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Apple reported to be eying BMW i3 for its own EV plans

Apple reported to be eying BMW i3 for its own EV plans

Apple making its own electric car is one of those news that refuses to die, much like a zombie. Although a surprising new venture for Cupertino, it falls in line with the tech world's recent obsession over the automotive industry, both in EVs and in self-driving cars. And there is strong evidence to support news of Apple's plans, as well as a steady flow of rumors, like this one that puts Apple chief exec Tim Cook in Germany to see if the BMW i3 electric car is a viable basis for its own.

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Samsung SE370 monitor can also charge your phone wirelessly

Samsung SE370 monitor can also charge your phone wirelessly

2K resolutions. 4K resolutions. Curved screens. These are just some of the technological advancements that have descended upon the humble computer monitor. Here's one more: wireless charging. What may seem at first a non sequitur when it comes to computer monitors actually offers the ultimate convenience and peace of mind of having your smartphone right in front of you, charging, but without the hassles of tangling cords or space-consuming docks. All while you sit back and relax with your movie or hunch over your keyboard and mouse for that high-octane PC game.

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Galaxy Note 5 prototype sighted, no S Pen auto eject

Galaxy Note 5 prototype sighted, no S Pen auto eject

Samsung's upcoming S Pen powered phablet has almost all but been leaked out, but there is one aspect of it that still boggles the mind: the S Pen itself. After all, what is a Galaxy Note without the stylus? While that part is, of course, already expected and even leaked, nobody seems to agree on how the stylus can be removed from the smartphone's body. An earlier patent seems to indicate the use of an auto ejection mechanism, but this latest leaked prototype begs to disagree.

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Apple Watch coming soon to a Best Buy near you

Apple Watch coming soon to a Best Buy near you

Like any Apple product, or maybe even more so, the Apple Watch has had its share of believers and naysayers. Just this month, Apple's first wearable was put under much scrutiny due to what was perceived lack of general interest in the smartwatch. Although Apple refuted such claims, both with some actual numbers as well as strong statements, the fact remained that the limited availability of the Apple Watch probably hurt more than it helped. Well, not anymore, because starting next week, you can buy one at a Best Buy retail store.

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Moto G 2015 poses for the camera ahead of official date

Moto G 2015 poses for the camera ahead of official date

These days almost nothing is sacred anymore in the land of smartphones. Even Apple, long considered to hold a tight lid over its products, have become more and more subjected to leaks. What more less powerful companies? Motorola has scheduled a media event on Tuesday, presumably to unveil its 3rd gen Moto G, but someone managed to get their hands on one already and is all too happy to spread the word. Not that there's much to spread anyway when it comes to the Moto G.

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Fasten your seat belts! Next week will be a doozy for devices launch

Fasten your seat belts! Next week will be a doozy for devices launch

IFA 2015 is traditionally the time when many companies announce their wares to a captive audience, both physical and virtual. There now seems to be a trend, however, of some of those opting to go ahead, perhaps to avoid clashing with other giants. This month, it seems that the stars have curiously aligned to make the last week of July filled with new toys and tidbits that we'll be talking about in the days, weeks, or even months, to come. To better buckle up, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

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Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

With the game, or rather game maker, delayed for nearly half a year, Nintendo really better make sure that Mario Maker will hit all the right PR notes when it does. And who better to know how to do that than the very people behind one of the world's greatest hype machines, Facebook. For two days next week, Facebook employees will have the exclusive privilege of doing something that many game designers and developers past could only dream of: creating officially sanction, accepted, and even distributed Super Mario levels.

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Sony might be sticking with Snapdragon 810 for Xperia Z5

Sony might be sticking with Snapdragon 810 for Xperia Z5

Qualcomm might have found a staunch and loyal friend in Sony. If it hasn't yet, it should. Despite all the flak it received precisely because of the Snapdragon 810 processor, it seems that Sony isn't about to jump ship. At least not for some upcoming smartphones. User Agent profiles of two device lines, particularly a certain E6603 and E5803, believed to be the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact respectively, show evidence that those two will run on the almost ill-fated chip, which is bound not to sit well with those hoping for better Sony flagship before the year ends.

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Next Lumia flagships to sport iris scanner, Surface Pen

Next Lumia flagships to sport iris scanner, Surface Pen

Although Microsoft is in a celebratory mood over the imminent release of Windows 10, the topic of Windows 10 smartphones remains to be a sore point. And it isn't just because of the company's somewhat indecisive, almost ambiguous, attitude towards this section of mobile, but even more because it lacks such a Wndows phone that it can truly be proud of. That, however, might soon change with Microsoft's next Lumia duo, codenamed Cityman and Talkman. Provided, of course, these rumors do pan out in the end.

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Sony to launch Aerosense drone company with ZMP

Sony to launch Aerosense drone company with ZMP

With some of their core businesses not doing well, you'd think Sony would want to hunker down and focus its resources on getting those in tip-top shape first. Instead, the Japanese tech giant is spreading its wings, almost literally. Now it is getting into the unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV, more popularly known as drones. In fact, it is partnering with old friend ZMP to start a new company named "Aerosense, Inc.", to be incorporated in August, to develop and launch the ultimate spy drones.

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