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Samsung Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo vs Galaxy Gear: What's the difference?
Samsung Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo vs Galaxy Gear: What's the difference? By Jake Smith

Samsung isn't giving up on the wearables market, following measly sales of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch from 2013. Instead, it's back with two new versions; Read more

GoPro launches app on Xbox 360 with action content, coming to Xbox One this summer
GoPro launches app on Xbox 360 with action content, coming to Xbox One this summer By Jake Smith

GoPro, the maker of small action-sports cameras, has launched a GoPro Channel app on the Xbox 360, in an effort to highlight entertaining footage.With Read more

Google planning to launch Android TV, simplifying its Google TV for the masses
Google planning to launch Android TV, simplifying its Google TV for the masses By Jake Smith

Google plans to revamp its television offering by ditching the long-failed Google TV and launching a new Android TV platform.The Verge, who obtained screenshots of Read more

Yahoo reportedly poaching YouTube stars for rival video network
Yahoo reportedly poaching YouTube stars for rival video network By Jake Smith

Yahoo is considering its own video service to compete with Google's YouTube, sources tell Recode, as head of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, works to take on her Read more

Microsoft teases Kinect 2 sensor for Windows, 'getting closer and closer to launch'
Microsoft teases Kinect 2 sensor for Windows, 'getting closer and closer to launch' By Jake Smith

Microsoft has officially unveiled the second-generation Kinect sensor that will be made available to Windows PC gamers.In a blog post on the Kinect blog Read more

Philips expands Hue brand with white-only Hue Lux, Hue Tap lightswitch and luminaries
Philips expands Hue brand with white-only Hue Lux, Hue Tap lightswitch and luminaries By Jake Smith

Philips is expanding its line of Hue smart-lighting products with the introduction of the Hue Lux, a white-only version of the smartphone connected light Read more

Facebook planning drones to connect rest of world to internet
Facebook planning drones to connect rest of world to internet By Jake Smith

Facebook has detailed its plans to bring internet connectivity to the next 5 billion people through the Internet.org initiative, along with Nokia, Qualcomm, Read more

Amazon reportedly planning ad-supported video streaming service
Amazon reportedly planning ad-supported video streaming service By Jake Smith

Amazon has plans to unveil a free, advertising-supported streaming service complete with television and music video content, according to the Wall Street Read more

Microsoft Office for iPhone, Android now available for free
Microsoft Office for iPhone, Android now available for free By Jake Smith

Microsoft has made the iPhone and Android versions of its Office Mobile app available for free, dropping the Office 365 subscription that had previously Read more

Samsung's Galaxy S5 now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse
Samsung's Galaxy S5 now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse By Jake Smith

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse in the UK. Customers can get the Galaxy S5 at Carphone Warehouse for £42 Read more

Watch Sony unveil its virtual reality future for PS4: Project Morpheus
Watch Sony unveil its virtual reality future for PS4: Project Morpheus By Jake Smith

Sony has posted the video presentation of the unveiling of its big virtual reality play called Project Morpheus, a technology that will allow PS4 gamers Read more

AppyParking for iPhone wins Ford app award and £10,000, tells you where to park in London
AppyParking for iPhone wins Ford app award and £10,000, tells you where to park in London By Jake Smith

AppyParking wants to save you time by helping you park in London.The application, available on the App Store for iOS, allows drivers to see every Controlled Read more

HTC says 'blah blah blah' in first HTC One (M8) ad
HTC says 'blah blah blah' in first HTC One (M8) ad By Jake Smith

HTC has shown its first television advertisement spot for the new HTC One (M8) released on Tuesday, and one word to describe it is "blah". That's not Read more

Minecraft creator says it's no longer coming to Oculus VR, because he's creeped out by Facebook
Minecraft creator says it's no longer coming to Oculus VR, because he's creeped out by Facebook By Jake Smith

A version of Minecraft could have been coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but after Facebook has acquired Oculus, that's no longer the Read more

Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to make 'platform for many other experiences'
Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to make 'platform for many other experiences' By Jake Smith

Facebook has purchased virtual reality company Oculus for $2 billion, the creator of the Oculus Rift headset that has been leading the VR space. Facebook Read more

HTC plans BlinkFeed software for Android devices from other companies
HTC plans BlinkFeed software for Android devices from other companies By Jake Smith

HTC won't be selfish with the new version of BlinkFeed within Sense 6.0, planning to bring the app to Android devices from other manufacturers. "Following Read more

HTC partners with Fitbit for fitness tracking on HTC One (M8)
HTC partners with Fitbit for fitness tracking on HTC One (M8) By Jake Smith

HTC didn't build its own fitness tracking software for the new HTC One. Instead, it partnered with Fitbit, a player already well established in the space. The Read more

'Jobs' biopic starring Ashton Kutcher now streaming on Netflix
'Jobs' biopic starring Ashton Kutcher now streaming on Netflix By Jake Smith

Jobs, the 2013 biopic chronicling the early days of Apple, is now available for streaming on Netflix. Steve Jobs is portrayed by Ashton Kutcher in the Read more

Maker of Ray-Ban, Oakley partners with Google to make Google Glass eyewear
Maker of Ray-Ban, Oakley partners with Google to make Google Glass eyewear By Jake Smith

Luxottica Group, owner of the Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglass brands, has signed an agreement with Google to make web-connected eyewear similar to Google Glass. It Read more

White Xbox One now available on Ebay, even though it's for Microsoft employees only
White Xbox One now available on Ebay, even though it's for Microsoft employees only By Jake Smith

The white Xbox One given to Microsoft employees when the console launched last autumn has hit Ebay, for gamers who don't want the black version, and want Read more

Moto 360 mockups emerge showing several different watch bands to match your style
Moto 360 mockups emerge showing several different watch bands to match your style By Jake Smith

When Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 smartwatch last week, it left out a lot of details and only showed two bands for the device. Now, Slashgear has gotten Read more

Texting and driving may put you on a billboard in California
Texting and driving may put you on a billboard in California By Jake Smith

Smile, you're on camera.If you're someone who likes to text and drive, you may want to stop to save yourself from embarrassment. Well that, and it's just Read more

Apple reportedly working with Comcast on web TV streaming set-top box
Apple reportedly working with Comcast on web TV streaming set-top box By Jake Smith

Apple has begun talks with Comcast, the US' largest cable company, to team up for a streaming-television service, according to the Wall Street Journal.The Read more

Motorola tipped to launch 6.3-inch phablet in Q3 2014
Motorola tipped to launch 6.3-inch phablet in Q3 2014 By Jake Smith

Motorola isn't slowing down with smartphone launches and has plans to launch a 6.3-inch phablet in Q3 2014, according to a new rumour on the web.The information Read more

Apple planning slim 12-inch MacBook Air with buttonless trackpad?
Apple planning slim 12-inch MacBook Air with buttonless trackpad? By Jake Smith

Apple is planning to launch a new, slim 12-inch MacBook Air with several changes to the laptop line, according to a new rumour on the web.The MacBook Air Read more

Still using Windows XP? Microsoft begins $100 deal to get you on Windows 8.1
Still using Windows XP? Microsoft begins $100 deal to get you on Windows 8.1 By Jake Smith

Microsoft has begun a promotion to give Windows XP users $100 towards a Surface or Windows 8.1 machine that's priced over $599, as support for the older Read more

Mozilla's latest Firefox beta debuts with redesign, syncing features
Mozilla's latest Firefox beta debuts with redesign, syncing features By Jake Smith

Mozilla has given the next version of Firefox a hefty update, not only bringing a new design, but Firefox accounts, customisation features, and a new Read more

Sony planning PS4 controller update to dim Light Bar, save battery
Sony planning PS4 controller update to dim Light Bar, save battery By Jake Smith

Sony plans to release an update for the PlayStation 4's DualShock controller that will help cure its low battery life. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Read more

Crocodile leather wrapped Gresso Titanium Bumper will protect your iPhone for $10,000
Crocodile leather wrapped Gresso Titanium Bumper will protect your iPhone for $10,000 By Jake Smith

Gresso has unveiled what it claims to be the most expensive accessory line for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S on the market, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. We Read more

HP planning 3D printer unveil for June, will be faster than competitors
HP planning 3D printer unveil for June, will be faster than competitors By Jake Smith

Hewlett-Packard's next move is the 3D printer market, and it has two strategies to help it capture sales.Meg Whitman, CEO of HP, said the company will Read more

Flappy Bird is returning to fly another day, 'but not soon'
Flappy Bird is returning to fly another day, 'but not soon' By Jake Smith

Dong Nguyen, developer of the of once-hit game Flappy Bird, confirmed in a tweet the game will be returning, "but not soon". The news is sure to have Read more

Samsung debuts budget Activity Tracker early in Germany
Samsung debuts budget Activity Tracker early in Germany By Jake Smith

Samsung's leaked second-generation S Band will actually be called the Activity Tracker when it launches.Samsung has begun showing off the budget fitness Read more

Music streaming startup Musaic aims at Sonos, can also work with the Internet of Things
Music streaming startup Musaic aims at Sonos, can also work with the Internet of Things By Jake Smith

London-based Musiac has begun a Kickstarter campaign for a multi-room music system, made up of wireless speakers that can be placed around your home to Read more

Sony brings Android 4.4 KitKat to Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra
Sony brings Android 4.4 KitKat to Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra By Jake Smith

Sony has announced that the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra has now begun, and should reach your Read more

YotaPhone launches in UK for £419, featuring 4.3-inch always-on e-paper display
YotaPhone launches in UK for £419, featuring 4.3-inch always-on e-paper display By Jake Smith

Yota Devices has made the YotaPhone handset available in the UK on Wednesday, after debuting the smartphone in 2013.The YotaPhone takes a different approach Read more

Samsung debuts Samsung NX mini interchangable-lens camera
Samsung debuts Samsung NX mini interchangable-lens camera By Jake Smith

Samsung has unveiled the NX mini SMART camera, which it claims is the world's slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera - built for selfies and Read more

PS4 gets virtual reality headset to beat Oculus Rift, behold Project Morpheus
PS4 gets virtual reality headset to beat Oculus Rift, behold Project Morpheus By Jake Smith

Sony has announced a virtual reality headset for the PS4 called Project Morpheus, during the Game Developers Conference on Tuesday.It's a blue light, Read more

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon chips coming for Android Wear
Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon chips coming for Android Wear By Jake Smith

Qualcomm will be expanding its Qualcomm Snapdragon processor lineup past smartphones and tablets, and offer it for Android Wear wearables, the company Read more

Executive in charge of Xbox suddenly leaves Microsoft, heads to Sonos
Executive in charge of Xbox suddenly leaves Microsoft, heads to Sonos By Jake Smith

Marc Whitten, chief product officer at Xbox, is leaving his long time executive role to become the chief product officer at Sonos, Microsoft announced Read more

PC reimagination of hit arcade game Gauntlet launching this summer
PC reimagination of hit arcade game Gauntlet launching this summer By Jake Smith

Gauntlet, the hit 1985 arcade game, is returning in a completely modernised action RPG version for the PC, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment announced Read more

Samsung releases Tizen SDK for Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, apps surely to follow
Samsung releases Tizen SDK for Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, apps surely to follow By Jake Smith

Samsung released the Tizen software development kit on Monday, which will allow developers to build apps for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo before the devices' release Read more

Amazon to introduce Chromecast-like dongle for streaming video games?
Amazon to introduce Chromecast-like dongle for streaming video games? By Jake Smith

Amazon's long-rumoured hardware solution for the living room will be much more than a delivery vehicle for Netflix.The Amazon product will have a dongle Read more

Verizon's next Windows Phone from Samsung leaked in press shot
Verizon's next Windows Phone from Samsung leaked in press shot By Jake Smith

Windows Phone's presence in the US is about to get a big bump from Samsung and Verizon. The clearest leak yet for the Samsung Ativ SE that is headed Read more

Samsung Galaxy Beam successor leaked in China with improved specs, projector
Samsung Galaxy Beam successor leaked in China with improved specs, projector By Jake Smith

Samsung is planning a successor to its Galaxy Beam handset that features a projector, according to telecommunications certification group Tenaa in China.The Read more

Steve Jobs told execs Apple won't release television set
Steve Jobs told execs Apple won't release television set By Jake Smith

Apple has long been believed to expand its influence in the living room with a full-fledged television set, capable of delivering content over the internet, Read more

Google's Chromecast finally tipped for UK launch on 19 March
Google's Chromecast finally tipped for UK launch on 19 March By Jake Smith

The Chromecast will launch in the UK on 19 March, breaking past its US exclusivity, according to an internal listing at Dixons retail stores obtained by Android Read more

Popcorn Time is dead, but could relaunch in the future under new owners (Updated)
Popcorn Time is dead, but could relaunch in the future under new owners (Updated) By Jake Smith

Popcorn Time, an app that was essentially the Netflix of movie torrents, is no longer available. (Update below.)The app made it incredibly easy for users Read more

GoBe wearable will let you track calories without punching numbers into an app
GoBe wearable will let you track calories without punching numbers into an app By Jake Smith

Healbe has introduced its GoBe wearable that will track your calories consumed and burned by measuring your glucose levels. This is a new approach to Read more

Netflix partners with DreamWorks for three new animated original series in 2014
Netflix partners with DreamWorks for three new animated original series in 2014 By Jake Smith

DreamWorks Animation and Netflix have joined together for three new animated original series: King Julien, Puss in Boots, and Veggie Tales in the House, Read more

Microsoft launches cheaper Office 365 version for $70
Microsoft launches cheaper Office 365 version for $70 By Jake Smith

Microsoft has launched a cheaper version of its Office 365 product in the US, called Office 365 Personal.The Personal version is now the entry level for Read more

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