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Apple Pay might land in Germany very soon

By | 2017-08-12T13:00:09+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

Apple Pay is available in quite a few countries and territories already, but its international expansion isn't slowing down. One of the countries most rumored to get the mobile payments service has been Germany, with some mumblings from May suggesting a launch in the fall or winter. The former of those time frames

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Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap-meet Louie

By | 2017-08-11T23:48:45+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: Gadgets|

A wise man once said “The hat mighta had a L V on the back but at the swap meet that ain’t jack,” and now researchers can ensure that the Louis Vuitton or Prada or Coach you bought is the real deal. The system, which essentially learns the difference between real and fake

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium arrives in Canada on August 15, or in September

By | 2017-08-12T11:50:26+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

Sony will release the Xperia XZ Premium in Canada soon. The device is already on sale in the US, where it's even received a $100 price cut recently. It will be out up north either on August 15, or in September. Two different reports came out on the matter today, and they don't

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Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings

By | 2017-08-12T04:28:28+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: Social|

Snap, the Snapchat parent, has had a very difficult ride in the stock market since debuting in March. After pricing its IPO at $17 and then reaching highs of $27, the company has fallen to less than half that. After losing 14 percent of its value in a single day’s trading, Snap closed

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The Minifree Libreboot T400 is free as in freedom

By | 2017-08-11T22:16:17+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: Gadgets|

The Libreboot T400 doesn’t look like much. It’s basically a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad with the traditional Lenovo/IBM pointer nubbin and a small touchpad. It’s a plain black laptop, as familiar as any luggable assigned to a cubicle warrior on the road. But, under the hood, you have a machine that fights for freedom.

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Snap financial documents confirm its acquisition of social maps app Zenly for $213M

By | 2017-08-12T15:57:47+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: Android|

Snap took a beating yesterday in its Q2 earnings, but in the midst of the disappointing financials and user growth numbers, the company’s 10-Q SEC document filed today also confirms that it purchased social maps app Zenly for $213 million, as TechCrunch first reported. After Snapchat rolled out its location-sharing Snap Map feature

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Deep learning could discover new plant species hidden in centuries of herbarium data

By | 2017-08-12T14:04:48+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: Android|

Machine learning techniques excel at doing a good-enough job quickly in situations where there’s lots of data to grind through. It turns out that’s a great fit for backlogs of plant samples at herbariums and other repositories around the world, which have millions of the things waiting to be digitized and identified —

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Deal: Galaxy S7 edge on Verizon or Sprint for just $191.76, today only

By | 2017-08-12T10:29:19+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

Sure, the Galaxy S8+ is official and on sale, and has been for many months now. But that doesn't mean last year's Galaxy S7 edge isn't a good performer even in this day and age. And since it's older, the deals for it are much better than for its successor. Case in point:

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The US Government must work with tech companies if it wants to remain competitive in AI

By | 2017-08-12T12:57:29+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: Android|

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is concluding his tech tour of the West Coast today with a visit to Google’s Mountain View campus. Mattis spent time at Amazon and DiuX, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, earlier in the week. His key takeaway from all the socializing with tech leaders is that the Department of

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Uber shareholder group asks Benchmark to step down from board following Kalanick suit

By | 2017-08-12T11:44:55+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: Android|

In what is rapidly devolving into an all-out brawl on the board of the world’s highest-valued private company, a group of Uber shareholders have asked the venture capital firm Benchmark to step down from the board of directors. This move comes only a day after Benchmark took the aggressive step of filing suit

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