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Nokia Lumia 630 leaks as first Windows Phone with on-screen buttons

Nokia Lumia 630 leaks as first Windows Phone with on-screen buttons

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EvLeaks tweeted a photo on Sunday of what appears to be the first Windows Phone handset with software buttons, the Nokia 630. It drops the usual Nokia capacitive touch buttons under the screen, for back, home, and search buttons built right into the... >>

Google smartwatch reportedly still in the works, tipped for Google I/O made by LG

Google smartwatch reportedly still in the works, tipped for Google I/O made by LG

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Google still plans to bring a smartwatch to customers, as the market heats up from Samsung, Sony, and soon Apple and HTC. Fittingly, a pair of separate reports over the weekend noted Google is working on its smartwatch internally, and should have it on... >>

FitBit Force sales halted, recalled after causing skin irritation for some users

FitBit Force sales halted, recalled after causing skin irritation for some users

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FitBit announced on Friday that it will voluntarily recall its Force fitness tracker, following a "small number" of customers seeing skin irritation after normal use. FitBit said a small percentage of Force customers reported the issue. However it... >>

Google brings back centre-aligned YouTube design, puts emphasis on playlists

Google brings back centre-aligned YouTube design, puts emphasis on playlists

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Google-owned YouTube has taken the wraps off its new design, to keep up with the changing viewing habits of its users. The redesign aims to make it easier for users to find videos, with an emphasis on playlists, the company said.The new design brings... >>

Tesla delays all-electric Model X sedan release until 2015

Tesla delays all-electric Model X sedan release until 2015

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Tesla has delayed its all-electric Model X sedan until 2015, the company's CEO Elon Musk told Bloomberg on Wednesday, citing his "perfectionist" nature for the reason it's not ready for market.This marks the second time the $49,000 Model X has been... >>

HTC M8 approved by FCC, filing shows soft/curved corners

HTC M8 approved by FCC, filing shows soft/curved corners

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The HTC M8, following-up on last year's HTC One, has gained approval of US regulators on Thursday, before its supposed launch in March. No earth-shattering details about the handset were revealed through the FCC. However, it confirms the HTC M8 will... >>

Kazam launches its first 4G-enabled Thunder 2 handset for Europe

Kazam launches its first 4G-enabled Thunder 2 handset for Europe

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UK-based handset maker Kazam, started by two former HTC execs, broke on the scene last year to "disrupt status quo" with a smartphone priced for every customer. On Thursday Kazam announced the Thunder 2, its first LTE smartphone aimed to take advantage... >>

Dell joins alliance to ditch the cord, offer wireless charging for laptops

Dell joins alliance to ditch the cord, offer wireless charging for laptops

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Dell is trying to regain significant market share in the PC market after a few struggling years, and it's hoping that joining a new alliance will help shake things up. The now-private company announced on Thursday it has joined the Alliance for Wireless... >>

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 slated for mid-March release for $449.99

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 slated for mid-March release for $449.99

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Samsung announced on Thursday its thinner, lighter Galaxy Camera 2 will be available to customers in mid-March, providing a bump in specifications and design over the first generation. The base model of the camera, announced at CES 2014 in January,... >>

BlackBerry handset to feature hardware keyboard with Swype-like abilities?

BlackBerry handset to feature hardware keyboard with Swype-like abilities?

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BlackBerry is planning a smartphone much wider than what's traditionally been available on the market, according to BGR. The handset is said to be called the Windermere internally and is part of BlackBerry's grand plan under its new CEO John Chen to... >>

Google closes Currents news reader, pushing users to Google Play Newsstand instead

Google closes Currents news reader, pushing users to Google Play Newsstand instead

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Google has officially closed its Currents news reader app for Android, available since December 2011. Google isn't leaving news junkies out to dry however, pushing Currents users over to the newer Google Play Newsstand app. In version 2.3 of the... >>

Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition is huge: The 10 big company buyouts in recent memory

Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition is huge: The 10 big company buyouts in recent memory

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Facebook has just made the big announcement that it's buying hit messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion. To compare the size of the deal, we've rounded up substantial acquisitions of internet and device companies in recent memory. HP buys Compaq for... >>

WhatsApp CEO: No ads or change after the Facebook deal

WhatsApp CEO: No ads or change after the Facebook deal

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WhatsApp won't see any major changes after being bought out by Facebook for $19 billion. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum took to the company's blog on Wednesday to notify its 450 million monthly active users, saying: "Here’s what will change for you, our users:... >>

Facebook buys WhatsApp messaging service for more than $16 billion

Facebook buys WhatsApp messaging service for more than $16 billion

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Facebook plans to acquire hit messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion, in a deal that is said will help accelerate growth and user engagement across both companies, the company announced on Wednesday.The deal is made up of $4 billion in cash and $12... >>

Google schedules Google I/O conference for late June

Google schedules Google I/O conference for late June

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Google has scheduled its Google I/O developer conference, typically home to several product announcements, for 25-26 June in San Francisco. The conference will be held at the massive Moscone West hall, Sundar Pichai, Google's Chrome and Android boss,... >>

Google begins rolling out new Google Maps to all desktops

Google begins rolling out new Google Maps to all desktops

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Google has begun to roll out its new version of Google Maps to all desktop users.  The new version of the mapping service was debuted at Google I/O 2013. Not only does the update have a new interface, but it also brings smarter functionality to Google... >>

OneDrive vs SkyDrive: What's the difference?

OneDrive vs SkyDrive: What's the difference?

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Microsoft's efforts in the cloud aren't going away, but will be under a new name.The company announced last month that it's renaming SkyDrive to OneDrive, following a lawsuit in the UK from media company BSkyB. Now the rebranding changes are finally... >>

Wearables etiquette: Google doesn't want you to be a 'Glasshole'

Wearables etiquette: Google doesn't want you to be a 'Glasshole'

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Google is encouraging those a part of its Explorer program, the first people to experience Google Glass, to shy away from being a "Glasshole" when using the wearable.The Mountain View-based company posted a lengthy guide to its Explorer community website on... >>

Samsung will reportedly ditch Android for Tizen in next Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Samsung will reportedly ditch Android for Tizen in next Galaxy Gear smartwatch

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Samsung will be using its Tizen operating system for the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, rather than Google's Android operating system like the first version, according to USA Today. The move is said to be announced at Mobile World Congress later this... >>

Maker of hit mobile game 'Candy Crush Saga' files for IPO

Maker of hit mobile game 'Candy Crush Saga' files for IPO

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King Digital Entertainment, the company behind hit mobile game Candy Crush Saga, is making moves to go public on the New York Stock Exchange under the KING ticker.Candy Crush, highly addictive on both iOS and Android, generated profits of $568 million... >>

Nokia teases Nokia X announcement for next week at MWC

Nokia teases Nokia X announcement for next week at MWC

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Nokia has begun cryptically teasing its Nokia X smartphone announcement slated for 24 February at Mobile World Congress 2014. The soon to be Microsoft-owned company is expected to debut the Nokia X smartphone at the tradeshow, marking the first Nokia... >>

Samsung unveils KitKat update plans for phones and tablets in the US

Samsung unveils KitKat update plans for phones and tablets in the US

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Samsung has released a full list on Tuesday detailing which of its devices in the US are getting the latest version of Google's mobile OS, Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung hasn't revealed a timeline for when each device will get the update. It will depend... >>

HTC planning Desire 8 unveil for 24 February, plans to eventually launch on AT&T and Sprint

HTC planning Desire 8 unveil for 24 February, plans to eventually launch on AT&T and Sprint

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HTC is planning to announce its mid-range Desire 8 handset on 24 February in Beijing, according to a posting on HTC's official Weibo account. The company is remaining quiet on details until then. However, leaks from last week have indicated the Desire... >>

BBC 'World War One At Home' interactive project begins broadcasting 24 February

BBC 'World War One At Home' interactive project begins broadcasting 24 February

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The BBC will begin showing the first 230 stories from its UK-wide World War One At Home project from Monday 24 February. The stories, the first of 1,400 the Beeb plans to tell, will broadcast across all BBC Local Radio stations, regional television... >>

Nike planning genuine Back to the Future power laces on shoes in 2015

Nike planning genuine Back to the Future power laces on shoes in 2015

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Nike is to introduce self-tying power laces, as seen in Back to the Future II, in 2015. Like the pair worn by Marty McFly in the movie, the laces will be driven by an electronic system.As revealed on shoe site Sole Collector, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield... >>

Microsoft brings Bing Health & Fitness app to Windows Phone for handy tracking

Microsoft brings Bing Health & Fitness app to Windows Phone for handy tracking

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Microsoft launched its Bing Health & Fitness app on Windows Phone 8, after its launch with Windows 8.1 last year. It marks the final Windows 8.1 app to be brought over to the Windows Phone platform, and a beta version is now available on the Windows... >>

Apple not launching 12.9-inch iPad Pro or iPad mini in 2014, says analyst

Apple not launching 12.9-inch iPad Pro or iPad mini in 2014, says analyst

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Apple has scrapped plans to launch a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and next-generation iPad mini in 2014, according to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. Instead, the analyst expects Apple to stick with an iPad Air model in 2014 that will utilise a faster A8 processor... >>

Is this the HTC M8 mini in metallic with a 4.5-inch display?

Is this the HTC M8 mini in metallic with a 4.5-inch display?

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The HTC M8 mini will launch in a metallic version with dual cameras and similar look to the HTC M8, if a leak on Google+ is to be believed. The two photos, seen in a posting by Google+ user M. Helal, are claimed to be the HTC M8. But astute fans on... >>

Vodafone 4G nabs 500,000 customers in first six months

Vodafone 4G nabs 500,000 customers in first six months

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Vodafone is now serving 500,000 customers with 4G connectivity just six months after launch, the company announced on Monday, as 4G in the UK begins to take hold. The carrier says its 4G customers used 300TB of data during December 2013, as they're... >>

Google acquires SlickLogin to use sounds for passwords

Google acquires SlickLogin to use sounds for passwords

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Google has acquired SlickLogins, the startup that wants to use sounds as passwords.SlickLogin announced on its website on Sunday it "is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication... >>

LG debuts mid-range L Series III handsets: L90, L70, L40 coming to MWC

LG debuts mid-range L Series III handsets: L90, L70, L40 coming to MWC

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LG has announced the third-generation L Series handset line ahead of Mobile World Congress in late-February, not leaving many surprises for the trade show.The mid-range L Series now consists of the L90, L70, and L40, and they will launch with Android... >>

Titanfall Beta now open to all Xbox One gamers

Titanfall Beta now open to all Xbox One gamers

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The beta test for Titanfall has extended to all Xbox One gamers, after being opened up on a limited basis late-last week, Xbox frontman Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb announced on Saturday.Xbox One gamers can access the beta on the "New Game Demos" section... >>

Crowd funding website Kickstarter becomes the next to be infiltrated by hackers

Crowd funding website Kickstarter becomes the next to be infiltrated by hackers

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Crowd funding website Kickstarter has become the next company to be hacked, it announced on Saturday.No credit card data was taken in the breach that occurred Wednesday, but other customer information was."Accessed information included usernames, email... >>

Sony Xperia G leak claims mid-range specs with flagship looks

Sony Xperia G leak claims mid-range specs with flagship looks

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Sony has plans to release a mid-range smartphone this year, offering customers another option past its Xperia Z1 flagship.Twitter account Vizileaks has tweeted what's claimed to be the Xperia G, said to carry a "flagship design with mediocre specs".The... >>

Microsoft tipped to release Office for iPad in first half of 2014

Microsoft tipped to release Office for iPad in first half of 2014

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Microsoft plans to release its Office for iPad app to users in the first half of 2014, according to ZDNet.Reports have pegged the release of the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote app towards autumn of 2014 in the past, but now according to "sources"... >>

House of Cards season 2 now available for streaming on Netflix

House of Cards season 2 now available for streaming on Netflix

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Happy Valentine's Day. Political corruption continues under Frank Underwood.The second season of hit series House of Cards is now available for streaming on Netflix.  As with the first season, Netflix is releasing all 13 episodes of the new season... >>

PS4 outsells Xbox One in January, but Microsoft leads Sony in game sales

PS4 outsells Xbox One in January, but Microsoft leads Sony in game sales

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Both Microsoft and Sony are touting numbers for January's next-generation console sales in the US, but Sony has come out the real winner.Sony has sold more of it's PlayStation 4 units than Microsoft has sold of it's Xbox One units, according to numbers... >>

Samsung Galaxy NotePro vs Galaxy TabPro: What’s the difference?

Samsung Galaxy NotePro vs Galaxy TabPro: What’s the difference?

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Samsung's tablet line became even more confusing in January, when the South Korea-based electronics giant introduced two new categories: the Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPro. Both didn't just add a few specifications, but instead broke into a new screen... >>

Nintendo launching Mario Kart 8 on 30 May for Wii U

Nintendo launching Mario Kart 8 on 30 May for Wii U

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Mario Kart 8 will launch on 30 May for the Wii U, Nintendo announced during its Direct event on Thursday.The new Mario Kart title will bring drivers karts that can turn into hovercraft, submarines and gliders, alongside anti-gravity features, like... >>

Google Play Music updated with 'Fireplace Visualiser' to set the mood through your Chromecast

Google Play Music updated with 'Fireplace Visualiser' to set the mood through your Chromecast

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Google has released a visualiser feature within its Google Play Music service, letting you beam an image of a fireplace to your Chromecast. The company is calling it "the perfect way for you to set the mood" for Valentine's Day. To turn the feature on,... >>

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside leaves for Dropbox COO position (update)

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside leaves for Dropbox COO position (update)

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has left the company to become chief operating officer with Dropbox, according to The Wall Street Journal.Woodside will step into Dropbox to provide oversight to grow the online file-hosting company's business even further,... >>

BBM 2.0 now available for iPhone and Android

BBM 2.0 now available for iPhone and Android

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BlackBerry has announced BBM 2.0, a dramatically improved version of the chat applicaion for Android and iPhone that adds a number of new features to the platform.Most notably, Android and iPhone users can now complete voice calls over Wi-Fi or a data... >>

Xbox One Media Remote outed by Amazon, expected in early March

Xbox One Media Remote outed by Amazon, expected in early March

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Microsoft's media-intensive Xbox One is about to get a Media Remote to make playback of audio and video a little easier.Media Remote accessory sat on Amazon Canada's web pages for a few moments on Wednesday, before being pulled, giving us a quick taste... >>

US cable industry shakeup: Comcast buying Time Warner Cable to control majority of market

US cable industry shakeup: Comcast buying Time Warner Cable to control majority of market

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US cable giant Comcast is set to announce a deal on Thursday to acquire Time Warner Cable for $44 billion in an all-stock deal, CNBC's David Faber first reported. Several other publications have also confirmed the deal. (Update: The deal is now official... >>

LG G Pro 2 officially announced, featuring 5.9-inch display and 13MP 4K-capable camera

LG G Pro 2 officially announced, featuring 5.9-inch display and 13MP 4K-capable camera

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LG has officially taken the wraps off its LG G Pro 2 phablet ahead of Mobile World Congress in later this month. A successor to the original 5.5-inch G Pro announced in 2013, the G Pro 2 features a 5.9-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, 13-megapixel... >>

Microsoft's PC gaming chief leaves after just months at the company

Microsoft's PC gaming chief leaves after just months at the company

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Valve's former Steam boss was hired by Microsoft to lead its PC gaming division in August 2013. Now he's gone after just six months.Jason Holtman, Microsoft's director of business development for the PC gaming and entertainment division, has left the... >>

HTC takes on Moto Maker with HTC One 'Double Dip' case

HTC takes on Moto Maker with HTC One 'Double Dip' case

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HTC has launched a Custom Double Dip hard case for the HTC One, set to take on the Moto X's customisation and available through Moto Marker.HTC's new case will let you add a little jazz to your HTC One handset, by picking a colour for the top, middle... >>

Is this our first look at Apple's iPhone 6? Answer: No, it's a clever fake

Is this our first look at Apple's iPhone 6? Answer: No, it's a clever fake

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Sonny Dickson has published images claimed to be the iPhone 6.The Australian-based device leaker noted on Twitter that the images are "teasers" and neglected to share any further information. Pocket-lint is unable to confirm the validity of the images,... >>

HTC M8 leaks get combined into one convincing mockup

HTC M8 leaks get combined into one convincing mockup

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XDA Developer Forum member "Hamdir" has crafted what might be the best HTC M8 render yet. The artist based the render on several leaks that have crossed the internet over the past few weeks, and it's actually pretty convincing. Of course, none of it's... >>

Google's acquisition of Nest completed: 'Nest to continue to innovate upon devices'

Google's acquisition of Nest completed: 'Nest to continue to innovate upon devices'

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Google's acquisition of Nest has officially been completed, following announcement of the deal in mid-January and subsequent regulatory approval.A filing with the SEC on Wednesday revealed the deal was officially closed for $3.2 billion on 7 February,... >>