4-Inch iPhone 5se, New iPad Air to Launch on March 15: Report

Apple is on target to introduce its next iPhone and iPad models on March 15, and aims to start selling the devices in the same week, technology blog 9to5Mac reported, citing sources. Apple, which will introduce a new 4-inch iPhone, dubbed the “iPhone 5se”, and a new iPad Air at a launch event, is unlikely to take pre-orders for the new devices, the blog reported, with devices set to go…

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Facebook Nude-Painting Case Can Face Trial in France

If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue. Five years ago, Facebook suspended the account of Frederic Durand-Baissas, a 57-year-old Parisian teacher and art lover, without prior notice. That was the day he posted a photo…

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Apple to Replace Some Faulty USB-C Cables That Shipped With MacBook

Apple has launched a replacement program for a limited number of USB-C cables that it shipped with its last year’s MacBook. The worldwide program will see Apple offering a free replacement for the USB Type-C cable for the MacBook that it shipped between April and June last year. Apple says that it will provide a new, redesigned USB-C cable to all the affected users. Users who purchased the USB-C cable…

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New App Turns Android Smartphones Into Earthquake Detectors

Researchers have developed an app that can turn smartphones into a worldwide seismic network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from a nearby earthquake. With the help of a smartphone’s accelerometer – the motion-detection instrument – the app, called MyShake taps a phone’s ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake. The android app, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store, runs in the background with little…

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AT&T Testing Superfast 5G Mobile Network

AT&T announced plans Friday to begin testing a superfast fifth generation, or 5G, mobile network with speeds up to 100 times faster than the most rapid existing connections. The US telecom group said it would begin the field tests later this year in collaboration with US semiconductor giant Intel and Swedish networking group Ericsson. Global telecom operators are readying for 5G deployment in 2020 but some carriers appear to be…

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Google to Shut Down Picasa on March 15 in Shift to Google Photos

Google on Friday said it will be shuttering Picasa to shift its focus to the new Google Photos service launched less than a year ago. “Since the launch of Google Photos, we’ve had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa. After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service…

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New Smart Chip Can Wirelessly Transmit Brain Signals

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a smart chip that can be paired with neural implants for efficient wireless transmission of brain signals to help combat Parkinson’s disease or allow paraplegic people to move their prosthetic limbs. Neural implants need to be connected by wires to an external device outside the body. For a prosthetic patient, the neural implant is connected to a computer that decodes the brain…

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Facebook Nude-Painting Case Can Face Trial in France

  If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue. Five years ago, Facebook suspended the account of Frederic Durand-Baissas, a 57-year-old Parisian teacher and art lover, without prior notice. That was the day he posted a…

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You will soon be able to charge your smartphone by walking

  Mechanical engineers from University of Wisconsin-Madison are developing an innovative energy harvesting and storage technology that can reduce reliance on batteries in mobile devices and charge your smartphone as you walk. Tom Krupenkin, professor of mechanical engineering, and senior scientist J Ashley Taylor described a technology that could capture the energy of human motion to power mobile electronic devices. This could enable a footwear-embedded energy harvester that captures energy…

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Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu prospect for February 22 launch

n September last year Meizu officially introduced the Pro 5 flagship, an Android smartphone running the 5.1 Lollipop-based Flyme OS 5.0. Although Android and iOS are the dominant operating platforms there are always those who want to try something different. Now there’s a Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu prospect for a February 22 launch. Meizu has just posted a teaser on Weibo for an upcoming launch on the above date at…

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Lenovo Phab Plus Unboxing: Massive Phablet Feels Like XXL Version of iPhone 6 Plus

he Lenovo Phab Plus is a new phablet we’re playing with these days and it certainly feels like the XXL version of the iPhone 6 Plus at first glance. We’ve unboxed it below, for you to see and you should know that this model debuted at IFA 2015 and it’s priced at $300.   Inside the box we find a metal key, manual, USB cable and charger, plus the device…

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Huawei Mate 8 Unboxing: Huawei’s Massive Crown Jewel Taken Out of the Box

Last year we tested no less than 6 Huawei devices, being impressed by their batteries, cameras and displays. We start 2016 with more Huawei devices, this time unboxing the Huawei Mate 8 model, as shown below. The handset can be found on Amazon for a pretty good price, between $627 and $800.http://www.gsmdome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Huawei-Mate-8_053.jpg   This model debuted initially in 2015, locally at first and then the global release came last month…

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