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Polaroid announces affordable line of 4K televisions

Polaroid announces affordable line of 4K televisions

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Polaroid has announced a new line of 4K televisions, aimed to be on the more affordable side for customers. Details are slim, but the company plans to show off the 4K line further at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next week. Polaroid plans to launch screen sizes... >>

Google in 2014: Pocket-lint predicts

Google in 2014: Pocket-lint predicts

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Google had a successful year, with more profits, more products, rising stock price and a stronghold on the mobile OS market worldwide, but 2014 is on the horizon, so what's in store for the next 12 months? Here are our predictions for what to expect from... >>

Microsoft in 2014: Pocket-lint predicts

Microsoft in 2014: Pocket-lint predicts

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By all counts Microsoft had a huge 2013: it launched the Xbox One, Windows Phone gained ground in the market, the executive level had a "One Microsoft" reorginisation, and Windows 8.1 was released for the Windows 8 naysayers. However, 2014 truly is shaping... >>

Sony releasing a Windows Phone in 2014?

Sony releasing a Windows Phone in 2014?

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Sony is considering launching a Windows Phone as early as mid-2014, according to The Information. It would add another big name to making Windows Phones and end Sony's long-time focus on only Android. An official deal hasn't been announced, but both Sony... >>

Top 5 apps to turn your iPhone 5S into a fitness tracker

Top 5 apps to turn your iPhone 5S into a fitness tracker

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When Apple released the iPhone 5S in September, one of its main features was the new M7 processor. Separate from the main A7 CPU, the M7 processor's function is to collect sensor data from integrated accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses. Essentially,... >>

Samsung envisions a 'display centric world' - where even your cutting board is a display

Samsung envisions a 'display centric world' - where even your cutting board is a display

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The display group at Samsung has envisioned a world in which everyone is connected through displays, from coffee mugs to car windows.  How Samsung wants to achieve this has been highlighted in a video shown at a recent investors' meeting. Samsung takes... >>

BlackBerry CEO vaguely outlines plan for profitability by 2016

BlackBerry CEO vaguely outlines plan for profitability by 2016

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen took to CNBC in an opinion piece on Monday to once again highlight what he thinks is the company's road to return. "It's been easy for competitors to promote negative stories about BlackBerry, focusing on the business of the past,"... >>

Fitbit adds fitness tracking to its iPhone app, thanks to M7 processor

Fitbit adds fitness tracking to its iPhone app, thanks to M7 processor

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Fitbit updated its iPhone app on Monday to take advantage of the iPhone 5S M7 motion processor, much like the Nike+ Move app released earlier this year. The Fitbit update allows users to track their activity without Fitbit hardware, which costs about... >>

LG unveils Pocket Photo 2, letting you print photos from your smartphone

LG unveils Pocket Photo 2, letting you print photos from your smartphone

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LG has taken the wraps off its second-generation Pocket Photo, a "smart" mobile printer that can print photos on the go from your smartphone. Set to be shown in detail at CES 2014 on 7 January, the Pocket Photo 2 will be available in pink, jewel white... >>

Asus teases 4, 5 and 6-inch smartphone launches at CES 2014

Asus teases 4, 5 and 6-inch smartphone launches at CES 2014

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It's CES 2014 season, and that means plenty of teasers along with it.  Asus has released its second teaser for the early-January tradeshow, this time hinting at smartphones in  4-, 5-, and 6-inch variants. Titled "What's your number?" the teaser takes... >>

LG plans to upgrade L Series II with Knock functionality

LG plans to upgrade L Series II with Knock functionality

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LG announced its premium Knock feature will extend past the LG G2 and onto the L Series II smartphones. First introduced with the LG G2, Knock allows users to tap on the display twice to turn the smartphone on and off - useful because the power button... >>

Google Chromebooks account for 21 per cent of notebook sales

Google Chromebooks account for 21 per cent of notebook sales

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Google's Chromebook platform performed better than expected in 2013. The cheap notebooks running Chrome OS, priced around $200, now claim 21 per cent of all notebook sales, according to research group NDP. The rise came in 2013. Chrome OS made up 0.2... >>

Sony may have a new SmartWatch planned for 2014

Sony may have a new SmartWatch planned for 2014

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Sony is planning to release a new smartwatch in the near future, if a filing with the FCC is any indication (it usually is). The Japan-based company filed to get approval for the "BT Wrist Notifier". It carries a model number of SWR10, a step up from... >>

Nokia's alleged Android phone breaks cover in leaked press shot

Nokia's alleged Android phone breaks cover in leaked press shot

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Another photo of Nokia's alleged Android-based handset has been leaked by EvLeaks. It's odd, given the maker of Windows Phone is about to acquire Nokia.  Codenamed "Normandy", the handset will run a forked version of Android, according to The Verge,... >>

As Winamp closes, Spotify releases Spotiamp to pay homage

As Winamp closes, Spotify releases Spotiamp to pay homage

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Winamp, the infamous audio player and an important piece in the history of digital music consumption, shut down on Sunday.  Internet streaming service Spotify is trying to fill the gap with the release of Spotiamp. It's a fully-functional music player... >>

Apple and China Mobile ink long-awaited iPhone deal

Apple and China Mobile ink long-awaited iPhone deal

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Apple and China Mobile have agreed to a long-awaited deal that will put the iPhone on the world's largest carrier.  As part of the "multi-year" agreement, China Mobile will offer the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C from China Mobile's network of retail stores... >>

Apple CEO to employees: 'We have a lot to look forward to in 2014'

Apple CEO to employees: 'We have a lot to look forward to in 2014'

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Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a lengthy letter to Apple employees on Sunday, thanking them for their work in 2013 and hyping the year ahead. The letter was obtained by 9to5mac, and in it Cook says: "This holiday season, tens of millions of people around the... >>

Jailbreak tool released for iOS 7, bringing tweaks and utilities with it

Jailbreak tool released for iOS 7, bringing tweaks and utilities with it

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A jailbreak tool for iOS 7 has been released by the "evad3rs" team, allowing iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users to customise the iOS software. The "evasi0n 7" jailbreak is "untethered" meaning users can turn off their device without losing the jailbreak. ... >>

Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod software launches 24 December, with Google's approval

Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod software launches 24 December, with Google's approval

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A version of the Oppo N1 will launch with CyanogenMod, the popular custom Android software, on 24 December. The launch meets much excitement from the development and enthusiast community, as they will be able to purchase the first official CyanogenMod... >>

Microsoft gifts 20GB of SkyDrive storage to all Windows Phone users

Microsoft gifts 20GB of SkyDrive storage to all Windows Phone users

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With Christmas cheer in mind, Microsoft has gifted an extra 20GB of SkyDrive space to all Windows Phone users.  Users will have until the end of January to redeem their gift, which lasts for one year, according to Microsoft. This will be good for users... >>

Apple will bring FaceTime Audio to OS X in Mavericks 10.9.2

Apple will bring FaceTime Audio to OS X in Mavericks 10.9.2

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Following the public release of OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks, Apple has begun testing OS X 10.9.2 with developers to begin ironing out bugs. Other than the normal bug fixes and small features within the new version, it includes FaceTime Audio which will bring... >>

BBM for Android and iPhone will add free voice calling in 2014

BBM for Android and iPhone will add free voice calling in 2014

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BlackBerry has announced updates to its BBM for iPhone and Android apps that will be released in 2014. Namely, BBM will gain free voice calling to any BBM contact worldwide with no long distance fees. This will bring BBM up-to-par with other messaging... >>

Moto G updated with Android 4.4.2 KitKat in US, coming to UK 'soon'

Moto G updated with Android 4.4.2 KitKat in US, coming to UK 'soon'

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Motorola has announced that Android 4.4.2 KitKat has begun rolling out to the Moto G ahead of schedule. The update was originally promised for early 2014, but Motorola says it's "thrilled to start delivering on that promise early". The Android 4.4.2 KitKat... >>

New wave of Tizen devices will be shown in February, Samsung reveals

New wave of Tizen devices will be shown in February, Samsung reveals

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New devices (probably smartphones) running the Tizen mobile operating system will be shown on 23 February 2014 at Mobile World Congress, Samsung and Intel revealed on Thursday. In an email to members of the media, both companies said they would offer... >>

Apple’s new Mac Pro now on sale, but don’t expect to get it soon

Apple’s new Mac Pro now on sale, but don’t expect to get it soon

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Apple updated its online store on Thursday with availability of its next-generation Mac Pro, starting at $2,999 (£1,836) and going all the way to $9,599.  Several Pocket-lint tipsters noted that when the Mac Pro went on sale at 3am EST on Thursday,... >>