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Roku 4 review: Rock-solid streaming, now in 4K
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Roku 4 review: Rock-solid streaming, now in 4K

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The Roku 4 is the company's updated flagship set-top box with support for 4K (although, bizarrely, it's still not available in the UK). With so many big-name competitors now on the market, such Amazon Fire TV 4K, is it worth paying $130 for this particular... >>

Apple might introduce full Siri integration for Macs this year

Apple might introduce full Siri integration for Macs this year

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The next version of Mac OS X could come with full-on Siri. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is working on a major update to OS X El Capitan called OS X 10.12. It'll likely arrive this autumn with an impressive expansion of Siri capabilities. Siri, which debuted... >>

Boston Dynamics' new Atlas humanoid bot looks ready to take over the world

Boston Dynamics' new Atlas humanoid bot looks ready to take over the world

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Boston Dynamics has just shown off its next-generation bipedal robot. And wow. This thing is intense. We can imagine in 5 years or more the Atlas being able to tuck our children into bed at night. Its creators just 6 months ago showed off a version of... >>

Televisions with built-in Google Chromecast likely to arrive this spring

Televisions with built-in Google Chromecast likely to arrive this spring

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Chromecast-like functionality is being built into TV sets from Vizio and others. According to Variety, Google and Vizio have been working together to add Chromecast into Vizio's new TVs coming out this spring, thus eliminating the need to offer up standard... >>

Mondaine adds PayChip contactless payments to new Swiss smartwatch

Mondaine adds PayChip contactless payments to new Swiss smartwatch

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Swiss watchmaker Mondaine has come out with a new contactless payment technology for its smartwatches. The Helvetica No1 will be the first smartwatch in Mondaine's lineup to be equipped with what the company dubbed "PayChip". The Helvetica watch brand... >>

Facebook Reactions explained: Here's the scoop on those new smileys

Facebook Reactions explained: Here's the scoop on those new smileys

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Facebook's Dislike button has arrived. Well, not quite. The social network has completed a worldwide launch of several "Reactions" that sit alongside the Like button on posts or comments. You can use these emoji-like characters to express a range of emotions,... >>

This Honda car uses a phone and app to offer Android Auto-like experience

This Honda car uses a phone and app to offer Android Auto-like experience

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Forget about fancy infotainment systems like Android Auto. There's this Android app called Drivemode, and it basically let's you use your phone while driving, which sounds like a bad thing, but it's designed to keep your eyes on the road as much as possible.... >>

Mighty lets you listen to Spotify while running but ditches the phone

Mighty lets you listen to Spotify while running but ditches the phone

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If you're a runner or cyclist or generally active person, your smartphone is likely the bane of your existence. Let's face it: Running is made much less excruciating when you can blast your favourite Spotify playlist. Unfortunately, it is far too easy... >>

Coca-Cola turned Coke packs into Google Cardboard-like VR viewers

Coca-Cola turned Coke packs into Google Cardboard-like VR viewers

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Most of you probably already have a Google Cardboard-certified viewer in your fridge or could easily get one the next time you buy groceries. Coca-cola has just published a video to YouTube that shows how to make a virtual-reality headset from recycled... >>

DJI now offers DJI Care so you can cover your drone with insurance

DJI now offers DJI Care so you can cover your drone with insurance

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Drones aren't cheap, so the idea of crashing one is stomach-turning. Drone maker DJI has likely realised that people probably aren't buying drones for that reason. So, in an attempt to provide you with a worry-free experience, it has launched DJI Care... >>

Facebook Birthday Cam lets you say Happy Birthday to friends via video

Facebook Birthday Cam lets you say Happy Birthday to friends via video

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"Happy Birthday!" It's such a generic thing to say, especially on Facebook. And sometimes the chore of trying to come up with something original is just too much to handle. "HBD." Nah. "H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y !" Trying too hard. The pressure is intense,... >>

MasterCard to replace passwords with selfies and fingerprints for ID checks

MasterCard to replace passwords with selfies and fingerprints for ID checks

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The days of using a traditional password to verify your identity for MasterCard online payments are numbered. The credit card company has confirmed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that it plans to accept selfies and fingerprints as an alternative... >>

LG to unveil 5.7-inch Stylus 2 phablet with updated pen at MWC

LG to unveil 5.7-inch Stylus 2 phablet with updated pen at MWC

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LG will unveil its LG G5 flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, and now the South Korean company has announced another handset it has in store for Barcelona: the 5.7-inch LG Stylus 2. This new phablet will succeed the G4 Stylus that became available... >>

Philips 2016 TV range: Full HD, Ultra HD 4K, HDR, Ambilight, and more

Philips 2016 TV range: Full HD, Ultra HD 4K, HDR, Ambilight, and more

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Philips TVs have returned with a new, varied range. The new range includes sizes going from 24-inches to 75-inches and include sFull HD TVs as well as Ultra HD 4K sets. The 4K TVs run the latest version of Android TV OS, and some of them support high... >>

VSS Unity explained: Here's the scoop on Virgin Galactic's new SpaceShipTwo

VSS Unity explained: Here's the scoop on Virgin Galactic's new SpaceShipTwo

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic just unveiled a new space plane that'll one day carry astronaut wannabees to the fringes of space. This vehicle will replace the one that fatally crashed more than a year ago and is supposed to be not only safer but also... >>

Vevo is planning a paid subscription service for ad-free music videos

Vevo is planning a paid subscription service for ad-free music videos

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It looks like Vevo might go the paid-subscription route. Services that let users watch videos or stream music often offer two tiers: free (ad-supported) and premium (ad-free subscription). Apple Music and Spotify, for instance, demand that their users... >>

Samsung will livestream the Galaxy S7's debut in VR to Gear VR headsets

Samsung will livestream the Galaxy S7's debut in VR to Gear VR headsets

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Those of you who are super pumped about Samsung's press event this weekend may be even more excited to learn that the whole thing will be streamed in virtual reality to the company's Gear VR headset. Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S7 on 21 February. It... >>

Being app lets you creep someone else's Instagram feed

Being app lets you creep someone else's Instagram feed

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Ever wonder what Kim Kardashian sees when she opens up Instagram? Well, there's an app for that. A new app called Being has just landed in the Apple App Store, and it serves one purpose: letting you creep the IG feeds of your favourite celebs and friends.... >>

LG G5 might debut with these Magic Slot modules and accessories

LG G5 might debut with these Magic Slot modules and accessories

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LG wants to wow you later this month with a new flagship that works with attachable modules as well as all-new accessories. LG's G5 handset is believed to have a Magic Slot that will allow the G5 to expand its hardware load-out. It's been difficult to... >>

Yaaas! Twitter finally adds a GIF button: Here's how it works

Yaaas! Twitter finally adds a GIF button: Here's how it works

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Twitter just caught up with the times. The company has announced a GIF search feature is coming to tweets and direct messages. It is rolling out an honest-to-goodness GIF button. So, when you're composing a tweet or direct message, you can search and... >>

Microsoft made a new Chromecast-like Wireless Display Adapter

Microsoft made a new Chromecast-like Wireless Display Adapter

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Not to be outdone by the recent update to Google Chromecast, Microsoft has decided to refresh its own Chromecast-like device, called the Wireless Display Adapter, making it both smaller and cheaper than the original version. Microsoft first launched the... >>

Apple Music explained: What is it and how does it work?

Apple Music explained: What is it and how does it work?

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Although Apple Music has been out for awhile, it's not too late to give it a go. The music streaming service is subscription-based and packed with features, including offline listening for when you're not connected, and it combines all your music in one... >>

The first Oculus Rift PC bundles are now available for preorder

The first Oculus Rift PC bundles are now available for preorder

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The Rift is almost here. Facebook-owned Oculus VR has confirmed its Rift virtual-reality headset will be available from March, but now you can finally pre-order official bundles that not only include the headset but also the certified PC required to run... >>

Bethesda announces three new Fallout 4 DLCs for this spring

Bethesda announces three new Fallout 4 DLCs for this spring

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Those of you who are getting a little bored of Fallout 4 (if that's even possible) will be glad to hear Bethesda has announced new add-on packs. The publisher plans to soon unleash three DLCs called Automatron, Wasteland Workshop, and Far Harbor. The... >>

Sony PlayStation VR won't arrive in early 2016 but rather this autumn

Sony PlayStation VR won't arrive in early 2016 but rather this autumn

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The release of PlayStation VR has apparently been delayed until later this year. This news doesn't come directly from Sony however. It comes from GameStop. Paul Raines, GameStop's CEO, told Fox Business while discussing the upcoming VR headset that the... >>