Our first look at LG’s new webOS and Android Wear smartwatches

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LG has kicked off Mobile World Congress this Sunday morning in Barcelona by showing off its two Watch Urbane smartwatches for the first time. The pair were announced in the lead-up to MWC, but this has been our first opportunity to see them in person and get some lingering questions answered.

The regular Watch Urbane puts a premium spin on Android Wear, but the Watch Urbane LTE is a different proposition altogether — it’s the world’s first smartwatch with LTE connectivity, and last week we thought it might be the first webOS smartwatch too. How are they both looking?

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Microsoft accidentally announces the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL

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Microsoft is holding a press event at Mobile World Congress tomorrow morning to announce new Lumia devices, but that’s not stopping the software maker from revealing things a little early. Microsoft’s news center accidentally published a blank article announcing the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, two new Windows Phone devices. Rumors have suggested Microsoft is launching two new low-end devices, and the numbering scheme appears to indicate that’s the plan.

The Lumia 640 XL is presumably a bigger version of the Lumia 640, and it appears Microsoft is dropping part of its confusing numbering scheme in favor or the simplified XL moniker. Leaked specifications suggest that the Lumia 640 will be a 5-inch device with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of…

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Two New Lumia 640 Models Discovered After Microsoft Leak

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Lumia-535_Back_Orange A few pieces of data point to two new Lumia models, the 640 and 640 XL, a pair of low-end phones that should be announced tomorrow morning. The device specs were posted on NokiaPowerUser and point to a 5-inch 640 device as well something called the 640 XL which should be slightly bigger and follow the Lumia 1320. Both will have front and rear-facing cameras and the usual candy-colored… Read More

NASA astronaut gives Leonard Nimoy the Vulcan salute from space

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Leonard Nimoy’s death this week hasn’t just hit the entertainment world and Verge staffers hard. NASA astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a simple Spock tribute yesterday while aboard the International Space Station.

Virts’ Vulcan salute is a symbol of Star Trek‘s lasting influence on space exploration.

“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. “As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most.”

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First-hand reports of torture from Homan Square, Chicago PD’s “black site”

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In the wake of last week’s revelations about Homan Square, the off-the-books “black site” where Chicago PD disappear prisoners for violent, aggressive interrogation, four of the site’s victims have come forward to describe the highly racialized human rights abuses at the secret site.

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