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What is Nest and why does Google want to buy it?

What is Nest and why does Google want to buy it?

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In a surprising move on Monday, Google announced the acquisition of Nest Labs, a home automation company that's made quite a name for itself in three years.  Why would Google, a company traditionally focused on a search engine, advertisements and Android... >>

Sony Xperia Z2 tipped for February launch with 5.2-inch display

Sony Xperia Z2 tipped for February launch with 5.2-inch display

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Sony will announce the next-generation Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress in February, according to AndroidSaS. It's not clear how reliable a source the publication is for Sony news, but it was given a retweet on Twitter by EvLeaks, who is an often correct... >>

Google acquiring company behind Nest thermostat for $3.2 billion

Google acquiring company behind Nest thermostat for $3.2 billion

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Google has announced on Monday that it is acquiring the makers of the Nest thermostat for $3.2 billion. Nest has been at the forefront of home automation since it launched to rave reviews in 2011, enabling users save money on heating and cooling thanks... >>

Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in London, S5 Mini and S5 Zoom to follow

Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in London, S5 Mini and S5 Zoom to follow

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We hope you don't mind spoilers, as SamMobile has a few key details about Samsung's Galaxy S5, one of the most anticipated devices of 2014. According to the publication, Samsung will make the Galaxy S5 available in both metallic and plastic models - similar... >>

Microsoft, GoPro partner for action channel on Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Microsoft, GoPro partner for action channel on Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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GoPro has announced a partnership with Microsoft to launch a GoPro channel on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, giving action fanatics their daily fix. The company, in a demo at CES 2014, said it wasn't sure when the channel would land (spring or summer), but... >>

PC sales saw worst decline ever in 2013, according to analyst

PC sales saw worst decline ever in 2013, according to analyst

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Research firm Gartner says the PC market saw its worst decline yet in 2013, as customers looked to smartphones and tablets for electronic comfort. The fourth quarter, a traditionally rampant buying time for PCs, dipped more than 6.9 per cent in 2013 compared... >>

Panasonic at CES 2014: Life+ TVs, Firefox OS, $2000 tablet and more

Panasonic at CES 2014: Life+ TVs, Firefox OS, $2000 tablet and more

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Panasonic took the show floor at CES 2014 with three main focus areas: new televisions, cameras and tablets. The company did unveil a few business-related products as you'd expect, but we're here to tell you about what the consumers want. This year, Panasonic... >>

Apple, Samsung's CEOs will meet in February in hope of settling patent dispute

Apple, Samsung's CEOs will meet in February in hope of settling patent dispute

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Apple and Samsung are trying to avoid going to court, yet again. A US court filing on Wednesday showed that the two rivals will attend a mediation session on 19 February to discuss potential settlement options. If the two can't come to terms, they will... >>

BlackBerry isn't giving up on Qwerty keyboard handsets, will put focus on them

BlackBerry isn't giving up on Qwerty keyboard handsets, will put focus on them

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While other smartphone manufacturers move on from Qwerty keyboards and stick with the on-screen feature, BlackBerry is going back to its roots.  In an interview with Recode, Blackberry CEO John Chen said the company's upcoming handsets would focus on... >>

Samsung will ship 105-inch curved and 85-inch bendable 4K UHDTVs in latter 2014

Samsung will ship 105-inch curved and 85-inch bendable 4K UHDTVs in latter 2014

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Samsung has announced that its 105-inch curved 4K UHDTV and its 85-inch bendable 4K UHDTV will be available to customers in the second half of 2014.  It may be a tad surprising that the televisions are almost ready to hit homes, considering Samsung... >>

Samsung reportedly planning cheaper Galaxy Note 3 Neo with hexa-core processor

Samsung reportedly planning cheaper Galaxy Note 3 Neo with hexa-core processor

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Samsung has plans to release a cheaper Galaxy Note 3 in an effort to appeal to customers on a budget. While the cheap factor might not be too interesting, the processor that is found inside within the handset is.  The Galaxy Note 3 Neo will feature an... >>

Let it begin: Alleged iPhone 6 frame leaks packing ultra-thin look

Let it begin: Alleged iPhone 6 frame leaks packing ultra-thin look

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The iPhone 5S has only been on the market since September, but that's not going to stop the iPhone 6 rumours from flowing.  A duo of photos of what some believe to be the iPhone 6 have leaked on to Chinese social network Weibo. We are unable to verify... >>

T-Mobile US will pay you to come to its network

T-Mobile US will pay you to come to its network

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T-Mobile US CEO John Legere announced on-stage at CES 2014 in Las Vegas that T-Mobile will pay customers to come to its network.  With its new "Get Out of Jail Free Card" programme, T-Mobile will eliminate an obstacle for people wanting to switch from... >>

Apple reportedly facing manufacturing issues with iWatch

Apple reportedly facing manufacturing issues with iWatch

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Apple is having issues building its long-awaited smartwatch, according to The Information. Screen technology, battery problems and bumps in manufacturing are said to be delaying wearable device, at a time when almost every other technology company on... >>

Intel debuts SD card-sized computer called Edison (video)

Intel debuts SD card-sized computer called Edison (video)

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A research team at Intel has developed an SD card-sized computer that has a long-ranging list of use cases, including with computers, phones, coffee makers, coffee cups. Dubbed the Edison, the tiny computer was shown on stage at CES 2014 ahead of its... >>

Yahoo acquires Aviate to better surface information at the moment it's useful

Yahoo acquires Aviate to better surface information at the moment it's useful

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Yahoo has acquired Aviate, an app for Android that reorganises your homescreen to be relevant to your surroundings. It uses Wi-Fi, GPS, Accelerometer and Time, surfacing information at the moment it’s useful.  On stage at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Yahoo... >>

Yahoo launches News Digest app for iPhone, delivers news twice a day

Yahoo launches News Digest app for iPhone, delivers news twice a day

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Yahoo has unveiled a new News Digest app at CES 2014 that aims to quickly inform readers of the most important bits of the day. It pulls in information from several sources, and is picked algorithmically and by hand from Yahoo editors. News Digest is... >>

Audi unveils stylish laser headlights at CES, will come to production cars

Audi unveils stylish laser headlights at CES, will come to production cars

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Audi has packed its concept hybrid Audi Sport quattro car with laser headlights at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, not only bringing a cool new look, but to help you navigate dark roads a little bit better. Using reflected and refracted laser lights for high beams... >>

Hands-on: Audi Smart Display 10.2-inch tablet to control your radio from the backseat (video)

Hands-on: Audi Smart Display 10.2-inch tablet to control your radio from the backseat (video)

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German car maker Audi has debuted its 10.2-inch Smart Display tablet at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, which it hopes will lead to a better in-car experience. It connects to an Audi via Wi-Fi, letting passengers in both the front and back seats control the car's... >>

Watch the Samsung CES 2014 press conference right here (update - now with added Michael Bay gaffe)

Watch the Samsung CES 2014 press conference right here (update - now with added Michael Bay gaffe)

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UPDATE: The show might be over, but the entire stream (bar one specific event) is now available to watch in catch-up below. We've also got the clip (via CNET) of Michael Bay's now infamous meltdown. We haven't seen anything quite as funny for some time.... >>

Xperia Z1S is Sony's flagship in the US, coming to T-Mobile this month

Xperia Z1S is Sony's flagship in the US, coming to T-Mobile this month

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Sony is once again trying to bolster its line-up in the US. A year after the introduction of the Xperia Z, the company has announced another waterproof phone for the States - the Xperia Z1S. Essentially, it's the US version of the Xperia Z1 with a few... >>

Sony 2014 4K TV line-up offers 4K Netflix

Sony 2014 4K TV line-up offers 4K Netflix

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Netflix CEO Reed  has announced that LG isn't the only company to support the movie-streaming services's 4K offering. Sony's new range of nine 4K televisions will also offer Netflix 4K support. Taking the stage at Sony's press event at CES 2014, Hastings also... >>

Sony announces 4K camcorder for the home, priced at only $2,000

Sony announces 4K camcorder for the home, priced at only $2,000

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Recording 4K has been reserved for pros in recent years, but Sony wants to put it in the hands of home film-makers. The company has announced the AX100 camcorder at CES 2014, its first compact 4K handcam that records at a 3840x2160 resolution with help... >>

Sony A5000 mirrorless camera, coming in March for $600

Sony A5000 mirrorless camera, coming in March for $600

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Sony is killing off its NEX camera brand, but don't think there'll be a gaping hole in its camera line up. At CES 2014 the  company announced a new A5000 mirrorless camera with a 20-megapixel APS-C sensor. In typical Sony fashion it's a small camera,... >>

Panasonic introduces multi-room speaker systems with Qualcomm AllPlay support

Panasonic introduces multi-room speaker systems with Qualcomm AllPlay support

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Panasonic has announced new multi-room speaker systems that uses Qualcomm's AllPlay.  The AllPlay solution  - during CES 2014 in Las Vegas - will allow you to beam music from your mobile device, over the network and into the speakers. The line-up consists... >>