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HTC Vive at E3 2016: From the ocean floor to the tops of mountains and beyond

HTC Vive at E3 2016: From the ocean floor to the tops of mountains and beyond

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Anyone with a Steam account and the HTC Vive can explore the world - no, the universe. We know this because while at E3 2016 in Los Angeles, we tried new virtual reality experience available on Steam using the consumer version of HTC's headset that launched... >>

PS VR Aim Controller preview: Playing Farpoint with Sony's new gun-shaped controller

PS VR Aim Controller preview: Playing Farpoint with Sony's new gun-shaped controller

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At the start of the E3 gaming expo 2016, Sony announced a first-person shooter called Farpoint, compatible with PlayStation VR and a new controller called PS VR Aim. This is no SNES Super Scope, though, as we found when playing the game ahead of launch.... >>

Apple will let you remove (and re-download) its default apps in iOS 10

Apple will let you remove (and re-download) its default apps in iOS 10

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One of the biggest announcements from WWDC 2016 wasn't actually announced on stage: removable default apps. Apple failed to mention during its main keynote that it plans to unbundle apps from iOS 10. For the first time, iPhone and iPad owners will be... >>

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 wants to streamline home automation. In other words: it wants to make it easier for smart accessories to communicate, and for you to connect and manage all the smart accessories in your home from various manufacturers (such as Philips Hue lights,... >>

Apple Swift Playgrounds app: Here's how it teaches kids to code on iPad

Apple Swift Playgrounds app: Here's how it teaches kids to code on iPad

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Apple wants to get kids coding as soon as possible, so it's launching a new iPad app to do just that. The app is called Swift Playgrounds. Swift is Apple's programming language created for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS, and Apple's Swift Playgrounds app... >>

Apple Music update brings new look, lyrics, and hidden Connect section

Apple Music update brings new look, lyrics, and hidden Connect section

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Apple's music-streaming service is getting a major update that brings an all-new look while significantly diminishing a previously-major feature. Apple Music has a new design that not only rearranges the tabs along the bottom of the app (in the menu... >>

Apple WatchOS 3 update: Control Center, Dock, Scribble, and more

Apple WatchOS 3 update: Control Center, Dock, Scribble, and more

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Apple has kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference with some news about the next major operating system update for its Apple Watch. The update, called WatchOS 3, will be available later this year, but to get you excited for what’s coming, Apple has... >>

WWDC 2016: The announcements to expect from Apple's developer conference

WWDC 2016: The announcements to expect from Apple's developer conference

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Apple has officially announced its annual conference for developers, and that means it's time to take a closer look at what we expect the company to reveal during the main keynote. Apple used WWDC 2015 to unveil iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and a new version... >>

What is Google Allo, how does it work, and why would you use it?

What is Google Allo, how does it work, and why would you use it?

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Whether you like to admit it or not, communication apps are important. You might use your default SMS app to text your husband or wife about whether you should pick up more milk at the store after work. You might use Facebook Messenger chat with your... >>

Amazon might launch a paid music-streaming service that works with Echo

Amazon might launch a paid music-streaming service that works with Echo

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Apple Music and Spotify might soon face heavy competition from Amazon. According to CNBC, Amazon will announce a standalone music-streaming service. It'll launch this summer or autumn, offering up a catalogue of songs for $9.99 a month. Amazon, which... >>

Apple's iMessage app could be coming to Android soon

Apple's iMessage app could be coming to Android soon

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Apple might have a surprise in store for Android users next week. According to a report from MacDailyNews, which cited sources "familiar with the company's thinking", Apple plans to announce an iMessage app for Android at its annual Worldwide Developers... >>

Cyrus Audio will start selling its One compact amplifier this summer for £699

Cyrus Audio will start selling its One compact amplifier this summer for £699

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UK-based Cyrus Audio has introduced a compact amplifier that's affordable. The high-end stereo system maker is describing its new Cyrus One amplifier as a provider of "high quality audio" but at an tolerable price point. It is a 100-watt-per-channel amp... >>

See Lenovo Phab2 AR phone and more in official videos from Tech World 2016

See Lenovo Phab2 AR phone and more in official videos from Tech World 2016

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Lenovo Tech World 2016 is done and dusted. The company used the event to announce some new smartphones. It wasn't the most anticipated event of the season, especially since both WWDC and E3 start next week, but we did get to see Lenovo officially launch... >>

Lenovo unveils the first Tango AR phone, the Phab2

Lenovo unveils the first Tango AR phone, the Phab2

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Lenovo has officially announced not one but three Project Tango smartphones. Called the Phab2 Pro, Phab2 Plus, and Phab2, the phones are made with Google's Project Tango technology, now just called "Tango", and touted as the world’s first to feature... >>

Apple App Store and Google Play are changing: How will that affect you?

Apple App Store and Google Play are changing: How will that affect you?

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Apple has said things are changing for its App Store, and, in response, Google might change its app store too.  A lot of these new changes pertain to app developers - but all of the changes speak volumes about what's happening in the world of apps,... >>

Periscope tips and tricks

Periscope tips and tricks

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Broadcasting is so in right now. Apps like Snapchat let you publish videos in real-time for the world to see, for instance, and then there's social networks like Facebook, which have added live-streaming tools for its users. Because these types of streaming... >>

Google’s new Motion Stills app turns Live Photos into GIFs - and here’s how

Google’s new Motion Stills app turns Live Photos into GIFs - and here’s how

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Google has released yet another iOS app. The unique thing about this app is that it can convert Live Photos into shareable GIFs and movie montages. The app is called Motion Stills, and it essentially gives iPhone owners new ways to play with and share Live... >>

This is what the oldest stars in our Milky Way galaxy sound like

This is what the oldest stars in our Milky Way galaxy sound like

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Contrary to popular belief, space is noisy. It's a cacophony of stellar music. Astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham have not only captured sounds of some of the oldest stars in the Milky Way galaxy but have also published their research... >>

Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set

Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set

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Mattel has just given youngster Trekkies a major treat: Star Trek Barbies. Anyone who is a fan of the CBS-owned sci-fi franchise will know that 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series. To celebrate that anniversary, CBS Consumer... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: What's the difference?

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If you're looking for a rugged phone, you have a new option through AT&T. AT&T and Samsung partnered on a tougher version of the Galaxy S7, called the Galaxy S7 Active. Both companies have been working on these types of devices since the Galaxy S4 Active... >>

Apple Car: What's the story so far on Project Titan?

Apple Car: What's the story so far on Project Titan?

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You've heard the rumours by now: forget about waiting for Apple to revolutionise the living room by launching a magical HDTV set straight from your dreams, because it's now trying to innovate in the automobile sector. That's right. Apple is working on... >>

Twitter tips and tricks

Twitter tips and tricks

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Twitter isn't exactly the most user-friendly social network to use. People who aren't familiar with the symbols # and @ or even terminology like retweet and DM probably see Twitter as some sort of alien spawn they'll never understand. But it doesn't have... >>

Is Jawbone about to go out of business?

Is Jawbone about to go out of business?

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It looks like Jawbone isn't doing so well. The company, which is known for making both speakers and fitness trackers, is reportedly ending production of all its fitness trackers and wants to sell its speaker business, all of which makes it appear like... >>

You can stop nuisance calls with just one text message, here's how

You can stop nuisance calls with just one text message, here's how

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There's now a number you can text to stop getting nuisance calls. The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) has partnered with Ofcom in the UK to launch a "text-to-register" service that adds your mobile phone number to an official "do not call" database.... >>

MotoMods: Hasselblad camera, JBL speaker, and projector modules leak

MotoMods: Hasselblad camera, JBL speaker, and projector modules leak

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Lenovo is reportedly getting ready to launch a new Moto Z modular smartphone line with attachable backplates known as MotoMods, and thanks to a renowned leakster, we've just been given a first look at three MotoMods and the different types of functionality... >>