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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... >>

Boston Dynamics' latest robot dog can do your dishes and fetch a soda

Boston Dynamics' latest robot dog can do your dishes and fetch a soda

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Quadrupedal robot-maker Boston Dynamics has shown off its latest dystopian creature in a video published to YouTube (unbeknownst to its parent company, Google, apparently). Boston Dynamics is the robotics company Google is currently trying to sell, and... >>

Dropbox now uses your iPhone's camera for scanning documents

Dropbox now uses your iPhone's camera for scanning documents

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Dropbox just got quite an impressive update, all with the purpose of improving productivity. The iOS app now comes with a built-in document scanner that uses an iPhone or iPad's camera to snap photos of whatever you want - whether that be whiteboards,... >>

What is Sony PlayStation Vue and where is it available?

What is Sony PlayStation Vue and where is it available?

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Sony PlayStation Vue is no longer limited to the PlayStation platform. That means almost anyone can pick a plan and - without a cable contract - get access to a rich channel offering that comes close to matching what cable and satellite providers currently... >>

Twitter Engage app: What is it, how does it work, and who can use it?

Twitter Engage app: What is it, how does it work, and who can use it?

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Kim Kardashian West has access to a new app that makes Twitter much easier for her to understand and use. The app is called Twitter Engage. Although it's not limited to famous people, it's obvious that the app is meant to help popular or verified users... >>

Hasselblad X1D-50c is the world’s first medium format mirrorless camera

Hasselblad X1D-50c is the world’s first medium format mirrorless camera

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Swedish camera maker Hasselblad has officially announced the "world's first medium format mirrorless camera", the X1D-50c. The Hasselblad X1D has a flat design somewhere between retro and futuristic, is dust and weather sealed and features interchangeable... >>

Apple to ditch iPhone home button, overhaul design for 10th anniversary

Apple to ditch iPhone home button, overhaul design for 10th anniversary

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Forget about this year's new iPhone; the 2017 model is where it's at. A slew of reports came out today revealing Apple's next iPhone - thought to be called the iPhone 7 - will release this autumn with a design that closely resembles the last two generations.... >>

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch: What’s the story so far?

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch: What’s the story so far?

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It's almost time for Samsung to introduce a successor to the Gear S2. The company unveiled that smartwatch last November, but because we live in a high-tech age of annual product life cycles and never-ending consumerism, we're sure Samsung has been diligently... >>