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Microsoft 'seriously considering' adding Android apps to Windows and Windows Phone, says report

Microsoft 'seriously considering' adding Android apps to Windows and Windows Phone, says report

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Microsoft is "seriously considering" adding Android application support to its Windows Phone and Windows desktop software, according to The Verge.The move is being discussed in depth at the Redmond-based company, according to the report, with opinions... >>

Rdio beefs up iPhone app with enhanced design, playlist editing, reviews

Rdio beefs up iPhone app with enhanced design, playlist editing, reviews

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Streaming music application Rdio received a sizable update on iOS on Tuesday, adding playlist editing and reviews, alongside design, user interface and overall performance enhancements.Playlist editing, a highly requested feature among Rdio users, will... >>

Google and Foxconn reportedly getting closer when it comes to robotics

Google and Foxconn reportedly getting closer when it comes to robotics

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Google and Foxconn, the big manufacturer often associated with Apple, may soon work together on a project you might not have guessed: robotics.The Wall Street Journal reports that Foxconn and former-Android boss Andy Rubin may soon join to pursue new... >>

Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 build indicates what's coming for the platform

Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 build indicates what's coming for the platform

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Several developers across the web have posted their findings from the Windows Phone 8.1 software development kit that was just seeded to them for testing. Reddit user and developer "wpthroaway" has been the source of many of the leaks, sharing what... >>

HTC M8 leak shows a sleek handset with plenty of bezel on the bottom

HTC M8 leak shows a sleek handset with plenty of bezel on the bottom

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Another alleged photo of the HTC M8 has leaked from Twitter account HTCFamily.ru, highlighting what could be the design of HTC's next-generation flagship and successor to the HTC One. The photo shows a HTC M8 we've seen in leaks before, featuring on-screen... >>

Sony selling its waterproof MP3 player in a bottle of water

Sony selling its waterproof MP3 player in a bottle of water

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Sony wants to convince you its waterproof NWZ-W273 MP3 player can really go with you for a swim. The company has begun an advertising campaign in New Zealand to sell the waterproof MP3 player within a bottle of water. It's called the Bottled Walkman,... >>

LG's Heart Rate Earphones gain regulatory approval, could launch in US soon

LG's Heart Rate Earphones gain regulatory approval, could launch in US soon

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LG's heart rate-tracking earphones have gained regulatory approval in the US, after crossing the desk of the FCC on Tuesday.When LG took the wraps off the Heart Rate Earphones alongside its Lifeband Touch in January, a release date wasn't provided. The... >>

BMW i8 will bring optional laser headlights with 'daylight-like illumination'

BMW i8 will bring optional laser headlights with 'daylight-like illumination'

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BMW announced on Monday that its BMW i8 hybrid sports car will feature laser light headlamps as an optional feature when it begins to ship in autumn 2014. The BMW i8 will mark the first production car to feature such technology, said to bring daylight-like... >>

BBM chief leaves BlackBerry, making for another high-level departure at the company

BBM chief leaves BlackBerry, making for another high-level departure at the company

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BlackBerry is losing the chief of BBM, at a time when BlackBerry hopes the product will keep it relevant in the smartphone realm and soon bring in revenue. Andrew Bocking, executive vice-president of BlackBerry and head of the messenger service,... >>

Sony confirms lighter PS Vita coming to North America this spring

Sony confirms lighter PS Vita coming to North America this spring

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Sony has confirmed the slimmer, lighter PS Vita is coming to North America in the spring, following its launch in the UK on 7 February and in Japan at the end of last year. The handheld gaming console will be available in a $200 combo that will also... >>

New Call of Duty title in 2014 will be built for the Xbox One and PS4

New Call of Duty title in 2014 will be built for the Xbox One and PS4

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Moving out of a transition year for consoles, games with a focus on next-generation hardware will take shape in 2014. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed Sledgehammer Games, the group behind the next Call of Duty title, will develop it... >>

Asus VivoTab Note 8 now available at Microsoft Store for $329

Asus VivoTab Note 8 now available at Microsoft Store for $329

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Asus has begun to sell the VivoTab Note 8 tablet announced at CES 2014 in January, now available on the Microsoft Store for $329 in the US.The 8-inch tablet boosts the smaller tablet line for Windows 8.1, where a smaller Surface tablet straight from... >>

Barnes & Noble confirms some job cuts at Nook, but says it's not going anywhere

Barnes & Noble confirms some job cuts at Nook, but says it's not going anywhere

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Contrary to recent reports, Barnes & Noble will not axe its Nook e-reader brand or make significant cuts to its staff, the company has confirmed to Pocket-lint. "We have not eliminated our Nook hardware staff and we remain committed to offering our... >>

Flappy Bird is dead: Here are five alternatives to download instead

Flappy Bird is dead: Here are five alternatives to download instead

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Flappy Bird has spread its wings and flown away.Creator Dong Nguyen removed Flappy Bird from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday, after its rise to popularity in early 2014 thanks to its addictiveness. The indie developer cited too much stress as... >>

Dyson makes £5m investment into research lab for robotics, bring on the personal butler robots

Dyson makes £5m investment into research lab for robotics, bring on the personal butler robots

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Bagless vacuum company Dyson has invested £5 million into a robotics lab at Imperial College in London.The research will be used to help robots understand the world around them, through better vision systems, the company told the BBC. It will cover both... >>

HTC M8 leaks again with second camera and on-screen buttons

HTC M8 leaks again with second camera and on-screen buttons

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The HTC M8 will feature a second camera and dual-flash to provide better photos over its HTC One predecessor, according to an alleged photo of the handset from Nowhereelse.This isn't the first time we've seen the dual-camera design on the back of the... >>

Windows Phone 8.1 leak shows notification centre for first time

Windows Phone 8.1 leak shows notification centre for first time

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The first screenshots of the notification centre coming to Windows Phone 8.1 have leaked, thanks to a confidential email sent at Microsoft picked up by Winphollowers.The screenshots show Microsoft will market its notification centre as "Action Center"... >>

HTC M8 said to come in 4.5-inch 'mini' version, slightly larger than current HTC One mini

HTC M8 said to come in 4.5-inch 'mini' version, slightly larger than current HTC One mini

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While we've seen specifications and an alleged design for the upcoming HTC M8 flagship, details for the presumed HTC M8 mini version have been nonexistent - until now. The famed EvLeaks is out with specifications for the smaller HTC M8 brethren, claiming... >>

Flappy Bird will fly off, developer ending hit iOS and Android game

Flappy Bird will fly off, developer ending hit iOS and Android game

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Hit iOS game Flappy Bird will be removed from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday, after sitting as the top-selling game on both app marketplaces for roughly a month. (Update: the game has now been removed.) Dong Nguyen, the creator and designer... >>

Activision expecting Bungie's Destiny to be 'best-selling new video game IP in history'

Activision expecting Bungie's Destiny to be 'best-selling new video game IP in history'

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Even with months to go before the launch of Bungie's Destiny title, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is putting huge faith in the new game franchise. "We expect Bungie’s Destiny, an innovative shared-world, first-person action game to be Activision... >>

Samsung 'Huron' Windows Phone crosses FCC desk, headed for Verizon

Samsung 'Huron' Windows Phone crosses FCC desk, headed for Verizon

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The unannounced Samsung 'Huron', or SM-W750V, has crossed the desk of the FCC, confirming its existence just in case you had any shred of doubt.The FCC document didn't reveal too many details about the supposed 5-inch handset, but does indicate Verizon... >>

Nokia, HTC end litigation and enter patent agreement

Nokia, HTC end litigation and enter patent agreement

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Nokia and HTC announced on Friday that they will no longer be fighting over patents, after several disputes in courts around the world. They have dropped all pending patent litigation and have entered into a patent collaboration agreement. Details of... >>

Beep wants to be the Chromecast of audio with $149 in-home streamer

Beep wants to be the Chromecast of audio with $149 in-home streamer

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Built by two former Google employees, Beep is aiming to be the Chromecast of speakers.The $149 gadget connects through your speakers and Wi-Fi network to let you stream music throughout your home from a mobile phone. Essentially Beep is like Sonos, except... >>

New Apple Store in San Francisco to be 'more iconic' than Fifth Avenue's glass cube‏‏

New Apple Store in San Francisco to be 'more iconic' than Fifth Avenue's glass cube‏‏

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Apple's new flagship store planned for Union Square in San Francisco will be "more iconic" than the company's glass cube on New York's Fifth Avenue, an Apple representative said on Thursday.The new building will be built with a wall of glass, Apple and... >>

Here's what Sense 6.0 will look like on the HTC M8

Here's what Sense 6.0 will look like on the HTC M8

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The first alleged screenshot of the user interface set to launch on HTC's next HTC M8 flagship smartphone has leaked, thanks to EvLeaks.Presumably what we're seeing is Sense 6.0, if the rumours are to be believed. It looks to bring a redesign to HTC's... >>

Activision adds third game studio to develop Call of Duty titles, as its ecosystem grows

Activision adds third game studio to develop Call of Duty titles, as its ecosystem grows

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The Call of Duty ecosystem is to grow even further, as Activision announced a third game studio will be added to the series' development cycle, on an earnings call with investors on Thursday.Sledgehammer Games, a division of Activision, will join Infinity... >>

HP falls in line with its own Chromebox, bringing colour to the Chrome OS world

HP falls in line with its own Chromebox, bringing colour to the Chrome OS world

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Hewlett-Packard has become the next company to announce a Chromebox, following Asus, Samsung and Dell.Available in spring 2014 in the US, HP's take on the small Chrome OS computer will be a colourful affair. It will launch in four colour options of... >>

Move over Sprint, KitKat released to Verizon's HTC One

Move over Sprint, KitKat released to Verizon's HTC One

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The HTC One on Verizon is next to get Android 4.4 KitKat. It now makes Verizon the second carrier behind Sprint to give the update "carrier certification", the last step before the software is released to the public. Mo Versi, head of product management... >>

Pandora CEO: iTunes Radio launch caused usage to drop at first, but now 'we continue to grow'

Pandora CEO: iTunes Radio launch caused usage to drop at first, but now 'we continue to grow'

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Pandora saw a small drop in usage after the launch of iTunes Radio in September 2013, the company revealed on its earnings call on Wednesday. But now it's getting back on track. "We're very proud of the fact that, despite some real competitive companies,... >>

Amazon acquires game studio Double Helix following console rumours

Amazon acquires game studio Double Helix following console rumours

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Amazon has acquired game studio Double Helix, the maker of the Xbox One exclusive game Killer Instinct.  "Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,"  the company confirmed to Pocket-lint.TechCrunch... >>

Mozilla planning Firefox Launcher for Android that is contextually aware

Mozilla planning Firefox Launcher for Android that is contextually aware

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Mozilla is launching a contextually aware Firefox Launcher for Android, the company announced at the InContext Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. Even though Mozilla launched its own mobile OS last year, it wants to take over your Android home... >>

HTC confirms plans for wearable in 2014, says it will solve battery and LCD issues

HTC confirms plans for wearable in 2014, says it will solve battery and LCD issues

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HTC plans to release a wearable device by this year's Christmas shopping season, HTC chair Cher Wang confirmed in an interview with Bloomberg.“Many years ago we started looking at smartwatches and wearables, but we believe that we really have to solve... >>

Are these HTC M8 leaked photos the real deal? Regardless it looks good

Are these HTC M8 leaked photos the real deal? Regardless it looks good

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Russian website Mobiltelfon.ru claims to have a pair of photos showing off HTC's next-generation flagship handset, codenamed the HTC M8.The images gel well with leaks that have claimed there won't be many changes to the new handset over the original... >>

Samsung's Galaxy S5 event won't be theatrical like years past

Samsung's Galaxy S5 event won't be theatrical like years past

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When Samsung launched its Galaxy S4 in March 2013, it used a large event at the Radio City Music Hall in New York with actors showing off the phone's features. It was a Broadway performance.But the company isn't planning a lot of singing or dancing when... >>

Ricoh unveils WG-4, WG-20 outdoor cameras aimed for the elements

Ricoh unveils WG-4, WG-20 outdoor cameras aimed for the elements

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Ricoh has taken the wraps off three new digital compact cameras aimed to go just about anywhere, ahead of the CP+ photo show in Japan.The WG-4 is being released in both a non-GPS and GPS model, replacing the WG-3 released in 2013. The new version not... >>

What desktop version? 76 per cent of Twitter users use on the go

What desktop version? 76 per cent of Twitter users use on the go

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Twitter users are continuing to shun the desktop version of the site with only 24 per cent of the social networks user base option accessing it via the desktop. Twitter has confirmed that it has reached 241 million monthly active users, 184 million of... >>

BlackBerry BBM on iOS and Android updated with Find Friends feature

BlackBerry BBM on iOS and Android updated with Find Friends feature

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BlackBerry has rolled out a Find Friends feature to its BBM for iPhone and Android apps.BBM isn't like text messaging where it uses a phone number, so having a way for users to easily find their friends and contacts already using BBM is a necessity. "The... >>

YouTube names new CEO with huge ad background

YouTube names new CEO with huge ad background

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Google-owned YouTube has announced a new CEO, and that could mean it will soon be making more money off you. Susan Wojcicki, a longtime employee and now former SVP of ads and commerce, will move to the executive position. Given her advertising background,... >>

Google building a way to use Chrome apps without running Chrome

Google building a way to use Chrome apps without running Chrome

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Google is experimenting with code that will allow users to run Chrome applications without running the full Chrome web browser. The "app_shell" code was found in Google's Chromium project by The Next Web. Google is currently experimenting with the feature.... >>

Slow rollout: KitKat found on less than 2 per cent of Android devices

Slow rollout: KitKat found on less than 2 per cent of Android devices

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It's no secret that Google has had trouble distributing its latest Android software updates quickly, and the newest distribution numbers for the platform don't help change that opinion. Google updated its Developers Dashboard on Tuesday, which provides... >>

Asus unveils tiny Chromebox capable of 4K output

Asus unveils tiny Chromebox capable of 4K output

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Asus has unveiled a new Chromebox, set to launch in March for $179. The mini Chrome OS computer sits 4.880-inches wide and 1.65-inches tall, making it the world's smallest Chrome computer. The Chromebox features 802.11 b/g/n wireless, four USB 3.0 ports,... >>

Sony could offload its struggling Vaio PC unit soon, 'continues to address various options'

Sony could offload its struggling Vaio PC unit soon, 'continues to address various options'

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Sony may be set to offload its struggling Vaio PC business very soon. A company spokesman told Pocket-lint that "Sony continues to address various options for the PC business", following a Nikkei daily report on Tuesday. The Japan-based publication... >>

Microsoft strikes deal with Foursquare to incorporate its data in Windows Phone and Bing

Microsoft strikes deal with Foursquare to incorporate its data in Windows Phone and Bing

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first day on the job includes inking a deal with location-based social network Foursquare. Under the agreement, Microsoft has licensed Foursquare's places database for use in its products and services."So in the near future,... >>

Red Nexus 5 now available on Google Play, just in time for Valentine's Day

Red Nexus 5 now available on Google Play, just in time for Valentine's Day

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A red version of the LG Nexus 5 was released to Google Play on Tuesday.The new "Bright Red" colour has been rumoured for weeks and should add a little personality to the handset. It now makes three colour options available for the Nexus handset, along... >>

After 10 years: What's next for Facebook?

After 10 years: What's next for Facebook?

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After 10 years, Facebook has etched itself out as the premiere social network on the planet. People have found it the prime place to connect with family and friends, share photos, message and brag about life accomplishments to former schoolmates. But... >>

Who is Satya Nadella? The new Microsoft CEO

Who is Satya Nadella? The new Microsoft CEO

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Microsoft's CEO search is finally over: Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO starting today.Nadella, who until yesterday served as Microsoft's executive vice-president of the Cloud and Enterprise group, is not a widely known name across tech media even... >>

Grand Theft Auto V biggest video game of 2013, selling 32.5 million units

Grand Theft Auto V biggest video game of 2013, selling 32.5 million units

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Take-Two Interactive, the firm behind Rockstar Games, has revealed Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling video game of 2013, citing NPD research data.Rockstar Games sold a whopping 32.5 million copies of Grand Theft Auto V during the year, boosting... >>

Samsung schedules Unpacked 5 event for 24 February, Galaxy S5 unveil hinted

Samsung schedules Unpacked 5 event for 24 February, Galaxy S5 unveil hinted

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Samsung has revealed it will be holding its first Unpacked event of 2014 on 24 February in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. The company sent an invitation to members of the media on Monday.Samsung's Unpacked events are typically used for its big product... >>

Valve announces Steam Music for you to jam while gaming

Valve announces Steam Music for you to jam while gaming

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Valve has announced that a Steam Music feature is coming soon to SteamOS and Steam Big Picture mode. It will first launch as a beta, where participants will be "invited in waves" until the feature goes lives for all gamers. Steam Music will allow gamers... >>

Google opens Chromecast platform to all developers, more supported apps coming

Google opens Chromecast platform to all developers, more supported apps coming

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Google announced on Monday that it's opening the Chromecast software development kit to all developers. This means you should expect a ton of apps supporting Chromecast very soon. Google is making it easy for developers to integrate Chromecast support,... >>