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The BlackBerry Classic has probably the best keyboard of any smartphone - but is that enough to raise it from nostalgia excercise to genuine contender?

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Asus has developed the Chromebit, an affordable and ultra-mobile solution that brings the power of a PC with the Chrome OS to any screen with an HDMI port. WiFi and Bluetooth compatible, Chromebit is equipped with a processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and even its own USB port. The device echoes the concept of the Intel Compute Stick, which also acts as a mini computer (with Windows 8.1 or Linux) to be plugged into an HDMI port on any monitor or TV. In development at Google since 2009, the Chrome OS is a fairly bare-bones operating system based exclusively on Google's web apps including Gmail, Drive, YouTube and of course Chrome.  Since 2011, the software has been delivered with a range of dedicated devices (Chromebooks) developed by Google and its manufacturing partners.

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The US FDA says it will take an "almost hands-off" approach in regards to emerging health technology like the Apple Watch.

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Ford CEO Mark Fields talks about the automaker's aim to be a mobility company, valuing data, robotic cars and what a large company can learn from Tesla's success.

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People love surprises, and that's what software Easter eggs are all about. Start creating these hidden features to engender customer loyalty and build support for your analytics strategy.

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With Samsung getting ready to release its new flagship handsets - the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge - into an eagerly awaiting market, some are rightly anxious about the handset's durability.

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Consumer brands will be able to supply consumers with branded, wi-fi connected 'buy' buttons that make purchasing that brand from home as simple as a single push.

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The net firm played an April 1 prank with a TLD trick ending in .google.

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After making Project Spartan available to Windows 10 Insiders via a software update earlier this week, Microsoft on Tuesday announced two more apps that’ll certainly be important to many future Windows 10 users, including the Music and Video apps. DON’T MISS: Scientist concocts a truly horrifying plan for contacting extraterrestrial life The apps will be universal, meaning that they’ll work on desktops, mobile devices and Xbox, so it’s not surprising to see Microsoft remove the Xbox branding from their names. Users looking to try them out can download the Music Preview and Video Preview apps directly from Microsoft’s Store Beta app that ships in the latest version of Windows 10. As the company suggests, these are still beta versions of

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Infor is gunning for Oracle and SAP by focusing on industry specific app suites. Execs outlined the strategy at its analyst day.

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HP is pursuing Autonomy co-founder Mike Lynch and his team for $5.1bn in damages.

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From Tupac's performance as a hologram at Coachella to Audrey Hepburn's CGI advert for Galaxy chocolate, it's become increasingly common for stars to make digital reappearances after they die. Some celebrities, however, are taking steps to prevent this posthumous exploitation, with recently-uncovered documents showing Robin Williams to be among their number. The late comic left provisions restricting the use of his likeness for 25 years after his death, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This means that there won't be any films, adverts, or holographic stand-up gigs featuring Williams' voice or image until at least August 11, 2039. "It's interesting that Williams restricted use for 25 years," Laura Zwicker, an attorney responsible for handling the estates of rich individuals, told the Hollywood Reporter.

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A carpenter's workshop, lit in soft amber tones, provides the scene for our earnest, moustachioed narrator. "To me, the selfie stick is not just an accessory," he says thoughtfully, "it's an extension of who you are." He then looks wistfully into the distance past the camera. In another, more modernly austere studio, a log is tenderly crafted into a selfie stick, a process which its young creator describes as being akin to "when the sun turns the rain into a rainbow." The passion and emotion in his words are palpable.

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Microsoft is going back to the basics for a joke at the expense of Windows Phone today. What do you do when your smartphone operating system has less than three percent market share worldwide? Reboot. While the software giant isn’t quite dramatically rebooting all over again, it has genuinely launched an MS-DOS mobile app for Windows Phone as part of an April Fools’ Day prank. It’s one of the more elaborate efforts we’ll likely witness on the most irritating and trivial day of the year. ...

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Japan's Sony Corp has halved its stake in camera and endoscope maker Olympus Corp and is no longer its top shareholder, according to Olympus. Sony now owns 5 percent of Olympus shares compared to 10 percent as of end-September 2014, Olympus said in a statement. Sony bought shares in Olympus in 2012, providing it with cash to fix its depleted finances after an accounting scandal forced it to restate several years of earnings.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.

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The smartphone maker has announced a miniature flying drone as part of an April Fools' joke -- but the product is actually real and can be purchased from its online store.

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The search giant pulls an about-face and the wireless carrier puts on a dog-and-pony show for April Fools' Day.

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What should these wearables really cost? $10,000? $500? $350? $200? How about $30?

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Quentin Tarantino's dialog is fast-paced, whip-smart, and endlessly quotable, but he doesn't just use words to flesh out his memorable characters. The Pulp Fiction director uses the camera to hint at motivations and feelings — a process documented by filmmaker Rishi Kaneria in his latest supercut. Kaneria combines an array of Tarantino's profile shots, using a quote from a DVXuser forum member to explain that by setting the camera side on to a character's face, you give the audience the least amount of information about their state of mind. ...

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The company's latest tablet will debut in select Asia-Pacific countries at the same time as in the US -- here's the breakdown on how much you'll be spending to get one.

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The "party game for horrible people" will use proceeds from its latest expansion pack to do something not quite so horrible.

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Lawyers have warned that under legislation before the Australian parliament, copyright owners could face no challenge to cases brought to the court seeking to block sites, meaning that sites could be blocked without the court determining whether the sites actually infringe on copyright.

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