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Google will pay the UK $185 million in back taxes

Like other tech giants, Google has been accused of using legal loopholes to avoid paying many of the taxes it owes… and it’s now tackling some of those claims head-on. Its parent company Alphabet has reached a deal with the UK to pay £130 million (about $185 million) in back taxes going as far as 2005. The settlement reflects a new, more direct approach that bases its payout on revenue from UK-based advertisers. In short, its taxes will reflect the actual size of its UK business — logical, isn’t it?

The move is no doubt welcome, although the government would argue that it’s overdue. Google made $18 billion in UK revenue just between 2006 and 2011, but it only paid $16 million in corporate tax over the same period — clearly, something was amiss. And this likely isn’t the end of the company’s trouble, either. Both other European nations and the US believe that companies like Google are using creative accounting to avoid paying taxes across the globe, so it’s possible that the search pioneer could owe a lot more when all is said and done.

[Image credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images]

Source: Bloomberg


Deal: Pick up an unlocked 2014 Moto X for just $250 ($50 off) from Motorola


If you’re in the market for a capable, customizable off-contract smartphone that won’t break the bank, Motorola has a new deal that may be worth your while. From now until Tuesday, January 26th at 10:59 AM CST, you’ll be able to purchase an unlocked 2014 Moto X from Motorola for only $249.99. Considering the second-gen Moto X was one of the best Android smartphones to come out last year, this is a steal.

Perhaps the best part of this deal is that, since it’s being sold through Motorola, you’ll be able to customize your device with the Moto Maker program. You’ll be able to choose whichever back plates, front plates, accent colors and more, as always. It should be noted that the natural and leather back plate options will still cost a $25 premium, which still isn’t bad considering the $50 discount.

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If you need a refresher, the 2014 Moto X comes with a 5.2-inch AMOLED Full HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2300mAh battery and a 13MP rear camera. Plus, since this is the unlocked model we’re talking about here, it also runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. It might be a little dated at this point, but it still has some very compelling features that will definitely make some folks happy. If you’d like some more details on this phone before you take the plunge, be sure to check out our full review.

Buy now from Motorola

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How to Reset Apple’s Thunderbolt Display

Reset-Mac-Thunderbolt-DisplayApple’s Thunderbolt Display, for myriad reasons, may not display an image from your Mac, recognize USB peripherals, connect to Ethernet, or power on whatsoever.

In many cases, the display is not broken. Before contacting Apple, follow these troubleshooting steps to see if you can reset your Thunderbolt Display. Read more »


Leak points to March 11th U.S. release for Samsung Galaxy S7


As Samsung inches closer to releasing the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and perhaps a third variant, details about Samsung’s plans continue to surface. Just this past week we saw an Exynos powered Galaxy S7 pass through AnTuTu and a Zauba listing revealed screen sizes. A new leak points to the U.S. release date for the Samsung’s new flagship devices as being on March 11th.

Sources have previously indicated that Samsung plans to unveil the new devices on February 21st, which is the day before MWC 2016 opens. This latest leak starts to connect the dots between the time that Samsung announces the new devices and when consumers will actually be able to buy one.

Samsung followed a similar pattern last year with the Galaxy S6, revealing the device at MWC 2015 and then following up later with availability to consumers. In 2015, there was about a two month gap in the timeline, so a March release date would cut that in about half.

source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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Amazon Echo gains more functionality with latest update


The Amazon Echo speaker just keeps getting better. The latest update adds even more functionality to the device.

With the latest update, users can ask their speaker for information regarding movie times and sports scores. You’ll be able to ask Alexa things like when a movie is playing, where it’s playing nearby, and even details about a particular movie itself. Alexa can also suggest movies to see based on a particular genre you like.

Additionally, in honor of Super Bowl 50, Alexa is gaining some new functionalities that allow you to ask questions associated with football. The virtual assistant can tell you updated scores of a particular game and will also predict the outcome of games before they start. Alexa will even tell you who will win Super Bowl if you just ask. This will continue to work in the future, and is not just for the remainder of the season.

The update should be hitting Amazon Echo units shortly, so be patient. If you would like to purchase the device, it’s available on Amazon for $179. For more details on the latest update, tap the source link below to learn more.

Source: Amazon

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HTC may be looking at April release date for smartwatch


HTC continues to hang in there in the smartphone market and has been making some noise in the virtual reality segment. However, one place where it has been absent is in the market for smartwatches. A new leak from Evan Blass suggests the company’s entry into that particular part of the wearables market could come in April.

Last fall word surfaced that HTC did have a smartwatch product in the works going by the codename Halfbeak. That was followed by word that the device would be revealed by HTC in February. Blass is the same source for the information indicating the HTC smartwatch would be coming out in February. It is possible HTC could reveal the watch at MWC 2016 with availability coming later.

source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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Ben Heck’s DIY Novena laptop, part 3

The Ben Heck Show - Episode 221 - Ben Heck's DIY Novena Laptop Part 3

When we left Ben three weeks ago, he encountered a problem with the open-source Novena laptop build. Now, watch how Felix and Ben circumvent the need for a breakout board now that the time has finally come to put together the do-it-yourself Novena laptop. Using all of the tools at their disposal from the laser cutter, 3D printer and CNC machine (with plenty of solder flux), Ben and Felix have constructed their one true hacker’s laptop. What do you think and what would you change? Let The Ben Heck Show team know on the element14 community, where you can find behind the scenes content and fellow creators, makers and engineers.


Samsung Galaxy S7 could be launching sooner than expected

Having seen the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge details continue to surface over the last few weeks, the build up to the inevitable release continues to build momentum. We’ve seen benchmarks for the new Exynos processor for the Galaxy S7 leaked out, as well as a website detailing the screen sizes for the devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 was first released on April 10th, 2015, and it was widely expected to be around the same date that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge would make an appearance. However, new details have emerged stating that even though Samsung will continue to announce the Galaxy S7 devices at MWC 2016, just as it did with the Galaxy S6, the delay to actual release won’t be as soon In fact, @evleaks states that Friday March 11th, 2016, will be the chosen date for Samsung to unveil the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

Proposed Samsung Galaxy S7 Specs

  • Adreno 530 Graphics
  • Exynos chipset or Snapdragon 820
  • 32GB or 64GB storage
  • Micro-SD card slot
  • Galaxy S7 – 5.1-inch UHD screen
  • Galaxy S7 Edge – 5.5-inch UHD screen
  • IMX300 camera f/1.7 20MP sensor
  • Android 6.0.1

Samsung always set the benchmark when it comes to specs it can pack into a device, so there’s no doubt that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be powerhouses. What will be interesting is how Samsung implement their TouchWiz software on the new devices. The skin overlay has continued to be stripped back as the years go on, so it’ll be interesting to see the direction Samsung take with their next version.

Drop us a comment below if you’re looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and what you would like to see in the new devices.

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Galaxy A9 Pro may be in the works


Samsung hasn’t released a Galaxy A9 Pro in the past so take this rumor with a grain of salt. You may recall Samsung’s Galaxy A-series, which is made up of the A3, A5, A7 and A9. Each year Samsung updates the series with new models. However, this year Samsung may include a new member, the Galaxy A9 Pro. This may be a backup plan in case the other models don’t sell well.

The Galaxy A9 Pro (SM-A9100) could be a new Galaxy A model with a boost in specifications. Considering the Galaxy A9’s Full HD display and Snapdragon 652 processor, there’s a good chance the Galaxy A9 Pro will include a QHD resolution screen with perhaps an even faster processor. As for the screen size and battery capacity, the Galaxy A9 sports a 6-inch size with a 4,000mAh battery, so we can’t be too sure as to if Samsung can take this up another notch.

Unlike the Galaxy A9 that runs Android Lollipop, the Galaxy A9 Pro may have Marshmallow right out of the box. The Galaxy A9 is only available to purchase in China right now and is priced around $500 USD. The A9 Pro will probably hit China as well, but include a slightly higher price tag somewhere around $650 USD. Hopefully the A9 Pro is real and we’ll see it expand to other parts of the world. More news on this should be coming soon.

What would you want to see Samsung put inside the Galaxy A9 Pro?

Source: SamMobile

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Astronaut Scott Kelly hosts a Reddit Q&A from space at 4PM ET

You may have seen some interesting Reddit Q&A sessions in your day, but you probably haven’t seen one like this. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is hosting an Ask Me Anything session at 4PM Eastern today (January 23rd)… from space. That’s right — you can learn what it’s like to live aboard the International Space Station from someone who’s there right now. Suffice it to say there are plenty of questions: how does long-term residency in space affect you, physically and psychologically? What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen while orbiting Earth? And what’s it like to grow flowers in space? There’s no guarantee that Kelly can answer every burning question, but it’ll be worth participating just to get his unique perspective.

[Image credit: Scott Kelly, Twitter]

Source: NASA, Reddit

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