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Samsung Focus is an all-in-one productivity app for Android

Samsung Focus is an all-in-one productivity app for Android

Samsung has announced what it calls an all-in-one productivity app, Samsung Focus. This app brings together all the things you’d normally consider part of a productive workday: your email, memos, phone contacts, and calendar, namely. Samsung Focus features a tabbed interface and serves as a single destination in which to access these items, including multiple email accounts. Users can even select specific keywords around which notifications will revolve.

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Study: 40% of Americans use their phone within 5 minutes of waking up

Study: 40% of Americans use their phone within 5 minutes of waking up

A new global mobile consumer survey details technology trends from the U.S. as noted throughout 2016, and among them are details about how US techies use their phone. Most notably, about 40-percent of Americans check their smartphone within five minutes of waking up in the morning. That number grows over the minutes following, with most people checking their phone within an hour of waking up, and continuing to check it dozens of times throughout the day.

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Volvo 90 Series cars get Skype for Business integration

Volvo 90 Series cars get Skype for Business integration

Volvo Car Group has announced Skype for Business integration for the automaker’s 90 Series vehicles. This integration will increase drivers’ productivity by bringing Skype for Business to the cars’ large center display, making it possible to see what upcoming meetings are in the pipeline, who is attending, and more. The company also said it is exploring the idea of using Cortana.

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Facebook copyright tracking system tipped as part of larger licensing plan

Facebook copyright tracking system tipped as part of larger licensing plan

Facebook is working on building its own copyright tracking technology, according to sources, and it'll use this technology as part of a larger licensing plan. Say the sources, big-name record labels have been pressuring the social network to remove user-uploaded copyrighted videos, and to license the music shared by its users. However, the sources caution that we likely won't see a deal struck between the record labels and Facebook until at least spring 2017.

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Google Mobile Search dishes up recipes for food queries

Google Mobile Search dishes up recipes for food queries

Google has tweaked the way it presents recipes for food searches on its mobile search. Pull out your phone and search for any particular food item or multiple items using Google Mobile Search, and you'll see an array of recipe cards at the top of the results. Above those cards you'll find related search terms that, when tapped, will themselves pull up additional recipes, all of which can be scrolled through in their own dedicated section.

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Samsung CH711 Quantum Dot curved monitor unveiled ahead of CES

Samsung CH711 Quantum Dot curved monitor unveiled ahead of CES

Samsung has taken the wraps off its new CH711 Quantum Dot Curved monitor, something it plans to show off at CES 2017 alongside the new CF791 and CFG70 quantum dot displays. The new CH711 monitor was, says Samsung, made ‘with gamers in mind.’ The company will offer this model in both 27-inch and 31.5-inch sizes next year. As expected, Samsung went all out with this model, tossing in everything from a high resolution to a massive viewing angle and excellent color coverage.

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Galaxy Note 7 will go dark in Malaysia on December 31

Galaxy Note 7 will go dark in Malaysia on December 31

The Galaxy Note 7’s final farewell continues to rollout in the form of a software update. Latest on the chopping block are handsets located in Malaysia, where Samsung has announced that a software update will disable charging on December 31. As in other regions, handsets that receive this update will lose their ability to charge and, obviously, eventually be rendered into a useless brick.

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Sorry folks, science says hands-free calls are still a big driving distraction

Sorry folks, science says hands-free calls are still a big driving distraction

Hands-free technology is largely viewed as the solution to phone-addicted drivers, but another study has surfaced that disagrees. According to QUT’s study, which utilized the CARRS-Q Advanced Driving Simulator as part of its research, hands-free phone use while driving is still quite a distraction, delaying reaction time significantly compared to those who weren’t using any phones, hands-free or otherwise.

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Samsung M9500 UHD Blu-ray Player is optimized for HDR

Samsung M9500 UHD Blu-ray Player is optimized for HDR

Samsung has unveiled its new M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, a sophisticated device as far as disc players go. The model is HDR optimized and supports Bluetooth Wireless Streaming, says Samsung, as well as the Samsung Smart Remote and Ultra HD televisions. This is one of multiple media products Samsung unveiled recently, the others including a sound bar and wireless speaker.

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New medical ‘breathalyzer’ detects diseases via a patient’s breath

New medical ‘breathalyzer’ detects diseases via a patient’s breath

A new type of medical technology can detect 17 different diseases by ‘sniffing’ an afflicted patient’s breath, according to the American Chemical Society. The technology was inspired by the now-dated diagnoses method used by doctors before the advent of modern medical labs — sniffing a patient’s breath for signs of a particular disease. The technology is essentially a disease breathalyzer.

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Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon has patented an ‘airborne fulfillment center’ that works with drones to deliver items from said floating warehouse to customers. The patent relates to Amazon’s publicly stated drone delivery ambitions, though we’re still a long way from seeing an actual delivery center floating around in the sky. The patent goes on to describe small airships that would deliver items to the airborne fulfillment center.

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Takata tipped near billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities

Takata tipped near billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities

Takata is close to striking a massive settlement deal with U.S. authorities, according to sources, with the financial penalty possibly being as high as a billion dollars. According to these sources, Takata’s legal team is working with Department of Justice officials on the settlement, which could include Takata pleading guilty to criminal misconduct. We could see some significant updates as early as next month, but the matter may drag on into a later date in 2017.

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