Kodak taps ARCHOS to make its next smartphones for Europe

Kodak taps ARCHOS to make its next smartphones for Europe

Brand licensing might be the next game in smartphones. BlackBerry got out of the smartphone manufacturing game but is letting OEMs like TCL and India's Optiemus to make BlackBerry-branded smartphones. Kodak is seemingly employing that same strategy after the "successful" (or so it says) launch of its very own Ektra smartphone. It has just announced its partnership with French manufacturer ARCHOS to create devices that will be sold in Europe not under ARCHOS own brand but as Kodak devices.

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Huawei P10 stops by the FCC, gets a photo op

Huawei P10 stops by the FCC, gets a photo op

Huawei has already confirmed that its MWC 2017 presence will include the P10 as well as the Huawei Watch 2. Other than that, however, it hasn’t said much. Fortunately, others are doing the talking for the OEM, like the FCC who graciously made public a few snapshots of the smartphone, both its shell and its innards. While they don’t exactly say anything new, these photos at least confirm much of what we’ve seen and heard, especially regarding the Huawei P10’s design.

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HTC to make at most 7 phones this 2017, entry-level out

HTC to make at most 7 phones this 2017, entry-level out

HTC's smartphone business has long been in trouble that it has almost become a guessing game when it would fold. The Taiwanese manufacturer has stubbornly refused to budge, however, having no other fallback in the meantime. But now that its Vive VR business has taken off the ground, it has finally decided to go the cutting board. No, HTC isn't bowing out of the smartphone business completely, but it is letting go off all but its higher end models.

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Project Loon now needs less balloons to deliver the Internet

Project Loon now needs less balloons to deliver the Internet

Google, or rather its Alphabet parent, has given up on its plans to get drones to deliver Internet connections to remote places. That means that Project Loon, which now falls unde Alphabet's X subsidiary, will bear the brunt of the responsibilities and expectations. Good thing, then, that the folks behind Loon have stumbled upon a method that allows these Internet-bearing balloons to linger over an area for longer periods of time.

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Google Home and Google Express now make shopping a breeze

Google Home and Google Express now make shopping a breeze

We are beyond being just an instant gratification generation. Why bother going outside even for essential supplies when you can do it all from home and have them delivered to you. Even better, you can do that without even lifting a finger. Although we’re probably still decades away from computers that can read our thoughts (which would be frightening), Google is offering the next best thing: shopping by voice using Google Assistant on the Google Home via Google Express.

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Pokemon GO update live! Plus how Eevee evolves into Umbreon and Espeon

Pokemon GO update live! Plus how Eevee evolves into Umbreon and Espeon

This evening Pokemon GO Gen 2 was made live, bringing on a collection of 80+ new monsters to the game. This first big wave contains a whole lot of Pokemon originally released in the Pokemon Silver and Pokemon Gold games - though this isn't the first we've heard from the gen. The first we got were a bunch of babies - several Baby Pokemon hatched from Pokemon eggs that were pre-evolutions of Pokemon already in the game - save one. Now we've got a whole lot more!

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This is what the Nintendo Switch OS (supposedly) looks like

This is what the Nintendo Switch OS (supposedly) looks like

It won’t be another few weeks before the Nintendo Switch actually starts shipping out. At least for the lucky early birds who caught the pre-order worm. But at least one extremely lucky gamer already got the gaming console/handheld hybrid, making it feel like an extremely late Christmas. Shipping mistakes do happen, but so do hoaxes. But, for now, we can gawk at glimpses of the Nintendo Switch and its software, which was so graciously provided by the lucky new owner.

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Researchers: dwarf planet Ceres has ‘key ingredients for life’

Researchers: dwarf planet Ceres has ‘key ingredients for life’

Dwarf planet Ceres, the source of things like shiny bright spots and a big ice volcano, has the 'key ingredients for life,' something discovered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The conclusion is based on organic-rich areas detected on the dwarf planet, which researchers believe are native to the planet. These organic materials join evidence of salts, water ice, hydrated minerals, and more also existing on the planet.

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YouTube gets machine-generated automatic captions

YouTube gets machine-generated automatic captions

Google first announced captions for its Google Video product way back in 2006, and now it is back with a new related announcement: automatic captions have arrived on YouTube. These captions are machine-generated, something made possible in part by YouTube’s existing caption system and Google’s automatic speech recognition technology. With this feature, a much larger number of videos will gain captions, making them accessible to both the hearing-impaired and those who speak other languages (via machine translation).

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Samsung vice chairman’s arrest ordered by South Korean court

Samsung vice chairman’s arrest ordered by South Korean court

A South Korean court has ordered the arrest of Samsung vice chairman Jay Y. Lee, it has been revealed, as the latest event in the corruption scandal hitting the nation. The order was made by the Seoul Central District Court, which reportedly elected not to issue an arrest warrant for Park Sang-jin, Samsung Electronics’ president. Lee is reportedly now in custody at a detention center in Seoul.

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New AT&T Unlimited plan arrives tomorrow for postpaid customers

New AT&T Unlimited plan arrives tomorrow for postpaid customers

AT&T has announced that it will launch a new Unlimited plan starting tomorrow, offering it to all postpaid business and consumer customers. The news comes only a few days after Verizon brought back its unlimited plan, one that promises to give subscribers unlimited access to the carrier’s 4G LTE network. T-Mobile was quick to respond to the Verizon plan by upgrading its own ONE plan, and now four days later this appears to be AT&T’s response.

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Facebook’s next focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community’

Facebook’s next focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community’

Facebook has detailed its next focus, one building upon the foundation of the company’s original focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community.’ This isn’t a one-company job, Facebook acknowledges, saying the task is bigger than any single organization. Still, the social network aims to do its part by providing a social infrastructure designed for community, for a global community, that’ll serve as a base station of sorts for civic engagement, information, and more.

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