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LG and Huawei are reportedly making Google's Nexus phones this year
If you were disappointed that your only choice for a new, official Google phone last year was the gargantuan Nexus 6, you'll be glad to hear that 2015 could be very different. Android Police sources have elaborated on previous rumors with word that b...

Korg brings its classic M1 synthesizer to the iPad
If you're fond making classic synth sounds with your iPad, Korg offers quite the library of apps that'll do just that. As of this week, there's a new addition: the M1 digital synthesizer and music workstation. The "complete reproduction" of the instr...

The NSA wants to identify phone users by their finger swipes
For the National Security Agency, the fingerprint reader on your smartphone just isn't secure enough. Lockheed Martin has confirmed to Nextgov that the intelligence outfit is testing Mandrake, an identification system that verifies who you are based ...

Russia's deputy PM blames space failures on 'moral decay'
Russia's Roscosmos space program doesn't have a lot of cash to waste after its budget was cut by 35 percent in March. But an internal audit found that it flushed $1.8 billion down the toilet anyway, according to the Moscow Times. The nation's deputy ...

Ford's GoDrive brings app-based car hire to London
London is home to a number of car-sharing services, but over the past few months car makers have also been getting in on the action. BMW brought pay-as-you-go vehicles to the capital late last year, with Ford piloting a new service called City Drivin...

ASUS to unveil stylish ZenPad at Computex next week
It's Computex next week, which means we'll be busy fiddling with a whole bunch of new ASUS devices. According to Ausdroid, some of these will be contributed by a new Android tablet line dubbed ZenPad, which will allegedly come in 7-inch 1,024 x 600 a...

Twitter finally launches Periscope for Android
Periscope for Android is here. Twitter's new streaming app contains many of the same features found in the iOS version, but with a few Android exclusives. In addition to more granular notification controls than found in the iPhone version, there's a ...

'Mad Max' the game lacks the charm and detail of 'Fury Road'
Like any Mad Max fan thrilled by the film Fury Road, I approached Avalanche Studios' new video game translation hoping to find echoes of the film's anarchic spirit. And while the full game may deliver -- we won't know until review time -- the current...

Microsoft unveils Cortana voice assistant for Android and iPhone
Yes, it's official: Microsoft is bringing Windows' Cortana voice assistant to Android and iPhone. Both platforms will get a dedicated app that, much like you see on Windows Phone today, will let you dictate reminders, track flights and otherwise keep...

Opera Max for Android starts saving data when you're on WiFi
Opera's data compression was originally meant to get the most out of thimble-sized cellular plans, but you'd probably agree that WiFi matters, too. After all, you've likely had that moment when you were struggling to visit websites on a lousy public ...

Taking a spin in the first car with Android Auto
Get ready for Android Auto to hit the masses. Until now, the only way to get the Google-powered car interface was to install an aftermarket unit from Pioneer, and even those have only been around since March (Parrot is also citing support for Android...

Ofcom plans to auction more 4G spectrum later this year
Ofcom is planning a fresh spectrum auction that will improve 4G coverage later this year. The regulator has 190 MHz to allocate to the major mobile networks, and today it's launched a consultation with possible auction formats. The concern is that so...

Charter and Time Warner Cable agree on $55 billion merger
Time Warner Cable (TWC) has leaped into the arms Charter Communications in a merger valued at $55 billion, confirming previous rumors. That's considerably more than the $45 billion Comcast proposed to pay for TWC in a controversial deal that was even...

Samsung patented a laptop-smartphone dock with dual OSes
Combination laptop-tablet not enough? Want even more gadget overlap? Then try ASUS' still incoming Windows laptop/Android phone hybrid. We (half) joke, because Samsung's patented something along those very lines. In the Korean manufacturer's case, a ...

Microsoft cheaps out after Nokia phone saves a life
There are plenty of tales on how Nokia phones -- now under Microsoft -- have saved people's lives, with the latest one coming from China, where a man managed to survive a collapsed wall courtesy of his Lumia 920 earlier this month. As recalled by the...

Roku brings smarter search features to UK set-top boxes
Roku faces growing competition in the UK, but for now its streaming set-top boxes are still some of the best on the market. To help it fend off Apple, Amazon, Google and others, the company is introducing new software features and an upgraded Roku 2 ...

Sony's Xperia Z3+ is a familiar flagship
Sony announced the Xperia Z4 for Japan last month, but this isn't it. Well it is, but internationally Sony wants it to be known as the Xperia Z3+. Truth be told, that's a more appropriate name for the phone, given the incremental upgrade it represent...

All of Logitech's hub-based Harmony remotes now control your home
You no longer have to be quite so picky about which of Logitech's Harmony remotes you use to control your smart home. The company is trotting out an update that gives the Harmony Ultimate Hub the same home automation support as the Home Hub. Once you...

Chevy still has 6,000 unsold last-gen Volt hybrids
The 2016 Chevy Volt promises to be a much better hybrid than its predecessor, with a lower price and better performance... and unfortunately for GM, that improvement might be hurting sales of the outgoing model. The Detroit Free Press reports that th...

Audi's R8 e-tron electric supercar can now drive itself
Slowly but surely, Audi is getting closer to realizing Will Smith's wildly futuristic motor from I, Robot. At CES Asia, the company has revealed an updated version of its R8 e-tron electric supercar with self-driving capabilities. A bevy of sensors h...

Samsung's Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 Edge lacks J.A.R.V.I.S.
With Samsung being an active promoter of Marvel's latest Avengers movie, it's no surprise to see the tech giant releasing some sort of special edition product to sweeten the deal. Why yes, it's an Iron Man limited edition Galaxy S6 Edge with matching...

TiVo said to be launching Cox video on demand
You're forgiven if you forgot that TiVo and Cox were once best buddies. They formed a partnership years ago, but that alliance quietly fell by the wayside. However, there are signs that it could come roaring back. Tipsters tell Zatz Not Funny (which ...

Jony Ive becomes Apple's first Chief Design Officer
There's no question that Jony Ive is more important than ever to Apple's design process given his heavy influence on everything from the look of iOS to the philosophy behind the Apple Watch, and the Cupertino crew just gave him a promotion to reflect...

Robot learns skills through trial and error, like you do
As a rule, robots have to learn through explicit instruction, whether it's through new programming, watching videos or holding their hands. UC Berkeley's BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) isn't nearly that dependent, however...

Gizmodo The Gadgets Weblog
Disney's Developing Robots That Walk Like Its Cartoon Characters

In an attempt to make its theme parks even more magical, Disney’s Research division is working to develop bi-pedal robots and animatronic characters that walk and move like the lively cartoon characters in its animated films and TV shows.

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Periscope, Twitter’s popular live-streaming app and Meerkat slayer, has finally migrated to Android.

Periscope, Twitter’s popular live-streaming app and Meerkat slayer , has finally migrated to Android. Now you can snoop around on people’s lives in realtime on either one of the two largest mobile operating systems out there. Neat.

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A Speculative Look at the Future of Google's Nexus Devices

Google’s huge developer conference, Google I/O, is this week(!), and while it’s not normally a place for a hardware announcements, a lot of rumors surrounding Google’s 2015 Nexus devices are already frothing toward the surface. Bottom line: Smartphones are in, tablets are out.

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Gear Up For Your Next Run With $25 Bluetooth Earbuds and a $7 Armband

You guys snap up a ton of these dirt cheap Mpow Bluetooth Earbuds whenever we post a deal, but if you’ve missed out up until this point, here’s another chance. If you own a smart watch and want to use it to listen to music without a phone nearby, these are a must, but they’re also great for jogging, mowing the lawn, or any other activity where you don’t want to get tangled up in wires. [Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Headphones, $25 with code 7D7OWX77]

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Microsoft's Cortana Is Coming to Android and iPhone

Starting in June, you’ll be able to download Cortana as an app on your Galaxy or iPhone even if you’d rather die than use Windows. The rumors are true : Microsoft is giving the non-Windows crowd a taste of its powerful voice assistant, bringing Cortana to Android and iOS.

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10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Pinterest Master

What Pinterest lacks in user numbers it makes up for in aspiration: beautiful buildings, artwork, crafts, technology, outfits and landscapes. Whether you’re a keen Pinterest user or a newcomer who’s in the early stages of poking around, here are 10 useful tips to improve your pinning experience and get more from the platform.

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Deadspin Rovell Forced To Give On-Air Apology For “Serious Error In Judgment” | Jezebel The Duggar G

Deadspin Rovell Forced To Give On-Air Apology For “Serious Error In Judgment” | Jezebel The Duggar Girls Learned to Kiss From Jim-Bob and Josh | Kotaku Earthquake Stops Tokyo Disney Ride at the Worst Possible Point | Lifehacker The Most Common Illegal Job Interview Questions You Should Watch Out For |

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Male Butterflies Ejaculate, Female Butterflies Digest

A mating system that puts the sexes in conflict can evolve some pretty extreme copulatory structures. Spiky penises and twisty vaginas are the tip of the iceberg. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Biology last week, we should add protein-melting vaginal tracts to the list.

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Asus Zenbook UX305 Review: A Great Laptop for Just $700

The new MacBook is way too thin . The Dell XPS 13 is the Windows laptop to beat . But say you’re looking for a slightly cheaper razor-thin machine? For just $700, the new Asus UX305 is a pretty damn good deal.

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Exoplanet Hunters Will Comb Starlight With Lasers

This picture shows the spectrum of light. You may have seen similar images in the past, but this one is something special—because it’s made of star light.

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How Scientists Plan to Hack Your Nervous System

One nerve connects your vital organs, sensing and shaping your health. If we learn to control it, the future of medicine will be electric. By Gaia Vince.

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New Malware Tracks Subway Riders With Just Smartphone Motion Data

Even when you’re unable to maintain cellular and GPS connections underground, hackers may still be able to keep track of you. Researchers have discovered that they can trace the movements of subway rider with 92 percent accuracy, using just the motion sensing aboard smartphones.

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Charter Plans to Buy Time Warner Cable for $55 Billion

Charter Communications has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for a cool $55 billion, and while the merger won’t be as massive as the Comcast-TWC deal that was recently shot down, the further consolidation of cable giants isn’t good news for consumers.

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This Is the First Single-Molecule Diode That Could Actually Be Useful

The diode is a very simple-sounding little electronic device: it allows current to flow easily in one direction, but not the other. But while the quest to miniaturize them to the molecular scale has worked in the past, only now is it a truly practical proposition.

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WhatsApp's Group Chat Mute Options Are Weird

If you’ve decided to ignore a group chat on WhatsApp, you’ll know the options are a bit... strange. Seriously, who chose these three options? [Doghouse Diaries]

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Be Relieved You Can't Buy This Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge in the U.S.

Resplendent in red and gold, this is Samsung’s attempt to bring together its Marvel tie-ins with its latest slightly weird S6 Edge handset . The result is... probably not the phone Tony Stark would choose?

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This Man Cannot Be Allowed to Decide the Fate of the Patriot Act

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear this week that, while the Senate is rapidly approaching recess, the Senate “will stay in [session] until a deal is struck to extend” the Patriot Act. McConnell has also introduced legislation for both long-term and short-term reauthorization of the Patriot Act’s expiring provisions. It seems that McConnell is trying to bully the entire Senate into passing short-term reauthorization, giving him more time to further weaken reform efforts.

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Jony Ive Is Now Apple's Chief Design Officer

Jony Ive, Apple’s inspirational designer, is assuming a new position as Chief Design Officer at the company. The move will see him retain control over industrial design and user interface divisions at Apple, but with a step back from day-to-day operations.

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Don't Get a 'Base Tan'

The myth of the ‘base tan’ needs to die. Like Bonnaroo and flip-flops, the concept of the base tan reappears every summer and gets enthusiastically endorsed by a subset of confused people with dubious hygiene standards.

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11 Species of Chameleon Masqueraded as One

Biologists just discovered 11 new species of chameleon hiding in plain sight—as chameleons tend to do.

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