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The next version of OS X is El Capitan

The next version of OS X is El Capitan

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Apple has kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, where company executives are unveiling the next version of OS X for Macs and more. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, is now on stage, and he... >>

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... >>

This is the first Project Morpheus VR game announced by Sony

This is the first Project Morpheus VR game announced by Sony

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Virtuality reality doesn't have to be strictly about simulating an experience, such as parachuting or running from something, and an upcoming game for Sony's Project Morpheus headset is a great example of that. Project Morpheus, which is supposed to come... >>

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... >>

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... >>

Sony outed its own SmartBand 2 by quietly releasing companion app

Sony outed its own SmartBand 2 by quietly releasing companion app

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Without any build up or hype or even a press event, Sony has unveiled its next wearable: the SmartBand 2. The company seems to have accidentally published information about it via the Play Store. It launched a new companion app called SmartBand 2, and... >>

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... >>

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... >>

Arrested Development is coming back to Netflix after three-year hiatus

Arrested Development is coming back to Netflix after three-year hiatus

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Arrested Development is getting a revival on Netflix... for the second time in three years. Arrested Development is an American comedy sitcom that focuses on the fictitious, wealthy, and highly dysfunctional Bluth family. It originally aired in 2003 on... >>

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... >>

The Big Bang Theory gets Lego-fied, see the cast in minifig form

The Big Bang Theory gets Lego-fied, see the cast in minifig form

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Those of you who love The Big Bang Theory will be stoked to hear Lego has had its way with the show. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lego has created a set for The Big Bang Theory. It's described as "Leonard and Sheldon’s Lego living room set" -... >>

Microsoft buys Wunderlist app as part of effort to get on your smartphone

Microsoft buys Wunderlist app as part of effort to get on your smartphone

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Microsoft has acquired 6Wunderkinder, the company behind Wunderlist. Microsoft published a blog post to confirm the deal, following a report from The Wall Street Journal: "What’s better than completing that last important task on your to-do list? Doing... >>

Musio is a cute AI robot that shares emotions, assists, and controls your home

Musio is a cute AI robot that shares emotions, assists, and controls your home

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Artificially-intelligent robots are about to hit the market. Well, actually, a very early version one of might launch. A software firm called AKAStudy has introduced Musio, an Android-based robot. It uses the company's machine learning and natural language... >>

Lego Worlds is like Minecraft but with Lego bricks, watch the new game's trailer here

Lego Worlds is like Minecraft but with Lego bricks, watch the new game's trailer here

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Lego has added a Minecraft-like video game to its toy box.  The Danish company just unveiled Lego Worlds. It's being billed as an open-environment game, in which you can generate worlds made entirely of Lego bricks. So, it's basically a Minecraft... >>

Windows 10: Release date, price, and everything you need to know

Windows 10: Release date, price, and everything you need to know

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Windows 8.1 launched at the end of 2013, but that doesn't mean Microsoft's Windows team immediately went on holiday. On the contrary, it started working on the next major release. The next major release is called Windows 10 and will be a free upgrade... >>

Google overhauls 'My Account' dashboard: What's new and how does it work now?

Google overhauls 'My Account' dashboard: What's new and how does it work now?

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Did you know Google offers a dedicated dashboard to every person who wants to adjust their Google Account settings? It's true. Well, the company has just taken that useful hub and completely overhauled it (or simplified it, really). Go look at your My... >>

Finally! Bellabeat Leaf is a new health and period tracker women will actually want to wear

Finally! Bellabeat Leaf is a new health and period tracker women will actually want to wear

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A company named Bellabeat has launched two versions of a new wearable device that's designed just for women. Called Leaf, it is described as "personalised stress tracking smart jewelry crafted from 7,000-year old Marshwood and embellished with gold leaf... >>

What is Google Project Soli and will it forever change the way we use wearables?

What is Google Project Soli and will it forever change the way we use wearables?

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Just because Google's keynote is done and over doesn't mean the Google I/O dev conference is also finished with serving up new and interesting information about what the Mountain View-based company envisions for the future. Take Project Soli, for instance.... >>

Google Photos (iPhone) hands-on: Could this become the only photo app you'll ever need?

Google Photos (iPhone) hands-on: Could this become the only photo app you'll ever need?

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Google has finally taken one of the only standout features within its Google+ social network and turned it into a standalone product for mobile devices and the web: Google Photos. It is now available as an app for iOS devices, Android devices, and the... >>