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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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>