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Father of the iPod tasked with saving Google Glass from extinction

Photo: LeWeb

Photo: LeWeb

After failing to garner consumer interest for nearly two years, the fate of Google Glass is now in the hands of former Apple executive Tony Fadell. The Glass Explorer program is also being shut down on January 19th, which means it will be impossible to buy the $1,500 headset commercially.

Fadell, whose claim to fame at Apple was leading the development of the original iPod, joined Google last February when Nest was acquired for $3.2 billion. Now Google Glass is being moved out of the experimental Google X division and placed under Fadell’s leadership.

The development of Glass hasn’t been halted, but the move signals the trouble Google has had gaining momentum with the project.

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Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion

BlackBerry Classic. Photo: BlackBerry

BlackBerry Classic. Photo: BlackBerry

BlackBerry’s employees were caught using iPhones on Twitter recently, but the company could be trading in their CrackBerry keyboards for a Samsung Galaxy S6.

Samsung has recently approached BlackBerry with an offer to buy the company for $7.5 billion. The BlackBerry brand has been in decline ever since 2007 when the iPhone ushered in a new age of smartphones, but Samsung is reportedly interested in gaining access to the company’s patent portfolio.

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Oppo beats Apple to a sapphire smartphone

The Oppo RC1 is a midrange stunner. Photo: Oppo

The Oppo RC1 is a midrange stunner. Photo: Oppo

Apple failed to get its sapphire glass ready for its latest smartphones, but Chinese manufacturer Oppo did not. Its new RC1, a midrange handset with a 5-inch display, has a sapphire back panel that allows the device to be incredibly thin but still surprisingly sturdy.

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Can’t decide on a wearable? Here’s how you can sample 5 for a week

The Fitbit Flex is just one of the wearables you can try with Lumoid. Photo: Fitbit

The Fitbit Flex is just one of the wearables you can try with Lumoid. Photo: Fitbit

With so many wearables to choose from these days, how do you decide which one is right for you? Are you better off investing in a cross-platform device like the Pebble, or do you want the color display and other benefits that Android Wear brings?

The best way to decide is by trying these devices out before you buy them. Not for five minutes in a store, but for as long as you like as you go about your day. Lumoid’s rent-to-own program lets you do just that; you can sample five wearables for a full 7 days before deciding which one you want to buy, and if you don’t like any of them, you can just send them all back.

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Xiaomi wants to be the only name on your wrist in 2015

The Mi Band in all its $13 glory. Photo: Xiaomi

The Mi Band in all its $13 glory. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi may have risen rapidly to become the world’s third-biggest smartphone maker, but that’s not enough for a company which seems to have Apple-sized ambitions to go along with its Apple-borrowed designs.

With wearables being the next huge tech revolution, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has laid out its expectations for 2015 shipments of its Mi Band smart bracelet, as announced last summer — and they’re big.

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Sony could be preparing to ditch its ailing smartphone division

Sony's Xperia business could be sold off. Photo: Rajesh Pandey/Cult of Android.

Sony’s Xperia business could be sold off. Photo: Rajesh Pandey/Cult of Android.

Sony may have begun its recovery following a massive cyberattack, but its bad luck isn’t going to stop there. The Japanese company continues to endure heavy losses thanks to the decline of key divisions, and sources say it is considering the sale of its smartphone business as CEO Kazuo Hirai tries desperately to turn things around.

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Google is kicking butt with apps as well as market share

Google Play becomes king of the mobile app platforms. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Google Play becomes king of the mobile app platforms. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Who says iOS has all the apps? According to new data, Google isn’t just kicking butt when it comes to market share, but also mobile apps as well. The search giant’s Play Store now offers a great selection of titles than the App Store, but Apple fans will argue that quality is more important than quantity.

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Spotify now has 60 million active listeners, and 15 million are paying

Spotify's impressive growth continues. Photo: Spotify

Spotify’s impressive growth continues. Photo: Spotify

Spotify now has a whopping 60 million active listeners, 15 million of which are paying for a Spotify Premium subscription, the European company confirmed today. Spotify has added around 2.5 million paying subscribers in just two months — and that’s despite being given the boot by Taylor Swift.

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Apple copycat doesn’t like being copied

Xiaomi's clones are being cloned. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi’s clones are being cloned. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics manufacturer that’s famous for taking inspiration from (copying) Apple, has ironically warned consumers not to buy knockoffs of its flagship devices after a recent increase in the number of copycat devices, which are looking to cash in on the company’s success in China.

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This guy built a working word processor inside Minecraft

This is a fully-functioning word processor built out of Minecraft blocks. Screenshot: Cult of Android

This is a fully-functioning word processor built out of Minecraft blocks. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Playing games and being productive are two activities that just don’t mix, but thanks to a Minecraft player that goes by the name of Koala Steamed, you can now construct a fort while you type up your class papers. Steamed has spent two years building a word processor inside the hit game that really works.

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