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OnePlus launches the OnePlus X, a smaller ‘design-centric’ smartphone starting at $250

Following weeks of leaks, teases, and speculation, OnePlus has lifted the lid on its third smartphone, its second of the year.<p>The OnePlus X comes three months after the China-based company unveiled the OnePlus 2, its follow-up flagship after the introduction of its inaugural OnePlus One in 2014.<p>At …

Mobile Technology

Android Users Can Now Record And Publish Their Video Gameplay From The Google Play Games App

Google is doubling down on its investment in its Twitch competitor, YouTube Gaming, with today’s launch of a new feature in its Google Play Games app that will allow users to record and share their best moments directly from their favorite mobile games. Essentially, the addition is a built-in tool …

Google Play

Tesla gets approval for global Autopilot rollout

Tesla's Autopilot set of features — the one that basically let your Tesla drive itself (though you should still keep your hands on the steering …

US fears Russia could sever undersea internet cables

Officials are concerned over increased activity along major fiber-optic routes, according to The New York Times<p>US officials are growing concerned over the activity of Russian submarines and spy ships near undersea internet cables, <i>The New York Times</i> reports, fearing that they could be used to cut …

AuraVisor takes on Gear VR, no phone required

Most current virtual reality headsets fall broadly into one of two categories: high-end options (Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR etc.) that connect to a console or PC, and glorified phone holders (Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard et al). AuraVisor offers a third way: the freedom of an untethered …

Bacon and other processed meats cause cancer, says World Health Organization

Red meat is 'probably' carcinogenic too, according to IARC evaluation<p>Bacon, ham, and salami have today received the ignominious label of foods that cause cancer, according to the latest report from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer. They're part of the …

Video: In The 1950s, Beavers Traveled By Parachute

Furbombs away!<p>For a glorious moment in the middle of the last century, it seemed as though Americans dropping things from airplanes could solve any problem. World War II ended, an embattled Berlin was saved from Communist blockade, and in Idaho, beavers were relocated by paratrooping out of …

Beavers

BlackBerry launches US preorders for $699 Priv Android slider phone

BlackBerry's Priv will start shipping in the United States on November 6th, and you can preorder the Android smartphone with its slide-out keyboard beginning right now for $699. That's a bit less than the $750 figure we saw only a couple days ago, but it's still more expensive than or, at best, at …

Mobile Technology

xCraft drone maker wins an investment from Shark Tank celebrity investors

The celebrity investors on <i>Shark Tank</i> have unanimously agreed to invest money into drone maker xCraft.<p>Charles Manning and founder JD Claridge made a successful pitch on the popular ABC television show, raising money for a drone that can take off like a helicopter and move forward like an aircraft. …

Drones

These Bluetooth lights turn your bike wheels into turn signals

Safety lights are one of the most important pieces of bicycle equipment, especially if you ride at night or in low-visibility weather conditions. Most look the same -- a large, forward-facing beam under your handlebars and a slim row of red LEDs under the saddle. But Revolights are a little …

Oppo R7 Plus review: Oppo decides to go big or go home with the 6-inch R7 Plus - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Oppo R7 Plus is very well built and has a battery life that borders on the jaw-dropping.<p><b>The Bad</b> Oppo's cluttered version of Android leaves a little to be desired and the phone's sheer size will put off a few people.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The Oppo R7 Plus is the best combination of mid-range …

Xiaomi, the Chinese company behind the Mi Phone & Mi Pad, reportedly plans to clone 3D Touch next

Following the rumor that Samsung plans to bring 3D Touch style features to next year’s Galaxy phones, it’s no surprise to hear a report that Apple’s greatest fan – the Chinese company Xiaomi – plans to do the same.<p>The report from a well-known Chinese tipster says that Xiaomi has patented a …

Xiaomi

Android exec promises new emojis

Android executive Hiroshi Lockheimer has taken to Twitter to announce that his team is working on a new batch of emojis, presumably for our Android devices. He doesn’t go into any details about what icons will be included or when they might appear, but they are coming.<p>This might not be a completely …

Hong Kong Investor Buys 65% Of Russia’s Yota, Maker Of Dual-Screen Android Phones, For $100M

Yota Devices, the Russian company that sells two-screened Android smartphones, has a new owner after shareholder Telconet Capital sold its majority 64.9 percent holding to Hong Kong-listed REX Global Entertainment for $100 million, according to a regulatory filing.<p>Yota caught the attention with a …

Hong Kong

Microsoft’s claim that Surface Book is twice as fast as 13-inch MacBook Pro misleading, show benchmarks

When Microsoft launched its first full-on laptop, the Surface Book, it made a big point of claiming that the machine was twice as fast as a 13-inch MacBook Pro. Benchmark tests by <i>PCWorld</i> show that this claiming is misleading, though the dedicated graphics card available in certain models does pay …

MacBook Pro

Boeing says its metal microlattice is the 'lightest metal ever' (Tomorrow Daily 256)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will let you skip to any level as soon as you switch it on

Tirelessly working your way through a game’s story mode might have been how gamers grew up in the past, but according to Jason Blundell, the man in charge of the story mode on Call of Duty Black Ops 3, that’s not how things should work in the future.<p>As a result, the next instalment of the …

Sony scoops up gesture tech firm Softkinetic

From <i>Minecraft</i> creator Mojang to game engine Havok, it's usually Microsoft making announcements of acquisitions that benefit its gaming interests. …

Smart Bike Startup Yunmake Gets Series A From Xiaomi Founder’s Investment Firm

Yunmake, a Hangzhou-based smart bike maker, has raised a Series A led by Shunwei Capital, the investment firm led by Xiaomi chief executive officer Lei Jun. The company did not reveal the precise amount, but an article posted to Yunmake founder and CEO Qiu Yiwu’s Weibo said that the round is worth …

Electric Vehicles

Security-focused GranitePhone is now available to buy for $850

French manufacturing company Archos teamed up with IT security specialists Sikur to create the secure GranitePhone, which is now available to buy on its dedicated website for a whopping $850.<p>Designed for people who are more interested in their security than entertainment, it’s both companies’ first …

Mobile Technology

Acer makes its new all-in-one portable by adding a battery

With the PC market dwindling and Microsoft itself now providing some of the best Windows 10 models (like the powerful Surface Book convertible), third-party OEMs have to do <i>something</i> to stand out. That's perhaps why Acer has decided to put an internal battery in its 17.3-inch Aspire Z3-700 …

Computer Hardware

We Test-Flew Icon's A5, The Affordable-ish Personal Airplane For Everyone

An idea that just might take off<p>I’ve never piloted an airplane before. I’ve never even so much as sat in the cockpit of a moving aircraft. So I’m naturally a bit nervous when Kirk Hawkins, founder and CEO of Icon Aircraft, asks me if I want the stick. We’re roughly 1,000 feet above New York’s …

Aviation

This man was arrested and robbed on a Twitch live stream

On Thursday, a Twitch streamer named Mr. Big had a very bad night. After 12 hours of live-streamed gaming, Big got a noise complaint from his neighbors that would escalate into two different arrests and one low-level robbery — most of which was caught on tape.<p>The complaint began with a friendly …

Internet

10 things you might not know about U.S. Special Operations forces

<b>(CNN) —</b> The troops that make up U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) include some of the most elite fighters in the U.S. military across all branches, including the Army Green Berets and Navy SEALS.<p>They're perhaps best known for going after high-value targets like Osama bin Laden and ISIS leader …

Explore The Terrifying Scale Of Mount Everest In This 3.2 Billion Pixel Interactive

Here’s why you’re probably not ready to climb Everest.<p>Even as yet another eponymous movie) opens in theaters, Nepalese officials are making access to Mount Everest harder than ever to attain. If you’re wondering why, look no further than this 3.2 billion pixel interactive tour of Mount Everest by …

Shaving will never be the same with this laser razor

It's 2015, so it only makes sense to shave our hair off with lasers, right?<p>Right. That's why Skarp Razor is replacing blade with a laser and plans to …

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings asked his board to fire him twice early in his career — and they refused

And through it all, Hastings has drawn praise for helping craft a unique culture at Netflix and taking down industry heavyweights like Blockbuster at the same time.<p>But that doesn't mean Hastings hasn't been prone to mistakes — serious ones in fact. He infamously tried to split Netflix into two …

Reed Hastings

Lockitron Releases 3rd Gen $99 Connected Door Lock, Aims To Improve Product Accessibility

If the connected home has struggled with anything over the past few years it’s accessibility. Ease of use has been improving rapidly but most internet-connected devices are still multiples more expensive than their “dumb home” alternatives.<p>Lockitron has been in the smart home space since 2011, and …

Ahmed Mohamed is tired, excited to meet Obama – and wants his clock back

This week, the teenage inventor gained global attention after being arrested for bringing a clock he made to his high school in Irving, Texas<p>Above all else, Ahmed Mohamed wants some sleep.<p>Early Thursday afternoon, when he would be in school if he weren’t suspended, he curled his 14-year-old frame …

Trucks

Ultimate Ears' Boom 2 speaker cranks the volume up to eleven

How do you make the UE Boom, one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy, even better? You make it 25% louder, water- and dust-proof, and double …