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Snapchat update causing app to chew through data

Snapchat update causing app to chew through data

Snapchat is often a litany of updates and issues, and that pattern has repeated itself with this latest update. If you've recently updated the app, and have also noticed your data usage has skyrocketed, the two might be related, at least if reports from other users prove to be a trend. Following the update released in late January, users have started noticing that Snapchat is using quite a bit of background data, enough to deplete some users' monthly data allotment in a week or two.

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Flipboard for Desktop arrives to clean up news

Flipboard for Desktop arrives to clean up news

After five years of running on mobile platforms like the iPad, Android, and Windows Phone, Flipboard has arrived on the desktop. This system is ready to roll in your web browser - it's covering web-based content, after all - and is very, very similar to what you've seen on your mobile phone. Inside Flipboard's web browser-based console you'll be able to work with the same account you had on your mobile device. One decision in one place affects the other. All connected to the web, all made with the same clean design aesthetic.

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Google medical info will soon top your search

Google medical info will soon top your search

Searching for medical advice can be a real hit-or-miss type of situation when you're relying on websites on the internet. It all appears to be legitimate, but there's a LOT of bad data out there in the wild. That's part of the reason Google has brought on "relevant medical facts" to Knowledge Graph. This means that when you search for medical conditions - like "can I get pink eye from a carrot-related incident", you'll get results that Google has curated - and that you can trust.

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Windows 10 to hit HTC One, Lumia 1020, 1520 first

Windows 10 to hit HTC One, Lumia 1020, 1520 first

Windows Phone 10 or, as it's otherwise known, Windows 10 for phones, will be hitting the Technical Preview soon. Good news for those of you with the HTC One M8 for Windows, Lumia 1020, and Lumia 1520 is that it would appear that the first line of devices to gain access to the Technical Preview will be - well - you. This won't be the exclusive list of devices to get the Windows 10 Technical Preview, of course - there'll be lower-end devices to get the update as well.

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LG G3 Google Cardboard comes for free

LG G3 Google Cardboard comes for free

This week the folks at LG have made clear their intent to jump in on the virtual reality headset world with their own model. This model is based on the Google Cardboard VR headset and will be coming for free to those that purchase the LG G3 in the near future. This unit looks similar to and functions exactly the same as Google Cardboard. This unit goes by the name "VR for G3" and may or may not be available for sale for current owners of the LG G3 as well.

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Corning promises sapphire-like scratch resistance in new product

Corning promises sapphire-like scratch resistance in new product

While it's not like Corning hasn't promised extra-tough glass for devices in the past, this year might be different. In Corning's quarterly call with investors this week, Corning suggested that they had more than one product up their sleeve for the coming year. One of these products will be (and already is) Gorilla Glass 4 - the next in line for improved scratch-resistance, 3D shaping, and "several other surface capabilities." The other works with "sapphire-like scratch resistance" - a feat not easily accomplished without actually working with sapphire in the mix.

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Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Today we took the Raspberry Pi 2 out of the box and the static shielding bag to give it a first start-up and go. As you'd expect, loading software to an SD card is much the same as it was in the past - except here you're using a much smaller microSD card instead. After that, you've got a more powerful processor and 1GB of RAM to work, so it's time to get quick. Today we're checking in on the basics - getting an operating system running and heading to boot.

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Gear VR demo stations headed to Best Buy

Gear VR demo stations headed to Best Buy

To make the public get a little bit better understanding of what it'll be like to live in a Virtual Reality environment in the near future, Samsung is teaming up with Best Buy. At a number of Best Buy locations across the United States, Samsung will be bringing the Samsung Gear VR to their Samsung Experience Shops. This hands-on opportunity will begin on the 8th of February and will last an unspecified amount of time. There's also a site made by Best Buy to locate the closest participating location near you.

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Olympus Air A01 wireless camera leverages your smartphone

Olympus Air A01 wireless camera leverages your smartphone

Olympus has introduced its own lens-shaped wireless camera designed specifically for use with smartphones: the Olympus Air A01. This camera is similar to Sony's own recent lens cameras, offering the quality you get with a dedicated digital camera while leveraging all the features (connectivity, instant sharing, etc.) of a smartphone. This is an open platform camera joined by eight apps, nearly two dozen filter and art effects, and it'll be available starting early next month through the maker's online store.

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Mattel’s Google View-Master project set for ToyFair 2015

Mattel’s Google View-Master project set for ToyFair 2015

Invites have just been sent out to the press inviting them to a showing of Google's first team-up project with the toymakers at Mattel. This event will take place on the 14th of February, the first official day of NYC Toy Fair. While Toy Fair will be held by the Toy Industry Association, Inc at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center, this Google / Mattel event will be held off-site - just about 2 miles away, as it were, but still off-site and not officially associated.

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