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LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

Two of the LG G5's new "Friends" are the 360 CAM and the 360 VR headset, the company's more formal entry into the intersection of mobile and virtual reality markets. But what if you don't have either friend and are left with just the G5? Not to worry because LG is going to let each and every owner enjoy a taste of that VR goodness, alrbeit indirectly, through a set of 360-degree wallpapers to be made available to them via the LG SmartWorld hub starting this month.

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Galaxy Note 6 seen on CPU-Z with 5.8-inch screen, 6GB RAM

Galaxy Note 6 seen on CPU-Z with 5.8-inch screen, 6GB RAM

While Apple has seemingly taken a break from its phone size expansion, Samsung is showing no signs of stopping. At least not for its Galaxy Note series and not according to leaks and sources. A screenshot of the benchmarking CPU-Z hints that the Galaxy Note 6, expected to debut sometime in September, will not only be larger, though ever so slightly, than its predecessor but will also have more RAM to boot. It might also be larger in other places too, even in its overall design.

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DJI Osmo RAW puts a micro 4/3 4K Zenmuse X5R in your hand

DJI Osmo RAW puts a micro 4/3 4K Zenmuse X5R in your hand

Last year, DJI, a name more known for its drones and gimbals, made an interesting proposition. It put its tried and tested cameras and gimbals on a stick to offer the same professional-level stabilization and photography in a more handy form, pun totally intended. That was the DJI Osmo. Now, DJI is taking that idea to the next level with the DJI Osmo RAW and Osmo Pro, two packages that put DJI's micro four-thirds 4K Zenmuse cameras, the X5R and the X5, almost in the palm of your hands.

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Amazon Prime Video to get a separate monthly subscription

Amazon Prime Video to get a separate monthly subscription

Amazon just made a move that has been both predicted long ago yet unexpected in its arrival. It will soon be offering a separate subscription tier for its TV and video collection that does away with annual contracts in favor of monthly piecemeal payments. Yes, Amazon Prime Video is finally going with a monthly tier. Although analysts have long seen it coming, no one was really able to predict when it would arrive. The timing, however, practically pits Amazon against the video streaming giant known as Netflix.

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DJI Matrice 600 M600 drone offers muscles for pro filmmakers

DJI Matrice 600 M600 drone offers muscles for pro filmmakers

Drones are so common these days that almost anyone and everyone can have them, from tiny machines no bigger than your palm to hulking masses that sometimes provide a formidable target practice for birds. DJI, one of the biggest names in the drone market, has just released yet another drone. But don't let the Matrice 600's unassuming name fool you. This aerial platform easily dwarfs others in the market, not just in appearance but also in power and, of course, in price, making it a drone truly designed to help professionals showcase their creativity.

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Samsung Galaxy C line to sport mid-range specs in metal bodies

Samsung Galaxy C line to sport mid-range specs in metal bodies

The age of cheap all-plastic smartphones might finally be over. At least as far as Samsung is concerned. While its entry level Galaxy J series might still bear the cost-friendly material, it also has traces of metal to flaunt. In contrast, the Korean manufacturer's upcoming Galaxy C family will supposedly be all metal. But it won't only be the outside that will be premium. While not flagship-level, the Galaxy C5, which is supposedly the first of its kind, will have decent mid-range specs to boast about.

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Google, Oracle to head to court as settlement talks fall through

Google, Oracle to head to court as settlement talks fall through

Six hours. That's how long, or, to be more blunt, short settlement talks between tech giants Google and Oracle lasted. Given that duration, the outcome should probably already be evident. The the companies failed to reach a settlement regarding an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit Oracle filed against Google for the use of its proprietary Java APIs in Android. As the settlement failed, the two will head back to court next month to perhaps once and for all give closure to both the actual question of infringement as well as damages to be paid. If any, that is.

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Refreshed Amazon Fire HD 8 spotted at GFXBench

Refreshed Amazon Fire HD 8 spotted at GFXBench

Amazon has just finally revealed the latest iteration of its Kindle e-book reader. The somewhat odd Oasis has seemingly left some hung up, or even disappointed, on its price tag and it seems Amazon isn't done making people scratch their heads. Seen on the benchmarking site GFXBench is an unexpected Amazon tablet, believed to be a slightly revamped Fire HD 8. And though this new model does seem to upgrade some parts, it also shows some downgrades in some other areas as well.

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Revive patch lets you play Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive

Revive patch lets you play Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive

Virtual reality might be hailed as the next best thing since sliced bread but the launch of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive might also be heralding a new kind of "console wars". While tied to the more open PC platform, games and apps for each of the two VR giants mostly remain within their own walled gardens. Well, sort of. While it is possible for the Rift to gain access to the Vive's SteamVR platform, the reverse isn't true. Now a homebrew open source project named Revive tries to bridge that gap, at least while Oculus hasn't set its foot down yet.

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Sharp robot phone will make you smile, price will make you cry

Sharp robot phone will make you smile, price will make you cry

It is probably part of a robotics fan's dream come true. Or nightmare once they see the price tag. If you thought Sharp was joking last year when it revealed the talking, walking, and even dancing RoboHon robot phone, then this latest announcement will probably prove how dead serious it is. Serious enough to slap on the equivalent of $1,800 on the non-smartphone communications and telephony device rolled into one. Yes, that will be how much it costs when RoboHon launches in Japan on May 26th.

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Faraday Future breaks ground in Nevada for its $1b EV factory

Faraday Future breaks ground in Nevada for its $1b EV factory

Until last year, the name "Faraday Future" was barely known even in automotive industry. These days, the startup is causing a stir in the media, promising to outdo Tesla in its own electric vehicle game. Although it doesn't even have a working prototype yet, at least nothing that the public can see, Faraday is revving up its engines to make that promise a reality. It has just hosted its ceremonial ground breaking that signifies the start of its $1 billion factory in, where else, the state of Nevada.

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HTC 10 in the US available only in 32GB, has a discount code

HTC 10 in the US available only in 32GB, has a discount code

The HTC 10 might be off to a good start, but already HTC is revealing its warts, slowly and piecemeal. Jeff Gordon, a.k.a. urbanstrata on Twitter and HTC senior manager for global communications, is replying to eager inquiries on the social network and, along the way, is revealing some curious and disappointing tidbits about the flagship smartphone, like, for example, its lowly IP53 rating. And perhaps to the dismay of the US market, Gordon reveals that the US won't be getting the 64 GB model at all.

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