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Lenovo tipped to make a bid for BlackBerry this week

Lenovo tipped to make a bid for BlackBerry this week

Either Lenovo is very serious about stepping up its mobile phone business or it is getting very desperate. Aside from setting up a third mobile business to target China specifically, rumors are resurfacing that Lenovo is eying to buy BlackBerry out of its woes. Or perhaps the two moves are one and the same, which doesn't make sense either. Whatever Lenovo has planned, we might very well know this week as sources close to the matter tip that Lenovo will be making an offer to buy BlackBerry sometime this week.

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DROID Turbo outed again with more photos, name confirmation

DROID Turbo outed again with more photos, name confirmation

With the Nexus devices already out of the way, we can now turn our focus again on the next big thing, at least as far as Verizon's customers are concerned. It is still a bit more than a week before the next DROID, the Motorola DROID Turbo, is unveiled to the public, but much of the smartphone's features has already been leaked. Today we get another set of leaks, this time of press photos for the device, but we are also getting a more solid piece of information: the smartphone's official name.

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Pixelmator, Replay put iPad Air 2’s new A8X chip to the test

Pixelmator, Replay put iPad Air 2’s new A8X chip to the test

Apple didn't disappoint the tech world and has unveiled, among other things, the latest generation of its iPad tablet line. The iPad Mini 3 might have a harder time finding a warm cozy spot, but the iPad Air 2's substantial diet is sure to endear itself to many almost immediately. But while it's slim profile might be one of its most eye catching features, we mustn't forget the very thing that makes it tick. Apple's A8X processor is no weak beast, and there are two apps that are more than willing to prove it.

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Blunt and Tile team up to make an umbrella you can’t lose

Blunt and Tile team up to make an umbrella you can’t lose

If you make a list of the things most commonly lost, or stolen, by people, umbrellas would pretty much be part of the top ten. That might not be much of a problem if you have some rundown, second-hand, no brand umbrella. But if you have a Blunt, which sells itself as the world's best umbrella, losing one would be like losing an arm or, worse, a smartphone. Luckily, Blunt has teamed up with tag marker makers Tile to gives their customers some peace of mind. At the price of buying a new umbrella, of course.

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anonabox already in boiling hot water even before shipping

anonabox already in boiling hot water even before shipping

If run of the mill products made behind closed doors can already have a number of detractors, those growing in the semi-open space of crowdfunding should expect even more scrutiny. The lastest high-profile Kickstarter case is one that we just shared two days ago. anonabox, a little open source device that claims to give easy and complete anonymity via Tor, might have been enjoying massive success, but now it is not so enjoying massive criticism, enough for some to call for its removal from Kickstarter.

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Archos VR Glasses jump into the virtual reality fray

Archos VR Glasses jump into the virtual reality fray

The tips have proven to be true and French manufacturer Archos has indeed unveiled its next device obsession. While many OEMs are still struggling to join the smartwatch train, Archos perhaps decide that it's more fun to play, quite literally, in a virtual market. Virtual reality, that is. Luckily for us, while Archos does have its own smartphone line, it isn't rooting for any single one and has instead made its VR Glasses compatible with almost every size short of 6 inches.

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Nexus 9 seen in Vietnam in the flesh, Amazon starts pre-orders

Nexus 9 seen in Vietnam in the flesh, Amazon starts pre-orders

The excitement around Google and HTC's newest Nexus 9 tablet is so great that some people just can't keep their hands off it, or keep those from showing up on the Internet. The new Nexus tablet isn't due out in a few weeks, but someone in Vietnam already got their hands on not one but two Nexus 9, in black and white colors, just to tease everyone else with a substantial number of photos. In the meantime, though, Amazon has already started the ball rolling.

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Samsung showcases flexible batteries, ready in a few years

Samsung showcases flexible batteries, ready in a few years

Just when you thought the hype around curved and flexible devices is over, here comes Samsung somewhat trying to fan the flames again. At the InterBattery 2014 exhibit in Seoul, Korea, the electronics manufacturer is boasting of one of the fruits of its fantabulous R&D budget and marketing prowess. A flexible battery, one that can perhaps go along with a flexible screen, is the latest masterpiece of the Korean OEM, but don't go expecting to see it in consumer devices within the next few years.

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PlayStation 4 becomes a “laptop” in PlayBook 4 mod

PlayStation 4 becomes a “laptop” in PlayBook 4 mod

Tired of sitting around at home all day but don't really want to be separated from your favorite console game? That wouldn't be a problem if you were of the Xbox One gaming type and could a afford an "xbook". But now even PlayStation gamers can enjoy partial mobility, thanks to Ed Zarick and his latest innovation, the PlayBook 4, that gives you a portable PS4 in a laptop form. Well, not exactly a laptop and not completely portable, but "PS4 Luggage" is a less than marketable name.

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HP prepares for total webOS shutdown on 15 January 2015

HP prepares for total webOS shutdown on 15 January 2015

The next few months will be sad ones for remaining fans of the ill-fated webOS platform. HP has just updated its Developer FAQ page that marks the beginning of the end for webOS, at least from its part of the webOS world. Remaining owners of (the very few) webOS devices out in the wild will soon have no place to go to, presuming they haven't left for greener pastures. However, whether or not it is really the death of webOS depends on what its new curator plans to do with the operating system.

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