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Alphabet’s Titan solar-powered drone permanently grounded

Alphabet’s Titan solar-powered drone permanently grounded

Being a Google X, now just X, project may mean you get some media attention by virtue of association with Google, but that's no guarantee you'll actually survive. Some, like self-driving cars, do become companies of their own. Others, like Barge and Glass, however, might never see the light of day ever again. Joining the latter's ranks is Project Titan, Google's former solar-powered, Internet bearing drone, which has just been declared redundant in lieu of the already in-flight Project Loon balloons.

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Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

It seems that Google is making up for lost time when it comes to its wearable platform. Android Wear is not only not yet dead, Android Wear 2.0 is actually coming really soon. And by really soon, we mean some time in February. At least that's according to the notices that app developers are receiving straight from Google. The notice is basically a heads up for those with "legacy" Android Wear 1.0 apps to update their apps so they will be visible in Android Wear's new on-watch Play Store.

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Tech Privacy 101 – Ways to keep private things private

Tech Privacy 101 – Ways to keep private things private

Privacy is no longer a concern of a few well-informed, conscious, or even paranoid individuals. Given how much of our lives we have stored on computers, phones, or the cloud, digital privacy should already gain the same level of attention that we give our physical spaces. Sadly, that just isn't the case and many, sometimes even the best of us, take such things for granted. And with governments seemingly more invested in actually invading citizens' privacy, the responsibility of securing our digital lives falls on us. Fortunately, you don't need to be a computer scientist nor a lawyer to implement these simple steps to protect your privacy, whether online or offline.

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Nokia 8 Supreme could be company’s MWC 2017 star [UPDATE: Qualcomm instead]

Nokia 8 Supreme could be company’s MWC 2017 star [UPDATE: Qualcomm instead]

If you thought Nokia was done for a while after having unveiled the Nokia 6, you definitely don't know Nokia. The company was popular/notorious for putting out a dozen or more models a year, all with confusing model numbers. It might be going back to old habits, but starting with single digits (thankfully). After the Nokia 6 comes the Nokia 8, and not just any Nokia 8 either. According to a leak, we might be gazing upon a Nokia 8 Supreme as early as MWC next month.*

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Nintendo Switch limited pre-order at NYC event

Nintendo Switch limited pre-order at NYC event

The Nintendo Switch is undoubtedly the hottest topic in the gaming world of late, whether you're a fan of this next gen console or not. Given the fire that will surely consume those who are fans, Nintendo is going to limit access to the Switch to better control supply and demand. Of course, it could backfire and cause some tension and controversy instead. Be that as it may, Nintendo has revealed that, come Friday, a very limited number of pre-order slots will be available at Nintendo NYC. Be ready for a stampede.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

While NVIDIA did make a big splash at CES 2017 by completely embracing Google Assistant in its SHIELD Android TV box, there was one resounding thread that begged to be heard: give us a new SHIELD Portable. The gamepad cum tablet form factor, the original bearer of the "SHIELD" brand, has not seen a refresh since, well, since it launched. Those prayers may be close to being answered as what is allegedly the SHIELD Portable 2 was just seen at the FCC, hinting at its imminent announcement.

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iPhone 8 tipped to revert to glass-metal-glass sandwich

iPhone 8 tipped to revert to glass-metal-glass sandwich

Some tips for "reliable sources" sound to good to be true, while some make us beg for them not to be true. Some iPhone fans might be on the fence about this latest tidbit about the iPhone 8 coming later this year (or next). According to DigiTimes sources, which usually hail from suppliers in China, the iPhone 8 will make a major departure from its new design that started with the iPhone 6. Instead of an all metal, unibody chassis, the iPhone 8 will supposedly have a metal frame in the middle, sandwiched by layers of glass.

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Microsoft Privacy Dashboard shows what Microsoft knows about you

Microsoft Privacy Dashboard shows what Microsoft knows about you

There are some tech companies, like Google, who are often accused of privacy violations, but it wasn't until Windows 10 that Microsoft was put in a hot seat. The company received no small amount of flak for the gaping privacy holes in the OS it was pushing to everyone, which, in turn, pushed Microsoft to make changes to its policies and implementations. Today it is announcing yet another step forward with the launch of its Privacy Dashboard, a web-based tool that lets you see and control what Microsoft sees about you.

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LeEco Le Pro3, Le S3 now available from Target

LeEco Le Pro3, Le S3 now available from Target

LeEco is a company whose ambitions know no bounds. Whether that's a good thing or not remains to be seen in the coming months. Rising from video streaming roots, LeEco, formerly LeTV, has dared to invade the US tech market, and not just smartphones, mind you. It has also dipped its fingers in the smart transportation and smart home cookie jars. To further cement its stake in the smartphone arena, however, it has partnered with US retail giant Target to make its wallet-friendly Le Pro3 and Le S3 available to an even wider audience.

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US airlines will no longer warn you about the Galaxy Note 7

US airlines will no longer warn you about the Galaxy Note 7

Is Samsung's ordeal with the Galaxy Note 7 nearly over? It would seem so. The company definitely survived 2016 financially despite the burning hot phablet. And now it seems that authorities will start easing up on the fella. According to Samsung, the US Federal Aviation Administrative has lifted its requirement on airlines to brief passengers about the ban on the Galaxy Note 7 on flights, on the presumption that, by now, there are too few of them to be found onboard.

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The iPhone we came to know vs the iPhone that could have been

The iPhone we came to know vs the iPhone that could have been

We just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, a now iconic device that changed the world, whether you like it or not (and some definitely don't). Just in time for the birthday cake, we recently got a glimpse of a prototype interface, inspired by the iPod click wheel, that could have been the iPhone we know today. So what happened? A second prototype, that's what. And we're getting a look at both, courtesy of Sonny Dickson, the same Australian teen who rose to fame because of rare scoops like these.

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Walmart Scan & Go finally Android after years on the iPhone

Walmart Scan & Go finally Android after years on the iPhone

Checkout lanes in stores are famous for opportunities to practice patience. They don't have to be, not according to Walmart. Not if you have its futuristic Scan & Go app. Sadly, while that app has actually been in existence since 2013, it only existed for iPhone users. That changes today with Walmart finally rolling it out to Android users to enjoy skipping lines. That is, if you live near the one and only Walmart branch it's currently working in.

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