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With 200-strong team, Apple “Titan” EV to be ready by 2020

With 200-strong team, Apple “Titan” EV to be ready by 2020

Rumors and leaks about Apple's electric vehicle, which may or may not be self-driving, just keeps on pouring in. Apple has been known to eye cars but, until recently, everyone presumed it was just for in-vehicle infotainment systems. Now insider sources are revealing just how aggressive Cupertino's automobile push really is, saying that the iPhone maker is eying a 2020 deadline for its rumored Titan EV. That is, of course, if it manages to overcome not just technological hurdles but recent new legal problems as well.

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BlackBerry 10.3.1 update: Amazon Appstore, Blend, Assistant

BlackBerry 10.3.1 update: Amazon Appstore, Blend, Assistant

It has been quite a while since BlackBerry updated its own mobile operating system, but now the wait is over for the BlackBerry faihtful. The company has just announced the launch of BlackBerry 10 version 10.3.1 which, among other things, gives users access to Android apps via Amazon's marketplace. But more than just the new features, one of the important highlights of the update is that it is available for all existing BlackBerry smartphones in the market that are already running BlackBerry 10 OS.

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DOLE has a wearable banana you can eat

DOLE has a wearable banana you can eat

We've seen a lot of wearable devices, ranging from normal looking fitness bands and smartwatches, to onesies and even bras. But admittedly, this one takes the cake. Or in this case, the fruit. Food company Dole has just revealed their next hit product. Or produce, rather. The world's first ever wearable banana. A smart fruit that can notify you of your body status, especially when running. And, at the end of it all, you can even have your banana and eat it too.

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OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project had a laudable goal, but unfortunately those plans materialized in very different, and sometimes disappointing, ways. But for all their failures, you have to give them props for never knowing when or how to give up. Now OLPC's Australian partner One Education is said to have a new XO device ready to be unveiled in a few weeks and it is probably more ambitious than ever. Not only will it be a tablet/laptop hybrid, it will also be a modular one.

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District 9’s Neill Blomkamp confirms: Alien is next big gig

District 9’s Neill Blomkamp confirms: Alien is next big gig

If you've enjoyed the films District 9 and Elysium, then you will probably be cartwheeling for joy or even drooling over this. Esteemed visual effects artist and direct Neill Blomkamp himself has posted on the Web that officially his next film would indeed be "#alien". This admission comes after a teaser Blomkamp himself released last month that not so subtly hinted at his concept designs for the franchise. Now that it's confirmed, all that's left is to speculate where in the timeline this new film will take place.

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Indiegogo Insurance Perk offers a refund for failed products

Indiegogo Insurance Perk offers a refund for failed products

Crowdfunding, be it from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or any other service, is quite the thing these days, allowing creators and buyers to make their dreams a reality. But not every campaign has a fairy tale ending and a not a few hearts have been broken. Indiegogo, perhaps the second most popular crowdfunding platform, is now testing out a new way to mend those broken dreams, at least by offering recompense and a refund, in case a product is not able to ship within a specified amount of time.

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Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

QHD/2K screen resolutions. 64-bit processors. LPDDR4 RAM. Our mobile devices have increasingly become much more powerful, so it only follows that our mobile storage solutions try to catch up. That will come with the new eMMC 5.1 standard that was just approved by the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards group, which offers, among other things, new features that make reading from and writing to storage more efficient. And Samsung is claiming to be at the forefront of this new wave by announcing the first memory chip to support the new standard.

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Finally! Xbox One, meet Screenshots

Finally! Xbox One, meet Screenshots

It is almost mind boggling that such a basic need, like taking a screenshot to boast about your latest in-game triumph, would take so long to implement. But they say that good things come to those who wait, and those who wait need to wait just a little bit longer. Screenshot capability is finally coming to the Xbox One console when the latest system update rolls to everyone in March. Fortunately, that's not the only reason to be excited about this update.

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Lenovo found installing adware on its computers

Lenovo found installing adware on its computers

Bloatware might be a common curse on smartphones these days, but it didn't start with mobile devices. Even PCs and laptops bought from manufacturers and dealers had them long before. Now the biggest PC maker has just been found installing adware on machines. Lenovo used software from Superfish to inject ads into users' browsers without them knowing it, but the somewhat innocent sounding adware might actually be more trouble and more dangerous that it might initially look.

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Nope, Samsung doesn’t actually encrypt Smart TV voice data

Nope, Samsung doesn’t actually encrypt Smart TV voice data

If Samsung thinks it's already safe from the latest Smart TV scandal, it better put its PR team into action again. The company publicly stated that its Smart TVs were not eavesdropping on users and that it follows security best practices when transmitting voice queries, and only voice queries, to a third-party company for processing. Apparently, for the Korean consumer electronics giant, such "best practices" don't actually include encryption, leaving owners' voice commands, or practically anything they say to the TV, open for hackers to hear.

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