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  • The Daxian N100i is a phone you can literally plug into the wall (video)

    You can literally plug this phone into the wall

    Gone are the days of bizarre phones with some special practical use, but not all hope is lost. Earlier today, this author stumbled upon a shanzhai Android 4.0.1 phone with a built-in power plug! It’s a bit awkward, though, as you have to take off the back cover to flip up the Type A plug — we’re assuming it has a world-friendly voltage rating, but we’ll double check. Should you wish to juice the phone up the old-fashioned way, the micro-USB port is still there.

    Externally, this Daxian N100i seems to be very much “inspired” by the Xiaomi Phone 2 or 2S. Given the HK$599 (about US$80) price point (or about US$40 each in bulk), don’t expect too many goodies from this outlandish candy bar: there’s a dual-core 1GHz MT6517 chipset, a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 TN display, 4GB of storage, a microSD slot, an 1,800mAh cell (plus a spare in the box) and dual-SIM slots — but for GSM 900/1800 only. The front and back cameras both have a resolution of just 3.1 megapixels, and it was hard to judge the picture quality on that horrible screen. Still intrigued? Then check out the flip plug in action in our video after the break. %Gallery-slideshow73411%

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  • Editor's Letter: Back to school

    In each issue of Distro, Executive Editor Marc Perton publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.

    DNP Editor's Letter Back to school

    There was a time when gearing up to go back to school meant little more than picking up a new backpack, some clothes and the latest HP calculator. Those days, of course, are long gone, and even fifth-graders can expect to start the school year with a new smartphone and laptop.

    In this issue of Distro, Engadget’s annual back to school guide presents our latest recommendations for everything from tablets to TVs to gaming gear. And if you’re a US resident over 18 (sorry fifth-graders), there’s still time to enter our Back to School sweepstakes, where we’re giving away tons of great gadgets, including laptops, e-readers and smartphones.

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  • Google reportedly working on its own car, considering autonomous taxi service

    Google reportedly working on its own car, considering autonomous taxi service

    It’s no secret that Google has been slowly but surely finding its way into the automotive industry, as it’s already been working with manufacturers to build self-driving cars for quite some time. However, according to Amir Efrati, writing for Jessica Lessin (a former star reporter for the Wall Street Journal), the software giant is looking to drive a few extra miles down that road by designing and building cars of its own. The company has been in talks with component suppliers like Continental AG and Magna International in the hopes that it could put together an entire car under Google’s command. The idea, Efrati says, is to put more pressure on car brands to develop autonomous driving tech, regardless of if Google is directly involved or not.

    So what would Google do with such a vehicle built under its direct supervision and brand? One idea on the drawing board is a “robo-taxi” service, which is exactly how it sounds: a self-driving car would come and pick you up and drop you off at your destination; at first, a human would need to be behind the wheel just in case, but that could easily change as the tech progresses and becomes more reliable. Steer toward the source link for a few more details about the thought process behind Google’s efforts.

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    Source: Jessica Lessin

  • Facebook tweaks News Feed, adds new algorithm to serve up high quality content

    The usefulness of Facebook’s News Feed ranking algorithm may not be universally agreed upon, but the social network’s dedication to improving it is unquestionable. Today, FB has updated that ranking system with a newly developed algorithm meant to better surface “high quality content” from pages users are connected to at the top of News Feed. To do so, the algorithm makes determinations about what content is timely, relevant, from trusted sources and is likely to be shared — and also identifying content that users complain about seeing or attempts to “game News Feed” distribution with solicited likes. These signals were informed by the results from surveying a few thousand users, and after implementation in a small scale test, Facebook found folks sharing, liking and commenting on more stories, and hiding fewer of them. As such, we can all expect to see the update in the next few weeks, so brace for a Facebook flood of insightful stories, funny cat videos, or whatever else it is you’re into.

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    Source: Facebook for Business

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