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Galaxy Note 5 Aug 12 date leaked, renders show sizes

Galaxy Note 5 Aug 12 date leaked, renders show sizes

We almost have a complete picture of what the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 looks like from the inside. All that we're missing now is how it looks from the outside. While it's still a good month away from becoming reality, we can settle for the next best thing, at least for now. A set of renders of the schematic kind have been leaked and they bring with it two important details: the size and design of the Galaxy Note 5. In fact, they also bring the same info for the Galaxy S6 edge Plus.

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HTC Vive World Tour lets you see things for yourself

HTC Vive World Tour lets you see things for yourself

To see is to believe. Cliché perhaps, but nowhere is it more applicable than in the now revived virtual reality industry. But since getting your hands on an honest to goodness VR headset isn't exactly that easy, even with Google Cardboard, HTC has decided to bring virtual reality to you instead. Sort of. The HTC Vive, its lovechild with Valve, is making its way to different cities around the world, all in the US and Europe actually, to give people the chance to take it for a spin and experience a new kind of reality.

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Moto G tip reveals specs that confirm our suspicions

Moto G tip reveals specs that confirm our suspicions

The start of the second half of the year also marks the start of the second phase of new smartphone lineups. Which means another round of rumors, leaks, and tips from anonymous sources. Depending on Motorola's mood, we might see yet another batch of its Moto family sometime between September and November. Curiously, it isn't the next Moto X that has been the subject of many sightings but its more affordable sibling, the Moto G. Our tipster, who of course remains anonymous, paints us an almost complete picture of this 3rd gen smartphone's innards, which, as expected, is a mixed bag.

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New Horizons proves Pluto is larger than we thought

New Horizons proves Pluto is larger than we thought

The problem with deducing composition and sizes through a telescope is that you won't really know how accurate or far off your models are until you get a first-hand, or even a second-hand close up. For decades, almost a century, that has been the problem with Pluto's size ever since it was discovered way back in 1930. Thanks to New Horizons, however, scientists are now able to turn that dream into reality and answer one of the biggest questions of all time: how big is Pluto really?

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Facebook’s “Moneypenny” assistant is all about shopping

Facebook’s “Moneypenny” assistant is all about shopping

It seems that Facebook has been rumored to be working on several products to seemingly directly compete with existing services, like the music streaming service that Facebook has denied it is developing. The latest seems to be a digital assistant of sorts but one that is probably unlike anything you've heard of or seen. Unlike Siri or Cortana, who are more concerned about your schedules and flights, Ms. Moneypenny is more focused on where your spend your money. And it's doing so with the help, not of machine learning, but of other people.

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Microsoft’s IFA Keynote curiously leaves out smartphones

Microsoft’s IFA Keynote curiously leaves out smartphones

Microsoft has definitely been sending mixed, not to mention confusing, signals about smartphones lately. Even before Windows 10 Mobile or even Windows 10 itself hits the streets, Microsoft has already put its own smartphone business on notice. With IFA 2015 a month or so away, Microsoft is undoubtedly busy preparing for a post Windows 10 launch report. But while the company will be one of those to deliver a keynote there, the announcement ominously makes no mention of smartphones, hinting, at the very least, that we won't see one in September.

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Sundar Pichai weighs in on nagging notifications

Sundar Pichai weighs in on nagging notifications

Smartphones have become part and parcel of our modern lives, whether for good or for ill. The ill part usually comes with our obsessive compulsion to check our smartphones every so often, even when we're not supposed to. Some technologies, like smartwatches, and apps are designed to work around those, but they don't really address the root of the problem: our smartphones. Google SVP for products Sundar Pichai gives some of his insight on the case of smartphone interruptions, including a curious stance on their social implications.

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Galaxy Note 5 specs leak anew: 4GB RAM, 5 MP OIS front cam

Galaxy Note 5 specs leak anew: 4GB RAM, 5 MP OIS front cam

If the previous rumors are correct, we might actually get to see Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and possibly a Galaxy S6 edge Plus next month, which could explain the rising tide of leaks and rumors surrounding these smartphones. This latest round paints an almost complete picture of the Galaxy Note 5, especially its internals. Unsurprisingly, it will showcase Samsung's newest, and sometimes experimental, tech. But there are also a few surprises in store, like its front-facing camera and what could be an Edge model as well.

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Apple Pay opens its doors in the UK

Apple Pay opens its doors in the UK

Apple has finally opened the gates to its nascent mobile payment system in the UK, turning on the Apple Pay switch for more than 250,000 shops across the country as well as several transportation networks. But while the UK comes only in second after Apple's US launch way back in October last year, this could prove to be a much bigger contactless market than the US. This is thanks to the UK having a substantial head start in preparing for contactless payments and setting up compatible terminals almost everywhere.

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Lumia 940, 940 XL to be pricier than iPhone despite plastic

Lumia 940, 940 XL to be pricier than iPhone despite plastic

Rumors like these definitely make you wonder what people in Redmond might be inhaling or ingesting. Of course, provided there is truth to these at all. Microsoft hasn't completely quit the mobile race and CEO Satya Nadella mentioned a few smartphones coming our way, including a flagship. To some extent, the Lumia 940 and its larger 940 XL sibling fit the bill. But Nadella also promised a flagship that fans will love, and that is where things get a bit tricky for these two smartphones.

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