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LG Electronics is expected to introduce its next high-end smartphone on April 28, and has hinted that the back of the device will be covered in leather.

In the light of the growing focus on looks at the recent Mobile World Congress, it wouldn’t be surprising if LG uses better materials for the successor to the G3, which is expected to be called the G4. The invite for April 28 that the company sent out on Tuesday just said “save the date” and “see the Great”, but the text is written over a leather back with stitching on one side.

LG wouldn’t be the first to offer leather or faux leather as an alternative. Real leather is an option on Motorola Mobility’s Moto Maker customization service, and Samsung Electronics uses faux leather on the back of the Galaxy Note 4.

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With DirectX 12 looming, AMD said Monday night that the new gaming API will do more than wring performance from your CPU. Your GPU should see major benefits, too.

The problem, AMD says, is that with DirectX 11, the GPU pipeline (how commands and data are fed to the video card), just isn't very efficient. Using highway traffic as an analogy, AMD described how DirectX 11 acts when multiple queues or lanes of traffic must be fed into the GPU. They must be merged. When traffic comes from more than one direction, it has to meter the traffic. That's just not the fastest way to get things done. 

amd multithreadinggraphicsAMD via PCWorld

AMDs says traffic management will be key in DirectX 12 and  having commands and data wait at a traffic light to go isn't very efficient. 

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42-68339753Childline said they hear from children who say watching porn is making them depressed and making them feel pressured to engage in sexual acts.

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LONDON — One in ten British teenagers aged 12-13 years old are worried they're addicted to pornography, according to a new survey published Tuesday.

It also found that one in five said they’d seen pornographic images that shocked them or made them upset, while 12% of this age group said they had made or been part of a sexually explicit video.

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In 1950, the Coca-Cola company decided the people of France were ready for the great taste of Coke. So it began a marketing campaign targeted to the country. 

Coca-Cola had been available unofficially in France since 1919 and officially since 1933, but after the war Coke decided to raise its profile and capitalize on the proliferation of refrigerators in French homes. 

Under the slogan "Drink Fresh," vans toured the streets and salesmen distributed samples to adults and children, in what Coke now calls "La révolution du froid" (The cold revolution).

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Ukraine's orphanages are underfunded, overcrowded and short of staff as a result of the war and the country's struggling economy. Many social workers have been let go and there are rumors more will be fired soon -- resulting in less help for children who really need it.

Before the war began, about one million children lived in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to UNICEF. Of those, some 14,500 were already orphans or children deprived of parental care, with 2,600 living in state institutions.

Bogdan was one of them. A bright 17-year-old, Bogdan recently told of his dreams of becoming a singer. He arrived at Emerald City in July after a Ukrainian air strike accidentally leveled a residential neighborhood in his hometown of Snizhne, burying many civilians beneath the rubble.

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Apple has quietly launched a trade-in program to let Chinese customers exchange their old iPhones and iPads for the latest devices, which could help promote adoption of its upcoming Apple Pay and Apple Watch.

The trade-in program has already been available in the U.S., but Apple on Tuesday brought the service to China, mentioning it in an update to its website.

Chinese customers will be able to exchange iPhones as old as the iPhone 4 to receive store credit that can be used towards the purchase of a new unit, according to an Apple store worker in Beijing.

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IBM said Tuesday it will invest $3 billion over the next four years in a new “Internet of Things” unit, aiming to sell its expertise in gathering and making sense of the surge in real-time data.

The Armonk, New York-based technology company said its services will be based remotely in the cloud, and offer companies ways to make use of the new and multiplying sources of data, such as building sensors, smartphones and home appliances to enhance their own products.

For its first major partnership, IBM said a unit of the Weather Co. will move its weather data services onto IBM’s cloud, so that customers can use the data in tandem with IBM’s analytics tools.

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China’s Huawei Technologies reported a 33 percent rise in its 2014 net profit, as the global adoption of 4G mobile technology boosted sales for the world’s No. 2 telecommunications equipment maker.

Global revenue rose 21 percent from a year ago to 288.2 billion yuan ($46.51 billion) in 2014 for Huawei and is expected to jump another 20 percent this year, the Shenzhen-based company said.

Net profit rose to 27.9 billion yuan last year, in line with the firm’s own estimates, but operating margins fell to 11.9 percent from 12.2 percent in 2013, the company said at an earnings briefing on Tuesday.

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Supreme Court Rules Government GPS Trackers Can Break Fourth Amendment

The Supreme Court has confirmed in a ruling that if the government places a GPS tracker on someone's person or their belongings, the act counts as a search—something that remains protected by the Fourth Amendment.

As part of a case referred to as Grady v. North Carolina, the Supreme Court heard about how Torrey Dale Grady—twice-convicted as a sex offender—was made to wear a GPS monitor at all times by North Carolina officials. In court, Grady challenged this, claiming it qualified as an unreasonable search. The Supreme Court agreed, explaining:

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lginviteg4.jpgLG's invitation to its press events late next month has the tagline: "See the great. Feel the great." LG

LG has just sent out invites to upcoming events simultaneously taking place around the world late next month, and they likely point to one thing: the unveiling of its new flagship handset, the LG G4.

The South Korean electronics giant will host the events on April 28 and April 29 (due to time zones) in six cities: New York, London, Paris, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul.

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A Medieval Recipe Could Kill Hospital Superbugs. No, Really.xa0;

Staph infections are one of the most pervasive and annoying bacterial infections faced by hospitals every year. It infects half a million people in the US every year, with symptoms ranging from skin infections to heart problems — and worse, some strains (commonly known as MRSA) have evolved to resist common antibiotics.

As it turns out, medieval communities also faced staph — in particular, with staph causing eye sores called styes. Our ancestors had an old-timey cure, too, written in Old English in Bald's Leechbook:

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App revenue from the Google Play marketplace and Apple App Store is seen doubling by 2018, with in-app advertising expected to more than triple over the same time period.

That’s according to a new forecast being released Tuesday by App Annie and IDC. The same study found that revenue from both sources grew at a similar rate from 2013 to 2014, expanding 1.7 times.

“I would consider this projection conservative,” App Annie CEO Bertrand Schmitt said in an interview, noting that the company has consistently been revising its forecasts up over the past two years as revenue has exceeded expectations. The App Annie/IDC numbers look only at sales from Apple and Google’s marketplaces. That means it excludes sales from Amazon and Microsoft’s storefronts as well as the third-party stores popular in China.

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Dyson Put a Filter In Its Bladeless Fan To Cool and Clean a Room

Following up on its first humidifier that used a UV light to kill germs in its water reservoir, Dyson has just announced an updated version of its Cool fan that now includes a built-in 360-degree glass filter to remove 99.95 percent of airborne invaders in a room. And not just any filter, but a high-efficiency particulate arrestance—or HEPA—filter as regulated by the U.S. government making it as effective as you can get in a consumer-grade appliance.

Since a fan is often pointed directly at people, the inclusion of a HEPA filter on the new Dyson Pure Cool means that any germs or allergens floating around won't be directed right towards them. And the use of a 360-degree filter means that all of the air being sucked into the Pure Cool's base passes through it and is scrubbed of all particles as small as 0.1 microns.

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remedy.jpgPage from Bald's Leechbook showing the recipe. The British Library Board (Royal 12 D xvii)

The key to killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- also known as MRSA or golden staph -- may not be new-fangled treatments after all, but a treatment for an infected eyelash follicle found in a 1,000-year-old book.

The MRSA "superbug" is notoriously difficult to treat. Over the years, it developed resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics, which include common treatments like penicillin and its derivatives, cephalosporins, monobactams and carbapenems. It's also a particular problem in hospitals and nursing homes, where a high percentage of the population of which have open wounds and weakened immune systems.

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That's right you can get the Brand New Samsung Galaxy S6 for FREE with the new Unlimited Plus Plan at Sprint - this isn't any typo.

What I like about this phone is really cosmetic. The Samsung Galaxy S6's smooth glass-and-matte-metal body brings sexy to mind and the improved fingerprint reader make it a phone where you won't be going WTF.

If you like the portability of using a camera with your phone then the new camera shortcut key make the phone a versatile device.

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That's right you can get the Brand New Samsung Galaxy S6 for FREE with the new Unlimited Plus Plan at Sprint - this isn't any typo.

What I like about this phone is really cosmetic. The Samsung Galaxy S6's smooth glass-and-matte-metal body brings sexy to mind and the improved fingerprint reader make it a phone where you won't be going WTF.

If you like the portability of using a camera with your phone then the new camera shortcut key make the phone a versatile device.

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radio.jpgThis poor radio executive worries he may never make money again. Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

What does denial sound like? A group of hopelessly out-of-touch media executives who have no idea what to make of things like Netflix, Hulu and paywalls, according to Funny or Die.

"There will always be a place for real books, bound books, where people actually turn pages," one insists in a new parody video by the comedy group.

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Over the weekend, reddit users posting on the subreddit /r/cordcutters were surprised to find that some of Sling TV's most recent channel additions—A&E, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network (LMN), and WE TV—were not entirely available. Shows like Criminal Minds on A&E, Kept Woman on Lifetime, and Intervention on LMN were throwing up a “Restricted Content” notice, sometimes for eight- and ten-hour blocks.

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Apple on Monday expanded the reach of its Maps Connect service for small businesses to three more countries, namely Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland.

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The Maps Connect portal lets smaller companies submit and edit a Maps listing without having to enter into a complex arrangement with Apple. The goal has been to make Apple Maps more competitive with Google Maps in terms of helping customers find local shops and services.

Entries are submitted through a web interface, but fact-checked by Apple reviewers before appearing in the live edition of Maps.

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Few features in Windows 10 have been more anticipated than Project Spartan, but the high-profile replacement to Internet Explorer 11 has been missing from the Technical Preview. Until now.

Build 10049, released today, has the full Spartan browser. That means it offers not just the rendering engine, which was technically accessible before if you knew the right trick, but also the interface with its hotly anticipated features.

These include Cortana integration, the ability to markup web pages, and a reading mode that simplifies pages so that distracting page elements are no longer an issue. In addition to this trio, Microsoft has added a feedback feature into both Spartan and Internet Explorer. An emoji icon in the interface of both lets users quickly “send frowns” that provide feedback about the company’s progress and any issues impacting the browsing experience.

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