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Alienware will ship its X51 Steam Machine in September

Alienware will ship its X51 Steam Machine in September

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Alienware plans to launch its Steam Machine in September, the company announced at Valve's Steam Dev Days developer summit on Wednesday. Alienware, which is owned by Dell, is one of the first companies to partner with Valve to create a SteamOS game.... >>

News Republic app updated with 'Smart News Recommendations' to enhance personalised news discovery

News Republic app updated with 'Smart News Recommendations' to enhance personalised news discovery

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The company behind the News Republic app for Android and iOS has announced News Republic 4.0, an update that brings several enhancements to the app. The update will be available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store at some point on Wednesday. Found... >>

Google Chrome update lets you track down noisy tabs, launch ChromeOS-like interface on Windows 8

Google Chrome update lets you track down noisy tabs, launch ChromeOS-like interface on Windows 8

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Google has released a new version of Chrome, and it's actually a pretty sizable update. It adds the ability to track down noisy tabs, thanks to a new speaker icon that will let you know which is playing music or is showing a video. YouTube added this... >>

Winamp will live on, as AOL finds a buyer

Winamp will live on, as AOL finds a buyer

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After being on the brink of death, famed music player Winamp will live on to please more users, thanks to AOL selling the software to digital audio business Radionomy for a deal worth between $5 million and $10 million, reports TechCrunch. The internet... >>

Facebook's competitor to Flipboard could launch in January

Facebook's competitor to Flipboard could launch in January

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Facebook may finally launch its Flipboard competitor, dubbed "Paper", by the end of January, reports Recode. The launch follows years of experimentation and development of the project which is hoped will bring better news reading to users. There's still... >>

Google releases Play Edition Moto G, bringing stock Android for $179

Google releases Play Edition Moto G, bringing stock Android for $179

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Google on Monday announced a Google Play Edition of the Moto G. It's now available in the US for $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB model, the same pricing as the versions sold by Motorola.   Like other Google Play Edition handsets, the Moto... >>

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... >>

Motorola now offering Moto X for $399 with free Chromecast

Motorola now offering Moto X for $399 with free Chromecast

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Motorola has thrown in yet another offer to get you to buy a Moto X.  The off-contract price of the smartphone was dropped to $399 last week. Now, Motorola has thrown in a free Chromecast to sweeten the deal even more.  Read: Moto X review The deal,... >>

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... >>