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Official Galaxy J7 photos leak showing gold and silver versions

Official Galaxy J7 photos leak showing gold and silver versions

There have been plenty of leaks that have told us what to expect with the 2016 version of the Galaxy J7 smartphone. Earlier this month the J5 and J7 passed through TENAA to get their Chinese certifications. This week a slew of new images have leaked that claim to be the official Samsung glamour shots of the J7 smartphone. The images highlight two colors for the metal frame with a silver version and a gold version.

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Google Now allows users to block specific news sources

Google Now allows users to block specific news sources

Android users who frequently tap on stories they find via Google Now cards only to find that those stories are clickbait will be thrilled to hear this. According to a post on Reddit, Google Now has a new feature that allows you to remove stories from certain sources so you never have to see them again. Users now have multiple options for customizing their feeds.

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Shazam integration with Google Play Music adds button for buying tunes

Shazam integration with Google Play Music adds button for buying tunes

Music fans that have used Shazam to identify a song they hear and like will now have improved ways to buy the song or perform other tasks via Google Music. The latest versions of the app still allows you to identify a song and once the identification is complete, a large Google Play Music bar will be visible that has buttons to listen to the song, buy the song, or create a radio station based on the song. Google Music really wants Shazam users to try out its music service and is offering a 3-month play subscription for a dollar.

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Oombrella connected umbrella reminds you to take it with you

Oombrella connected umbrella reminds you to take it with you

I think we can all relate to those days when the forecast is bad, but you forget your umbrella at home when you leave for the day. It's annoying to fight the rain when you walked out the door leaving your umbrella behind. A new connected umbrella called the oombrella may eliminate the chance of forgetting to take an umbrella with you.

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Google rolls out first Android N dev preview OTA update

Google rolls out first Android N dev preview OTA update

Earlier this month Google officially launched the dev preview of the next flavor of Android called Android N. With the launch of Android N Google did something a bit different by offering up a very early version of the OS that was festooned with bugs and issues. In fact, Android N was so buggy and early that we recommended you not download it unless you actually made a living as a developer.

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Hellblade real-time motion capture turns the real into virtual seamlessly

Hellblade real-time motion capture turns the real into virtual seamlessly

Game developer Ninja Theory is making a video game called Hellblade that is using some very impressive motion capture technology to get a real actresses movements and emotions into the virtual world. The game is focused on a female Viking warrior called Senua who is battling insanity. Ninja Theory showed off a demo of how it is capturing motion from actress Melina Juergens and putting it into the game at GDC.

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Nokia OZO Professional VR camera launches in Europe for immersive VR videos

Nokia OZO Professional VR camera launches in Europe for immersive VR videos

Nokia has announced that it has launched its new professional VR camera in Europe called the OZO professional VR camera. Along with the camera Nokia is also launching post-production partnerships intended to produce end-to-end solutions for creating VR experiences. The camera has some interesting features including real-time VR preview, wireless operation, and 360-degree VR audio along with live video broadcasting capability.

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LG G5 pre-orders kick off at US Cellular March 28

LG G5 pre-orders kick off at US Cellular March 28

Earlier this month we heard that the launch date for the LG G5 would be in early April. US Cellular has now confirmed its launch date for the device and the launch is coming April 1. Pre-orders for the device will start on March 28 and on April 1; the smartphone will be in stores for purchase. US Cellular also notes that LG Friends, a suite of companion devices for the G5 will land in stores in mid-April.

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Galaxy J5 leaked images highlight metal frame and colors

Galaxy J5 leaked images highlight metal frame and colors

Earlier this month some images of the Samsung J5 smartphone leaked when the device crossed TENAA in China. Those images highlighted a device that appeared to have a metal frame. This week some more images of the Samsung J5 have leaked and these appear to possible be official images from Samsung slated to show the device off when it officially launches. This new round of leaked images show the device from most angles.

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Baidu driverless cars head to the States for testing

Baidu driverless cars head to the States for testing

Chinese search giant Baidu is set to bring its driverless car testing to the US in a move that sees the firm advocating coordination with the US government to get self-driving cars on the road. Baidu wants to have a commercially viable automated car available in China by 2018, which is well ahead of the goals set by some firms. Baidu has a tech center in Silicon Valley that will be used for the autonomous car effort.

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SCAMP robot is a quadrotor drone that can fly, climb, and perch

SCAMP robot is a quadrotor drone that can fly, climb, and perch

Quadrotor drones can perform all sorts of tasks from monitoring air quality to performing surveillance. The catch is that the limited battery life means that they can only perform their assigned tasks for short periods of flying. Researchers from Stanford University have developed a quadrotor drone aircraft that is able to extend its useful life by saving its batteries with the ability to perch like a bird in a place where it can still perform its assignment and save battery power.

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Japanese Bento watch feeds you at lunchtime

Japanese Bento watch feeds you at lunchtime

The Japanese take their food seriously and they take their gadgets seriously as well. The Bento Watch may be the perfect combination of feeding a hungry appetite and the need for a cool watch on the wrist. This gadget is called the Bento Watch and when lunchtime rolls around all the wearer needs do is flip open the watch face and eat up.

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