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Google just launched a new 180-degree VR format, plus cameras for it

Google just launched a new 180-degree VR format, plus cameras for it

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Google has announced a new 180-degree VR format, including third-party cameras that you can use to shoot in it. Called VR180, it's a collaboration, between YouTube and Google’s Daydream VR unit. It has been introduced alongside an announcement about... >>

Asus' new VivoBook S has MacBook-like looks - but at a better price

Asus' new VivoBook S has MacBook-like looks - but at a better price

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Asus introduced a VivoBook S laptop line at Computex earlier this year, and now it’s launched a new addition to that line.Called the S510, it features a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1280) display, seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM,... >>

Valve's Knuckles VR controllers will track each of your fingers

Valve's Knuckles VR controllers will track each of your fingers

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Valve’s new controllers for SteamVR have shipped to developers.Called Knuckles, the controllers are still in the prototype phase, but Valve has now revealed several details about how they work. For instance, to use them, you slide your hand into the... >>

What is Amazon Prime Wardrobe and how does it work?

What is Amazon Prime Wardrobe and how does it work?

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Amazon has launched a new service: Prime Wardrobe.It follows the Amazon Echo Look, a new type of Alexa-enabled device for those who have an interest in fashion. The device allows you to take a photo of your outfit and then get recommendations on what... >>

Game of Thrones season 7: When it's on, how to watch it and full trailers revealed

Game of Thrones season 7: When it's on, how to watch it and full trailers revealed

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Tired of being the only person who doesn't know who Jon Snow is or what the heck "winter is coming" means?No worries. Now's the time to jump on the Game Of Thrones bandwagon. You have until this summer to catch up on the past six seasons, because HBO... >>

LG might launch its next LG V30 smartphone in September at IFA

LG might launch its next LG V30 smartphone in September at IFA

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LG is working on another flagship. It'll be the successor to the LG V20. And it's supposedly going to debut this autumn.A report from Korean media outlet ETNews has claimed that LG will unveil the LG V30 at the IFA annual trade show in Berlin, Germany.... >>

Harman's £200 JBL Pulse 3 launches with 360 sound and a LED lightshow

Harman's £200 JBL Pulse 3 launches with 360 sound and a LED lightshow

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Samsung-owned Harman is bringing its JBL Pulse 3 to Europe.First unveiled at CES 2017, the Bluetooth speaker made headlines because of its built-in lightshow. Harman's JBL brand also ditched the mesh grill on previous Pulse speakers and used a durable... >>

Sony might use 6-inch LCD screen with 2:1 ratio on next Xperia phone

Sony might use 6-inch LCD screen with 2:1 ratio on next Xperia phone

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Sony's future Xperia smartphone could feature a 6-inch display panel with a 2:1 aspect ratio.The company's joint venture, Japan Display Inc, has begun mass production of a 1080p Full Active LTPS LCD display with a 2:1 aspect ratio. It is a 6-inch display... >>

Andy Rubin-backed Owl Labs' new 360-degree camera looks like an owl

Andy Rubin-backed Owl Labs' new 360-degree camera looks like an owl

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You know what could make 360-degree conferencing cams more interesting? Make them look like owls.Owl Labs, a startup that's backed by Playground Ventures, the firm from Andy Rubin, who is the creator of Android, has been working on a standalone video... >>

This Microsoft app uses Cortana tech to add voice dictation to Office

This Microsoft app uses Cortana tech to add voice dictation to Office

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Ever wish you could just say your essay aloud and have Microsoft Word write it out for you?Well, now you can, with a new app called Dictate. Microsoft has released the add-in for not only Word, but also Outlook and Powerpoint. It uses Cortana's speech-recognition... >>

We've reached peak fidget spinner, thanks to Google

We've reached peak fidget spinner, thanks to Google

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If you've managed to avoid fidget spinners thus far - whatever you do, don't Google the word "spinner".The fidget spinner craze, which swept the world this spring, may finally seem like its on the way out, but that doesn't mean it's too late for Google... >>

Mozilla releases its Firefox Focus ad-blocking browser for Android users

Mozilla releases its Firefox Focus ad-blocking browser for Android users

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Following a release for iPhone and iPad users last year, Firefox Focus is now available for Android users.Mozilla now offers a privacy-focused browser, called Firefox Focus, in addition to the Firefox browser that's been around for years. You can now... >>

Lenovo showed off a crazy rollable laptop concept with a flexible screen

Lenovo showed off a crazy rollable laptop concept with a flexible screen

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We've all heard that flexible smartphones are the future. But what about laptops?At an event in New York on 20 June, Lenovo presented what it believes will be the future of personalised computing: a rollable laptop with a flexible display. Called Lenovo... >>

Facebook Pride reaction: Here's how to get that rainbow flag 'like' button

Facebook Pride reaction: Here's how to get that rainbow flag 'like' button

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Have you noticed recently that some people can respond to Facebook posts with rainbow flag 'likes'?This new type of 'like' button is actually called the Pride reaction. In June, Facebook launched a set of features to celebrate Pride month, including the... >>

What is Samsung Pay, how does it work and what banks are supported?

What is Samsung Pay, how does it work and what banks are supported?

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Samsung Pay has been active in several countries, including the US and South Korea, for a while and is now available in the UK too.It is a platform that allows you to pay for goods and services simply by waving your Samsung device near a cash register... >>

Atari confirms it's working on a new console, possibly called Ataribox

Atari confirms it's working on a new console, possibly called Ataribox

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After releasing a teaser for a new product called the Ataribox, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais has confirmed to GamesBeat that the retro games company is working on a new console. Without giving away too many details about the console, Chesnais simply said:... >>

Microsoft Office is now available in the Windows Store for the first time

Microsoft Office is now available in the Windows Store for the first time

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If you bought the new Surface Laptop, you can now grab Office 365 for free from Microsoft's Windows Store.When Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop recently, it glossed over a major announcement about Microsoft Office; You see, the Surface Laptop runs... >>

Amazon's voice-ordering Dash Wand is now almost free for Prime users

Amazon's voice-ordering Dash Wand is now almost free for Prime users

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If you live in the US and subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can now get the Dash Wand for free (or almost free, anyway).Amazon in 2014 unveiled a Wi-Fi wand with a built-in microphone and barcode scanner. Called Dash, it looked like a Nintendo Wii remote,... >>

Forget Amazon Go cashier-less stores, Moby Mart is already here

Forget Amazon Go cashier-less stores, Moby Mart is already here

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Imagine an Amazon Go - but on wheels.Swedish startup Wheelys has come up with a cashier-less, driver-less store called Moby Mart. But unlike Amazon Go, which is stationary and based in Seattle, Moby Mart is now cruising down the streets of Shanghai.... >>

Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work?

Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work?

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Apple is trying to streamline home automation.In other words: Apple wants to make it easier for smart accessories - like Philips Hue lights, Wink lights, and other smart speakers, thermostats, detectors, plugs, blinds, locks, sensors, etc - to communicate,... >>

New iPhones will feature wireless charging, Apple supplier confirms

New iPhones will feature wireless charging, Apple supplier confirms

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Two major features coming to Apple's next iPhones have been revealed by Apple's own manufacturer in India.Wistron, which Apple recently began working with in an effort to keep prices down, confirmed that Apple's next-generation iPhone models will be waterproof... >>

Microsoft Surface Laptop: How to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 S

Microsoft Surface Laptop: How to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 S

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Microsoft has a new Surface device, the Surface Laptop, which comes running Windows 10 S out of the box.The thing about Windows 10 S is that it is designed to run Windows Store apps only. If you've bought the Surface Laptop, you may want to consider upgrading... >>

Did Google hire Apple's chip designer to make chips for Pixel 2?

Did Google hire Apple's chip designer to make chips for Pixel 2?

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Future Pixel phones might feature custom, Google-designed chips.According to Variety, Google has hired Manu Gulati, an Apple micro-architect. He worked at Apple on chip development for about eight years, but his LinkedIn profile shows he just joined... >>

Instagram adds archiving: How to hide your old, heavily filtered photos

Instagram adds archiving: How to hide your old, heavily filtered photos

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Remember when you first started using Instagram?You probably loved to play around with several filters, maybe add a border, then sprinkle in a vignette effect, and top the whole thing off with a dozen hashtags before pushing out your photo for all to... >>

Waymo killed its adorable self-driving cars to focus on minivans

Waymo killed its adorable self-driving cars to focus on minivans

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You know those cute Waymo cars - the ones that are the size of golf carts? Well, don't expect to see them on the road again.Waymo is a self-driving car company that began at Google but was recently spun off by Google's parent company, Alphabet. The unit... >>