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Lenovo V730 leak: a business laptop that isn’t a ThinkPad

Lenovo V730 leak: a business laptop that isn’t a ThinkPad

Ever since it acquired IBM’s PC business, the ThinkPad has become Lenovo’s standard bearer for its business-class laptops. While it does have its own laptops, including the Yoga and the new V series, those have been relegated to other purposes and features, like gaming, affordability, or flexibility. It seems, however, that the world’s biggest PC vendor is going to mix things up a bit with a new Lenovo V730 that will have all the specs for a business laptop but without the Thinkpad branding.

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Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

While the world has begrudgingly accepted selfies as something that isn’t completely going away, that doesn’t mean it has become an acceptable behavior in all circumstances. People have done so many things in the name of selfies, resulting in the destruction of irreplaceable objects, harm to living creatures, and sometimes even death. Instagram, one of the biggest havens for selfies, wants to put a stop to at least one of those by discouraging selfies that encourage putting animals in danger.

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Galaxy S9 could use Samsung’s new 512 GB UFS storage

Galaxy S9 could use Samsung’s new 512 GB UFS storage

Samsung is about to make microSD cards in phones redundant. Well, probably after a few years. The company has just announced that it has started the production of the world’s first 512 GB flash memory using the new UFS standard. This behemoth of a storage solution is intended for use in “next generation” mobile devices, which probably means we’ll get to see it when the Galaxy S9 gets announced early next year. Which also means it might not have a microSD card reader as well.

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Android December security bulletin finally has KRACK fix for Pixels

Android December security bulletin finally has KRACK fix for Pixels

Google kicked off the whole monthly security bulletin practice to assure Android users, or at least owners of its Nexus and Pixel devices, that they will get timely and critical security fixes before all hell breaks loose. In a rather odd turn of events, however, Google missed that window when it rolled out the November set of security patches without a fix for the KRACK vulnerability. Fortunately, that whole scare seems to have blown over on its own before Google could finally get the fix out the door today.

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You can now really use Apple Pay Cash to send money directly

You can now really use Apple Pay Cash to send money directly

Apple rolled out iOS 11.2 over the weekend earlier than scheduled in order to immediately address a critical bug that had devices crashing left and right on that date. Because of the rush, however, it also rolled out a feature that was practically useless at that time: Apple Pay Cash. The peer-to-peer payment feature was indeed included in iOS 11.2 but wasn’t actually enabled yet. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait that long as Apple Pay Cash is now starting to become available for use for those in the US.

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Dead BLU Life One X2 got you down? Here, have a Life One X3

Dead BLU Life One X2 got you down? Here, have a Life One X3

BLU Products, one of the few phone brands that call the US its home, seems to be riding one controversy after another. Last year, and again this year, it was involved in a security and privacy scandal, thanks to Chinese adware maker AdUps, that even got US authorities involved. Last week, the Florida-based company received a flood of complaints after pushing out an update that practically bricked their Life One X2. After going silent, the company has made an ill-timed launch of a new phone that is meant to succeed the one it just killed.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro teardown reveals hidden repair traps

Huawei Mate 10 Pro teardown reveals hidden repair traps

The trend towards more fashionable, glass back phones come at the price of repairability and sometimes even durability. While Huawei is boasting of how it is challenging the giants with its built-in nueral processing engine and its new desktop mode, it sadly isn’t daring to buck the trend when it comes to that new design fad. iFixit sinks its teeth into the Mate 10 Pro and discovers that Huawei’s most premium model has all the disadvantages of a glass and metal sandwich without the perks.

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RPCS3 PS3 emulator now runs some AAA titles

RPCS3 PS3 emulator now runs some AAA titles

Game emulation is a pretty thorny and murky subject. On the one hand, you have some valid arguments for encouraging emulation, especially for long gone platforms. On the other hand, it’s often used for less than legally sound cases. Whichever way you swing, there is one thing that makes any sort of game emulation a technically fascinating and impressive feat. And that is the ability to run even triple-A games using reverse engineering methods and a near-infinite amount of patience, like what developers of the PS3 emulator RPCS3 have accomplished.

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OnePlus 5T claims the fastest charging crown

OnePlus 5T claims the fastest charging crown

When the OnePlus 5T launched, critics and even some fans were quick to chide the startup for missing the boat yet again on wireless charging. With even Apple onboard, wireless charging is surely the future, right? It might be so, but that future isn’t going to be fast, OnePlus is basically saying. It still believes that its own wired charging offers an even faster experience, and it seems it has found a believer in Tom’s Guide.

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Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Most security researchers are stumbling to find a way to definitively prove, or disprove, the security and reliability of the iPhone X’s Face ID feature. Almost all of those, however, require a second face to bypass your legit one. It turns out that users might have something to fear even without a doppelganger. It is no secret that Apple allows third-party apps to access some Face ID data, but how much and how easy they’re getting that data could quickly become a privacy nightmare.

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Voyager 1’s thrusters still after 37 years of sleep

Voyager 1’s thrusters still after 37 years of sleep

Considering how the odds were stacked against it, Voyager 1’s new lease on life, even if just three years at most, is nothing short of a miracle. The spacecraft has been traveling space for 40 years and, since 2012, has left our solar system, becoming the first and so far only man-made interstellar object. So when crucial parts of it start failing, there is almost no hope. Fortunately, Voyager 1 seems to refuse to give up the ghost and its backup thrusters have been successfully fired up, even after being left unused for 37 years.

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Niantic’s Ingress AR game is being reborn as Ingress Prime

Niantic’s Ingress AR game is being reborn as Ingress Prime

Niantic Labs has really come a long way since it started as Google fledgling in 2012. It has become one of the biggest and sometimes most controversial names in the mobile gaming business thanks to the two-sided fame and infamy of Pokemon GO. But years before that, Niantic had its own baby, is own vision. That child was Ingress, which may have been born far too ahead of its time. But now, the time may be just right and Niantic is taking advantage of that to launch Ingress 2.0: Ingress Prime.

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