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Google reportedly looking to simplify home entertainment with Android TV

Google has been edging away from the original Google TV concept for a while, but it now looks like the company is ready to make a sharper break from its past. The Verge claims to have documents revealing a new Android TV release with a more conventional (if very slick) living room interface. Rather than stress apps or the web, […]

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You can now search Yelp on mobile using emojis

Are your Twitter friends jumping down your throat for flooding them with emojis? Well, you might want to let off some emoji-filled steam on Yelp instead, because the business directory app now lets users search for establishments with the popular ideograms. Yes, it’s just what it sounds like — on mobile, the app parses any emoji you put […]

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The Xbox One is getting another controller update, unfortunately

Really, Microsoft? You just asked gamers to go through the hassle of updating their Xbox One gamepads in March, yet there’s word on NeoGAF that the next patch — currently in testing — will once again bundle “new controller firmware.” Yes, the (hopefully optional) code should fix connection and headset quality issues that are even more of a pain, but it’s […]

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This is Earth’s malware threat, visualized

Ah, nothing like good old fashioned scare tactics to get you to install anti-virus software. In a thinly veiled advert for its security suite, Kaspersky Labs has created a real-time cyber threat map — painting the globe with six shades of malware. The brightly colored map lists Russia as the world’s most infected country, followed closely by the […]

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Sony releases an unlocked Xperia Z1 with US-friendly LTE

Frustrated that you’ve had to sign up to T-Mobile just to pick up an Xperia Z1 variant with completely US-native LTE? That won’t be a problem after this week. Sony has released an unlocked version of the Z1 that can take advantage of 4G speeds on AT&T, T-Mobile and their virtual network partners. The flagship Android phone should also support LTE on […]

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Windows 8.1 Review

Pros: Improved multitasking; Universal search; Better preloaded apps; Better multi-monitor support Cons: Still no Start Menu; Low information density; Still better for touch than keyboard mouse The Verdict: Windows 8.1 is a much improved operating system with enhanced multitasking, smarter search and a better selection of pre-loaded apps, but it’s still better for touch than desktop use. When […]

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Amazon Fire TV Review

Do you have any HDMI slots left on your TV? Didn’t think so – but you can’t blame Amazon for entering the streaming device market given its existing arsenal of entertainment and readily available data on competitors’ devices. Indeed, this makes sense. Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, and receives thousands of users reviews for the Apple […]

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BBC to extend iPlayer catch-up period to 30 days

Remember when the BBC’s latest chief pledged to revamp the iPlayer? His bosses at the BBC Trust have just rubber-stamped the decision to extend the catch-up window from seven days to 30. The changes will take some time to implement, since there’s various technical and legal hoops to jump through, but the corporation expects the new system […]

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Samsung still makes Windows Phones: ATIV SE up for pre-order at Verizon

With Windows Phone 8.1 now free, we may start seeing more announcements like this: Verizon’s just put the Samsung ATIV SE handset up for pre-order. As we saw in an earlier leak, it’s essentially a high-spec Galaxy S4 with Windows Phone 8 (not 8.1) instead of Android. Though that’s been superceded by the Galaxy S5 on Android, […]

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 ‘Geek’ bundle includes free Xbox controller and games

If you’ve considered the Surface Pro 2 to be more than just a portable workstation, then Microsoft’s latest tablet bundle might pique your interest. In collaboration with online culture show Geek & Sundry, the company has quietly pushed live a new gaming deal on its virtual store in the US and Canada that throws in $105 worth of […]

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Google’s Project Loon balloon goes around the world in just 22 days

One of Project Loon’s hot air balloons just completed a journey ’round the world, but unlike Vernes’ Phileas Fogg who took 80 days to do so, Google’s creation took but a mere 22 days. That far exceeds Mountain View’s expectations (the team thought it would take around 33 days), all thanks to data collected by previous test flights. You […]

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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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