Leica M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder ditches LCD screen

Leica M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder ditches LCD screen

Majority of the mainstream camera makers have more or less conceded the battle to smartphones, obliging selfies and hi-tech composition on vari-angle LCD screens. Acclaimed German camera maker Leica, however, is going against the flow. It wants to bring back the simple pleasures and thrills of photography, especially during the age of film, even with one foot down in the digital age. And it is doing that by removing all but the essentials from the new M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder, including the now conventional LCD panel.

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Coach Apple Watch bands to have 9 designs, cost $150

Coach Apple Watch bands to have 9 designs, cost $150

Steve Wozniak bemoaned Apple's journey towards turning the Apple Watch more into a fashion luxury item, but, of course, that won't douse Cupertino's penchant from the extravagant. After launching standalone Hermes bands for the Apple Watch, the company is expected to soon unveil a new batch with Coach's brand instead. How soon? If some of the rumors are to be believed, next month already. And luckily for the budget-conscious fashionista, these Coach bands won't cost as much as the more limited Hermes straps.

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Microsoft HoloLens specs include “walking dead” Atom CPU

Microsoft HoloLens specs include “walking dead” Atom CPU

When Intel suddenly revealed that it was discontinuing the Atom line of processors, the Internet was ablaze with questions about the future of devices. As underpowered and disappointing as the chips might be compared to the ARM processors they are competing against, Atoms do power a good number of current devices as well as some that are still in development. Apparently, one of those is Microsoft's HoloLens. Windows Central took a peek inside the mixed reality headset to find an Intel Atom x5, which raises the question of the device's future iterations.

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Lenovo says Micromax’s Cyanogen OS exclusivity has ended

Lenovo says Micromax’s Cyanogen OS exclusivity has ended

While Cyanogen OS has noble roots in the popular CyanogenMod ROM and community, part of its reputation has been built on controversy. The company would go to challenge Google's hold over Android, partnering with Microsoft and other companies in an attempt to replace Google's apps and services. But even before that, it was already mired in controversy when, without warning, it made the OS exclusive to Micromax, at least in India. Lenovo, who will soon be launching the ZUK-branded Z1 in the country, says that the exclusivity is now over.

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NVIDIA, Samsung lay down arms, settle all patent squabbles

NVIDIA, Samsung lay down arms, settle all patent squabbles

As the song goes, let there be peace on Earth. Or at least in the mobile graphics market. Happily, that seems to be the case at least between NVIDIA and Samsung, who have finally decided to settle their differences outside of court. After more than a year of back and forth mudslinging and suits and countersuits, the two have agreed to a settlement that, among other things, involve a small amount of cross-licensing. Money might have been involved, too, but of course they're not going to say that.

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Mars slope lineae landscapes may be etched by boiling water

Mars slope lineae landscapes may be etched by boiling water

A simulation of a Martian day has revealed the possible cause of Mars’ extensive seasonal gullies: boiling water. The conclusion was made after researchers used Open University’s Large Mars Chamber, a steel decompression chamber equipped with simulated hills, to test the effects of water running down the surface. The gullies were first discovered in 2011, and how they formed had largely remained a mystery.

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Robot monk Xian’er teaches temple visitors, chants mantras

Robot monk Xian’er teaches temple visitors, chants mantras

Longquan Temple, a Buddhist temple not too far from Beijing, is home to Xian’er, a 2ft. tall robot monk donned in a yellow robe and seeming holding a tablet in his hands. The robot is an unexpected blend of modern with the ancient, and is designed to, among other things, teach visitors some basic things about Buddhism. When not teaching, the robo-monk can chant mantras. The robot’s purpose is fairly simple — it is designed to attract visitor attention that may otherwise be dedicated to a smartphone.

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CST-01 Watch officially dead: company files for bankruptcy

CST-01 Watch officially dead: company files for bankruptcy

The CST-01, the “world’s thinnest watch,” has seemingly been dead in the water since last summer when the company behind it, Central Standard Timing, posted their last update declaring that Flextronics had decided to back away from the project. The company first sought funding on Kickstarter, where its promise of an incredibly thin e-ink watch raked in $1,026,293 from more than 7600 backers. The campaign ended on February 22, 2013 -- the first delay was announced by July and now, nearly a year since the company's last update, backers have received paperwork announcing bankruptcy.

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Galaxy Note 6 details add up with USB-C

Galaxy Note 6 details add up with USB-C

It may be time for Samsung to try their hand - again - at adopting the next generation of USB technology in smartphones of all sorts. They previously attempted this with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a device that utilized a B-shaped USB 3.0 port. That wasn't especially positively popular with users, from what we heard, so Samsung ended up switching back with the Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 6 is said, today, to be moving forward with the first non-micro-USB-B port on a Samsung phone since the Note 3.

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Mighty No. 9 launches June 21 in North America and Asia

Mighty No. 9 launches June 21 in North America and Asia

Mighty No. 9, the game that has been chronically delayed, will be launching in North America and Asia on June 21, the game’s creator has announced. In a statement today, Keiji Inafune said everyone outside of North America and Asia will get access to the title soon after starting on June 24. He describes the game as having “gone gold,” and says the team is in its final stages before it hits digital and retail shelves.

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Hulu tipped in plan to launch Sling TV competitor next year

Hulu tipped in plan to launch Sling TV competitor next year

Hulu could be the next company to offer a live streaming real-time TV service, according to sources. The service would be akin to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, enabling subscribers to watch live cable channels and broadcasts over the Internet rather than through a satellite or cable television subscription. Sources say Hulu is aiming to launch the live service in the first quarter of next year.

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Sanitizing cow farts before they happen could slow climate change

Sanitizing cow farts before they happen could slow climate change

Steaks are good, yes. So are burgers on the grill and a roast in the oven. Cows, though, aren’t so great for the environment, an issue that must be addressed as the world becomes hotter and climate change becomes more rapid. It takes a lot of water to raise a cow, but that's arguably not humanity's biggest concern at the moment. It is farts...cow farts, to be specific. A cow's fart has a lot of methane, and methane is a big contributor toward a warmer planet.

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