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Android Wear now does voice calling, speech dictation from major apps

Android Wear now does voice calling, speech dictation from major apps

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Ladies and gents - the future is now. Or at least it is for Android Wear users. Android Wear supports voice actions and gestures so you can get things done while hands-free, but it's just expanded those ways, including adding new features that let you... >>

New Doom trailer reveals game will land Friday the 13th (in May)

New Doom trailer reveals game will land Friday the 13th (in May)

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If you like "badass demons, big effing guns, and moving really fast", then you'll want to check out the new Doom come May. It is an upcoming reboot of the Doom series by id Software, with Bethesda serving as the publisher. It has been under development... >>

Sony is launching this slick grey-blue PS4 as an Uncharted 4 bundle in April

Sony is launching this slick grey-blue PS4 as an Uncharted 4 bundle in April

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Rejoice, Uncharted 4 fans! Sony is getting ready to release a limited-edition version of its PlayStation 4 console just for you. The company has announced a new grey-blue version of the PS4 to commemorate Uncharted 4's 26 April release date. Unfortunately,... >>

Taylor Swift to launch her own app from same company behind Kim K's game

Taylor Swift to launch her own app from same company behind Kim K's game

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Taylor Swift is seeing nothing but money signs right now. The singer is following in Kim Kardashian's footsteps in that she plans to launch a mobile game made Glu Mobile, the company that developed Kardashian's popular mobile game. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood... >>

GoPro is killing several action cams after posting disastrous Q4 results

GoPro is killing several action cams after posting disastrous Q4 results

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GoPro's camera lineup is going to look a little slim this spring. The company, which announced layoffs last week, has just confirmed it will cease sales of at least three action cameras - and it's doing all this because of a massive revenue drop it suffered... >>

LG officially confirms LG G5 flagship will debut at MWC later this month

LG officially confirms LG G5 flagship will debut at MWC later this month

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Two weeks after teasing an event for its next flagship, LG has officially confirmed it will indeed unveil the LG G5 at Mobile World Congress. LG recently invited journalists to attend the unveiling of its next flagship smartphone in MWC. It sent out the... >>

Honor 5X review: Cheap without the compromise?
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Honor 5X review: Cheap without the compromise?

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You might not know this but Huawei - the company that paired with Google last year to make the excellent Nexus 6P - has a sub-brand called Honor, which has just released a new budget phone. The Honor 5X is a sleek, mostly-metal phone that costs just £190... >>

WhatsApp tips and tricks: Amazing features you never knew about

WhatsApp tips and tricks: Amazing features you never knew about

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There's always a bit of a learning curve when it comes to mastering new apps and WhatsApp is no different. It's wickedly popular (it recently hit a billion users) and extremely easy to get started using right away, but the messenger does have a few quirks... >>

Tesla Powerwall 2: What is it and when will it be available?

Tesla Powerwall 2: What is it and when will it be available?

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If you were thinking about getting Tesla's $3,000 Powerwall, you might want to wait until summer. Tesla announced a new home battery system last spring that took the energy-saving scene by storm, but now the electric carmaker has begun to tease a "version... >>

One day you'll use Microsoft HoloLens to watch the Super Bowl

One day you'll use Microsoft HoloLens to watch the Super Bowl

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At some point in the near future, you'll be able to beam a 3D hologram of Tom Brady onto your coffee table. Or at least that's what Microsoft has suggested. In an attempt to capitalise on Super Bowl 50 this weekend, the Redmond-based company has released... >>

Microsoft buys SwiftKey for $250m, now owns the keyboard app

Microsoft buys SwiftKey for $250m, now owns the keyboard app

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SwiftKey is now Minecraft's sibling. Microsoft, which paid $2.5 billion for Minecraft in 2014, has reportedly paid $250 million (£173 million) to acquire SwiftKey. SwiftKey is a London-based developer, best known for its hugely popular predictive keyboard... >>

Apple likely to unveil iPhone 5SE and iPad Air 3 at 15 March event

Apple likely to unveil iPhone 5SE and iPad Air 3 at 15 March event

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Apple has set a date for its next press event. Well, not officially. According to 9to5Mac and BuzzFeed News, Apple plans to unveil a new iPhone 5SE and the iPad Air 3 at an event scheduled for 15 March. Apple has been making its spring events an annual... >>

Apple Watch 2: What's the story so far?

Apple Watch 2: What's the story so far?

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The Apple Watch 2 is close to being ready, or at least that's what all the latest reports claim. Apple unveiled its first smartwatch, simply called the Apple Watch, in September 2014, but it didn't begin shipping the wearable until April 2015. Many people... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S7 edge plus: What's the story so far?

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S7 edge plus: What's the story so far?

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 was undoubtedly one of the hit devices of 2015, especially the Edge model(s). Samsung needed to shift-up design and it did, refining the appearance of the handset, as well as making essential tweaks to the user interface. But the... >>

Apple iPad Air 3: What's the story so far?

Apple iPad Air 3: What's the story so far?

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It looks like Apple might finally update the iPad Air 2 in 2016. Apple currently offers three iPad ranges comprising the Mini, Air, and Pro, with five iPads available in total - the iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro. The... >>

High-res audio: What is it and which streaming services offer it?

High-res audio: What is it and which streaming services offer it?

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Have you ever noticed the music on Vevo sounds better when played from a CD? When Tidal relaunched last under Jay Z and several pop artists' ownership, it didn't just kick up a storm of controversy for Spotify in regards to the amount of royalties it... >>

Apple Music: 10 tips to master before you start streaming

Apple Music: 10 tips to master before you start streaming

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Apple Music is now out, and we'll admit, the whole thing is a bit overwhelming. Not only do you need to figure out how to get the service up and running, but you also need to get the free trial, embark on the setup process, specify what music you like,... >>

Guess how much Alphabet spent on moonshots in 2015? (Hint: It's in the billions)

Guess how much Alphabet spent on moonshots in 2015? (Hint: It's in the billions)

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Moonshots can be pricey, apparently. Google's parent company just posted earnings for the last quarter, and the most interesting takeaway has nothing to do with the revenue it reported or sales but rather its new method of breaking out results for its... >>

What is the difference between VR and AR?

What is the difference between VR and AR?

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Virtual reality and augmented reality. VR and AR. Oye. What does it all mean? There is absolutely no denying that virtual reality is one of the main hot trends in Silicon Valley right now, but those of you who are interested in the latest developments... >>

Google's virtual reality headset: What's the story so far?

Google's virtual reality headset: What's the story so far?

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You might've heard by now: Google is going big on virtual reality in 2016. We're in early-days territory still, so it's hard to be sure, but several reports about executive-level shakeups at the company, as well as VR talent poaching, and now VR-related... >>

Apple's virtual reality headset: What's the story so far?

Apple's virtual reality headset: What's the story so far?

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Apple might be working on yet another entirely new product category. Facebook-owned Oculus VR, Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, and others are developing virtual-reality or augmented-reality headsets. Even Google, which already launched a budget cardboard offering,... >>

Amazon might be working on a paid music service to rival Spotify

Amazon might be working on a paid music service to rival Spotify

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Amazon is developing an entirely new music-streaming service, it seems. According to The New York Post, Amazon recently held meetings to discuss licensing music for a subscription music service that would rival Spotify and Apple Music. The project is... >>

Amazon Prime memberships increased 51 per cent globally in 2015

Amazon Prime memberships increased 51 per cent globally in 2015

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Amazon Prime and Amazon's cloud-computing division are killing it. The company has posted its fourth-quarter earnings, revealing Amazon Web Services is still a very profitable division. While most sales for the holiday quarter came from Amazon's online... >>

Ouch... Microsoft only sold 4.5 million Lumia phones last fiscal quarter

Ouch... Microsoft only sold 4.5 million Lumia phones last fiscal quarter

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Microsoft just released its earnings report for the last quarter, and the major takeaway is that Windows Phone sales were beyond bleak, while Surface revenue performed pretty decently. It also beat analysts' expectations. For its 2016 fiscal year second-quarter,... >>

Tesla likely to unveil two Model 3 cars in March, including a crossover

Tesla likely to unveil two Model 3 cars in March, including a crossover

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What's better than a Tesla? Two Teslas. Tesla has said it plans to show its Model 3 - a critical car that is expected to make Tesla more affordable to middle-class car buyers - in March, and now we're hearing from the rumour mill that the electric-vehicle... >>