Here’s the biggest news from Microsoft’s Windows 10 event

  Microsoft hinted that its January Windows 10 event would have a lot to offer, and boy was it right. The Redmond crew unveiled not just a ton of software features for desktops and mobile devices, but also new hardware that pushes the limits of what you thought computers could do. Overwhelmed? Don’t be — […]

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Apple offers two-week window for iTunes refunds… in Europe

In case you needed another reason to be jealous of Europe (aside from access to the Autobahn and Yotaphone 2, naturally), Apple has one. Now you can return pretty much any iTunes purchase for a full refund within two weeks. Don’t go thinking this will allow you to beat Infinity Blade 3 in one sitting […]

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With webOS and wearables, LG’s moving beyond just displays at CES

Samsung and Sony may grab a larger share of the CES fanfare, but don’t count LG out. It has quite the annual presence in Las Vegas, too. The Korean company uses the tech industry’s January soiree as the backdrop for a wide selection of product reveals — everything from wearables to smartphones to 4K TVs […]

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Kodak’s finally making smartphones (sort of)

For a while there it looked like Kodak’s moment had come and gone, but the past few months have seen the imaging icon fight back from the brink of irrelevance. Now the company’s planning to push a Kodak-branded smartphone, and thankfully it’s not going to sue everyone in the business along the way this time. […]

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Your smartphone is changing the way your fingers work

Your smartphone is changing more than just your habits — it’s changing the way your hands work, too. Swiss researchers have discovered that activity in the brain cortex associated with index fingers and thumbs is enhanced directly in proportion to how often you use your phone’s touchscreen. That area of your mind will light up […]

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Meizu’s M1 Note is a dirt-cheap iPhone 5c on steroids

  While many Chinese smartphone makers have recently stepped up their efforts in delivering more original designs, we can’t say that’s the case with Meizu’s latest offering. In fact, we already knew the cheeky company was up to something when the Chinese media received an iPhone 5c chassis in their invitations, and now we know […]

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Snapchat alternatives (and their users) vanish from Windows Phone

  Snapchat warned that it was clamping down on third-party apps to prevent sketchier examples from compromising your security, and it appears to be making good on its word — much to the chagrin of Windows Phone users, who haven’t had an official Snapchat option so far. Windows Central notes that 6snap and other titles […]

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Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos

  Many would argue that cops cross the line when they impersonate people on social networks to catch suspects, but that doesn’t mean that fake accounts are always off the table. In a recent opinion, New Jersey district judge William Martini contends that police don’t need search warrants to create bogus Instagram accounts for the […]

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Google+ can automatically ‘enhance’ your mobile video recordings

Google’s no stranger to tweaking your photos automagically, and now it’s extending that expertise to video. By using Google+ and its auto-backup system for your media, Mountain View says it can adjust the lighting, color, stability and, soon enough, speech in any video you shoot. Just be sure to have Auto Enhance activated on your […]

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Evernote now adds context to your memos on Android and Windows

Evernote’s bringing Context, one of its more interesting announcements during its fourth conference in October, to Android and Windows. This feature, which was first made available to iOS and Mac users in November, pulls content (based on what you’re typing, hence its name) from various sources and displays them on screen. By “various sources,” we […]

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Volvo’s bike helmet concept alerts riders and drivers to each other

You know what will go perfectly with those futuristic rocket-powered, heartrate-monitoring bikes? This smart helmet that Volvo wants to create. It’s a two-way system that works by uploading both cyclists’ and drivers’ locations to Volvo’s cloud. While a connected car’s in-dash system makes that possible, the helmet needs to be linked to a bike app […]

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How Samsung became the king of CES and where it’s going next

  Long before Transformers director Michael Bay choked onstage at Samsung’s lavish CES 2014 press conference, the Korean company was just another electronics outfit begging for attention. But after decades at CES, Samsung is now the undisputed king of the show. Its blowout media events are the largest and most difficult to get into. Samsung […]

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Amazon updates Fire phone to translate text and identify art in photos

Amazon SVP of Devices David Limp promised back in October that the company will continue releasing updates for the Fire phone despite its rather poor performance — like this big software upgrade, for instance. The latest version of Fire phone’s OS comes with a long list of new features, including the ability to translate text […]

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Apple’s Tim Cook ‘deeply offended’ by fresh allegations of factory worker mistreatment

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he’s “deeply offended” by fresh allegations of poor working conditions in its suppliers’ Chinese factories. Contractors hired by Apple to assemble its latest products have been exposed before, and while the firm has tried to be more proactive in recent years, a new BBC investigation suggests the same problems still […]

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Facebook will auto-enhance your photos, if you use an iPhone

Look, Facebook kind of has to be good at this whole photo-filter thing. Like, come on: It owns Instagram, of all things. As it happens, you can already use various filters to tweak your photos from the Facebook app before you upload them to the site. Now, though, Zuckerberg & co. are taking things one […]

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Google and Verizon strike a deal to use each other’s patents

Google has been forging patent deals left and right with smartphone manufacturers to both get technology and fend off lawsuits, and now it’s taking a similar approach with American carriers. The search firm has reached a deal with Verizon that gives both sides access to patents covering a “broad range of products.” Neither side is […]

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