Microsoft changes the hardware rules for Windows 10, Mobile

Microsoft changes the hardware rules for Windows 10, Mobile

July 29 is expected to bring a lot of changes to Windows land, some of them good, some of them not so much. But the tides of change aren't just for end users. Even Microsoft's OEM partners are getting a taste of it as well. Microsoft hast just updated it guidelines for which hardware specs will be allowed to run which Windows 10 version. On the one hand, while the new requirements opens the door to a new class of devices, it also raises the minimum higher, excluding others.

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LG G5 USB-C supports Power Delivery, Qualcomm Quick Charge

LG G5 USB-C supports Power Delivery, Qualcomm Quick Charge

Despite the promises of a better USB future, USB Type-C, the reversible, all-in-one connection, is still in a stage fraught with growing pains. Some manufacturers and accessory makers are too eager to jump onto the USB-C bandwagon that they don't always check for proper compliance and implementation. Even OnePlus was guilty of that rookie mistake. Fortunately, it seems that LG has learned from others' mistakes and has ensured that the USB-C port on the LG G5 is compatible with both Qualcomm's proprietary Quick Charge 3.0 and the more standard USB Power Delivery 2.0 spec.

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Waverly Labs Pilot earpiece translates languages on the fly

Waverly Labs Pilot earpiece translates languages on the fly

Waverly Labs has a very interesting product that may one day help to eliminate the language barrier between people around the world. The device is an earpiece called Pilot that looks rather like a large Bluetooth earpiece. The Pilot can in fact be used as earbuds for streaming wireless music, but its real function is to translate the language that you hear in spoken form.

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Russia gets an 80m high Samsung Galaxy S7 edge signage

Russia gets an 80m high Samsung Galaxy S7 edge signage

People usually joke about how large our smartphones are getting. Samsung, amusingly, decided to take that literally. Well, almost. In Sokot, Moscow, at the side of the road that leads to the Sheremetyevo International Airport, the around 800,000 people that pass there daily will be able to gawk at a gigantic Galaxy S7 edge. Of course, it's just a signage, but it is definitely one of Samsung's most ambitious, if not obnoxious, marketing stunt to remind people that it has a smaller version of that same curved edge monstrosity.

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Climber scales 140m building using suction from an LG vacuum cleaner

Climber scales 140m building using suction from an LG vacuum cleaner

LG pulled off a strange, but very cool marketing stunt recently that had a famous rock climber called Sierra Blair-Coyle. Blair-Coyle was the winner of the 2015 US Extreme Rock Climbing contest and rather than climbing rocks this time, she scaled the outside of a glass skyscraper using suction created from a pair of LG Code Zero K94SGN vacuums.

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Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth earbuds rock metal body

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth earbuds rock metal body

Jaybird has unveiled a new set of earbuds called the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth buds. These earbuds are the fifth generation of wireless offerings from the company and promise style, sound, and comfort in a single package. Freedom earbuds feature a sandblasted metal accented housing rather than the plastic common to this type of earbuds.

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Leaked iPhone 7 casing suggests 4 speakers, larger camera

Leaked iPhone 7 casing suggests 4 speakers, larger camera

Given how we're still quite far away from Apple's usual September affair, it's no surprise that the iPhone 7 rumors that keep piling up don't always stack up with one another, nor do they always make sense. While some of the more "wild" speculation have been offloaded to the iPhone 7 Plus, or Pro, this latest batch of photos give the regular iPhone 7 something crazy of its own. Allegedly from an Italian accessory maker, the photos show the back case of the iPhone 7 bearing four speakers and a vertically stacked camera and flash arrangement.

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Toyota is giving DEKA’s iBOT wheelchair a second life

Toyota is giving DEKA’s iBOT wheelchair a second life

In August, iBOT would have been celebrating its 10th birthday had not Johnson and Johnson quietly and without warning sold off the motorized wheelchair that promised to give the elderly and the disabled a new reason to get up in the morning. Seeing the potential use, not to mention market, for this contraption, Toyota Motor North America entered into a partnership with DEKA in order to develop and launch the next iBOT wheelchair, which will hopefully fare better than its predecessor.

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Hack lets PS4 run Steam Linux games

Hack lets PS4 run Steam Linux games

This current generation of consoles, both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, did something substantially different from their predecessors. For the first time, they sported desktop PC components inside, practically making them special purpose PCs fine-tuned for gaming. That fact, of course, has piqued the curiosity of many modders and hackers in actually making those machines run a different operating system, usually Linux. One such modder is OsirisX, who has not only successfully loaded Linux on the PS4, but was able to get SteamOS games up and running at decent performance.

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LG Pay “White Card” to be first to have integrated circuit

LG Pay “White Card” to be first to have integrated circuit

By the time LG Pay fully launches later this year, it will probably the youngest and smallest in the still budding mobile payments market. However, it could come with an ace that will, at least in theory, trump even giants like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Already leaked before was the "White Card" that will be used with LG Pay, practically a programmable card that can be used on traditional terminals. This would be the first time an integrated circuit or IC will be used in a card for a mobile payment system.

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Galaxy Note 6 could get Samsung’s new 10nm 6GB LPDDR4 RAM

Galaxy Note 6 could get Samsung’s new 10nm 6GB LPDDR4 RAM

Although long rumored for the upcoming Galaxy Note 6, other smartphone OEMs, like Vivo for example, have beaten Samsung to the 6 GB RAM punch by launching early this year. While those, of course, are commendable, Samsung might still have the last laugh. At a Mobile Solutions Forum is recently held in Shenzhen, China, the Korean OEM unveiled its latest 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM. The difference between Samsung's chip and existing 6GB RAM chips is that Samsung utilizes the newest 10 nm manufacturing process, promising faster, more efficient memory.

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Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, fix promised

Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, fix promised

iPhone and iPad owners have been proud of how better the iOS update system is compared to Android's fragmented diversity. With Apple in full control of updates, all supported devices are able to receive updates quickly and smoothly. That last bit, however, has lately become a bane more than a boon, with each update sometimes breaking things instead of fixing them. The latest example of this would be iOS 9.3.2, an otherwise uneventful and minor update if not for the fact that it bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets.

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