T-Mobile Galaxy S5 pre-orders start March 24


The Galaxy S5s are coming. AT&T(s t) and U.S. Cellular(s usm) pre-sales just started today, and T-Mobile(s tmus) will be opening up its pre-order channels on Monday. You can also wait until the phone hits T-Mobile stores on April 11.

T-Mobile is offering the Galaxy S5 for $0 down. That doesn’t mean you’re getting it for free, though. You’ll have to pay for the full cost of the device in monthly installments, just as you would with any other new phone on T-Mobile. In this case, the Galaxy S5 costs $660, which works out to $27.50 per month for 24 months in addition to your monthly bill.

While AT&T is offering a bundle deal with the Galaxy Gear 2 and U.S. Cellular is giving away $50 in Google(s goog) Play credit, T-Mobile is offering the Galaxy Tab 3 for $120 off until March 31 to sweeten the deal. You…

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Ferrari 458 Italia Review, Al’s Take (GRADE: A)

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Ferrari 458 Front Angle

At the end of the morning after the Fourth of July, the mercury was slamming 112 degrees outside of Las Vegas, and it was nice and somewhat cool inside the tent with all the exotic cars I’d been driving.  After prepping myself with a drive in a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, I had one car left.  Thanks to the heat, the F430 Scuderia I’d wanted had gotten sunburned and whimpered back to its lair, but the newer 458 Italia in the tent was just tanning in the searing sun, ready for me to drive it.  Of course I obliged, and found out what’s possible with a 562bhp V8 stuffed a few inches behind the back of my ears, other than making me nearly go deaf.

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Your Computer Knows Your Pain (Better Than Humans Do)


In a fascinating project, researchers at University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto have found that computers are far better than humans at recognizing the difference between real and fake pain in the faces of test subjects. In fact, while humans could tell the difference 55 percent of the time, robots could tell it 85 percent of the time.

“In highly social species such as humans, faces have evolved to convey rich information, including expressions of emotion and pain,” said Kang Lee, a senior author. “And, because of the way our brains are built, people can simulate emotions they’re not actually experiencing – so successfully that they fool other people. The computer is much better at spotting the subtle differences between involuntary and voluntary facial movements.”

Computers, then, can see what we miss: the tiny nuances in facial expression that mean the difference between a faked…

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White House reportedly testing LG and Samsung smartphones


BlackBerry(s bbry) might still be in free fall, but the company has long remained a fixture as the mobile device maker of choice for the White House. That might be changing, though, according to The Wall Street Journal. The White House has reportedly been testing devices from LG and Samsung.

President Barack Obama currently uses a modified BlackBerry smartphone, and BlackBerry has been providing devices to the U.S. government for over 10 years. But according to a Defense Department spokesman, “We can confirm that the White House Communications Agency, consistent with the rest of the Department of Defense, is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices.”

According to the Journal’s source, the devices being tested include phones from LG and Samsung. LG told the Journal it wasn’t aware of any testing, while a Samsung spokesman said, “We have seen strong interest from the government sector and…

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Reported Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, larger Galaxy Note tablet benchmarks appear


Now that Samsung has its high-end tablets on the market , the old Galaxy Tab line is due for a refresh while some different sized tablets with S-Pens could generate interest. It may happen sooner rather than later based on leaked benchmarks for three unannounced Samsung tablets with AMOLED displays running Android(s goog) 4.4.2.

New Samsung software keyboard

SamMobile spotted information on the devices earlier this month, including a product name of SM-T805. That same name lines up with tablet benchmarks found online at GFXBench pointing to a 10.5-inch tablet with high-resolution 2560 x 1600 screen. Additional information on the tested device shows a 1.9 GHz Samsung octo-core processor inside along with a hexacore ARM Mali-T628 MP6 chip for graphics. Internal memory of 2.7 GB suggests a tablet with 3 GB of RAM and the tested slate has two cameras: 7 megapixels on the back and 2 megapixels on the front.

GFXBench also…

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