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Mercedes-Benz may let you install Apple's CarPlay in older models

Mercedes-Benz may let you install Apple's CarPlay in older models

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If you have a Mercedes-Benz and are wanting Apple's new CarPlay, go ahead and put down your checkbook as you may not have to buy a 2015 model. A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson speaking to 9to5mac said the company is looking into “an after-market solution... >>

No slowing down: Samsung filing reveals unannounced 'S-Circle' fitness band

No slowing down: Samsung filing reveals unannounced 'S-Circle' fitness band

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Samsung isn't slowing down with its jump into wearables, as a new FCC filing on Thursday reveals an unannounced "S-Circle" fitness band from the company. Presumed to be cheaper than the new Gear 2 and Gear Fit announced at MWC 2014, the FCC filing details... >>

Guidelight automatic night light doesn't need a plug, lasts 25 years

Guidelight automatic night light doesn't need a plug, lasts 25 years

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Guidelight wants to reinvent the bulky night light, something we've all been familiar with from a young age. The Guidelight hooks to an electrical outlet, doesn't take up a plug, and turns on automatically when it gets dark. It's perhaps the perfect night... >>

Twitch adding streaming for mobile games 'soon'

Twitch adding streaming for mobile games 'soon'

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Gaming community Twitch announced live broadcasting and game capture for mobile games, as it moves past the console and PC.  The company will soon release a mobile SDK game developers can put in their iOS and Android games, and it will enable gamers... >>

WeTransfer's iPhone app will let you send big photo and video files in seconds

WeTransfer's iPhone app will let you send big photo and video files in seconds

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File transfer service WeTransfer is expanding past the web and on to mobile with a new iOS app, enabling users to send multiple high-res photos and videos, without the need for a sign-up process. We've all been in the situation before where we want to... >>

Full-screen video ads may soon come to your favourite iPhone apps

Full-screen video ads may soon come to your favourite iPhone apps

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Apple will be altering its iAd platform to allow full-screen advertisements on the iPhone, giving advertisers and developers a better chance to monetise their apps. The change will come in the near future, according to AdAge, bringing along the feeling... >>

Xbox One's big update for March released: New features explained

Xbox One's big update for March released: New features explained

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Microsoft started to rollout the March update to Xbox One users on Tuesday, bringing several enhancements with it ahead of the Titanfall release on 11 March.  Most notably, Twitch live streaming integration will be found on the next-generation console... >>

Roku Streaming Stick vs Google Chromecast: What's the difference?

Roku Streaming Stick vs Google Chromecast: What's the difference?

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The battle for the living room rages on. Roku on Tuesday announced the expansion of its efforts with a new Streaming Stick that effectively takes on the Google Chromecast released in May 2013. Both come to the market as a cheap solution for you to... >>

Logitech unveils Harmony Keyboard to make typing easier for living room devices

Logitech unveils Harmony Keyboard to make typing easier for living room devices

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Logitech's latest addition to its Harmony line is aimed at set-top boxes and gaming machines, hoping to make it easier for you to type and navigate. But it's not the Harmony remote you've come to know. The Harmony Keyboard announced on Tuesday features... >>

Microsoft planning adapter to beam content to HDTV from Surface 2

Microsoft planning adapter to beam content to HDTV from Surface 2

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Microsoft has filed for a "Surface Wireless Display Adapter" with the FCC, revealing the company may have a new way for Surface 2 owners to beam content to their HDTV. The filing didn't reveal a release date or pricing for the Display Adapter, but did... >>

HBO Go launches on PlayStation 3 for US subscribers

HBO Go launches on PlayStation 3 for US subscribers

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HBO's Go streaming service began to rollout to the PlayStation 3 on Tuesday, after Sony teasing the release in January. The new app will enable subscribers of the cable channel, only available in US, to watch content from the console. Popular HBO Go... >>

Apple to release iOS 7.1 'any day now'

Apple to release iOS 7.1 'any day now'

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Apple will release iOS 7.1 "any day now", an update expected to bring several software enhancements to the platform, according to John Gruber of Daring Fireball. The prominent Apple blogger says the release is necessary for a new iOS app that will stream... >>

Ouya wants to create ecosystem, have its Android-based software on more devices

Ouya wants to create ecosystem, have its Android-based software on more devices

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Ouya is in talk with hardware partners to license its software, potentially taking on Valve's Steam OS, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman revealed in an interview with A-List Daily on Monday. Ouya launched its $99 hardware with Android-based gaming software in... >>

Rockstar to get BAFTA fellowship for its achievements in gaming

Rockstar to get BAFTA fellowship for its achievements in gaming

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will grant Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto, a Fellowship award at the 2014 Games Awards Ceremony.  BAFTA calls the award the highest accolade it bestows on a contribution to film,... >>

Nintendo wants to improve quality of life with new health division

Nintendo wants to improve quality of life with new health division

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Nintendo will focus on improving the quality of life for users "in enjoyable ways" over the next 10 years, Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, said in a letter on Monday. The news of Nintendo's refocusing follows struggling game sales caused by the... >>

Microsoft Research creates 3D browser to beam content to every wall of your room

Microsoft Research creates 3D browser to beam content to every wall of your room

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Microsoft's research division has created a 3D browser prototype called SurroundWeb that beams content to every wall of your room.  The prototype actually works, says Microsoft, as it scans the room for projectable services in one minute, and can then... >>

Microsoft could be taking Xbox Live cross-platform to iOS and Android

Microsoft could be taking Xbox Live cross-platform to iOS and Android

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Microsoft will extend Xbox Live support within mobile games past Windows Phone and onto iOS and Android, according to The Verge. The Xbox SmartGlass apps for iOS and Android have experimented with achievements in the past. However, Microsoft wants... >>

Android surpassed iOS to become top tablet software in 2013, says research

Android surpassed iOS to become top tablet software in 2013, says research

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Android has passed iOS to become the top operating system for tablets worldwide, according to research firm Gartner. Android's tablet marketshare grew to 62 per cent during 2013, compared to iOS' 36 per cent during the same period, according to the research.... >>

Samsung Chromebook 2 unveiled with more power and leather wrapping

Samsung Chromebook 2 unveiled with more power and leather wrapping

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Samsung has announced a pair of new Series 2 Chromebooks, both featuring the faux leather made famous on its Galaxy Note 3 phablet. Both ditch the plastic feel of other Chromebooks on the market, hoping to give you something a bit more elegant. Samsung... >>

HTC One M8 gets full-leak treatment, here's every detail

HTC One M8 gets full-leak treatment, here's every detail

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A YouTube user going by "GadgetReviews" posted a 12-minute video taking us on a walkthrough of the HTC One M8 on Sunday, confirming pretty much everything we've already known before it's set to be unveiled in late-March. The video has been taken down,... >>

Shakeup: Microsoft top execs Tony Bates and Tami Reller out

Shakeup: Microsoft top execs Tony Bates and Tami Reller out

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Microsoft is set to announce the departure of two top executives, Tony Bates and Tami Reller, on Tuesday, according to Recode. Bates, who founded Skype and was tipped for the Microsoft CEO spot, currently serves as the executive vice president of business... >>

HTC Watch movie service shutting down in the UK on 31 March

HTC Watch movie service shutting down in the UK on 31 March

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HTC plans to shut down its movie rental and purchase service, called HTC Watch, on 31 March in the UK, an email to users revealed on Sunday. The shutdown wasn't given an explanation, however HTC told users in the email to download movie purchases to... >>

Tesla's affordable Model E will be 20 per cent smaller than Model S, have 200 mile range

Tesla's affordable Model E will be 20 per cent smaller than Model S, have 200 mile range

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Tesla's upcoming Model E, aimed to be an affordable all-electric car for the mass market, will be smaller than the Model S currently available. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk told the California Public Utilities Commission the Model E will be 80 per... >>

Hipstamatic's Oggl adds AirPlay support in version 2.1

Hipstamatic's Oggl adds AirPlay support in version 2.1

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Hipstamatic has released version 2.1 of Oggl, and it most notably adds a new SurfMode feature to the Instagram-rivalling photo app. SurfMode enables users to turn their device sideways into landscape orientation and begin seeing a slideshow of images.... >>

BlackBerry talks next BBM update for iPhone and Android, group photo messaging to come

BlackBerry talks next BBM update for iPhone and Android, group photo messaging to come

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BlackBerry has detailed a new version of BBM for iPhone and Android, as competition in the mobile messaging space heats up. The Waterloo-based company says the most notable feature coming in the new version is that it will enable users to send pictures... >>