The guy who inspired the modular Ara phone says Google can do better

You might remember Dave Hakkens as the young Dutch designer behind the Phonebloks concept video. A video that went viral back in 2013 and currently registers almost 22 million views. It was this outpouring of support for Hakkens’ modular, upgradeable phone meant to help eliminate electronic waste that led Motorola …

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Spelling is a sport, and its athletes dab too

About 22 years ago, ESPN made the fateful decision to air the later rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest on TV. In including the act of spelling difficult-to-spell words in front of an audience of mostly family members, ESPN was signaling then and there that those contestants are, …

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Acer announces two cheap 2-in-1 notebooks

Just ahead of Computex Taipei, which kicks off next week, Acer has announced a pair of inexpensive 2-in-1 notebooks. The Switch V 10 and Switch One 10 both feature detachable 10-inch IPS displays and quad-core Intel Atom processors; the main differences are that the V 10 is available in more …

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Optical disc drives aren't dead

There’s something about obviated technology that just makes it endearing to me. Take the once ubiquitous CD drive of laptops and desktops of yore (yore being roughly a decade ago). It has been all but deprecated out of existence by Apple’s MacBook Air and the legion of PC clones that …

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Acer's new 4K monitor has almost no bezels

Unless you’re a diving watch aficionado, you probably hate the word “bezel.” And by extension, you probably love the idea of this 4K monitor from Acer, which looks like it might be the best implementation yet of the company’s “ZeroFrame” branding. Designed for video and graphics professionals, the BM320 has …

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Samsung has made a Batman-inspired Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung has made a Batman-inspired smartphone … really. In true ludicrous Samsung fashion, it’s called the Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition, and it features the superhero’s logo in gold on the back. The device is commemorating the third anniversary of Injustice: Gods Among Us, and it’s being produced in partnership with Warner …

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