carplay chinaIt is said that patents and trademarks are part of an arsenal in any company that is worth building up a sizeable collection. It makes perfect sense after all – you would not want someone to take what you have done and make it as their own, would you? For those who have been following Apple’s trademark adventures from time to time, you would realize that the Trademark Office in Hong Kong China has already published a trademark application from Apple which touches on a new iOS icon. In fact, the latest trademark does point to Apple’s upcoming CarPlay.

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slingshot facebookFacebook’s great when it comes to keeping in touch with family and friends all over, not to mention tracking down old acquaintances. In fact, you might be surprised at how you can make new friends through the fabled six degrees of separation idea. Having said that, it is also easy to comment on other peoples’ images and posts, and with Facebook’s Slingshot, it will introduce the ability to add ‘reactions-to-reactions’, where one can bypass reply to unlock.

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BlackBerry LogoWhat about BlackBerry World and some of its latest developments? Apparently, this particular platform is well on its way to receiving an update, and this particular update will only cater to those devices that will run on BlackBerry 10.2 or higher. Heck, it does not even matter if your device is powered by leaked version, or even a developer version of 10.3, as those too, will see the update. In fact, it is said that this is in all probability the version of BlackBerry World that will be released alongside the much talked about BlackBerry Passport when that bad boy arrives, as well as with the BlackBerry Classic.

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oneplus 01 630x640It was just yesterday when we heard that OnePlus could very well be dropping CyanogenMod in place for its very own operating system on future OnePlus One smartphones. Well, that is on the international front, but what about folks who are living in China? OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu shared that the company on the whole will be dropping the Oppo Color OS over in China, and instead, will be developing and using its very own OnePlus ROM before the second generation flagship smartphone arrives.

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yo app 640x363A couple of months ago, we brought you word on what could very well be the most simple messaging app out there in the market, where it is simply known as ‘Yo’. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you can be certain that there will be some sort of Yo clone making its rounds sooner or later. Apparently, the Yo clone in question here would come in the form of Yolo, which has been described by Yo founder Or Arbel to be “a complete fake copy of our Yo app.”

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Xiaomi TW SorryIt was just yesterday when we brought you word that Xiaomi has been investigated by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) for a possible misleading of consumers due to the numbers of smartphones sold in a short matter of time. This has been termed to be “hunger marketing”, which is to create an impression that the particular device could be in short supply, and hence might just cause folks to hurry up and make a purchase on the spot. Well, the Taiwan FTC has issued a $20,000 fine on Xiaomi for doing so.

Xiaomi has quite an interesting sense of humor however, having introduced a rather cheeky apology via a poster that depicts a cute looking child over on its official Weibo account, which you can see on your right. In the apology, they were sorry to the Taiwanese authorities for not selling the exact number of units as advertised, which if looked from another angle, would still show the world that they have sold quite a large number of handsets in the first place. What do you think of Xiaomi’s sales tactics so far, which more often than not involves selling smartphones in batches, so that an opportunity might arise to make news out of how fast it “sold out”?

Apparently, Xiaomi sold “only” 9,339 devices in the first flash sale, moving 9,492 units in the second sale, and 7,389 in the third, instead of the 30,000 quoted.2

galaxy s5 lteaDon’t you just hate it when a smartphone company rolls out the different versions of the same handset in various regions, where certain models would arrive with better hardware specifications than those elsewhere? Take the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A for instance – it was originally meant to be in the South Korea market only, but that seems to have changed, with an European variant with the model number SM-G901 headed across the pond. The thing is, the South Korea version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A will feature a QHD display, while the SM-G901 is said to come with a Full HD display instead.

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livaThere are times when you would like to have a small and working computer in your home or living room – something functional and yet does not break the bank, while sporting an adequate amount of processing muscle to get the job done. Well, the $150 ECS LIVA might just fit the bill perfectly, as this small, fanless desktop PC will be powered by an Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor, accompanied by 2GB RAM, and has a tiny case that one can hold in just one hand.

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When it comes to the world of robots, we are more or less familiar with robots in an assembly line at a factory, but home robots? Those are still far away in the distant future, although the Japanese are working on developing home-friendly robots to cater to an aging population. Cynthia Breazeal, the head of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, intends to introduce a crowdfunding campaign which will let you pick up the Jibo family robot if all goes well.

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Where else but Middle Earth where an Elven wraith is capable of making its way back from the realm of the dead in order to stay in the body of a Ranger. This unholy alliance would then empower said possessed Ranger with the kind of strength as well as powers to obtain the very same revenge than he is so thirsty for against the orcs who stripped away all that he had – his family, especially. I suppose folks like this Ranger and Kratos should form some sort of social club to talk through their feelings of rage.

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