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Samsung set to discontinue Galaxy Alpha in favor of cheaper phones

The Galaxy Alpha might have been among the best phones Samsung ever produced — it’s certainly the prettiest — if it weren’t for a couple of stumbles: the battery didn’t last long enough and its full flagship price forced it to compete against better-rounded rivals. Now, just a few brief months after its introduction, the Alpha is reportedly being supplanted by its successor Galaxy A5, which will take over as the leading Samsung handset for the mid-range market.

ET News reports that the Galaxy A5, which launched in China last month, is being brought over to South Korea as part of Samsung’s effort to “take the bull by the horns” and reorganize its slumping smartphone division. The 5-inch A5 is a continuation of the Alpha’s design…

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Samsung ditches all-plastic design with metal Galaxy Alpha

After much speculation, Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Alpha, a smartphone with a metal frame. The Alpha is an ultra-thin (6.7mm) Android phone with a 4.7-inch 720p display, 12-megapixel camera, a fairly small 1,860mAh battery, and (depending on your region) a quad- or octa-core processor. It’ll be available in September, but Samsung has yet to announce pricing.

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Google Now integration included in latest Chrome alpha

Following over a year of speculation, Google has launched Google Now for its alpha version of Chrome, Canary. As suspected, Google Now integrates with the browser’s notification center, pulling in weather, sports, travel, and other information. The functionality found in the desktop Google Now isn’t identical to the mobile versions; some Cards are missing including one the shows stock market information, but it’s likely Google will flesh out the service before bringing it to the masses.

The service is not switched on by default and, as Google Operating System reports, requires you to enable a flag in Chrome settings. Features debuted in the Canary build of Chrome can often take months to make their way to the regular version, but…

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Spec Sheet: Sony’s Alpha 7 and 7R try to shake up the full frame camera market

A lot of products come out each week — we don’t highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep track of the state of the art.

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Facebook announces alpha testing program for Android, says it’s ‘not for the faint of heart’

Back in June, Facebook unveiled a beta program for Android users, letting everyone that wanted access to the mobile app’s upcoming releases help test the software out before it goes public, in return getting valuable data on everything from crashes to network conditions. Now, if you want access to even earlier builds of the app, Facebook has announced an alpha program. It’s “not for the faint of heart,” says Facebook engineer Christian Legnitto, but if you don’t mind features coming and going, intermittent crashes, and frequent design changes, you can sign up at the source link below.

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Wolfram Alpha details gender differences in Facebook usage

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The Facebook analytics service introduced by Wolfram Alpha last year has yielded some fresh insights, as detailed in a blog post by company founder Stephen Wolfram. Among them: men and women post about very different things. The chart-heavy piece shows that men post more about sports, technology, and pop culture. Women post more about pets, family and friends, relationships, and health.

“Some of this is rather depressingly stereotypical,” Wolfram writes. “And most of it isn’t terribly surprising to anyone who’s known a reasonable diversity of people of different ages. But what to me is remarkable is how we can see everything laid out in such quantitative detail in the pictures above.” Some of Wolfram’s findings do appear to confirm…

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Ace Hotel + Alpha Industries: A waterproof fishtail parka to brave all elements

Ace Hotel + Alpha Industries

After ending 2012 on a high note with their Crescent Down Works puffy coat collab, the Ace Hotel starts the new year with another partnership, this time with heritage military garment maker Alpha Industries. The minimalist styling of the Fishtail Parka, a classic jacket based on the US Army…

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Alpha Lyrae

Electroluminescent fabric designed by emerging Chinese designer Vega Zaishi Wang

Alpha Lyrae

As her name would suggest, Beijing-based designer and 2008 Central St. Martins graduate Vega Zaishi Wang is definitely among the brightest stars of China’s fashion scene. Coincidentally, she developed a love for experimenting with light and luminous clothing as a way to get closer to her parents, who are…

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Foxtrot Bravo Alpha: SXSW 2013 Identity

LOVE the identity for SXSW 2013 designed by Foxtrot Bravo Alphavia Oscar Morris


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Design Inspiration: Alpha