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  • A week in reviews: 21 - 25 July

    26 July 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Lowe

    After Apple unveiled Yosemite - the latest iteration of its OSX operating system - we've been rather excited about exploring it. And now the time has come: check out seven tips to get you started with Apple's latest. If operating system geekery isn't...
  • Bose slaps Apple's Beats with suit over noise-cancelling headphones

    25 July 2014, 8:30 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Oh, look...Apple is being sued again. Kind of. Headphone and speaker manufacturer Bose has filed suit against Beats, another headphone and speaker manufactuer that Apple is currently in the process of acquiring but still needs regulatory approval. Beats...
  • Cortana will have British accent on UK Windows Phones, preview lands next month

    25 July 2014, 7:55 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Microsoft is slowly rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 and of course the Cortana virtual assistant to handsets, but Brits in the UK who are familiar with the Halo game series won't get the Cortana they've known and loved for years. Although Cortana is limited...
  • 5 possible reasons why Google wants to buy Twitch and they might not be what you expect

    25 July 2014, 12:08 pm by: Rik Henderson

    It has been reported that Google has set its sights on live game streaming sensation Twitch as its next major acquisition and it must be said that it doesn't come as that much of a surprise to us. Twitch has risen in popularity rapidly and even more so...
  • Become Batman with these real-world Dark Knight gadgets

    25 July 2014, 12:03 pm by: Luke Edwards

    Comic-Con 2014 held in San Diego, California every year is upon us once again and Batman is, as ever, a staple part of the event. While most superheroes can rely on a heavy dose of super human powers, Batman is just an ordinary guy with a love of gadgets...
  • Nanoleaf Bloom lets you dim your lights using a normal wall switch

    25 July 2014, 11:19 am by: Luke Edwards

    If you could add dimming to your lights, without having to wire in a new dimmer switch, you would right? That's what Nanoleaf believes and it's why it has made the Bloom lightbulb which can be dimmed using a normal light switch. Nanoleaf, better known...
  • Tor security tested as Russia offers £65k to anyone that can track its users

    25 July 2014, 9:34 am by: Luke Edwards

    Tor, the anonymous online network, is being targeted by the Russian Interior Ministry. A £65,000 prize is being offered for a technological solution that will allow police to track Tor users. Tor anonymises users online so that they can browse without...
  • Apple powered Lumia 930? Microsoft says no problem...

    25 July 2014, 7:02 am by: Stuart Miles

    Microsoft has revealed a 20ft wide by 8ft tall installation that shows if you have enough apples and potatoes you can charge the company's new Lumia 930 smartphone. On show outside Westfield in Sheperd's Bush, the work, created by Caleb Charland, a science...
  • Pink HTC One (M8): The fashionable feminine flagship smartphone

    25 July 2014, 6:40 am by: Stuart Miles

    It was one of Motorola's most popular colours and now HTC and Carphone Warehouse are hoping it will boost sales over the summer of its flagship phone the HTC One (M8). Yep, you heard that right, the HTC One (M8) is now available in pink. The pink colour,...
  • While you're waiting for a smaller PS4 to appear, treat yourself to one of these

    25 July 2014, 5:45 am by: Rik Henderson

    Takara Tomy, the Japanese toy manufacturer, is branching out with its range of collectable figures by introducing a range of miniature Sony PlayStation consoles. Starting with the PlayStation 2 and going through the entire release line-up over the years...
  • Sony Xperia Z3 leaks in photos, again

    25 July 2014, 5:43 am by: Luke Edwards

    The Sony Xperia Z3 has been popping up all over the internet in photos and now it's done it again. A pretty good sign that we should see its release by Sony at the IFA trade-show next month. The latest leaked photos come from serial leakster @evleaks....
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review

    25 July 2014, 5:00 am by: Chris Hall

    Samsung has not been shy of launching new tablets in recent years, with different lines, sizes and specs meaning there's a Tab for just about anyone, no matter what your predilection. The Galaxy Tab S joins the line-up in a slightly confusing position...
  • Ditch your Oyster, London Tubes to accept contactless payments from September

    25 July 2014, 4:56 am by: Rik Henderson

    Transport for London has announced that London's Tube network will accept contactless payments from 16 September. London's Overground, DLR and Tram networks will also support the payment system. Buses do already. That effectively means that you can ditch...
  • Halo: Nightfall live-action film trailer unleashed

    25 July 2014, 4:54 am by: Luke Edwards

    The Ridley Scott produced Halo: Nightfall live-action film has had its first trailer unveiled, and it looks promising. The feature film is due to be released on Xbox this 11 November alongside Halo: The Master Chief Collection game. The aim of the Halo:...
  • Forget Google Glass, slip on the Lechal smartshoe

    25 July 2014, 4:19 am by: Luke Edwards

    Google Glass isn't available in India so they built their own intelligent wearable, a smartshoe called Lechal. Built by Indian start-up Ducere Technologies the Bluetooth enabled shoe, called Lechal, not only tracks users but also offers directions. Hence...
  • BSkyB starts European invasion, buys Sky Italia and stake in Sky Deutschland

    25 July 2014, 4:17 am by: Rik Henderson

    Sky has released its financial year end results and revealed that it is expanding into Europe in order to become one the largest pay TV operators in the world. This will be achieved by acquiring 100 per cent of Sky Italia and a controlling stake in Sky...
  • Bungie's Destiny Beta now open to everyone, including those who didn't pre-order

    24 July 2014, 8:01 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Those who didn't pre-order the video game Destiny will still be able to play the official beta tonight. Bungie has announced it will open the beta to everyone across the world, as it prepares for the launch of Destiny this autumn. "Today, at 4:00 PM PDT,...
  • Website of the day: Great Country Pubs

    24 July 2014, 8:00 pm by: Ian Hughes

    Friday. Usually a day to celebrate unreservedly. But for some, this could be the beginning of a very long summer. The school holidays stretch out before us and so far this week, we've done our bit for parents with holiday ideas and things to do both...
  • Is this the best looking Omega Speedmaster ever? Limited edition Moonwatch on sale for £5k

    24 July 2014, 7:38 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Do you want to own a watch that's survived a trip to the moon and back? To celebrate the return of command module Columbia, which crashed into the Pacific Ocean 45 years ago today, Swiss luxury watchmaker Omega has announced a 45th anniversary…
  • Google in talks to buy Twitch live-streaming video service for $1 billion

    24 July 2014, 6:09 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Google is about to announce it will buy Twitch for $1 billion, if the latest rumours are true. According to Venture Beat, which cited unnamed sources, Google has already signed a deal with live-streaming video platform Twitch, though Google hasn't…
  • Amazon Q2 2014 earnings: Wide $126M net loss despite sales being up 23 per cent yoy

    24 July 2014, 4:48 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Amazon has posted financial results for the second quarter of 2014, and like usual, it didn't provide specific numbers for product sales or usage. The Fire TV, which launched earlier this year, has "significantly exceeded" sales forecasts, according to...
  • Facebook Messenger might soon let you hail a cab with Uber

    24 July 2014, 4:26 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Imagine you need a cab and decide to use Uber, but instead of opening the Uber app, you open Facebook Messenger. It certainly would be a strange way to get the job done, though it's something seriously under consideration at both Facebook and Uber, it's...
  • LG’s roll-out OLED TV and transparent display caught in new videos

    24 July 2014, 3:06 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Shortly after announcing it has developed 18-inch rollable OLEDs and 18-inch transparent OLEDs, LG has now released two videos that show these new displays in action. Although LG has released images of both the rollable and transparent OLEDs, you can...
  • Instagram leak reveals Bolt: Is it another Snapchat-like app or just an advert test?

    24 July 2014, 2:01 pm by: Elyse Betters

    A bunch of leaked screenshots have indicated that Facebook-owned Instagram is currently developing a Snapchat competitor called Bolt - even though Facebook itself recently launched a Snapchat-like app called Slingshot. According to several of the…
  • Google offers 3 free months of All Access in US for Chromecast's first birthday

    24 July 2014, 1:03 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Google introduced Chromecast one year ago today. So to celebrate, the company has offered a gift to anyone who bought the HDMI streaming dongle over the last year: an All Access subscription for 90 days at no cost. "Since Chromecast launched, people have...

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