Microsoft in Iowa hot seat tonight for 2016 U.S. presidential caucuses
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U.S. Presidential primary voting officially kicks off tonight in Iowa (February 1, 2016), and for tonight's Iowa caucuses, Microsoft is in the hot seat as it has offered to provide a pair of smartphone apps to help nearly 1,700 precincts report more accurate results to party headquarters.

Star Wars Episode IX director wants to film in space, using film
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Speaks out against "smooth motion" tech


The director of the final installment in the sequel to the original George Lucas trilogy from 1977 wants to film parts of his epic space opera in actual space, a new panel discussion from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival suggests.

Official Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge images leaked
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Subtle color changes over S6 series


Earlier this month, mobile editor at VentureBeat Evan Blass shared some key information regarding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphone lineup, including screen size, screen resolution, and processor components. Now, the editor has revealed the first official images of both devices to the public.

Dells adds 27-inch U2717D IPS InfinityEdge panel to lineup
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UltraSharp Series, 2560x1440p

Following its new lineup at CES 2016, Dell has just added another 27-inch InfinityEdge display to its UltraSharp series with WQHD resolution and an IPS WLED-backlit panel.

Apple long-range wireless charging tech coming in 2017
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Near-field magnetic resonance (NFMR) charging


Apple is said to be developing a wireless charging technology for its next-next generation iPhone and iPad lineups in 2017 that should be able to charge the devices from over 1 meter away, sources close to Bloomberg have claimed.

Facebook launches live streaming for iOS users in US
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Eventually wants 914 million mobile users to jump in front of live camera

On Thursday, the world’s largest social networking platform has just made live streaming available as an option to all Apple iOS users in the United States. The update marks the first time the company has made the feature widely available.

16 million Disneyland park visitors subjected to undercover phone surveillance
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StingRay devices extract encrypted phone keys in under a second

Local police in Anaheim, California – home to Disneyland, Angels baseball and the Ducks hockey team – have been using StringRay surveillance devices to capture data on thousands of phones at once, completely unknown to local residents and theme park attendees, according to new documents released Wednesday.

Apple reported to launch iPad Air 3, entry 4-inch iPhone, new watch bands
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All coming at mid-March event


Apple is preparing for a busy and packed hardware launch event coming in the middle of March, where it is expected to launch its third-generation iPad Air, a new 4-inch iPhone, a series of new first-generation Apple Watch bands, and new iOS and WatchOS updates, according to sources close to 9to5Mac.

Apple and Google preparing to enter VR market
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New job postings suggest keen interest

It was made clear earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that 2016 would be the year that virtual reality (VR) finally becomes available in consumer formats to initial enthusiast public audiences. Some of the major competitors we’ve seen in this space so far include Facebook-owned Oculus with its Rift headset, Sony’s PlayStation VR headset and HTC’s Vive Pre headset, which we explored here.

FCC now lets Americans use their own cable set-top boxes
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A powerful win for the free market economics

In a sweeping change of course directed at a tightly controlled television industry, cable and satellite operators in the United States will now be obligated to let their customers freely choose which set-top boxes they can use, according to a proposal announced by the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday.