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Dell Venue 8 7000 might be the best Android tablet, despite lame 3D camera



Dude, it’s a Dell..Venue 8 7000. The company that once ruled the PC world is sending shockwaves through the tech industry once again — this time with its ultra-slim Android tablet, which it claims is the world’s thinnest.

Thinner than even Apple’s iPad Air 2, the $399.99 Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet is a machined slab of aluminum to behold. Putting aside the gorgeous premium design and high-res screen that reaches almost to the edges, the new Venue’s also got a bag of camera tricks thanks to the Intel RealSense Snapshot cameras on the backside

The camera boasts tricks that I’ve seen before —- like the ability to adjust focus points on a photo after you take it — and new ones like scanning for measurements of objects Read more…

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What (Some) Silicon Valley Women Think Of Newsweek

sv-women-newsweek1 Tech has some issues. You read trade pub stories about sexual harassment and assault allegations so often it’s absurd. Newsweek, which just discovered there are only a few women in tech, sent accomplished author Nina Burleigh to investigate tech gender politics. She did an adequate job in her piece, “What Silicon Valley Thinks Of Women.” Read More

OnePlus has a new flavor of Android called OxygenOS



You may know OnePlus as one of the fast-rising Chinese mobile companies — the one that made a name for itself by offering an impressive phone, the OnePlus One, for a relatively cheap price. One of the key ingredients of the phone was its OS, a popular modified version of Android called Cyanogen.

Late last year, though, the relationship between OnePlus and Cyanogen hit the skids when the OnePlus One was banned in India because a rival manufacturer had an exclusive deal with Cyanogen to sell phones in that country. That led OnePlus to build its own Android-based OS, and now it has a name for it. Read more…

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Lindsay Lohan to star in Esurance Super Bowl ad



Lindsay Lohan, known for her history of alcohol issues and driving under the influence, is going to pitch car insurance for Esurance during this year’s Super Bowl.

Lohan dropped a teaser ad on her Facebook page that may allude to that history. “Anybody need a ride to the big game?” she asks. Then the hashtag #sorta flashes against a black screen.

On Thursday, she confirmed that she’d be in an ad for the company:

Maybe you’ve heard about me being in an #ad for @esurance. Well, it’s #sorta true..

— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) January 29, 2015 Read more…

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Secret Co-Founder Chrys Bader-Wechseler Steps Down Because It’s Not About Design Anymore

IMG_7956 One year after founding anonymish app Secret with fellow Googler David Byttow, Chrys Bader-Wechseler is leaving the company on amicable terms. He cites that Secret isn’t about design and curation as much now since it redesigned recently, dropping the artful photo squares with overlaid text in favor of a sterile text feed that looks just like competitor Yik Yak. Below you can see the… Read More

A look inside a Victorian terrace home ‘untouched by time’



A terrace home in Melbourne has been preserved through the centuries, becoming a time capsule for decades gone by.

The two-bedroom, Victorian-style property in the suburb of Fitzroy North has housed multiple generations of the same family, according to Fairfax Media. Its final owner was war veteran Eric Worsley who passed away in 2012 at the age of 102. He had been given the home by his mother, who lived there until she was more than 100 years old


Image: Chambers Real Estate.

Worsley bequeathed the home to his caregiver, Maria, who is now putting the vintage dream up for sale. It is expected to get upwards of $A640,000 but needs work to be livable, according to Chambers Real Estate, that is in charge of the sale. Maria left the home in its original state to honour Worlsey, who thought of the property as his palace Read more…

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OnePlus Will Reveal Details Of Its ‘Oxygen’ Android ROM On February 12

oneplus-one9 OnePlus introduced its own version of Android for its One smartphone earlier this month in response to its standoff with Cyanogen, and now the company has revealed it will unveil its own ROM that can be installed on to third-party Android devices on February 12. Read More

Get pumped for Super Bowl ads in our #BizChats Twitter chat



It’s the official holiday season for advertisers and marketers alike. It’s the time of the year that consumers actually look forward to sitting through almost an hour’s worth of commercials

As the weeks pass, Super Bowl ad teasers have been trickling in from an array of brands, including website-building platform Wix, Bud Light and BMW, giving us a glimpse at what is shaping up to be a promising night of entertaining ads. With a $4.5 million budget, we expect them to be, right?

What factors go into producing a viral advertisement? Who do you think will win bragging rights as the best Super Bowl ad of 2015? Join us on Friday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. ET for our Super Bowl #BizChats Twitter chat, where we’ll be discussing these questions and more Read more…

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Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

hackingbear writes China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce on Wednesday issued a scathing report against one of the country’s biggest stars, accusing e-commerce giant Alibaba of failing to do enough to prevent fake goods from being sold on its websites. SAIC said Alibaba allowed “illegal advertising” that misled consumers with false claims about low prices and other details. It claims some Alibaba employees took bribes and the company failed to deal effectively with fraud. Alibaba fired back with charges of bias and misconduct by accusing the SAIC official in charge of Internet monitoring, Liu Hongliang, of unspecified “procedural misconduct” and warned it will file a formal complaint. Such public defiance is almost unheard of in China. Apparently, Alibaba has long attained the too big to fail status.

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Evander Holyfield stars in odd road rage PSA



Avoid road rage, because you never know what the consequences may be.

That’s the message behind a strange new PSA starring Evander Holyfield, which is supported by a slew of Georgia law enforcement agencies, including the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

The low budget video features the former heavyweight boxing world champion getting cutoff by a very angry man in a pickup, complete with a vest and a trucker hat. The man demands Holyfield get out of the vehicle, then apologizes profusely after realizing who he’s dealing with. Read more…

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