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HTC “M9″ smartphone, smartwatch coming in March

HTC “M9″ smartphone, smartwatch coming in March

Although HTC did have a bit of a presence at CES 2015 a few weeks ago, it will be at MWC 2015 in March when it plans to make a big splash. Of course, it will have a smartphone, the expected successor to the HTC One M8, unsurprisingly codenamed the M9 for now. But it will also finally have a smartwatch coming, after months of speculation and waiting for the Taiwanese OEM to finally make its move in the wearables market.

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Next MS Office Windows Phone app looks oddly like iOS version

Next MS Office Windows Phone app looks oddly like iOS version

While there is, without a doubt, some good in Microsoft embracing other mobile platforms, some of its own Windows Phone users feel a bit left out, if not betrayed, by Redmond's seeming neglect of its own loyal fans. Like for example, the Office Windows Phone app, which is now believed by some to be the worst version among iOS and Android. Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore promised, however, that Windows Phone users would have something grin about by February, but they might not be grinning if the new Office app would actually look like iOS instead.

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NSA said to have hacked North Korea before it hacked Sony

NSA said to have hacked North Korea before it hacked Sony

If you have ever wondered why the US seemed rather quick at pointing the finger at North Korea for the recent disastrous hacking of Sony's servers, then this might be the answer. According to leaked NSA documents, the US government's agency notorious for its spying activities apparently tapped into North Korea's networks even before the Sony attacks, providing President Obama with the hard evidence needed to make that public accusation. Sadly, that knowledge came too late to protect Sony despite North Korea's not so subtle threats.

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By My Eyes app asks helpers to see for the blind

By My Eyes app asks helpers to see for the blind

We've seen a lot of attempts lately at making technology work not just for the majority, but also for those with physical and sometimes even mental handicaps. But while many of those use some new fancy technology or theory to get things done, sometimes the best solution is the simplest one. And what could be simpler than asking somebody else for help. Meet Be My Eyes, an iOS app that gives sight-impaired people a second pair eyes, from someone who might be living halfway across the the globe.

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Twitch does Music with new library and broadcasting option

Twitch does Music with new library and broadcasting option

Perhaps taking a cue from YouTube's recent foray into the realm of music, Twitch.tv, more known for its game-related streaming videos, is now dipping its toes into that medium as well. But no, Twitch isn't going to start showing music videos, at least not in the same way. Putting at slight twist to the category, Twitch is offering two types of music channels, one with a library of hassle-free music for live broadcasts, and another for actually broadcasting original music content.

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Harebrained goes to Kickstarter to expand Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Harebrained goes to Kickstarter to expand Shadowrun: Hong Kong

If you haven't had your fill yet of cyberpunk computer games, particularly from the Shadowrun setting, then it's time to do a happy dance. Harebrained Schemes has once again taken to everyone's favorite crowdfunding platform to help extend its next game's scope. Taking place in a magically awakened Hong Kong of 2056, Shadowrun: Hong Kong is the third Shadowrun-based computer game from the developer and its second to hit Kickstarter. And despite some negative feedback, it seems that this will be a funding success as well.

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MintBox Mini gives Linux users a pocket-sized PC

MintBox Mini gives Linux users a pocket-sized PC

It seems almost ironic that while are phones seem to be getting bigger, PCs are getting smaller. At least those that aren't hulking beasts constructed for raw power, for gaming and whatnot. Though not as ridiculously small as Xiaomi's Mi Box mini "set top box", if you could still call it that, this new MintBox Mini still tries to deliver a PC that is powerful enough for your basic computing needs yet small enough to fit in your pocket. Presuming, of course, you'd actually keep one in your pocket.

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Galaxy S6 screen “confirmed” by Samsung website’s own UAProf

Galaxy S6 screen “confirmed” by Samsung website’s own UAProf

We're getting closer to MWC 2015, as close as one can get with more than a month to go, so naturally rumors and leaks of Samsung's next flagship are pouring in and pooling up. It also isn't surprising to see many attribute the best of the best specs to the Galaxy S6, which is rather common fare for every high-profile upcoming Samsung smartphone. Once in a while though, we do get semi-official confirmation of some features coming from Samsung itself, like this confirmation of the smartphone's high-resolution display.

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Steam on Linux bug can delete all user’s files

Steam on Linux bug can delete all user’s files

No software bug is more egregious than one that can potentially wipe out users' precious files without warning or indication. Some Linux users are finding this out the hard way when they discovered that their Steam client was silently deleting files starting from the very root directory all the way into the deepest folders. While the system's files might remain intact because of how Linux security policies work, user data are left unprotected, making this serious flaw even more personal and frightening.

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Elon Musk to build Hyperloop test track, mulls annual race

Elon Musk to build Hyperloop test track, mulls annual race

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk really wants to revolutionize the way we travel, or at least make us dream of the future. While the Hyperloop team itself has said that it it's going to take at least 10 years to make that particular dream a reality, it's not going to stop Musk from getting things rolling, almost literally. He has taken to his Twitter account to share with the public his plans to move the Hyperloop forward, starting with a test track for companies and students, as well as some annual competition to stir up the creative juices.

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