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Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

When you establish a rating standard to try to give all products a fair review, you usually set it up against an ideal perfect product. But what if you come across a product that actually surpasses that ideal? That was the predicament that Consumer Reports found itself in when it tried to grade Tesla's Model S P85D, the successor to an earlier Model S version. You see, the P85D was rated so good that it scored a 103, on a scale that shouldn't even go beyond 100.

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Samsung Pay beta program launches in the US

Samsung Pay beta program launches in the US

Preparing for its late September launch, Samsung has just kicked off the beta testing stage for its much delayed Samsung Pay system in the US. As you would expect, however, the beta is invite-only, so you better fall in line if you want to try out what could be the holy grail of wireless payment systems. Of course, the list of potential candidates for using Samsung Pay is further narrowed down to those who own one, or at least one, of Samsung's four latest flagship smartphones.

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Huawei Honor 7 Review

Huawei Honor 7 Review

If your perception of a Chinese-made smartphone still involves plastic and cheap knockoffs, then you might not have paid attention to the market for past year or so. Quite a few names have risen above the ranks to show the might of the East and their ability to innovate and blaze their own path, a path that sometimes takes them to the West. Take for example Huawei, one of the biggest names in China. With the entry of the Huawei Honor 7 into the European market, the manufacturer is trying to stay one step ahead of its compatriots. But how does it fare? Read on to find out.

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Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

If the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 isn't big enough for you, worry not. Rumors are now pointing to the possibility that Microsoft might unveil a variety of Surface Pro 4 hybrids in October, with models differing not only in internal specs like before. This time, there might also be differences in sizes, with 13- and 14- inch variants said to also be available. This makes Microsoft just one of the latest big names to join the growing list of device makers trying to revitalize the tablet market by stretching their sizes further.

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ARCHOS Flip sounds like a Lenovo Yoga, look like one

ARCHOS Flip sounds like a Lenovo Yoga, look like one

If anything, ARCHOS is more known for its budgets smartphones, tablets, and beanies, but now it seems that the French manufacturer is ready to break out into a new market segment. Using the launch of Windows 10 as an opportunity, ARCHOS is announcing the Flip, what is practically a Cherry Trail powered budget-friendly convertible tablet/laptop hybrid. What makes the ARCHOS Flip interesting, or probably amusing, is not the device itself, but how ARCHOS' announcement uses a Lenovo Yoga's image, with Windows 8, instead to depict it.

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Canon EOS M3 mirrorless compact coming to the US in October

Canon EOS M3 mirrorless compact coming to the US in October

Canon unveiled the third generation EOS M digital camera back in February and, for a time, it seemed that the camera maker was content not to bring it to the US. Half a year later, it has changed course. The new, or not so new, EOS M3 is ready to go stateside, though it won't be until another two months before advanced amateurs will be able to get their hands on one. Along with the EOS M3, three new EF-M interchangeable lenses will also be available to extend the camera's range.

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Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley outs pretty and cheap Obi Worldphones

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley outs pretty and cheap Obi Worldphones

Just to be clear, it's Obi Worldphones, not Obi Wan. Terrible pop culture references aside, this news isn't something you see everyday. John Sculley, who, at one point in time, lead one of the world's biggest tech companies, has co-founded and announced two new smartphones. While some already point out their rather alluring design, these Obi Worldphones are two things that no iPhone will ever be: Android and affordable. Just because you were the former CEO of Apple doesn't mean you have to forever drink their Kool-aid, right?

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Apple’s September event might be held at Bill Graham

Apple’s September event might be held at Bill Graham

While almost everyone is busy trying to set up camp for IFA 2015 next month, Apple is also busy, although more silently, to prepare its own September event where it is expected to unveil more than just the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. As always, the location of Apple's events are kept with the utmost secrecy that would make the CIA weep, but, as always, some things leak out. Apple is tipped to be preparing something at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in California, with dates that seem to coincide with Apple's expected event.

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Lenovo Mobile to be shuttered into Motorola

Lenovo Mobile to be shuttered into Motorola

Just a little over two months since Chen Xudong took over the helm of Lenovo's mobile business, he is making perhaps the biggest announcement to the biggest change in the subsidiary. In the still undisclosed future, Lenovo Mobile will be fully integrated into Motorola and then will cease to exist as a separate and distinct entity. Thia practically makes Motorola THE Lenovo smartphone company, except perhaps for the existence of ZUK. This is in line with Lenovo's plan to let Motorola handle more and more of its mobile operations.

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LG Rolly Keyboard rolls into a stick to fit in your bag

LG Rolly Keyboard rolls into a stick to fit in your bag

There are literally dozens of keyboard accessories out there for tablets and even smartphones, but most of them fall into two categories. Either they present a comfortable full-sized keyboard but are uncomfortably bulky, or they are incredibly petite but inevitably result in tangled or cramped fingers. Since our mobile devices these days are just as useful for work as they are for play, LG has tried to design the Rolly Keyboard that fits both types. Its solution? Have the keyboard roll into a rather fat stick.

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Cosmic butterfly: Hubble pictures the Twin Jet Nebula

Cosmic butterfly: Hubble pictures the Twin Jet Nebula

Forget the butterflies in your stomach, this one is in space. OK, so maybe it's a bit of a deformed butterfly, but the image of what is popularly known as the Twin Jet Nebula captured by the ever so reliable Hubble Space Telescope is just as beautiful, exhibiting a grand display of colors. But almost like a real butterfly whose existence signals its impeding death, this delightful show is really the dying breath of an old star, as if giving the universe one last light show before it kicks the cosmic bucket.

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Fire Phone 2 unlikely as Amazon scales back consumer devices

Fire Phone 2 unlikely as Amazon scales back consumer devices

That headline probably doesn't come as a surprise. A successor to the highly disparaged Fire Phone might be highly unlikely now that Amazon has reportedly laid off dozens of engineers at its hush hush Lab126 hardware development center, particularly those that worked on the smartphone flop. But more than just Fire Phone, however, this still unconfirmed move puts into question the retail giant's capability to put out consumer devices that will stand the test of time, not to mention scrutiny, like its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets.

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