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Samsung Chromebook 2 could be the next to get faux-leather

Samsung Chromebook 2 could be the next to get faux-leather

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Samsung will extend its faux-leather treatment past the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab series, to its Chromebook 2, if a photo from EvLeaks is to be believed.  The tipster posted a photo to his Twitter account Saturday that shows a Chrome symbol mixed... >>

First iOS in the Car integration to come next week: Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes

First iOS in the Car integration to come next week: Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes

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Apple will formally unveil its iOS in the Car initiative next week at the Geneva Motor Show, after showing glimpses of the infotainment software in the past, according to the Financial Times. The publication says Apple has partnered with Ferrari, Volvo,... >>

Netflix team hacks together custom playlists, sleep tracking

Netflix team hacks together custom playlists, sleep tracking

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Netflix recently held a company Hack Day, at which its team got experimental and made new projects for the streaming video network.  Netflix posted the most notable hacks on its blog, including Netflix Beam, custom playlists, and sleep tracking through... >>

Google Hangouts for iOS gets iPad optimisation with a little touch of iOS 7

Google Hangouts for iOS gets iPad optimisation with a little touch of iOS 7

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Google is once again firming its position so it can continue supporting its iOS apps, and doing it beautifully.  The maker of Android released a big "version 2.0" update of its Hangouts for iOS messaging app on Thursday, bringing a look that gels... >>

Minecraft movie in the works as it crosses 100 million registered users

Minecraft movie in the works as it crosses 100 million registered users

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Top video game Minecraft will be hitting the big screen, the game's creator Markus Persson announced on Thursday.  "Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie," Persson tweeted. "I wanted to... >>

Amazon said to be launching music streaming service through Prime

Amazon said to be launching music streaming service through Prime

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Amazon is planning a music streaming service to take on Spotify and Rdio, according to Recode.  The new service is said to be being offered by Amazon to members of its Prime yearly subscription service. It's not clear when the music streaming service might... >>

Google Chrome beta adds built-in 'Ok Google' voice search

Google Chrome beta adds built-in 'Ok Google' voice search

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Google Chrome will get voice search built-in for all users, if a new beta released on Thursday is any indication. Google updated the Chrome Canary (beta) build with the addition of its "Ok Google" search functionality, made popular on several Android... >>

Boeing creates phone to keep secrets top secret

Boeing creates phone to keep secrets top secret

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Boeing has launched its first smartphone, the Boeing Black, but you probably won't be able to get your hands on it.  The futuristic handset takes a security approach, rather than trying to compete with the likes of Samsung, Apple or HTC. The company... >>

European Commission holding talks with Apple, Google over in-app purchase policy

European Commission holding talks with Apple, Google over in-app purchase policy

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The European Commission will be holding talks with Google, Apple and others in the industry on Thursday and Friday to iron out rules for in-app purchases. The talks come after reports saying children are making in-app purchases without parent's permission,... >>

Samsung will let developers use Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner in apps

Samsung will let developers use Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner in apps

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Samsung released the software development kit for its Galaxy S5 smartphone, Gear 2 smartwatch, and Gear Fit fitness band at Mobile World Congress on Wednesday. Most notably, the SDK will open developers to the Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanning technology,... >>

Google holding developer conference for Project Ara modular smartphone in April

Google holding developer conference for Project Ara modular smartphone in April

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Google has announced plans for its first developers conference for the Project Ara modular smartphone prototype, 15 April to 16 April, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Some thought the Project Ara was just a pipedream, but... >>

Steam games could become a lot cheaper thanks to new developer tool

Steam games could become a lot cheaper thanks to new developer tool

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Valve is implementing a new tool for developers, which, in some cases, could make game prices on Steam much cheaper.  Valve will now allow developers to run Steam game sales and discount games whenever developers choose, the company has announced through... >>

Google: We never tried to buy WhatsApp, what are you talking about?

Google: We never tried to buy WhatsApp, what are you talking about?

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Google has denied claims on Wednesday that it made a bid for WhatsApp, before the messaging app was acquired by Facebook earlier this month for more than $16 billion.  Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android and Chrome at Google, called the... >>

Google and Motorola's smartwatch prototype from 2013 shown in leaked photos

Google and Motorola's smartwatch prototype from 2013 shown in leaked photos

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Motorola was working on a smartwatch during its time at Google, according to Android Police, which showed a prototype of the wearable in a series of photos on Tuesday. According to the publication, the "Google Watch" name was being considered for the... >>

Samsung NX mini mirrorless camera leaks with ultra-thin build

Samsung NX mini mirrorless camera leaks with ultra-thin build

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Samsung is planning to add a mini version of the Samsung NX to its mirrorless camera line, if a leak from NXrumors is to be believed.  The site claims to have got its hands on specifications and a press shot for the much smaller NX camera. So small... >>

Apple releases OS X 10.9.2 update, addressing big security flaw and FaceTime

Apple releases OS X 10.9.2 update, addressing big security flaw and FaceTime

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Apple released OS X 10.9.2 on Tuesday, fixing a large security hole unearthed by developers this month, along with improvements to other system features.  The update, rolling out to Mavericks machines now, fixes a serious SSL bug that allowed hackers... >>

Motorola launching new Moto X come 'late summer'

Motorola launching new Moto X come 'late summer'

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A new version of the Moto X handset will launch in "late" summer, Motorola announced at its press event at Mobile World Congress 2014.  Specifications or design for the new version of the Moto X weren't revealed, but it's interesting the company won't... >>

Motorola announces plans to launch a smartwatch later this year

Motorola announces plans to launch a smartwatch later this year

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Soon to be Lenovo-owned Motorola has plans to launch a smartwatch later this year, aiming to solve consumer headaches other wearables on the market have like battery life and style.  The smartwatch, still unnamed and official design still a mystery,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories: First look at S Charger Pad, S View Cover, more

Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories: First look at S Charger Pad, S View Cover, more

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Samsung didn't only launched the Samsung Galaxy S5 on Monday, but a number of dedicated accessories for the new flagship smartphone. We're live at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where we've had a quick look at what extras you should plan on getting... >>

Sony sets SmartBand and Core availability for March to track your life

Sony sets SmartBand and Core availability for March to track your life

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Sony's SmartBand SWR10, Core, and Lifelog application will be available worldwide from March 2014, the company announced on Monday. Unveiled at CES in January, the SmartBand SWR10 incorporates a removable Core unit and a wrist strap to track your life.... >>

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch price cut to $250

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch price cut to $250

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Qualcomm updated its online store on Monday, dropping the price of its Toq smartwatch from $350 to $250, after it sat as one of the most expensive wearables on the market. Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch became a lot cheaper and maybe more attractive for customers,... >>

Samsung Unpacked 5 Episode 1: Re-watch the Galaxy S5 launch right here

Samsung Unpacked 5 Episode 1: Re-watch the Galaxy S5 launch right here

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Samsung took the stage at Mobile World Congress on Monday to introduce its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone, alongside a new Gear Fit fitness band.  It was a more series Samsung than we've seen before, ditching the theatrics for an event where CEO... >>

Facebook closing @facebook.com messaging service after small usage

Facebook closing @facebook.com messaging service after small usage

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Facebook is closing its @facebook.com messaging/email service, which has been available since 2010. "We’re notifying people who use their @facbook.com email that the feature is changing," a spokesman told Pocket-lint. "When someone sends you an email... >>

LG targets mid-range with LG F70 and F90 handsets with quad-core processor and LTE

LG targets mid-range with LG F70 and F90 handsets with quad-core processor and LTE

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LG has announced the LG F70 and LG F90 handsets at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The LG F70 features a 4.5-inch WVGA IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, microSD slot for up to 32GB of storage, 5-megapixel auto-focus... >>

Samsung says 200 million Galaxy smartphones sold since 2010

Samsung says 200 million Galaxy smartphones sold since 2010

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Samsung has sold 200 million Galaxy S smartphones since 2010, the South Korean electronics giant announced at Mobile World Congress on Monday.  JK Shin, the CEO of Samsung, thanked the 200 million customers around the world who have purchased Galaxy... >>