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Netflix Voltron official trailer introduces its motley crew

Netflix Voltron official trailer introduces its motley crew

Ever since Michael Bay came out with his first re-interpretation of Transformers, we have looked at each and every remake with both anticipation and dread. Eschewing the trend to go live action and 3D, Netflix and Dreamworks have thankfully stuck with the animated roots of Voltron, Defender of the Universe. Or rather, Legendary Defender as it is now titled. The latest teaser to drop from Netflix finally gives some screen time to the five young lads that will be piloting the overgrown metallic cats.

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Microsoft axes contentious Windows 10 Wi-Fi sharing feature

Microsoft axes contentious Windows 10 Wi-Fi sharing feature

One of the themes that Microsoft has tried to push with Windows 10 is how the latest OS tries to make life easier for users by making decisions for them. While an almost nice goal, that usually meant Windows 10 added or enabled features sometimes without the user's consent or even knowledge. One of those conveniences was Wi-Fi Sense, which supposedly made it easier to share Wi-Fi access, meaning passwords, with people in your social networks who happen to also be in the same area. Unsurprisingly, it was a controversial feature that Microsoft is now removing almost a year later, but for a different reason.

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LG Action Cam LTE takes a bite out of GoPro’s pie

LG Action Cam LTE takes a bite out of GoPro’s pie

GoPro may be the household name for action cameras, but lately it has seen its territory besieged on all sides. Now even smartphone makers who previously had little business in action cams are trying to rain on GoPro's parade. LG, who already has a 360-degree CAM 360 camera by the way, is now jumping into the fray as well. But the imaginatively named LG Action Cam LTE might have an ace up its sleeve. It can carry its own weight, or rather, its own Internet connection, even without your smartphone.

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Kantar: Galaxy S7 5th in US, Android sees highest EU growth

Kantar: Galaxy S7 5th in US, Android sees highest EU growth

By now, most companies have publicized their financial report cards for the first quarter of 2016. But how did each platform perform in light of those. It seems that it was a relatively good quarter for Android, both in the US and in Europe, at least according to market research company Kantar. According to the analyst, Google's platform enjoyed its highest growth in two years in the EU5 countries. That is also reflected in China as well as the US, where the Galaxy S7 is largely credited for Android's latest success.

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Lenovo has another giant tablet coming, this time with Android

Lenovo has another giant tablet coming, this time with Android

Lenovo isn't one to shy away from stretching the tablet device category to its limits, almost literally. Despite the industry-wide slowdown in tablet sales, Lenovo keeps on churning such devices, in all shapes, bends, and sizes. Just last October it revealed its largest yet, the Lenovo YOGA Home 900 pictured above, exuding 27 inches of pure Windows 10 power. By comparison, this yet to be revealed Lenovo tablet found on GFXBench is less monstrous, only 18.4 inches. It's winning quality, however, might be the Android 6.0 Marshmallow running inside.

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T-Mobile HTC 10 launch date set for May 18, freebies included

T-Mobile HTC 10 launch date set for May 18, freebies included

It's been a month since HTC unveiled its latest flagship and, unlike a certain other Korean Android OEM, it doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get it out the market, even in the US. In fact, it will only be next week that those on T-Mobile will be able to get their hands on the HTC 10. The "Uncarrier" is indeed launching the still metal clad smartphone on 18th May and to keep things hot in summer, it will be throwing in some freebies for good measure.

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AOC, Jide partner to put out the first Remix All-in-One PC

AOC, Jide partner to put out the first Remix All-in-One PC

Android was initially developed for smartphones and, in fact, it took quite some time before Google even acknowledged and officially supported tablets. Now it is found almost everywhere, from watches to TVs to cars and even in some places you'd least expect. Ironically, Android is noticeably missing in the PC market, a situation that Jide is trying to fix with its Remix OS. Partnering with display maker AOC, the two companies have banded together to launch what is the first official all-in-one PC running Jide's literal Remix of the Android OS.

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Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

When hearing about things like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you might think it simply involves mirroring Android or iOS to a car's infotainment system, give or take a few functionality deemed to be dangerous or unnecessary for driving. But unlike other iterations of Android, like Android Wear or Android TV, Android Auto has far more dire consequences when implemented poorly. That is why when Nat & Lo took their web series to Google's Android Auto Research Lab, they were met by rather sophisticated equipment, including different kinds of sensors and, of course, a driving simulator.

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OnePlus 3 photos leak again, still looks like an HTC One

OnePlus 3 photos leak again, still looks like an HTC One

Sometimes, the problem with putting out a stellar product is making sure that future iterations will live up to the high standards that you yourself have set. Sometimes, starting with the bar at its highest might mean you can no longer raise it further. That is the challenge that OnePlus is facing with its next flagship smartphone. After an impressive OnePlus One and a passable OnePlus 2, the OnePlus 3 will definitely be on the receiving end of much scrutiny and expectations. Based on these leaked photos, OnePlus might have a lot of work still left to do.

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Disney Infinity shuttered as Disney exits game publishing biz

Disney Infinity shuttered as Disney exits game publishing biz

If you've been wondering about the lack of major updates on Disney Infinity, or why Apple said it won't update Infinity 3.0 on the Apple TV, now we all know why. Disney has formerly announced that it will soon be shutting down the relatively successful Disney Infinity game, though not before one last batch of updates. This is in line with the company's decision to pull out from the game publishing business, falling back instead on licensing its properties to external game studios and publishers.

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Bejeweled Stars tries to bring franchise back to glory

Bejeweled Stars tries to bring franchise back to glory

Before there were shiny sweets, there were shiny gems. Before King stumbled upon the winning formula that would eventually become Candy Crush Saga. PopCap Games was already crushing it with Bejeweled, flushing so many hours, some of them at work, down the drain. Now PopCap Games is trying to once again be the king (pun totally intended) of the "match-3" genre of games. This time, however, it is starting with mobile from the get go, releasing Bejeweled Stars on both iOS and Android, and on the same day even.

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Apple patents Smart Covers with solar panel, sketchpad, and more

Apple patents Smart Covers with solar panel, sketchpad, and more

Apple may have devised a new Smart Connector for its iPad Pro line, but so far that has been utilized for one and one thing only: a keyboard Smart Cover. Of course, Apple had more in mind in the past, even if only one actually made it to production. At least for now. The company was just recently awarded a patent for a Smart Cover that clearly does more than the current incarnation, including one with solar panels, flexible displays, and even another display just for sketching.

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