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Disney wants you to ditch the selfie stick before visiting its theme parks

Disney wants you to ditch the selfie stick before visiting its theme parks

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If you plan to visit one of Disney's theme parks soon, don't expect to snap selfies with friends or family. While you're allowed to still take them, you won't be able to get any nice angles or group shots with assistance from a selfie stick. The company... >>

8 Android smartphones that can handle the beach this summer

8 Android smartphones that can handle the beach this summer

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When you imagine the beach, you probably think of these three things: sun, water, and sand. While those elements are nothing but fun for both our bodies and minds in moderation, they're havoc for our mobile devices. So, if you're an avid beach goer or... >>

Want to celebrate pride? Facebook launches rainbow photo filter

Want to celebrate pride? Facebook launches rainbow photo filter

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Facebook has responded to current US events by letting users celebrate pride. In a landmark decision for the gay rights movement in the US, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, officially declaring... >>

These powerful videos depict what curious kids can do online when you’re not watching

These powerful videos depict what curious kids can do online when you’re not watching

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The internet can be a scary place for kids. And nothing drives that message home better than a video series showing youngsters being bullied, abused, and shamed while doing basic web-related things, such as gaming or messaging with friends. Internet Matters... >>

Google's smart contact lens might already be ready for a consumer launch

Google's smart contact lens might already be ready for a consumer launch

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You might not have to wait until 2019 to get your hands on a smart contact lens from Google. The Google X team announced in 2014 that it developed a smart contact lens for measuring glucose levels in people with diabetes. It uses miniaturised electronics... >>

Google's little prototype cars are now self-driving on California roads

Google's little prototype cars are now self-driving on California roads

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Google's prototype self-driving cars were due to hit California roads by this summer, and now the company has announced they are ready and already cruising down the streets of Mountain View. The cute vehicles, which were first announced last year without... >>

OnePlus 2 will unveil in July, tune in with the OnePlus Cardboard VR headset

OnePlus 2 will unveil in July, tune in with the OnePlus Cardboard VR headset

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Everyone wants to know when OnePlus plans to unveil its next flagship phone, the successor to the $299 OnePlus One. Well, it has finally confirmed a date. OnePlus will officially debut the OnePlus 2 on 27 July at 7PM PST. OnePlus already revealed the... >>

Watch Microsoft create the Windows 10 wallpaper using projectors and lasers

Watch Microsoft create the Windows 10 wallpaper using projectors and lasers

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Windows 10 will have its own, unique wallpaper designed by a production designer and artist who is also known for his work on Tron's opening titles. His name is Bradley Munkowitz. As it did with all previous versions of Windows, Microsoft has created... >>

You can now watch Amazon Instant Video content in HDR - if you own the right TV

You can now watch Amazon Instant Video content in HDR - if you own the right TV

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Amazon has announced that HDR content is finally available through its Instant Video streaming service. But it is exclusive to Prime subscribers and specific TV sets. The online retailer first confirmed in April that it planned to support high dynamic... >>

Apple Music's first exclusive is none other than...

Apple Music's first exclusive is none other than...

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Apple Music's first exclusive is none other than...a new single from a guy who has posted videos of himself and been spotted donning a gold Apple Watch well before the smartwatch even became available for purchase. His name is Pharrell. Apart from being... >>

Microsoft Office officially launches for Android phone, includes three main apps

Microsoft Office officially launches for Android phone, includes three main apps

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If you don't own an iPhone but would like to use the Microsoft Office productivity suite while on the go, you'll be thrilled to learn that new versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel have just arrive for Android phones. Microsoft announced on Wednesday... >>

Facebook Messenger no longer needs a Facebook account: Here's how to sign up

Facebook Messenger no longer needs a Facebook account: Here's how to sign up

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Facebook Messenger is truly a standalone messaging app now. It is no secret that Facebook wants its messaging feature to become an independent thing. It was never more evident, for instance, than when the social network launched a dedicated Messenger... >>

Twist combines a smart LED lamp with an Airplay-controlled speaker

Twist combines a smart LED lamp with an Airplay-controlled speaker

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A speaker lamp has just become available for pre-order, and it seems like the ideal way to get into home automation without going totally overboard on apps, hubs, and other internet-connected gear. We've seen plenty of major technology companies - such... >>

Lexus made an actual hoverboard, and this is what it looks like

Lexus made an actual hoverboard, and this is what it looks like

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Luxury car maker Lexus has created a real-life, rideable hoverboard. The company has announced that it partnered with experts in super conductive technology in order to create what it described as "one of the most advanced hoverboards ever developed".... >>

Forget helicopters, the US Army is going with real-life hoverbikes

Forget helicopters, the US Army is going with real-life hoverbikes

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The US Department of Defense has struck a deal with UK-based Malloy Aeronautics to develop and build hoverbike vehicles in the States. Malloy's current Hoverbike prototype, which is a one-third scale model, is meant to act like a helicopter, but better.... >>

Google Play Music now free to use: Here's how it works

Google Play Music now free to use: Here's how it works

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Google has announced that its streaming music service, called Google Play Music, is now free to use, meaning you won't need a subscription in order to listen. But you will be subjected to adverts. Just like how the free versions of Spotify and Pandora... >>

Google created a wristband that tracks your health for clinical trials

Google created a wristband that tracks your health for clinical trials

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Google has a group dedicated to life sciences, and it has recently been working on wristband device that's all about health tracking. But the wristband won't be marketed as a consumer device. Bloomberg has reported that Google's wristband, which has just... >>

Instagram reimagines how you search and explore: What's different?

Instagram reimagines how you search and explore: What's different?

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Instagram has been upgraded with a new Explore page and search tools. We've combed through all the changes and explained everything below, with the purpose of making it easier for you to leverage the new features and easily search people, places, and... >>

49 of the coolest Android Wear watch faces you can download right now

49 of the coolest Android Wear watch faces you can download right now

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Looking for a new Android Wear watch face? Well, you've come to the right place. Thanks to Google's dedicated Google Play Store hub specifically for finding Android Wear watch faces, they are now easier than ever to find and download, with over 1,500... >>

Sony's thin 4K Android TVs now have prices, and they're up for pre-order

Sony's thin 4K Android TVs now have prices, and they're up for pre-order

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It has been six months since Sony unveiled its 4K Android TV sets at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, and now the company has finally announced pricing for the sets and put them up for sale (well, pre-order). The cheapest model is the X900C. It costs $2,499 (converts... >>

Pebble Time is now available for pre-order globally

Pebble Time is now available for pre-order globally

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If you didn't buy the Pebble Time via Kickstarter after it unveiled a few of months ago, now's your chance. Best Buy has begun accepting pre-orders for the Pebble Time - and it's the only place where those of you who didn't pledge any money on Kickstarter... >>

Turtle Beach's new lineup of gaming headsets for Xbox One, PS4, and PCs (eyes-on)

Turtle Beach's new lineup of gaming headsets for Xbox One, PS4, and PCs (eyes-on)

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Turtle Beach returned to E3 with new headsets for PC and console gamers, so of course Pocket-lint stopped by the company's huge booth on the show floor to see it had on display and behind closed doors. Starting off with the Ear Force Stealth 420X and... >>

Nyko has Xbox One gamers covered with its new Data Bank enclosure, Type Pad keyboard, and more (hands-on)

Nyko has Xbox One gamers covered with its new Data Bank enclosure, Type Pad keyboard, and more (hands-on)

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Nyko went to E3 2015 with a new lineup of peripherals, and because the company is ridiculously good at making useful and brilliant gaming accessories we actually need, we decided to stop by its stand to check out the new versions of the Nyko Data Bank... >>

E3 2015: The entire show floor in pictures

E3 2015: The entire show floor in pictures

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E3 2015 is now over, and wow - what a week. Pocket-lint attended the conference in Los Angeles and saw everything from Charles Martinet (the dude who voices many of the characters in Super Mario) to tonnes of yet-to-be-released hardware on the show floor... >>

Vuzix iWear 720: A VR headset that's like putting a 130-inch TV in front of your face

Vuzix iWear 720: A VR headset that's like putting a 130-inch TV in front of your face

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The Vuzix iWear 720 unveiled earlier this year and made several heads turn at CES 2015 in January, so of course Pocket-lint leapt at the chance to give the virtual reality headset a try while at E3 2015 in Los Angeles this past week. The iWear 720 is... >>