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Google with its driverless cars wants to become an Uber

Google with its driverless cars wants to become an Uber

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Google is making an entire, standalone business for its self-driving cars, and the purpose of this unit is to offer Uber-like rides. According to Bloomberg, Google's ride-for-hire business will launch under its parent company, Alphabet Inc, sometime next... >>

Pebble made a Health app for its Time series of smartwatches

Pebble made a Health app for its Time series of smartwatches

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Select Pebble watches just got a lot, um, healthier? Just one week after Pebble pushed out new firmware and a fancy timeline feature to older smartwatches in its lineup, the company has announced something called Pebble Health. It is, as you might've... >>

Fight stormtroopers in this Google game that turns your phone into a lightsaber

Fight stormtroopers in this Google game that turns your phone into a lightsaber

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Okay, this is probably the coolest Chrome browser game yet. Google does this thing every now and then in which it releases new "Chrome experiments" that can only be accessed, viewed, or played with using the Google Chrome web browser on Mac and PCs. Well,... >>

Android Pay now does in-app purchases: Here's what you need to know

Android Pay now does in-app purchases: Here's what you need to know

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You can now use Android Pay to pay for your Lyft ride. You can also use it to pay for your grocery delivery from the Instacart Android app or clothes from JackThreads. That's because the mobile wallet has added support for in-app purchases. We've explained... >>

Get ready for the lightsaber to invade your Facebook stream

Get ready for the lightsaber to invade your Facebook stream

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First, it was rainbows. Then, it was French flags. Now, it is... lightsabers? Star Wars is everywhere at the moment, because we all know it's a marketing heavyweight. But it's not just plastered on every major food product down the grocery isle or sneaking... >>

Watch the first trailer for Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond here

Watch the first trailer for Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond here

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It's time to once again boldly go where no man has gone before. Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for a new Star Trek movie, and although JJ Abrams is no longer calling the shots from behind the camera, the third installment in the rebooted... >>

Tesla now sells iPhone 6/6S cases and wallets made from its seat leather

Tesla now sells iPhone 6/6S cases and wallets made from its seat leather

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Tesla has updated its online store with new apparel and accessories, and some of the coolest new bits are iPhone 6/6S and 6/6S Plus cases. They're not just any old cases, though; they're crafted from automotive-grade leather from the interior of its vehicles.... >>

Here are the Star Wars Cardboard headsets: Kylo Ren, Stormtrooper, BB-8, and R2-D2

Here are the Star Wars Cardboard headsets: Kylo Ren, Stormtrooper, BB-8, and R2-D2

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Google Cardboard is already cool, but throw Star Wars into the mix and suddenly you got something unbelievably awesome. As a refresher: Google launched Cardboard in 2014. It gives you a rich virtual reality experience without the big price tag. It's a... >>

37 geeky wrapping papers to use on Christmas gifts this year

37 geeky wrapping papers to use on Christmas gifts this year

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Part of the joy behind the gift-giving experience is finding an awesome present that's tailored to one person. But did you realise wrapping paper can further bring that present to a whole new (and geekier) level? Surprising a person with a Christmas gift... >>

Samsung Pay now lets you store gift cards and buy new ones

Samsung Pay now lets you store gift cards and buy new ones

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You can now ditch those plastic, physical gift cards and start storing them in Samsung Pay instead. Samsung Pay is a mobile payment wallet that launched a few months ago. It naturally only works on the latest Galaxy devices (Galaxy S6, S6 Edge+, S6 Edge,... >>

This new DJI camera uses thermal imaging to help find people, fight fires

This new DJI camera uses thermal imaging to help find people, fight fires

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China-based DJI is known for making drones for consumers and prosumers, but now it's tackling industries. The startup is introducing a new thermal-imaging camera that works with its Inspire One and Matrice drones. In a demo video for the new camera, DJI... >>

New Chromecast Audio features let you play hi-res audio in every room at once

New Chromecast Audio features let you play hi-res audio in every room at once

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Google just updated its audio-only dongle in a major way. Chromecast Audio is a new $35 device from Google. It's all about streaming audio from online services over Wi-Fi to otherwise offline speakers, thus bringing the simplicity we loved about the original... >>

Flickr VR app for Gear VR lets you jump into 360-degree immersive photos

Flickr VR app for Gear VR lets you jump into 360-degree immersive photos

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Flickr has let people upload 360-degree photos for awhile now, but now it allows anyone to totally immerse themselves in them. That's right. Starting today, you can experience Flickr in virtual reality. Sort of. The site has launched a virtual reality... >>

New Apple TV Remote app with Siri functionality will arrive next year

New Apple TV Remote app with Siri functionality will arrive next year

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You'll soon be able to use the Apple TV remote app on your iPhone to control your set-top box with Siri voice commands. The new Apple TV comes with a new physical remote that is decked out with a touchpad and buttons for menu, home, volume, and Siri.... >>

Google launches Play Music family plan: What is it and how does it work?

Google launches Play Music family plan: What is it and how does it work?

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Google announced in September that its Play Music service would soon offer a family plan, and now it has officially given the option a green light. When it comes to streaming music services, Google Play Music is a solid option... except for one thing:... >>

Microsoft's Cortana assistant is officially available for Android and iOS

Microsoft's Cortana assistant is officially available for Android and iOS

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Android and iPhone users now have an alternative digital assistant option beyond Google Now and Siri. And it comes directly from Microsoft. Following months of feedback provided by beta testers, Microsoft has officially launched the official Cortana app... >>

Have you seen these? Watch the UK's top-trending YouTube vids for 2015

Have you seen these? Watch the UK's top-trending YouTube vids for 2015

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It's that time of year when companies announce their milestones or stats for the last 12 months. Spotify did it recently, showing off which artists reigned supreme in terms of most streamed in 2015, and now YouTube is following up with its own list. The... >>

HTC will start selling the Vive VR headset to consumers in April

HTC will start selling the Vive VR headset to consumers in April

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In about four months you'll be able to experience high-end VR from the comfort of your own living room. And not just thanks to Oculus. The HTC Vive is an upcoming virtual reality head-mounted display powered by SteamVR, which is being developed by both... >>

Apple might unveil Apple Watch 2 and iPhone 6C at March event

Apple might unveil Apple Watch 2 and iPhone 6C at March event

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Apple's next event will occur in March 2016. 9to5Mac has claimed that Apple's upcoming event will see the introduction of a second-generation Apple Watch. That shouldn't be too surprising - considering Apple held a "Spring Forward" event last March for... >>

You can now use Siri on Apple TV to control Apple Music

You can now use Siri on Apple TV to control Apple Music

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"Hey Siri, play Hello by Adele". If you own an iOS device, such as an iPhone, you can ask Siri to play tunes from Apple Music. And now, starting today, if you own the latest Apple TV, you can do the same thing. Apple has released the first major update... >>

Apple iOS 9.2 update rolls out with Apple Music improvements and more

Apple iOS 9.2 update rolls out with Apple Music improvements and more

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Apple has released the second major update to the iOS 9 operating system. The update, called iOS 9.2, is now rolling out over the air to the public. It has been in testing since late October, when it was seeded to developers and public beta testers. Although... >>

TAG Heuer to make more Android smartwatches due to high demand

TAG Heuer to make more Android smartwatches due to high demand

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TAG Heuer wants you to know how well its doing in the smartwatch space. The company recently pulled the covers off the Tag Heuer Connected, its new Android smartwatch that comes as the result of a partnership between Tag Heuer, Intel, and Google. Priced... >>

Remember Mailbox? Well, Dropbox just killed the hyped-up email app

Remember Mailbox? Well, Dropbox just killed the hyped-up email app

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Dropbox is doing a bit of spring (er, winter?) cleaning. It's getting rid of two apps: Mailbox and Carousel. A few years ago, the blogosphere got all excited about Mailbox, an iPhone app that promised to reinvent the way you do email. Developed by Orchestra,... >>

You'll never guess which Samsung phone is updating to Android 6.0 Marshmallow first

You'll never guess which Samsung phone is updating to Android 6.0 Marshmallow first

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A Samsung device not part of the 2015 flagship lineup looks to be the first Sammy phone to receive the latest version of Android. A Hungary user has claimed his Galaxy Note 4 updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There's been no word about an official release,... >>

Rock Band... in virtual reality... on Oculus Rift: Take our money!

Rock Band... in virtual reality... on Oculus Rift: Take our money!

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Omgomgomg. Oculus VR and Harmonix have announced that a virtual reality version of Rock Band is coming to the Oculus Rift, meaning you'll soon be able to slip on a pair of VR goggles in order to step out onto a virtual stage and fully experience what... >>