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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... >>

Microsoft brings Bing Health & Fitness app to Windows Phone for handy tracking

Microsoft brings Bing Health & Fitness app to Windows Phone for handy tracking

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Microsoft launched its Bing Health & Fitness app on Windows Phone 8, after its launch with Windows 8.1 last year. It marks the final Windows 8.1 app to be brought over to the Windows Phone platform, and a beta version is now available on the Windows... >>

Apple not launching 12.9-inch iPad Pro or iPad mini in 2014, says analyst

Apple not launching 12.9-inch iPad Pro or iPad mini in 2014, says analyst

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Apple has scrapped plans to launch a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and next-generation iPad mini in 2014, according to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.  Instead, the analyst expects Apple to stick with an iPad Air model in 2014 that will utilise a faster A8 processor... >>

Is this the HTC M8 mini in metallic with a 4.5-inch display?

Is this the HTC M8 mini in metallic with a 4.5-inch display?

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The HTC M8 mini will launch in a metallic version with dual cameras and similar look to the HTC M8, if a leak on Google+ is to be believed.  The two photos, seen in a posting by Google+ user M. Helal, are claimed to be the HTC M8. But astute fans on... >>

Vodafone 4G nabs 500,000 customers in first six months

Vodafone 4G nabs 500,000 customers in first six months

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Vodafone is now serving 500,000 customers with 4G connectivity just six months after launch, the company announced on Monday, as 4G in the UK begins to take hold.  The carrier says its 4G customers used 300TB of data during December 2013, as they're... >>

Google acquires SlickLogin to use sounds for passwords

Google acquires SlickLogin to use sounds for passwords

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Google has acquired SlickLogins, the startup that wants to use sounds as passwords. SlickLogin announced on its website on Sunday it "is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and... >>

LG debuts mid-range L Series III handsets: L90, L70, L40 coming to MWC

LG debuts mid-range L Series III handsets: L90, L70, L40 coming to MWC

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LG has announced the third-generation L Series handset line ahead of Mobile World Congress in late-February, not leaving many surprises for the trade show. The mid-range L Series now consists of the L90, L70, and L40, and they will launch with Android... >>

Titanfall Beta now open to all Xbox One gamers

Titanfall Beta now open to all Xbox One gamers

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The beta test for Titanfall has extended to all Xbox One gamers, after being opened up on a limited basis late-last week, Xbox frontman Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb announced on Saturday. Xbox One gamers can access the beta on the "New Game Demos" section... >>

Crowd funding website Kickstarter becomes the next to be infiltrated by hackers

Crowd funding website Kickstarter becomes the next to be infiltrated by hackers

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Crowd funding website Kickstarter has become the next company to be hacked, it announced on Saturday. No credit card data was taken in the breach that occurred Wednesday, but other customer information was. "Accessed information included usernames, email... >>

Sony Xperia G leak claims mid-range specs with flagship looks

Sony Xperia G leak claims mid-range specs with flagship looks

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Sony has plans to release a mid-range smartphone this year, offering customers another option past its Xperia Z1 flagship. Twitter account Vizileaks has tweeted what's claimed to be the Xperia G, said to carry a "flagship design with mediocre specs".... >>

Microsoft tipped to release Office for iPad in first half of 2014

Microsoft tipped to release Office for iPad in first half of 2014

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Microsoft plans to release its Office for iPad app to users in the first half of 2014, according to ZDNet. Reports have pegged the release of the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote app towards autumn of 2014 in the past, but now according to "sources"... >>

House of Cards season 2 now available for streaming on Netflix

House of Cards season 2 now available for streaming on Netflix

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Happy Valentine's Day. Political corruption continues under Frank Underwood. The second season of hit series House of Cards is now available for streaming on Netflix.  As with the first season, Netflix is releasing all 13 episodes of the new season... >>

PS4 outsells Xbox One in January, but Microsoft leads Sony in game sales

PS4 outsells Xbox One in January, but Microsoft leads Sony in game sales

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Both Microsoft and Sony are touting numbers for January's next-generation console sales in the US, but Sony has come out the real winner. Sony has sold more of it's PlayStation 4 units than Microsoft has sold of it's Xbox One units, according to numbers... >>

Samsung Galaxy NotePro vs Galaxy TabPro: What’s the difference?

Samsung Galaxy NotePro vs Galaxy TabPro: What’s the difference?

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Samsung's tablet line became even more confusing in January, when the South Korea-based electronics giant introduced two new categories: the Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPro.  Both didn't just add a few specifications, but instead broke into a new screen... >>

Nintendo launching Mario Kart 8 on 30 May for Wii U

Nintendo launching Mario Kart 8 on 30 May for Wii U

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Mario Kart 8 will launch on 30 May for the Wii U, Nintendo announced during its Direct event on Thursday. The new Mario Kart title will bring drivers karts that can turn into hovercraft, submarines and gliders, alongside anti-gravity features, like... >>

Google Play Music updated with 'Fireplace Visualiser' to set the mood through your Chromecast

Google Play Music updated with 'Fireplace Visualiser' to set the mood through your Chromecast

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Google has released a visualiser feature within its Google Play Music service, letting you beam an image of a fireplace to your Chromecast. The company is calling it "the perfect way for you to set the mood" for Valentine's Day.  To turn the feature on,... >>

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside leaves for Dropbox COO position (update)

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside leaves for Dropbox COO position (update)

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has left the company to become chief operating officer with Dropbox, according to The Wall Street Journal. Woodside will step into Dropbox to provide oversight to grow the online file-hosting company's business even further,... >>

BBM 2.0 now available for iPhone and Android

BBM 2.0 now available for iPhone and Android

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BlackBerry has announced BBM 2.0, a dramatically improved version of the chat applicaion for Android and iPhone that adds a number of new features to the platform. Most notably, Android and iPhone users can now complete voice calls over Wi-Fi or a data... >>

Xbox One Media Remote outed by Amazon, expected in early March

Xbox One Media Remote outed by Amazon, expected in early March

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Microsoft's media-intensive Xbox One is about to get a Media Remote to make playback of audio and video a little easier. Media Remote accessory sat on Amazon Canada's web pages for a few moments on Wednesday, before being pulled, giving us a quick taste... >>

US cable industry shakeup: Comcast buying Time Warner Cable to control majority of market

US cable industry shakeup: Comcast buying Time Warner Cable to control majority of market

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US cable giant Comcast is set to announce a deal on Thursday to acquire Time Warner Cable for $44 billion in an all-stock deal, CNBC's David Faber first reported. Several other publications have also confirmed the deal. (Update: The deal is now official... >>

LG G Pro 2 officially announced, featuring 5.9-inch display and 13MP 4K-capable camera

LG G Pro 2 officially announced, featuring 5.9-inch display and 13MP 4K-capable camera

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LG has officially taken the wraps off its LG G Pro 2 phablet ahead of Mobile World Congress in later this month.  A successor to the original 5.5-inch G Pro announced in 2013, the G Pro 2 features a 5.9-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, 13-megapixel... >>