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Opera challenges Microsoft Edge’s battery saving claims

Opera challenges Microsoft Edge’s battery saving claims

When you just recently released a product or feature that promised to significantly save users some laptop battery life, you would naturally be unsettled when, out of nowhere, someone suddenly claims to have an even better "regular" product. That is probably what browser maker Opera felt when Microsoft surprisingly published a blog post that extolled its own Edge browser's battery efficiency. Now Opera is refuting Microsoft's claims by presenting its own hard evidence of how Opera's new power saving feature trumps them all.

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iPhone 6 almost banned in China via barely existing company

iPhone 6 almost banned in China via barely existing company

Over the weekend, Apple was almost dealt a fatal blow in China. The Beijing Intellectual Patent Office ruled that Apple's iPhone 6 infringed on patents held by a certain company named Shenzhen Baili, which would have meant sales of the smartphone would need to be suspended. Apple gained a slight reprieve while the ruling gets reviewed. Now it would seem that the company that sued it, as well as its parent company Digione, might not exactly be what they say, with Shenzhen Baili barely existing as a "flesh and blood" company.

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Google Fiber to buy Webpass ISP in expansion bid

Google Fiber to buy Webpass ISP in expansion bid

In the aftermath of Alphabet-induced restructuring, some of Google's former groups and businesses have seemingly been de-emphasized or have gone silent. Of course, that isn't completely the case. Take Google Fiber, for example, which has proceeded surely though slowly, despite seemingly taking a step back in Kansas. And as is if to further prove that it still means business, almost literally, it is swooping up another business. Google Fiber has just agreed to buy San Francisco ISP Webpass, to not only further enhance its ability to provide high-speed fiber Internet, but to also give it an edge in the five cities Webpass operates in, including San Francisco.

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Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Raspberry Pi board + Kodi (formerly XBMC) software + official Kodi RPi case from FLIRC. That is the formula that Kodi's developers are now proposing to deliver an almost complete, energy efficient, low footprint home media center built off one of the cheapest single board computers (SBC) available in the market. Of course, an enclosure is an enclosure and the case can be used to house an RPi for any purpose. But for those who want to show their brand loyalties, especially to Kodi, this limited edition is the case to buy.

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Huawei said to be planning own OS to free itself of Google

Huawei said to be planning own OS to free itself of Google

It seems that Samsung isn't the only one thinking of breaking away from its dependence on Android and Google. Insider sources are now claiming that Huawei is also mulling over the possibility of creating its own OS, in the somewhat distant feature, in order to not rely on the crutch of Android. These latest "separatist" sentiments have been prompted by recent talk about Google planning to exert more control not just over its own Nexus devices but OEM devices as well.

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OnePlus 3 reviews send co-founder Carl Pei into a rant

OnePlus 3 reviews send co-founder Carl Pei into a rant

It's a bit interesting how usually fickle public opinion can do a 180 in a short span of time. When OnePlus released its first "flagship killer" in 2014, everyone was all over it. It used the same formula that Xiaomi used to much success in China, offering decent specs at a price to die for, plus a few unique tricks of its own. Fast-forward two years later, the latest OnePlus 3 champion is beset with criticisms and almost outright accusations, causing company co-founder Carl Pei to slightly blow a fuse and head off on a Reddit rant.

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Facebook brings reactions to virtual reality

Facebook brings reactions to virtual reality

Facebook reactions -- they're all the little emoticons you can "like" a Facebook post with, and as of this evening, they're now available in virtual reality. Facebook announced the new support today, saying that you can thumbs-up a post -- or choose any of the four faces or the heart -- on any Facebook 360 video directly through the Samsung Gear VR headset.

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Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has partnered with Udacity to create an “Android Basics” Nanodegree, an educational program that teaches those with no experience all the basics needed to create their own Android app. The program is designed for those who “have little or no programming experience,” says Google; by the end of the program, those who complete it will be able to create their own basic apps, a couple examples of which are educational apps “Dr Malaria” and “ROP Tutorial."

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Amazon Fresh brings same-day grocery deliveries to Boston

Amazon Fresh brings same-day grocery deliveries to Boston

Amazon Fresh, the company’s same-day grocery service for Prime members, has expanded into Boston. Though Amazon Fresh isn’t available throughout the entire city, it is available in most of it, and it makes more than 95,000 items available to residents. This includes fresh foods like meat and vegetables, hence the name. Depending on what time of the day the items are ordered, the food will be delivered on the same day or the next morning.

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It’s not paranoia to cover your laptop’s webcam

It’s not paranoia to cover your laptop’s webcam

Mark Zuckerberg may cover his laptop's webcam and microphone with sticky tape, but you don't have to be the billionaire founder of a massively-popular social network to be sensibly cautious about privacy. A photo shared by the Facebook founder this week - celebrating 500 million Instagram users - piqued the attention of eagle-eyed privacy advocates, who spotted a low-tech solution to helping secure Zuckerberg's laptop.

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Star Wars Battlefront ‘Bespin’ DLC now available

Star Wars Battlefront ‘Bespin’ DLC now available

Star Wars Battlefront owners who have been waiting for the latest DLC pack to arrive can download it now. Bespin, the newest expansion pack, became available as of yesterday (and right on time). The DLC takes gamers to the vast and sparkly clean CloudCity, where they can battle it out in five new maps with a couple of new weapons and several new star cards, as well as a pair of new heroes.

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Android Marshmallow update released for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

Android Marshmallow update released for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

Back in April we got news that the folks at AT&T were testing the Samsung Galaxy S6 for inclusion in the Android Marshmallow update. The Galaxy S7 has that as well, regardless of your carrier - now it's time for the rest of the Galaxy crew to get onboard. As of this week, AT&T subscribers will be seeing Marshmallow updates for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, at long last.

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