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Saygus V Squared features highlighted in a set improvised videos

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The Saygus V2, or rather V Squared, is a rare bird of a smartphone. Its designers have focused on a few key areas, which typically ignite wars in the comments section, and delivered on them, at times even more than you could possibly know what to do with.

Only 5 days into the crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, the smartphone has already reached its million-dollar goal. Trying not to lose momentum, the team behind the V Squared has uploaded a series of short hands-on videos showcasing the smartphone’s main selling points. Read more »

LG G4 shot by a French assault rifle with foreseeable consequences

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Slow-motion-filming-specialists-slash-arms-enthusiasts over at FullMag took it upon themselves to destroy an LG G4 in style and had a go at it with a French assault rifle.

More of a fun afternoon at the shooting range than an actual durability test for the G4, the endeavor yields the results you would expect from such unfairly matched opponents. Read more »

Apple launches free replacement program for 3TB hard drive in 27-inch iMacs

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Apple has launched a replacement program for the 3TB hard drive used in 27-inch iMac systems that were sold between December 2012 and September 2013. The company said it has determined that the hard drive “may fail under certain conditions.”

The iPhone maker is in the process of contacting those who provided a valid email address during the registration of their device. However, if you haven’t been contacted yet, you can head to the support page (click Source link below), and enter your computer’s serial number in the relevant field to see if it’s part of the program. Read more »

Sony says PlayStation 4 backwards compatibility not on the cards

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After Microsoft announced at the E3 gaming expo this week that it is bringing old Xbox 360 games to the Xbox One, expectations were high that Sony will follow suite with its PS4 gaming console. But unfortunately, it looks like that’s not going to happen any time soon.

“PS3 is such a unique architecture, and some games made use of SPUs very well. It’s going to be super challenging to do so. I never say never, but we have no plans,” said Sony’s Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, adding that he was in fact surprised with Microsoft’s move. “I didn’t think it was possible. There must be lots of engineering effort.” Read more »

Google to remove revenge porn from its search results on request

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In an effort to curb revenge porn, Google has announced that it will honour requests from people to remove from its search results nude or sexually explicit images that have been shared on the Internet without their consent.

“Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web. But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims—predominantly women,” the search giant said in a blog post, adding that it will soon put up a web form that revenge porn victims can use to submit their requests to the company. Read more »

Legend gives the Apple Watch a bespoke luxury treatment and new name

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After adorning the iPhone 6 family and the Samsung Galaxy S6 lineup in gold and exotic leather, the Finnish maker of luxury accessories Legend turned its attention to the Apple Watch. The Helsinki-based company turned the wearable into a bespoke luxury item and dubbed it Tempo.

The Apple Watch Tempo features a body covered in 24ct gold and a crocodile leather strap with a deployment buckle made from the same metal. Read more »

Apple discontinues the original iPad mini

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Apple quietly removed the first iPad mini slate from its official online store. The original model came out in late 2012, contradicting previous Apple public statements that the smaller tablets are useless.

Followed by the highly popular iPad mini 2 with Retina display and iPad mini 3 with Touch ID, the original mini slate was and still is quite a decent position due to its lower price and current iOS version. Read more »

Electronic Frontier Foundation’s latest data safety report puts WhatsApp at bottom

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WhatsApp received the lowest score in Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) latest report on data privacy, which gave the messaging company only a single star, and that too for its parent company Facebook’s public position opposing backdoors.

Dubbed Who Has Your Back, the yearly report rates companies on factors like requiring a warrant for content, following industry-accepted best practices, disclosing data retention policies and content removal requests, as well as having pro-user public policy. Interestingly, this is WhatsApp’s first year in the report, which is into its fifth year. Read more »

SoftBank’s emotion-reading robot Pepper to go on sale in Japan starting tomorrow

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Japanese company SoftBank has announced that its emotion-reading robot Pepper, which it claims is the first of its kind in the world, will go on sale in the country starting June 20. Only 1,000 units of the robot will be available for purchase this month, each worth $9,040 (this includes three-year warranty and support plan).

Interestingly, Pepper can not only read human emotions (like joy, sadness and anger), it is also capable of expressing emotions, something which it does by processing information from its cameras, touch sensors, accelerometer and other sensors. Read more »

Facebook’s recently launched Moments app won’t be available in Europe

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Just days after Facebook released Moments – a private photo-sharing app that uses facial-recognition technology to identify people in images, the company has said that the app won’t be available in Europe.

According to the company’s European policy chief Richard Allan, the decision was taken in the wake of concerns raised by European regulators over the facial-recognition technology used by the app. Read more »

Google Clock lands in the Play Store with Material Design

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For whatever reason, Google decided that today would be a good day to add another one of its apps to the Play Store. In this case, we’re talking about Clock, in its most recent iteration that is.

You can now install Google’s Clock if you so wish, and you’ll get an app that is heavily infused with the Material Design language that the search giant has been in love with since last year. Read more »

Motorola’s Moto G (2nd Gen) can be bought for just $139.99 for a few more hours

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As part of its daily deals, Amazon is now offering the second generation Moto G for just $139.99, unlocked and SIM-free. This is the cheapest it’s ever been in the US, with its normal price being $179.99.

So you’ll only save $40, true, but at this price level that’s quite much percentage-wise. You have to act quick, though, as the deal will only remain live for around 12 more hours. Read more »

Check this infographic about the Tablet Evolution

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The Apple iPad may have reopened the tablet market, but it surely wasn’t the first one to come. Many have tried before but none quite succeeded. The guys over Mobile Madhouse made an infographic on The Evolution of the Tablet and you can learn what was before the iPad.

As it turns out Apple didn’t make the first ever slate, but the company has a good track record of taking niche gadgets and turning them mainstream and earn good money doing it. Read more »

DxO ONE camera adds 1″ 20.2MP sensor and RAW shooting to iPhones

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DxO, known for testing camera quality among other things, has decided to jump into hardware with the DxO ONE. It’s a camera module that attaches to an Apple device that can snap RAW images with its 1″ 20.2MP sensor behind a fast f/1.8 lens.

The DxO ONE uses a physical connection to the iPhone or iPad, over the Lightning port, which eliminates lag compared to the wireless connection of Sony’s QX cameras. Read more »

The Samsung P3 external hard drive brings 4TB of storage in a compact, single-cable package

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The thirst for more storage seems unquenchable and the advancements in multimedia only boost our desire for space. We have definitely come a long way as far as cloud storage and various services go, but, there will always be the need for traditional storage media, one you can physically own and, better yet, carry around.

The Samsung P3 might look like just another portable hard drive, but, the Korean giant has managed to cram quite a lot of innovation into the small package, quite literally. The top of the line P3 model features 4TB of space and while this is nothing to rave about in itself, it is the form-factor that is impressive. The drive is only 19.85 mm thick and weighs 236 g, which is impressive for 4TB of storage. The secret is that unlike most competitors, Samsung doesn’t use a multiple drive design to achieve the huge storage. Inside the shiny case, there is a single drive. Read more »