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HTC One M9 vs One M9+ vs One ME vs One E9 vs One E9+: Showdown in HTC town

HTC One M9 vs One M9+ vs One ME vs One E9 vs One E9+: Showdown in HTC town

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HTC launched the One M9 as its new flagship handset. Luxury design, new components, a revised Sense experience all fused together as the handset to set 2015 alight.  But HTC's plans globally don't reflect those we see in the UK or the US, with a number... >>

iOS 9 vs iOS 8: What's different or new?

iOS 9 vs iOS 8: What's different or new?

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While kicking off its main keynote at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday, Apple focused on changes to its apps and introduced new software tricks for iPhones and iPads. It demoed fresh Siri capabilities, for instance, and even a new name... >>

Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference?

Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference?

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Apple has finally unveiled a Beats Music-infused Music app. The new and improved app is set to take on Spotify, one of the leading music streaming services available. But what makes the two apps different? And which paid service is worth your money? In... >>

WWDC 2015 announcements round-up: iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, Apple Music, more

WWDC 2015 announcements round-up: iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, Apple Music, more

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Apple took to the stage at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, announcing several software updates along with the highly-anticipated Apple Music. After a 2-hour plus keynote, we thought a round-up was probably necessary, just in case you didn’t... >>

Here are 10 features Apple OS X El Capitan will bring to your Mac

Here are 10 features Apple OS X El Capitan will bring to your Mac

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Apple has announced its next operating system, OS X El Capitan, which will be available as a free upgrade to its Mac users, just as Yosemite was last year. OS X El Capitan brings with it several new features, all of which aim to deliver a "more refined... >>

Apple Pay explained: What is it and how does it work?

Apple Pay explained: What is it and how does it work?

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Apple has announced that Apple Pay is coming to the UK in July, following the launch in the US in 2014. It's a system that's designed to change the way you shop and Apple has been leading the way in moving you from a physical wallet stuffed with cards,... >>

WWDC 2015: 9 things to expect from Apple

WWDC 2015: 9 things to expect from Apple

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Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference from 8 June to 12 June in San Francisco, where it is expected to hold a keynote and make announcements that'll guide the schedule for the remainder of the week. The company used past keynotes... >>

Apple iOS 9 release date, rumours and everything you need to know

Apple iOS 9 release date, rumours and everything you need to know

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It's been months since Apple rolled out iOS 8 to consumers, meaning the Cupertino-based company is likely at work on the next version of its mobile operating system, thought to be called iOS 9. There's not much known about iOS 9 at this point, as Apple... >>

Microsoft now lets you Skype from your web browser: Here's how it works

Microsoft now lets you Skype from your web browser: Here's how it works

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Skype has been available as a mobile app and desktop app for a while, but now, for the first time, you can access the service's web-based client in order to instant message and video call your friends. The web app is now available as an open beta, Microsoft... >>

You'll never guess how many accidents Google driverless cars have been in

You'll never guess how many accidents Google driverless cars have been in

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Have you ever wondered if Google's driverless-car project has resulted in any accidents (or worse yet - injuries and fatalities)? The company has realised people may be asking these sort of questions, so it wants to begin reporting all incidents. The... >>

Apple HomeKit explained: How does it work and what products are HomeKit ready?

Apple HomeKit explained: How does it work and what products are HomeKit ready?

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Hot on the heels of the home automation trend, Apple introduced a new system last autumn - called HomeKit - that will enable you to have wireless and electronic control of your home, household features, activities, appliances, and more. HomeKit is not... >>

Computex 2015 in pictures: Elephant PCs, heated inner-soles, and a belt that charges your phone

Computex 2015 in pictures: Elephant PCs, heated inner-soles, and a belt that charges your phone

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Computer 2015, in Taipei, is one of Asia's largest computer trade shows and gives manufacturers a chance to showcase their latest creations, be it a super thin ultrabook or a brand new smartwatch. The main press conferences held across the week by companies... >>

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

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There are a number of smart heating systems available now, all of which allow you to remotely control your heating and even your hot water depending on which system you have, anytime and anywhere. This control started on smartphones and tablets, but some... >>

Best Android Wear smartwatch: The best smartwatches available on Google's platform

Best Android Wear smartwatch: The best smartwatches available on Google's platform

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Android Wear launched in 2014 with three hero smartwatches, which have near enough become obsolete, taken over by other fancier models that are far more appealing, and far better looking. The platform has recently had a big update that has pushed several... >>

Sony Xperia Android Lollipop rollout begins next month: Is your phone covered?

Sony Xperia Android Lollipop rollout begins next month: Is your phone covered?

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Sony has just confirmed that its Xperia line of smartphones will get upgraded to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Although the company only recently started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to select devices, such as the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR,... >>

Facebook Lite: What's the Android app about and when can you get it?

Facebook Lite: What's the Android app about and when can you get it?

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Facebook unveiled a lite version of its mobile app earlier this year, and now that same app, called Facebook Lite, has officially launched for people who primarily use low-end Android phones or have a poor internet connection. Facebook Lite, which is... >>

Nest is holding an event on 17 June: What might it unveil?

Nest is holding an event on 17 June: What might it unveil?

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Nest has just sent out press invites to an event scheduled for 17 June. The event is expected to be all about new products, and if that's true, it would be the first major event for the company since Google bought it over a year ago. Nest hasn't confirmed... >>

Driverless cars and the future of in-car tech: Nvidia explains what to expect and when

Driverless cars and the future of in-car tech: Nvidia explains what to expect and when

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In tech right now the hot topic is cars, specifically driverless ones. Google is at it. Audi is at it. Tesla too. Behind the scenes there's a lot of work going on to progress the industry. We spoke to Danny Shapiro, Nvidia senior director of automotive,... >>

GameFly comes to Amazon Fire TV: Here's how to start streaming games

GameFly comes to Amazon Fire TV: Here's how to start streaming games

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Amazon wants to remind you that the Fire TV can be used for gaming. In fact, to get your attention, the company has recently announced it added over 600 apps and games to the Fire TV platform, including the GameFly Streaming service. GameFly Streaming... >>

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... >>