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OnePlus will now #NeverSettle for budget price

OnePlus will now #NeverSettle for budget price

Considering the features that have been both teased and leaked for the OnePlus 2, it's not exactly surprising that people would presume it's going to cost quite a lot, almost at mainstream flagship smartphone levels of $500 or more. OnePlus CEO Peter Lau, however, is now disputing those speculations and putting a public promise on the price of the upcoming smartphone. But while the OnePlus 2 won't cost you an arm or any limb, it's promised less than $450 price tag is considerably more than the current OnePlus.

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Bring it! Japan accepts giant robot fight challenge

Bring it! Japan accepts giant robot fight challenge

Oh it's definitely on! Since MegaBots Inc. appealed to nationalism, without anyone asking them to, challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to the world's first ever giant robot fight. Of course, the Japanese robotics company had no choice but to accept, also in the name of Japan. Especially after the country's defeat in the Women's World Cup yesterday at the hands of who else but the US. That said, Suidobashi isn't going to simply play into MegaBots' hands and is dictating its own requirements for the battle.

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NASA’s New Horizons sends back more Pluto pics

NASA’s New Horizons sends back more Pluto pics

NASA has released the latest batch of photos its New Horizons spacecraft has taken of the dwarf planet Pluto, and in them we see a larger and somewhat less fuzzy version of the two shots from last week. Those same mysterious dark spots are visible in them, as are other crevices and shadows. There are three images total, and they were taken from July 1 to July 3 before the spacecraft had its brief operational hiccup. We've all three after the jump!

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Bing Maps: big redesign brings predictive routing, more features

Bing Maps: big redesign brings predictive routing, more features

Microsoft has completely redesigned Bing Maps, it has announced, doing so from a place of ample user feedback and big ambitions. The updated maps are currently in a preview that is available to anyone who wants to opt-in to it, assuming that person is located in the US/UK, Canada, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, or South Africa. Anyone outside of those regions will eventually get access to it, but it won’t be for a little while. The update pulls in a bunch of data and presents it all in one place, including a new layout and handy “results card”.

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Twitter now lets you display your birthday

Twitter now lets you display your birthday

If you’re on Facebook you probably get slammed with birthday wishes when that special day rolls around, and now Twitter wants to make sure you don’t feel left out on its own service. Today Twitter announced that the users can put their birthday in their profile if they’d like, letting others know when the day arrives and maybe raking a few well wishes out of it. The addition is a simple change, but one that lends a little more info about the person behind the profile picture.

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Roku scores Comedy Central channel with full episodes

Roku scores Comedy Central channel with full episodes

Roku has a new Comedy Central channel, and through it users can now watch a bunch of full episodes of different shows from the network. Some of the content available through the channel requires users to log in with their TV subscription details to prove they subscribe to the network, but other content is freely available for any Roku user to watch regardless of whether they have a compatible cable package. The channel is available now through the Roku channel store.

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Skype for Business app arrives for Windows Phone

Skype for Business app arrives for Windows Phone

Microsoft has another announcement for its Skype for Business users -- it has finally rolled out a Windows Phone app, one that is a rebrand of the Lync 2013 app, and users on both services are able to use it. All the Skype for Business features are there, such as the calling features coupled with instant messaging, control over meetings, phone controls like transferring, and more. It also has some security features like passive authentication and a Skype for Business certificate.

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This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

Details for the next Motorola flagship device have leaked in two different iterations, one internationally, one domestic. The domestic version goes by codename "Kinzie" and is almost certainly headed for Verizon as a DROID device. Verizon will not release this device until later this year for more than one reason. The first reason is - they've just released new editions of the DROID Turbo right under our noses. The devices aren't all that different - they've just been given new paint jobs, so to speak.

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Uber deploys security guards to protect its drivers

Uber deploys security guards to protect its drivers

Uber protest have been strong in France, but they're not limited to it. Those protests became violent, with rocks being thrown and tires being set on fire. Similarly a protest happened in South Africa recently, though it was not violent. Instead, it has boiled over into harassement and scare tactics, and some drivers in the region no longer feel safe picking up passengers. As a result the service has hired security in Johannesburg to stand guard at a couple of Uber hotspots.

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US Army develops arm exoskeleton to speed up shooting skills

US Army develops arm exoskeleton to speed up shooting skills

The US Army has developed an exoskeleton designed to be worn over the arm, and its purpose is to help future soldiers develop their marksmanship skills without the long duration of training typically involved. The mechatronic arm exoskeleton, as it is being called, is currently in testing as a future potential training tool. The benefits could exceed the speed of skill acquisition, as well, having other benefits like reducing the amount of ammunition used during training and, thusly, reducing training costs.

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