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Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

From the beginning, the Nexus line of devices were intended to showcase Google's vision for Android, not just with the software but how software and hardware work in harmony. That vision, however, has always been dependent on others', specifically device manufacturers, vision as well, which may or may not always completely align with what Google has in mind. Soon, however, Google might be taking matters into its own hands, somewhat. The latest insider tip is that Google wants to exert even more control over the design and manufacturing of Nexus devices, almost like how Apple does things.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 back isn’t flat, and neither is the camera

Samsung Galaxy S7 back isn’t flat, and neither is the camera

Samsung has already confirmed that it will have an Unpacked event on the 21st of February, which we take to mean an unveiling of the Galaxy S7, among other things. So there's really nothing else to do but wait. Or while the time with even more leaks and rumors. The Galaxy S7, to be honest, has all but been leaked to death, but finer details are still cropping up here and there. Take for example this latest schematic showing off the smartphone's non-flat rear, both in terms of design and in terms of the camera hump.

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II flaunts dual image processors, 4K vids

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II flaunts dual image processors, 4K vids

Canon is setting out to set a new standard for professional DSLRs, and it might have just the contender in the new EOS-1D X Mark II. Giving justice to the phrase "two heads are better than one", the new EOS sports dual pairs of some features, like a dual DIGIC6+ Image Processor and a Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The digital camera also boasts of some firsts for the series, like a new 20.2 megapixel 35 mm full frame CMOS sensor, 4K video recording, and a 61-point AF that supports even an aperture of f/8.

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Synaptics, Valeo putting “Force Touch” tech into cars

Synaptics, Valeo putting “Force Touch” tech into cars

OK, they're not actually calling it "Force Touch, which could land them in a heap of legal trouble. Formally, it's called "ClearForce force sensing and haptic feedback" but the idea is the same. Developed by Synaptics, the controller technology allows users to apply varying levels of pressure on a press gesture to increase the number of available actions. Now Synaptics is teaming up with automotive supplier Valeo to bring that technology to the touchscreens and dashboards of the smart cars of the future.

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Xiaomi enters the US market via carrier but there’s a catch

Xiaomi enters the US market via carrier but there’s a catch

Technically, it's not a formal entry. Heck, it's not even "legit", but Xiaomi fans in the US will probably take what they can. The Chinese superstar OEM has, for a long time, signified its desire to enter the US smartphone market but hasn't made any concrete steps to do so. Sensing a business opportunity, carrier US Mobile, which uses T-Mobile's network, has just added a couple of Xiaomi's, as well as Meizu's, smartphones to its shelves. But in a blink of an eye, they were gone, probably because of their shady nature.

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FCC allows more but limited LTE-U testing

FCC allows more but limited LTE-U testing

LTE-U or LTE on the Unlicensed spectrum. To be even more technically specific, on the 5 GHz band. It is either the future of mobile data connections or will bring forth Internet apocalypse. Tech companies from all corners of the industry are split on the matter and have even asked the Federal Communications Commission to mediate. The FCC still hasn't taken a formal stance yet, but, in the meantime, it will be allowing those from the pro LTE-U camp to continue some tests and try to prove their position.

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Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Material Design, the rather striking design language that Google introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, wasn't meant to be limited to Android only. It was created to permeate all of Google's digital presence, from mobile to the Web. While we have indeed seen that happen in most cases, one app that has been left in the old age is Google's very portal to the Web, the Chrome web browser. That is finally tstarting to change. Two years in the making, Google is finally on the fast track to make give Chrome some more Material.

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China shows off pictures of the moon in full color

China shows off pictures of the moon in full color

The space fever has reached the Far East. Or rather, the increased interest in space exploration and science may have helped push China to finally share to the rest of the world one of its biggest, though perhaps lesser known, achievements in this field of science. In 2013, it launched the Chang'e 3 lander and become the third country to ever make a soft-landing on the Moon. And although its accompanying Yutu rover is no longer functional, it was able to snap these clear, hi-res, true color photos of the moon.

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iPad Air 3 case hints at 4 speakers, flash, smart connector

iPad Air 3 case hints at 4 speakers, flash, smart connector

Given the attention that Samsung is getting over the Galaxy S7, which we expect to be unveiled at the manufacturer's February 21 Unpacked event, there is naturally a counter flow of talk surrounding Apple's own expected March devices. While the iPhone 5se and its 4-inch body has more or less been leaked to death, the iPad Air 3 remains a curious case. Now leaked photos of an alleged case for the 9.7-inch tablet has just made it even more curious, hinting at a possible Smart Connector for the device.

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Huawei Honor 5x now available for purchase in the US [UPDATE]

Huawei Honor 5x now available for purchase in the US [UPDATE]

At CES 2016 last month, Huawei made an already expected, and actually pre-announced, announcement. For the first time, it was bringing its sub-brand honor to the US. And with that, it unveiled the Honor 5x. No, that's not a Huawei-branded Nexus 5X, though it's easy to confuse the two besides the name. Like the LG-made Google smartphone, the Honor 5x would also be considered to be a mid-range handset. Unlike the Nexus 5X, however, Huawei's honor frontrunner for the US boasts of a metallic flair and a $199 price tag.

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BlackBerry exec confirms Android-only future for handsets [UPDATE]

BlackBerry exec confirms Android-only future for handsets [UPDATE]

Many have already seen the writing on the wall for the BlackBerry 10 OS, but official confirmation has always been withheld. Granted, these latest comments don't really come from the highest BlackBerry authority, but this is as official as it gets. Damian Tay, BlackBerry's senior director for product management for the APAC region has confirmed what BB10 fans probably dread to hear out in the open: BlackBerry is in the process of transitioning to a single platform ecosystem, and that will all revolve around Android.

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Google’s Project SkyBender solar-powered drones to bring 5G Internet

Google’s Project SkyBender solar-powered drones to bring 5G Internet

Companies that rely heavily on the existence of Internet connections are creating ways to bring the Internet everywhere possible. Facebook has its laser satellite dream and Google has its balloon army. That said, the search giant isn't settling for just one kind of technology. Using the knowledge and assets it acquired from Titan Aerospace, Google also envisions using solar-powered drones. But that's only half the interesting story. The other half involves the use of millimeter waves to deliver Internet 40 times faster than 4G. In other words, 5G.

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