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You can now buy Samsung’s fancy Serif TV in the US from MoMA

You can now buy Samsung’s fancy Serif TV in the US from MoMA

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Art enthusiasts can now get a Samsung TV from a Manhattan museum to complement the highbrow decor of their living rooms. Last year (about nine months ago, to be exact), Samsung announced a new TV. But it's not one of those flexible, curvy, or super-thin... >>

What is Xbox Play Anywhere and when will it be available?

What is Xbox Play Anywhere and when will it be available?

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Xbox Play Anywhere will arrive this autumn. Microsoft has announced a launch date for its new Xbox Play Anywhere service that will allow you to buy a single version of a participating digital game as a single purchase and then play it on both an Xbox... >>

HTC Marlin Nexus phone completely revealed in major spec leak

HTC Marlin Nexus phone completely revealed in major spec leak

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Google is getting ready to unveil two Nexus smartphones later this year - and now, thanks to a leak, we know what the larger device might feature. The larger Nexus is currently going by the name Marlin, and according to Android Police, which just published... >>

Apple wants to buy Jay Z’s Tidal music-streaming service

Apple wants to buy Jay Z’s Tidal music-streaming service

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If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. Apple offers a music-streaming service, called Apple Music, naturally, but soon it might own another music-streaming service: Tidal. The Jay Z-owned service launched in 2014, with a focus on offering high-fidelity audio... >>

Google wants you to explore the web in VR with Chrome for Android

Google wants you to explore the web in VR with Chrome for Android

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Soon, you'll be able to jump into the web. Like, literally.  The latest beta and developer versions of Google's Chrome browser app for Android includes support for the open-source WebVR standard, which allows developers to create websites you can use/watch/view... >>

Goodbye, Facebook Paper, we hardly knew ye

Goodbye, Facebook Paper, we hardly knew ye

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Paper is no more. In Pocket-lint's review of Paper from way back in 2014, we praised the newsreader app and wondered at the time if it was Facebook's best mobile product ever, but we also questioned if it would succeed like Facebook Messenger or crash... >>

Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes

Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes

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Although it's 2016, Furby is still a thing. Hasbro's weird, nostalgic fur beast has been resurrected with some new tricks. It's now a connected toy, for instance. And it's eyes are full-colour LCD screens. You'll also notice a glowing antenna on its head... >>

Samsung's future phones might include a 'Smart Glow' ring for alerts

Samsung's future phones might include a 'Smart Glow' ring for alerts

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Some of Samsung's upcoming smartphones might get a "Smart Glow" feature. According to SamMobile, the Galaxy J2, which will only be available in India, and possibly future devices, such as the Galaxy S8 and Tizen phones, will feature a glowing ring that... >>

Microsoft deal offers US students a free Xbox One with Surface Pro 4

Microsoft deal offers US students a free Xbox One with Surface Pro 4

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Microsoft is announcing a massive Xbox One sale, but unfortunately for Brits, it's limited to students in the US. The Redmond-based company recently unveiled a newer, slimmer Xbox One called Xbox One S. It's therefore safe to assume Microsoft is now eager... >>

Amazon will cut prices on Android phones displaying its lock screen ads

Amazon will cut prices on Android phones displaying its lock screen ads

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Amazon has announced it will offer discounts on select Android phones - as long as you agree to view adverts on the phones' lock screens. The online retailer sells other manufacturers’ phones, including the fourth-generation Moto G and Blu R1 HD. In... >>

Windows 10 Anniversary Update release date confirmed, 2 August

Windows 10 Anniversary Update release date confirmed, 2 August

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After a massive leak yesterday, Microsoft has now confirmed the official release date of the next big Windows 10 update. The company announced that the first major update to Windows 10 will become available 2 August. It published a blog post early Tuesday... >>

Twitter scooped up a former Apple designer to lead its VR/AR plans

Twitter scooped up a former Apple designer to lead its VR/AR plans

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Not to be outdone by other tech giants, it looks like Twitter now plans to jump into virtual reality and augmented reality. Just a week after acquiring the machine-learning firm Magic Pony, Twitter has bought the music VR experience startup IXOMOXI and... >>

Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update: New features, release date and everything you need to know

Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update: New features, release date and everything you need to know

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It's almost anniversary time. During its annual Build developer conference last March, Microsoft demoed the first major update to Windows 10. The company branded the update "Anniversary Update" (because it marks the 1-year anniversary of Windows 10's... >>

This push-button tracker lets you call and locate your kids in real time

This push-button tracker lets you call and locate your kids in real time

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When your children are young, you probably care about tracking their whereabouts and getting ahold of them, but you might not want to give them devices that let them call or access the web without supervision. While there are a few phones and apps out... >>

Facebook Slideshow: How to create quick movies from your pics and vids

Facebook Slideshow: How to create quick movies from your pics and vids

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Facebook wants you to share more stuff on Facebook - so it's rolling out a new feature designed to do just that. The social network thinks video is the answer to all its woes. According to The Information, Facebook has experienced a decline in original,... >>

HP made an 11-inch Chromebook with a touchscreen display

HP made an 11-inch Chromebook with a touchscreen display

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Hewlett-Packard is adding the Chromebook 11 G5 to its lineup of Chrome OS-powered machines - and the most interesting thing about this laptop is that it comes with a touch display. This is HP's first Chromebook in the 11-inch range to offer a touchscreen.... >>

The Minecraft movie has a release date, coming in 3D and to IMAX

The Minecraft movie has a release date, coming in 3D and to IMAX

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Minecraft diehards can rejoice! Their movie is just three years away. Mojang has announced an official release date for the game series' first feature film. The developer studio, which Microsoft acquired in 2014 for $2.5 billion, said its Warner Bros-produced... >>

Google Project Bloks: Here’s how a toy system can teach kids to code

Google Project Bloks: Here’s how a toy system can teach kids to code

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Coding isn't a very kid-friendly subject. It's painstaking, requires tonnes of memorisation, and usually results in a lot of time spent sitting in front of a computer. But it doesn't have to be that way - or at least that's what Google believes. The Mountain... >>

This Blackbird adjustable rig can morph into any car for film shoots

This Blackbird adjustable rig can morph into any car for film shoots

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Ever see a car commercial with a small caption that warns something along the lines of "model shown may not match your vehicle exactly"? Well, thanks to the Blackbird, that might no longer be a thing. We all know that getting cars for a movie production... >>

Samsung’s making a Galaxy S7 Olympic Edition - see leaked pic

Samsung’s making a Galaxy S7 Olympic Edition - see leaked pic

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There it is - in all its glory. Samsung is known for making special editions of its flagship phones. It made a Batman edition of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, for instance, and in 2012, it made a limited edition of the Samsung Galaxy S III to celebrate... >>

Is this what Android N's redesigned navigation keys will look like?

Is this what Android N's redesigned navigation keys will look like?

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Google will apparently switch up the look of Android's navigation keys, with the release of Android N later this summer, according to a new report that can't share its primary source. When you look at your Android device, you'll notice software keys that... >>

YouTube launches live mobile streaming: Here's how it works

YouTube launches live mobile streaming: Here's how it works

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Google-owned YouTube is trying to catch up with Facebook Live and Twitter-owned Periscope. It's finally adding a live-stream button to the YouTube mobile app, even though it's already offered the feature in a limited capacity for about 5 years. Shortly... >>

Facebook Live to offer Snapchat-like lenses through MSQRD app

Facebook Live to offer Snapchat-like lenses through MSQRD app

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One of the coolest features in Snapchat are those mask thingies. With Snapchat's camera view pointing toward your face, you can long-press on the screen to let the app recognise your facial features and serve up a bunch of mask-like filters that perfectly... >>

Huawei is making an all-new mobile OS, and it's revamping EMUI

Huawei is making an all-new mobile OS, and it's revamping EMUI

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Huawei has a back-up plan in case things go south with Google. According to The Information, Huawei, which is the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer and best-known for the Huawei 6P it made with Google, is developing a new mobile operating... >>

Steam’s summer sale: All the best game deals and hardware discounts

Steam’s summer sale: All the best game deals and hardware discounts

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Summer is here! You know what that means? It's time to sit inside all day and play Steam. Steam has announced that 12,845 games are now on sale as part of its annual summer sale, which is called the Steam Summer Picnic Sale this year. It went live at... >>