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Xperia X Performance coming to the UK after all

Xperia X Performance coming to the UK after all

Fans of the Sony Xperia line of smartphones weren't happy back in February when we heard that the Xperia XA might not come to the States and the Xperia X Performance might not come to the UK and Germany. Fans in the UK will be glad to hear that it appears the X Performance is coming to the UK after all, albeit in limited quantities.

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LG K8 V pre-orders kick off June 9 on Verizon

LG K8 V pre-orders kick off June 9 on Verizon

Verizon has announced that pre-orders for a new LG smartphone called the K8 V will kick off on its network on June 9. The LG K8 V is a Verizon exclusive device. The smartphone has a 5-inch HD resolution screen claiming to be one of the largest in its class. The rear camera is an 8MP unit and the front camera is a 5MP unit.

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Galaxy Note 7 tipped for integrated iris scanner

Galaxy Note 7 tipped for integrated iris scanner

For some folks fingerprint scanners always work without a hitch and for others, they end up swiping repeatedly to no avail. Rumors are floating around about the coming Galaxy Note 7 smartphone that claim it might have a new type of security feature integrated. That new security feature is an iris scanner. If this rumor is accurate, the iris scanner itself wouldn't be new; it has been used by Samsung on the Galaxy Tab Iris tablet for India.

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More One Plus 3 images leak along with price details

More One Plus 3 images leak along with price details

Images of the One Plus 3 smartphone have leaked again. These shots reportedly come courtesy of a case maker who was unable to keep them under wraps. The images appear to be press shots that show the smartphone from all angles. We see the overall design of the rear of the phone with a large area around the camera and a LED flash. The One Plus 3 appears to have antenna lines on the back similar to the iPhone.

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Microsoft ditches plans for Xbox One TV DVR

Microsoft ditches plans for Xbox One TV DVR

Back in August of last year Microsoft announced that it was going to put an OTA TV DVR into the Xbox One to allow users to record programs they watch on TV just as they would with their cable box to watch later. A lot of Xbox One fans were excited by that prospect. If you were one of the folks excited about a DVR, you will not be happy to hear that Microsoft has now cancelled those plans.

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32M Twitter login credentials reportedly leaked by hacker

32M Twitter login credentials reportedly leaked by hacker

LeakedSource has published a searchable database that has the credentials of millions of user accounts from different social networks on the web. The latest addition to the leaked database of user credentials is claimed to be a massive leak of Twitter user data.

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Bionic Leaf is more efficient than photosynthesis

Bionic Leaf is more efficient than photosynthesis

If you remember elementary school science, photosynthesis is the process used to create energy by plants. Scientists Daniel Nocera and Pamela Silver from Harvard have created what they call a bionic leaf that is able to use solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuel. The system is said to be more efficient than natural photosynthesis.

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EHang 184 manned drone to flight test in Nevada

EHang 184 manned drone to flight test in Nevada

The last time we talked about EHang the company was showing off its EHang 198 automated flying machine. The drone aircraft looks like a quadrotor you might use to fly your GoPro into the sky for aerial shots, but is sized to allow human passengers to climb aboard and take flight. The idea is that the EHang automated drones could pick people up, the person could enter a destination with a smartphone app, and takeoff.

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Zero Latency and Sega Live Creation bring free-roam VR to Japan

Zero Latency and Sega Live Creation bring free-roam VR to Japan

Zero Latency and Sega Live Creation have announced that they are teaming to bring the first free-roaming multi-player VR game to Japan. The Zero Latency experience is launching in celebration of the Tokyo Joypolis 20th Anniversary. The game will be a permanent fixture at the venue starting in July 2016.

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Galaxy Note 7 name tipped again

Galaxy Note 7 name tipped again

Back in late May, we first reported on a rumor that the next Galaxy note smartphone would change the naming convention that Samsung has used. If Samsung followed its traditional naming convention, the new Note phablet would be the Galaxy Note 6. The rumor suggested that the next device would instead be called the Galaxy Note 7.

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FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

Most people loathe doing the laundry. Sure, we have machines that wash and dry our clothing for us today, but the folding and ironing that goes with putting them away means that time is still spent on laundry that most would rather use for something else. A company called FoldiMate has a machine of the same name that comes into play after you run clothing through the washer and dryer that will dewrinkle and fold your clothes for you.

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Android Open Source Project adds recovery-based brick function

Android Open Source Project adds recovery-based brick function

For the most part Android smartphones and tablet users never want their devices to get bricked because of a failed update or a hack they are trying to install themselves. However, there are times when rendering your own device into a useless brick is very appealing. Specifically when your phone is lost or stolen and you don't want the thief able to use your device or access data you have stored there. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) has integrated a new feature to allow users to brick devices when needed.

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