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[Tree Houses Are For Chumps] The Skysphere Is The Ultimate Geeky Android-Controlled Man Tower

So you have a miniature remote controlled car that you can race around with your Android phone. Big whoop. This guy built a quasi-flying capsule that he controls with his smartphone. He wins. Over and over again. But let's back up to the beginning of the story.

Jono Williams is a plastics engineer and graphic designer who lives in New Zealand. He wanted to build a tree house, but he struggled for months with the limitations. See, trees grow with time, they are prone to the elements and could damage whatever structure you build between or on them, and they tend to obscure the view at least from several angles.

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Google Promises A Stagefright Security Update For Nexus Devices Starting Next Week

So you might have heard about the Stagefright vulnerability that was published yesterday. While there's no evidence of a widely-used hack, the potential for malicious MMS attacks via Android's built-in media handling system (which could theoretically affect the majority of Android devices currently in operation) is certainly cause for concern. As reported on our original post, Google has known about the vulnerability since April and has been working on patches to fix the problem.

We've received a statement attributed to a Google spokesperson [emphasis ours]:

This vulnerability was identified in a laboratory setting on older Android devices, and as far as we know, no one has been affected.

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HTC Is Having A Big Sale In The US, Up To 50% Off The Nexus 9, One M9, Re Camera, And All Its Accessories

HTC is feeling generous today so it's running a Hot Deals promotion on most of its flagship devices and all of its accessories. The discounts range anywhere from 25% on the HTC One M9 (on contract) to 50% on the Re Camera and any accessory you want on its US store. Let's break them down.

For Nexus lovers, the Nexus 9 tablet is being discounted 40% in both of its WiFi variants. The 16GB is down from $399 to $239.40, and the 32GB is down from $479 to $287.40. If you do the math, you can get the 32GB for more than $100 less than what you'd normally pay for the 16GB version.

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The OnePlus 2 Does Not Support Quick Charging Or Wireless Charging Of Any Kind

In case you were wondering (and it seems many of you were): the OnePlus 2 does not support Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology or any other sort of fast charge tech, and it also lacks wireless charging of any kind. As to the latter, well: it is what it is. No wireless charging.

Update: We've received a statement from Qualcomm clarifying the Quick Charge / USB-C situation. While there is no specific technological restriction that would not allow USB-C and Quick Charge to play nicely together, there are cost considerations. Specifically, Qualcomm had this to say:

Any QC2.0 power controller part would work with any QC2.0 power accessory, both with Type-A and Type-C connectors.

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OnePlus Says It Dropped NFC From The OnePlus 2 Because OnePlus One Owners Weren't Using It

OnePlus has just announced its new flagship phone, and it went mostly as expected. Snapdragon 810? Check. 3300mAh battery? Check. Awkward fingerprint sensor? Double check. NFC? Umm... wait, what? That's right there's no NFC in this "2016 flagship killer." We asked OnePlus what the deal was, and get this, OnePlus' PR confirmed there's no NFC in the OnePlus 2 and said it's because people don't use it. It's all your fault!

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Hands-On With The OnePlus 2: Wood, Fingerprints, And Mute Switches

I've never used a OnePlus One for more than a few minutes, and I've never really had much of a desire to (hey, just being honest). After hearing Artem's many horror stories about the device, seeing the slow OTA timeline of Cyanogen Inc., and being perfectly happy buying a full-on flagship phone since no-interest financing is readily available here in America, the One never really caught my attention as a product. So, I like to think I'm going into the OnePlus 2 with slightly fresher eyes here, though what that really amounts to in any substantive sense I have no clue.

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The OnePlus 2 Is Official, Coming August 11th With 64GB Of Storage And 4GB Of RAM For $389 And 16GB/3GB For $329

A combination of pre-announcements and leaks have given us a good idea what the OnePlus 2 will be like, and it looks like those leaks were accurate. The device OnePlus just announced is the one we saw leaked. We've got a full hands-on you can check out to get a better idea of the aesthetics, and of course we've got the full specs and details right below.

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HTC Posts The Kernel Source Code For The Unlocked Version Of The One M9

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More Photos Of (Probably) The Galaxy Note 5 Leak Via Chinese Accessory Company

There's a big Samsung event in New York City next month. It will probably be where the company announces its next-generation Galaxy Note series - though they seem to be a little early this time around, the latter half of the year is when Sammy likes to bust out its big phones. We've already seen some convincing photos of two phones identified as the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ (a super-sized version of the S6 Edge without the Note line's compulsory stylus). Now we're seeing even more of the former.

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Photos of an alleged Galaxy Note 5 popped up on French gadget site NowhereElse.fr today, tagged with watermarks from a little-known Chinese smartphone accessory maker named Nillkin.

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Vast Majority Of Android Devices Are Vulnerable To 'Stagefright' Exploit That Can Be Executed Via Text Message, According To Researchers

In a blog post published today by the researchers at Zimperium Mobile Security, the group divulged an extremely widespread security vulnerability that can be exploited with nothing more than a targeted MMS message. The hole exists in the part of the Android operating system called Stagefright, which handles the processing of certain types of multimedia.

How it works

If targeted, the hypothetical hacker needs only to send an MMS message, which in many cases doesn't even need to be read before the attacker gains access to the victim's microphone and camera.

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