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FCC instates clear cellphone unlocking terms in US, after much confusion

FCC instates clear cellphone unlocking terms in US, after much confusion

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US wireless carriers must adhere to a strict cellphone unlocking policy, following a ruling from the Federal Communications Commision on Thursday. All major carriers in the US have signed on to the policy, and the agreement will ensure customers are notified... >>

Instagram Direct hands-on: Facebook's pursuit of Snapchat

Instagram Direct hands-on: Facebook's pursuit of Snapchat

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Facebook-owned Instagram sits at 150 million users and looks to create the ultimate multimedia experience on mobile, borrowing from other services in the process.When Vine came on the scene in spring 2013, Instagram was quick to add videos too. Now as... >>

Twitter year in review 2013: Remembering celebrities, gawking over sports

Twitter year in review 2013: Remembering celebrities, gawking over sports

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Following the path of most online products, Twitter is out with the biggest trends on its network during 2013.Twitter highlighted several areas, including tweets-per-second, most retweeted, and what trended around the social network during the year. What... >>

GTA: San Andreas launches on iPhone and iPad with game controller support

GTA: San Andreas launches on iPhone and iPad with game controller support

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Rockstar has released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to the iTunes App Store, letting you cruise the streets of Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas in style, on your iPhone or iPad. The game is rolling out slowly across the world, and should hit the... >>

Sony unveils USB flash drive aimed at smartphones and tablets

Sony unveils USB flash drive aimed at smartphones and tablets

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Sony has taken the wraps off a USB flash drive aimed at smartphones and tablets. In the days of the cloud, Sony thinks users still want to use hardware to transfer media between devices.The "2-in-1 flash drive" has a USB connector on one end and a microUSB... >>

Digital Storm teases plans for $1,400 Steam Machine aimed at high-end gamers

Digital Storm teases plans for $1,400 Steam Machine aimed at high-end gamers

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Boutique PC maker Digital Storm has revealed it will get in the Steam Machine game in 2014. It will show off its offering at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in January, and the machine will be priced at $1,469 (£897) when it hits the market. In... >>

i-Flashdrive helps you transfer files between iPhone and Android handsets

i-Flashdrive helps you transfer files between iPhone and Android handsets

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PhotoFast has announced a new version of the i-FlashDriveHD that will allow users to transfer content easily from an iPhone to Android phone, and vice-versa. Coming in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavours, the i-FlashDriveHD uses a free iOS or Android app... >>

Microsoft sold 2 million Xbox One units in 18 days

Microsoft sold 2 million Xbox One units in 18 days

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Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One has reached 2 million in total sales since its launch 18 days ago. The company says more than 111,111 consoles are being sold each day and on Amazon, customers were ordering the Xbox One console at over 1,000... >>

Huawei reportedly planning Ascend P7 for April of 2014, packing 5-inch 1080p display

Huawei reportedly planning Ascend P7 for April of 2014, packing 5-inch 1080p display

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Huawei has plans to release an Ascend P7 smartphone in April of 2014, according to GSM Arena. The handset will be a major upgrade to the Ascend P6, announced in June 2013.The Ascend P7 is said to feature a 5-inch 1080p TFT LCD display, quad-core 1.6GHz... >>

Is this Nokia's Android smartphone? Reportedly set for 2014 release

Is this Nokia's Android smartphone? Reportedly set for 2014 release

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An image of a red Nokia smartphone leaked by EvLeaks in November now has a story behind it.According to The Verge, it is the long-awaited Nokia Android handset. Pocket-lint has been unable to confirm the validity of the rumour, so maybe approach this... >>

Microsoft releases first Xbox One update, bringing several fixes and improvements

Microsoft releases first Xbox One update, bringing several fixes and improvements

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The first big update for the Xbox One was released at 5PM PST on Tuesday, after more than two weeks of the console being on the market.The update rolled out on Tuesday night as a necessary update, so users can fire up their console to receive the bug... >>

Twitter mobile apps updated with redesign, focus on direct messaging

Twitter mobile apps updated with redesign, focus on direct messaging

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Twitter for iOS and Android received an update bringing the apps to version 6.0, available now on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.The update adds several design changes to the bustling social media application, bringing a lighter user interface and... >>

Android-based console Mad Catz MOJO now available for purchase

Android-based console Mad Catz MOJO now available for purchase

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Mad Catz' Android-based MOJO games machine is now available for customers to purchase from retailers, joining the slew of Android-based consoles on the market. Made available on Tuesday, the MOJO can be purchased for £219.99/$249.99 and for that you... >>

Qualcomm announces iBeacon competitor, beaming info when stepping foot in a store

Qualcomm announces iBeacon competitor, beaming info when stepping foot in a store

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Qualcomm has taken the wraps off Qualcomm Gimbal, a new proximity beacon that will beam ads, coupons, etc, from the moment a customer sets foot in a retail store. Apple first released a similar technology in September when it included iBeacons within... >>

Google announces white edition of Nexus 7 with 32GB storage for UK, US

Google announces white edition of Nexus 7 with 32GB storage for UK, US

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Google unexpectedly announced a white version of the Nexus 7 on Tuesday. It's available on Google Play in the US, UK and Japan for $269/£239 in a 32GB model - no 16GB or LTE model available. The white Nexus 7 doesn't add anything in terms of new features... >>

Getting bored? GTA 5 story mode will see 'substantial additions' in 2014

Getting bored? GTA 5 story mode will see 'substantial additions' in 2014

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If you thought the storyline in Grand Theft Auto 5 was over, think again. Rockstar, the creator of the hit game, has announced major story mode updates are coming in 2014 for Grand Theft Auto 5 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3."For those ready to jump... >>

Samsung announces 10M Galaxy Note 3 sales to date, its fastest selling phablet yet

Samsung announces 10M Galaxy Note 3 sales to date, its fastest selling phablet yet

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Samsung has  revealed that the Galaxy Note 3 has exceeded 10 million units shipped since its launch at the tail end of September. The sales numbers also reveal the Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung's fastest-selling phablet. Samsung reached the 10 million... >>

Microsoft reportedly bringing Start menu back in Windows 8.2

Microsoft reportedly bringing Start menu back in Windows 8.2

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Microsoft is planning to bring back the Start menu with the launch of Windows 8.2, otherwise known by its "Threshold" codename internally at Microsoft, WinSuperSite reports.The return of the Start menu will be the first time since Windows 7.Released... >>

Programmer uses Pebble smartwatch app to propose to his girlfriend

Programmer uses Pebble smartwatch app to propose to his girlfriend

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Programmer Rick Ucker created an app for the Pebble, a smartwatch that started on Kickstarter, in hopes of kickstarting his marriage.Ucker programmed the "Chrono" app to have a creative, "a little geeky", and not too romantic way to propose to his girlfriend.It's... >>

Android 4.4.2 for Nexus devices released days after Android 4.4.1

Android 4.4.2 for Nexus devices released days after Android 4.4.1

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Google has released Android 4.4.2 to Nexus devices, days after Android 4.4.1 was released with Nexus 5 camera fixes.In the new version you'll find a fix for clearing the VM Indicator, fix for delivery of the VM Indicator, various additional software fixes... >>

Qualcomm unveils its first 64-bit processor, aiming at emerging markets

Qualcomm unveils its first 64-bit processor, aiming at emerging markets

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Qualcomm has announced its new Snapdragon 410 processor, aiming to bring faster data connection and faster performance, thanks to 64-bit technology, to emerging markets. The Snapdragon 410 chip has integrated "4G LTE World Mode", meaning it will work... >>

Shazam app will now automatically add a song to Rdio playlist

Shazam app will now automatically add a song to Rdio playlist

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When a song has been identified within Shazam, it can now automatically be ported to a Rdio playlist for quick listening. The feature was added in an update to the Shazam for iOS app on Monday and will be available on Android in the coming weeks.In the... >>

Facebook 2013 Year In Review: Andy Murray grand-slam, Super Bowl and Pope Francis

Facebook 2013 Year In Review: Andy Murray grand-slam, Super Bowl and Pope Francis

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It's no secret that with a depressing or great moment in time, users flock to Facebook to share their grief, joy or opinion. The social network is out with the most talked about topics on its pages during 2013 by UK and US users, giving interesting insight... >>

Nokia releases iPod shuffle-sized Bluetooth stereo headset

Nokia releases iPod shuffle-sized Bluetooth stereo headset

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Nokia has announced an iPod shuffle-sized Bluetooth stereo headset, called the Nokia BH-121. While sized similarly to an iPod shuffle, Nokia's little gadget doesn't appear to have the same purpose. Essentially, the Nokia BH-121 is a remote control that... >>

Android devices may soon mirror their screen to Chromecast

Android devices may soon mirror their screen to Chromecast

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Google is planning to add Android screen mirroring to Chromecast "very soon", allowing users to stream their phone screen to a television set.It was found in Android 4.4.1 code by Koushik Dutta, co-founder of Cyanogenmod. It's not clear when Google plans... >>

Modular Project Ara smartphone prototype not too far off, says Motorola

Modular Project Ara smartphone prototype not too far off, says Motorola

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has revealed the company's Project Ara initiative isn't too far off, and he even went as far as to say we'll see a prototype soon.Project Ara, revealed in October, is an experimental project by Motorola aiming to do for... >>

Unlocked HTC One sees 0 per cent financing option over two-years, comes with KitKat

Unlocked HTC One sees 0 per cent financing option over two-years, comes with KitKat

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HTC has begun to offer the HTC One unlocked to customers in the US with no deposit and 0 per cent financing on its online store. The company is following in the footsteps of Motorola with the financing option for its HTC One flagship.Customers who sign... >>

HP adds Leap Motion touchless control to 11 more PCs

HP adds Leap Motion touchless control to 11 more PCs

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Hewlett-Packard was the first manufacturer to embed Leap Motion into a PC with the HP ENVY 17 Leap Motion SE notebook in September, and now it will add the embedded gesture control to 11 new machines including all-in-ones and desktops.The new HP PCs... >>

Spotify reportedly adding free, ad-supported listening to mobile apps

Spotify reportedly adding free, ad-supported listening to mobile apps

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Spotify is planning free, ad-supported listening for its iOS and Android apps, The Wall Street Journal reports.In the past, Spotify has limited mobile listening to "Premium" paying members. Free, ad-supported listening was available on;y on desktop and... >>

UK puts plan in place for driverless cars, will pick one city as testing ground

UK puts plan in place for driverless cars, will pick one city as testing ground

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Britain wants to spearhead the driverless car trend, and has announced a government plan to do so. The legislative and regulatory framework for developing and testing driverless cars on UK roads will be fully examined by the end of 2014 it has been announced.... >>

Google begins rolling out Android 4.4.1 to Nexus 5, brings camera fixes

Google begins rolling out Android 4.4.1 to Nexus 5, brings camera fixes

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Google began to roll out Android 4.4.1 to the Nexus 5 on Thursday, bringing several camera enhancements to the smartphone. Google says the update "improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors,... >>

Google invites Explorers to swap out for second-gen Google Glass

Google invites Explorers to swap out for second-gen Google Glass

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Google is asking Google Glass Explorers - those taking part in the wearable's beta program - to swap their first-generation Glass model for the updated version.An email was sent on Wednesday to the participants who originally shelled out $1,500 to get... >>

Apple's iPhone sales to get big boost, thanks to deal with world's largest mobile carrier

Apple's iPhone sales to get big boost, thanks to deal with world's largest mobile carrier

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Apple has signed a deal with China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier, to offer its iPhone. The deal will give Apple access to 700 million customers, and if all goes according to Apple's plan, a big sales boost along the way.The news was reported... >>

Photographer captures entire wedding with Nokia's Lumia 1020, and it looks good

Photographer captures entire wedding with Nokia's Lumia 1020, and it looks good

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Celebrity photographer Joe Marie Smallwood captured a wedding in Cabo, Mexico, using only the Nokia Lumia 1020, ditching her professional equipment.The photos were released in partnership with Nokia, which is hoping to show off the power of the Lumia... >>

Apple's new Mac Pro launching 16 December, claims German retailer

Apple's new Mac Pro launching 16 December, claims German retailer

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Apple's redesigned Mac Pro will launch on 16 December, the German retailer Conrad Electronic reveals in a listing on its website.The Mac Pro redesign has been highly anticipated among professionals since its unveiling at Apple's Worldwide Developers... >>

Honda's Display Audio brings Nokia Here maps and Siri Eyes Free to 2014 Civic

Honda's Display Audio brings Nokia Here maps and Siri Eyes Free to 2014 Civic

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Honda is hoping the addition of its new Display Audio infotainment technology will be a selling point for the 2014 Civic, which went on sale on Wednesday.Honda has added Siri Eyes Free and Here Maps technology to its cars, set to bring drivers and passengers... >>

Netflix smash House of Cards season 2 set for 14 February release

Netflix smash House of Cards season 2 set for 14 February release

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Netflix has announced that its award-winning House of Cards series will return for a second season on 14 February 2014. So cancel any dinner plans you had for Valentine's Day.Like the first season, all 13 episodes of the series will be released at once... >>

European regulators give Microsoft's Nokia acquisition final approval

European regulators give Microsoft's Nokia acquisition final approval

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European Union antitrust regulators have approved Microsoft's $7.3 billion acquisition of Nokia's mobile device unit, giving the final "yes" for the acquisition to go through.The EU blessing follows US antitrust regulators' approval on Monday and approval... >>

HTC's next-gen flagship 'HTC One Two' launches in Q1 2014, judge reveals

HTC's next-gen flagship 'HTC One Two' launches in Q1 2014, judge reveals

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HTC will release its next-generation flagship smartphone in February or March 2014, as a follow-up to the HTC One, UK patent judge Richard Arnold revealed on Tuesday.The information surfaced during Nokia's patent trial against HTC. Nokia brought evidence... >>

LG partners with Qualcomm's AllJoyn for 2014 Smart TV line, will connect to any phone

LG partners with Qualcomm's AllJoyn for 2014 Smart TV line, will connect to any phone

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LG Electronics has announced it will incorporate AllJoyn into its 2014 line of Smart TVs, a big step in creating a connected home entertainment ecosystem.AllJoyn, developed by Qualcomm, is an open source protocol that lets customers control a TV and share... >>

UPS reportedly building delivery drones - like Amazon - behind closed doors

UPS reportedly building delivery drones - like Amazon - behind closed doors

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United Parcel Service has been experimenting with its own version of package carrying drones, according to The Verge. The largest parcel service worldwide is said to have been testing and evaluating different approaches to drone delivery in recent months.Word... >>

PayPal launches marketplace for gift cards, iTunes is sole partner as of now

PayPal launches marketplace for gift cards, iTunes is sole partner as of now

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PayPal has launched a Digital Gifts store ahead of the Christmas shopping season, just in case you need a last-minute gift card and can't make it out to a store.Consumers in the US will be able to purchase gift cards from "a host of our partner merchants".PayPal... >>

KitKat sits at 1.1 per cent Android marketshare less than a month after launch

KitKat sits at 1.1 per cent Android marketshare less than a month after launch

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Android 4.4 KitKat is now found on 1.1 per cent of devices running Android, a little over two weeks after it was released by Google.The new software, announced on 31 October, was first made available for the LG Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Acer Nexus 7 and Samsung... >>

Google Glass officially gets Play Music app to swipe music in front of your eye

Google Glass officially gets Play Music app to swipe music in front of your eye

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Google has released a Play Music application for Google Glass users, giving them a way to stream music through the wearable gadget. The application was previously announced in November, and it has now officially been made for the "Glass Explorers".The... >>

Nike reportedly releasing smartwatch in first half of 2014

Nike reportedly releasing smartwatch in first half of 2014

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Nike has plans to bring a smartwatch to market in 2014, expanding past its new FuelBand SE product and Nike+ SportWatch, according to Digitimes. It is expected to release the smartwatch as soon as the first half of 2014, and currently has the product... >>

HBO goes straight to customers, shows now available on Google Play in the UK

HBO goes straight to customers, shows now available on Google Play in the UK

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HBO is now going straight to customers in the UK, rather than distributing its content through Sky or Netflix, as it has often done in the past. Shows including True Blood, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire are now available to buy from the Google... >>

Apple buys social media firm Topsy Labs, gaining access to Twitter analytics

Apple buys social media firm Topsy Labs, gaining access to Twitter analytics

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Apple has bought social media analytics firm Topsy Labs for more than $200 million, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.It's not immediately clear what Apple plans to do with Topsy, but it could use the analytics firm to better target advertisements... >>

BlackBerry CEO puts focus on handsets, cross-platform messaging

BlackBerry CEO puts focus on handsets, cross-platform messaging

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BlackBerry's new chairman has published an open letter addressing the future of the company, after it took down its "for sale sign", replaced its CEO and sought new funding. "Reports of our death are greatly exaggerated," wrote John Chen on Monday. "We're... >>

Microsoft-Nokia deal almost a reality, approved by US regulators

Microsoft-Nokia deal almost a reality, approved by US regulators

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Microsoft has received approval from the US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission for its  $7.2 billion pending acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services Unit, giving both companies some of the last approvals before the deal officially... >>

Amazon testing autonomous drones, can deliver packages in 30 minutes

Amazon testing autonomous drones, can deliver packages in 30 minutes

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Amazon sells 300 items a second, and now it's testing Prime Air drones that can deliver packages to customers 30 minutes after they order.In their current state, the autonomous drones can deliver a 5lb package up to 10 miles away from an Amazon fulfilment... >>