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Vine’s Snap to Beat adds looping music to looping vids

Vine’s Snap to Beat adds looping music to looping vids

Anyone and everyone seems to be adding music capabilities to their services, whether they make sense or, as in some cases, not (hello, LINE). The latest to join the fray is Vine, but don't be afraid, this isn't a new music streaming service. Considering Vine's nature of looping videos (do I hear GIFs?), "Music on Vine" takes on a different meaning, which is to say, looping sound clips. While that has always been possible to do manually, the new Snap to Beat tool makes its, well, a snap.

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Alienware X51 R3 brings in Intel Skylake, liquid cooling

Alienware X51 R3 brings in Intel Skylake, liquid cooling

It has been a year since we've last seen the Dell's Alienware X51 gaming desktop, back then in its R2 incarnation. And while that classy gaming box didn't exactly sweep us off our feet, this newest one just might. Yes, on the eve of PAX Prime, Dell has announced the new Alienware X51 R3. As you might have expected, this one boasts of the latest and choicest components, which in this case means a 6th gen Intel Skylake processor, support for a Graphics Amplifier, and for the first time ever, liquid cooling.

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Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

At first glance, Android 6.0, now known as Marshmallow, isn't as big a change as Lollipop was, but lurking under the hood is a change that could potentially break apps whose devs haven't checked for compatibility. Google has somewhat revamped the App Permissions system in Android Marshmallow and has now revealed another big change to it. Apps can now just ask users' permissions for a certain feature the very moment the app is about to use it, rather than asking for all permissions when the app is being installed.

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Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

It isn't surprising that Google is being hit with lawsuits, chief among which are antitrust charges. After all, a giant makes for a big, easy target. It also isn't surprising to hear Google take to its online soapbox to proclaim its innocence, while pointing out the weakness of the other party's arguments. What we have now, then, is a legal "he said, she said" between Google and the European Commission's antitrust body, which could eventually lead to the most high-profile lawsuit Google will be facing in that region.

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Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

When you establish a rating standard to try to give all products a fair review, you usually set it up against an ideal perfect product. But what if you come across a product that actually surpasses that ideal? That was the predicament that Consumer Reports found itself in when it tried to grade Tesla's Model S P85D, the successor to an earlier Model S version. You see, the P85D was rated so good that it scored a 103, on a scale that shouldn't even go beyond 100.

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Samsung Pay beta program launches in the US

Samsung Pay beta program launches in the US

Preparing for its late September launch, Samsung has just kicked off the beta testing stage for its much delayed Samsung Pay system in the US. As you would expect, however, the beta is invite-only, so you better fall in line if you want to try out what could be the holy grail of wireless payment systems. Of course, the list of potential candidates for using Samsung Pay is further narrowed down to those who own one, or at least one, of Samsung's four latest flagship smartphones.

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Huawei Honor 7 Review

Huawei Honor 7 Review

If your perception of a Chinese-made smartphone still involves plastic and cheap knockoffs, then you might not have paid attention to the market for past year or so. Quite a few names have risen above the ranks to show the might of the East and their ability to innovate and blaze their own path, a path that sometimes takes them to the West. Take for example Huawei, one of the biggest names in China. With the entry of the Huawei Honor 7 into the European market, the manufacturer is trying to stay one step ahead of its compatriots. But how does it fare? Read on to find out.

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Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

If the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 isn't big enough for you, worry not. Rumors are now pointing to the possibility that Microsoft might unveil a variety of Surface Pro 4 hybrids in October, with models differing not only in internal specs like before. This time, there might also be differences in sizes, with 13- and 14- inch variants said to also be available. This makes Microsoft just one of the latest big names to join the growing list of device makers trying to revitalize the tablet market by stretching their sizes further.

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ARCHOS Flip sounds like a Lenovo Yoga, look like one

ARCHOS Flip sounds like a Lenovo Yoga, look like one

If anything, ARCHOS is more known for its budgets smartphones, tablets, and beanies, but now it seems that the French manufacturer is ready to break out into a new market segment. Using the launch of Windows 10 as an opportunity, ARCHOS is announcing the Flip, what is practically a Cherry Trail powered budget-friendly convertible tablet/laptop hybrid. What makes the ARCHOS Flip interesting, or probably amusing, is not the device itself, but how ARCHOS' announcement uses a Lenovo Yoga's image, with Windows 8, instead to depict it.

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Canon EOS M3 mirrorless compact coming to the US in October

Canon EOS M3 mirrorless compact coming to the US in October

Canon unveiled the third generation EOS M digital camera back in February and, for a time, it seemed that the camera maker was content not to bring it to the US. Half a year later, it has changed course. The new, or not so new, EOS M3 is ready to go stateside, though it won't be until another two months before advanced amateurs will be able to get their hands on one. Along with the EOS M3, three new EF-M interchangeable lenses will also be available to extend the camera's range.

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Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley outs pretty and cheap Obi Worldphones

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley outs pretty and cheap Obi Worldphones

Just to be clear, it's Obi Worldphones, not Obi Wan. Terrible pop culture references aside, this news isn't something you see everyday. John Sculley, who, at one point in time, lead one of the world's biggest tech companies, has co-founded and announced two new smartphones. While some already point out their rather alluring design, these Obi Worldphones are two things that no iPhone will ever be: Android and affordable. Just because you were the former CEO of Apple doesn't mean you have to forever drink their Kool-aid, right?

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Apple’s September event might be held at Bill Graham

Apple’s September event might be held at Bill Graham

While almost everyone is busy trying to set up camp for IFA 2015 next month, Apple is also busy, although more silently, to prepare its own September event where it is expected to unveil more than just the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. As always, the location of Apple's events are kept with the utmost secrecy that would make the CIA weep, but, as always, some things leak out. Apple is tipped to be preparing something at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in California, with dates that seem to coincide with Apple's expected event.

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