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CNBC pundit declares smartphones ‘over,’ says Apple could be the next BlackBerry

By about 2 hours ago.

CNBC pundit declares smartphones ‘over,’ says Apple could be the next BlackBerry

It’s always fun reading contrarian hot takes that tell us why certain major companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google are doomed to fail. The hottest take we’ve read this week comes to us from venture capitalist Ed Fernandez, who writes over at CNBC that the smartphone industry is essentially “over” and that Apple is in danger of going down in flames like BlackBerry did circa 2011. More →

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Best Smartphone Battery Innos D6000

This Android phone has a massive 6,000mAh battery and costs just $290

By about 3 hours ago.

This Android phone has a massive 6,000mAh battery and costs just $290

Now this is a phone that should give you at least a full day’s charge… and very likely at least three. GizmoChina brings us word that Chinese manufacturer Innos has just released a new smartphone that features a huge 6,000mAh battery, which just happens to be the biggest battery we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. Innos says this will deliver power that lasts between three to five days per charge depending on use. More →

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Android M Google I/O 2015 Most Wanted Features

6 Android M features fans want to see unveiled at Google I/O next week

By about 5 hours ago.

6 Android M features fans want to see unveiled at Google I/O next week

We always try to keep up with assorted fan communities to get a sense of how they’re feeling about their favorite products. Reddit’s Android fan community is typically very smart and insightful, which is why we were interested to see what Android M features they’d most like to see Google unveil at its big Google I/O conference next week. Here are the six most popular responses as ranked by upvotes. More →

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Apple iOS 9 Features Leak

3 new iOS 9 features were just revealed in a huge new leak

By about 6 hours ago.

3 new iOS 9 features were just revealed in a huge new leak

9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has been all over iOS 9 leaks this week and he’s back with a new report today that outlines more features the new software will deliver. In the preface to his article, Gurman makes clear that this is not going to be the most exciting iOS release. In fact, he says that Apple is putting most of its work into adding stability improvements for the platform, which went through several less-than-stellar releases with iOS 7 and iOS 8. That said, he did highlight three features we can expect to see at WWDC this year. More →

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NSA Android App Store Hack

The NSA came up with a brilliantly sneaky way to hack your Android phone

By on May 21, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

The NSA came up with a brilliantly sneaky way to hack your Android phone

Once again, we have to tip our cap in grudging admiration for the lengths the National Security Administration will go to hack into our mobile devices. The Intercept has published some new documents leaked by Edward Snowden that show how the NSA and other spy agencies at one point planned to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks between end users and Android app stores to infect users’ phones with spyware. More →

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Best Job Postings Ever Scottish Restaurant

Hilariously honest job posting admits the pay is ‘sh*t’ and the boss is a ‘d*ckhead’

By on May 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Hilariously honest job posting admits the pay is ‘sh*t’ and the boss is a ‘d*ckhead’

Would you work at a job where its boss is a self-proclaimed “d*ckhead” who tells you straight up that the pay is “sh*t?” That’s exactly what one American restaurateur is Scotland told prospective applicants in a hilariously honest job posting before he thought better of it and decided to delete it from the web. However, Mashable informs us that his original post still survives thanks to the miracle of caching and it’s easily the funniest thing you’ll read today. More →

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Why McDonald's Is Doomed Picture

McDonald’s is insanely desperate and this picture proves it

By on May 21, 2015 at 4:52 PM.

McDonald’s is insanely desperate and this picture proves it

There’s a rule in political campaigns that if you’re defensively explaining yourself all the time, that means you’re losing. If that rule holds true in the fast food world, then McDonald’s must really be in a world of hurt right now. Harry McCracken posted a picture on his Twitter account that shows McDonald’s has started creating paper placemats at its restaurants whose sole purpose is to debunk nasty Internet rumors about its food. More →

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Motorola Moto E Review Android Fan

Android user switches from a flagship phone to a $75 cheapie… and he’s never been happier

By on May 21, 2015 at 2:48 PM.

Android user switches from a flagship phone to a $75 cheapie… and he’s never been happier

You don’t need a high-end flagship phone to have a good experience — in fact, it turns out you can be perfectly happy with a dirt-cheap device. Engineer Abhishek Anand writes about his recent experience downgrading from a flagship Sony Xperia ZL smartphone to a $75 Moto E that he bought on Flipkart. The bottom line is that he’s much, much happier overall with his dirt-cheap phone than he was with his flagship device. More →

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Apple iPad Pro Details Leak

Major new details emerge about Apple’s completely redesigned 12-inch iPad

By on May 21, 2015 at 1:46 PM.

Major new details emerge about Apple’s completely redesigned 12-inch iPad

We’re finally starting to get a steady stream of leaks about Apple’s fall lineup of products, thanks once again to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. It seems that Apple is actually working on two different 12-inch iPad models that are now codenamed “J98″ and “J99.” However, Gurman says that both devices aren’t yet far along enough to nail down a concrete release date because Apple is still working on their software and apparently hasn’t lined up sufficient hardware components to produce the device at the appropriate scale. More →

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Apple iPhone 6c Rumor Leak

Did Apple just accidentally leak the ‘iPhone 6c?’

By on May 21, 2015 at 11:06 AM.

Did Apple just accidentally leak the ‘iPhone 6c?’

One of the more intriguing rumors we’ve heard this year has been that Apple is planning to release a new four-inch iPhone model this year for people who still prefer smaller devices. While there has been no consensus over whether Apple will launch a completely new 4-inch iPhone this year, a new leak suggests that we’re going to at least see an updated version of the iPhone 5c sometime soon. More →

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Al-Qaeda Job Application Questions

Here are the most ridiculous questions al-Qaeda asks on its official job application

By on May 21, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Here are the most ridiculous questions al-Qaeda asks on its official job application

Terrorist organization al-Qaeda isn’t willing to hire any old schlub just because they say they’re willing to kill for Allah — no, it turns out they have standards. Vox has posted the official al-Qaeda job application that was recently declassified by the U.S. government and it’s loaded with utterly ridiculous questions that make it sound like it was written by The Onion. Here are the most absurd things al-Qaeda asks its prospective hires. More →

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Bees Being Born Timelapse Video

Mesmerizing timelapse video shows bees’ entire life cycle in just over 1 minute

By on May 20, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Mesmerizing timelapse video shows bees’ entire life cycle in just over 1 minute

It takes bees about three weeks to be fully born but a terrific new video posted by National Geographic Japan shortens that life cycle down to just over a minute. The stunning timelapse video filmed inside a bee colony shows eggs being laid inside individual cells, where they grow into larvae that get fed by worker bees. Once the larvae reach full growth after about two weeks, they’re sealed off in their cells and enter the pupa stage. At this point, it takes roughly one more week for them to emerge as fully formed bees. More →

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Audi Sport Racing Bike $20,000

This incredible Audi bicycle weighs under 13 pounds… and it costs $20,000

By on May 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

This incredible Audi bicycle weighs under 13 pounds… and it costs $20,000

Audi doesn’t just make cars — it also toys around with experimental bicycles as well. Per The Wall Street Journal, Audi has unveiled a new bicycle called the Audi Sport Racing Bike that is incredibly light and weighs only 5.8 kilograms, or around 12.75 pounds. However, this light bike also comes with a hefty price tag of nearly $20,000. More →

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