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Vine rounds up most memorable videos to celebrate its first birthday

Vine rounds up most memorable videos to celebrate its first birthday

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Twitter-owned Vine, the social network behind six-second videos, is celebrating its first birthday on Thursday with a "Year on Vine" webpage rounding up 18 minutes of the most memorable Vines throughout the year. "Through your creativity, humor and the... >>

Has a patent filing revealed Google's consumer version of Glass?

Has a patent filing revealed Google's consumer version of Glass?

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Google has been issued a patent for a new version of Google Glass from the US Patent Office. It's never a good idea to stick solely to patents when it comes to predicting a company's product release, but Thursday's filing could provide insight into what... >>

Apple reportedly plans new Apple TV set-top box 'soon', with possibility of App Store

Apple reportedly plans new Apple TV set-top box 'soon', with possibility of App Store

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Apple plans to release a new version of its Apple TV set-top box sometime in the first half of 2014, according to 9to5mac. It's said to keep a similar design to the third-generation Apple TV currently available on the market.  No, it's not the full-fledged... >>

Microsoft Q2 earnings: $6.56bn profit, record $24.52bn revenue, better Surface numbers

Microsoft Q2 earnings: $6.56bn profit, record $24.52bn revenue, better Surface numbers

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Microsoft reported its earnings for the fourth quarter on Thursday, revealing the Christmas months yielded a record $24.52 billion in revenue and a $6.56 billion profit for the company. Microsoft handsomely beat analyst expectations, and showed growth... >>

Apple said to release iPhones larger than 4.5- and 5-inches later this year

Apple said to release iPhones larger than 4.5- and 5-inches later this year

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Apple plans to launch two iPhones in 2014 that will move away from the 4-inch screen size it has stuck to over the last two versions, according to The Wall Street Journal.  The publication, who has correctly pegged Apple launches in the past, says one... >>

TiVo strongly denies rumours suggesting it's leaving the hardware business

TiVo strongly denies rumours suggesting it's leaving the hardware business

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TiVo, the maker of DVR boxes whose subscriber count has been dropping, has recently laid off the majority of its hardware team to focus on cloud and software products, according to Wired. The company is said to be keeping two engineers to focus on support... >>

Apple promises to fix iOS 7's 'white screen of death' in future software update

Apple promises to fix iOS 7's 'white screen of death' in future software update

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Apple has promised to fix the "whitescreen of death" bug that's affected iPhones running iOS 7 since September.  The bug causes the iPhone to "soft reboot" out of nowhere, interrupting tasks for between 30 to 60 seconds as you wait for the home screen... >>

Beats Music hands-on: Will design and personal touch make it music streaming king?

Beats Music hands-on: Will design and personal touch make it music streaming king?

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The music streaming space is already crowded, with Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Google Play Music, Last.FM and others having already edged out their place on customers' credit card statements and home screens. Now there's a new player in town,... >>

Awkward: Jimmy Fallon forgets to hide MacBook before interviewing Bill Gates

Awkward: Jimmy Fallon forgets to hide MacBook before interviewing Bill Gates

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When you're interviewing one of the world's richest and most charitable men, it may be a good idea not to have their competitor's product on your desk.  In an interview on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, Fallon forgot to hide his Apple... >>

LG said to outfit its entire 2014 line-up with fingerprint scanners, starting with LG G Pro 2

LG said to outfit its entire 2014 line-up with fingerprint scanners, starting with LG G Pro 2

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The fingerprint scanner's spot in smartphones is apparently not diminishing. And LG will be the next manufacturer to include the technology, with it coming to its whole line of 2014 handsets, according to Korea-based ETNews. LG has chosen the fingerprint... >>

Sony makes Wi-Fi-only Xperia Z Ultra 'tablet' official in Japan

Sony makes Wi-Fi-only Xperia Z Ultra 'tablet' official in Japan

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Sony has officially announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its Xperia Z Ultra, morphing the smartphone into a mini-tablet. It was only on Monday that we saw the Wi-Fi-only version leak through Sony's website, but the Japan-based company on Wednesday announced... >>

Bike laserlight wants to cut down on blindspot accidents with Batman-like signal

Bike laserlight wants to cut down on blindspot accidents with Batman-like signal

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The Blaze Laserlight is hoping to keep cyclists safe with a new take on the bicycle light by using a Batman-like signal. It projects a warning signal 16 to 20 feet ahead of a cyclist, to stop pedestrians and drivers from stepping/driving out in front... >>

Immersion gaming headset can track gamer rage, increase difficulty accordingly

Immersion gaming headset can track gamer rage, increase difficulty accordingly

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Seattle-based designer Sam Matson has created a new headset dubbed the Immersion that can track gamer rage - something that happens to the best of us.  The headset, just a prototype at the moment, carries biometric sensors to track a gamer's heart rate.... >>

Amazon reportedly looking at Web TV service that would offer live content

Amazon reportedly looking at Web TV service that would offer live content

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Amazon is considering plans to offer an online TV service that would rival cable and satellite companies, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon is said to be approaching entertainment companies and media conglomerates about licensing their content... >>

Intel sells off failed OnCue pay-TV service to Verizon

Intel sells off failed OnCue pay-TV service to Verizon

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Intel has announced that it's selling off Intel Media - the company behind its failed OnCue pay-TV service - to Verizon. The cost of the deal wasn't disclosed, but Bloomberg reported in November 2013 that Intel wanted $500 million for the service. ... >>

Screenshots give closer look at Apple's unreleased iOS in the Car

Screenshots give closer look at Apple's unreleased iOS in the Car

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Prominent developer Steve Troughton-Smith has given us a closer look at the interface of iOS in the Car ahead of its release, scheduled for later this year. Apple has remained quiet about specific iOS in the Car features and interfaces - other than... >>

iWatch concept ditches the watch look by taking inspiration from FuelBand

iWatch concept ditches the watch look by taking inspiration from FuelBand

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San Francisco-based designer Todd Hamilton has mocked-up what could be one of the best iWatch concepts to date. Unlike a few others, Hamilton ditched the old-school watch look and went for a FuelBand-like design. Given its Apple roots, user interface... >>

Adidas updates Smart Run watch with improved battery life, GPS data export

Adidas updates Smart Run watch with improved battery life, GPS data export

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Adidas released a sizable update for its Smart Run training watch on Tuesday, addressing the complaints voiced by early users. The update is now available to download on the training watch, adding the ability to export GPS data from runs. It also improves... >>

Sony's Xperia Z Ultra will go from phablet to mini-tablet in new Wi-Fi-only version

Sony's Xperia Z Ultra will go from phablet to mini-tablet in new Wi-Fi-only version

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Sony is planning a Wi-Fi-only version of its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone, a listing on its developer website indicates. The company has yet to make an official announcement for what would essentially make the Xperia Z Ultra a 6.44-inch mini-tablet, though... >>

Oppo N1 leaks in sleek 'midnight black' colour option

Oppo N1 leaks in sleek 'midnight black' colour option

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Oppo plans to release a midnight black model of its flagship Oppo N1 smartphone, if a leak from GizChina is to be believed. There hasn't been an official announcement from Oppo discussing the colour option, but according to the China-based publication... >>

HTC One (M8) concept cuts bezel and loses capacitive buttons

HTC One (M8) concept cuts bezel and loses capacitive buttons

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Google+ user Nikolai Prettner has posted an unofficial concept of the next-generation HTC One (M8) handset, and we wouldn't mind if his predictions were to come true. The next-generation HTC One is expected stay the same as the first-generation handset,... >>

Hoyo lets you take your smartphone in the shower

Hoyo lets you take your smartphone in the shower

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Hoyo is a new Kickstarter project that plans to keep your phone dry while you're in the shower. We've all been in this situation before: you get an important call or text message while sopping wet, and are unable to answer without getting your phone drenched.... >>

Samsung reportedly considering fingerprint sensor under Galaxy S5 display

Samsung reportedly considering fingerprint sensor under Galaxy S5 display

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Samsung is set to include a fingerprint sensor in its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, rather than iris recognition technology as previously tipped, according to Korea Herald. According to the newspaper, the South Korean company is looking to take things... >>

Sony Xperia Z2 specs get further confirmation: 5.2-inch display, 20.7MP camera

Sony Xperia Z2 specs get further confirmation: 5.2-inch display, 20.7MP camera

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What are said to be specifications for Sony's next-generation D6503 "Sirius" flagship handset have leaked, apparently confirming and adding to what we already know. XperiaBlog claims the D6503, thought to be the Xperia Z2, will feature a 5.2-inch 1080p... >>

Sony Smart Tennis Sensor launching in Japan in May to help improve your swing

Sony Smart Tennis Sensor launching in Japan in May to help improve your swing

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Sony has confirmed that the Smart Tennis Sensor revealed earlier this month as a concept at CES in Las Vegas will be going on sale in Japan in May, priced at 18,000 yen (£105). The Smart Tennis Sensor simply latches on to the bottom of your tennis... >>