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Sayonara Scion: Toyota kills fading youth brand

What good is a 'youth-oriented' automotive brand if the average age of its buyers is 49? How innovative and vital can a car company be when much of its new product is sourced from other automakers? The answer to those questions came today, with dramatic flourish, as Scion was axed by corporate parent Toyota, putting an end to 14 years of lukewarm experimentation from the Japanese giant.

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Battling Postpartum Depression with an iPhone

This week begins Apple's latest "World Gallery of photography", an ad campaign that, amongst others, will spotlight entrepreneur and mother Erin Brooks' photographs on a public stage. Brooks' story is as much about battling one's way out of the difficulties of two pregnancies as it is about experiencing and capturing the world through high-quality photographs. As we've learned this week, Brooks' trials and tribulations, (along with a bit of help from her iPhone), have molded her into the skilled photographer she is today.

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Samsung Unpacked set for 21st February, expect the Galaxy S7

Mark your calendars! Just a day before the madness of MWC 2016 starts, Samsung will be unveiling "The Next Galaxy". The Korean manufacturer has set aside the evening of Sunday, February 21, for its bi-annual Unpacked event, where, among other things, it is expected to reveal the Galaxy S7. Or Galaxy S7's, depending on how many Sammy really has prepared. But judging by how the invites are themed, you can expect more than just a smartphone to be announced. You can, perhaps, expect a new way of looking at things, almost literally.

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PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

As of this week, Apple has issued a warning for owners and users of a certain set of Apple-brand AC wall plug adapters around the world. While there's likely no immediate danger to you and yours, Apple isn't taking any chances with this program, suggesting that "in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched."

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What makes Olympus’ PEN-F worth $1,200

Olympus' PEN-F gives street photographers, rangefinder fans, and devoted tinkerers with an aversion to Photoshop the camera of their dreams. Key to its appeal - and, frankly, to justifying its not-inconsiderable price - is the Creative Dial, a dedicated front-panel control (paired with a new spring-loaded lever on the back) which unlocks the PEN-F's secret weapon in the retro camera wars.

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Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Google revenues and profits for their mobile operating system Android have been revealed In an ongoing Oracle vs Google court case over Java software licensing. The numbers come from documents which Google lawyers have argued should have remained private - an Oracle lawyer spoke the figures aloud in court this month. An analysis of Google financial information was disclosed on the 14th of January, 2016, and on the 20th, Google called for sections of the transcript of the hearing to be redacted.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

ILMxLAB will be bringing a new "Holo Cinema" Star Wars experience to Sundance that'll transport users to a galaxy far, far away with projections. We've seen just glimpses of this technology before, ILMxLAB here working with their own software tool Zeno to create such magnificent feats of graphics greatness as the squid-face of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean. With Zeno and ILMxLAB's own virtual production renderer, common citizens will be able to virtually step into Star Wars - without the need of a full virtual reality headset.

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Apple Music Memos makes iPhone your backing band

Apple is turning iOS devices into not only music recorders but full virtual backup bands, with a free app called Music Memos. Launched today for iPhone and iPad, Music Memos builds on what Apple says is a common use for its Voice Memos app, preloaded as part of iOS, namely musicians relying on it for capturing impromptu inspiration.

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Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

In a court case that seems to have been going on since the dawn of time, Apple and Samsung remain at legal war with one another. As a result of that case - the same one we've been talking about for several years - Apple has won an injunction to block the sales of several Samsung phones. Lucky for Samsung, the lot of these phones are... essentially out of rotation. There's almost no possible way you'd be buying these phones in a store today anyway, and if you were, it probably wouldn't be direct from Samsung.

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The best phone camera when it really mattered most

When it came time for my son to be born this past week, I had a very important decision to make. Amongst the devices I had on hand - of which there were many - I had to decide which was going to be best to capture photos of my son's birth to share with family members that would not be able to witness it. Before you go any further - don't worry, I'm not going to share any super personal photos in this article, only a few shots captured in the off-moments between doctor's checks and screeching newborn.

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This is Obama’s $4bn, 10yr plan for America’s driverless cars

The US government aims to spend almost $4bn on autonomous driving in the next decade, pushing real-world trials that put computerized cars on roads. The investment was announced by US Transportation Department Secretary Anthony Foxx at a speech at the North American International Auto Show today, and came after US President Obama discussed wide-ranging support for self-driving vehicles in his State of the Union speech earlier this week.

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