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Chevy Corvette C7.Rs take top two spots at Rolex 24 GTLM race

Just because you're in the same cars from the same car maker doesn't automatically make you buddies on the tracks. At the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race, even teams from the same brands need to be the best. And that is exactly what happened with Chevrolet's two Corvette C7.Rs teams, the No. 4 driven by Oliver Gavin and the No. 3 of Antonia Garcia, who ended up racing nose-to-tail for the grand crown. Luckily for Chevy, both cars did make it first to the finish line, just 0.034 seconds apart from each other.

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Audi R8 LMS triumphs at Rolex 24 GTD class

Proving once again its mettle both on the road and on the track, Audi has taken the crown at the 24 hours of driving endurance that is known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Coming in at first place is the No. 44 Audi R8 LMS with its Audi factory driver Rene Rast, owner/driver John Potter, and drivers Andy Lally and Marco Seefried. And its lead against the second place Porsche 911 GT3 R? An astounding 3.048 seconds, considered a huge gap in the world of racing.

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Samsung Unpacked set for 21st February, expect the Galaxy S7

Mark your calendars! Just a day before the madness of MWC 2016 starts, Samsung will be unveiling "The Next Galaxy". The Korean manufacturer has set aside the evening of Sunday, February 21, for its bi-annual Unpacked event, where, among other things, it is expected to reveal the Galaxy S7. Or Galaxy S7's, depending on how many Sammy really has prepared. But judging by how the invites are themed, you can expect more than just a smartphone to be announced. You can, perhaps, expect a new way of looking at things, almost literally.

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Xbox Windows 10 Beta app gets Avatar store, compact mode

It's been quite a while since Microsoft has talked about its Xbox app for Windows 10. In fact, this would be the first news this year for the beta version of the app since October. The Xbox devs definitely weren't slacking off and they are starting 2016 with quite a handful of new features focused both on socializing and being productive. As productive as you can be when games are concerned. Along with an integrated Avatar Store and improved Suggested Friends comes Xbox News and a new Compact view for the app.

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PayPal’s Venmo now lets you pay inside apps

Apple was rumored to enter into the peer-to-peer payment market, potentially taking a bite out of PayPal's pie. But now PayPal is, though indirectly, taking a bite from Apple first. Venmo, the mobile payment system that PayPal now owns, has a new "Pay with Venmo" program. What it does is allow both consumers and businesses to connect to Venmo to pay for products and services inside mobile apps. In short, pretty much what Apple Pay, and Android Pay as well, does for some in-app purchases.

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Square Enix teases Final Fantasy IX for mobile

At the start of the year, Square Enix made a rather surprising reveal. That Final Fantasy IX would be coming to PCs is perhaps expected. That it would also be coming to mobile, both iOS and especially Android, was, perhaps the publisher's late Christmas gift (or early, depending on when it actually arrives) to fans. While still thin on launch details, Square Enix is now giving fans yet another appetizer, showing FF IX "in action" action on a mobile device, in a preview delivered over an almost two-hour long news style presentation.

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LG G3 owners vulnerable to a big security bug, fix available

The LG G3 was the Korean manufacturer's 2014 hero smartphone and came with a new feature called Smart Notice, LG's sort of answer to Google Now, Siri, and rival Samsung's S Voice. As convenient as that feature may be, its convenience apparently came with a price too high to pay. Researchers BugSec Group and Cynet have come across a gaping hole in the software that exposed each and every LG G3 owner to potential data theft and hijacking of their smartphone. Fortunately, LG now has a patch ready.

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Plastic beware: NFC-equipped ATMs coming this year

Mobile payment systems, even with giants like Google, Apple, and Samsung behind them, haven't completely taken the country by storm. The inconvenience of whipping out and using your smartphone sometimes outweighs the benefits and security of the new payment method offers. There might, however, be a new use case that could make the benefits outweigh inconvenience: getting money from ATMs. At least three banks, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase, have more or less confirmed that they will be rolling out later this year machines that can accept wireless, mobile payments like Android Pay or Apple Pay.

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It’s official: Jolla Tablet is dead, 540 units to be shipped

It almost seemed like a fairy tale, with Jolla successfully funding not one but two Jolla Tablet crowdfunding campaigns, raking in thousands of dollars in the process. After a more or less prestigious Jolla smartphone, there was very little doubt that the Finnish startup would be able to deliver. It seems that things were too good to be true, however, and now Jolla is officially confirming the writing on the wall. The Jolla Tablet dream is no more and only the remaining 540 units in stock will be shipped. The rest, instead, will get refunds.

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HP’s Isaac Mizrahi “smartwatch” woos ladies with crystals

Some might accuse the current mobile tech world to be a predominantly male market, so once in a while a product like this comes around to try to appeal to women. Whether it actually has the intended, or maybe even opposite, effect is still debatable, but that's not stopping the likes of HP from trying. Partnering with renowned designer Isaac Mizrahi, HP is launching the Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch, a wearable time-telling accessory that is, to be blunt, really more a luxury item than a conventional smartwatch.

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Tesla to ditch SDK in favor of mirroring iOS, Android apps

The car software platform wars are just heating up but at least one car maker is backing out of pushing its own, independent platform. At the Hong Kong event where it also teased another car after the Model 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk touched on the somewhat thorny subject of the Tesla EVs' SDK. In almost a complete U-turn from its previous position, Musk said that the company is now focusing on just allowing users to mirror their Android or iOS apps on the center screen, instead of having to create a different set of apps just for Tesla's cars.

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New Lenovo Moto smartphone coming in July

while most eyes are already on the flood of smartphones, including those from the likes of Samsung and LG, coming at MWC 2016 next month, the world's largest PC maker has come out to say that it too has a new smartphone coming soon. But "soon" here actually means way down in July. Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang revealed that a "more innovative, more attractive" Moto smartphone for the US will be revealed in a few months, which would make it the first Moto smartphone without the Motorola name and with Lenovo's brand instead.

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