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These batteries could last forever

These batteries could last forever

This week researchers at MIT and Samsung have revealed a new approach to batteries, paving the way for "rechargeable batteries with almost indefinite lifetimes." MIT suggests that the electrolyte is the key to this next-generation solution to longer-lasting batteries is in a solid electrolyte instead of liquid, liquid being the element used in most common rechargeable batteries today. This new solution could also make the next generation of batteries safer, too, reducing the chance of explosions and harmful chemical leaks.

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Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Today Final Fantasy VII hits the mobile platform with Square Enix' release on both iPhone and iPad. This game will be joined - sooner or later - by a new mobile app "Final Fantasy Portal". While a mash-up of the Valve-made classic first-person title and the classic RPG might seem like a dream made in fairyland, this app is instead a portal for all things Final Fantasy - card games and all. While this version of Final Fantasy VII (or Final Fantasy 7, if you prefer), is similar to the original, it includes just a few odd changes that make it a whole different experience.

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Skype for Android update brings custom ringtones

Skype for Android update brings custom ringtones

Skype for Android has received a new update, bringing it to version 5.10. The update is relatively small, at least as far as apps go, but it does bring a couple of welcomed features, the most important for many users likely being personalized ringtones. With this, Skype users are able to set custom ringtones for contacts, making it possible to know who is calling without pulling out your phone or tablet and taking a look.

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LG has a super beefy smartwatch coming out soon

LG has a super beefy smartwatch coming out soon

If you wanted an Android Wear smartwatch but you didn't want to rest until you found one that could withstand a nuclear blast, you're in luck. LG has a smartwatch coming that's just about as beefy as possible. Almost like it was made by Panasonic. In fact we wouldn't be surprised if Panasonic's first smartwatch looked like this. Here the FCC has revealed LG's next big smart wearable without a name.

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ZTE Warp Elite budget Android phone hits Boost Mobile

ZTE Warp Elite budget Android phone hits Boost Mobile

ZTE has a new budget smartphone, the ZTE Warp Elite. The Warp Elite has launched through Boost Mobile, where it is priced at $180 USD. Unlike many budget phones, the ZTE Warp Elite features a large 5.5 inch display and other specs that are — at least in relation to the phone's price tag — fairly notable. This includes a 13 megapixel rear camera and the use of Android Lollipop 5.1, an atypically large battery, and a sleek, non-cheesy design.

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Infinix HOT 2 phone kicks off Android One in Africa

Infinix HOT 2 phone kicks off Android One in Africa

The Android One program, which was introduced about a year ago in India, has expanded into Africa, Google has announced. Half a dozen African countries have been added to the Android One roster. Google cites an Internet Society study that indicates 23 percent of Africa’s mobile phone will be online by the end of 2015. The Android One program will help this along, says Google, with the introduction of the HOT 2 phone in six regions.

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Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera has pushed out an update for its Opera Max Android app, and with it comes much-awaited support for both Netflix and YouTube. Opera Max is an app that compresses content and manages data usage to maximize how much browsing you can do with your carrier's monthly data allotment. According to Opera, the app will save data across 3G/4G /LTE and Wi-Fi networks by up to 50 percent. One of its big bragging points is that its compression comes with minor quality loss, so much so that users aren’t likely to notice any changes in the content’s quality.

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Microsoft’s testing ‘NewsCast’ app that reads the news to you

Microsoft’s testing ‘NewsCast’ app that reads the news to you

Microsoft is tinkering with an app called NewsCast that will go one step above competing news apps by reading the news to you. Such functionality will be facilitated by text-to-speech technology, one that is hopefully smooth and pleasant to hear. Microsoft isn't the only company working on projects that could serve as a news hub for consumers, but it does seem to be the only one working on delivering news audibly for the daily commute.

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How to try Android Marshmallow 6.0 right now

How to try Android Marshmallow 6.0 right now

Today Google revealed Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and with it, they've released a new batch of downloads for Nexus devices. If you have a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5, or Nexus Player, you'll be able to load Android Marshmallow (also known here as Android M Preview 3) to your device immediately. Below you'll find instructions for those users that feel confident enough in their abilities to load a full OS to their smartphone. If you've never heard the term "ADB" before, we recommend you wait until Google sends the update to you directly.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow downloads released by Google

Android 6.0 Marshmallow downloads released by Google

This morning Android 6.0 Marshmallow (or just Android Marshmallow, if you prefer), was revealed by Google. With this big reveal game the final SDK for the system as well as Android Marshmallow Preview 3 (after M 2 and M 1) for several Nexus devices. For those of you that own the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Nexus Player, you're in luck. Remember that these downloads are recommended for developers only and should be treated as such.

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Android Marshmallow revealed with new statue

Android Marshmallow revealed with new statue

Today Google will unveil the statue - and with it the name - of the newest version of Android. This fact has been teased by Google employee Jeff Sharkey then revealed by Google employee Dave Burke - and it's a strange one. Google has opted to have an original Android holding the marshmallow rather than turning the statue into an Android-ified marshmallow with white head and all. This can only mean one thing - the next version is going to be Nuts.

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Sorry, no 128GB Note 5 for you

Sorry, no 128GB Note 5 for you

Yesterday as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was revealed, several listings of a 128GB (internal storage) edition of the device popped up on the company's own pre-sales site. As it turns out, or as Samsung suggests, there is no such device. Instead, as the company publicly stated in their press releases and Samsung Unpacked special event, just two editions of the Galaxy Note 5 will be available: one with 32GB of internal storage, another with 64GB of internal storage. The same is true of the Galaxy S6 edge+, a device two 32GB and 64GB internal storage, but no 128GB version, despite early listings suggesting the contrary.

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