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What is Synaptics SmartBar and how might it forever change the spacebar with touch?

What is Synaptics SmartBar and how might it forever change the spacebar with touch?

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The spacebar on your PC keyboard has a lot of potential. Or at least that's what a company called Synaptics wants us to believe. It thinks the spacebar is underutilised and has come up with a solution: give it touch capabilities. Synaptics has developed... >>

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL speakers due to fire risk: Here's how to get your refund

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL speakers due to fire risk: Here's how to get your refund

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Apple confirmed almost exactly a year ago that it acquired Beats Music and Beats Electronics. Now, the Cupertino-based company is announcing something else Beats-related: a "voluntary recall" of Beats Pill XL speakers. It appears as though the battery... >>

How to spot a fake Nintendo Amiibo: Don't get fooled into buying a dud

How to spot a fake Nintendo Amiibo: Don't get fooled into buying a dud

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Like with any successful toy or venture, there is a thriving counterfeit market for Nintendo's Amiibo toys in Japan. And although some kids or collectors might be fooled by them at first glance, the one's spotted recently are inferior in more than just... >>

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

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Smartwatches are becoming more popular and whether you like them or not, they are now becoming devices that do a lot more than just track your activity and deliver notifications from your smartphone. You can also control your lighting from your smartwatch,... >>

Disney Playmation: What's the game about and how does it use Hasbro toys?

Disney Playmation: What's the game about and how does it use Hasbro toys?

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Disney has announced a new gaming platform. It's like Disney Infinity, but it's in partnership with Hasbro. Called Playmation, it will combine physical products with mobile apps. Disney and Hasbro unveiled the platform while in Los Angeles today and said... >>

Thunderbolt 3 explained: Double speed, USB 3.1 friendly, dual 4K support and more

Thunderbolt 3 explained: Double speed, USB 3.1 friendly, dual 4K support and more

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During Intel's press event at Computex 2015 in Taiwan, Thunderbolt 3 has been announced as the company's fastest, most connected port yet. But what exactly does that mean? And how does it stand up to USB 3.1? Well, it stands head and shoulders above... >>

Apple TV subscription service: Has it really been delayed until 2016?

Apple TV subscription service: Has it really been delayed until 2016?

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Sometimes there are so many Apple rumours going around that they're difficult to keep straight, such as the latest information surrounding the Apple TV set-top box and its upcoming, so-called subscription TV streaming service. The Apple TV is overdue... >>

Best compact system cameras 2015: The best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best compact system cameras 2015: The best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

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You're looking to buy a compact system camera (CSC) but don't know what to go for? Perhaps the term alone confounds: we've seen plenty of naming conventions being thrown around of late, from simple "mirrorless" through to terms such as "digital single... >>

Asus ZenWatch 2 vs Asus ZenWatch: What's the difference?

Asus ZenWatch 2 vs Asus ZenWatch: What's the difference?

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Asus has announced the successor to its ZenWatch Android Wear smartwatch at Computex 2015, bringing a number of refinements, as well as two size options.  The original ZenWatch was acclaimed for its design and it was by far one of our favourite Android... >>

Windows 10: Release date, price, and everything you need to know

Windows 10: Release date, price, and everything you need to know

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Windows 8.1 launched at the end of 2013, but that doesn't mean Microsoft's Windows team immediately went on holiday. On the contrary, it started working on the next major release. The next major release is called Windows 10 and will be a free upgrade... >>

Google overhauls 'My Account' dashboard: What's new and how does it work now?

Google overhauls 'My Account' dashboard: What's new and how does it work now?

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Did you know Google offers a dedicated dashboard to every person who wants to adjust their Google Account settings? It's true. Well, the company has just taken that useful hub and completely overhauled it (or simplified it, really). Go look at your My... >>

What is Google Project Soli and will it forever change the way we use wearables?

What is Google Project Soli and will it forever change the way we use wearables?

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Just because Google's keynote is done and over doesn't mean the Google I/O dev conference is also finished with serving up new and interesting information about what the Mountain View-based company envisions for the future. Take Project Soli, for instance.... >>

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

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Smart heating systems are great, but there are now a number of options available, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing between them and finding the system that will suit your needs best can be difficult as it will depend... >>

E3 2015: Here’s what to expect from the massive games show in June

E3 2015: Here’s what to expect from the massive games show in June

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The western world's biggest videogames convention E3 is rapidly approaching, with the first press conferences to be held on Sunday 14 June, so we don't have too long to find out how the games scene is going to shape up for the build up to Christmas and... >>

How to help your kids watch YouTube safely

How to help your kids watch YouTube safely

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When children ask to go on the internet they usually mean "go and watch YouTube videos". And while this opens an Aladdin's cave of characters, ideas, stories and adventures to young minds, for parents it can also ring alarm bells. Unlike the safe-zones... >>

Osram's Lightify is Philips Hue's biggest competitor yet: Here is everything you need to know

Osram's Lightify is Philips Hue's biggest competitor yet: Here is everything you need to know

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Osram isn't a new player to the lighting market by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the German company has been established for around 100 years and CEO of its Lightify Innoventure Group company, Timon Rupp, claims as many as every second lightbulb... >>

Google I/O 2015 announcement round-up: Android M, Android Pay, Google Photos, more

Google I/O 2015 announcement round-up: Android M, Android Pay, Google Photos, more

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Google has just finished kicking off its annual Google I/O developer conference, with a main keynote that provided us with a closer look at what the company has been up to in recent months as well as what it has planned. It announced everything from HBO... >>

Google Photos is unlimited and free: What you need to know and how to get it

Google Photos is unlimited and free: What you need to know and how to get it

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While holding its main keynote at Google I/O, Google introduced an entirely new product. It’s an app. A photos app. Yup, it's the long-awaited Google Photos app that you’ve been hearing so much about in recent weeks Many reports have claimed that... >>

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

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Talking during the Google I/O keynote, Dave Burke, VP engineering of Android at Google, gave us a sneak peak of what to expect from Android M, the next version of the Google operating system. Android M is about improving the core user experience in Android... >>

Google I/O 2015: What to expect from the keynote and more

Google I/O 2015: What to expect from the keynote and more

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It's that time of year again. The Google I/O 2015 annual developer conference is scheduled to kick off in San Francisco today. Tickets already went on sale in March and were priced around $900 for general admission or $300 for academic admission. If you... >>

Best smartwatch 2015: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

Best smartwatch 2015: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

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Smartwatches used to be gadgets only James Bond would have access to, but that's no longer the case. These wrist-worn phone companions that can receive calls, texts, emails and social network notifications have been whipping the wearables sector into... >>

Best camera accessories for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Best camera accessories for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus already sport a pretty decent snapper but there are ways to improve the phones camera capabilities. There is a whole world of camera accessories to enhance your pictures from tripods, to lights, to lenses. We have... >>

WhatsApp explained: 8 tips and tricks you likely had no clue about and more

WhatsApp explained: 8 tips and tricks you likely had no clue about and more

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There's always a bit of a learning curve when it comes to mastering new apps. WhatsApp is no different. Although it's wickedly popular and extremely easy to get started using right away, the messenger does have a few quirks that aren't immediately obvious... >>

Periscope arrives on Android: What’s new and improved?

Periscope arrives on Android: What’s new and improved?

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Twitter-owned Periscope has launched for Android devices. The fresh live-streaming app brings many of the same features from the popular iOS counterpart, but it also contains new features, including the ability to return to a broadcast after being interrupted... >>

Android Auto: How does it work and when will it finally be available?

Android Auto: How does it work and when will it finally be available?

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Google isn't going to let Apple steal your attention, not even for one second, so it outlined a new plan of attack last summer that aims to keep you tied to Android...even from behind the wheel. Jump forward to today, and the company has just started... >>