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Apple buys tech that could take Siri offline

Apple has sort-of-confirmed that it recently snapped up another small company, called Novauris. The firm specializes in speech recognition and has historical ties to the core technology and patents underpinning Siri. TechCrunch reports that Novauris’s experts are already working inside Apple to improve its voice assistant, but no one really knows exactly what they’re up to. One of Novauris’s […]

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Samsung promises truly flexible electronics sooner with graphene breakthrough

Graphene. It was going to reinvigorate the electronics industry. Better than silicon, flexible yet more durable than steel and with high heat conduction, it all sounded like The Dream for thinner components and wearables.. but it kinda faded away. Well, it’s back, according to Samsung. In a partnership with Sungkyunkwan University, it reckons it’s solved the […]

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T-Mobile offers BlackBerry subscribers $100 credit toward any other phone

T-Mobile head honcho John Legere’s assuring its BlackBerry-toting subscribers they’ve got nothing to worry about despite the companies’ falling out. But, just in case they are worried (or just want to try other platforms), he’s also offering them a $100 credit toward anydevice. Legere made the announcement in an open letter, where he also reminded folks they can […]

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Sprint will pay you to switch from a rival carrier to its Framily plan

T-Mobile may have stolen the spotlight earlier this year by paying customers to switch, but it looks like Sprint is cooking up a similar deal in response. An S4GRU leak has revealed a Sprint promo that will pay you to switch from a competitor to the carrier’s Framily plan between April 4th and May 8th. Much like T-Mobile’s offer, you’ll get […]

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Apple confirms WWDC 2014 will begin on June 2nd

Apple’s just announced that its annual developer conference, WWDC, will commence on June 2nd and run through June 6th. In a departure from its traditional application process, the company has already opened ticket sales on its website, but will now select attendees randomly instead of a first-come-first-served basis. That means we’re no longer likely to see […]

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Sailboat racers get a heads-up display to call their own

It’s not easy to track the progress of a racing sailboat — you don’t always have the free time (or free hands) to check a compass or run across the deck. Keeping tabs on a watercraft should be much less of a chore in the future, though, as Afterguard has released a heads-up display system for high-speed […]

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12 million people are already using Office for iPad

Microsoft’s version of Office for iPad has apparently been a rousing success. So much so, that the company’s taken to Twitter to boast that the productivity suite has topped 12 million downloads. In a week. As the Seattle Times points out, though, Redmond hasn’t said how many Office 365 subscriptions (which are required to create and edit documents) have been sold alongside the free, document-view-only downloads. We reached out […]

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Here’s another peek at Google’s build-your-own-smartphone project

Project Ara has only exploded in prominence since Google unloaded Motorola earlier this year, and now we’re getting yet another peek at the work in progress. The Phonebloks team just released a video showing off the progress Google and its partners have made on those modular smartphones, and things are coming along just as quick as you’d expect. […]

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Vine, now with messaging

Vine isn’t just about sharing six-second videos anymore. The Twitter-owned service has just launched a messaging feature that lets you reach out to friends through either videos or text messages. It’s not very sophisticated at this stage (there’s no true group chat, for instance), but you can send videos to anyone in your smartphone’s contacts, whether or not they’ve […]

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Unreal Engine 4.1 update adds SteamOS and Linux support, arrives later this month

Good news for gamers who’ve been eyeing Valve’s upcoming Steam Machines: Unreal Engine 4.1 will support the Linux-based SteamOS after a pending update. In a blog post today, Epic Games’ Mike Fricker announced that the source code now includes “initial support for running and packaging games for Linux and Steam OS.” This means that upcoming UE4 titles like Daylight […]

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Turkey finally lifts Twitter ban, but YouTube is still blocked

It’s official: Turkey’s Twitter ban has officially come to an end. The country’s high court ruled that the ban was unconstitutional just yesterday, and access to the service was finally restored this morning after two weeks of social silence. In case you hadn’t been following this odyssey, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan promised to “root out” the service after […]

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Digital Storm’s revamped gaming laptops boast extra-speedy NVIDIA graphics

  If you’ve been waiting for a gaming laptop that wrings the most performance out of NVIDIA’s new GeForce 800M graphics chips, you may want to check out Digital Storm’s freshly revamped laptop line. The Javelin, Lance, Krypton and Behemoth all carry fast dedicated video, ranging from the GeForce GTX 860M (in everything but the Behemoth) all the […]

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Google reportedly wants to offer mobile phone service in Fiber areas

Many see Google Fiber as an attempt to disrupt the stagnant world of internet service providers, and it now sounds like Google wants to shake up the wireless industry, too. Sources for The Information claim that the search firm wants to offer mobile phone service in Fiber areas. It’s not yet clear how this would work, but Google reportedly told […]

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The first of Europe’s new Earth-monitoring satellites launches today

If the first step in fixing a problem is knowing about it, then Earth’s worry-list is about to get a lot longer. The European Space Agency is launching the first of six satellites designed to monitor the choppy environmental conditions down here on our fragile planet. Sentinel-1A will blast off later today, where it’ll track floodwaters, deforestation and other […]

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Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat through Google Street View

After touring the canals of Venice and braving the Polar Bear capital of the world, you can now visit the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia… virtually, that is. The armchair adventurer’s best friend, Google Street View, now touts around 90,000 panoramic images of the vast 12th century Khmer wonder. Google took photos of Angkor Wat’s glorious temples, sculptures […]

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Verizon slashes More Everything prices to keep pace with AT&T

Not to be caught cold by recent price cuts from AT&T, and to keep up with T-Mobile’s relentless UnCarrier marketing blitz, Verizon has slightly tweaked its More Everything plan to reward its more data-thirsty customers. As of now, subscribers to the company’s Edge early-upgrade program who sign up for 10GB or more of data can add additional smartphones to […]

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