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OnePlus 2 allegedly shows up at TENAA with home button

OnePlus 2 allegedly shows up at TENAA with home button

Unlike FCC sightings, a device that sits on China's TENAA pages is bound to reveal more details. That's why when an upcoming smartphone get spotted there, the Interweb seems to run amok. Like this alleged sighting of the OnePlus 2, the self-named "2016 flagship killer" that is set to debut in little less than a week. The smartphone depicted in these images, however, seems so different from its predecessor that you can't blame long time fans and hopefuls for calling it a poorly done Photoshop hoax.

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More Google Glass EE non-consumer features: foldable, rugged

More Google Glass EE non-consumer features: foldable, rugged

The next Google Glass is truly shaping up to be different from the Google Glass that everyone once knew and criticized. Although it will still be visibly identifiable as Google Glass, with that conspicuous prism glass on only one side of the eyewear, the smart glasses is undergoing rather drastic changes both within and without to make it more viable as a workplace accessory instead of a simple consumer product. And to make that happen, Google is making Glass more resistant to the forces of nature and man, and making it also a bit more portable.

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Xperia Z3+ owner resorts to kitchen foil to fight heat

Xperia Z3+ owner resorts to kitchen foil to fight heat

This DIY fix serves as a testament to the extent users will go through to desperately fix a significantly broken device. It also probably hints at how much trouble the Xperia Z3+, a.k.a. Xperia Z4 in Japan, is giving its users. And some users just can't take the heat anymore. One in particular, ingeniously applied a bit of physics and chemistry to help dissipate the heat that the smartphone is generating using nothing but common kitchen foil. And apparently, he wasn't the only one who has thought of that solution.

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How Double Fine changed game development and Kickstarter forever

How Double Fine changed game development and Kickstarter forever

Today, Double Fine released to the public the last episode of its aptly named Double Fine Adventure documentary series. This ends a run that was something akin to a TV soap that spanned 20 episodes and three years (Episode went up August 2012). It also closes a chapter of the game studio's history, a single chapter but one whose effects have rippled throughout the gaming industry and the crowdfunding scene. And whether or not you actually liked their Broken Age game, there is no denying it: Double Fine made, and changed, history. For better or for worse.

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Help is on the way: Arkham Knight PC interim patch in August

Help is on the way: Arkham Knight PC interim patch in August

Rumor has it that Batman: Arkham Knight for PC won't really be fixed until around September. Whether that is true, it seems that the publicity of that leak has spurned Warner Bros. and Rocksteady into action. Over at its Steam Community page, the publisher announced that it will be releasing a patch as early as August. But don't get your hopes up too high. This one was clearly labeled an "interim" patch, hinting that the main patch that will bring a close to this chapter is still to come.

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Visual Studio 2015 comes with Android and iOS support

Visual Studio 2015 comes with Android and iOS support

Microsoft has increasingly become more open to other, rival platforms, for better or for worse. And it's not just its normal software. It is even embracing this new perspective with its development tools. Last April, Microsoft surprised developers by revealing Visual Studio Code, a somewhat "lite" version of the popular IDE that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. While the fresh new Visual Studio 2015 isn't as cross-platform as that, it does include support for other platforms in the mobile category, namely Android and iOS.

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Street Fighter V intros new character, IAP business model

Street Fighter V intros new character, IAP business model

Street Fighter V is definitely shaking up things. More than just the new Variable system or Ken's fiery new look, the game is changing the way the game itself is sold and delivered. Doing away with all Editions that has become the butt of many jokes, Capcom will sell one and only one Street Fighter V, and that is all that you'll ever need. Everything else will be delivered like software updates, either completely for free, like fixes and balancing patches, or "earnable", like DLCs.

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ASUS PadFone S2 to be first to use Snapdragon 820

ASUS PadFone S2 to be first to use Snapdragon 820

ASUS is making a new PadFone S2 and its set to debut in March 2015, according to leaks. This is interesting because of two reasons. The first is that this is the first PadFone device that ASUS is making in over a year, more than a year by next March. The second is that, according to those leaks, the smartphone will might be the first to put Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 to the real-world test, proving whether or not this 2016 flagship chip will escape the curse of its predecessor.

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Twitter removes backgrounds from timeline, moves to tweets

Twitter removes backgrounds from timeline, moves to tweets

Did your Twitter timeline's custom wallpaper just disappear on you? No need to panic, there's nothing really wrong There is no widespread Twitter bug. Actually, yes do panic because since it's not a bug, it means there's nothing to be fixed. In a still unexplained move, Twitter removed custom background images and design from your profile and home timeline page. Fear not, it hasn't completely disappeared into nothingness. You can still see them, but only if you're viewing individual tweets and nowhere else in the Twitterverse.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip C100 is now available for purchase

ASUS Chromebook Flip C100 is now available for purchase

After almost four months of teasing, ASUS has finally unleashed the surprising wonder that is its Chromebook Flip, model C100 to be exact. This little affordable portable that can tries and succeeds where many other Chromebooks of its ilk couldn't, delivering a wallet-friendly browser-oriented computer that doesn't look and feel its price. With prices starting at $250, the ASUS Chromebook Flip brings that now popular folding convertible factor to the Chromebook line, providing a laptop workstation when you need it and a touch-based web browser when you want it.

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