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Controversial San Bernardino iPhone yielded nothing so far

Controversial San Bernardino iPhone yielded nothing so far

Apple's tussle with the government over encrypted iPhones isn't completely over yet but things have mellowed down somewhat. All the hoopla, mudslinging, and accusations, not to mention money, might have been for naught, however. According to an insider source on the side of law enforcement, the now hacked iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter has so far not produced any of the juicy information that the FBI alleges the smartphone holds, the very reason it took Apple to court in the first place.

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LG Rolly Keyboard 2 gets unfurled in South Korea

LG Rolly Keyboard 2 gets unfurled in South Korea

Some products are just so weird that perhaps you don't expect them to get a successor. Like the curved Samsung Galaxy Round. Or LG's rollable Bluetooth keyboard. Well, scratch that last one. LG has just indeed unveiled the follow-up to one of last year's most unique Bluetooth keyboards. But rather than just a repeat of the original, the LG Rolly Keyboard 2 finally adds a dedicated row of keys for numbers and special functions, as well as a handy small tab to help unroll the keyboard.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 update brings in Vulkan, fixes galore

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 update brings in Vulkan, fixes galore

The SHIELD Tablet K1 may just be a more affordable, stylus-less version of the original SHIELD Tablet, but that doesn't make it a has-been in any way. In typical NVIDIA "good Android citizen" image, the tablet is getting a new update, not to Android N preview of course, but at least some parts of it. In particular, NVIDIA is rolling out support for the fledgling Vulkan API just as it did with the SHIELD Android TV console last February. The update also brings a ton of fixes to the gaming tablet.

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Fable Legends is really gone for good, refunds going out

Fable Legends is really gone for good, refunds going out

Some legends just aren't meant to be and simply fade with the passing of time. If there were any hope that Lionhead Studios' stillborn cooperative online action game would live on, those were now all dashed. As of 13th of April, 2016, Fable Legends is no more. Considering it never really got a public release, some would probably say it never really was in the first place. The one sliver of good news is that at least those who made in-game purchases will all be refunded in due time.

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Microsoft’s iOS Word Flow Keyboard starts closed beta

Microsoft’s iOS Word Flow Keyboard starts closed beta

Microsoft has a virtual keyboard for every platform, and they are all different. The Windows 10 keyboard, for example, lacks the swiping gesture of its older Windows Phone counterpart. On Android, its Hub Keyboard puts the focus on productivity and sharing documents instead. Its upcoming iOS keyboard, however, might trump all those, at least as far as smartphones are concerned. Called Word Flow Keyboard, this rather unique keyboard includes a special design intended for one-handed use, utilizing an arcing layout instead of simply shrinking the keyboard to one side.

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Doctor Strange’s first trailer enchants, disorients

Doctor Strange’s first trailer enchants, disorients

DC has had its time in the limelight with the successful, despite critics' opinions, Batman v Superman, but in the coming months, Marvel, either directly or indirectly, will be hogging the theaters. In addition to Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Netflx's Luke Cage, we are looking at another MCU film near the end of the year, one that's perhaps riskier than previous films. Yes, Doctor Strange will be teleporting to cinemas in November, but not before he makes a pit stop in the film's first trailer.

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Snapdragon 652 HTC 10 Lifestyle the only choice for some markets

Snapdragon 652 HTC 10 Lifestyle the only choice for some markets

HTC might have just unveiled a champ, but not everyone in the world will be able to enjoy it. The HTC 10 definitely has a lot to flaunt but in some markets it will be a bit more modest. The rumored variant of the flagship running on a less powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 turned out to be real and is called, almost ironically, the HTC 10 Lifestyle. But unlike most variants, this one won't actually be a choice, as some markets like India will only have the Lifestyle model available and not the full HTC 10.

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Google Calendar can schedule your goals for you

Google Calendar can schedule your goals for you

Google has just announced a feature that would have seriously been useful about four months ago. A particular school of productivity says that you only put in your calendar items or events that have a definite of fixed time. However, not all things we want to accomplish are one off tasks, and not everything is really a recurring item. These activities usually come under the label of "goals", you know, like New Year's resolutions. Finally, Google Calendar now has support for setting, accomplishing, even delaying those pesky goals.

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Samsung launches 2016 lineup of 4K SUHD Smart TVs

Samsung launches 2016 lineup of 4K SUHD Smart TVs

Reports on Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagship smartphones are quite positive and perhaps the Korean OEM is hoping some of that good fortune would also rub off on its TV sets, yet another ailing market. Announced last month, Samsung's roster of SUHD TV sets are now ready to take the market by storm. Boasting Quantum Display technology and barely existing bezels, these TVs, both curved and flat, not only try to offer a stunning design to fit your leaving room but all the conveniences that smart technologies can offer as well.

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Microsoft’s Marmalade simplifies making cross-platform games

Microsoft’s Marmalade simplifies making cross-platform games

Xbox fans, no need to pick your pitchforks and light up those torches. This isn't yet the feared moment when Microsoft muddles the divide between PCs and consoles. Well, at least not yet. Perhaps it does lay the foundations, but at face value, Microsoft's new Marmalade platform is intended to ease the not so fun aspects of developing games that run on Windows 10, Android, and even iOS by giving developers an API, tools, and emulators that abstracts all those OS differences away into a single, common platform.

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DisplayMate crowns 9.7-inch iPad Pro the best LCD display

DisplayMate crowns 9.7-inch iPad Pro the best LCD display

It is really no surprise that the newest and smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro would outperfrom the iPad Air 2 in the display department, since it does outrank it everywhere else except in price. It is, however, perhaps unexpected that this iPad Pro would also trump all other LCD displays, including the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro (except in one case). That is definitely the finding that DisplayMate reached with the iPad Pro, claiming unambiguously that it was by far the best performing LCD screen they have ever tested.

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USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

Late last year, Google engineer Benson Leung, part of the team that worked on the Pixel C, went on a crusade to scour Amazon for USB Type-C cables and test them for safety. The results were discouraging, even leading to the irreparable damage of one of Leung's computers. Taking note of the dire situation, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, who developed the standard, are now proposing a new USB Type-C Authentication protocol that will protect such devices from the dangerous effects of poorly and incorrectly designed, as well as insecure, Type-C accessories such as cables and chargers.

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