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Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

It's been a little while since we've heard anything about the Authors' Guild and their lawsuit against Google. The Guild sought legal action against the search engine giant for their Google Books project, in which they scanned millions of books. The reason we haven't heard much about this case in a while is because Google won the lawsuit back in 2013. But that didn't stop case from continuing.

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iPhone 7 may be Apple’s biggest launch ever with Samsung’s OLED display

iPhone 7 may be Apple’s biggest launch ever with Samsung’s OLED display

Reports this week suggest that Apple's next big iPhone launch won't only be a big event because it's a "tick" year in their "tick-tock" schedule - it'll be big because of their Samsung connection. It's not unheard of for Apple to use Samsung parts in their smartphones - they've been doing it since the very beginning. What is unheard of thus far is Apple's use of an OLED display panel from Samsung on any one of their devices. With the use of an OLED panel, the iPhone will be brighter and more intense than ever before.

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Google, Oracle to head to court as settlement talks fall through

Google, Oracle to head to court as settlement talks fall through

Six hours. That's how long, or, to be more blunt, short settlement talks between tech giants Google and Oracle lasted. Given that duration, the outcome should probably already be evident. The the companies failed to reach a settlement regarding an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit Oracle filed against Google for the use of its proprietary Java APIs in Android. As the settlement failed, the two will head back to court next month to perhaps once and for all give closure to both the actual question of infringement as well as damages to be paid. If any, that is.

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Haier convertible Chromebook prototype spotted at IDF in China

Haier convertible Chromebook prototype spotted at IDF in China

Chinese company Haier, which entered the Chromebook market last year with its ultra-cheap Chrome OS laptop, is back with another model, and this one has 360-degree hinges. The convertible Chromebook's display can be folded fully backward, putting the laptop in tablet mode. Though pricing details haven't been revealed at this time, we do know it'll be arriving in the U.S. in the next couple of months.

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URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners have been around for a while, and can be rather useful. This is especially true when using services like Twitter, which limit the number of characters you can use. But there are hidden dangers to using a shortener that you might not even be aware of.

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Three things Apple should have invented already

Three things Apple should have invented already

Apple invented the iPhone. They didn't invent the smartphone, but they did create a company that dominated smartphones. In the same way Apple invented the best way to dominate the smartphone, the following three devices should have been released by and subsequently dominated by Apple. Not that we're not better off now that none of these items came from Apple first - but let's imagine that Apple took the reigns at the start of their rise to prominence.

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Google Play Music to get podcasts April 18

Google Play Music to get podcasts April 18

Back in October word was going around that Google Play Music was going to get podcasts. That didn't happen last year and it might have led some to believe that it was a hoax or rumor. As it turns out word was just really early last year. Google Play music is now set to get Podcasts and a date for those podcasts to land has turned up this time.

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Nest is now offering full refunds to Revolv hub owners

Nest is now offering full refunds to Revolv hub owners

Revolv owners have had a pretty rough couple of weeks. It all started when the language on the Revolv site changed from saying that the hardware would continue to be supported, to telling customers that their devices would cease functioning starting next month. Today, they've once again updated some of their language, and it may mean that you'll be eligible for a full refund.

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Google Live Cases are the perfect Nexus companion

Google Live Cases are the perfect Nexus companion

With the vast amount of cases out there, it's not too hard to differentiate your phone from most other people. But what if you're really into personalizing your stuff? Well, if you've been wanting to design your own custom case for your Google Nexus 5X or 6/6P, then I've got some good news for you.

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ZhiYun Z1-Smooth-C handheld gimbal Review

ZhiYun Z1-Smooth-C handheld gimbal Review

This week we've had the opportunity to get to know the ZhiYun handheld gimbal, a device that holds a smartphone steady. Users are able to utilize this powered device to capture near stutter-free video footage with their smartphone - iPhone, Samsung phone, Android or Windows Phone - any sort of phone. The setup is relatively easy, including a charge of this gimbal's batteries, a power button, and a tracking initiation button. Once it's ready, your phone will stay pretty gosh-darned steady in space.

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Latest Android N preview includes more human-looking emoji

Latest Android N preview includes more human-looking emoji

Google has released a new developer preview of this year's big Android update, currently dubbed Android N, complete with several new features. The two most noticeable changes — for users, that is — are launcher shortcuts, which make it easier to jump to specific section or feature within an app, and an overhauled design for emoji. The latter is a bigger change than you might expect, as it shows Google is finally moving away from the yellow blob/slug/poop-like figure for characters representing humans.

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Facebook just poached Google’s ATAP chief for its own moonshots

Facebook just poached Google’s ATAP chief for its own moonshots

Facebook has poached Regina Dugan from Google, with the former DARPA chief heading up a new moonshot team dubbed "Building 8" for the social network. Dugan had, until recently, been working on some of Google's more unusual or ambitious projects as part of the ATAP, or Advanced Technology and Products, group, including the Ara modular smartphone.

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