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How to remove a stuck S Pen from a Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Is it a design flaw, or just a case of a company expecting its customers to know how to do something? The problem of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 S Pen getting stuck inside the handset if inserted the wrong way has divided opinion.

But whether you think someone who has managed to get their S Pen stuck is stupid or has fallen into a trap that could have caught out anyone, there is a solution. There's no need to resort to brute force to remove your S Pen -- it is possible to get it out without breaking anything. The solution is beautiful in its simplicity.

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Facebook ramps up video piracy fighting technology

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Think of video piracy, and talk of BitTorrent probably isn’t far away. While torrented movies and TV shows account for a large proportion of pirated material, it is far from being the end of the story. Even sites as seemingly innocuous as Facebook can be part of the problem.

The social network is not really used as a way to share the latest blockbuster movies, but it is home to a lot of 'recycled' content, the rights for which are not necessarily owned by the uploader. Responding to growing complaints from video publishers, Facebook is ramping up its fight against piracy, boosting the existing Audible Magic audio fingerprinting tool, introducing a video fingerprinting utility, and ensuring that repeat offenders are kept off the site.

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Microsoft Surface 3: Interesting but flawed [Review]

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"You can't get there from here". That's how many customers must feel as they ponder the broken Windows 10 upgrade path for first-generation Windows 8 hybrid PCs. With Intel refusing to update the Atom z2760 video driver, and with existing Windows 8.1 drivers providing spotty compatibility, these early adopters are at a crossroads.

Do they stick with Windows 8.1 and watch while the bulk Microsoft's development effort goes into Windows 10 (leaving them clinging to an all but abandoned OS platform)? Or do they bite the bullet and begin vetting potential replacements for their still functional HP Envy x2s, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2s, Dell Latitude 10s, etc?

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Chrome embraces HTML5 and tells Flash ads to eff off

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The writing has been on the wall for Flash for some time now. A web technology loathed for countless reasons -- not least the security issues -- the death knell is now tolling loudly as HTML5 is more widely embraced.

Back in June, Google announced that Chrome would pause Flash ads in its browser by default, helping to eliminate a major online annoyance. Now the company has outlined when this will happen -- and there are only a few days to wait.

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I hate autocorrect

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I must apologize to Art Alexakis, lead singer for Everclear. In a personal post last night observing his role as a tattoo artist in movie "Wild", his name is misspelled. Funny thing, so to get it right, I copied and pasted from the web into the WordPress editor. Yet somehow when published, and I missed, his name appeared as Alexis. My thanks goes to Scott Bell, who pointed out the error in a Google+ comment.

It's strange how tech meant to be beneficial gets in the way. More mistakes appear in my stories because of autocorrect than I make myself. The pattern is consistent: I will write, nix autocorrect's changed misspelling, but later edit something else in the sentence. Word changes! As a long-time writer and editor, I revise constantly until publishing—and afterwards, too. The spelling errors I miss most often typically are the ones made for me during spot edits.

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Alienware refreshes lineup -- Intel Skylake, dynamic overclocking, and liquid cooling

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While many PC gamers prefer to build their desktops themselves, buying a pre-built solution as an alternative can be rewarding too. If you want a gaming laptop, you pretty much have to turn to a manufacturer for your computer.

If you want to buy a pre-built gaming desktop or laptop, there are plenty of options, but Alienware is one of the most attractive. Dell's gaming line has a long history and much respect from the gaming community. Today, the company announces a refreshed line of computers, some of which feature Intel Skylake processors, dynamic overclocking, and liquid cooling. Of course, they look futuristic and sexy too.

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Tidal might be history in less than a year

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Seventy-one percent of top music executives believe that Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal will fold in a year or less.

Following Jay Z’s acquisition of the streaming platform in March for $56 million (£36 million), the company’s valuation spiked to a reported $250 million (£162 million) just a month after.

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Best photo editing apps

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Summer is the time for vacation and we can all agree that vacation means a lot of pictures. Smartphone cameras have become so awesome that the majority of people don’t even use or have cameras as all the photos are taken on the phone. Usually pictures taken on the phone stay on the phone or in a cloud storage, that’s why it is very convenient to edit photos right on your smartphone.

The key to success is to have a decent free photo editor at your service. Today we will speak about the best photo editing apps for iOS and Android.

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These are Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile flagships

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Known tech leaker Evan Blass has posted a couple of pictures on his Twitter profile which seem to be press renders of the upcoming Lumia phones.

According to the tweets, the two phones are Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, codenamed Talkman and Cityman, respectively.

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Former Apple CEO's company unveils two affordable smartphones

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Former Apple CEO John Sculley announced two new smartphones from his Obi Worldphone brand, built to target the developing world.

The devices, powered by Android, will apparently cost less than £160, and are built for the Asian, African and the Middle Eastern markets, Cnet says in a report.

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Kaspersky launches improved business security for Macs

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Macs have around six percent of the business endpoint market and Mac specific malware is on the increase. In the rapidly evolving world of malware and security, Mac users can no longer afford to be complacent when it comes to protecting their systems.

To tackle these threats Kaspersky Lab is updating its Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business suite with Endpoint Security 10 for Mac. This offers a combination of deep protection, efficiency and manageability, designed to serve the needs of protecting diverse IT environments.

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Best Windows apps this week

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One-hundred and forty-three in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps and games released for Windows 8.x/10 in the past seven days.

Microsoft released a new Windows Insider build yesterday and revealed that more than 75 million devices are running Windows 10 one month after release.

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Six questions to ask before buying an enterprise search platform

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Every organization out there needs an enterprise search program. Otherwise, all the data they pile up over the years wouldn't be worth storing. It’d be like writing down important facts in a language no one can read.

While countless platforms exist these days, they have enough differences between them that you should take your time in picking one. Before you do, ask yourself the following six questions.

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Charge as you drive -- Inateck USB car chargers [Review]

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It's not unusual for modern cars to have a built-in USB facility, but generally you only get one port and it has to do duty as both a charging point and an input for the audio system. That means family journeys with multiple devices demanding power can lead to squabbles.

For those who need extra USB charge points in the car Inateck has produced two new solutions in the form of adaptors that plug into a standard 12V power socket -- lighter socket for older readers and classic car owners.

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Will your Samsung Galaxy devices receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow?

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Google will officially introduce Android 6.0 Marshmallow in a few months, if history is of any indication. And, like with every release of a new version of the operating system, one of the common questions that users will ask is whether an upgrade will be offered for their devices.

It is not uncommon for Android manufacturers to reveal such information following the new operating system's introduction, but, this time around, Samsung has decided to announce which Galaxy devices are set to receive an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow first. Is yours on the list?

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