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Android 5.1 in March, here’s what may be coming

Android 5.1 in March, here’s what may be coming

If you've been following Android news, you might have been aware of whispers of an Android 5.1 update coming soon. There are even some amusing tips about an Android 5.2! Now HTC's Mo Versi is chiming in and is actually confirming at least the former. Technically, he's just saying that there will an Android Maintenance Release (MR) coming in March. Unless Google surprisingly rolls out such a significant update between then and now, we can safely presume that this is indeed the rumored Android 5.1 release.

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Google voices opposition to court-blessed remote hacking

Google voices opposition to court-blessed remote hacking

The Internet has definitely changed the legal landscape by blurring the boundaries of geophysical territories. It has made the world both a smaller and bigger place, and the law is having a bit of trouble trying to catch up. Sometimes, in scrambling to adjust to the times, governments overreact and try to claim overarching powers. Such might be the case with the proposed amendment to the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41, which could allow the government to remotely access computers even in other countries.

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Ray is one smart universal remote you won’t want to lose

Ray is one smart universal remote you won’t want to lose

Universal remote controls are a dime a plenty and even smartphones have apps that try to perform those tasks. And yet here comes Ray, a "Super Remote" with a new look and a new promise. But why would you want to spend money on yet another remote to add to your growing (and eventually disappearing) collection? Well for one, it's quite pretty. But more than shininess, Ray actually has a user interface that makes sense in today's age of digital content and smart TVs.

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Tizen Samsung Z2 rumored to be coming soon with qHD screen

Tizen Samsung Z2 rumored to be coming soon with qHD screen

Emboldened by its unexpected success with the Tizen-bearing Samsung Z1 in India, Samsung is now reported to be stepping on the gas pedal. The Samsung Z2, which is what the next iteration may or should be called, might just be around the corner, months ahead of schedule. And while the rumor mill is still silent on juicy details, development on the Tizen OS itself seems to hold hints that the next smartphone will be able to support a slightly higher resolution of 960x540 pixels.

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Autodesk Ember 3D printer is now available for purchase

Autodesk Ember 3D printer is now available for purchase

Autodesk, who has a lot of high-profile 3D modeling and animation software under its belt, such as 3ds Max, Maya, and AutoCAD, finally has a 3D printer under its name. And while Ember might have a pretty high price tag, that might just be fine for Autodesk's purposes. For one, it neatly ties in with Autodesk's own Spark 3D printing platform. And for another, Autodesk is making true its promise to provide an open source printer, which may very well make Ember an enticing purchase for makers and creators.

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DeLorean case brings your iPhone 6 back to the future

DeLorean case brings your iPhone 6 back to the future

The Back to the Future series has inspired many a scientific and engineering quest, from hoverboards, to self-lacing shoes, to, of course, the time traveling DeLorean. And now it is inspiring, wait for it, smartphone cases. To mark the timeline of the second movie, which takes place in 2015, toy maker Bandai is coming out with a new case for the iPhone 6 that encloses the smartphone inside the iconic car. It has lights and secret features, but, unfortunately, can't give you time bending powers.

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The Web grows up: HTTP/2 is done

The Web grows up: HTTP/2 is done

Given the fast-paced development and progress that we have when it comes to the Internet and Internet-connected devices, it can almost be too hard to imagine how old the World Wide Web really is. That reality check might soon become a topic now that the Web bells have started ringing. IETF HTTP Working Group chair Mark Nottingham has just announced on his blog that HTTP/2 has been approved and is on its way to become the new standard, following HTTP/1.1 which was adopted way, way back in 1999.

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Carriers unsurprisingly not so eager to unlock phones

Carriers unsurprisingly not so eager to unlock phones

You might have been quite jubilant over the news that the CTIA-The Wireless Association disseminated guidelines for unlocking smartphones as part of agreement with the FCC. However, those guidelines are just that and, considering there isn't any law to be broken, some carriers are apparently unenthusiastic about complying. Consumer advocate Sina Khanifar, who instigated all these changes in the industry, finds some carriers have not fulfilled their 2013 promise to ease the process of unlocking phones, and T-Mobile and Sprint are apparently the worst offenders.

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Big surprise: Facebook is working on VR apps

Big surprise: Facebook is working on VR apps

When Facebook acquired Oculus last year, many were left scratching their heads at the combination. Regardless of what Facebook's intentions were, it made an unspoken promise to leave Oculus alone to do what it does best: develop VR products and experiences. That doesn't mean, however, that Facebook has no plans to capitalize on that purchase itself. Thus it came as a surprise to no one that Chief Product Officer Chris Cox admitted at the Code/Media conference that Facebook is working on some VR apps. The question, of course, is what for.

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ZRRO Android console challenges the status quo with zTouch

ZRRO Android console challenges the status quo with zTouch

By this time, the concept of playing Android games on the big screen is no longer a novel idea, but there doesn't seem to be a clear winner just yet. And neither has it caught on even with hardcore Android gamers. ZRRO, a new Android console vying for your attention and your support, thinks it knows the reason why. Almost all of these force Android developers to create or retrofit their games to their controllers. ZRRO's solution? A controller that lets you "Touch the TV screen from the couch without looking at the controller."

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