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Samsung Gear Circle release set for USA

Samsung Gear Circle release set for USA

There's a device called the Samsung Gear Circle out there in the wild today - have you heard of it? It's not gotten one whole heck of a lot of press thus far. Mostly because it's not a smartphone, it's not a smart watch, and it's not part of a category of devices that gets much innovation all that often. The Samsung Gear Circle is a pair of earbuds - sort of. This pair of earbuds is meant to be worn as a necklace, and at any time.

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Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

After a year in development, the team at OnBeep have created a device by the name of Onyx. This device closely replicates the abilities of a walkie-talkie, a push-to-talk phone, and of course - a Star Trek communicator. One from The Next Generation, of course, not one of those old-school communicators you had to hang on your belt. That'd just be madness... or a smartphone. The Onyx was made to work in emergency situations at first, but it's prepared to work in any environment in the real world.

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LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

If you're tired of hearing patent squabbles left and right (though we haven't actually heard from Apple and Samsung recently), then this might come as a refreshing change. LG and Google have announced that they have reached a long-term cross-licensing agreement that will let both companies take a peek and use the other's portfolio of patents. Conversely, it also protects both from lawsuits that involve each others patents, leaving them free to work on their products and technologies, most likely ones surrounding Android and smart devices, without fear of litigation.

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Google to release Nexus 6 stock each Wednesday

Google to release Nexus 6 stock each Wednesday

Almost as quickly as it went up for sale, the Nexus 6 was out of stock. A confusing scenario, we wondered just what was going on. Did Google shut down orders until they could parse the first batch? Was there just a limited quantity? Did that many people really want a phone with a 6-inch screen?! We were all in the dark, but it seems at least one of those questions was right. Google’s quantity of Nexus 6 smartphones seems to be trickling in, and in limited quantities.

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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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