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Nepal quake kills, traps climbers on Mount Everest
People tried to outrun the wall of snow, ice and rocks roaring down the side of the world's tallest mountain. Many didn't make it. FULL STORY | MAJOR AFTERSHOCK | GOOGLE EXEC KILLED ON EVEREST | WHAT RESCUERS FACE | CNN ON THE GROUND

Aftershocks terrify survivors of quake that killed 2,500

Indian soldiers, left, on rescue mission to Nepal rush to board an Indian Air Force aircraft near New Delhi, India, Sunday, April 26, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.(AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

An aftershock adds chaos to an already devastated region.

Wake held in Baltimore for black man who died after arrest

People rally for support of Freddie Gray, who died following an arrest in Baltimore, at his wake in Baltimore, Maryland

By Shannon Stapleton BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A wake was held on Sunday for the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died after being taken into police custody and sustaining a mysterious spinal injury, a death that has angered many residents of this predominantly African-American city. The wake for Freddie Gray on Sunday afternoon came the day after thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Baltimore to protest police brutality against minorities, especially black men like Gray, who died on April 19. As darkness fell on Saturday, about 100 protesters splintered off and threw bottles, metal barricades and other objects at police officers and their cruisers, authorities said.

Shots fired at Lil Wayne tour bus
Gunshots were fired at rapper Lil Wayne's tour bus early Sunday in Atlanta.

'Gears of War' looks like the next game to get an Xbox One remaster
Like it or not, ports of classic games to the latest consoles are still all the rage... and Microsoft appears eager to cash in on the trend. Both Kotaku and Polygon report that Microsoft, Black Tusk Studios and Dirty Bomb's Splash Damage are working ...

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UNICEF brings aid relief to bombing victims in Sanaa, including children
Relief aid comes as a Saudi-led campaign to unseat Yemen's Houthi forces enters its fifth week and hospitals say they are running out of essentials. Gavino Garay reports.

Jay Z takes to Twitter to defend Tidal, says it's "doing just fine", declares "we are here for the long haul", notes competitors are even richer (Lizzie Plaugic/The Verge)

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The Verge:
Jay Z takes to Twitter to defend Tidal, says it's “doing just fine”, declares “we are here for the long haul”, notes competitors are even richer  —  Jay Z defends Tidal in a Sunday afternoon tweetstorm  —  Jay Z officially relaunched his streaming service Tidal …

If a shark had pockets...oh, wait, this one does
Pocket shark caught: Rare shark with 2 big pockets netted off U.S. coast (pics) A pocket shark isn't like a pocket knife, where it fits into your pocket, it is a rare shark that actually has pockets in its body, one under each fin. "Think 'Jaws' meets kangaroo,"

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40 most beautiful places in South Korea
In South Korea there are places where travel photographers fall in love, and go back to again and again.

Tasting the 'soup of death'
Anthony Bourdain meets up with Mark Yin, a former member of Korean hip-hop group Drunken Tiger, for a bowl of bugs on "Parts Unknown."

Samsung's Galaxy S6 series: one step forward, two steps back - Tech Gen Mag

Samsung's Galaxy S6 series: one step forward, two steps back

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'Galaxy Quest' TV series in the works
A TV series based on the 1999 sci-fi film "Galaxy Quest" is in the works at Paramount Television.

How good is 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'?
The powers of Marvel's all-star superheroes go a bit wobbly in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Faced with the daunting prospect of topping the surprise and excitement of 2012's The Avengers, the third highest-grossing film of all time, writer-director Joss Whedon mixes some brooding down-time in with the abundant spectacle. To be sure, series junkies will get their fix from the sheer massiveness of the exploits, but at least two of the big action scenes are lackluster, while the climax and resolution could have been worked out in more complex, less rote ways, so as to further increase intrigue and anticipation for "Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2," already scheduled for release in May of 2018 and 2019, respectively. Not that any of this will matter much, since the pent-up excitement among the enormous international fan base is so intense that nothing will keep the summer's presumed biggest franchise blockbuster from soaring to and beyond the one-billion dollar threshold internationally.

Book Nerds Need This Card Catalog USB Drive

For just $20 on Unshelved, you can own this 8GB USB drive in the shape of those almost-extinct card catalogs anyone born pre-1990ish remembers using. (Feel old yet?) For just an additional $15, you can buy the USB with 11 books pre-loaded on it! [via Nerd Approved]

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INTERNET, UNITE! Father of ‘Success Kid’ Needs Your Help!

We all remember Success Kid: Well now, he needs your help. The dad of Sammy “Success Kid” Griner has been battling kidney disease since 2006. He is currently on dialysis 12 hours a day and is in dire need of a kidney transplant. Sammy’s mom Laney has created a GoFundMe page for her husband, specifically […]

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Teenage grocery store employee gets worldwide praise for walking senior home

Sometimes, small gestures have big impacts.

Helping a senior with their groceries seems like a no-brainer, but one store outside of Horwich, United Kingdom, is receiving praise on social media after allowing one of its employees to leave to walk an elderly customer home.

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'Furious 7' outruns competition at number one spot for fourth straight week
'Furious 7' keeps up its winning streak at the weekend box office, while Blake Lively's fantasy romance 'Age of Adaline' makes a strong debut. Vanessa Johnston reports.

These are nobody's memories
"There is nothing borrowed, or blue." As the Sixth Circuit marriage cases head to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, LGBT organizations make their closing arguments via YouTube.

11 Things About The Apple Watch That May Surprise You

Apple’s much anticipated new smartwatch has finally landed at its ultimate destination: on the arms of consumers. 

See also: There's Gold On Them Thar Wrists

As the earliest adopters get busy binding their wrists, practicing their “force touches” and updating their iPhone apps to work with the wearable, we took stock of a few interesting details that have clocked in with the Apple Watch’s arrival.

Your MagSafe charger can rat out your cheapskate purchase

Not that there’s anything wrong with picking up the Sport, the least expensive version of the Apple Watch. But if you’re touchy about it—maybe if you've even swapped out watchbands to hide that fact—then don’t plan on powering up on the go. Whipping out the plastic magnetic charger will be a dead giveaway. 

By contrast, the mid-range and super-special (read: pricey) versions of the Apple Watch—branded, confusingly, as the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Edition—both come with metallic chargers. Fortunately, all of them work pretty fast, so the difference is really just skin deep.

Your MagSafe charger may power other devices ...

According to an Apple Insider reader named Albert Lee, an Apple Watch charger worked on his Moto 360 smartwatch, since both use the Qi wireless charging standard. Mashable confirmed this with its own tests

That’s actually a much bigger deal than it seems. Qi, the most popular among mobile makers, is just one of three wireless charging standards that’s trying to dominate the gadget world. Over the past year, the other two—the newer PowerMat and latest Rezence standards—have joined forces, making it easier for manufacturers to support both in one product.

See also: How Starbucks Could Take Wireless Charging Mainstream

At some point, the industry has to decide on one path to move forward, if it hopes to see wireless charging become as common as micro USB cables. If Apple has thrown its weight behind Qi, that could tip the scales back in its favor.

Or at least it would, if not for the following.

... but the Apple Watch can’t use other random Qi chargers (at least, so far)

The Apple Watch can't receive power from other Qi chargers that aren't designed explicitly for the watch—at least not yet.

According to Mashable’s tests, the reverse scenario—with other Qi chargers sending power to the Apple Watch—doesn’t work. Now, the site only tried two charging products, and it's not clear whether the problem comes from a technical issue or if incompatible physical designs got in the way.

We don’t know which version of Qi the test chargers use, and that matters. Older versions can be notoriously fussy, forcing users to place devices on just the right spot on mats. But last year, an update brought support for a different, and much more flexible type of charging called resonance charging, which can send power from a farther distance. It’s possible the Apple Watch may eventually work with newer Qi products. If so, then these chargers could succeed in zinging the juice where others failed. 

We've already spotted third-party charging products designed for the watch—like docks and batteries (see below)—so charging doesn't look like an Apple-only scenario. 

The watch could be the beginning of Apple’s wireless charging assault

It has been a good year for Qi, which also saw IKEA pack the standard into its furniture. For Apple, stepping into wireless charging could have major implications across the company's entire portfolio of products. Take that new MacBook with just one port, for instance. If its watch experiment proves successful, an upcoming model of the laptop could boast wireless charging too, making that single port more reasonable and less aggravating. Along the way, the iPhones and iPads could get some Qi support too.

See also: How The New Apple MacBook Retired Steve Jobs’s Vision Of Computing

Apple’s tack may be "far from innovative compared with other wireless charging technologies currently in production or development,” as IHT analyst Ryan Sanderson put it in a press statement he sent me, back when Apple first announced the watch. But it doesn’t need to be innovative. Apple products tend to boost companies, tech standards and even whole industries, when they adopt them. And wireless charging, which has been on the brink of mainstream adoption for ages, could use a nudge in the right direction.

Finally, a justification for that confusing Digital Crown: underwater use!

The Apple Watch’s water-resistance comes as no surprise; it’s listed as a feature. But when FoneFox put it through a water torture test—showering and swimming with it, dunking it in a bucket—it discovered that the touchscreen couldn’t handle the waterboarding.

Fortunately, the "digital crown"—the little click wheel on the side—does, which may justify the addition of this feature. But don’t take that as a cue to try dunking the watch yourself. 

The watch could measure your blood oxygen levels (but it won’t)

When iFixit autopsied the 38mm Apple Watch, it found that the heart-rate monitor could measure more than beats per minute—it could measure blood oxygen. The approach, known to doctors as pulse oximetry, helps them ensure patients have adequate oxygen levels during surgery (or any other time they're under sedation), as well as while they’re taking lung medications or physically exerting themselves.

Naturally, that conjures certain activities—like rock climbing or, given its water tolerance, some light scuba diving. But stop right there. iFixit speculates that Apple stayed mum about this sensor due to federal regulations. Measuring oxygen levels in the blood skirts the line between quantified fitness and health, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration can be rather particular when it comes to approving health equipment.

At this point, we don’t know whether the sensor will wind up as ResearchKit fodder for Apple's medical research initiative, or a tool to please extreme athletes. All we know for now is that it’s there, lying dormant until Apple’s ready and able to flip the switch.

Some parts are easy to replace ...

Batteries have a shelf life, often measured in the number charges they'll take throughout their life before they act up or even go completely dead. The Apple Watch’s lifespan too will eventually run out, which may spur some users to try swapping the battery on their own.

There’s good news and bad news there. The battery is relatively easy to replace, in and of itself; it's only attached with a bit of adhesive, making it easy to pop out. But you have to get to it first. The screen stands in the way. Apply heat to loosen the glue holding it down, and then unhook the display cable. The latter may be a bit tricky, judging by iFixit’s teardown.

When the site tore into the 38mm watch, it found a 205 mAh battery. The larger watch probably boasts a bigger battery, which may or may not affect how easy it is to dig the power cell out. Other parts, like the cables, speaker, buttons and the "Taptic Engine” (which deals vibration alerts) can challenge the far-sighted, with their small size and itty bitty screws, but don’t seem impossible to pluck out. The watch’s processor, however, looks like it’s practically a permanent fixture. (See below.)

Note that messing with the watch’s guts will void the warranty. This stuff is not for the faint of heart—or the poorly sighted. (There’s a reason watchmakers use a loupe.)

... but others, not so much

The Apple Watch runs off a fancy hardware nugget called the S1, which packs a processor, wireless radios, memory and sensors into one “system on a chip.” Though teensy, the technology is powerful. Apparently, so is the glue holding it together.

Few Apple Watch owners will ever stare into that wee abyss, and that’s a good thing, judging by iFixit’s experience trying to pull it apart: 

Despite rumors (and hopes) of an upgradable product, the difficulty of removing the S1 alone casts serious doubt on the idea of simply swapping out the internals.

Unfortunately, our first look is obstructed—that S1-emblazoned silver cap isn't a cap at all. It's a solid block of plasticky resin, hiding treasures deep within.

The fully encased S1 system makes board-level repairs impossible.

Just like regular watches, the straps will get nasty

Apple Watch straps may not ever get this nasty (unless you throw one into a campfire), but they won't look pretty forever

Even the majestic halo of Apple gadgetry can’t ward off the realities of simple chemistry. Users wear these gadgets next to their skin, which means grossness will force touch them over time—especially the straps. You can clean off metal, but you can’t bring back leather and fluoroelastomer watch bands back from discoloration and warping. 

There are already thousands of apps for the watch

Watch users can do a tremendous number of things from their wrists already. They can unlock Starwood hotel doors, read New York Times news headlines, shop, navigate the outdoors, check into Foursquare locations, stay on top of Expedia reservation updates, track packages, and many, many other things.

If that’s not enough, the IFTTT service (short for “If This Then That”) just integrated the Do Button and Do Note apps for the Apple Watch, giving users access to as many as 170 more apps. According to an IFTTT rep, "people can easily run their favorite recipes with just one tap, right from their wrist.”

It’s not clear yet how many of these features qualify as genuinely useful, or whether people really want to do that much from their wrists, but kudos to app developers for busting out their creativity caps. 

There are already a lot of accessories, and tons more are on the way

Apple Watch Spigen armor case

Accessories makers have been licking their chops, waiting for the Apple Watch to hit the market. Now that it has, you should brace yourself for the new and incoming spate of fashion bands, battery bands, strap adapters, stands, power stations, portable batteries, bumper cases, and even a chunky suit of armor that also happens to hide the fact that you got the cheapest Apple Watch available. That’s just for starters.

I haven’t yet seen a skin that can disguise lower-priced Apple Watch models as one of its higher priced siblings, but as with all things watch-related, it’s just a matter of time. 

Lead photo by Shinya Suzuki; Apple Watch products and MacBook images courtesy of Apple; teardown photos screen captured from YouTube video by iFixit; photo of plastic MagSafe charger captured from YouTube video by TheMacintosh1; photo of MagSafe charging Moto 360 captured from YouTube video by Albert Lee; broken watch strap photo by theilr; Spigen armor case photo courtesy of Spigen

Back to the roots: the real meaning of a "power plant"
Three researchers develop E-Kaia, a phone charger that plugs into a plant.

E-kaia (a product that goes against all logic in the world of electronics) consists in a biological circuit that channeled the natural energy and allows portable electronic items, mainly cellphones, charged with energy from a plant, without relying on a power grid.

The type of circuit used is, of course, a secret that is expected to receive its patent in May this year.

Evelyn Aravena, Camila Rupcich and Carolina Guerrero, the three women who invented E-Kaia also have a Facebook site.

Look at trees in a different way
It all started by looking up.

NASCAR's first hydrogen-powered pace car hits the track
NASCAR may be dominated by gas-guzzling racers, but its pace car this weekend is decidedly kinder to the environment. The motorsport league's Sprint Cup race in Richmond on the 26th (delayed from the 25th due to rain) has Toyota's hydrogen-powered Mi...

Hubble hits 25th anniversary IN SPAAACE – time for telescope to come home - The Register

Hubble hits 25th anniversary IN SPAAACE – time for telescope to come home

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Woman with Synesthesia Paints the Music She Sees [PICS]

We’ve written about it before, but synesthesia is a neural condition that leads to individuals “seeing” sounds or numbers (typically as colors) or “hearing” smells. Melissa McCracken is one such synesthete, and her condition/ability/superpower often results in her “seeing” music as different colors and textures. She decided to paint what she hears as a way […]

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16 celebrity Instagram photos from inside the White House Correspondents' Dinner

U.S. President Barack Obama wasn't the only one who let loose at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner

Actors, models, athletes, musicians, politicians and, of course, journalists slipped into gowns and tuxedos for what's become known as "Nerd Prom" — a term that, as the Washington Post pointed out, hardly fits considering the A-list crowd.

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Celebrities, from model Chrissy Teigen to anchor Katie Couric, were out in full force, snapping group photos at every turn. Live vicariously through their selfies, below: Read more...

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Before and after photos of Nepal's landmarks reveal devastating impact of earthquake

The massive earthquake that struck Nepal and killed at least 2,500 people on Saturday has also destroyed some of the country's most iconic landmarks.

The 7.8-magnitude quake — the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years — devastated the capital of Kathmandu. Its impact can be seen in before and after photos taken across the capital city

See also: Photos: Devastation in Nepal after huge earthquake

Built in 1832 by then-Prime Minister Bhimsen Thapa, the famed nine-story Dharahara tower, also known as Bhimsen Tower, collapsed during the earthquake. As of Saturday, hundreds of people were feared to be trapped in the rubble of the structure. Read more...

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What if These Movie Directors Were Culinary Artists? [Comic]

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The Dish Towel Is the Germiest Thing In Your Kitchen, So Wash It Already

A recent study on food preparation found that lots of people aren’t very careful about avoiding foodborne illness, and contaminate all sorts of surfaces in the kitchen. The dirtiest item on the list? Dish towels.


November: The Able Archer Wargames take place in Belgium
ICBM is a game that allows you to take on the role of a Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander. Set in November 1983, during the Able Archer war games, it aims to accurately simulate shifts at a bunker beneath Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.

Sam Myatt describes a playthrough and their reactions to what happened within the game.

The Most Realistic Cold War Game Is a Boredom Simulator
...When humanity finally decides to burn this mother down, Evans and three of his comrades will be the ones who simultaneously turn the keys that launch the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with W78 thermonuclear warheads that will end the world.
For now, though, nothing is happening. Evans has a cold cup of coffee and orders to stand by. He watches the digital clock tick away in front of him while he waits for his eight hour shift to end.

Huge war games begin off UK
Huge military exercises are underway off and around Britain's coast, but NATO insists they are not a deliberate response to the Russian military's increasingly brazen behavior.

Ukraine's ceasefire under pressure, amid reports of servicemen killed
Ukrainian and Russian military drills underway, and pressure mounts on a fragile ceasefire after Ukraine's military said two servicemen were killed in rebel attacks. Gavino Garay reports.

Distinctly Emasculated
[F. Scott] Fitzgerald saw homosexuality as a weakness—less a sexual predilection than something one undergoes in times of emotional distress. [Ernest] Hemingway used fiction to broadcast his virility after a sexually confusing childhood. Both were more sexually fluid than their contemporary reputations suggest. Cody C. Delistraty in The Paris Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s single-player campaign takes you deep into a cybernetic quandary

Black Ops III is set in the year 2060, and it has four-player co-op in the main campaign.

Robots and women share the battlefield in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' - Los Angeles Times

Robots and women share the battlefield in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3'

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The negative consequences of blindly supportive friends

Opinion: Short of admitting to a heinous crime, is there anything you can post on Facebook that won’t be met with approval from your friends?

7-Year-Old Writes Comic Empowering Girls of Color; Wins $16K [VIDEO]

Time for the warm fuzzies. Natalie McGriff, a seven-year-old from Florida, expressed to her mother that she hated two things: Reading…and the texture of her natural hair. “I didn’t like it because I wanted it straight, and I saw everybody with straight hair,” she told ABC News. “And reading was boring to me.” Hoping to […]

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Nokia denies reports it plans to return to smartphones - CNET

Nokia denies reports it plans to return to smartphones

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Photos: Avalanche on Everest

New Jersey doc, Google exec among Nepal earthquake victims on Everest

Marisa Eve Girawong

A Google executive-turned-mountain climber and a New Jersey doctor working at a Mount Everest base camp were among three Americans killed in Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal.

New Threats Range From 'Dribbling Breached Data' to IoT and Toys
Researchers highlight some newer threats and security trends such as "dribbling breached data," which refers to the incremental release of hacked data.

Five Best Everyday Carry Knives

A trusty knife is indispensable. Whether you just use it to open boxes and packages, trim or strip cable, cut rope for camping or any outdoors activity, or just like having one in case you need one, you have tons of options. This week we’re looking at five great options, based on your nominations.


How Uber customizes its approach for overseas: auto-rickshaws in India, Lamborghinis in Singapore, designated driver service in Colombia (Johana Bhuiyan/BuzzFeed)

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How Uber customizes its approach for overseas: auto-rickshaws in India, Lamborghinis in Singapore, designated driver service in Colombia  —  This Is How Uber Hopes To Take Over The World  —  The ride-hail giant is expanding globally — and it's doing so by replicating the hyperlocal approach …

UsableHomeButton Makes Firefox’s Home Button Useful Again

Firefox: Usable Home Button transforms the “Home” button in Firefox to a quick button that takes you to the homepage of any website you’re visiting. So for example, if you were reading this article with it installed, one click would take you right back to the Lifehacker main page.


Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

A participant wears a rainbow tie during the annual Pride March on Christopher Street in Manhattan, New York

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's pivotal member on gay rights, has been marching in this direction with opinions dating to 1996. In his most recent gay rights decision for the court in 2013, rejecting a legal definition of marriage limited to a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits, Kennedy deplored that U.S. law for making gay marriages "unequal." That 5-4 decision did not address a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but lower court judges interpreted the ruling as an endorsement of it and began invalidating state bans.

Oldest Footage Of London Ever
This is the oldest footage of London ever. Includes amazing old footage from between 1890 and 1920, plus modern shots of the same location today. Also features maps carefully researched to show where the camera was. Arranged by location, 46 shots of classic footage with a twist and an inspiring soundtrack.

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The Stories Behind The World's Most Famous City Nicknames

Why is New York called 'The Big Apple?' Or London 'The Old Smoke,' Amsterdam 'Venice of the North' and Las Vegas 'Sin City?'


refer to the ancient heritage of the city, some refer to the industry found in the city, some refer to the cities’ environment – there are a variety of reasons these cities have earned their unique monikers.

(thanks Cora)The Presurfer

Slime Mold - Alien Landscapes On Earth

image credit: Pierre Pouliquin

Just the thought of mold is something that makes many people involuntarily shudder. Yet there is more to it than meets the eye. Up close we are witness to an enigmatic and beautiful

alien world
on our own doorstep.The Presurfer

Nokia won't produce phones, but could return to smartphone business by brand-licensing
Wouldn’t it be great if Nokia started manufacturing phones again? If the recent reports are to be believed, the Finland-based company is planning to do just that. Citing its sources, Re/code earlier this week reported that the company will be returning to the phone manufacturing business by 2016, and would launch a couple of Android smartphones. Too bad, that’s not happening. Nokia announces today that it doesn’t intend to return to the smartphone manufacturing business, squashing all the recent reports that claimed otherwise. On its website (via Reuters), the company notes that the recent news reports that claimed that Nokia… [Continue Reading]

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