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OPPO N3 leaks in three colors, October 29 date set

OPPO N3 leaks in three colors, October 29 date set

OPPO, which already has a large following in China, came into mainstream Android consciousness last year because of the OPPO N1. Or to be more precise, because of its ties with CyanogenMod as the first OEM to ship with the custom ROM out of the box, at least partially. As seems to be the trend these days, the Chinese maker is skipping a version, and all eyes will be on the OPPO N3 to see if it can fill in the rather large shoes left by its predecessor.

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Halo: an analog smartwatch with a transparent OLED display

Halo: an analog smartwatch with a transparent OLED display

The rise of the smartwatch, especially now that Apple has jumped into the fray, has conventional watch brands somewhat scrambling to join the bandwagon. However, not everyone is willing to buy into how current big players like Google, Samsung, and Apple would like to define what a smartwatch is and how it looks like. Some, like German company Longshine, has ideas of its own as seen in Halo, a smartwatch that tries to combine the best of both analog and digital in a rather unique way.

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Google rode a camel to bring Liwa Desert to Street View

Google rode a camel to bring Liwa Desert to Street View

Aside from being a navigation tool, Google Maps' Street View has also functioned as a way for some users to live vicariously and see breath-taking sights all over the world through Google's eyes. Or to be exact, through its camera's eyes. But there are just some locations where Google's now iconic Street View Car would not be able to trek or should not be allowed to, like the sandy expanse of the Arabian desert. Luckily for Google, a camel was equally fit to do the job.

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Snowball pools all your messages into a universal inbox

Snowball pools all your messages into a universal inbox

There was a time when people had more than just one email account and needed a multi-account app to manage them all from a single place. Today, our messaging accounts have far surpassed our emails so we would need a similar setup to corral all of those lovely, and sometimes not so lovely, one liners into one app to rule them all. Enter Snowball, an Android app that's still in beta and already shows promise in keeping your social life a bit more organized.

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Galaxy Note 4 bend test disputes Samsung’s claims

Galaxy Note 4 bend test disputes Samsung’s claims

You may have thought it was all over, but apparently it isn't. Perhaps as long as there are new phones coming out, there will be bend tests to be done. At least until people tire of hearing the same things over and over again. Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 isn't immune to such a trend and even Samsung itself succumbed to the fad. However, Unbox Therapy, who could be credited or blamed for spreading the #bendgate further, might have something to say about it.

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iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

For once, this isn't actually about Apple actively blocking legally questionable apps from setting up shop in the iTunes App Store right from the start. This is about emulators for popular gaming consoles and handhelds no longer working because the upcoming iOS 8.1 update will finally plug up a vulnerability previously in place that allowed such apps to thrive. While good for security, it leaves users of such gaming apps out in the cold, with no way to get back in to enjoy older games again.

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New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

Google has just given the go signal for developers to start giving some thought to making their apps 64-bit ready in time for the next Android release. This comes with the release of a new emulator image for Android L preview, confirming that the next Android version will indeed be ready for a 64-bit mobile world. Whether that will translate into something that end users will actually be able to notice and appreciate will largely depend on the marriage between the software and the hardware.

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HTC One M8 EYE shows up in HTC’s Chinese eshop page

HTC One M8 EYE shows up in HTC’s Chinese eshop page

HTC has just recently regaled the tech world with its new hobby, digital imaging and photography. While we did expect and indeed saw the teased HTC RE camera and leaked HTC Desire EYE, one thing that was mysteriously left out of the stage was another leaked smartphone. Now that device, the HTC One M8 EYE, is now official, but HTC strangely only launched it silently over its Chinese website. Perhaps its because, compared to the Desire EYE, the One M8 EYE is a less sensational smartphone.

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Bioshock makers join hands in surrealistic Black Glove game

Bioshock makers join hands in surrealistic Black Glove game

What do you do when the game development company you work for controversially closes up shop? Why band together to make a new game, of course! That is what some of Irrational Games' writers, artists, and developers, some of the very souls that have labored over Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite, are doing with Black Glove, described as an eerie, surrealistic game that gives a nod to the Arts and takes a few pages out of Bioshock's book, which is probably part of how its makers plan on making this game sell.

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Adobe Digital Editions caught calling home with user logs

Adobe Digital Editions caught calling home with user logs

Home and mobile users might be more familiar with Adobe's Acrobat software for reading PDFs, but those who live on ebooks, particular in the EPUB format, also live in another program called Adobe Digital Editions or ADE. Popular (relatively) and widespread, this program has just been discovered to have one frightening flaw. Apparently, ADE transmits the app's activity logs to Adobe's servers, presumably for copyright protection purposes, but also seemingly includes unnecessary user data. Worse, it transmits them in a manner that can be easily read by unauthorized snooping third parties.

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