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Even Samsung’s exec is now teasing the Gear S2

Even Samsung’s exec is now teasing the Gear S2

When you have a product that could very well be taken to be a high point in the industry, you might as well flaunt it around, right? That might exactly be the line of reasoning in running in Dennis Miloseski's mind when he posted on Instagram a snapshot of him wearing the upcoming Samsung Gear S2. Miloseski, being VP of Samsung Design America and head of Samsung Mobile UXCA, is so far the highest ranking Samsung suit to give the public a taste of what's to come next week at IFA 2015.

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YouTube Gaming to launch tomorrow on Web and mobile

YouTube Gaming to launch tomorrow on Web and mobile

Google is about to put Twitch, and Amazon, on notice tomorrow when it finally launches YouTube Gaming in full. Revealed back in June, this corner of YouTube is Google's attempt to wrest the crown away from Twitch, which it was rumored to have tried to acquire. Twitch is now owned by Amazon, who rivals Google in many aspects. Leveraging the immense popularity and wider reach of the brand, YouTube Gaming could very well give rival services a run for their money, becoming the Internet's new favorite hangout for video game videos.

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3Dom’s Wound Up 3D printing filament recycles coffee grounds

3Dom’s Wound Up 3D printing filament recycles coffee grounds

The rise of 3D printing has brought many advantages to the industry and to the world, chief among which is the democratization and increased accessibility of printing processes and products. One of the unsung benefits, however, is the potential to look for and use materials to replace toxic, fossil-burning plastic. Heading to the forefront of this mission, 3Dom, one of the USA's biggest 3D printing filament manufacturers, teamed up with bio-composite company c2renew to cook up all kinds of alternative filament material, first among which is made from coffee grounds.

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AUO’s new displays include 4K smartphones, wearables

AUO’s new displays include 4K smartphones, wearables

AUO or AU Optronics isn't exactly a name you'll always hear thrown around when it comes to displays, compared with, say Sharp or even JDI, but the company has been steadily putting out screen after screen intended for a wide range of electronic devices, including smarpthones, tablets, TVs, in-vehicle systems, and even vending machines. Releasing a flood of new screens right before IFA 2015, AUO is once again trying to cover that large gamut of products, which now also include everyone's favorite eccentric gadget, the ever so loyal smartwatch.

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Hydrogen fuel cell powered iPhone 6 can last a week

Hydrogen fuel cell powered iPhone 6 can last a week

Now that we have smartphones with 2K displays, 4 GB of RAM, and eight 64-bit cores, batteries have become the next obsession for many smartphone makers and researchers. From quick charging batteries to safer batteries and now to eco-friendly batteries, the smartphone's power source is both a source of interest and potential profit to those can put down a stake first. British company Intelligent Energy might just be one of those, with its hydrogen-powered battery that can power an iPhone for a whole week before needing a recharge.

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Sony teases an Xperia with greater focus, not a greater Xperia

Sony teases an Xperia with greater focus, not a greater Xperia

It's IFA time soon, and naturally, almost anyone and everyone in the tech industry are ready to make a splash. Including Sony. But if you were perhaps hoping for some redeeming smartphone, it might be time to rein in those expectations. Sony's UK Twitter account just teased something for its pre-IFA 2015 event, hinting at a smarpthone with a better focus, presumably a better camera. It is, however, sadly silent on whether we can also expect a better Xperia smartphone to go along with that.

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Moto X Play as DROID Maxx 2, Moto X Style as DROID Turbo 2

Moto X Play as DROID Maxx 2, Moto X Style as DROID Turbo 2

"A rose by any other name" or so the quote goes. It seems that when Motorola says a device is exclusive to one country or isn't coming to another country, it shouldn't be taken too literally. Or in this case, nominally. While the Moto X Play was noted to be unavailable in the US, it might actually just go by another name, the DROID Maxx 2. The Moto X Style, on the other hand, which will be the unlocked Moto X Pure Edition in the US, will take on the DROID Turbo 2 name under Verizon.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 claims fastest charging smartphone title

ASUS ZenFone 2 claims fastest charging smartphone title

Like it or not, there will eventually come a time when you will have to plug in that smartphone to a power outlet. And when that time comes, the name of the game isn't just battery size, it is charging time. Advancements in technology today has brought as the likes of Qualcomm's Quick Charge and similar features. But which smartphones really have the fastest and most efficient charging time all in all? As you might have already guessed from the title, it is probably not something you expected.

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MIT’s MultiFab 3D printer can handle 10 materials at once

MIT’s MultiFab 3D printer can handle 10 materials at once

3D printers are great, useful, and fun, but the typical hobbyist printer that you can buy for yourself or for your home business has a problem with single-mindedness. For one, it can only really produce one part at a time, leaving the task of assembling parts together into a functional whole to humans. For another, it can only work with one material at a time, though more professional, and more expensive, 3D printers can work with up to three. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory or CSAIL, however, has a solution that solves both of those at a fraction of the cost of a professional 3D printer.

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Canon’s next portable zoom lens will target 4K broadcasting

Canon’s next portable zoom lens will target 4K broadcasting

4K resolution content is no longer just the purview of the movie-making industry. With the prevalence of consumer equipment for both viewing and recording 4K content, the trend has also started to become popular in broadcast media as well. To support this budding development in the industry, Canon is developing a new portable zoom lens that caters to 4K broadcast cameras, attempting to bring together the advantage of mobility of conventional HDTV lenses with the quality that's required for the next generation of broadcast media.

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Galaxy Note 5 fatal design flaw: don’t insert S Pen backwards

Galaxy Note 5 fatal design flaw: don’t insert S Pen backwards

It seems that Samsung has given users one more reason to be wary of the Galaxy Note 5, aside from a lack of a microSD card slot and a removable battery. In its desire to bring a new, premium, unibody design to the phablet, Samsung had to radically change the design and mechanism of the S Pen. And in doing so, it might have, inadvertently or knowingly, introduced a design flaw that could easily leave owners with a broken smartphone by simply by inserting the S Pen the wrong way.

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Hearthstone Grand Tournament expansion brings 132 new cards

Hearthstone Grand Tournament expansion brings 132 new cards

Unlike Mojang's Scrolls, it seems that Blizzard's Hearthsthone online card battle game is doing quite well. At least well enough to warrant a major expansion to this sub-franchise of the Warcraft line. Like you would expect from a card game expansion, The Grand Tournament dumps a whole lot of new cards for players, just a bit over 130 in total. Of course there are new features to be had as well, including a new "Inspire" mechanic and new ranking rewards at the end of each month.

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