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Vlad SavovHTC will exit the entry-level smartphone market later this year, the company announced during its earnings call earlier this week, according to Phonescoop. The company said it would continue to support cheaper phones that have been released, but acknowledged that its focus would shift to high-end, high-margin devices. This isn’t the first time HTC has reduced its smartphone output; back in 2012, the company notably reduced its handset output to focus on its top-tier smartphones. ...

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The Wii U has essentially been a no-show in the current console generation, but Nintendo will look to erase the ill-fated console from our memory in just two weeks when it launches the brand new Nintendo Switch. The company's new Switch is a fresh take on video game consoles, combining a portable hand-held unit like the 3DS with a home console like the PS4. The Switch is far more powerful than any other handheld gaming console Nintendo has ever released though, and it features a nifty wireless controller mechanism that facilitates multi-player gaming whether the unit is being used as a portable console or connected to a TV at home. Nintendo has already shared plenty about the Switch , but there are also a number of key details we don't yet know. Now, however, a big leak may have given the world an in-depth look at the Switch's user interface. Earlier this week, an anonymous user on Reddit with a throw-away account posted a large gallery of Nintendo Switch user interface mockups along with a tremendous amount of unannounced details surrounding the new console. All of the content shared in this leak is believed to be authentic, though Nintendo hasn't confirmed anything at this point. Here are just a few of the Switch interface mockups the user posted: There are plenty more images in the Imgur gallery that accompanied the leak, which also included a lengthy bullet list of previously unknown details. Here's a small sampling: HD Rumble's technical name is a Linear resonant actuator When in handheld mode, the Switch will have an unlock screen like a smartphone to prevent accidental waking. The Switch features a Quick Menu. Press and hold the HOME Button for at least one second to display the Quick Settings screen on top of all other screens, including the HOME Menu and any applications. Unlike the 3DS, the active software will not be suspended when this menu is invoked The Switch's keyboard will feature predictive text such as those on iOS and Android System Settings will allow the user to edit the following settings: Flight Mode Toggle Enable/Disable Bluetooth Manage Wi-fi Manage NFC Manage screen brightness Screen lock User Settings Create/Edit Mii Theme management Controller management System Update Check out the rest of the supposed Switch info in the original post on Reddit . You can find out more about the Nintendo Switch right here , and you can watch trailers for all of the most hotly anticipated Switch games in this post . The device's specs are as follows: 6.2-inch capacitive multitouch display with 720p resolution (1280 x 720) 1080p resolution output via HDMI when docked Custom Nvidia Tegra processor 32GB of internal storage microSDXC support for up to 2TB of additional storage (up to 256GB right now, since larger cards don’t yet exist) Game card slot (games will come on physical cards) Battery life of between 2.5 and 6 hours USB Type-C charging port 802.11ac Wi-Fi

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ROME (AP) — Taxi drivers in Rome, Milan and Turin are staging wildcat strikes to protest proposed Italian legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-sharing services.

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If you take a look at the “most funded games” section of Kickstarter, one major trend becomes immediately clear. During the initial boon of crowdfunding, the platform was seen by many as a lifeline for tiny studios making weird or risky new games. While smaller indie titles can still do well on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms, the biggest success stories are titles that sit somewhere in between tiny indie teams and massive blockbusters.

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One of our most popular features over the past couple of years has been our paid apps gone free posts , in which we find a bunch of apps that normally cost money, but are temporarily on sale for free. Today, we're introducing a new feature where we round up the five most intriguing free games to arrive on the App Store each week. Thursday is when Apple refreshes the front page of the App Store with all of the new games and apps to launch that week, so look out for a new installment of this feature every Thursday. Digby Forever Help Digby dig, set off bombs, dodge cave-ins and evade a colourful cast of foes in Digby Forever - an explosive new endless digger from 3 Sprockets! Watch out for crazy monsters, lava, lasers and even cave-ins as you dig as deep as you can uncovering crystals. Mix up the game using powerful ability cards that change your experience in fun and unpredictable ways. Want to replace all lava with crystals? Want to skip the first 50m? Want to remove lasers from your game? How about double speed drilling? Do all of that and more with collectible ability cards that give you the power to play how you want. Key Game Features * Explosive action (seriously, so many explosions) * Intuitive controls - just swipe and tap! * Mix and match over 60 game-changing cards * Collect DigBots for extra gems * Unlock a huge range of characters and themes By the creators of PAC-MAN 256, Outfolded and the award winning Cubemen series! [ Download Digby Forever free on the App Store ] Dungeon and League Real time 3 vs 3 Multiplayer Action RPG on mobile! Now enjoy quick battles instantly on mobile, not PC! This game is a true evolution of MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). Mobile-optimized short battles and ongoing character growth will make epic gaming experience! 40 Legendary fantasy heroes - Warrior, Archer, Wizard, Summoner, etc. Choose the character's job you want. - Tankers, close range dealers, long distance dealers, supporters, etc. Combine multiple classes to create your own team. - You can win more characters by winning the battle and winning the treasure chest. Endless Epic League in 6 Arenas - Win a fight against the user to reach the higher arena. - The higher the arena, the more characters and rewards you can get. - The higher you go, the stronger users are waiting for your challenge. - You can practice in the campaign mode or enjoy your solo playing. Users from all over the world are gathering to join this great arena. Grow your characters and take the league's throne! [ Download Dungeon and League free on the App Store ] GoMine.io Do you still remember the fun of playing classic Minesweeper game? Now it’s the time to challenge your Minesweeper skills against your friends and players all over the world! GoMine.io brings the fun and challenge of Minesweeper into a brand new level. You play against other player in real-time. You solve the puzzle with your skills. You can even deploy extra mines on the board to help you. And you win by opening more cells than your opponent. Enjoy the fun of GoMine.io now! [ Download GoMine.io free on the App Store ] Gunman Taco Truck Gunman Taco Truck is an action-packed drive across the post-apocalypse United States to reach the safe haven of Winnipeg, Canada, where there are no taco trucks and your family’s taco business can thrive. Getting to the safe towns is hectic but your truck is armed with weapons that blast mutants into taco fillings. In the towns you serve up the mutant scraps to struggling survivors who are more picky than they should be. Use money earned and scrap metal found to upgrade your truck and buy gas and supplies for the trip to the next town. [ Download Gunman Taco Truck free on the App Store ] Space Galaxy Rogue Classic arcade space shooter with rouge-like gameplay. Defeat wave after wave of space invaders, power up your spaceships and save the galaxy! Space Galaxy Rogue is everything you can expect from a classic Shoot 'Em Up with epic boss fights, multiple weapons and random wave generation - no game is like the other. So board your spaceship and defeat the alien invasion! Features * random wave generation * five different spaceships * epic boss fights * multiple spaceship upgrades * unique soundtrack * unlockable skins * achievements * social media share * online highscore * and big pixels! Check out the gameplay trailer at https://youtu.be/jRirRzcHDkY Space Galaxy Rogue can be played for free and supports in-app purchases. [ Download Space Galaxy Rogue free on the App Store ]

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First Verizon announced that it would begin offering a new unlimited data plan. Then T-Mobile upped its unlimited plan to keep up with Verizon. Now, Sprint is getting in on the action with an improved unlimited data plan that’s on par with Verizon and T-Mobile’s latest offerings.

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HMD Global's reported reboot of the Nokia 3310 at this month's Mobile World Congress could be a welcome relief in a crowded market, but the company will find it hard to stick to the phone's original concept in today's climate.

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The creators of Where Cards Fall have been teasing their new game for quite some time, initially announcing the project nearly a year ago. The game is a collaboration between Alto’s Adventure creator Snowman and new studio The Game Band, and today the developers have released a new trailer showcasing more of its solemn world. More importantly, we finally have details on when and where we’ll be able to play it: Where Cards Fall will be launching this fall on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and Steam.

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There's a remote chance we'll get a sneak peek of the iPhone 8, but you can definitely expect to see the software that will power Apple's 10th anniversary phone when the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off June 5. Apple CEO Tim Cook will kick off WWDC 2017 on June 5. This year's edition of WWDC will move out of San Francisco, where it's been held the last 14 year, and head down to San Jose, Calif., and the McEnery Convention Center.

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Today marks exactly five months since Apple first released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Five months since Apple officially changed its iPhone strategy, reusing the same design on a non-"S" model smartphone for the first time ever. Gadget blogs had a field day with all the leaks ahead of Apple's launch, and many sites labeled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus "boring" because their appearance was so similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Well, those boring new iPhones went on to quickly become the fastest selling smartphones in the world, just as most of us knew they would. I picked up both new iPhone models at launch, and I've had a current-generation iPhone in my pocket every day since then. Interestingly, however, it has become increasingly clear to me over that period that for the first time ever, there is a right iPhone to buy and a wrong iPhone. Apple was famously late to the game when it came to big-screen smartphones. Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphone first popularized the new "phablet" category back in 2011, but Apple didn't join the party until 2014 when it launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Over the course of those three years, company executives deflected questions about the possibility of big-screen iPhones for the most part, though on occasion, an exec would say that Apple would not release a significantly larger iPhone until it could do so without compromising the user experience. Fast-forward to 2017, and it's the smaller of Apple's two flagship iPhones that makes all the compromises. I have not historically been a fan of large smartphones. I recognized and appreciated their place in the market ever since I ate crow after my original Galaxy Note review back in 2012. People wanted phones with bigger screens, though I maintain that most people who use phones with large screens would far prefer using a device with a smaller overall footprint. In 2017, we'll begin to see that transition take place thanks to a shift toward "all-screen" designs. But I digress. I personally have done my best to avoid phablets over the years. Because I use my phone so often with one hand, a gigantic phone like the Galaxy Note 5 or the iPhone 7 Plus is uncomfortable. The benefits of a device with a larger display have always been apparent to me, but there has never been enough to gain from a phablet to make me change my behavior and compromise. Then, the iPhone 7 Plus came along. I touched on this back in October when I wrote about switching from a smaller iPhone and using the iPhone 7 Plus for a month . Apple now sells several different iPhone models, but there is only one iPhone. The iPhone. The device that offers users the best and most complete experience Apple envisioned for smartphone users within the confines of current technological limitations. That iPhone is the iPhone 7 Plus. First and foremost, the iPhone 7 Plus has a battery that can actually make it through a full day of use on a single charge. iOS 10 has so many great features, but a number of them are quite hard on the iPhone's battery. If you have an iPhone 7, battery life is something you have no choice but to be overly aware of. You can either compromise your software experience by disabling power-hungry features, or you can compromise your hardware experience by getting a battery case (while there are some decent iPhone 7 battery cases out there that are slim , any battery case will inherently add bulk). When it comes to the iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, most users don't ever have to think about battery life. Unless you're spending the day navigating all over your city and tethering with your laptop at the same time, the battery in the 7 Plus can easily carry you through a full, busy day. There's no need to worry about battery cases, portable chargers or disabling iOS 10 features like "Hey Siri." With the iPhone 7 Plus, you can just use the phone. Next up is the 7 Plus display, which is so much better than the screen on the iPhone 7 that it's difficult to describe. The most glaringly obvious difference between the two phones is display size, but that's just the beginning. Apple stuck with the same resolutions on this year's flagship iPhones — 720p for the iPhone 7 and 1080p for the iPhone 7 Plus. While the result is two phones that fall well short of Android rivals in terms of pixel density, the disparity is really only noticeable on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 screen. Now, that's not to say it's a bad display, but graphics on the Full HD panel in the iPhone 7 Plus are significantly sharper than they are on the smaller flagship model. Colors seem a bit more vibrant as well, but that's likely a product of the improved image quality as opposed to actual color reproduction. Now we come to the second most glaringly obvious difference between the iPhone 7 Plus and the smaller iPhone 7: The camera. Both the iPhone 7 and the larger 7 Plus utilize the same rear-facing 12-megapixel Sony Exmor RS sensor, and both models include optical image stabilization (OIS). The 7 Plus, however, packs a second telephoto lens that serves two purposes. First, it enables a 2x optical zoom function — unlike digital zoom on other smartphones, this feature allows users to zoom in without degrading the photo at all. The second lens on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus also enables a feature Apple calls "Portrait Mode." By capturing photos with both lenses simultaneously and analyzing data from the resulting images, the iPhone 7 Plus can create a blurred background effect similar to what you get when shooting portraits with a DSLR camera. All of the magic happens instantly behind the scenes, and the results are beautiful. In the end, the iPhone 7 Plus is clearly the iPhone Apple wants in customers' hands. Yes, that's partially because Apple reportedly enjoys better margins with the Plus model and therefore makes more money on each unit sold. But it's also because the iPhone 7 Plus provides a much better overall user experience than the smaller iPhone 7. The only compromise with the iPhone 7 Plus is comfort, whereas the 4.7-inch flagship handset compromises several key areas of the iPhone experience.

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Verizon's purchase of Skyward signals how the telecom giant sees drones as a key part of its fast-growing Internet of things business unit.

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Microsoft is trying again to tackle the healthcare market with a concerted strategy involving artificial intelligence, productivity tools, and partnerships.

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On Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last night, Ryan Murphy said that the next season of American Horror Story will grapple with the 2016 election. Cohen, who seemed surprised, asked if the show would have a Donald Trump character, to which Murphy replied “maybe.” This portion of the interview is less than 30 seconds long, so that’s all the details we got. The election of Donald Trump seems like a more natural fit for Murphy’s other FX anthology series American Crime Story, given that show’s tendency thus far to engage with contemporary political issues, “the mainstream media,” and the law.

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On our newest episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we cover a few topics. Walt was at Code Media this week, so Walt and Nilay go over a few talking points from the conference, including the announcement of the Caava streaming box — something Nilay is pretty excited about. Walt’s column from Wednesday focused on the addition of Android apps on Chrome OS, which is featured in the newest Chromebook: the Samsung Chromebook Plus. The two review the software in beta and discuss user experience thus far. Also, a special guest briefly stops by the studio to give us their quick take on it as well. ...

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With every new Star Wars film comes an unstoppable wave of merchandise for the movie. The event, Lucasfilm promises, will be “a global fan event” that will see the first release of all of the “toys, collectibles, books, apparel, and more” that tie in to The Last Jedi. It’s no surprise that Lucasfilm is building a huge event for The Last Jedi: toys have always been a big part of the success of the Star Wars franchise.

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Huawei confirmed its new P10 phone in a teaser earlier this week with plans to debut the device at Mobile World Congress. Huawei P10 in (left to right) blue, gold, and green. As we expected from Huawei’s hints, the P10 will include a dual-camera system, just like last year’s P9.

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The 28th annual Apple developers' conference, WWDC, is to take place over the week of June 5-9, 2017, marking a major opportunity for the company to outline big updates to iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV apps and abilities.

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Imagine an Android operating system of the future that would work seamlessly across devices, offering similar experiences across screens and realities. Imagine an Android operating system that would receive regular updates just like the iPhone does. Google might be working on something like that. Only it’s not going to be Android. Android will be a part of that. A few months ago, word got out that Google is developing an Andromeda operating system  for laptops, which would combine the best of its two worlds, including Android and Chrome OS. Google was even supposed to announce Andromeda, but that never happened. The project, however, was not canned, and it’s still in development. Google isn’t even trying to hide it, although you have to pay close attention to find traces of it out in the wild. That’s what Daniel Matte did, explaining what Andromeda — or Fuchsia, as it might be called now — is all about. “To my naive eyes, rather than saying Chrome OS is being merged into Android, it looks more like Android and Chrome OS are both being merged into Fuchsia, he said. “It’s worth noting that these operating systems had previously already begun to merge together to an extent, such as when the Android team worked with the Chrome OS team in order to bring Update Engine to Nougat, which introduced A/B updates to the platform.” Matte’s findings seem to indicate that Google’s future computer OS will work on a variety of devices, regardless of screen size or processor architecture. Andromeda will not replace Android, but rather expand Android’s reach and its power. “My best guess is that Android as an API and runtime will live on as a legacy environment within Andromeda,” Matte said. “That’s not to say that all development of Android would immediately stop, which seems extremely unlikely.” Furthermore, with Andromeda in place, developers will have the tools they need to code apps for Andromeda, Android, and iOS “with minimal extra work, in theory.” “Andromeda, however, will provide a laptop OS with native apps and backward compatibility with Android. It could very well look much the same visually as Chrome OS does now, however,” Matte concluded. “I also have to imagine the Android update problem (a symptom of the monolithic Linux kernel, in addition to starting conditions) will, at last, be solved by Andromeda, but one can never be too sure.” It’s unclear at this time how Andromeda updates will actually affect mobile devices that’ll run the new OS or “old” Android versions. That’s assuming Google can also fix the carrier/OEM "problems." Since it's up to OEMs and carriers to create and release Android update, Google can't really fix Android annoying fragmentation issue. Furthermore, it’s not inconceivable to assume that Andromeda will also have VR and AR applications in the future, as well as advanced AI integration. This is speculation from yours truly at this point. Interestingly, while researching the matter, Matte found that Google is already testing Andromeda — rather than just Android — on the brand new Snapdragon 835 processor, a chip that will power some of the hottest Android devices of 2017. Does this mean that the first Andromeda device might be released later this year? Will it be a tablet? A laptop? We have no way of knowing. Matte's full report, complete with more technical details is available at this link .

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It looks like the Galaxy S8 won't be the only device from Samsung this year with an AI assistant inside. The company could be working on a new Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor named Hello. Hello could be Samsung's answer to Alexa and Google Home.

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Wireless providers are extremely fond of arguing and fighting with each other as to who provides the fastest and most reliable service. This year, in addition to releasing its overall report on mobile networks, OpenSignal released a follow-up ranking cell reliability and speeds in five different geographic regions. After all, knowing that Verizon and T-Mobile are the faster across the entire country does you little good if those services are poor in the city you live in.

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Italian art conservationists have restored two funerary busts from the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria that were badly damaged by members of the Islamic State group. Restorers in Rome used a 3-D printer ...

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Microsoft's AirSim is a platform for researchers to work with technologies like deep learning and computer vision to improve the operation of autonomous vehicles.

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Apple's flagship 2017 iPhone will reportedly be such a drastic leap forward in design and functionality that Apple will reportedly call it the iPhone 8. Said to feature an edge to edge display, the iPhone 8 will likely smash all existing iPhone sales records and restore faith in Apple's ability to innovate. While there's still a lot we don't know about the iPhone 8, a new research note from reputed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo helps answer a number of lingering questions people have raised about Apple's next-gen smartphone. In a note obtained by MacRumors , Kuo writes that Apple’s iPhone 8 will be about the same size as the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7 but will incorporate a display with about 5.15-inches of usable space. Interestingly, though, Kuo anticipates that the iPhone 8’s OLED display won’t be truly edgeless as there will be extremely thin bezels on the sides and top of the device. The bottom of the device, meanwhile, is said to feature a “function area” that will presumably be similar in utility to the Touch Bar on Apple’s recently released MacBook Pro. Regardless, the main takeaway here is that the iPhone 8 will manage to squeeze in an iPhone 7 Plus sized display onto a much smaller form factor. Assuming that the above illustration is accurate, one glaring question centers on what Apple plans to do with Touch ID on the iPhone 8. While some reports, bolstered by some patent filings, have suggested that Apple may integrate a Touch ID sensor onto the iPhone 8 display itself, Kuo believes that Touch ID may be non-existent on the iPhone 8 altogether. In its place, Kuo writes that Apple may implement a security verification system built around face recognition technology. While it’s hard to imagine Apple completely doing away with a technology as popular, seamless, useful and secure as Touch ID, there are a number of reports pointing to Apple incorporating 3D laser technology to achieve a robust verification system based on facial recognition software. In an ideal world, Apple would figure out a way to have Touch ID coexist alongside new any new facial recognition technology it plans to incorporate, but we'll have to wait until September before Apple's plans become clear. As for other iPhone 8 rumors, Kuo earlier this week also issued a research note claiming that battery life on the iPhone 8  might be even better than the iPhone 7 Plus due to a stacked logic board design. Further, iPhone 8 battery life will also be bolstered by Apple’s decision to go with an OLED display, a more power efficient option than the current LCD screens currently found on Apple’s iPhone lineup. As the iPhone 8 rumors continue to roll in -- and we haven't even touched on wireless charging -- it's becoming increasingly clear how Apple will be able to justify charging a reported $1000+ for the device. An ambitious price point to say the least, the surprising popularity of the pricier iPhone 7 Plus model last quarter underscores that iPhone owners will be more than happy to pay extra for additional features and enhanced battery life.

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Last year, two astronomers from Caltech shocked the science community when they announced that they had ironclad evidence pointing to a planet orbit at the farthest edge of our Solar System. The two astronomers — Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin — inferred the planet’s existence based on the strange movements of six small objects in the Kuiper Belt. The astronomers are working on it, but it may be some time before we spot it.

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This year Apple is expected to introduce iOS 11, macOS 10.13, and updates to watchOS and tvOS.

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