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Adidas and Spotify team up to match your music to your running

Adidas and Spotify team up to match your music to your running

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Adidas and Spotify have made music app just for runners. It's called Adidas Go. The whole idea is that the app will use the iPhone’s accelerometer to match music in Spotify's catalogue to a runner's workout: "Adidas Go calculates the user’s stride... >>

6 new Windows 10 features announced at Build 2015

6 new Windows 10 features announced at Build 2015

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Microsoft has kicked off the first day of its annual Build conference with a keynote aimed at developers, but amid all the tech-talk and somewhat dry presentations, the company unveiled a few new features and things in Windows 10. Microsoft's next major... >>

This revolutionary inside-out umbrella promises a drip-free experience

This revolutionary inside-out umbrella promises a drip-free experience

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The umbrella is about to get a much-needed overhaul. Have you ever looked at an umbrella and wondered why its basic design hasn't changed in what seems like forever? Well, we've asked ourselves this question a billion times in the past, and it appears... >>

Roku 3 review (2015): Voice-controlled set-top box smarts
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Roku 3 review (2015): Voice-controlled set-top box smarts

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There's stiff competition in the set-top box world. From Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Google Nexus Player, there are plenty of big guns already established for on-demand content and media handling - but it's Roku that continues to make its mark. And... >>

GoPro is getting into virtual reality, with latest acquisition of French firm Kolor

GoPro is getting into virtual reality, with latest acquisition of French firm Kolor

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GoPro has announced it's buying Kolor, signaling it is getting into virtual reality. Kolor is a French software startup that's all about creating immersive and interactive videos. The company's software takes photos and videos and turns them into 360-degree,... >>

SoundCloud podcasting now available to all: Here's how to get started

SoundCloud podcasting now available to all: Here's how to get started

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Now anyone can host a podcast with SoundCloud. SoundCloud is a popular audio distribution platform, and it has been beta testing a podcasting feature with a private group for at least four years. But the company has finally decided to lift the curtain... >>

Twitter now has 302 million active users, shares plunge after earnings leak early

Twitter now has 302 million active users, shares plunge after earnings leak early

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Twitter just posted its first-quarter earnings, and the results were far below Wall Street estimates. That, in conjunction with the company's earnings having leaked online ahead of time, caused Twitter shares to fall to about $42.27. Twitter announced... >>

Ouya leaked memo reveals it is looking to sell quickly and needs a buyer

Ouya leaked memo reveals it is looking to sell quickly and needs a buyer

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Ouya is in some financial trouble and therefore wants to sell in order to solve its problems. The company, which began in 2012 with its Android gaming console after raising $8.5 million through crowdfunding, is now for sale, according to Fortune, which... >>

YouTube takes on Hollywood: Set to back feature films and original series, starring YouTubers

YouTube takes on Hollywood: Set to back feature films and original series, starring YouTubers

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YouTube has officially begun moving away from a site that hosts billions of clips to a Hollywood-like company that green lights feature films and original series, but of course, these productions will premiere on YouTube first and star some of the biggest... >>

Dropbox now lets everyone add notes to hosted files, edit Office files

Dropbox now lets everyone add notes to hosted files, edit Office files

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Cloud-storage service Dropbox has announced something called Dropbox Comments. The new feature, which was originally available to paid Dropbox for Business customers via an early access program, lets you add notes to hosted files. You can also mention... >>

Facebook Messenger app adds free video calls, works over both LTE and W-Fi

Facebook Messenger app adds free video calls, works over both LTE and W-Fi

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Facebook is now going after Skype. The social network has launched a free video calling feature for Messenger, allowing you to have face-to-face conversations with your friends from across the world. Just tap the video icon in the top-right corner within... >>

Tesla 30 April event: New invite teases 'the missing piece'

Tesla 30 April event: New invite teases 'the missing piece'

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Tesla has been teasing its upcoming 30 April event for a few weeks now, but that isn't stopped the company from sending out new event invites to the media with a hint meant to whet our appetites. The mostly-white invite appears to show a silhouette of... >>

Apple sold 61.1M iPhones and posted $58B in revenue during first 90 days of 2015

Apple sold 61.1M iPhones and posted $58B in revenue during first 90 days of 2015

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Apple has announced its second-quarter earnings, and the results are above both what it forecasted and what Wall Street expected. The stand-out news is that Apple sold 61.1 million iPhones and generated $58 billion in revenue during the 90-day period,... >>

Microsoft makes Skype calls free to and from Nepal in response to earthquake

Microsoft makes Skype calls free to and from Nepal in response to earthquake

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On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in South Asia. The massive quake is now known to have injured more than 6,500 people, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre, while the confirmed death toll as of Monday hit 3,617. In... >>

Say hello to Alex, Minecraft's first female character you can play for free

Say hello to Alex, Minecraft's first female character you can play for free

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You can now choose to play a woman in Minecraft. Although it is 2015 and women have long made up nearly half the world's population, Minecraft has only now recognised gender diversity in gameplay by adding its first playable female character named Alex.... >>

Instagram adds new Lark, Reyes, and Juno filters: Here's what they can do to your photos

Instagram adds new Lark, Reyes, and Juno filters: Here's what they can do to your photos

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Stop the presses. Instagram has three new filters for you to try. Instagram at one time hadn't updated with new filters in years, but ever since last December, it's been regularly updating and adding several new features, including filters. Today, for... >>

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... >>