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Apple auto-maker raids tipped for secret car scheme

Apple auto-maker raids tipped for secret car scheme

Apple has raided the ranks of automotive experts for a secretive skunkworks investigating future car technologies, sources claim, though whispers of an "Apple Car" are still far from confirmed. The recruitment drive to staff the newly-established research group includes some high-profile wins, too, with the former head of Mercedes-Benz's Silicon Valley R&D team joining Apple's efforts, along with auto designers and even engineers working on vehicle dynamics. It's enough to reignite speculation among car experts that Apple is indeed planning its own entrance into the four-wheel space.

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It’s Friday, so check out this Aston Martin Vulcan screaming

It’s Friday, so check out this Aston Martin Vulcan screaming

Aston Martin has a new hypercar in the pipeline, promising to bring something very loud and very special to the Geneva Auto Show early next month. Details on the Aston Martin Vulcan are still in short supply - right now the storied British marque is only previewing some track-day squealing and roaring - but according to the rumor machine the car is shaping up to be a slice of highly limited-edition exotica aimed at those who want to blast past McLaren and Ferrari owners when racing.

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Microsoft said to buy Surface Pro 3 stylus maker N-Trig

Microsoft said to buy Surface Pro 3 stylus maker N-Trig

If you thought Microsoft's adoption of N-Trig active digitizer technology in the latest Surface Pro 3 was a one time diversion, this latest rumor would perhaps banish that theory. Microsoft has reportedly fully acquired the Israel-based company, after gaining a 6 percent ownership through an investment back in 2009. Redmond is said to have spent at least $200 million on this purchase, which hints that Microsoft has plans to capitalize on the tech, probably for future iterations of its tablets and maybe even for new types of devices.

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Yahoo tipped to be ‘restructuring’, firing employees

Yahoo tipped to be ‘restructuring’, firing employees

Word has surfaced alleging Yahoo began firing employees yesterday in what was a surprise move leaving many people feeling "kind of shell-shocked". The news comes from sources familiar with the matter who state the cuts took place in multiple groups throughout the company, and that they were made as part of a restructuring plan, the specifics of which being unknown at this point. Program/product managers and designers are said to be included among those being let go, though engineers are reportedly staying put for now.

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Pinterest tipped to be adding ‘buy’ button

Pinterest tipped to be adding ‘buy’ button

Pinterest has been up to different things lately, having just recently kicked off its apps initiative, and according to a new tip that has surfaced, it is also looking to enter the e-commerce sphere. The pinning website is reportedly planning to add a "buy" button that will allow users to buy some of the items they discover in pins, doing so without having to leave the website for a different one. The feature could be seen within the next half a year, though it might launch in a limited fashion first before becoming more widely available.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge get official mention

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge get official mention

Samsung has seemingly confirmed that there will be two variants of the Galaxy S6 smartphone, with one - the Galaxy S6 Edge - expected to use a curved touchscreen. The new flagship will make its official debut at Samsung's pre-Mobile World Congress event in just a few weeks time, but two support pages for the Galaxy S6 (referred to by its SM-G920X product code) and the S6 Edge (as the SM-G925X) have already sprung up. Although neither has anything so useful as product shots or even diagrams of what the handsets will look like, it's apparent confirmation that the curved side-screen first used on the Galaxy Note Edge isn't quite ready for mass-market use.

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New NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with Tegra X1 rumored inbound

New NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with Tegra X1 rumored inbound

It isn't exactly surprising to hear whispers of a beefed up SHIELD Tablet coming soon. In fact, we might be asking why it is taking so long. NVIDIA announced its shiny new Tegra X1 mobile chip early this year that would put a lot of its competitors on notice, even, or especially, Apple's own A8x processor. And what better way to prove the Tegra X1's graphical and processing prowess than by plugging it into one of your more successful mobile gaming products.

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SEC investigating Samsung, BlackBerry takeover rumor

SEC investigating Samsung, BlackBerry takeover rumor

Remember that rumor about Samsung buying BlackBerry? It sounded logical enough, and caused quite the stir. Many rushed to get in front of a camera or slap an editorial out about why it was such a great deal for everyone (or not), and we all started thinking about what it could mean moving forward. The problem was — it wasn’t true. The rumor was just that, but it had ramifications. Stock prices soared for both companies, and now the SEC is investigating.

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Chevrolet Bolt affordable EV tipped for late-2016 launch

Chevrolet Bolt affordable EV tipped for late-2016 launch

Chevrolet may have insisted the Bolt EV was a concept when it pulled the wraps off the compact car in Detroit last month, but according to new rumors we won't have that long to wait for a production version. Slotting in underneath the Chevy Volt in both size and range, the concept was designed, according to GM president Mary Barra, to satisfy markets outside of just California, which has been the most enthusiastic to embrace electric and hybrid technology so far. Now, new rumors say production is likely to kick off late next year.

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Kia Trail’ster teases e-AWD with a trad twist

Kia Trail’ster teases e-AWD with a trad twist

Kia keeps dripping out details of its new rugged concept car, now dubbed the Kia Trail'ster, though if anything we're even more confused than we were before. What started last month as the teasing bumper and chunky wheels of a concept for the Chicago Auto Show now has a name - replete with needless apostrophe - and what turns out to be not quite the electric all-wheel-drive powertrain we were expecting. Instead, it appears that the Trail'ster will be a hybrid, combining old and new technologies to make it more sure-footed in snow and mud.

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