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Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon is attempting to make picking a mobile package more straightforward, killing off the contract but ousting phone subsidies in the process. As of August 13, Verizon will retire its individual line and family plans, shifting to four options - small, medium, large, and x-large - that all include unlimited calls and messaging, varying instead by how much data they include.

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Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Last week, the Android world woke up to quite a scare. Imagine a vulnerability where you don't have to do anything at all. You just need to receive an MMS (multimedia message) and you're done for. That was Stagefright. And while Google was said to have responded quickly, revelation of the security hole also put one of Android's biggest warts under a spotlight once more. No matter how swiftly Google acts, updates don't come as fast. Now, however, Stagefright might ironically be helping change that, slowly but, hopefully, surely.

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A Week with Windows 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A Week with Windows 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It seems almost surreal to think that it has already been a week since Microsoft unleashed Windows 10 to the world. Or at least to those not privy to Insider previews. In that short span of time, a lot has already been said about the latest, and supposedly the last, version of Windows. As expected, not all of them are good, but not all of them are bad either. Here are some of the top five things you can expect to experience when your time finally comes to upgrade.

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Samsung pulls plug on secret tablet TV controller

Samsung pulls plug on secret tablet TV controller

A Samsung scheme to oust the traditional TV remote with a dedicated media tablet has been axed, insiders claim, scuppered over content rights and in-fighting. Samsung Perfect Experience, or "PX" as it was apparently known in internal shorthand, was initially intended to be a key feature of the company's 2015 TV line-up. However, the skunkworks-style project built in no small part on former Boxee talent was shuttered amidst delays.

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Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

A childhood spent watching The Jetsons teased us with one tantalizing aspect of our potential future: a home filled with buttons that, when pressed, cause things to happen. Food to appear. A robot to appear. Whatever that non-labelled unassuming button was programmed for, push it and it’ll happen. If you were like most kids watching the show, you wanted that future. Really, really wanted it. When do you finally get that magical button? That future is now upon us thanks to Amazon, only it looks like an advertisement and it is far too little, too late.

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OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style – which one “potentially” deserves your money?

OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style – which one “potentially” deserves your money?

Last week we saw not one but two mid-year racehorses make their way into the smartphone tracks. One an established veteran in the industry, the other almost a David in comparison, both putting out mouthwatering offers. But at the end of the day, unless you have the money to spare, you will choose only one. Is the OnePlus 2 really worthy of all the hype the startup generated? Or was the Moto X Style able to repeat the magic of the original Moto X in 2014? Pending a full blown review, we do a spec and feature side-by-side to get a preliminary appraisal.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship leaks

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship leaks

Microsoft may have been focusing on Windows 10 lately, but it also has a pair of flagship smartphones in the pipeline, photos of one of which have now leaked. The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL - otherwise known by their codenames, Talkman and Cityman - are expected to make their official debut in September or October this year, but the larger Lumia 950 XL has apparently escaped early in prototype form, at least.

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White House releases Clean Power Plan: power plants targeted

White House releases Clean Power Plan: power plants targeted

Today marks a big day for the US’s environmental progression, with President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator Gina McCarthy jointly releasing a final Clean Power Plan — the first in the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce the nation’s pollution levels and tackle the issue of climate change. The White House said in a statement this morning, “We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged … Taking action now is critical."

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HoloLens release “within the next year” for devs

HoloLens release “within the next year” for devs

Microsoft's HoloLens head-worn augmented reality computer is expected to begin shipping within the next year, though consumers will still be left waiting. The unusual headset, which overlays digital graphics on top of the real world, allowing them to be virtually manipulated as if sharing the space of the wearer, will initially be targeted at developers and enterprise users. According to comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, meanwhile, the consumer device journey may take considerably longer.

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Apple and BMW said wary but willing on car collaboration

Apple and BMW said wary but willing on car collaboration

Negotiations between Apple and BMW are tipped to reignite, after the German automaker reportedly wowed Tim Cook and other execs with its production talents. The Apple CEO and his colleagues paid an unpublicized visit to BMW last year, reports earlier this week suggested, with Cook attending a meeting at the car company's HQ, while other execs toured the Leipzig plant. Believed to be on the table, despite denials by BMW, are possible plans to collaborate on a car.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive – 640 all-American horses

2016 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive – 640 all-American horses

There's a moment, just after you start up the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, when the seat belt gently contracts around you, almost like the 640 horsepower super-sedan is giving you a hug. It's a reassuring gesture, though a little at odds with the near-simultaneous gurgle from the engine as the exhaust valves flutter. "Sure, I'm 16.5 feet long, weigh more than four thousand pounds, and will catapult to sixty miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and then run all the way to 200 mph," the Caddy is saying, "but I don't want to kill you in the process."

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Keys to “ingredients for life” found on Rosetta’s comet

Keys to “ingredients for life” found on Rosetta’s comet

The comet followed by the ESA's Rosetta mission and landed upon by Philae has turned up "the ingredients for life" in its most recent data package. This data may well also be the last that Philae sends via Rosetta, as the craft have just one more chance to be in alignment before they're cut off from Earth contact forever. To detect the data we're exploring today, Philae employed its Ptolemy and COSAC tools, turning up water vapor, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

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