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Researchers develop carbon nanotube material stronger than kevlar

Researchers develop carbon nanotube material stronger than kevlar

While the material pictured above might not look like much, it is actually both stronger and more pliable than kevlar or carbon fiber. Developed by researchers from the East China University of Science & Technology, the film is made from carbon nanotubes, getting its strength from tubes that remain aligned parallel to each other, as opposed to other materials that use different layouts.

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US Mobile on Xiaomi phones: we’re just doing what Amazon does

US Mobile on Xiaomi phones: we’re just doing what Amazon does

Yesterday, there was news that almost delighted Xiaomi fans in the US. Almost. A carrier, who you may or may not have heard before, that rode on T-Mobile's network, started offering Xiaomi and Meizu smartphones. Suddenly, the Internet was ablaze with two pieces of news, in rapid succession. First was the unexpected, and totally unannounced arrival of Xiaomi phones in the US. And the other was to point out that it was not legit at all. Now both Xiaomi and US Mobile are putting in their two cents each.

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Soundcloud Stations music discovery teeters on Apple Music turf

Soundcloud Stations music discovery teeters on Apple Music turf

Ever since Apple got into the music streaming biz, the market has heated up, with more and more services adding features to place themselves above the crowd. One of the most unlikely players in that market is following suit. Soundcloud has just announced the addition of a Stations feature on its iOS and Android apps. Its purpose may be simple, to help users discover more music, but, in the grand scheme of Soundcloud's plans, it might be taking it closer to competing with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

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Beware USB-C cables that could seriously fry your device

Beware USB-C cables that could seriously fry your device

As part of the team who worked on the Pixel C, Google engineer Benson Leung took it upon himself to survey the myriad USB Type-C cables being sold, particularly on Amazon, for their compliance with the USB specs and accuracy, not to mention safety. Every test carries a risk but Leung perhaps hoped never to come across one as destructive as this. Now he has the war wounds to show for his crusade and at least three dead devices, including a 2015 Chromebook Pixel because of a poorly and incorrectly made USB-C cable.

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Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

February 1st has come and gone with no new Lumia smartphone in sight. That does leave more room for possibilities, like a still possible Lumia 850 mid-range phablet. That does seem to be what is being implied by this leak, which shows a few hands-on shots of what is supposedly the Lumia 850. The Lumia 650, which was rumored to be unveiled Feb. 1, was also rumored to be the only Lumia this year. If these photos are real, however, then both are apparently false.

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Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

You've probably come across one or two sci-fi films, or maybe even a few YouTube videos, that make you want to believe in ubiquitous displays of the future, where even the mirrors in your bathroom can tell you today's headlines. Hopefully without snooping in on your private, closed door activities. Tired of waiting for the future to arrive, Google engineer Max Braun decided to take matters into his own hands. And by that, we mean building a bathroom mirror display with his own hands, complete with Google Now's ever so helpful cards.

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Ultra-strong Turing Phone ditches Android for Sailfish OS

Ultra-strong Turing Phone ditches Android for Sailfish OS

Ultra-strong both in software and in materials. That was the promise that Turing Robotic Industries (TRI) made with its Turing Phone, which, a good number of pre-order buyers have indeed believed. That, however, was last year. The smartphone, which boasts of a "stronger than steel" liquid metal body, has already been delayed. And now it might be delayed even more. The company has informed early buyers that it has decided to switch from Android to Jolla's Sailfish OS, a rather dumbfounding move for a device that still needs to prove it can actually reach the market.

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Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft already has a "smart" virtual keyboard for both tablets and smartphones. In fact, it was just recently rumored that it would be bringing its keyboard to Android and iOS, the latter with possibly some interesting special features. So it might, at first, be surprising to hear about its acquisition of UK-based SwiftKey, makers of one of the more popular mobile keyboards. But old Redmond isn't paying $250 million just for a keyboard. It is, in truth, more interested in the AI talent and software behind it.

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Volkswagen’s 3.0 liter recall draft proposal sent to EPA, CARB

Volkswagen’s 3.0 liter recall draft proposal sent to EPA, CARB

Volkswagen has sent the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a draft of its 3.0-liter diesel vehicle recall plan, the latest chapter is the auto maker's emissions scandal. This latest plan, not to be confused with the one recently rejected by CARB, concerns 85,000 or so cars encompassed by the auto group, including Audi and Porsche, featuring a 3.0-liter diesel engine.

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