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Samsung has closed its flagship London store

  Just like that, Samsung has decided to close its flagship ‘Experience Store’ in London. Only ten of these glossy retail outlets exist across the UK, and the one in Westfield Stratford shopping center was Samsung’s crown jewel, playing host to numerous early bird product launches such as the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S […]

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The UK will decode the genes of 100,000 people to help fight cancer

The UK is about to launch one of the more ambitious attempts at using genetic research to fight cancer and other nasty diseases. The National Health Service’s England branch plans to collect and sequence the genomes of 100,000 people in hopes of understanding both how DNA affects these sicknesses (such as gene-specific causes or symptoms) […]

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Meizu’s M1 Note is a dirt-cheap iPhone 5c on steroids

  While many Chinese smartphone makers have recently stepped up their efforts in delivering more original designs, we can’t say that’s the case with Meizu’s latest offering. In fact, we already knew the cheeky company was up to something when the Chinese media received an iPhone 5c chassis in their invitations, and now we know […]

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Critical flaw forces Apple to push first automatic OS X security update

A critical security issue in the network time protocol (NTP) has prompted Apple to push an automatic OS X update for the first time ever. Google researchers discovered the flaw which could allow a remote attacker to “send a carefully crafted packet that can overflow a stack buffer and allow malicious code to be executed.” […]

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Snapchat alternatives (and their users) vanish from Windows Phone

  Snapchat warned that it was clamping down on third-party apps to prevent sketchier examples from compromising your security, and it appears to be making good on its word — much to the chagrin of Windows Phone users, who haven’t had an official Snapchat option so far. Windows Central notes that 6snap and other titles […]

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Watch the first steps of a robot inspired by stick bugs

  They grow up so fast, don’t they? It was just a few years ago that HECTOR the stick bug robot was little more than a twinkle in Bielefeld University’s eye, and it’s already taking its first steps. Okay, so this isn’t quite a tear-jerking moment, but it’s still an important achievement in robotics. As […]

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Samsung’s super-wide curved monitor makes your PC extra trendy

  If both ultra-widescreen and curved computer monitors are all the rage these days, then Samsung’s new SE790C display is supremely fashionable. The 34-inch, 3,440 x 1,440 LCD has both a super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and a gentle arc, combining two trends (fads?) in one. Supposedly, this all-encompassing design produces a “3D-like” effect that brings […]

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Obama doesn’t believe the Sony hack was an act of war

If you were worried that the US government would see the Sony Pictures hack as grievous enough to prompt a larger conflict with North Korea, you can relax. President Obama tells CNN that he doesn’t see the digital assault as an “act of war” — it was aserious instance of “cybervandalism,” but that’s it. He […]

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Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos

  Many would argue that cops cross the line when they impersonate people on social networks to catch suspects, but that doesn’t mean that fake accounts are always off the table. In a recent opinion, New Jersey district judge William Martini contends that police don’t need search warrants to create bogus Instagram accounts for the […]

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The US wants China’s help blocking North Korean hackers

The enemy of my enemy is my friend — at least, it is for the US. Sources for both theAssociated Press and the New York Times claim that American officials have asked China to implement a block that would “cripple” North Korea’s ability to launch cyberattacks like the one that hobbled Sony Pictures. Unfortunately, this […]

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Google+ can automatically ‘enhance’ your mobile video recordings

Google’s no stranger to tweaking your photos automagically, and now it’s extending that expertise to video. By using Google+ and its auto-backup system for your media, Mountain View says it can adjust the lighting, color, stability and, soon enough, speech in any video you shoot. Just be sure to have Auto Enhance activated on your […]

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Evernote now adds context to your memos on Android and Windows

Evernote’s bringing Context, one of its more interesting announcements during its fourth conference in October, to Android and Windows. This feature, which was first made available to iOS and Mac users in November, pulls content (based on what you’re typing, hence its name) from various sources and displays them on screen. By “various sources,” we […]

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Here’s what astronauts aboard Orion will see during re-entry

Most of us will never be astronauts — sorry to break it to ya — but we can at least pretend to be aboard the Orion capsule with this video (below the fold), courtesy of NASA. Orion’s camera captured 10 minutes of footage from the time it started blazing through Earth’s atmosphere until it deployed […]

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Chromebooks are getting always-on ‘OK, Google’ voice search

Google is ready to up the level of Chromebook voice control, judging by a new, experimental release. According to Fran├žois Beaufort, you can now say “OK, Google” to activate voice search on your Chrome OS notebook anytime the screen is on and unlocked. That always-on functionality has been available for a while now on Android […]

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Google lawsuit forces MPAA-backed attorney general to retreat

Remember that post Google put up this week that accused the MPAA of trying to resurrect the spirit of SOPA with the help of state prosecutors (that included evidence based on some of Sony Pictures’ leaked emails)? It just turned into a lawsuit — and it’s already having an affect. The search giant has updated […]

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Volvo’s bike helmet concept alerts riders and drivers to each other

You know what will go perfectly with those futuristic rocket-powered, heartrate-monitoring bikes? This smart helmet that Volvo wants to create. It’s a two-way system that works by uploading both cyclists’ and drivers’ locations to Volvo’s cloud. While a connected car’s in-dash system makes that possible, the helmet needs to be linked to a bike app […]

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