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Has a patent filing revealed Google's consumer version of Glass?

Has a patent filing revealed Google's consumer version of Glass?

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Google has been issued a patent for a new version of Google Glass from the US Patent Office.It's never a good idea to stick solely to patents when it comes to predicting a company's product release, but Thursday's filing could provide insight into what... >>

Apple reportedly plans new Apple TV set-top box 'soon', with possibility of App Store

Apple reportedly plans new Apple TV set-top box 'soon', with possibility of App Store

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Apple plans to release a new version of its Apple TV set-top box sometime in the first half of 2014, according to 9to5mac. It's said to keep a similar design to the third-generation Apple TV currently available on the market.  No, it's not the full-fledged... >>

Microsoft Q2 earnings: $6.56bn profit, record $24.52bn revenue, better Surface numbers

Microsoft Q2 earnings: $6.56bn profit, record $24.52bn revenue, better Surface numbers

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Microsoft reported its earnings for the fourth quarter on Thursday, revealing the Christmas months yielded a record $24.52 billion in revenue and a $6.56 billion profit for the company. Microsoft handsomely beat analyst expectations, and showed growth... >>

Apple said to release iPhones larger than 4.5- and 5-inches later this year

Apple said to release iPhones larger than 4.5- and 5-inches later this year

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Apple plans to launch two iPhones in 2014 that will move away from the 4-inch screen size it has stuck to over the last two versions, according to The Wall Street Journal. The publication, who has correctly pegged Apple launches in the past, says one... >>

TiVo strongly denies rumours suggesting it's leaving the hardware business

TiVo strongly denies rumours suggesting it's leaving the hardware business

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TiVo, the maker of DVR boxes whose subscriber count has been dropping, has recently laid off the majority of its hardware team to focus on cloud and software products, according to Wired.The company is said to be keeping two engineers to focus on support... >>

Apple promises to fix iOS 7's 'white screen of death' in future software update

Apple promises to fix iOS 7's 'white screen of death' in future software update

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Apple has promised to fix the "whitescreen of death" bug that's affected iPhones running iOS 7 since September. The bug causes the iPhone to "soft reboot" out of nowhere, interrupting tasks for between 30 to 60 seconds as you wait for the home screen... >>

Beats Music hands-on: Will design and personal touch make it music streaming king?

Beats Music hands-on: Will design and personal touch make it music streaming king?

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The music streaming space is already crowded, with Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Google Play Music, Last.FM and others having already edged out their place on customers' credit card statements and home screens.Now there's a new player in town,... >>

Awkward: Jimmy Fallon forgets to hide MacBook before interviewing Bill Gates

Awkward: Jimmy Fallon forgets to hide MacBook before interviewing Bill Gates

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When you're interviewing one of the world's richest and most charitable men, it may be a good idea not to have their competitor's product on your desk. In an interview on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, Fallon forgot to hide his Apple... >>

LG said to outfit its entire 2014 line-up with fingerprint scanners, starting with LG G Pro 2

LG said to outfit its entire 2014 line-up with fingerprint scanners, starting with LG G Pro 2

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The fingerprint scanner's spot in smartphones is apparently not diminishing. And LG will be the next manufacturer to include the technology, with it coming to its whole line of 2014 handsets, according to Korea-based ETNews.LG has chosen the fingerprint... >>

Sony makes Wi-Fi-only Xperia Z Ultra 'tablet' official in Japan

Sony makes Wi-Fi-only Xperia Z Ultra 'tablet' official in Japan

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Sony has officially announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its Xperia Z Ultra, morphing the smartphone into a mini-tablet.It was only on Monday that we saw the Wi-Fi-only version leak through Sony's website, but the Japan-based company on Wednesday announced... >>

Bike laserlight wants to cut down on blindspot accidents with Batman-like signal

Bike laserlight wants to cut down on blindspot accidents with Batman-like signal

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The Blaze Laserlight is hoping to keep cyclists safe with a new take on the bicycle light by using a Batman-like signal.It projects a warning signal 16 to 20 feet ahead of a cyclist, to stop pedestrians and drivers from stepping/driving out in front of... >>

Immersion gaming headset can track gamer rage, increase difficulty accordingly

Immersion gaming headset can track gamer rage, increase difficulty accordingly

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Seattle-based designer Sam Matson has created a new headset dubbed the Immersion that can track gamer rage - something that happens to the best of us. The headset, just a prototype at the moment, carries biometric sensors to track a gamer's heart rate.... >>

Amazon reportedly looking at Web TV service that would offer live content

Amazon reportedly looking at Web TV service that would offer live content

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Amazon is considering plans to offer an online TV service that would rival cable and satellite companies, according to The Wall Street Journal.Amazon is said to be approaching entertainment companies and media conglomerates about licensing their content... >>

Intel sells off failed OnCue pay-TV service to Verizon

Intel sells off failed OnCue pay-TV service to Verizon

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Intel has announced that it's selling off Intel Media - the company behind its failed OnCue pay-TV service - to Verizon. The cost of the deal wasn't disclosed, but Bloomberg reported in November 2013 that Intel wanted $500 million for the service. Verizon's purchase... >>

Screenshots give closer look at Apple's unreleased iOS in the Car

Screenshots give closer look at Apple's unreleased iOS in the Car

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Prominent developer Steve Troughton-Smith has given us a closer look at the interface of iOS in the Car ahead of its release, scheduled for later this year. Apple has remained quiet about specific iOS in the Car features and interfaces - other than... >>

iWatch concept ditches the watch look by taking inspiration from FuelBand

iWatch concept ditches the watch look by taking inspiration from FuelBand

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San Francisco-based designer Todd Hamilton has mocked-up what could be one of the best iWatch concepts to date. Unlike a few others, Hamilton ditched the old-school watch look and went for a FuelBand-like design. Given its Apple roots, user interface... >>

Adidas updates Smart Run watch with improved battery life, GPS data export

Adidas updates Smart Run watch with improved battery life, GPS data export

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Adidas released a sizable update for its Smart Run training watch on Tuesday, addressing the complaints voiced by early users.The update is now available to download on the training watch, adding the ability to export GPS data from runs. It also improves... >>

Sony's Xperia Z Ultra will go from phablet to mini-tablet in new Wi-Fi-only version

Sony's Xperia Z Ultra will go from phablet to mini-tablet in new Wi-Fi-only version

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Sony is planning a Wi-Fi-only version of its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone, a listing on its developer website indicates.The company has yet to make an official announcement for what would essentially make the Xperia Z Ultra a 6.44-inch mini-tablet, though... >>

Oppo N1 leaks in sleek 'midnight black' colour option

Oppo N1 leaks in sleek 'midnight black' colour option

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Oppo plans to release a midnight black model of its flagship Oppo N1 smartphone, if a leak from GizChina is to be believed.There hasn't been an official announcement from Oppo discussing the colour option, but according to the China-based publication... >>

HTC One (M8) concept cuts bezel and loses capacitive buttons

HTC One (M8) concept cuts bezel and loses capacitive buttons

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Google+ user Nikolai Prettner has posted an unofficial concept of the next-generation HTC One (M8) handset, and we wouldn't mind if his predictions were to come true.The next-generation HTC One is expected stay the same as the first-generation handset,... >>

Hoyo lets you take your smartphone in the shower

Hoyo lets you take your smartphone in the shower

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Hoyo is a new Kickstarter project that plans to keep your phone dry while you're in the shower.We've all been in this situation before: you get an important call or text message while sopping wet, and are unable to answer without getting your phone drenched.... >>

Samsung reportedly considering fingerprint sensor under Galaxy S5 display

Samsung reportedly considering fingerprint sensor under Galaxy S5 display

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Samsung is set to include a fingerprint sensor in its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, rather than iris recognition technology as previously tipped, according to Korea Herald.According to the newspaper, the South Korean company is looking to take things... >>

Sony Xperia Z2 specs get further confirmation: 5.2-inch display, 20.7MP camera

Sony Xperia Z2 specs get further confirmation: 5.2-inch display, 20.7MP camera

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What are said to be specifications for Sony's next-generation D6503 "Sirius" flagship handset have leaked, apparently confirming and adding to what we already know.XperiaBlog claims the D6503, thought to be the Xperia Z2, will feature a 5.2-inch 1080p... >>

Sony Smart Tennis Sensor launching in Japan in May to help improve your swing

Sony Smart Tennis Sensor launching in Japan in May to help improve your swing

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Sony has confirmed that the Smart Tennis Sensor revealed earlier this month as a concept at CES in Las Vegas will be going on sale in Japan in May, priced at 18,000 yen (£105).The Smart Tennis Sensor simply latches on to the bottom of your tennis... >>

Nintendo looking at smartphone gaming to save business

Nintendo looking at smartphone gaming to save business

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Nintendo could be looking to smartphones and tablets to rescue it from its recent ill fortune, according to Satoru Iwata, the company's president. "We are thinking about a new business structure," Iwata said at a press conference. "Given the expansion... >>

Huawei launches Ascend P6S with slight speed bump, thicker build

Huawei launches Ascend P6S with slight speed bump, thicker build

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Huawei has taken the wraps off the S version of its Ascend P6 smartphone, not changing too much in the process.The Ascend P6S is 0.3mm thicker than the first version, sitting at 6.5mm and carrying the same 2,000mAh battery. The processor has seen a slight... >>

Animin, the augmented reality pet that brings Tamagotchi into the 21st century

Animin, the augmented reality pet that brings Tamagotchi into the 21st century

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Figure Games has released a real-world digital pet called Animin, that uses augmented reality to bring the toy experience to life.Animin uses an app for smartphones and tablets to help you feed, give medicine, clean up, and play with your virtual pet.... >>

Is this the Sony Xperia Z2?

Is this the Sony Xperia Z2?

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A never before seen Sony handset has leaked into the wild, carrying the model number "D6503". Courtesy of iRimas on the XDA Developers forum, it could be the next-generation Xperia Z2 or Sirius handset we've been hearing about in leaks, or a Sony Xperia... >>

Driver ticketed while wearing Google Glass not guilty, California court says

Driver ticketed while wearing Google Glass not guilty, California court says

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We know texting and driving is a terrible thing to do. But what about wearing Google Glass while driving?Commissioner John Blair within the San Diego, California traffic court threw out a citation that was given to a woman driving with Google Glass. He... >>

HBO Go app coming to PS3 and PS4 for US subscribers

HBO Go app coming to PS3 and PS4 for US subscribers

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Sony has announced the US arrival of the popular HBO Go app on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, sure to please subscribers to the premium cable network in the States.The HBO Go app will land first on the PlayStation 3, and will follow on the PlayStation... >>

DoubleTwist releases iTunes Radio Recorder to swipe songs for free

DoubleTwist releases iTunes Radio Recorder to swipe songs for free

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DoubleTwist has released an iTunes Radio Recorder app to Google Play, aimed at letting users save songs that are being streamed from iTunes Radio on a Mac or iOS device free of charge. The DoubleTwist app uses AirPlay to intercept the stream from your... >>

You can hack the Raspberry Pi into a touchscreen camera

You can hack the Raspberry Pi into a touchscreen camera

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Though it's not likely to replace your Canon or Nikon digital camera, the creatives over at Adafruit have come up with a clever new trick for your Raspberry Pi computer to turn it into a camera with a touchscreen with just a few extra parts.Shown-off... >>

Apple and Samsung dominate US smartphone market with 68 per cent share

Apple and Samsung dominate US smartphone market with 68 per cent share

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Apple and Samsung's strength in the US smartphone market is continuing to grow in dominance, according to research group NPD. The duo now account for 68 per cent of smartphones owned in the US as customers look toward flagship handsets like the iPhone... >>

HTC One (M8) case leak shows fingerprint sensor

HTC One (M8) case leak shows fingerprint sensor

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The next-generation HTC One handset set to be release in March has been tipped to possibly employ a fingerprint scanner like its larger HTC One max brother. A set of leaked images of a "factory OEM" case out of Asia hit the web on Thursday, showing that... >>

Imgur launches MemeGen app for iOS to quickly create a meme

Imgur launches MemeGen app for iOS to quickly create a meme

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Popular image hosting service Imgur has launched its own MemeGen app for iOS users. The app encourages its user base, largely made up of Reddit users, to make their own additions to snarky memes.The Imgur MemeGen app is available free on the iTunes App... >>

Nokia Normandy Android UI looks like Windows Phone, if leaked pics are anything to go by

Nokia Normandy Android UI looks like Windows Phone, if leaked pics are anything to go by

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Microsoft and Nokia have remained quiet about launching a handset based on Android, but that isn't stopping leakers from saying the duo will. EvLeaks has posted yet another photo on Twitter showing the alleged Android handset, codenamed Normandy. This... >>

Canon PowerShot G1 X compact tipped to get a Mk II upgrade, 20.2-megapixel and DIGIC 6

Canon PowerShot G1 X compact tipped to get a Mk II upgrade, 20.2-megapixel and DIGIC 6

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Canon will be offering a new version of its PowerShot G1 X high-end compact, if a leak from Chinese forum Xitek is to be believed. The two year old camera will get a Mark II version, making a high-end camera option for users who want a small form-factor.... >>

Spotify now lets free users stream unlimited music through its website

Spotify now lets free users stream unlimited music through its website

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Spotify has removed the streaming limit cap for free users on its desktop product. Of course, non-premium paying users will still be subjected to advertisements in between songs, but it opens up an enticing offer to get new users on the service - which... >>

Sky will target ads to TV viewers based on location and interests

Sky will target ads to TV viewers based on location and interests

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UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, otherwise known as Sky, has announced a new AdSmart program that will target ads to customers depending on their profile and location. The program is similar to advertisements that are found on the internet, aimed to be... >>

Google Play Movies and TV app released for iOS devices, watch Google's content on the other side

Google Play Movies and TV app released for iOS devices, watch Google's content on the other side

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Google has released a new app for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad called Google Play Movies and TV, as the company's support for iOS continues.The release of the app not only brings Google's content on to the Apple platform, but more importantly also gives... >>

Is Samsung planning a 5-inch Windows Phone handset?

Is Samsung planning a 5-inch Windows Phone handset?

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Samsung may be planning a new Windows Phone flagship for 2014. A user agent for a handset with the codename of SM-W750V has popped up in several instances, with its default web browser listed as Internet Explorer, pointing to the Windows Phone operating... >>

Some Fitbit Force users are seeing a weird skin irritation forming

Some Fitbit Force users are seeing a weird skin irritation forming

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A "small number" of Fitbit Force customers are reporting an odd skin irritation after wearing the fitness tracker. The Fitbit Force is designed to be worn 24/7, even while sleeping, so it's definitely a cause for concern.The Consumerist was the first... >>

Valve ditching the touchscreen on its Steam Controller

Valve ditching the touchscreen on its Steam Controller

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Valve has plans to change the current state of its Steam Controller, before it begins shipping with Steam Machines from a slew of manufacturers later this year.The company announced at its Steam Dev Days developer summit on Wednesday that it will remove... >>

Alienware will ship its X51 Steam Machine in September

Alienware will ship its X51 Steam Machine in September

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Alienware plans to launch its Steam Machine in September, the company announced at Valve's Steam Dev Days developer summit on Wednesday. Alienware, which is owned by Dell, is one of the first companies to partner with Valve to create a SteamOS game.Alienware... >>

News Republic app updated with 'Smart News Recommendations' to enhance personalised news discovery

News Republic app updated with 'Smart News Recommendations' to enhance personalised news discovery

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The company behind the News Republic app for Android and iOS has announced News Republic 4.0, an update that brings several enhancements to the app. The update will be available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store at some point on Wednesday.Found... >>

Google Chrome update lets you track down noisy tabs, launch ChromeOS-like interface on Windows 8

Google Chrome update lets you track down noisy tabs, launch ChromeOS-like interface on Windows 8

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Google has released a new version of Chrome, and it's actually a pretty sizable update.It adds the ability to track down noisy tabs, thanks to a new speaker icon that will let you know which is playing music or is showing a video. YouTube added this feature... >>

Winamp will live on, as AOL finds a buyer

Winamp will live on, as AOL finds a buyer

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After being on the brink of death, famed music player Winamp will live on to please more users, thanks to AOL selling the software to digital audio business Radionomy for a deal worth between $5 million and $10 million, reports TechCrunch.The internet... >>

Facebook's competitor to Flipboard could launch in January

Facebook's competitor to Flipboard could launch in January

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Facebook may finally launch its Flipboard competitor, dubbed "Paper", by the end of January, reports Recode. The launch follows years of experimentation and development of the project which is hoped will bring better news reading to users.There's still... >>

Google releases Play Edition Moto G, bringing stock Android for $179

Google releases Play Edition Moto G, bringing stock Android for $179

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Google on Monday announced a Google Play Edition of the Moto G. It's now available in the US for $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB model, the same pricing as the versions sold by Motorola.  Like other Google Play Edition handsets, the Moto... >>

What is Nest and why does Google want to buy it?

What is Nest and why does Google want to buy it?

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In a surprising move on Monday, Google announced the acquisition of Nest Labs, a home automation company that's made quite a name for itself in three years. Why would Google, a company traditionally focused on a search engine, advertisements and Android... >>