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Google's Nexus Player offers streaming and gaming for $99

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 17:12
Remember the Nexus Q? Yeah, we'd rather forget it, too. Google regained its streaming cred with the Chromecast, and now it's looking to offer up another set-top box. The compact Nexus Player will handle streaming, games and run Android apps. An...

Google's Android 5.0 is called Lollipop

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 17:07
Google has just revealed that the next major version of Android, 5.0, will be known as Lollipop. After months of teasing the OS, the search giant is finally taking what was previously known as Android "L" into the mainstream, with the first set of...

Google's Nexus 9 available early next month with Android 5.0, starts at $399

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 17:06
Today's the day Google fans have been waiting for: the announcement of this fall's Nexus lineup. It's essentially an annual tradition at this point, since the last few Nexus devices have arrived at the same time of year. Along with a 6-inch...

Google reveals the $649 Nexus 6, pre-orders begin on October 29th

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 17:04
Forget the pomp and circumstance that comes with a formal launch event -- Google just outed the new Nexus 6 on its official Android blog, and it's just about everything the rumor mill said the Motorola-made device would be. The Nexus 6 is the first...

HBO's standalone streaming service will arrive in 2015

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 16:04
If you've been pining for HBO without having to splurge for a cable subscription, you may soon be in luck. At a Time Warner investor meeting today, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced that the company would flip the switch on a web-based...

Amazon's Instant Video app now shows your homemade movies

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 15:54
Amazon's Instant Video isn't just for watching blockbuster hits (or the occasional original series) any more; you can now use it to watch some of your own content, too. Upgraded Instant Video apps for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and certain TVs...

Fairphone's £250 'ethical' smartphone comes to the UK

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 15:41
While big smartphone makers, like Apple, are actively trying to reduce the amount of conflict materials used in their devices, others pride themselves on being 100 percent ethical. Fairphone is a prime example. After a successful crowdfunding...

Opera redesigns its desktop browser with visually rich bookmarks

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 15:25
Even though Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari are what most people use to browse the web on their desktops or laptops, this hasn't managed to lower Opera's spirits one bit. And that's definitely a great thing for people who prefer the...

Ireland will eliminate Apple's sweet tax deal within four years

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 15:04
Apple and other tech giants had better not lean too heavily on Ireland's super-favorable tax environment; at least one big perk is going away. Finance minister Michael Noonan has detailed a new budget that, among other things, will phase out the...

Tesla's battery-swap stations will finally arrive in December

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 14:37
Tesla has just told SlashGear that its much-hyped battery stations will finally arrive in California by December. Elon Musk and crew first flaunted the system to a large crowd over a year ago, showing how the Model S's battery can be changed in half...

Microsoft's got another Halo game for 2014: 'Halo: Spartan Strike' headed to Windows 8 and Steam

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 14:00
Image from Halo: Spartan Assault Apparently Halo's top-down mobile version was successful enough to warrant a second go, as Microsoft's planning a December launch for Halo: Spartan Strike. But what is Halo: Spartan Strike? It's a direct sequel to...

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: the best big-screen phone you can buy right now

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 14:00
What began in 2011 as a brand-new phone category has flourished into one of the most popular in the world. Smartphones with big screens (phablets, to some) are now ubiquitous, but it all started with an odd device called the Samsung Galaxy Note. At...

Vodafone launches faster 4G and expands LTE roaming to 23 countries

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 13:53
Are you a Vodafone 4G customer? Good news, your downloads could soon get that much quicker. As part of a billion pound investment into its network, the carrier has begun rolling out the UK's first widely accessible LTE Advanced network. LTE-A, as...

App turns a smartphone into a speech translator for the deaf

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 13:04
Even deaf people who excel at lip reading need a bit of help when it comes to meetings or group conversations. The developers of a new app called Transcense claim it's the hearing impaired's answer to understanding hard-to-follow chit-chats where...

Sidecar is the first ride-sharing app to officially serve San Francisco airport

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 12:03
One of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón's many complaints about ride-sharing services is that none of them had the permits necessary to take customers to SFO. Sidecar, however, has ticked that box by obtaining official permission to...

Google teams with researchers to store and crunch cancer data

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 11:06
Healthcare is the new black, and Google has waded into the fray with projects like Helpouts and smart contacts. Now, its Research at Google arm will team with a think tank called the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) to create the Cancer Genomics...

Apple and Facebook will cover the cost of freezing employees' eggs

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 09:55
Apparently, Facebook has been offering to cover the costs of egg freezing for female employees since January 1st this year, and you know who's following in its footsteps? Apple. The iPhone-maker plans to offer the same service to its employees...

Amazon UK launches free same-day collection for Prime members

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 08:57
In a bid to deal another blow to bricks-and-mortar stores in the UK, Amazon is branching out into same-day deliveries. It's teamed up with newspaper distributor Connect Group to launch "Pass My Parcel," which will ensure packages are sent free to...

The New York Times wants you to help identify old newspaper ads

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 08:50
Unless you're clipping coupons, advertisements are the last thing you look for when you pick up the newspaper. They're also the part of the New York Times archives that the newspaper wants you to look at the most, but not just for the sake of...

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