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Meizu Ubuntu MX4 launches in China, coming to Europe soon

Meizu Ubuntu MX4 launches in China, coming to Europe soon

The second Ubuntu phone has just landed, fulfilling a promise that has been at least a year in the making. In China, The Meizu Ubuntu MX4 can already be grabbed by developers, with a promise that it would be available to European customers soon. Although bq's Aquaris E4.5 did beat Meizu to the punch, the Ubuntu-bearing MX4 does offer some more or less higher specs but with a matching higher price tag as well. That, however, might still make it a more interesting option for those greatly interested in this alternative mobile platform.

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Google’s self-driving cars rolling out to public roads for testing

Google’s self-driving cars rolling out to public roads for testing

It seems that there is no stopping Google from pushing its autonomous cars into the public's presence, even with recent reports of a number of car accidents involving precisely this type of self-driving vehicle. Starting this summer, Google will be introducing some of its test fleet to public roads for actual "out of the lab" testing. Of course, it will be taking every precaution and will include its safety engineers inside the cars for now. Though given Google's previous sentiment, that could probably cause even more accidents.

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Atlas robot gets pushed, doesn’t fall, doesn’t fight back

Atlas robot gets pushed, doesn’t fall, doesn’t fight back

Sometimes you'd think that it's "tests" like these that would have robots rebelling against their cruel human masters in the future. But for now, however, while they still don't have the intelligence to do so, we will keep on poking them. For Science! With DARPA's Robotics Challenge, the most grueling display of non-combative robot resilience, nearing its finals next month, teams like the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) are pushing their Atlas robot to the limit, making sure they don't fall. Or don't push back.

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Microsoft ban of Gears of War leakers doesn’t brick console

Microsoft ban of Gears of War leakers doesn’t brick console

Leaks in whatever industry, be it mobile or gaming, isn't a new thing, but most of the time, these "sources" are able to get away scot-free. However, rare and unfortunate is it for those who have been caught red-handed and have been punished for being too eager to share things covered by NDAs. Microsoft has apparently taken such action against testers of an unannounced but also leaked Xbox One remake of Gears of War. But what would normally be a non-event has been blown into a full scale drama involving claims of bricked Xbox One consoles.

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Nuimo, a.k.a. Flow 2.0, can now control your home too

Nuimo, a.k.a. Flow 2.0, can now control your home too

Sometimes, crowdfunding successes come back for another round in the hopes of meeting success again. And sometimes, they do. That seems to be the case for Senic, the very same people who brought the wireless controller Flow to our attention. They've returned to the crowdfuning scene, but this time they are doing things quite differently. First, they've launched on Kickstarter instead of the previous Indiegogo. Second, they changed the name from what should have been "Flow 2.0" to "Nuimo". But most importantly, they've expanded their scope beyond just computers and mobile devices.

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VW Golf GTE Sport Concept marries EVs with race cars

VW Golf GTE Sport Concept marries EVs with race cars

Unless you've been keeping a close eye on the automobile industry, you'd presume that performance race cars and electric vehicles, even the hybrid plug-in ones, don't mix. Volkswagen wants to shatter that misconception with the new Golf GTE Sport Concept just unveiled at Austria's Wörthersee festival. Like the Golf GTE compact announced February last year, this EV harnesses the joint power of a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, two of the latter actually, to deliver a top speed of 280 km/h truly worthy of a GT name.

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Windows 10 Mobile preview: Universal Store, Office, Xbox apps

Windows 10 Mobile preview: Universal Store, Office, Xbox apps

Microsoft has just announced the rollout of the latest build for Windows 10 Mobile (yes, that is its final, formal name) and it's probably one of the biggest previews yet. Debuting this release, with build number 10080, are a bunch of Universal apps that, in theory, will demonstrate the promise of Microsoft's spiel of apps that span all, or most, Windows 10 editions. Among this first batch of apps for phones, is finally something Windows Phone users have been clamoring for and rightly deserve: Universal Office apps.

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Sony Tennis Sensor now available to perfect your swing

Sony Tennis Sensor now available to perfect your swing

This is how athletes will be training in the future, with almost inconspicuous sensors and smartphones. Or at least that's the future that Sony is painting. Almost a year in the making, the consumer electronics giant is finally making available its Smart Tennis Sensor. This little orange knob, which can fit in any certified racket bottom, will deliver statistics and critical information about a player's swing, force, and other aspects of a player's performance that could make or break the next Grand Slam championship match.

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Panasonic G7, Fujifilm X-T10 leaked ahead of Monday reveal

Panasonic G7, Fujifilm X-T10 leaked ahead of Monday reveal

Next Monday, May 18, we may or may not be hearing two camera makers unveil their latest entries into the digital photography market. Panasonic and Fujifilm have been rumored to be preparing the successors to their G and X lines, respectively, and we may be privy to some of the details surrounding these. What is, however, interesting about the Panasonic Lumix G7 and the Fujifilm X-T10 is not just their features and design, but how they actually don't resemble their predecessors that much,. especially at first glance.

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Konami President: shifting gears from consoles to mobile

Konami President: shifting gears from consoles to mobile

The gaming landscape is changing rapidly. Smartphones, previously relegated to casual games like snake, have become serious instruments of play, to the point that even stubborn Nintendo can no longer deny its lucrative appeal. The latest big name in the gaming industry to bite the mobile bullet is Konami, whose new president Hideki Hayakawa was quoted, in translation, of course, to practically say that the company's future will lie primarily in mobile games, or at least games that can span the divide separating devices and experiences.

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