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Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

It's been nearly a full year since Apple first introduced their take on the smartwatch. And with any Apple device that's been out for that long, it's due for a refresh. (Well, unless you're a Mac Pro, that is.) Yesterday we heard one report that the next update will be thinner, today we're hearing a much different tune.

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Apple Watch 2 expected to debut in June, up to 40% thinner

Apple Watch 2 expected to debut in June, up to 40% thinner

The successor to the Apple Watch has been rumored for a few months now, with most predictions saying it will debut at some point in 2016. The latest credible information backs this up, but offers specifics like a debut from Apple at this year's WWDC event, expected around June 13-17, and a significantly thinner casing that the original Watch. This comes from Brian White of the Wall Street analyst group Drexel Hamilton, who is currently on a tour of tech factories in China.

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Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla's Model 3 could take pole position in a new breed of near-autonomous vehicles, with the EV debuting a new generation of sensors perfect for real-time crowdsourced data. The upcoming car - which is shaping up to be Tesla's most popular to-date, with over 325,000 people coughing up a $1,000 deposit to stake a spot on the reservations list - is the prime candidate for a new, lower-cost sensor array developed by Tesla hardware supplier Mobileye that's said to offer autonomous intelligence hitherto the realm of R&D labs, but at a fraction of what current hardware costs.

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Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Yahoo's been criticized for dragging it feet, and things are finally getting underway -- there's a planned bid for the company's web business, according to sources, and other companies are considering challenging it. Sources say Verizon is preparing to place a first-round bid for Yahoo's web business, something that would fall in line with the company's previous comments about acquiring Yahoo. As well, sources say Google is considering making a bid of its own.

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Did Ford block Tesla’s Model E for its own 2019 electric plans?

Did Ford block Tesla’s Model E for its own 2019 electric plans?

Ford's reluctance to allow Tesla to use the "Model E" name may have been less about heritage and more about launching its own electric car with the badge. The automaker is rumored to be planning to use at least some of the production capacity of its new $1.6bn facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to manufacture an electric vehicle that, in its various configurations, could rival Tesla's new Model 3, Toyota's Prius, and the Chevrolet Bolt.

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Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

In December, news surfaced that Egypt had shut down Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service, news that itself followed the social network’s troubles in India. The move was a sudden one, and officials made no public announcements about their reason for pulling the plug. According to new sources who have surfaced, Free Basics was canned because Egyptian government officials wanted access to spy on users, something Facebook reportedly rejected.

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Microsoft contemplates backing Yahoo acquisition

Microsoft contemplates backing Yahoo acquisition

Yahoo is up for sale, but the company is dragging its feet and investors are getting fed up. The slow-moving and general blah attitude from Yahoo's board toward the business move has earned it some harsh -- and completely fair -- criticism in recent days, and many have started questioning whether Yahoo is serious about its intentions. Thusly enters Microsoft and a new report claiming the company is willing to help finance any acquisition bids.

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Sources: PlayStation 4.5 will be announced before October

Sources: PlayStation 4.5 will be announced before October

Earlier this month, reports began surfacing about a “PlayStation 4.5” model that, among other things, would bring support for 4k-resolution games. Sony didn't confirm any of the rumors, but developers began cropping up saying they'd been briefed about the rumored console during GDC. Now a new group of sources have cropped up with additional details, among them being word that Sony will officially announce the PS4.5 before October.

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Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook is quietly working on a feature that will allow its users to make in-store purchases using its Messenger app, according to a new report. The feature and others were spotted in the app’s code, with other possible future features including “secret conversations” perhaps akin to what WhatsApp recently rolled out. Facebook is tipped to have a large team working on the new buying feature.

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Galaxy S7 Active tipped in Samsung app changelog

Galaxy S7 Active tipped in Samsung app changelog

Back when the new hotness from Samsung was the Galaxy S6, if you wanted dust and water resistance you had to opt for the S6 Active smartphone to get either of those features. When the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hit the market, one of the big selling points for both of those devices was that they came out of the box with dust and water resistance. That doesn't mean that there isn't a S7 Active in the works though.

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Snapchat tipped in acquisition of Bitstrips

Snapchat tipped in acquisition of Bitstrips

If you thought the Bitstrips fad had passed, think again. Sources have cropped up claiming the Toronto company has been acquired by Snapchat, the digital playground for millennials. No official announcement has been made and as such all figures are rumors — the company is said to have paid $100 million for Bitstrips, doing so using a mixture of stock and cash.

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Google is secretly working on an Amazon Echo competitor

Google is secretly working on an Amazon Echo competitor

Google is working on a device that will compete against Amazon Echo, according to a new report. This is the first instance of the project -- which is said to have secretly been underway for a while -- being mentioned publicly, and details are still scarce at this time. The device will function as a personal assistant similar to Echo, able to receive voice commands, and will do so with the full power of Google behind it.

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