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Honor 5X review: Cheap without the compromise?
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Honor 5X review: Cheap without the compromise?

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You might not know this but Huawei - the company that paired with Google last year to make the excellent Nexus 6P - has a sub-brand called Honor, which has just released a new budget phone. The Honor 5X is a sleek, mostly-metal phone that costs just £190... >>

Tesla Powerwall 2: What is it and when will it be available?

Tesla Powerwall 2: What is it and when will it be available?

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If you were thinking about getting Tesla's $3,000 Powerwall, you might want to wait until summer. Tesla announced a new home battery system last spring that took the energy-saving scene by storm, but now the electric carmaker has begun to tease a "version... >>

One day you'll use Microsoft HoloLens to watch the Super Bowl

One day you'll use Microsoft HoloLens to watch the Super Bowl

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At some point in the near future, you'll be able to beam a 3D hologram of Tom Brady onto your coffee table. Or at least that's what Microsoft has suggested. In an attempt to capitalise on Super Bowl 50 this weekend, the Redmond-based company has released... >>

Microsoft buys SwiftKey for $250m, now owns the keyboard app

Microsoft buys SwiftKey for $250m, now owns the keyboard app

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SwiftKey is now Minecraft's sibling. Microsoft, which paid $2.5 billion for Minecraft in 2014, has reportedly paid $250 million (£173 million) to acquire SwiftKey. SwiftKey is a London-based developer, best known for its hugely popular predictive keyboard... >>

Apple likely to unveil iPhone 5SE and iPad Air 3 at 15 March event

Apple likely to unveil iPhone 5SE and iPad Air 3 at 15 March event

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Apple has set a date for its next press event. Well, not officially. According to 9to5Mac and BuzzFeed News, Apple plans to unveil a new iPhone 5SE and the iPad Air 3 at an event scheduled for 15 March. Apple has been making its spring events an annual... >>

High-res audio: What is it and which streaming services offer it?

High-res audio: What is it and which streaming services offer it?

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Have you ever noticed the music on Vevo sounds better when played from a CD? When Tidal relaunched last under Jay Z and several pop artists' ownership, it didn't just kick up a storm of controversy for Spotify in regards to the amount of royalties it... >>

Apple Music: 8 tips to master before you start streaming

Apple Music: 8 tips to master before you start streaming

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Apple Music is now out, and we'll admit, the whole thing is a bit overwhelming. Not only do you need to figure out how to get the service up and running, but you also need to get the free trial, embark on the setup process, specify what music you like,... >>

Guess how much Alphabet spent on moonshots in 2015? (Hint: It's in the billions)

Guess how much Alphabet spent on moonshots in 2015? (Hint: It's in the billions)

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Moonshots can be pricey, apparently. Google's parent company just posted earnings for the last quarter, and the most interesting takeaway has nothing to do with the revenue it reported or sales but rather its new method of breaking out results for its... >>

What is the difference between VR and AR?

What is the difference between VR and AR?

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Virtual reality and augmented reality. VR and AR. Oye. What does it all mean? There is absolutely no denying that virtual reality is one of the main hot trends in Silicon Valley right now, but those of you who are interested in the latest developments... >>

Apple's virtual reality headset: What's the story so far?

Apple's virtual reality headset: What's the story so far?

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Apple might be working on yet another entirely new product category. Facebook-owned Oculus VR, Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, and others are developing virtual-reality or augmented-reality headsets. Even Google, which already launched a budget cardboard offering,... >>

Amazon might be working on a paid music service to rival Spotify

Amazon might be working on a paid music service to rival Spotify

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Amazon is developing an entirely new music-streaming service, it seems. According to The New York Post, Amazon recently held meetings to discuss licensing music for a subscription music service that would rival Spotify and Apple Music. The project is... >>

Amazon Prime memberships increased 51 per cent globally in 2015

Amazon Prime memberships increased 51 per cent globally in 2015

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Amazon Prime and Amazon's cloud-computing division are killing it. The company has posted its fourth-quarter earnings, revealing Amazon Web Services is still a very profitable division. While most sales for the holiday quarter came from Amazon's online... >>

Ouch... Microsoft only sold 4.5 million Lumia phones last fiscal quarter

Ouch... Microsoft only sold 4.5 million Lumia phones last fiscal quarter

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Microsoft just released its earnings report for the last quarter, and the major takeaway is that Windows Phone sales were beyond bleak, while Surface revenue performed pretty decently. It also beat analysts' expectations. For its 2016 fiscal year second-quarter,... >>

Tesla likely to unveil two Model 3 cars in March, including a crossover

Tesla likely to unveil two Model 3 cars in March, including a crossover

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What's better than a Tesla? Two Teslas. Tesla has said it plans to show its Model 3 - a critical car that is expected to make Tesla more affordable to middle-class car buyers - in March, and now we're hearing from the rumour mill that the electric-vehicle... >>

Google just beat Facebook to the punch at teaching a computer to master Go

Google just beat Facebook to the punch at teaching a computer to master Go

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Ouch. Facebook is probably hating on Google so much right now. Okay, here's what's up: Google published a blog post today as well as the fancy video below, which is narrated by Demis Hassabis, a British researcher from Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence... >>

Drone racing goes pro: Drone Racing League to kick off its first season in Feb

Drone racing goes pro: Drone Racing League to kick off its first season in Feb

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So, drone racing is like a legit thing now. The Drone Racing League - a sports and media company trying to bring drone racing to mass appeal - has announced its first racing season: a series of six courses, which include various challenging locations,... >>

Whoa! Most of Facebook’s 1B daily active users log on from mobile devices

Whoa! Most of Facebook’s 1B daily active users log on from mobile devices

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Facebook has just posted its earning results for the quarter and the year, and the standout bits are that it smashed financial records and has on average 1.04 billion daily active users - most of which log on from mobile devices. Facebook said it earned... >>

Sundance 2016: 17 most anticipated indie films premiering at the festival

Sundance 2016: 17 most anticipated indie films premiering at the festival

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If you're in the mood to scope out some exceptional, upcoming independent films, you have come to the right place. The Sundance Film Festival, which is organised by the Sundance Institute, is the largest independent film festival in the US. It takes place... >>

Apple's Tim Cook doesn't dismiss VR, internet goes berserk

Apple's Tim Cook doesn't dismiss VR, internet goes berserk

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Chief Tim Cook made a comment today during Apple's conference call, and now the world is running with it. Here's the backstory: Apple posted its quarterly earnings today, smashing records once again. During the financial Q1 2016 earnings call afterward,... >>

Apple posts largest quarterly profit ever: 74.7M iPhones sold, 1B active devices, and more

Apple posts largest quarterly profit ever: 74.7M iPhones sold, 1B active devices, and more

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Apple had another amazing holiday quarter. Here's the thing: the company's last three months of the year usually balloon because it's when consumers buy all sorts of new Apple devices for the Christmas season. Apple posted a record $18 billion in profit... >>

Microsoft is making a one-handed iPhone keyboard with a weird fanned-out layout

Microsoft is making a one-handed iPhone keyboard with a weird fanned-out layout

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Microsoft has been working toward porting its Windows Word Flow phone keyboard to iOS, and we're only now starting to hear more about what the new iteration will look like as well as how it will work. Blogger and The Verge have both described the keyboard's... >>

New Apple TV: Here's how to finally get the Apple Podcasts app on your box

New Apple TV: Here's how to finally get the Apple Podcasts app on your box

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You can now use the new Apple TV to listen to people talk for hours. When Apple released its more expensive, more powerful Apple TV late last year, the company for whatever reason didn't ready a new version of its podcast app for the set-top box - which... >>

Atari packed 100 classic games into new Atari Vault PC bundle headed to Steam

Atari packed 100 classic games into new Atari Vault PC bundle headed to Steam

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Atari diehards are about to lose their minds. The games publisher announced it is rounding up 100 classics into a single title called Atari Vault. It'll release in a few months on Steam for PC gamers. Although we don't know the full list of games, Atari... >>

Apple might debut 4-inch iPhone 5SE in March instead of so-called iPhone 6C

Apple might debut 4-inch iPhone 5SE in March instead of so-called iPhone 6C

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Halt the presses. That iPhone 6C you keep hearing about apparently isn't happening. Apple doesn't plan to release a 4-inch version of the iPhone 6S, according to a new report by 9to5Mac. Instead, it's upgrading the iPhone 5S, which debuted back in 2013.... >>

Facebook Sports Stadium: What is it, where is it, and how does it work?

Facebook Sports Stadium: What is it, where is it, and how does it work?

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Facebook has updated in a big way, but the new changes are only meant for sports fanatics in the US. The social network has introduced a dedicated hub called Facebook Sports Stadium and is describing it as a place where you can go to "experience sports... >>