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Google buys Titan Aerospace solar drone startup

Google buys Titan Aerospace solar drone startup

Google has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, the autonomous solar-powered flying vehicle company believed to be next in Facebook's sights, in a move it says will help Project Loon in bringing internet to developing markets. The deal sees Google snatch Titan Aerospace out from under Facebook's nose, after the social network had said earlier in the year that it was in talks around a potential acquisition.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Review (Developer Preview)

Windows Phone 8.1 Review (Developer Preview)

Windows Phone 8.1 is no point update. In fact, if it wasn’t so keen on keeping in naming step with Windows on the desktop, Microsoft could probably have called its new smartphone OS version something more impressive: what started out as an aim to bring the virtual assistant Cortana and the useful Action Center to the platform blossomed in the process to include a whole flurry of tweaks and additions. Question is, has Windows Phone kept its crisp, clean charms while still gaining abilities? We’ve been in deep with the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview; read on for our impressions.

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Samsung Gear Fit Review

Samsung Gear Fit Review

The Samsung Gear Fit is very close to being a concept brought to life. With its shard of curved full-color AMOLED touchscreen and unusually narrow design, the smartwatch/fitness band hybrid is certainly eye-catching - the number of people who’ve spotted it on our wrist and asked about it is proof of that - but does the functionality and usability match up? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung cannot be ignored, and the importance of the Galaxy S5 cannot be overlooked. New bearer of the crown of “best-known Android smartphone” it’s a chance not only for Samsung to make money, but to demonstrate what cleverness it can bake into a flagship device. Samsung’s approach to innovation has been more scattershot than focused, however, and with each generation of Galaxy there’s been equally as many needless bells & whistles as there have been legitimately useful additions. The Galaxy S5, Samsung insists, has been built with deliberation, but has the company spent its time on the right enhancements? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Obama: NSA to expose not exploit bugs like Heartbleed

Obama: NSA to expose not exploit bugs like Heartbleed

Potentially catastrophic internet security exploits like Heartbleed should be publicized rather than covertly used for surveillance, President Obama has reportedly told the NSA and other intelligence divisions, although exceptions to the rule will still see the US rely on loopholes for its spying and monitoring. Heartbleed pitched the National Security Agency back into the headlines on Friday, after anonymous sources claimed it had discovered the OpenSSL flaw at least two years ago, but opted to keep it secret so as to use it for stealing passwords and other data.

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Apple Should Buy Sony’s PlayStation Division

Apple Should Buy Sony’s PlayStation Division

Apple has well over $100 billion in cash, which is making many people across the globe wonder what the company should do with all that money. Investors would like to see it come back in larger dividends, while analysts believe it’s time for Apple to make some major moves and buy up smaller companies. Still others say Apple should do nothing with the cash and be content just holding on to it for security’s sake.

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Amazon smartphone re-invigorates Appstore hunt

Amazon smartphone re-invigorates Appstore hunt

Technology blogs and forums are rife with rumors about the upcoming launch of an Amazon Smartphone - coming as early as September. It’s a given that if they’re intending to enter a market already well-gripped by Apple and Samsung, Amazon will have differentiate itself at all levels. We have already spoken about the possibility of 3D features on the phone, tapping the hardware details several times as well. What's left? Software - specifically apps.

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