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Philips' new Hue light switches to warm temps at night to help you sleep

Philips' new Hue light switches to warm temps at night to help you sleep

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The tech industry is continuing its assault on cool, blue light. Philips has announced a new smart lightbulb called Philips Hue White Ambiance. It's part of the Hue ecosystem and promises to emit "every shade of white light" from colour temperatures of... >>

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's PlayStation Vue streaming TV service has finally expanded past the PlayStation to Amazon Fire TV devices and the Chromecast. That means you can pick the right plan for you and - without a cable contract - begin getting access to a rich channel... >>

Sony PlayStation Vue is finally now available across the US

Sony PlayStation Vue is finally now available across the US

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Sony announced that its PlayStation Vue internet TV service has gone nationwide in the states. The Netflix-like service launched over a year ago and has been available in select US cities, bringing live, local broadcasts from CBS, ABC, FOX, and NBC (as... >>

Comic-Con HQ explained: When will the new streaming service go live?

Comic-Con HQ explained: When will the new streaming service go live?

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Comic-Con is getting its own subscription streaming service. It's called Comic-Con HQ. From what we can tell, it is trying to be a Netflix of sorts for comic-book geeks. It's also trying to extend the Comic-Con experience from just a few days a year to... >>

Microsoft is finally letting Xbox One, PS4, and PC gamers play together

Microsoft is finally letting Xbox One, PS4, and PC gamers play together

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Pigs have begun to fly. Something that seemed like it would never happen has in fact happened: Microsoft is announcing cross-network play. The company has long-teased such a feature, but now it's actually doing something about it. The new feature will... >>

Amazon Echo tips and tricks

Amazon Echo tips and tricks

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Amazon released Amazon Echo last year, and it recently introduced two new models of the $179 Bluetooth-enabled speaker, each with their own set of features and functionality. But all three have one thing in common: Alexa. Amazon Echo is a 9.25-inch-tall... >>

NEC's earbuds will identify you by resonating sound in your ear canal

NEC's earbuds will identify you by resonating sound in your ear canal

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There is an interesting boom happening in the tech world right now. It's focused on innovating new ways to verify people's identity. The latest company to make headway in this space is Japanese firm NEC, which recently announced it is developing earbuds... >>

Watch Google DeepMind's AlphaGo beat a professional Go player - twice!

Watch Google DeepMind's AlphaGo beat a professional Go player - twice!

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Google is showing off its powerful AlphaGo program by publishing videos and live-streams to its entire Google DeepMind Challenge Match series. Google bought DeepMind Technologies - an artificial intelligence company - for $650 million in January 2014.... >>

New HTC 10 photos leak fully reveals upcoming flagship

New HTC 10 photos leak fully reveals upcoming flagship

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The HTC 10 has been spotted in the wild, giving us a clear look at the design of HTC's next phone. So far we've seen renders and blurry pictures, but now a pair of clear-as-day photos have emerged, showing the metal phone in all its glory while also... >>

Huawei P9 event confirmed for April with "save the date" invite

Huawei P9 event confirmed for April with "save the date" invite

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After a leak revealed an April launch date for the Huawei P9 could be on the cards, the company has now officially confirmed that to be the case. An invite has arrived telling us to "save the date" for a 6 April announcement. Most reports have suggested... >>

Android N: How to get Android 7.0 on your phone right now

Android N: How to get Android 7.0 on your phone right now

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Google has randomly made a developer preview of the next version of Android, codenamed N, available for Nexus devices. Google typically releases the latest Android preview during its Google I/O developer conference held annually in May. Now - for the... >>

Blue Origin: When will Jeff Bezos' space company take tourists into space?

Blue Origin: When will Jeff Bezos' space company take tourists into space?

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Amazon.com's founder has stopped being so secretive about his private space company by letting journalists tour the venture’s site while also announcing that human space tourism will be possible in just two years. That space company is called Blue... >>

UK wants to resolve traffic congestion by testing driverless lorries

UK wants to resolve traffic congestion by testing driverless lorries

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If you thought driving alongside normal Big Rigs was nerve-wracking, just wait until you look over and see there is no driver at the wheel. According to a few reports, British Chancellor George Osborne is about to announce trials of autonomous heavy goods... >>

Google begins rolling out LG Nexus 5X performance update

Google begins rolling out LG Nexus 5X performance update

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The Nexus 5X was well-received, but improvements would be appreciated. It has been criticised for poor performance in day-to-day use - especially when compared to its fancier flagship sibling, the Huawei Nexus 6P. Thankfully, the LG Nexus 5X is getting... >>

Game of Thrones' first season 6 trailer is finally out - watch it here

Game of Thrones' first season 6 trailer is finally out - watch it here

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It is a glorious day. Game of Thrones is set to return 24 April, and to whet your appetite for the big premiere, HBO has just graced us with the new season's first full-length trailer. It's almost 2 minutes long and is set to James Vincent McMorrow's... >>

Digit's savings service now has an iOS app that sets your money aside

Digit's savings service now has an iOS app that sets your money aside

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Digit - the web app that basically serves as an automated savings plan - now has an iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and the Apple Watch. Don't feel bad if you're completely incapable of setting aside money, because according to a tonne of recent studies, it's... >>

Lyft now lets you hail a car from within FB Messenger, Slack, and more

Lyft now lets you hail a car from within FB Messenger, Slack, and more

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Not to be outdone by Uber, Lyft has announced that Facebook Messenger users can now hail a car from them instead of Uber. Since December, anyone has been able to hail an Uber car from within the Messenger app. We explained here how exactly that works,... >>

Amazon job posting reveals virtual reality team for producing VR content

Amazon job posting reveals virtual reality team for producing VR content

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Amazon wants to produce virtual reality content, according to a new job posting for its Amazon Video arm. The posting is live on the website Glassdoor and was first spotted by Upload VR. In the posting, Amazon seeks to hire someone "responsible for building... >>

Google hires 4chan founder for his expertise in online communities

Google hires 4chan founder for his expertise in online communities

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The creator of 4chan just became a Googler. 4chan is a message board where users can post anonymously, with the most recent posts appearing above the rest. Chris Poole founded the site in 2003, basing it off 2channel, another board just for anime and... >>

Google Project Fi ditches the invite system, now open to all in US

Google Project Fi ditches the invite system, now open to all in US

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Project Fi is no longer available by invite-only. Despite Google I/O 2016 being just around the corner, Google has made an announcement about Project Fi, which we expected to get an update on during the company's annual developer conference. The project debuted... >>

Hello Games gives No Man's Sky an official release date for PS4 and PC

Hello Games gives No Man's Sky an official release date for PS4 and PC

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British indie game maker Hello Games has just announced a release date for its upcoming epic, No Man's Sky. The title is much-anticipated because of its sheer scale; you are free to explore the game's virtual open universe of about 18 quintillion planets.... >>

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Tap vs Echo Dot: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Tap vs Echo Dot: What's the difference?

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Amazon has a new Echo lineup with tiered-speaker heights that remind us of Starbucks coffee sizes (grande, venti, and trenta). Amazon makes a cylindrical, internet-connected Bluetooth speaker called Echo, which doubles as your personal, cloud-based assistant,... >>

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will come to Blu-ray and more on this date

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will come to Blu-ray and more on this date

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Disney has announced when Star Wars fans will finally be able to watch The Force Awakens from the comfort of their own homes. During The Walt Disney Company’s annual shareholders meeting, Robert A. Iger, CEO, said the latest installment of the Star... >>

Google Hands Free payments app: What is it and how does it work?

Google Hands Free payments app: What is it and how does it work?

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Google has a new payment app that's separate from Android Pay. Android Pay debuted in May 2015 and began rolling out in the US roughly four months later. It is now averaging 1.5 million new registrations each month. Despite the success of that initiative,... >>

Google will finally roll out Android Pay in the UK this month

Google will finally roll out Android Pay in the UK this month

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Android Pay will soon arrive in the UK. According to The Telegraph, Google will launch Android Pay in the UK by the end of March, following an initial launch in the US in September 2015. It'll work with all NFC-enabled Android devices running KitKat... >>