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Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

You've probably come across one or two sci-fi films, or maybe even a few YouTube videos, that make you want to believe in ubiquitous displays of the future, where even the mirrors in your bathroom can tell you today's headlines. Hopefully without snooping in on your private, closed door activities. Tired of waiting for the future to arrive, Google engineer Max Braun decided to take matters into his own hands. And by that, we mean building a bathroom mirror display with his own hands, complete with Google Now's ever so helpful cards.

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Ultra-strong Turing Phone ditches Android for Sailfish OS

Ultra-strong Turing Phone ditches Android for Sailfish OS

Ultra-strong both in software and in materials. That was the promise that Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) made with its Turing Phone, which, a good number of pre-order buyers have indeed believed. That, however, was last year. The smartphone, which boasts of a "stronger than steel" liquid metal body, has already been delayed. And now it might be delayed even more. The company has informed early buyers that it has decided to switch from Android to Jolla's Sailfish OS, a rather dumbfounding move for a device that still needs to prove it can actually reach the market.

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Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft already has a "smart" virtual keyboard for both tablets and smartphones. In fact, it was just recently rumored that it would be bringing its keyboard to Android and iOS, the latter with possibly some interesting special features. So it might, at first, be surprising to hear about its acquisition of UK-based SwiftKey, makers of one of the more popular mobile keyboards. But old Redmond isn't paying $250 million just for a keyboard. It is, in truth, more interested in the AI talent and software behind it.

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Dissatisfied customer tweets Comcast when his speeds go down

Dissatisfied customer tweets Comcast when his speeds go down

Some already classify the Internet as a basic human need. Other still see it as a luxury. Whichever of the two views you subscribe to, when you're paying good money for one, you deserve, or are even legally entitled, to get what you pay for. ISPs, however, are not perfect, and all of them have their fair share of dissatisfied, sometimes even irate, customers. One customer from Comcast, however, made a rather ingenious, if not creative, way to call the ISPs attention when the quality of his connection goes down: by tweeting from a Raspberry Pi.

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iPad Air 3 leaked diagram reinforces mini iPad Pro image

iPad Air 3 leaked diagram reinforces mini iPad Pro image

If you haven't had your fill of leaks about the iPad Air 3's various ports, here we are serving you one more. This diagram, complete with dimensions, might seem less "real" than an earlier case photo, but it does offer a bit more, like, well, dimensions. Aside from the every so slightly bigger iPad Air size, the diagram reinforces once again three of the most noted and rumored features of the tablet, namely, four speakers, a rear camera LED flash, and a smart connector.

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Evernote closes Market down, will link to actual manufacturers

Evernote closes Market down, will link to actual manufacturers

Evernote calls it focusing on its core business. Others might see it as signs of trouble. The once popular startup, considered to be a unicorn in Silicon Valley, has shut down many of the products and services it has considered dead weight. The latest to get the ax isn't even a product technically speaking but a marketplace. Evernote Market, the place where you can order and buy physical products and objects related to the note-taking service, is shutting down, freeing Evernote to concentrate on what it does best.

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Google rolls out February security update for Nexus devices

Google rolls out February security update for Nexus devices

Still holding on to its promise, Google has released updates for its most recent Nexus devices that carry within it the latest security patches for Android. Although no high profile security exploit has been reported for the past month, Google isn't letting its guard down. Factory images are already available on the Nexus developer web page and OTA links will soon follow. Users, on the other hand, are expected to wait for the update to land on their devices. Unless, of course, they intend to start fresh and flash the factory image themselves.

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IDC: iPad Pro overtakes rivals, detachable tablets on the rise

IDC: iPad Pro overtakes rivals, detachable tablets on the rise

Naysayers and doubter, take note. Despite the rather mixed reviews and reception, Apple's biggest tablet yet actually ended up as the Q4 2015's top selling tablet. And as much as Microsoft may want to deny it and even ridicule it, Apple's iPad Pro managed to outrank Microsoft's Surface tablets, once considered to be the top of the class. That said, the worldwide tablet market is still on a decline, but salvation might come from the new breed of detachables that are taking the market by storm.

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Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

From the beginning, the Nexus line of devices were intended to showcase Google's vision for Android, not just with the software but how software and hardware work in harmony. That vision, however, has always been dependent on others', specifically device manufacturers, vision as well, which may or may not always completely align with what Google has in mind. Soon, however, Google might be taking matters into its own hands, somewhat. The latest insider tip is that Google wants to exert even more control over the design and manufacturing of Nexus devices, almost like how Apple does things.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 back isn’t flat, and neither is the camera

Samsung Galaxy S7 back isn’t flat, and neither is the camera

Samsung has already confirmed that it will have an Unpacked event on the 21st of February, which we take to mean an unveiling of the Galaxy S7, among other things. So there's really nothing else to do but wait. Or while the time with even more leaks and rumors. The Galaxy S7, to be honest, has all but been leaked to death, but finer details are still cropping up here and there. Take for example this latest schematic showing off the smartphone's non-flat rear, both in terms of design and in terms of the camera hump.

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II flaunts dual image processors, 4K vids

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II flaunts dual image processors, 4K vids

Canon is setting out to set a new standard for professional DSLRs, and it might have just the contender in the new EOS-1D X Mark II. Giving justice to the phrase "two heads are better than one", the new EOS sports dual pairs of some features, like a dual DIGIC6+ Image Processor and a Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The digital camera also boasts of some firsts for the series, like a new 20.2 megapixel 35 mm full frame CMOS sensor, 4K video recording, and a 61-point AF that supports even an aperture of f/8.

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Synaptics, Valeo putting “Force Touch” tech into cars

Synaptics, Valeo putting “Force Touch” tech into cars

OK, they're not actually calling it "Force Touch, which could land them in a heap of legal trouble. Formally, it's called "ClearForce force sensing and haptic feedback" but the idea is the same. Developed by Synaptics, the controller technology allows users to apply varying levels of pressure on a press gesture to increase the number of available actions. Now Synaptics is teaming up with automotive supplier Valeo to bring that technology to the touchscreens and dashboards of the smart cars of the future.

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