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Android Wear: The watches from Motorola, LG and more

Android Wear: The watches from Motorola, LG and more

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Android Wear is Google's way onto your wrist through smartwatches from the likes of LG, Motorola and Samsung. Expect plenty more details to arrive at Google I/O, but heres' what we know now. Read: What is Google Android Wear and why should you care?... >>

Samsung Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo vs Galaxy Gear: What's the difference?

Samsung Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo vs Galaxy Gear: What's the difference?

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Samsung isn't giving up on the wearables market, following measly sales of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch from 2013. Instead, it's back with two new versions; the Gear 2 and the Neo. We've rounded up the key differences between the three versions, seeing... >>

GoPro launches app on Xbox 360 with action content, coming to Xbox One this summer

GoPro launches app on Xbox 360 with action content, coming to Xbox One this summer

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GoPro, the maker of small action-sports cameras, has launched a GoPro Channel app on the Xbox 360, in an effort to highlight entertaining footage. With the new Xbox 360 app, Xbox Live Gold members can stream official GoPro video content from their couch,... >>

Google planning to launch Android TV, simplifying its Google TV for the masses

Google planning to launch Android TV, simplifying its Google TV for the masses

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Google plans to revamp its television offering by ditching the long-failed Google TV and launching a new Android TV platform. The Verge, who obtained screenshots of the Android TV interface, reports Android TV will be more closely aligned with other... >>

Family tries to piece life together after losing all their saved DVR content [video]

Family tries to piece life together after losing all their saved DVR content [video]

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The Onion is out with a hard-hitting report on Saturday, detailing the Talbott family who tragically lost years worth of movies and television shows taped to their DVR. "You hear stories about people who mismanage their device settings, but you never... >>

Yahoo reportedly poaching YouTube stars for rival video network

Yahoo reportedly poaching YouTube stars for rival video network

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Yahoo is considering its own video service to compete with Google's YouTube, sources tell Recode, as head of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, works to take on her former employer. The publication reports Yahoo has been trying to lure some of YouTube's top talent... >>

Philips, Armin van Buuren team together for A5-Pro DJ headphones

Philips, Armin van Buuren team together for A5-Pro DJ headphones

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Philips and DJ star Armin van Buuren have paired together for a pair of A5-Pro professional DJ headphones, designed to meet the needs of a globe-trotting DJ. Van Buuren and Philips collaborated on the headphones to combine an aluminum close-back fit with... >>

Microsoft teases Kinect 2 sensor for Windows, 'getting closer and closer to launch'

Microsoft teases Kinect 2 sensor for Windows, 'getting closer and closer to launch'

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Microsoft has officially unveiled the second-generation Kinect sensor that will be made available to Windows PC gamers. In a blog post on the Kinect blog on Thursday, the Redmond-based company showed a picture of the Kinect for Windows v2 and offered... >>

Philips expands Hue brand with white-only Hue Lux, Hue Tap lightswitch and luminaries

Philips expands Hue brand with white-only Hue Lux, Hue Tap lightswitch and luminaries

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Philips is expanding its line of Hue smart-lighting products with the introduction of the Hue Lux, a white-only version of the smartphone connected light bulb. The Hue line had traditionally been full of colour, but that doesn't necessarily bode well... >>

Why Apple is happy to promote Office for iPad - it's getting a cut

Why Apple is happy to promote Office for iPad - it's getting a cut

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Apple began promoting Microsoft's release of Office for iPad to the iTunes App Store on Thursday with a headlining image touting the apps' launch. It may seem a bit odd for Apple to do this, given its own iWork suite is made available, but when money... >>

Facebook planning drones to connect rest of world to internet

Facebook planning drones to connect rest of world to internet

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Facebook has detailed its plans to bring internet connectivity to the next 5 billion people through the Internet.org initiative, along with Nokia, Qualcomm, and other technology giants. Based in Menlo Park, CA, Facebook has created a team within its walls... >>

Amazon reportedly planning ad-supported video streaming service

Amazon reportedly planning ad-supported video streaming service

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Amazon has plans to unveil a free, advertising-supported streaming service complete with television and music video content, according to the Wall Street Journal. It won't be based around Amazon Prime, which costs $99 per year, like originally thought.... >>

Microsoft Office for iPhone, Android now available for free

Microsoft Office for iPhone, Android now available for free

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Microsoft has made the iPhone and Android versions of its Office Mobile app available for free, dropping the Office 365 subscription that had previously been required. Users will now be able to create and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint... >>

Samsung's Galaxy S5 now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

Samsung's Galaxy S5 now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse in the UK.  Customers can get the Galaxy S5 at Carphone Warehouse for £42 per month through a two-year Vodafone contract, with no up front cost, or shell out £579 to get the... >>

Watch Sony unveil its virtual reality future for PS4: Project Morpheus

Watch Sony unveil its virtual reality future for PS4: Project Morpheus

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Sony has posted the video presentation of the unveiling of its big virtual reality play called Project Morpheus, a technology that will allow PS4 gamers to feel like they're actually in a game, and negate the need for a television for gameplay. It's... >>

AppyParking for iPhone wins Ford app award and £10,000, tells you where to park in London

AppyParking for iPhone wins Ford app award and £10,000, tells you where to park in London

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AppyParking wants to save you time by helping you park in London. The application, available on the App Store for iOS, allows drivers to see every Controlled Parking Zone in London. Using GPS, AppyParking identifies where you are in your car, and will... >>

Office for iPad was unveiled today, does it matter?

Office for iPad was unveiled today, does it matter?

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Microsoft finally unveiled the Office for iPad app at an event today, 27 March, in San Francisco, complete with an entire Office suite that includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft appealed to iPhone users in the past with an Office app, but... >>

Twitter now allows photo tagging of up to 10 people, doesn't affect 140 character limit

Twitter now allows photo tagging of up to 10 people, doesn't affect 140 character limit

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Twitter has just announced a big change to the way it handles photos on mobile. You can now tag up to 10 people in a photo through the iOS and Android apps, and tagging doesn't affect character count in a tweet. Essentially, this is acting like Facebook... >>

HTC says 'blah blah blah' in first HTC One (M8) ad

HTC says 'blah blah blah' in first HTC One (M8) ad

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HTC has shown its first television advertisement spot for the new HTC One (M8) released on Tuesday, and one word to describe it is "blah".  That's not our judgement of the phone, that's what actor Gary Oldman had to say. In a unique take on a handset... >>

Minecraft creator says it's no longer coming to Oculus VR, because he's creeped out by Facebook

Minecraft creator says it's no longer coming to Oculus VR, because he's creeped out by Facebook

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A version of Minecraft could have been coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but after Facebook has acquired Oculus, that's no longer the case.  "We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus," Markus Persson,... >>

Facebook is on a roll with mobile: 200mn Instagram users, 1bn Facebook mobile users

Facebook is on a roll with mobile: 200mn Instagram users, 1bn Facebook mobile users

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Facebook is on a roll with its mobile apps and shows no sign of slowing down.  There are now 1 billion monthly active users on its mobile apps, Facebook announced during its call discussing the Oculus VR on Tuesday.To compare to the fourth quarter of... >>

Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to make 'platform for many other experiences'

Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to make 'platform for many other experiences'

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Facebook has purchased virtual reality company Oculus for $2 billion, the creator of the Oculus Rift headset that has been leading the VR space.  Facebook plans to extend Oculus' existing position in gaming to new verticals, including communications,... >>

HTC plans BlinkFeed software for Android devices from other companies

HTC plans BlinkFeed software for Android devices from other companies

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HTC won't be selfish with the new version of BlinkFeed within Sense 6.0, planning to bring the app to Android devices from other manufacturers.  "Following its popularity with HTC users, HTC will now make HTC BlinkFeed available to other Android devices,... >>

HTC partners with Fitbit for fitness tracking on HTC One (M8)

HTC partners with Fitbit for fitness tracking on HTC One (M8)

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HTC didn't build its own fitness tracking software for the new HTC One. Instead, it partnered with Fitbit, a player already well established in the space.  The HTC One, available for purchase today, features the Fitbit app pre-loaded, so you won't have... >>

Students: How to cut your Spotify payment in half

Students: How to cut your Spotify payment in half

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Music streaming giant Spotify is hoping to attract students with a new price cut on Tuesday.  Its Premium service - the top tier with no advertisements and unlimited music - is now priced at $4.99 per month for college students in the US, a cut in half... >>