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Motorola hit with $5m lawsuit for poor warranty system

Motorola hit with $5m lawsuit for poor warranty system

It isn't uncommon to receive poor customer service and wish you could sue the offending party in response. What is sometimes rare is for customers to do exactly that, especially against a giant company. But that is exactly what is happening to Motorola, filed with a class action suit on behalf of a certain Douglas Lynch. His beef, which is echoed by many other customers, is over Motorola's "unfair, unscrupulous, immoral, and oppressive" business practices. Or to be more specific, for Motorola's failure to fulfill its own warranties.

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Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

In the future, when you need to store more than what your 100 terabyte storage drive can handle, you wouldn't be looking to the cloud for answers, you'll be looking inside yourself. Sort of. This almost zen-like idea isn't just science fiction anymore. It is very well the future of computing. Or at least Microsoft believes so, to the point that it just purchases 10 million long oligonucleotides, a.k.a. DNA molecules, from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. These DNA molecules will be used in Microsoft's own research into making synthetic DNA a viable commercial data storage solution.

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Google releases an Android TV app … for iOS

Google releases an Android TV app … for iOS

You know what they say about TVs and strange bedfellows. No? Well, apparently Google didn't know about it either. Which is probably why it both expectedly and surprisingly released an iOS app that lets iPhone and iPad owners control an Android TV with a non-Android mobile device. Not that it's a bad thing, mind you. Because while it is extremely hard to pry iOS users away from their iPhone or iPad, an Apple TV may not hold the same sway. Now Android TV has a chance to get into that living room as well.

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Samsung Pay can now withdraw from ATMs in South Korea

Samsung Pay can now withdraw from ATMs in South Korea

It was probably already expected but, until now, we never really knew when it would be coming. At its developer conference, Samsung revealed that, indeed, its Samsung Pay will soon let you withdraw money from an ATM even without a physical card. As futuristic and convenient, or even scary, as that may sound, it comes with a very big limitation. It is, for now, only available in South Korea and actually only with Woori Bank. And Samsung has made no plans yet to spread it wider.

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Nexus 6P with Snapdragon 820 seen at Geekbench

Nexus 6P with Snapdragon 820 seen at Geekbench

The Nexus 9 is gone. Google I/O is happening next month. Android N will be released next quarter. You know what that means, right? Yep, it's time for a new Nexus device and, since Google hasn't changed its pattern here, we're looking at another Nexus smartphone. Of course, there's the eternal guessing game of who gets to make it this year. But, it seems there's another angle to be looked at. An entry at the Geekbench site reveals a "google Nexus 6P" (with that exact capitalization) that bears a Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM.

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Samsung Q1 2016 earnings are up, thanks to the Galaxy S7

Samsung Q1 2016 earnings are up, thanks to the Galaxy S7

Finally Samsung can breathe a little easier. After years and countless quarters of depressing financial results, the company is finally reporting an upward turn, at least for its first quarter earnings. Its strategies may be finally paying off and though it is probably too early to tell if it will hold in the future, Samsung is forecasting a more positive outlook for 2016. While most of its businesses, save for display panels, have seen increase in revenues, the relative success of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are credited for this positive turn of events.

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Nexus 9 leaves, Pixel C last tablet standing in Google Store

Nexus 9 leaves, Pixel C last tablet standing in Google Store

Are Android tablets in trouble? While there has always been an industry-wide slump in tablet sales, Android OEMs have always been churning out large slabs until recently. There has been a marked slowdown and distinct lack of high end Android tablets of late. And now, one of Google's very own tablets has left the building. The Nexus 9 has silently been removed from the Google Store and will in fact reach its support EOL later this year. That leaves the rather ambiguous Pixel C as the lone Android slate in Google's device and accessory store.

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Microsoft Surface Phone could succeed – Here is how

Microsoft Surface Phone could succeed – Here is how

The Surface Phone rumors just refuse to die. Whether you liken it to an immortal zombie or the story's unwavering hero is a choice for you to make. What is undeniable, however, is how these rumors reflect a sort of collective hunger, specifically among Windows Phone users and Microsoft fans, to finally be given a smartphone that they can be proud of, a smartphone that can stand proud beside the more recent generation of Surface tablets. In other words, a Surface Phone. But what constitutes a Surface Phone, and is it going to be enough to give Microsoft an edge in the smartphone market?

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Alleged 2016 Moto X sighted with Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM

Alleged 2016 Moto X sighted with Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM

After a brief but sensational stint as a Google subsidiary, Motorola's profile in the smartphone market has somewhat declined in status, overshadowed by the bigger players in the industry. While Moto's smartphones remain competitive and even desirable for those who prefer a near vanilla Android experience, those just haven't received the same accolades and hype as the first Moto X and Moto G. The expected new Moto X might turn heads again, but not all in good ways. It will, at least, have some of the latest specs, if this Geekbench sighting is the real deal.

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Most powerful Ubuntu phone, Meizu PRO 5, now available

Most powerful Ubuntu phone, Meizu PRO 5, now available

One cannot claim that Canonical is lacking in ambition. The company behind the most popular Linux desktop software has risen up to challenge the dominance of Microsoft and Apple on the desktop and is doing the same on Android and iOS on mobile. Ubuntu Phones, however, have so far been on the low to mid range side, belying the full potential of Ubuntu's mobile version. The Meizu PRO 5, however, is about to change that perception, and this most powerful Ubuntu phone is finally on the market, available for purchase.

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Dropbox Infinite puts your entire cloud on your desktop

Dropbox Infinite puts your entire cloud on your desktop

Although there are terabytes of storage space available in large boxes, severs, and contraptions, most consumer computers still come with at most 1 TB of space, especially in laptops and 2-in-1 tablets. Cloud storage services like Dropbox expands that almost infinitely and also solves the problem of collaboration as well. But accessing those files in the cloud is still cumbersome and can pretty much break your flow. With Dropbox Infinite, the most popular cloud provider aims to answer that problem as well, allowing any user full access to their 10 TB online storage as if they were installed on their 1 TB desktop.

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Surface Phone coming April 2017, Microsoft is still game

Surface Phone coming April 2017, Microsoft is still game

Microsoft may have met a reasonable amount of success with the launch and rollout of Windows 10 but its experience on the mobile front is less than flattering. Revelations of dismal Lumia sales and the company's own failure to upgrade existing devices to Windows 10 Mobile served to increase shouts of "Windows Phone is dead". Although somewhat ambiguous, Microsoft has never said it is quiting the mobile race. Apparently, it is just bidding its time for a 2017 comeback that it plans will carry its mobile business for years to come.

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