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Samsung Pay: What is it, how does it work, when is it coming to the UK?

Samsung Pay: What is it, how does it work, when is it coming to the UK?

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Samsung Pay, the platform that allows you to pay for goods and services simply by waving your Samsung device near a cash register instead of swiping a credit card or doling out your payment information, has been active for a number of months in the US... >>

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... >>

Google is working on a VR headset that doesn’t need a phone or PC

Google is working on a VR headset that doesn’t need a phone or PC

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Okay, so you've heard Google is developing a virtual-reality headset that is more legit than Cardboard, but a new report has just indicated the company is making a second device that doesn't need a phone or PC. So, it's a standalone headset. The Wall... >>

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... >>

Can't tell if you own a beagle or a mutt? There's a Microsoft app for that

Can't tell if you own a beagle or a mutt? There's a Microsoft app for that

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Microsoft has a new app that is capable of recognising and identifying dogs by breed. Seriously. Microsoft's Garage team has been churning out mobile apps left and right lately - probably in an attempt to further the company's new "cloud first, mobile... >>

Instagram now lets you see view counts - but not for every post

Instagram now lets you see view counts - but not for every post

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Instagram has updated in a major way. It didn't add new filters or tools but actually a signifier that tells you how many times people looked at your post. In a blog post, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app announced that its users can now see how... >>

Kanye West made a video game about his mom 'traveling through heaven'

Kanye West made a video game about his mom 'traveling through heaven'

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Kanye West can now add "video game creator" to his long list of titles, which so far includes rapper, director, fashion designer, etc. The musician debuted his latest album, called The life of Pablo, alongside season three of his Yeezy apparel line with... >>

Apple TV subscription streaming service: What's the story so far?

Apple TV subscription streaming service: What's the story so far?

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Sometimes there are so many Apple rumours they're difficult to keep straight, like the latest information surrounding Apple's TV streaming service. The Apple TV was just updated, despite reports from analysts, who repeatedly claim Apple will abandon the... >>

Alcatel will ship its Idol 4S with packaging that doubles as a VR headset

Alcatel will ship its Idol 4S with packaging that doubles as a VR headset

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Alcatel has a new OneTouch-branded phone called the Idol 4S. It isn't too interesting by itself, but it's packaging is totally cool. The 5.5-inch handset is one of the more premium handsets from Alcatel, as the phone comes with a quad HD AMOLED display,... >>

Netflix made a kid show about bugs completely based on Beatles music

Netflix made a kid show about bugs completely based on Beatles music

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Netflix has announced a new show for children that is set to premiere this summer - and what makes it unique is that the whole thing revolves around covers of iconic songs by The Beatles. The upcoming show, called Beat Bugs, includes 11-minute episodes... >>

Funny or Die got Johnny Depp to star in this epic 50-min spoof on Trump

Funny or Die got Johnny Depp to star in this epic 50-min spoof on Trump

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Donald J Trump doesn't seem to be going away -  so it's finally time for you to learn all you can about the guy who could be calling the shots from the Oval Office come January. But instead of going to Wikipedia, just watch his new biography starring... >>

Twitter didn't add any new users and active ones dropped since last quarter

Twitter didn't add any new users and active ones dropped since last quarter

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Twitter has a serious growth problem. Trigger-happy investors know this as well, because the company's stock has tanked in after-hours trading today, following the release of its fourth quarter earnings. Here's what is happening: Twitter reported its... >>

Tidal will livestream Kanye West's new album debut at Madison Square Garden

Tidal will livestream Kanye West's new album debut at Madison Square Garden

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Just when you were starting to forget about Tidal, it comes rushing forward with a major new exclusive: Kanye West's TLOP. Hip hop mogul Jay Z re-launched a music streaming service called Tidal in 2014, with the purpose of making a difference for artists.... >>

Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge has a massive battery, reveals FCC filing

Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge has a massive battery, reveals FCC filing

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Samsung isn't whittling battery capacity in its smartphone lineup this year. Pocket-lint gave the Galaxy S6 a glowing review - even though battery life wasn't great. The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 2,550mAh battery. That capacity is on the low side by modern... >>

Google Editions at Play explained: What are 'books that can't be printed'?

Google Editions at Play explained: What are 'books that can't be printed'?

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Google has a new initiative called Editions at Play - and it's basically a bookstore selling a new type of digital book that can only be read from a browser (Chrome, preferably, via a smartphone). There are two books available at launch. They're not... >>

The 90s are back: Netflix's Fuller House has its first full trailer, watch here

The 90s are back: Netflix's Fuller House has its first full trailer, watch here

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America has a few national treasures. Full House is most definitely one of them. And so Netflix's first full trailer for the upcoming reboot is nothing short of perfection. It's also amazing in that it is brimming with 90s nostalgia. Netlfix announced... >>

These are the first Oculus Rift PC bundles - preorders start next week

These are the first Oculus Rift PC bundles - preorders start next week

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The Rift is coming. Facebook-owned Oculus VR has already confirmed its Rift virtual-reality headset will be available from March, but now we have word about official bundles that'll be up for pre-order in one week. The bundles include not only the headset... >>

Instagram tips and tricks: How to master the app and post amazing pics

Instagram tips and tricks: How to master the app and post amazing pics

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Although Instagram has been around for years and is hugely popular, not everyone is completely familiar with the free photo app and how it can quickly transform your mediocre selfies into stunning glamour shots. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration,... >>

Instagram now lets you switch between multiple accounts: Here's how it works

Instagram now lets you switch between multiple accounts: Here's how it works

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Facebook-owned Instagram has added a new feature that makes it a little more useful - especially for power users of the app. The photo-sharing service now lets you switch between multiple accounts. This is especially handy for those of you who run a personal... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 fully revealed in first real photo leak

Samsung Galaxy S7 fully revealed in first real photo leak

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Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks out, and so the leaks are aplenty. We now have actual photos of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge caught in the wild. Samsung is expected to unveil its next flagship handset at a press event in Barcelona... >>

Super Bowl 50 (2016) ads and teasers: Amazon Echo, LG, Pokemon, Bourne, Mountain Dew, and more

Super Bowl 50 (2016) ads and teasers: Amazon Echo, LG, Pokemon, Bourne, Mountain Dew, and more

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Super Bowl 50 has come and gone. It is therefore time to scope out all the big-budget adverts that aired during the big game between the National Football Conference champion Carolina Panthers and the American Football Conference champion Denver Broncos.... >>

Google is going big on VR in 2016: Here's how it will top Cardboard and Gear VR

Google is going big on VR in 2016: Here's how it will top Cardboard and Gear VR

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Google is tackling virtual reality this year. Like, for reals. Or at least that's what Re/code and The Financial Times have reported. The search giant is putting together a "dedicated division" solely for virtual-reality computing, and the whole thing... >>

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,... >>