windows 8, Android to one table

Ideum’s Duet brings Windows 8, Android to one table

Some people complain that smartphones are too large or that even some tablets are too big. You might wonder if they're going to complain about something that's actually the size of a table as well. Ideum has quite a number of such touch-enabled smart tables, but the new Duet has a very particular feat. It is touted to be the world's first such "smart furniture" that brings both Windows 8 and Android to the table, literally. How long that will be the case is something yet to be seen.

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Temporary tattoos measure sugar levels without drawing blood

Temporary tattoos measure sugar levels without drawing blood

Diabetics need to closely monitor their blood sugar levels. However, this crucial routine becomes more than a chore since it usually involved drawing blood. That is why researchers are continually searching for non-invasive, not to mention not painful, ways to measure glucose levels. Researchers from the University of California San Diego are looking into using temporary tattoos to perform this function without even breaking the user's skin, paving the way for other medical use cases as well, like delivering medicine through the skin as well.

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Prynt instant camera case now seeking crowdfunding

Prynt instant camera case now seeking crowdfunding

If you've been waiting for Prynt to actually become a real product, you might have to wait just a bit longer. The good news is that startup behind it is finally taking the first step by launching on Kickstarter. What is billed as the first instant camera case for both iPhone and Android is now asking the crowd to help fund its production. And judging by the amount they've raised in less than an hour, there are indeed many believers in this promise.

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Linux C library exploit affects all systems dating back 2000

Linux C library exploit affects all systems dating back 2000

Sometimes, the price of popularity is more scrutiny. As the Linux operating system, and open source in general, gets more and more coverage in mainstream media and news, a lot of security holes, and big ones at that, are being exposed, or at the very least sensationalized. After the "Shellshock" bug last September, which was reported to be even worse than the "Heartbleed" bug of the open source OpenSSL vulnerability, comes a "GHOST" security exploit that affects almost all Linux systems that date all the way back to 2000.

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YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

Further driving the obsolescence of technology like Flash, Google is announcing that YouTube will default to using HTML5 video by default, at least on the most recent versions of major browsers. While it might take some time before the web is truly rid of Flash, it is a brave move forward especially for a service that is absolutely reliant on the smooth and flawless delivery of multimedia content. It also shows how much the web has grown up to replace the benefits once provided only by the likes of Flash.

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