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Astell&Kern AK Jr is a £399 portable player designed for high-res audio

Astell&Kern AK Jr is a £399 portable player designed for high-res audio

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Astell&Kern is known for making high-resolution audio products like the AK100, and it has released a new portable player called AK Jr. Priced at £399 and sporting an aluminium case, the new portable player might as well be considered a luxury item. It... >>

Watch Jony Ive and Marc Newson talk about why they designed Apple Watch

Watch Jony Ive and Marc Newson talk about why they designed Apple Watch

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Apple's most famous designers appeared at the Conde Nast International Luxury Conference to talk about Apple Watch, and now video of their interview has been posted to British Vogue's YouTube Channel. Jony Ive and Marc Newson spoke with Vogue's Suzy Menkes... >>

Comcast killed its $45B proposed bid for Time Warner Cable due to US regulatory scrutiny

Comcast killed its $45B proposed bid for Time Warner Cable due to US regulatory scrutiny

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In a rather interesting turn of events, Comcast's proposed bid to takeover Time Warner Cable has fallen off a cliff. "Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the... >>

Dropbox is working on a beta note-taking service for collaborators, called Dropbox Notes

Dropbox is working on a beta note-taking service for collaborators, called Dropbox Notes

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Dropbox is fully taking on Google Docs, or at least that's what it looks like, as evident by the company's latest beta test. Dropbox has quietly launched a sign-up webpage for something called Dropbox Notes. The page indicates Dropbox is working on a... >>

Amazon lifts the curtain on Amazon Web Services, says it's a $5B biz now

Amazon lifts the curtain on Amazon Web Services, says it's a $5B biz now

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Amazon has finally revealed the size and growth of its cloud-computing division, called Amazon Web Services. While posting its first-quarter earnings, the Jeff Bezos-led company for the first time detailed AWS financials. It had revenue of $1.57 billion... >>

Microsoft Q3 2015 earnings: Surface, Lumia, and cloud sales are up, while Xbox sales are down

Microsoft Q3 2015 earnings: Surface, Lumia, and cloud sales are up, while Xbox sales are down

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Microsoft has posted its third-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings, and the results show the company's old ways of bringing in revenue, such as Xbox and Windows, are struggling, while things like Surface Pro 3 and Lumia devices are booming. The company has announced... >>

Google Q1 earnings show revenue and profit growth, but mobile is affecting revenue

Google Q1 earnings show revenue and profit growth, but mobile is affecting revenue

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Google has posted first-quarter earnings, and the results show it missed analysts' expectations and needs to charge more for serving ads on mobile sites, among many other things. The company announced revenue of $17.26 billion, against the year-ago figure... >>

What is Yik Yak? It's like a bathroom stall wall, and teens are cray cray for it

What is Yik Yak? It's like a bathroom stall wall, and teens are cray cray for it

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If you look at any random grouping of teenagers or university-age students, you'll likely notice them nose-deep in their shiny smartphones, silent and tapping away. If you look really close, whilst trying to avoid being a creeper, you'll also see they... >>

Acer's 2015 lineup debuts: Packed with hybrids, laptops, tablets, phones, and more

Acer's 2015 lineup debuts: Packed with hybrids, laptops, tablets, phones, and more

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Acer just held an event in New York City, where it unveiled tonnes of new and refreshed products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The Taiwan-based company essentially lifted the curtain on its 2015 lineup, and we got all the details on the... >>

Acer's Liquid Leap range adds three new wearables, including a stress-sensing one

Acer's Liquid Leap range adds three new wearables, including a stress-sensing one

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Acer is holding an event in New York, where it just unveiled three new wearables. Two of them are all about health and fitness, while the third one is a fashion-focused device, but they've each been unveiled as part of the Liquid Leap brand. The Taiwan-based... >>

Ricoh's new Pentax K-3 II is a DSLR flagship with GPS and 1080p video

Ricoh's new Pentax K-3 II is a DSLR flagship with GPS and 1080p video

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Ricoh made another DLSR camera. It's called the Pentax K-3 II. The new camera is described as a "flagship model" of the Pentax K-series. It notably features a Pixel Shift Resolution System, a shake reduction mechanism, an APS-C-size CMOS image sensor... >>

Yahoo might be working on a Google Now-like app called Index, coming this year

Yahoo might be working on a Google Now-like app called Index, coming this year

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If the latest rumours are true, you'll soon be able to ask a new Yahoo app to dig through your emails and find things like flight tickets. Mobile search and personal assistant products, including Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, aren't new things anymore,... >>

Facebook now has nearly 1B daily users, more than 70 per cent of its revenue is mobile

Facebook now has nearly 1B daily users, more than 70 per cent of its revenue is mobile

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Facebook has released its first quarter earnings today and revealed how the social network has been doing over the last 90 days, including posting numbers that shows it is continually growing, adding users, and dominating mobile devices. The company,... >>

Hello is Facebook's new Android dialer app, and here's how it works

Hello is Facebook's new Android dialer app, and here's how it works

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Say hello to Hello. It is a new app from Facebook that's designed to replace your Android dialer and deliver a better phone experience. With all the technology that's available nowadays, you'd think that simple things, such as as your smartphone dialer,... >>

Project Fi: 9 things to know about Google's new mobile network

Project Fi: 9 things to know about Google's new mobile network

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Google has launched its very own mobile network in the US. The company hasn't suddenly invested in the costly infrastructure required to become a T-Mobile overnight, though it has partnered with some of the biggest carriers and developed new technology,... >>

Miracast explained: How is it different from Chromecast and AirPlay?

Miracast explained: How is it different from Chromecast and AirPlay?

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Amazon Fire TV Stick recently launched in the UK, and with its release came a marketing campaign touting all of its noteworthy features, including something called screen mirroring with Miracast. But the Fire TV Stick isn't the only device with Miracast,... >>

Microsoft's Wireless Display app for Xbox One brings support for Miracast streaming

Microsoft's Wireless Display app for Xbox One brings support for Miracast streaming

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As part of the Xbox One's monthly updates, Microsoft is giving its console support for Miracast. Although Xbox One has been able to stream files from Windows PCs, the inclusion of Miracast support - thanks to a new Wireless Display app - will enable the... >>

Virtual Reality: The VR headsets to buy in 2015, whatever your budget

Virtual Reality: The VR headsets to buy in 2015, whatever your budget

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Although it seems like just yesterday that virtual reality hysteria was reignited, it's actually been a few years now, which is plenty of time for more than a dozen companies to introduce their own VR headsets at different price points. At the forefront... >>

The Palette turns monochrome 3D printers into multi-colour, multi-material printers

The Palette turns monochrome 3D printers into multi-colour, multi-material printers

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Those of you with an older 3D printer or a budget 3D printer will be glad to know there is a project on Kickstarter that can breathe new life into your monochrome machine. It's called The Palette. New 3D printers are continually popping up with more than... >>

WhatsApp's voice over internet calling finally arrives for iOS

WhatsApp's voice over internet calling finally arrives for iOS

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WhatsApp is continuing its apparent mission to kill traditional voice calls. Traditionally voice calls have long been restricted to your network connection, but with voice-over-internet calling (also called VoIP calling), messenger apps like WhatsApp... >>

Popslate is a new phone case that adds a Kindle-like second screen to your iPhone 6

Popslate is a new phone case that adds a Kindle-like second screen to your iPhone 6

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A new Silicon Valley startup has developed a smartphone case that's similar to strapping an Amazon Kindle to your iPhone. The company is called Popslate, and its new case is called Popslate for iPhone 6. It's no secret that people use their smartphones... >>

6 things the new Adobe Lightroom photo-editing software can do

6 things the new Adobe Lightroom photo-editing software can do

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Adobe has updated its Lightroom photo-editing program for the first time in nearly two years. Lightroom 6 has therefore replaced Lightroom 5, and a version of the new standalone software has been included within the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription package... >>

Ikea thinks in 2025 we'll be cooking on tables that project recipes and more

Ikea thinks in 2025 we'll be cooking on tables that project recipes and more

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Ikea dreamed up a concept kitchen for this year's Milan design week, giving the world a look at how Ikea products - combined with realistic technology - could revolutionise how we cook up dinner in 2025. Ikea put the concept, called Ikea Temporary, on... >>

BB-8 droid: Sphero is making the official Star Wars toy, but you can make one now

BB-8 droid: Sphero is making the official Star Wars toy, but you can make one now

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Ever since Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled the new BB-8 droid during the Star Wars Celebration annual convention last week, fans of George Lucas' epic space saga have been clamoring to get their hands on it, with at least one person even creating a rough... >>

10 questions raised in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

10 questions raised in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

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Disney and Lucasfilm almost broke the internet when it unleashed the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during an annual fan convention held yesterday in California. The two-minute long clip answered a few questions raised from the first... >>