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Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Competition in the smart home is only getting fiercer, and Nest is reportedly readying a cheaper and more flexible range of connected gadgets to drive up adoption in the face of mounting rivals. The Alphabet-owned company is best known for the Nest Learning Thermostat, an iPhone-inspired HVAC controller that promises to track how the home is used and cut energy costs without an impact on comfort. It arguably kickstarted a new generation of smart thermostats, but since then cheaper, more capable alternatives have hit the market.

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Google Pixel 2 could pull an Apple and drop headphone jack

Google Pixel 2 could pull an Apple and drop headphone jack

A few days back, Google confirmed that there will be a new Pixel phone released in 2017. Obviously, Google's going to look to make a number of improvements with this new device, but today we're hearing that it might take a step back in some regards, as the Pixel is rumored to lose its 3.5mm headphone jack with this latest iteration. It wouldn't be the first phone to do so, as Apple famously dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, prompting much controversy in doing so.

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A 600HP Lexus LC F could give Porsche’s 911 track fear

A 600HP Lexus LC F could give Porsche’s 911 track fear

Lexus may have only just wowed us with the 2018 LC 500, but the automaker is reportedly readying an even more potent, even more exclusive LC F version. The LC is currently available in two forms, the 471 horsepower LC 500 which uses a 5-liter V8 naturally-aspirated engine, and the 354 horsepower LC 500h hybrid, which pairs electric motors with a V6 engine. According to a new report, however, Lexus is preparing to throw some serious turbocharged grunt at the curvaceous car.

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iPhone 8 wireless charging only the start: 5 Apple teams reportedly involved

iPhone 8 wireless charging only the start: 5 Apple teams reportedly involved

The iPhone 8 may embrace wireless charging, but Apple is reportedly going all-in with developing cable-free solutions, with claims that five different teams at the company are all working on the technology. The absence of wireless charging has long been a point of criticism about the iPhone, forcing owners who want to be free of wires to either jump ship to Android devices where the tech has been commonly offered for some time, or to pick up a third-party adapter, like Mophie's recent Juice Packs. Now, though, it's apparently full-steam-ahead at Cupertino.

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Samsung may resurrect the Note 7

Samsung may resurrect the Note 7

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 blunder is still fresh in everyone's minds, but the beleaguered handset may not be well and truly dead. New reports coming out of Korea indicate that Samsung may look to offer refurbished Galaxy Note 7s later this year after fixing the battery problem that caused them to catch fire the first time around. If true, we could get an official announcement from Samsung as early as June.

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March 2017 iPad Pro event tipped for 10.5-inch Chromebook rival

March 2017 iPad Pro event tipped for 10.5-inch Chromebook rival

Apple is planning a clean sweep of its iPad Pro range for 2017, with talk of four new models of the tablet including an all-new screen size seemingly targeting Chromebook buyers. Though the iPad hasn't seen quite the bumper performance that Apple's iPhone has in recent quarters, and analysts peg tablet sales overall as slumping, the Cupertino slate is still the segment leader. Now, it's reported, Apple is preparing to capitalize on that with a top to bottom refresh.

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Apple rumored to partner with Broadcom for future iPhone wireless charging

Apple rumored to partner with Broadcom for future iPhone wireless charging

Rumors have been flying for some time now about what we can expect with Apple's redesigned "iPhone 8" sometime this year or in 2018, and one of the oft-reported features coming to the device is wireless charging. The latest news on the topic is that Apple is working with chip manufacturer Broadcom on a solution, according to JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur.

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Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet is readying a fleet of "thousands" of self-driving cars, the majority of which will be used by Lyft as autonomous taxi alternatives, insiders have claimed. General Motors had previously invested half a billion dollars into the ride-sharing firm, with the intention of co-developing self-driving vehicles that could be added to its fleet. In the meantime, GM also launched its own car-sharing scheme, Maven.

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T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

Today we're hearing a whopper of a rumor that could have pretty big implications for the US carrier space. SoftBank is apparently eager to see Sprint, one of its subsidiaries, merge with T-Mobile, but resistance from T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom would make such a merger difficult. With Deutsche Telekom unwilling to sell its stake in T-Mobile, it sounds like SoftBank is prepared to put a lot on the line - namely, giving up its majority share in Sprint.

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Apple TV Ultra HD 4K model tipped with codename J105

Apple TV Ultra HD 4K model tipped with codename J105

Apple is working on a new Apple TV model, according to sources, and it’ll offer Ultra HD 4K video support, among other things. According to the leak, this upcoming Apple TV model has the internal codename ‘J105,’ and will possibly be released within 2017, though that date sounds tentative at best. The rumored model is a bid to boost Apple TV sales, the sources suggest.

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5″ iPhone 8 reportedly won’t include wireless charger or 3.5mm dongle

5″ iPhone 8 reportedly won’t include wireless charger or 3.5mm dongle

A 5-inch "tweener" iPhone 8, in-between 2017's 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, has again been rumored, along with new - and potentially frustrating - details on charging and accessories. Apple's plans for its smartphones this year have been a source of huge speculation, with various reports now teasing as many as four different potential designs. According to a new set of rumors from Makotakara, however, previous chatter of a "tweener" iPhone is looking more likely.

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Xiaomi smartphone chip plans could see Qualcomm face-off

Xiaomi smartphone chip plans could see Qualcomm face-off

Xiaomi may have surged rapidly into the public eye (and all that without - officially - a phone on sale in the US) but its next ambitions are even bigger: ousting Qualcomm from its devices. The Chinese company - which has everything from smartphones through smart TVs, and portable batteries to smart home gadgets in its line-up - is notorious for its loyal and vocal fans and aggressive pricing. Now, Xioami is reportedly turning to silicon.

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