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First Click: Are metal phones still metal?

If you look in the Verge forums right now you’ll find ECrispy wondering the same while arguing the merits of polycarbonate. Like plastic, polycarbonate is a synthetic resin. However, unlike the much maligned material used on old Samsung Galaxy devices, polycarbonate is that hard-as-nails machined (not cast) material used for Nokia’s piano-lacquered …

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LG's 15-inch MacBook lookalike is now on sale from $1,100

This January, LG unveiled its 15-inch Gram laptop — a slim and lightweight Windows 10 machine that borrows liberally from the design stylings of Apple’s MacBook. (And, really, there’s nothing wrong with that.) Now, the company has announced pricing for the laptop, with the 15-inch Gram starting at $1,100 for a version …

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Europe's plan to collect airline passenger data raises privacy concerns

The European Parliament yesterday passed an initiative that will enable EU intelligence agencies to collect and share information on airline passengers, as lawmakers move to tighten border security amid concerns over privacy. The Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive, approved by a large majority, aims to facilitate information sharing among EU …

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Google gives its little-used beacon technology a security upgrade

Beacons are a technological solution in search of a problem. Years ago, both Apple and Google hyped their beacon protocols — which use low-cost transmitters and Bluetooth Low Energy to track users’ positions to within feet — but the technology has fallen by the wayside. Marketers were excited by the …

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Amazon is developing a drama inspired by Bob Dylan's music

The newest addition to Amazon’s growing stable of TV programming is Time Out of Mind, a drama inspired by the music and writing of Bob Dylan. (The show gets its name from Dylan’s 1997 LP, widely considered a return to form.) Lionsgate’s TV division and writer-director Josh Wakely are joining forces …

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Verizon customers can use Android Pay for 2GB of free data

Verizon customers are now able to earn up to 2GB of free data just for using Android Pay to buy things. The new promotion, which started today, rewards customers with 1GB of data for using Android Pay once, and a second if they use Google’s wireless pay system a third time. The …

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