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GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep

GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep

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GE has announced it will create smart lighting with support for Apple's HomeKit. The company wants to develop colour-changing LED lightbulbs that'll also include GE's Align technology, which is designed to improve sleep patterns by controlling blue light... >>

Samsung Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge expected to launch soon

Samsung Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge expected to launch soon

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Better late than never: Although the latest Avengers film is already in cinemas across the world, Samsung has confirmed it's planning to eventually release Iron Man-themed versions of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones. Samsung and Marvel have teamed... >>

Google buys Timeful smart scheduling app, will add tech to Inbox and Calendar

Google buys Timeful smart scheduling app, will add tech to Inbox and Calendar

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Google has just bought a little-known company that'll help make Inbox and Calendar less cumbersome and more useful. If you haven't noticed, Google likes to develop free tools with smart features (examples include Google search, Gmail, Calendar, Docs,... >>

Microsoft might be working on Lumia Windows 10 phones codenamed Cityman and Talkman

Microsoft might be working on Lumia Windows 10 phones codenamed Cityman and Talkman

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Microsoft is reportedly working on two new Lumia smartphones. The phones, which are being described as "high end", are interesting not only because they're from Microsoft and run on Windows 10, but also because their codenames are based on iconic Nokia... >>

Google+ rolls out new Collections feature, with sight set on Pinterest

Google+ rolls out new Collections feature, with sight set on Pinterest

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Google+ just got very (p)interesting. Tech companies often like to replicate successful products and features first put out by rival companies. Facebook made Slingshot as a Snapchat copy-cat app, for instance, while Twitter recently pushed Periscope out... >>

Apple Watch has a secret, hidden port likely for charging accessories

Apple Watch has a secret, hidden port likely for charging accessories

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If you think you know everything about Apple Watch, think again. Despite all the tear-downs and breakdowns and coverage, a hidden hardware feature on Apple's smartwatch has just been uncovered by an accessory maker that plans to capitalise on its discovery.... >>

Top films to look forward to in 2015: Here are all the must-see movie trailers

Top films to look forward to in 2015: Here are all the must-see movie trailers

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A new year means a new selection of summer blockbusters and award-season darlings to look forward to, and with a tonne of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, 2015 looks to be a cracker. From the new Star Wars to... >>

Meerkat live-streaming app arrives on Android, while Periscope is still iOS-only

Meerkat live-streaming app arrives on Android, while Periscope is still iOS-only

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Meerkat is like a tortoise competing with a hare. It has some disadvantages but is still able to win the race. Despite it having less resources and opportunity than Twitter, it has managed to arrive on Google Play for Android devices ahead of Periscope,... >>

3 ways Microsoft Edge might be better than Internet Explorer

3 ways Microsoft Edge might be better than Internet Explorer

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It looks like Microsoft Edge is shaping up to be one heck of a browser. Microsoft's annual Build conference is underway, where the company usually announces new products and developments that'll interest developers. Out of everything revealed yesterday,... >>

Plex Music now lets you create mood playlists, pairs tracks to Vevo videos

Plex Music now lets you create mood playlists, pairs tracks to Vevo videos

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Plex Music just got, like, majorly better. It has just received an update that brings both enhanced and new features. It can now scan all your music and download posters and information, and if something didn't work out, Plex Music has added "rich multi-select,... >>

Leaked box art reveals Disney Infinity might soon add Star Wars characters

Leaked box art reveals Disney Infinity might soon add Star Wars characters

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A new leak has suggested Disney Infinity is about to come with Star Wars characters. A German retailer called Saturn apparently posted a listing for Disney Infinity 3.0's starter set, and it included the characters Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars and... >>

Tattoogate: Apple confirms wrist tattoos can impact Apple Watch performance

Tattoogate: Apple confirms wrist tattoos can impact Apple Watch performance

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It's time for another "gate" scandal involving Apple. What's it about? Apple Watch and tattoos, of course. The new controversy, dubbed Tattoogate by some, is about how certain Apple Watch functions may not work when the smartwatch is worn over tattoos.... >>

Apple and IBM team up to help the elderly in Japan with tailored iPads

Apple and IBM team up to help the elderly in Japan with tailored iPads

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Expanding on its year-old partnership with IBM, Apple has announced it'll once again work with IBM, but this time the two companies are getting ready to launch custom iPads for elderly. Both companies revealed last year they planned to transform the enterprise... >>

Spectre set footage shows off James Bond’s new Aston Martin DB1 in a car chase

Spectre set footage shows off James Bond’s new Aston Martin DB1 in a car chase

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Sony Pictures and MGM have released a new video meant to whet our appetites and get us pumped for Spectre, the 24th installment of the James Bond film franchise, which is set to premiere this upcoming winter. The video came with two stills - available... >>

Build 2015: New videos show off Microsoft Edge, Continuum for Phones, and more

Build 2015: New videos show off Microsoft Edge, Continuum for Phones, and more

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The first day of Microsoft's annual Build conference has nearly wrapped up, and along with an onslaught of information about Windows 10, the company has published videos that highlight many of its new announcements. The videos, now available on the Windows... >>

What is Microsoft Edge, and when can you get it?

What is Microsoft Edge, and when can you get it?

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Microsoft has been talking for months about its next internet browser, codenamed Project Spartan, but it's only now given the product a name: Microsoft Edge. At the company's annual Build conference held in San Francisco, Microsoft executives not only... >>

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... >>