Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

In just a few days, it will be a festive season again. No matter your particular affiliation, you will most likely be swept up by the gift-giving train. It’s also a good opportunity to get your dad or your partner that geeky trinket that he may have been drooling over for the past months. That said, gone are the days when gadgets and gizmos were seen as a man’s domain only. With few (maybe just one) exceptions, our holiday tech shopping guide can help you fill up the stocking for Dad, Mom, or anyone else you might fancy.

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Galaxy S8 tipped to ditch the bezel and home buttons, go all screen

Galaxy S8 tipped to ditch the bezel and home buttons, go all screen

The rumors have been coming swiftly about features tipped to turn up on the new Galaxy S8 smartphone when it launches. The most recent rumor has to do with the screen and if the rumor is true this will mark a major change to the design of the Galaxy S devices. According to this rumor, Samsung will make the front of the smartphone all screen with no bezel and ditch the physical home button.

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Windows 10 coming to ARM mobile devices thanks to Microsoft and Qualcomm tie up

Windows 10 coming to ARM mobile devices thanks to Microsoft and Qualcomm tie up

The big problem with small and less costly computers that run Qualcomm chips under the hood is that they were unable to run Windows, which is almost a requirement in the business world. That will change with Microsoft announcing a partnership with Qualcomm that will see Windows 10 come to ARM-powered devices. This means that Qualcomm Snapdragon PCs will be able to run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps such as Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and Windows video games.

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Nintendo Switch running Zelda: Breath of the Wild showed off on Fallon

Nintendo Switch running Zelda: Breath of the Wild showed off on Fallon

Nintendo has been teasing us about the Switch game console with bits and pieces of data here and there. The most recent release came when Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime went on the Jimmy Fallon show and took the Switch console with him. The big news here isn't another glimpse at the Switch hardware, it's the game Fallon got to play.

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Galaxy A 2017 series leak flaunts glass, waterproofing

Galaxy A 2017 series leak flaunts glass, waterproofing

Samsung’s Galaxy A line, prefigured by the lone Galaxy Alpha model, made a rather interesting proposition back then. It offered the same first class look, sometimes even build materials, of the manufacturer’s flagship but hiding inside mid-range specs. As Samsung’s flagships moved from metal to metal with glass, so did the Galaxy A. Confirming what was previously just speculation, a set of leaked photos reveal a truly stylish 2017 refresh with one added bonus: IP68 dust and water proofing.

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Here are the Sony PlayStation games coming to mobile next year

Here are the Sony PlayStation games coming to mobile next year

Mobile gaming has long been in full bloom (some might even argue it already plateaued), but the big console makers didn’t get the memo in time. It was only in September that Nintendo finally announced its first real mobile game, Super Mario Run, and rival Sony isn’t going to be left behind. Except that, it will, because it won’t be until 2017 when it launches 10 titles for both iOS and Android, hailing from its vast PlayStation treasury of games.

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AsteroidOS alpha release gives Android Wear smartwatches a new hope

AsteroidOS alpha release gives Android Wear smartwatches a new hope

With Fitbit’s acquisition and strangling of Pebble, the smartwatch market has just gotten smaller and its future even more in question. But even before that, the Android Wear scene was already in a state of decline, with earlier models no longer receiving the rare Android Wear updates. If you have one such wearable device, there might be hope yet. The AsteroidOS project has just announced its first ever alpha release, bringing it closer to offering a true open source operating system for smartwatches.

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Galaxy S7 edge now comes in Black Pearl color

Galaxy S7 edge now comes in Black Pearl color

What do you do to kill time for a few months when you can’t actually launch a new product? Why dress up an old one, of course! That is precisely the situation that Samsung has found itself in after the tragedy that was the Galaxy Note 7. In order to try to boost sales of its only 2016 flagships, the Korean OEM is putting out new color options, at least for the Galaxy S7 edge. After Pink Gold and Blue Coral now comes the shiny Black Pearl, which could have also been called Jet Black. Or Piano Black. Except Apple might take offense.

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iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, not iPhone 8, tipped to be 2017 model

iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, not iPhone 8, tipped to be 2017 model

If you had your eyes and heart set on a revolutionary iPhone 8 next year, it might be time to set your expectations lower. That version of the next gen iPhone has been rumored to include so many new features that it might, in the end, be delayed because of that. According to Apple’s suppliers from Taiwan, next year’s model won’t be called the iPhone 8 but the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus instead. And considering the name, it won’t be as spectacular a jump forward but will instead be just a half step to the future.

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Galaxy Note 7 in Canada to be blocked by carriers next week

Galaxy Note 7 in Canada to be blocked by carriers next week

If you’re still holding on to the cursed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and happen to live in Canada, consider your phone’s days numbered. Samsung’s Canadian outfit has just announced an upcoming move that will really force owners to hand over their Galaxy Note 7 for a refund or an exchange. In a nutshell, starting next week, the devices will no longer be able to function as smartphones and will, instead, be demoted to being offline media players, notepads, and mirrors. That is, if they don’t explode first.

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NASA’s new Earth science mission slips in before possible budget cuts

NASA’s new Earth science mission slips in before possible budget cuts

NASA has announced a new Earth science mission ahead of the possible budget cuts or complete elimination of its Earth science division. The space agency says this is the first geostationary vegetation/atmospheric carbon mission of its kind, and it is aimed at better enabling the US to measure vegetation health and greenhouse gases from space. By doing so, says NASA, researchers will be able to better understand the natural carbon exchanges between the ocean, land, and atmosphere above them.

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YouTube’s 2016 review: rattlesnakes, pineapple pens and more

YouTube’s 2016 review: rattlesnakes, pineapple pens and more

It’s that time of the year when companies evaluate their platforms across the last year, compiling interesting tidbits of data. We’ve already seen Flickr’s end of year data, and now we have YouTube’s year-in-review. The video service calls this YouTube #Rewind, and it highlights the biggest trends it saw over the past year, as well as the top ten videos overall and the top ten music videos.

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