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LG’s Next Smartphone Is Powered by an In-House Chip

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LG announced an octa-core NUCLUN chip on Thursday, a mobile application processor built for “high performance and low energy consumption,” and next-gen LTE networks.

The chip will debut in the company’s new G3 Screen, a 5.9-inch phone resembling the company’s popular LG G3 device. The only catch: its G3 Screen is developed specifically for the Korean market, according to LG.

When the chip makes it to LG’s other smartphone offerings, it…

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MakerBot CEO: No New Hardware at CES

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Jenny Lawton took a somewhat circuitous route to the helm of 3D printing leader MakerBot

Before joining the company as “Head of People” in 2011, Lawton spent ten years in retail, running her own bookstore in Greenwich, Connecticut. And though physical book selling might appear the polar opposite of 3D printing, which takes digital ideas and makes them physical, Lawton told me she learned a lot in the “down and dirty” retail business. “Retail is tough, tough work,” said Lawton and her…

Sony Xperia Z3v: The Waterproof Smartphone That Does It All

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Quick: When was the last time you saw a Sony-made Android smartphone stocked by U.S. carriers? Having trouble recalling it? You’re not alone.

Sony’s Android smartphones are quite popular in Asia and Europe, but they’ve never received any real love in the U.S. Despite the Xperia Z series phones receiving high praise, most carriers didn’t sell them because Sony smartphones lacked cachet with the American public.

That changes…

Tumblr Bets on Video, Updates Its Player With New Features

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Tumblr rolled out a series of improvements to its video player Thursday, including infinite looping and the ability to watch clips off to the side of a page while still staying in a stream to look at new content.

The popular blogging site is looking for ways to enhance its user engagement. This latest news comes just days after owner Yahoo reported that Tumblr grew its audience 40% (from 300 million to 420 million users) since it acquired the site in 2013. Tumblr could bring in $100 million…

One of the First Apple Computers Built by Steve Wozniak Sells for $905K

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Someone dropped a lot of money on an Apple computer on Wednesday, and it has nothing to do with the fancy new 5K Retina iMac. In fact, the computer was built in 1976.

An Apple-1 computer — which was among the first computers developed by Apple — sold for $905,000 at a Bonhams New York auction, almost twice its highest estimate, according to the Bonhams auction house in New York City

The antique computing device was built by Steve Wozniak…

Japan Builds Real (and Awesome) Transformer Robot

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Your dream of a sports car that transforms into a real robot just inched closer to reality

Brave Robotics, Asratec Corp. and original Transformer creator Tomy Co. Ltd., have joined forced to build J-deite, a one-quarter-scale autobot that starts as humanoid, bipedal robot and transforms into a tiny, roughly 3-foot-long sports car. Sorry, it’s still too small for you to drive.

Despite the diminutive size, the robot is unmistakably part of the…

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Workout Apps to Help You Burn Off Your Baby Weight During Naptime

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Baby No.3 came along last fall and along with her beautiful arrival came the post-baby body that results from carrying another human being for nine months. Let’s just say that hard body is not what I’d use to describe that state. I wanted to return to my morning exercise routine, but a major hurdle was finding the time.

Even though babies sleep a lot, it’s amazing how little time you have to get things done. On top of that, my two older kids require things like food and interaction, so any…

Ford’s Upcoming Vehicles Will Automatically Brake to Avoid Collision

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The Ford Motor Company is joining an ever-growing list of car companies adding automated-driving features to their vehicles.

In a press release, Ford introduced on Thursday “pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection” technology. The system scans the road ahead using a windshield-mounted camera and radar system, and compares what it sees to “a database of pedestrian shapes to help distinguish people from typical roadside scenery and objects,” the company claims.

See also: 8 Big…

Will an Unlimited Vacation Policy Work at Your Company?

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In a recent interview, Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group, announced a vacation “non-policy” that allows his personal staff — some 170 employees — to take as much vacation as they want, with no one keeping tabs. At ShortStack we have a similar vacation benefit, only we call it “take what you need.”

Branson and I are in a serious minority: Only about 3% of businesses in the United States currently offer unlimited vacation, although some of the bigger players in the tech sector are…

PhotoMath: Math Student’s New Best Friend Is the Teacher’s Nightmare

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Touted as the world’s first camera calculator and launched last week, PhotoMath is an app that uses text recognition technology to solve simple math equations

But PhotoMath doesn’t stop at just solving the equation, it also provides step-by-step instructions explaining how it got to the answer.

PhotoMath can solve arithmetic expressions, fractions and decimals, powers and roots, and simple linear equations

While it’s easy to see how…