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Weekends with Engadget: OnePlus One review, Apple eyes Beats for $3.2 billion and more!


Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more action, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

What does hip-hop's 'first billionaire' have that Apple wants?

Nothing's official yet, but according to the Financial Times and a (since pulled) video of Dr. Dre himself, Apple intends to buy Beats for quite a bit of greenback. Hmm, what could the maker of iTunes want with another music app?

OnePlus One review: a $300 smartphone has never looked so good

What you're looking at is the OnePlus One. Despite being the company's first smartphone ever, it's a beast. At only $300, the One outperforms Google's Nexus 5 almost every way. How's that possible? Read our review to find out.


A Westerner's guide to Japanese toilets

Popping a squat on your first "fancy" toilet can be a scary experience. Lucky for you, we put together a guide to help you navigate the buttons, symbols and seemingly uninterpretable stick figures on Japan's finest and most expensive potties.

Nintendo is making entirely new consoles for emerging markets

Rather than make a cheaper version of the Wii U, Nintendo's decided to develop entirely new consoles for emerging markets. And according to Reuters, they are targeted toward folks without lots of gaming experience. So long as the new console has Mario Kart, we're happy.

Hyperrealistic virtual reality adventure Loading Human headed to Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus

Combine an Oculus Rift with Myst and you'd wind up with an experience similar to Untold Games' upcoming title Loading Human. Based on Unreal Engine 4, the adventure game hopes to take VR to hyperrealistic heights, should it receive Kickstarter funding, of course.

New York's next big neighborhood is its smartest

NYC's next and largest development since the Rockefeller Center is called Hudson Yards, and its gonna be loaded with sensors. But this connected neighborhood won't simply provide a hub for the quantified community, it's also about future-proofing, green power and self-sustainability.

Google aims for the mainstream with 20 new, more powerful Chromebooks

This week, Intel announced its plans to release as many as 20 (!) new Chromebooks by the second half of this year. Just as important, this new crop will include a few models with Core i3 processors, making them by far the most powerful Chrome OS devices to date.

CleverPet makes every dog Pavlov's dog

Are you looking for a way to keep your furry friend occupied while you're out of the house? If so, CleverPet might be for you. The nifty contraption uses classical conditioning to train your dog to solve puzzles, rather than chew your seat cushion.

Add items to your #AmazonCart directly from Twitter

Remember that fresh new pair of kicks you just tweeted about? Well, thanks to Amazon, adding them to your virtual shopping cart can be as simple as sharing a link with the #AmazonCart hashtag.

Flickr struggles to capture the selfie generation

With its latest redesign, Flickr made a definite push for the mobile crowd, but does it have the guns to compete with the likes of Instagram? Read on as our own Nicole Lee discusses Flickr 3.0's struggle to capture the selfie generation.

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