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Glass-less Brin raises doubts about the eyewear’s future

Glass-less Brin raises doubts about the eyewear’s future

At the red carpet Annual Breakthrough Prize Awards held at Silicon Valley, Google co-founder Sergey Brin arrived on the scene without his usual accessory, his Google Glass, adorning his head. Although the exec did say he left his in the car, perhaps for the sake of respect and propriety, the absence of a product placement in a high profile tech even managed to spark some discussion about the Google's "moonshot" product. Is Google Glass DOA? Of course, Google would insist otherwise, but some are pointing to writings on the wall.

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PS4 Black Friday Bundles: GTA V and LEGO Batman 3

PS4 Black Friday Bundles: GTA V and LEGO Batman 3

Black Friday is coming and you know it by how brands are ramping up their promos and treats designed to relieve you of the burden of holding on to your money. Naturally, games and gaming hardware are one of the most common beneficiaries of such sprees, and the PlayStation 4 is no different. Claiming it to be the consistent top selling console since last year's launch, Sony is offering not one but two bundles, each with not one but two games to be enjoyed.

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Sennheiser engineer shares Phonebloks audio module ideas

Sennheiser engineer shares Phonebloks audio module ideas

Most if not all of the modular smartphone spotlight has been taken up by Google's Project Ara, but they aren't the only ones working on that front. Though the relationship might be a bit unclear to onlookers, Phonebloks and Project Ara work together for a common goal, with the former having more of a community-driven voice. Phonebloks, not Project Ara, has partnered with Sennheiser to bring sound to the modular smartphone and now the two are sharing some of the interesting ideas and mockups they've come up with.

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Wearhaus Arc turns headphones into social devices

Wearhaus Arc turns headphones into social devices

"Social headphones" might sound like an oxymoron, considering that wearing a pair shuts you in and shuts out the rest of the world. But that is exactly what Wearhaus is trying to pull off. Saying that music is also a social experience, they are designing the Wearhaus Arc, wireless headsets that can both let you enjoy your tunes by yourself or, if you're feeling pretty charitable, share it with others around you. And it's also designed to look fancy as well, with customizable LED lights.

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Sony IMX230 brings mirrorless camera features to phones

Sony IMX230 brings mirrorless camera features to phones

Sony has just announced a new EXMOR RS sensor and it is poised to take smartphone photography to the next level. Although the new IMX230 has almost the same effective 21 megapixel count as the camera found on, say, the Xperia Z3, this new sensor uses a stacked design that allows it to cram high-end camera functionality in a 1/2.4 size CMOS sensor. Such functionality include an image plane phase detection autofocus system and HDR imaging not just for videos but for still photos as well.

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Samsung’s “Project Beyond” camera explained in a video

Samsung’s “Project Beyond” camera explained in a video

The Samsung Gear VR is already notable and interesting just for the fact that it completely commoditizes virtual reality by turning the headset into just a smartphone accessory, an accessory to an expensive smartphone at that. Samsung apparently wasn't done yet. It is now generating some hpye and interest when it revealed its "Project Beyond", a rather weird looking, tripod-mounted camera that is designed to record the world in complete 360 degrees. And now we have a video explaining how and what for.

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Suspects behind “WireLurker” malware arrested in China

Suspects behind “WireLurker” malware arrested in China

Apple users in China can perhaps sleep a bit easier, provided that the three suspects in Beijing police custody are really the masterminds behind the WireLurker malware that has targeted Chinese users of Macs and iPhones. The malware, which harvested user data from infected computers and connected mobile devices, was branded as "unprecedented" due to its way of spreading and the amount of personal data it could gain through it. Apple has already taken steps to block infected programs but the rest of the work rests on users.

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Apple adds China UnionPay to its list of partners

Apple adds China UnionPay to its list of partners

Continuing its courtship of the Chinese market, Apple has just announced that its App Store has just added UnionPay as a payment option in the region. Being the only domestic bank card network in China, UnionPay's presence will make it much easier for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to get their app fix, no matter their actual credit card. This also makes it easier for them to get hooked into the app-buying fever, which could very well boost China's position as Apple's second largest app consumer.

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Firefox “Enhanced” Tiles are here, but there’s a way out

Firefox “Enhanced” Tiles are here, but there’s a way out

For some, the dreaded day has arrived. Mozilla's attempt at monetizing the browsing experience by subtly injecting some ads into Firefox's New Tab page has finally landed and, at least for now, it seems here to stay. But Mozilla has a few last words to say about it to placate its worried users. And fortunately, it isn't forcing the new way down everyone's throat and has the left the door open for users to come and go as they wish.

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Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

You can say what you want about Microsoft's mobile platform, but apparently, Windows Phone is a rather tough nut to crack. This revelation came on the second day of HP's Pwn2Own hacking contest, with this round targeting browsers of mobile devices. One contestant tried to gain control of the phone by attacking the browser but ultimately failed to break through the sandbox. That said, there was still some access gained, so Windows Phone didn't completely emerge unscathed, surviving with just some war wounds and probably a bit of pride.

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