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What the Samsung Galaxy A7 can tell us about the Galaxy S6

What the Samsung Galaxy A7 can tell us about the Galaxy S6

We're just weeks away from what almost certainly will be Samsung's next big unveiling of a super-phone. Last year the company decided to reveal their Samsung Galaxy S5 in a multi-country fashion during Mobile World Congress 2014. We've no good reason NOT to believe they wouldn't do the same thing again this year at MWC 2015. To prepare, we've been gathering rumors, leaks, and clues from Samsung to put together a puzzle that is the next hero phone from the biggest brand in Android.

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Google, Skype race to tear down language barriers

Google, Skype race to tear down language barriers

It feels like an attempt to reverse the effects or even create a new Tower of Babel, but this time no actual towers are involved (unless you count cell towers). The bridging of languages is, instead, being done over the Internet, in real time, and using your voice. And at the forefront of these advancements in technology are Google and Skype (and by proxy, Microsoft) who are now starting to compete not for the best voice chat service, but for which one can translate a spoken word better.

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Project Ara released 2nd dev kit ahead of February conference

Project Ara released 2nd dev kit ahead of February conference

CES 2015 might be over, but that doesn't mean that new, interesting gadgets are going to stop flowing. Scheduled for later this week, or perhaps delayed to February, is Google's second Ara Developers' Conference. To kick off that rather enticing event, the Phonebloks community has announced the release of the second Module Developers Kit, version 0.2, This kit marks the evolution of the modular smartphone dream into something that is closer to retail reality, giving not just developers something new to chew on but even has something for end users to anticipate.

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Is the Google Play edition program dead?

Is the Google Play edition program dead?

Google Play edition devices were supposed to be a branch of the Nexus program, where OEMs like Samsung or HTC could peddle their stripped-down wares for us all. Don’t like TouchWiz? Great, keep the hardware and enjoy a GPe Galaxy S4. That was the plan, but it doesn’t seem to have gone so well. With the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 leaving the Play Store, we’re left with one option, and a program that seems to be in decline and on its way out.

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Google-backed fund to help Charlie Hedbo circulate 1mil copies

Google-backed fund to help Charlie Hedbo circulate 1mil copies

After the attack at the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo yesterday, the publication is left reeling. Eight staff killed was a tragic blow, both emotionally and logistically. They’ll get by with a little help from their friends, though. To help them along in these tough times, Google is donating 250,000 euro (about $300,000) to make next week’s print run Hedbo’s largest ever. Distribution partners for Charlie Hedbo will also be working sans charge, while a number of French media groups will also help out.

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Google’s search loss is Yahoo’s gain

Google’s search loss is Yahoo’s gain

We know you ‘Google it’ when you’re not sure what’s going on, or you need an answer you just can’t find. We do it, too. Everyone does it. What nobody seems to do is ‘Yahoo it’, but that seems to be changing. In the last month, Google has given up a full 4% of search traffic, their largest slip-up since 2009. Google still hold sway, with literally three-fourths of the overall search traffic, but Yahoo picked up where Google left off.

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Razer Nabu X hands-on: three little lights

Razer Nabu X hands-on: three little lights

Over the past year, Razer has turned their original Nabu wearable device (revealed exactly one year ago) into a bit of an underground hit - thousands sold, but to their fan club members and developers only. Here in 2015, Razer is returning to the scene with the Razer Nabu X, a slightly more simple affair. This device has the same abilities as the original Nabu, but this time you're being notified by three LED lights, not a full screen with text. This unit is a whole lot less expensive, too.

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Intel and AltspaceVR Shared Virtual Reality hands-on

Intel and AltspaceVR Shared Virtual Reality hands-on

Every added building block to the Virtual Reality space creates a whole new level of immersion. The folks at AltspaceVR have collaborated with Intel to present not only a virtual reality space with Oculus Rift, not only the Oculus Rift DK2's external camera to track hand movements, but connectivity between users. The people you see here aren't just playing virtual volleyball with each other, they're interacting with another user from the AltspaceVR staff using a headset at their headquarters in California.

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Google drops Google TV, ports some devices to Android TV

Google drops Google TV, ports some devices to Android TV

Google TV was always kind of there, but never really any good. After suffering with clumsy, expensive set top boxes and an almost total lack of support, Google has finally taken it off life support. Google promises that existing apps and services created for Google TV will live on, as will all Google TV hardware and software, but Developer tools have been pulled. Google is even porting devices as they can, saying “a small subset of Google TV devices will be updated to Android TV.

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HTC Desire 826 hands-on: Ultrapixel selfie machine

HTC Desire 826 hands-on: Ultrapixel selfie machine

The team at HTC haven't brought their next super-hero phone to CES 2015 (not yet, at least), but they have brought a bit of a surprising piece of hardware. This is the HTC Desire 826, another selfie-friendly device the likes of which we've seen in a very similar model - the HTC Desire EYE. Unlike the EYE, this Desire 826 is coming to market with two different models, each with a different front-facing camera. One replicates the EYE with 13-megapixels, the other with 4-Ultrapixels, the same as the back-facing camera on the HTC One.

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