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Forever 21 shows Instagram on giant screen made of thread

Forever 21 shows Instagram on giant screen made of thread

What would be the best way to display Instagram posts to a large crowd? Your immediate and of course logically expected answer would be a large LCD screen or something like it. Fashion retailer Forever 21 naturally won't settle for something so plain, so conventional, so boring. Hiring the expertise of rapid product company BREAKFAST, Forever 21 setup what could be the world's first, and probably last, giant screeen that uses not LCDs or even LEDs to show content. It uses nothing than colorful threads for that same purpose.

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Sony grapples for relevance with Concept for Android thrust

Sony grapples for relevance with Concept for Android thrust

Despite a few rough starts, and still ongoing rough patches, Sony is committed to the mobile industry, particularly smartphones. But, based on mobile business head Hiroki Totoki's statements, its vision won't revolve primarily around the rat race that is smartphone hardware. Instead, it wants to double down on the user experience, which, in this context, practically means the Android experience. Now Sony is taking the first step towards that goal by starting what it calls its Concept for Android Initiative in Sweden to tackle exactly that problem.

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Kodi, formerly XBMC, makes its biggest release yet

Kodi, formerly XBMC, makes its biggest release yet

Although it shed off its high-profile name last year, which probably doesn't help its publicity, Kodi, the media center formerly knowns as XBMC, hasn't stopped being the favorite solution of homebrew media centers. And with version 15.0 "Isengard", it has gotten even better, with new features that, honestly speaking, you would have expected to have been there already in this day and age. And for the Android faithful, Kodi brings the gift of its first ever official stable release for the platform, which includes support for 4K resolutions.

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Galaxy Note 5 might have microSD card slot after all

Galaxy Note 5 might have microSD card slot after all

It seems that Samsung might have finally heard users' prayers. At least for now. And at least based on an unverified, and probably unintentional, data source. The User Agent Profile of a major US carrier's website has seemingly spilled the beans on the specs of the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 as well as the Galaxy S6 edge Plus. And while it mostly confirms what we've been hearing about these two to no end, it adds one juicy tidbit that everyone wants to hear: a microSD card slot.

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It’s the Moto X’s time to smile for the camera

It’s the Moto X’s time to smile for the camera

It's just a few days before Motorola reveals what it has in store for us in its press event next week, but so far it is the Moto G that has been the center of attraction of many leaks and rumors. Now, however, it's the Moto X flagship's turn to shine. Sort of. Two photos of what is allegedly the next gen Moto X has popped up on the Internet and one in particular is quite interesting. It reveals what looks like a front flash and what could be a fingerprint scanner.

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Is there a market or even a need for Android PCs?

Is there a market or even a need for Android PCs?

As of this writing, the Remix Mini Kickstarter stands at almost $600,000. That's more than 10 times their $50,000 goal. And that's barely a week since it launched, with 38 days left before the campaign ends. With a little over 9,000 backers, the Kickstarter success seems to be sending a message. Forget Android TV or Android Auto or maybe even Android Wear. An Android PC is the next best thing. Or is it? How has personal computing changed over the past years since Android came on the scene and is an Android PC really a logical evolution of the platform?

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KOTOR II gets patched after 10 years to support Mac, Linux

KOTOR II gets patched after 10 years to support Mac, Linux

Joining the train of Star Wars-related games and media preparing the way for Episode VII later this year, PC RPG Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords received a massive patch. It's OK if you haven't heard of the game recently or at all, unless you've already been playing games or have been immersed in the Star Wars universe the last 10 years or so. The game was released back in 2005, making this its first ever patch in a decade. And it's a monumental one at that, bringing the game forward and to two new platforms.

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Google buys Pixate to ease the pain of designing mobile apps

Google buys Pixate to ease the pain of designing mobile apps

While few will probably contest the technical capabilities of Android, the platform and its apps has traditionally been criticized for its less than pleasant aesthetics. That all changed in the era of Material Design and now Google is taking it one step further. It has just acquired Pixate and its prototyping software of the same name. This adds a new tool to Google's belt of design and development apps and services that make creating mobile apps less of a chore and more of a joy.

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Sony rolls out Android 5.1.1 for Xperia Z3, Z2 devices

Sony rolls out Android 5.1.1 for Xperia Z3, Z2 devices

It has mostly been bad news lately for Sony fans, with the almost scandalous Xperia Z4 and the contentious Xperia M4 Aqua. But now there's a reason for them to cheer up, especially if they own one or a few of Sony's previous smartphones. The manufacturer has just started the distribution of an Android 5.1.1 update and it will be hitting the whole range of Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 devices, both smartphones and tablets, many of whom are still living in an Android 4.4 Kit Kat world.

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Nokia now rumored to be getting into VR as well

Nokia now rumored to be getting into VR as well

When you're a company who has almost nothing left to lose, the sky's the limit in what kinds of businesses you can jump into. After many rumors about returning to smartphones and still ongoing rumors about selling its HERE maps business, Nokia is now said to be eying a market that honestly speaking wouldn't strike anyone as a strength of the former Finnish giant. And yet that's exactly what Nokia is rumored to have ready, dipping its toes into the re-emerging virtual reality market. By next week even.

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