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Climate Change Conference COP21 is deciding our planet’s future

Climate Change Conference COP21 is deciding our planet’s future

The United Nations are meeting in Paris this month to decide the fate of our shared planet. Climate change is the subject, and how we'll mitigate damage is the talk that surrounds it. A total of 195 nations gathered this week to chop through planned global agreements to fight global warming. The key reason talks aren't simpler: cash. These nations have to decide who will foot the bill for assisting in mitigation for developing countries, and the U.N. as a whole isn't exactly sure who should do it.

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YouTube videos now load while paused

YouTube videos now load while paused

Android users will be first in seeing a brand new "buffering" text in their YouTube apps when a video is loading. This is unlike the past in which a spinning "wheel of death" was seen or - worse still - the video would just pause without any indication that it was about to start up again. Today, Google provides some much-needed notification of what's happening. Almost like they're opening the doors to you, the user, allowing you to see what's actually going on in the app, in your internet, as your video loads.

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Apple Watch 2 reveal tipped for March 2016 with 4″ iPhone 6c

Apple Watch 2 reveal tipped for March 2016 with 4″ iPhone 6c

Apple's second-generation Apple Watch 2, along with a new 4-inch iPhone 6c, may be revealed in March next year according to the latest rumors. The public unveil of the upcoming wearable refresh would slightly jump the gun on the first-generation Apple Watch's on-sale anniversary, while according to 9 to 5 Mac's source, sales of the new model would likely begin in April 2016.

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Apple Smart Battery Case nearly doubles iPhone 6s power

Apple Smart Battery Case nearly doubles iPhone 6s power

Apple may not believe in removable batteries, but iPhone 6s owners can now get an official battery case. The Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s looks set to pull the rug out from under Mophie's holiday cheer, a $99 add-on that comes close to doubling battery life.

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How 1,699 Linux games can give Steam OS a boost

How 1,699 Linux games can give Steam OS a boost

As of today, there are 1,699 games on Steam compatible with Linux. That's just one game short of a 1,700 of a significant milestone. But why the obsession with numbers on a platform traditionally associated more with servers and render farms and very rarely modern games? Because Valve has placed all its Steam OS eggs in one Linux basket and the adoption of the operating system in this market will ultimately seal the fate of what is perhaps the company's biggest, not to mention riskiest, business venture.

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Alphabet spins Google life sciences into Verily

Alphabet spins Google life sciences into Verily

Google's smart contact lens has been given a company of its own, with Alphabet announcing Verily, its life sciences arm. The new company will take the reins of former Google[x] projects like the glucose-measuring contact lens, attempting to understand and predict diseases using the power of big data, and developing bio-molecular nanotechnology.

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You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

I woke up at 5:30 AM after a string of nightmares about being left alone on a dusty red planet. Like a fool I'd eaten a gigantic piece of chocolate cake the night before while watching a set of tiny teaser clips of "The Martian" to mentally prepare for the next day, which was then, now, today. "It's OK," I told myself. "Stay calm. You're in Houston. You're on East NASA Parkway in the same hotel you'd checked in to the day before. Today you're going to go on a brief ride in a Mars rover and talk to an astronaut."

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Nokia HERE deal closes as German automakers grab robo-car tech

Nokia HERE deal closes as German automakers grab robo-car tech

Nokia's deal to sell digital mapping and location services specialist HERE to a trio of German automakers has closed ahead of schedule. The agreement, announced back in August, was initially expected to get regulatory approval sometime early in 2016, but that came through sooner than expected and Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler wasted no time in inking the contract.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 might ape Lumia to handle heat

Samsung Galaxy S7 might ape Lumia to handle heat

Samsung may hope its upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone makes a hot splash in the market, but preventing the phone itself from overheating is also high on the agenda. The Galaxy S7 release date isn't expected to be until early 2016, but according to reports out of Korea work is underway to install a still fairly unusual technology that would keep the flagship cool.

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Ex-Android chief Andy Rubin might be making a phone

Ex-Android chief Andy Rubin might be making a phone

Once you're bitten by the Android bug it can be hard to walk away, at least that's what Andy Rubin is reportedly finding. The former Android chief handed over the reins back in early 2013, but according to a new report has been bankrolling a smartphone startup that aims to create a handset running the Google-owned platform.

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No, Nest Cam isn’t secretly spying on you

No, Nest Cam isn’t secretly spying on you

Is your Nest Cam watching you when you thought it was turned off? The WiFi streaming camera has found itself at the center of a security maelstrom this week, after research questioned just what was happening when the indicator light shuts off. Turns out, as with the Internet of Things in general, it's complicated.

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The Wu-Tang secret album has redefined value in art and music

The Wu-Tang secret album has redefined value in art and music

Wu-Tang is forever - and the album we're talking about right now won't be heard for another 88 years. This album goes by the name Once Upon A Time In Shaolin..., and is now the most expensive single album ever sold. It becomes such after it was "sold to an American buyer for an undisclosed figure in the millions", this after an announcement earlier this year by the musical group that this album would be a one of a kind, unique, physical release. There can only be one, and that one will soon be locked in the collection of this unknown buyer.

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