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Xiaomi tipped to get into mobile processors with “Rifle”

Xiaomi tipped to get into mobile processors with “Rifle”

Xiaomi has made it no secret that it wants to diversify its products. In fact, it has been putting out products in the smart home market, including a recent smart induction rice cooker. It latest new product, however, will take it back to the mobile tech market but in another light. According to an official from one of Xiaomi's component partners, the Chinese OEM is going to reveal its own Application Processing Unit or APU to power its mobile devices, and it will be doing so as early as next month.

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Unofficial Windows 10 Mobile to give Surface RT a second chance

Unofficial Windows 10 Mobile to give Surface RT a second chance

Microsoft's visions for Windows 10 is to have it run everywhere, just in different forms depending on the device. However, that vision doesn't included the Surface RT, Microsoft's much criticized and quickly abandoned tablet. Windows 10, at least in tablet form, just isn't cut out to run on an ARM device like the Surface RT. But if not Windows 10, then maybe it could run Windows 10 Mobile. That is the theory that XDA member "black_blob" is putting to the test, to give the Surface RT, and other Windows RT devices like it, a second lease on life.

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2016 MacBook teardown: tamper-evident screws, still low score

2016 MacBook teardown: tamper-evident screws, still low score

As expected, Apple unveiled last week a new batch of Retina MacBooks that is visually indistinguishable from last year's model. That is, unless you get a Rose Gold version. Of course, you do get a beefier CPU and more capable battery, but almost everythin else is similar. It turns out, that similarity goes deep down into the MacBook's repairability. iFixit does its obligatory teardown of the device, finding very few good news inside. Well, except perhaps for the fortunate disappearance of Apple's previous tri-wing screws.

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Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration lays the foundation for the future

Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration lays the foundation for the future

Some car makers are realizing that sports cars aren't the hot sellers they once used to be. Infiniti believes that the future will be in mid-sized premium SUVs. To carry it to that future, the car maker is unveiling the QX Sport Inspiration, a concept SUV that will become the seedbed of a new line of premium SUVs that Infiniti plans to take the market by storm. While sporting the same iconic designs as previous Infiniti SUVs, the QX Sport Inspiration almost literally stretches those cues to transform the QX series into an SUV that exudes personality whether at rest but especially in motion.

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KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

If famed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, Apple's market nightmares are far from over. Even though the company already forecast what would its slowest iPhone sales growth early this year, it's fortune isn't going to turn for the better for the rest of 2016. In fact, it could have the lowest shipment numbers, even lower than 2014's disappointing figures. Kuo attributes this to certain factors, chief among which will be an iPhone 7 that will have nothing attractive to offer. Or so says the analyst.

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Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

To many, it didn't make sense for Google to have different but related and practically competing operating systems. Some of those wished the two would merge, for the benefit of all but mostly for the Chrome OS users. Nearly two years ago, Google stirred things up when it officially supported running a handful of Android apps on Chrome OS, followed by silence. Things heated up again in the Alphabet reorganization but Google quickly shot down rumors of a Chrome-Android merger. Now, however, there might be evidence that Google is further bridging the gap, providing the full Play Store experience on Chrome OS.

Technically, the two OS are very different, except for a shared Linux base and some Google technologies like Chrome. Both, however, could benefit from the other's features. Android, for one, could learn a thing or two about window management and treating web apps as first class citizens. Chrome OS, on the other hand, needs the wealth of popular apps available on Android.

Google partly conceded to the latter in September when it launched ARC, the App Runtime for Chrome that allowed a few Android apps, selected by Google, to run on Chrome. That list started with Evernote, Vine, Sight Words, and Duo Lingo, eventually expanding to a few more, but never embracing the hundreds available on Android. Of course, there were a few attempts to give users that ability, but those were inconvenient at best, buggy at worst. In short, it was technically possible but needed Google's help in opening it up to the whole universe of Android apps. And it seems it finally will.

A user accidentally stumbled on a Chrome OS setting that would have enabled Android apps to run on the Chromebook. The setting quickly disappeared but not before a screenshot was taken. Naturally, dozens volunteered for the treasure hunt and indeed discovered placeholder text for the feature. If enabled, it would ask the user's permission to setup Google Play Store on the Chromebook to access millions of apps and games. Sadly, there is no "Hell Yeah!" button.

The feature is largely inactive for now but we could be given the full Monty this coming Google I/O. Even if it is prayer answered for some, it's still curious to see how Google will manage this strategy. Given how more Chromebooks, and even Chromeboxes and Chromebases, are coming out, Google will hardly kill off Chrome OS anytime soon. On the other hand, Android is set to receive more multi-window features in Android N, which could put it on par with Chrome OS. The two are ironically getting closer together, yet still not the same. Sounds familiar?

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Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Ever wished there was an Android-powered laptop that was a wallet friendly as most Chromebooks are? Well, if there really is a market demand for that kind of device, Allwinner might make your dreams come true. Sort of. The chipmaker was found to have reference designs for at least three low-power laptops that will be running Remix OS, a version of Android that has been designed and tuned for a desktop, or laptop, experience. And how much would these laptops cost? They start at $79, which could make them the cheapest consumer laptops, regardless of OS.

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Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Smartphones have become so big to the point that few can be operated comfortably with one hand alone. They have become so big that slipping them inside jean pockets have become more than just embarrassing, sometimes they're also impossible. Xiaomi, however, is challenging that perception. It is officially teasing the Mi Max, its first "true" phablet that has already been revealed to have a 6.4-inch screen. The real tease here, however, is the implication that, despite that size, it can still fit snug inside a pocket without any worries, awkward bulges, or bendgates.

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Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Who would have thought that only Huawei would be able to do the unthinkable and impossible: to unite the cinematic universes of Marvel Comics and DC Comics together. OK, so maybe it's not the superhero showdown you might be expecting, or even dreaming of, but it's still amusing to see Scarlett Johansson, who portrays Marvel's Black Widow, and Henry Cavill, famous for his Superman role, in the same video ad. And that unifying force? None other than the Huawei P9, whose photography skills are put to the test by these superheroes in plain clothing.

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You may need your iPhone, but the Apple Watch 2 won’t

You may need your iPhone, but the Apple Watch 2 won’t

Steve Wozniak might be worried about the product's direction and critics might have already declared it a failure, but the numbers speak in the Apple Watch's favor. In its first anniversary, Apple's first and so far only wearable is believed to have performed better than the iPhone in its own first year, with Apple selling twice as much Apple Watches. Despite lingering disappointment in some corners, those figures might be giving Apple the confidence boost to actually make the next Apple Watch work independently from an iPhone, going as far as sporting its own Internet connection.

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Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

We still have about four months to go, but it seems the speculation and confusion surrounding Samsung's next flagship is already starting to heat up. Details naturally change with the tide but some seem to stick like glue. For example, there's the idea that the Galaxy Note 6 will have 6 GB of RAM. Another detail that seems consistent in rumors is that there are two variants in the works, one normal and one with a curved screen. This latest source leak does agree, but qualifies that in the end, there can only be one.

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Latest Window 10 preview drops a truckload of juicy features

Latest Window 10 preview drops a truckload of juicy features

Microsoft is definitely cooking up a lot of delicious treats for Windows 10 users later this summer. Whether you're a fan of the new operating system or not, these changes are designed to not only add new features that could be useful to many users, they also implement much asked for changes and fixes that have marred the Windows 10 experience so far. While the new Windows Ink and Cortana features might delight only a subset of Windows users, the changes to the Start Menu, Action Center, and Taskbar will hopefully resolve some of the gripes uses have been living with since Windows 10 came out last year.

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