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Report: Tumblr wants to be the new YouTube

Report: Tumblr wants to be the new YouTube

Yahoo’s Tumblr platform is a subtle social layer populated by quite a bit of original content. Since purchasing it for $1.1 billion, Yahoo has left Tumblr alone, but that could change. According to several sources speaking to Business Insider, Tumblr is being prepped for a big fight with an even bigger social entity full of creative folk. Yahoo is exploring turning Tumblr into a YouTube opponent, and even discussing whether they should poach existing YouTube talent for the new-look Tumblr.

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Google+ Polls might really be for “their” stream

Google+ Polls might really be for “their” stream

In spite of chatter that Google+ is dead and/or dying, Google hasn’t given up hope on it just yet. The social layer to Google services has a brand new feature today, and one that is clearly meant to entice interaction. After being talked about for some time, polls have made their way to Google+, allowing you to source your followers to help you decide on something, or source info. Like a lot of Google+’s stuff these days, this one has a lot more use for enterprise or marketing than consumers.

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WSJ: Nexus 6 launching this month

WSJ: Nexus 6 launching this month

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, that whale of a phone (almost not kidding) from Google will hit us by the time November does. Sources tell them the Nexus 6, which has gone by the apt codename “Shamu” so far, is set for release at some point in October. The Nexus flagship, replete with a 6-inch screen, has been spotted and benchmarked several times, but we’ve yet to hear anything close to official. Still, October is a very proper time to launch the phone.

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Sennheiser teams with Google for Ingress headphones

Sennheiser teams with Google for Ingress headphones

There’s a game called Ingress out there, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s Google’s game. They promote it at every event, they play it, they live it. It’s a game you play with your smartphone, GPS, and a lot of patience. The folks at Sennheiser have teamed up with Google to bring an added dimension of addiction to those that love the game with a couple of pairs of headphones. One for the "Enlightened" side of the game, the other from the "Resistance."

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro hands-on with integrated projector

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro hands-on with integrated projector

Among Lenovo's newly unveiled products lie a couple distinguished features -- the YOGA 3 Pro's watchband hinge, for example, and the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro's integrated Pico projector. With the projector, the need to connect to an external display is eliminated -- any empty wall can be transformed into a display, whether to give a presentation or watch an impromptu movie. To complement the video feature is a JBL sound system complete with a subwoofer. which brings audio quality above and beyond what you get from the average Android slate.

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ThinkPad Yoga 14, YOGA Tablet 2 in Windows and Android revealed in detail

ThinkPad Yoga 14, YOGA Tablet 2 in Windows and Android revealed in detail

In addition to getting some hands-on time with Lenovo's YOGA 3 Pro and YOGA Tablet 2 Pro today, we're having a peek at the rest of their Fall lineup of high-powered devices. Three more mobile machines come to light this week, each of them with "YOGA" in their name. The ThinkPad Yoga 14 will be the most traditional of the bunch, while Lenovo brings both the YOGA Tablet 2 with Android and the YOGA Tablet 2 with Windows to the party, the whole lot prepared for the USA imminently.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 headed to Verizon this month

Sony SmartWatch 3 headed to Verizon this month

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is just about ready to roll for the public, bouncing off Verizon in the United States later this month. This Android Wear-utilizing device will come to with a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 pixel display, connectivity to your Android device so long as it’s running KitKat, and full IP68 weatherproofing. That means you can bring it ALMOST anywhere the Xperia Z3v can go.

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Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v hands-on

Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v hands-on

This morning we’ve had our first look at the Verizon-exclusive Sony Xperia X3v. This is the USA-based carrier version of the Sony Xperia Z3 - besides the T-Mobile version, of course. This "Sony Xperia Z3v" model - however similar to the Z3 - will be on Verizon’s lines only. This device will be released around the same time as the Sony Xperia Z3 with T-Mobile, both of them heading to the USA with 4G LTE capabilities under the hood, a high-powered camera around the back, and a fully metal and glass build.

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Marvel Contest of Champions trailer: PvP for late 2014

Marvel Contest of Champions trailer: PvP for late 2014

Just in time for New York Comic Con comes the first full-length trailer for Marvel Contest of Champions. We’ve been teased and prodded with bits and pieces of this game over the past few weeks and beyond - now it’s time to finally get a look at some of this games most infamous contestants. And what do you know - Guardians of the Galaxy’s Collector is sitting at center stage. Didn’t see that coming!

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Hangouts has new look, voice calling for desktop

Hangouts has new look, voice calling for desktop

Google is rolling out a new Hangouts app today, meant to keep your desktop less cluttered while still letting you chat with whoever you need to. With the update, you can work on projects without having the annoying boxes to deal with. Messages come and go like conversations might, tucking neatly back under the icon. It’s a new look for Hangouts on the desktop, but borrows heavily from a mobile app some love to hate. Google also skipped over a key demographic this time around.

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