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Galaxy S6: pulling Samsung up by its own bootstraps

Galaxy S6: pulling Samsung up by its own bootstraps

It's called codename Project Zero, they say, and it'll change the way the Samsung Galaxy line has been evolving over the past several years. If the Samsung Galaxy S III was Samsung's coming of age, the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be a revolution. Of design, mostly - not so much on the specifications. We're in a stagnated state of affairs in the smartphone business across the board, after all. It's the physical design of the smartphone that'll be changing, not necessarily the experience.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Lollipop release by November’s end

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Lollipop release by November’s end

This week NVIDIA has shared the good news - the NVIDIA SHIELD will be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop by the end of November 2014. That'll make it amongst the first devices on the market to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop - almost certainly just the second tablet to work with Lollipop. The first would be the Nexus 9, also powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. NVIDIA SHIELD's update to Lollipop will also include updates to the NVIDIA SHIELD Hub app and the NVIDIA Dabbler app - lots and lots of tiny features.

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Nexus 9 teardown: you’re going to need a case

Nexus 9 teardown: you’re going to need a case

HTC may have put the Nexus 9 on a deep discount today, but that won’t help you much if you need to repair it. As they often do, iFixit has torn down the tablet, and proved how repairable it is. Or isn’t. An extremely low score suggests this is one you’ll need to take care of in a big way, discounted or not. Even the more routine fixes will require a great deal of skill, and likely expensive replacement parts.

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Self-healing maps could solve autonomous cars’ big problem

Self-healing maps could solve autonomous cars’ big problem

Nokia's HERE team is working toward a self-healing mapping system for autonomous cars, tackling the thorny issue of rapidly out-of-date navigation data by giving self-driving vehicles the intelligence to cook up their own HD maps. With cold water liberally poured on Google's self-driving cars recently given the relatively minimal area within which they can roam, questions have been raised over just how practical such vehicles might be given the constantly evolving road network. According to HERE's ambitious scheme, though, the fleet of smart cars itself is the key to keeping the data clean.

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Google voting push helps you find your polling location

Google voting push helps you find your polling location

This morning you may have noticed technology giants like Google and Facebook making the push to get you out to vote. This move does not appear to be put in place to get votes for any particular subject matter or candidate - that wouldn't be right, anyway. Instead it would seem that Google, Facebook and companies like Amazon, Pew, and AOL just want you to get out and do your civic duty. Google's "Google Civic Information API" specifically helps power Get to the Polls, a place where you can find out specifically where you're going to need to go to vote.

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Nexus 9 stock stays strong after launch day

Nexus 9 stock stays strong after launch day

While the Nexus 6 suffered some relatively major hiccups during launch day, the Nexus 9 appears to be keeping stock a whole lot longer. Be it because tablets simply don't turn over well or because the Nexus 6 is simply a more enticing machine, the HTC-made Nexus 9 remains in stock. Just so long as you're willing to skip the "Sand" color, that is to say. Lunar White and Indigo Black are still available in 16 or 32GB editions - but not in LTE, just Wi-fi only.

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Gmail updated with Material Design, support for any email

Gmail updated with Material Design, support for any email

Gmail remains a standard for email, but a new app takes it well beyond the confines of Google. With the latest iteration of Gmail, we can now add other emails we might have from outside sources into the app, making it more an email service than a Gmail service. A new look keeps pace with Google’s other recent offerings, too, bringing in some core functionality and Material Design cues. It’s a much needed update, and lines Gmail up for a lot of Lollipop love.

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Nexus 9 hits digital shelves in several configurations

Nexus 9 hits digital shelves in several configurations

The same day Google has dropped the embargo for the Nexus 9 non-review they've also released the device for sale. This machine is only going to be offered through the Google Play Devices store for now, but eventually it'll see action in physical stores across the United States and the rest of the world. This device is the first HTC-made tablet to be part of the Android Nexus lineup and the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop - not to mention the first Android device to run with 64-bit processing.

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Google Calendar 5.0 brings context to your schedule

Google Calendar 5.0 brings context to your schedule

If you liked the idea of Google Inbox, an app which makes a bit more contextual sense of your messages than normal email, you’re probably going to love the new Google Calendar. Announced today, Calendar aims to do much of the same things Inbox does in making a bit of sense in what can be a cluttered world. Events can be added automatically, and Calendar will also offer up suggestions for certain tasks. For larger devices, a new view could have you using Calendar a lot more, too.

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This is the Nexus 9, Android Lollipop’s tablet vanguard

This is the Nexus 9, Android Lollipop’s tablet vanguard

Google's Nexus 9 faces more than a few challenges. Not only does it have the job of following Google's well-esteemed Nexus 7, which for two generations gave Android tablet fans an affordable and bag-friendly option, but it also serves as flag bearer for Android 5.0 Lollipop on a tablet form-factor. Throw in the fact that it also marks HTC's long-awaited re-entry into the slate segment, and that it's the first true 64-bit Android tablet courtesy of NVIDIA's Tegra K1, and that's a whole lot of pressure resting on one 8.9-inch iPad rival. So, how does it hold up?

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