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LG UX 4.0 revealed ahead of LG G4 debut end of April

LG UX 4.0 revealed ahead of LG G4 debut end of April

It seems that LG really wants to build up the image of the LG G4 piece by piece. Once again confirming that its smartphone will indeed make its first public appearance at the end of the month, the OEM announces another crucial part of that puzzle, this time the user experience or UX. Now at version 4.0, LG's user interface is now touted to be even more "human-centered", not just simply giving users the ability to customize their smartphones to their needs but even anticipating the information that the user might want.

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South Korea to fight fire with fire, drones with drones

South Korea to fight fire with fire, drones with drones

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Or something like that. When South Korea notice a drone, with a camera, hovering near its borders, it decided that it needed to protect itself from such unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. And what better way to do that than by using another UAV. Roboticists at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology or KAIST are trying to develop drones whose sole purposes would be to intercept and disable other drones. It's like Robot Wars, except in the sky and for less entertaining purposes.

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Soundbrenner Pulse wearable helps musicians keep to the beat

Soundbrenner Pulse wearable helps musicians keep to the beat

Wearables, particularly smartwatches, are showing up everywhere, and they will most likely become even more ubiquitous with Apple jumping into the market. Almost all of them help us consume or control content with very simple gestures. But what if they can actually help us make content? That is the proposition that the Soundbrenner Pulse is trying to make. It's basically a wearable metronome with a bit of smarts thrown in, helping musicians stay in rhythm, whether practicing or performing, alone or with a whole band.

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Microsoft Sway now lets groups work on their next big idea

Microsoft Sway now lets groups work on their next big idea

PowerPoint, once the darling of business and school presentations, is slowly but surely giving way to a host of new technologies, particularly those leveraging the power of the Web and web browsers. Even Microsoft has such a product, which it revealed October last year as Sway, which seems like an odd name for a presentation tool. But a Web-based tool is inherently something that can be accessed by more than just one person. Sadly, Sway initially wasn't that. That all changes today with Microsoft announcing collaborative features for Sway.

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Mouse Computer m-Stick PC on a stick keeps cool with a fan

Mouse Computer m-Stick PC on a stick keeps cool with a fan

The launch of Google Chromecast started a trend of putting lightweight but very functional computing systems on a device the size of an HDMI dongle. We've seen the likes of Dell's Wyse Cloud Connect, Intel's HDMI Compute, and more recently, the Acer Chromebit and Microsoft's Windows 8.1 PC stick from Lucoms. These small computers, however, because of their compact size, run the risk of running hot. Japanese outfit Mouse Computer thinks it has the solution to that common problem, which involves nothing hi-tech or sophisticated. All it needs is a fan.

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Kinect for Windows is dead, long live Kinect for Xbox One

Kinect for Windows is dead, long live Kinect for Xbox One

This news should probably come as a surprise to no one after Microsoft unveiled the Kinect Adapter for Windows last October. In a nutshell, this has made the Kinect for Windows somewhat redundant. So today, Microsoft is officially killing off the product. Of course, it's saying that it's "consolidating" its Kinect portfolio. The tech company will no longer be making the Windows-compatible Kinect, leaving remaining stocks to dwindle. That said, in the end, it should be business as usual for everyone, as they can continue using the Xbox One's Kinect instead.

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A ton of HTC One M9+ pics leak out ahead of April 8 debut

A ton of HTC One M9+ pics leak out ahead of April 8 debut

The One M9 flagship has yet to actually become available to all major sources, especially in the US, and yet HTC seems to be willing to make a gamble by having yet another One M9 so close to launch. The company's "More than One" event, scheduled next week, is expected to show case the puzzling One M9 Plus, or One M9+ or One M9pt, whichever name it decides to go with. But even before that day comes, the smartphone is again being leaked almost to death, at least as far as renders are concerned.

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New LG Display 5.5-inch QHD panel headed to the LG G4

New LG Display 5.5-inch QHD panel headed to the LG G4

It seems to be LG's habit to make somewhat big announcements before a scheduled event, perhaps to build up hype or to get the extra cruft out of the way first. LG Display, it's display making business, is making a big fuss over its new 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS LCD Panel that boasts of a few innovations like a higher color gamut and in-cell touch technology. But more than just the virtues of the display itself, the announcement also holds some clues regarding the upcoming LG G4 flagship.

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2016 Nissan Maxima resets the meaning of a 4-Door Sports Car

2016 Nissan Maxima resets the meaning of a 4-Door Sports Car

Granted, Nissan was the one who coined the "4-Door Sports Car" moniker to christen its own brand of sports sedan, so it does probably have the right to redefine what that means. Now in its 8th running, the 2016 Nissan Maxima is poised to become the standard of a sports car wrapped around a sedan body, and for this generation, it is including a few twists and tweaks to the design, from without, within, and deep inside the guts. With a nod to a aviation, insights from Nissan's own GT-R, as well as the latest in infotainment and driver assistance technologies, the 2016 Maxima becomes a meeting point of the past as well as the future.

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Outlook Preview updated: more useful, still worrisome

Outlook Preview updated: more useful, still worrisome

Continuing its push to have its core productivity software available in other platforms as well, Microsoft has just announced an update to its Outlook Preview app for both iOS and Android. Truth be told, the initial release was already impressive, for a first release, that is, supporting multiple email service providers and swipe gestures. Something perhaps unexpected of Microsoft. This update only makes things sweeter, with better contact handling, 3-day calendar views, and improved search. Sadly, it doesn't address one of the biggest concerns users and companies have with the app.

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