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Mars Gale Crater could have held water for millions of years

Mars Gale Crater could have held water for millions of years

Gale Crater might as well have been known as Gale Lake. That is, millions of years ago. And if Martians spoke Earthling English. Using images captured by Mars Curiosity Rover, who landed in that crater and made it its home, and drawing parallels to our own planet's topographical history, NASA finds there might be scientific basis in the hypothesis that the crater was once a lake. Even better, that lake might have existed for millions of years, probably enough to even support the beginnings of life.

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Android source code reveals nixed fingerprint support

Android source code reveals nixed fingerprint support

It isn't exactly uncommon for planned features to be removed before software is released, but when something major, like fingerprint scanning support, gets the axe, one does start wondering why. Although we may never really know why, we now do know that such a feature was at least on the table and might have been intended for the Nexus 6 even. But alas, such things did not come to pass and we can only keep on staring at the source code in longing and bewilderment.

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Blizzard’s Hearthstone expands, Android coming soon

Blizzard’s Hearthstone expands, Android coming soon

Barely a year since it launched in March, Blizzard is releasing its first expansion for its unexpected digital card collecting game (CCG) Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. As with any card game expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes adds new decks, new cards, and new strategies to the game. It also adds a new story, as much as you can have stories in these kinds of games. As the title too obviously points out, it is pretty much a feud between goblins and gnomes, both of whom have a different to the word "fun" in mind.

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Lamborghini 88 Tauri luxury smartphone gets official

Lamborghini 88 Tauri luxury smartphone gets official

Joining the growing list of luxurious smartphones with equally luxurious price tags. Lamborghini is launching its new 88 Tauri smartphone before this month, and this year, is over. Sporting the usual mix of quality materials and a design that speaks of its makers' particularly identity, Lamborghini cars in this case, the 88 Tauri boasts not only looks but also the muscle that might very well make this smartphone worth its salt and its price. At least for those who can afford it.

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LG rumored to discontinue G Pro line in favor of G series

LG rumored to discontinue G Pro line in favor of G series

Although LG's earning and performance didn't take a big hit, at least compared to its dearest rival Samsung, the Korean company is still girding up its loins and focusing its resources on its big winners. Unfortunately, that usually means letting go of some models, even if they be well-loved previously. In LG's case, it will be the "Pro" line that will be getting the axe, with LG reportedly not interested in a G Pro 3 next year as two of its premium lines start converging in terms of features.

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Italian swimming pool is 40 meters deep, breaks world record

Italian swimming pool is 40 meters deep, breaks world record

If some parents fret over their children's safety in swimming pools, they might be horrified to learn of this new death trap in Italy. The Y-40, also aptly nicknamed "The Deep Joy", is a swimming pool on the grounds of four star hotel Terme Millepini in Venice that might look normal on the surface, or even a few meters deep. But go even deeper and you will discover a pool, more correctly a tunnel, that reaches 40 meters deep. Deep enough for scuba divers and students to enjoy, sans the perils of an open sea.

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Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Almost every game developer, at one point in their early lives, tried recreating the classic Mario game in one form or another. Last June, Nintendo made a surprise move by revealing Mario Maker, a Wii U exclusive that actually let you do exactly that, no programming required. At the Game Awards over the weekend, Nintendo stepped it up a notch and wowed would be game designers and gamers alike with a new trailer that shows the full power of Mario Maker's interface, letting you change Mario's world even as you play.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 passes by FCC with only 3G in tow

Samsung Galaxy A7 passes by FCC with only 3G in tow

It seems that the last member of the metal clad Galaxy Alpha family is slowly, very slowly, making its way to the US. Briefly sighted at the FCC is a filing for a certain SM-A700H, the model name betraying its identity as the Samsung Galaxy A7. Though not much can be gleaned from this sighting, which is typical of most FCC entries, one curious bit emerges. This particular model apparently only supports GSM and W-CDMA networks, with no mention of any 4G LTE support.

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New Horizons spacecraft wakes up to greet Pluto next year

New Horizons spacecraft wakes up to greet Pluto next year

It may be routine procedure, having been performed many times before, but it is symbolically one giant leap for mankind, particularly space exploration. Waking up to Russell Watson's "Where My Heart Will Take Me", long associated with space exploration and even Star Trek, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft became fully activated in preparation for its meetup with the smallest and farthest "former" member of our solar system, Pluto. It marks the near culmination of a journey that has so far lasted nearly nine years and three billion miles, the farthest any space mission has traveled to reach its target.

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Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

For those keeping an eye on Microsoft next big Windows release, most might be more focused on the fusion of desktop and Modern UI, but there are definitely a lot of other nifty features that should be making their way to Windows 10. One of those is Cortana on the desktop. Microsoft will be bringing its intelligent virtual assistant to Windows PCs, laptops, and tablets and she (or it) will be equipped with almost all the functionality that has perhaps impressed some users on Windows Phone devices.

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