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VW T-Prime Concept GTE SUV shows off the future of controls

VW T-Prime Concept GTE SUV shows off the future of controls

As expected, Volkswagen did unveil a new concept vehicle that would serve as its blueprint for its future full-sized SUVs. But to bill it simply as the future 2017 Touareg would be a huge disservice. True, it will probably underpin future SUV models, perhaps excluding the new Tiguan already coming this Spring. But more than that, it hosts a cornucopia of interface technologies, mostly revolving around touch, voice, and even gestures, that could very well foreshadow where the future of car controls is most likely headed.

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Microsoft offers a free Lumia 950 for every Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft offers a free Lumia 950 for every Lumia 950 XL

It's not that uncommon to see "Buy One Get One", also known as BOGO, sales during a hot new product's launch. But when you see something like that happen to a half year old product, things get a bit ambiguous. On the one hand, it looks like a clearance sale of sorts in preparation for new stocks or models. On the other hand, it could also be a desperate attempt at clearing out inventories. Either way, Microsoft is now giving a free Lumia 950 to anyone who buys a Lumia 950 XL, which could find a few interested buyers but also shed more negative light on the smartphones.

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de Grisogono confirms Samsung Gear S3 inbound, luxury version too

de Grisogono confirms Samsung Gear S3 inbound, luxury version too

Although still a minor player in the smartwatch market compared to giants like the Apple Watch and the combined Android Wear army, Samsung's Gear S2 put a new spin, quite literally, on the wearable with its rotating dial control. So far, however, it hasn't been the subject of much attention in terms of shipment and sales stats, so there was never a certainty that Samsung would follow it up. Cast all doubts aside famed luxury jeweler de Grisogono has publicly confirmed that there will indeed be a Gear S3. Or at least an exorbitantly expensive one.

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HTC Desire 830 design, specs leak: dual front speakers

HTC Desire 830 design, specs leak: dual front speakers

HTC may have ditched the "One" branding and its advantageous dual front-facing speakers in the latest HTC 10 flagship, but that practice will live on its the OEM's mid range line. Of course, they won't be called "Ones". On the heels of the HTC 10's debut comes a leak of what is identified as the HTC Desire 830. Unambiguously a Desire in design, the mid-range smartphone is shown bearing front-facing speakers and, save for a few core components, might have specs that give it a more premium flair as well.

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Audi A6, A7 get a fresh new look, inside and out

Audi A6, A7 get a fresh new look, inside and out

Why change a winning formula? That is perhaps the reasoning behind Audi's decision to keep its Audi A6 and Audi A7 sedans mostly intact. Mostly. Acknowledging that it still needs to be attractive to buyers tempted to look at competitors' shiny new offerings, Audi has given the A6 and A7 a slightly makeover, both externally and internally, that, especially for the A6 and A6 Avant, give the cars a bolder, sharper visage. Best of all, Audi has kept the best things about the A6 and A7, including the same starting price.

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ZOTAC puts a ZBOX in a backpack so you can VR anywhere

ZOTAC puts a ZBOX in a backpack so you can VR anywhere

Some products seem meant to be paradoxes. On the one hand, the idea is so ingenious you wonder why no one has thought of it before. On the other hand, it also sounds, more often looks, ridiculous that you wonder if it's just an elaborate and very late April Fools' joke. ZOTAC's newly revealed Mobile VR is one such product. It creatively solves the problem high-powered VR headsets have with wires. But it also does so by simply stuffing a mini PC inside a backpack, shortening the wires needed to connect headset to PC.

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Now you can also play Counter Strike on Android Wear

Now you can also play Counter Strike on Android Wear

Just as smartphones have become really small computers, in the layman sense of the word, so too have smartwatches become even tinier equivalents. Given how humans have a natural inclination to tinker and push the limits, we knew it will only be a matter of time before someone takes smartwatches beyond their intended purpose. Indeed, we've seen such wearables run old console games or even old operating systems. This latest attempt definitely takes the cake for bringing the iconic first person shooter Counter Strike to Android Wear smartwatches.

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Xiaomi tipped to get into mobile processors with “Rifle”

Xiaomi tipped to get into mobile processors with “Rifle”

Xiaomi has made it no secret that it wants to diversify its products. In fact, it has been putting out products in the smart home market, including a recent smart induction rice cooker. It latest new product, however, will take it back to the mobile tech market but in another light. According to an official from one of Xiaomi's component partners, the Chinese OEM is going to reveal its own Application Processing Unit or APU to power its mobile devices, and it will be doing so as early as next month.

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Unofficial Windows 10 Mobile to give Surface RT a second chance

Unofficial Windows 10 Mobile to give Surface RT a second chance

Microsoft's visions for Windows 10 is to have it run everywhere, just in different forms depending on the device. However, that vision doesn't included the Surface RT, Microsoft's much criticized and quickly abandoned tablet. Windows 10, at least in tablet form, just isn't cut out to run on an ARM device like the Surface RT. But if not Windows 10, then maybe it could run Windows 10 Mobile. That is the theory that XDA member "black_blob" is putting to the test, to give the Surface RT, and other Windows RT devices like it, a second lease on life.

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2016 MacBook teardown: tamper-evident screws, still low score

2016 MacBook teardown: tamper-evident screws, still low score

As expected, Apple unveiled last week a new batch of Retina MacBooks that is visually indistinguishable from last year's model. That is, unless you get a Rose Gold version. Of course, you do get a beefier CPU and more capable battery, but almost everythin else is similar. It turns out, that similarity goes deep down into the MacBook's repairability. iFixit does its obligatory teardown of the device, finding very few good news inside. Well, except perhaps for the fortunate disappearance of Apple's previous tri-wing screws.

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Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration lays the foundation for the future

Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration lays the foundation for the future

Some car makers are realizing that sports cars aren't the hot sellers they once used to be. Infiniti believes that the future will be in mid-sized premium SUVs. To carry it to that future, the car maker is unveiling the QX Sport Inspiration, a concept SUV that will become the seedbed of a new line of premium SUVs that Infiniti plans to take the market by storm. While sporting the same iconic designs as previous Infiniti SUVs, the QX Sport Inspiration almost literally stretches those cues to transform the QX series into an SUV that exudes personality whether at rest but especially in motion.

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KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

If famed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, Apple's market nightmares are far from over. Even though the company already forecast what would its slowest iPhone sales growth early this year, it's fortune isn't going to turn for the better for the rest of 2016. In fact, it could have the lowest shipment numbers, even lower than 2014's disappointing figures. Kuo attributes this to certain factors, chief among which will be an iPhone 7 that will have nothing attractive to offer. Or so says the analyst.

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