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LG announces new mid-range smartphones ahead of MWC 2015

LG announces new mid-range smartphones ahead of MWC 2015

MWC 2015 is coming, so LG is doing what it does best: announcing new devices even before the event takes place. The Korean manufacturer may not have an LG G4 prepared next week, but it will try to make us forget about that by distracting us with other devices. For the Barcelona mobile event, LG will be showcasing its new roster of four mid-range smartphones that try to bring LG's popular design and user experiences found mostly in the higher end to a new generation of budget handsets.

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Your phone’s power usage can reveal where you’ve been

Your phone’s power usage can reveal where you’ve been

When you think of smartphone location tracking, both legitimate or otherwise, and you will most likely think of technologies that directly relate to locations, like GPS, WiFi, or even Bluetooth. But a group of researchers from Standford University and Israeli defense group Rafael are proving even something so innocent sounding like your phone's battery consumption can be used to track your movements. The good news is that it's not exactly as easy or as informational as those more dedicated sensors. At least not yet.

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Lumia 640, refreshed Lumia 635 sighted with 1 GB of RAM

Lumia 640, refreshed Lumia 635 sighted with 1 GB of RAM

While the Windows Phone world still wait with bated breath which current Lumia models will be getting a Windows 10 upgrade, it seems that Microsoft might already be working on the next generation of its budget smartphones. A certain Lumia 640 was recently leaked with the expected budget specs. But somewhat a bit more surprising is sighting of its predecessor, the Lumia 635, with a "refreshed" model. This new Lumia 635 bears one and only one different: it will now have 1 GB of RAM.

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“Caribbean’s” Verbinski to direct self-driving car race film

“Caribbean’s” Verbinski to direct self-driving car race film

Car companies, or at least a good number of them, are in a race to put out the best self-driving car of the future. Now imagine if they actually turned that into a literal race? That is somewhat the plot of an upcoming film nicknamed "Driverless Car Race", hopefully not the working title, that centers around these autonomous vehicles putting the pedal to the metal. By themselves, of course. And who will be at the helm of this film? None other than Gore Verbinski of thrice the Pirates of the Caribbean fame.

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Volvo self-driving Drive Me cars coming 2017, in Sweden only

Volvo self-driving Drive Me cars coming 2017, in Sweden only

When it comes to autonomous cars, Volvo isn't probably one of those that readily come to mind. And yet the car maker might be closer to that goal than you might think. In two years time, Volvo plans to have a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles under its Drive Me program running down the Gothenberg's highways. While the car's redundancy and failsafe mechanisms might make it sound like a safer bet, there is one catch. Volvo's cars will be available in Sweden only, at least initially.

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HTC teases something HUGE, math geniuses can try

HTC teases something HUGE, math geniuses can try

As we count down the days to MWC 2015, it's natural to see companies kick their marketing campaigns into high gear, sometimes with absurd results. Take for example HTC's latest "teaser", basically a fill in the blanks game with nothing much in terms of clues. Of course, that's not going to stop anyone from speculating, or wishing, what it's all about. Given how things are going, it could very well be the rumored HTC One M9 Plus. Or an HTC Tablet. Or anything for that matter.

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Spark tries to reinvent the biking experience, not the wheel

Spark tries to reinvent the biking experience, not the wheel

We've seen a lot of attempts to sell electric bikes in one form or another, from finished retail products to crowdfunding pitches, but each of those have its own special trick to sell. Shocke Bikes is also taking a stab at the modernization of that age-old two-wheeled vehicle, but it is also singing a slightly different, more traditional tune. With Spark, Shocke Bikes wants to offer the best of all worlds: the unassuming look of a bicycle, the empowering features of an electric bike, and, most importantly, a price tag that won't eat into your paycheck.

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Microsoft baits Dropbox users with 100 GB OneDrive space

Microsoft baits Dropbox users with 100 GB OneDrive space

Inspiration or desperation? Whatever the motivation, Microsoft seems to be kicking its OneDrive campaign into high gear. Last week, it dangled the carrot of 100 GB of free cloud storage for two years in order to get people to sign up for Bing Rewards. This time, it's making a slightly different offer to entice Dropbox users to make the switch. And this time, for those who were irked by the limitations of the previous offer, the free space is available for anyone in the world to claim.

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Flipkart teases Moto Maxx for India

Flipkart teases Moto Maxx for India

If you haven't let the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9 fill your mind just yet, you might remember one of Motorola's more interesting 2014 smartphones. No, it's not the new Moto X and not even the Nexus 6. It's the DROID Turbo, which goes by another name as well, the Moto Maxx. It is the latter that might be coming to India all the way from Latin America, giving smartphone users there an intriguing yet enticing smartphone option, even with the new flagships on the horizon.

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First Jason “Aquaman” Momoa teaser surfaces

First Jason “Aquaman” Momoa teaser surfaces

Starting today, the DC fans camp might be split into two. On one side, you're most likely to find fans of the Game of Thrones. On the other side, well, you have everyone else. If there was still any doubt that GoT's Jason Momoa would come back from the dead to take on the DC Universe's king of the seas, this teaser will banish all that. Zack Snyder, who of course has his hands full with many DCU films, just revealed the first glimpse of Aquaman in all his scaley, tattooed glory.

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