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  • Google is close to launching 'OK Google' always-on voice commands for Chromebooks

    19 December 2014, 8:16 pm by: Elyse Betters

    You can now say "OK Google" to your Chromebook. Well, people running early release software can anyway. The latest early release of Chrome OS has an always-on feature that allows users to jump into voice command mode. All they have to do is get the release...
  • 49 wonderful Christmas movies you can stream right now (including a few odd ones)

    19 December 2014, 5:34 pm by: Elyse Betters

    If you're anything like us, you plan to watch roughly a thousand Christmas films during the month of December. There are tonnes of films to choose from, after all, including cult classics, cute newbies, and of course the occasional oddballs that you…
  • Instagram follower purge knocks Justin Bieber off his throne: Here are the accounts most affected

    19 December 2014, 4:47 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Stop the presses! Kim Kardashian just lost 1.3 million followers in what is being described as the Great Instagram Purge of 2014 or even the Instagram Rapture. In an attempt to delete inactive accounts, Instagram is removing millions of accounts believed...
  • Sony Pictures hack: Here's everything we know about the massive attack so far

    19 December 2014, 3:12 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Sony Pictures Entertainment was the victim of devastating cyber attack in late November and early December that involved the release of stolen data including multiple yet-to-be-released films and personal employee information like social security numbers...
  • Facebook gives Messenger holiday-inspired features and launches an app just for stickers

    19 December 2014, 2:30 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Facebook has a few Christmas gifts for you. The social network has announced it is rolling out "fun holiday" features for Messenger. They include a festive frame for New Year's Eve selfies taken with the Messenger app, as well as snow globe chat heads,...
  • FiftyThree Pencil now lets you start sketching in Paper and finish in Adobe apps

    19 December 2014, 1:44 pm by: Elyse Betters

    FiftyThree has just announced another part of its plan with Adobe to continue offering Creative Cloud integration. FiftyThree makes the popular Paper drawing app, as well as a Bluetooth stylus called Pencil, and it wants to hook users of both products...
  • Volvo wants to connect cyclists and cars together through helmet tech to prevent accidents

    19 December 2014, 10:06 am by: Rik Henderson

    Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has previously demonstrated in-car cyclist collision detection systems to help prevent accidents on the road. Now it's about to publicly show a piece of technology for bike riders that could further improve safety. With...
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K Ultra HD in UK too

    19 December 2014, 7:56 am by: Rik Henderson

    Amazon has followed Netflix in offering some of its streamed video content in 4K to Prime members. And it's now made it to the UK too. As mentioned at the beginning of last month by the company's vice president of Amazon Digital Video, Michael Paull,...
  • CES 2015: The best TVs, tablets, smartphones and tech to expect at the world’s largest trade show

    19 December 2014, 6:47 am by: Elyse Betters

    The world's largest consumer electronics trade show opens its doors on 6 January, less than a month away, and although we don't expect any truly groundbreaking technology launches, there will be plenty of cool kit unveiled for the very first time.…
  • What does Sony's CES 2015 teaser trailer reveal? Xperia Z4? OLED TV? Lollipop?

    19 December 2014, 6:42 am by: Rik Henderson

    Sony has posted a video online teasing one or two things it plans to show at CES 2015. Titled "Welcome to the New World", the video is mainly imagery of girls and ladies, well, doing stuff - including a heavily pregnant woman. And in that regard could...
  • Best tablets 2014: The best tablets available to buy today

    19 December 2014, 6:22 am by: Luke Edwards

    If you're looking for the best tablets of 2014, then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest tablets from 7-inches and up, to help you reach a decision on buying the right device for you.   Our list of the top tablets covers...
  • Take a look inside the $70 million LA mansion Minecraft paid for, it'll blow you away

    19 December 2014, 5:41 am by: Rik Henderson

    When Markus "Notch" Persson sold Minecraft developer Mojang to Microsoft for $2.5 billion (£1.6 billion) earlier this year he made a personal fortune. And why not? After all, he created a fascinating game with a community base that grows every year....
  • Toshiba teases new superthin tablet or 2-in-1 for CES 2015... or is it a TV remote?

    19 December 2014, 4:09 am by: Rik Henderson

    Toshiba has taken to Twitter to tease a new device to be launched in Las Vegas during the CES consumer electronics trade show. Simply posting a picture under the tweet "Keep on Clickin'" with the date of "06.01.2015" on the image, Toshiba UK confirms...
  • Don’t worry if you nod off during Doctor Who Christmas special, this wristband will record it for…

    19 December 2014, 3:52 am by: Rik Henderson

    Virgin Media has teamed with a couple of schoolboy inventors to come up with KipstR wristband, a 3D-printed device that will automatically set a Virgin Media TiVo box to record when the wearer falls asleep. Designed as part of Virgin Media's Switched...
  • Android M, the next version of Android Auto, rumoured to be built straight into cars

    18 December 2014, 8:14 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Google has a plan for Android Auto that would make it much more robust than a version of Android that simply projects smartphone apps onto a car's infotainment display, it's claimed. According to Reuters, which cited unnamed sources, Google is now…
  • Microsoft's Lumia Denim update is now rolling out, with 4K-quality video recording and more

    18 December 2014, 5:23 pm by: Elyse Betters

    The Lumia Denim update is now available for a "limited number of devices in selected markets," Microsoft has announced. Microsoft first unveiled the update at IFA 2014, emphasising it would initially launch for Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia...
  • Microsoft sells MixRadio music service to Line, suggesting it could come to Android and iOS

    18 December 2014, 4:14 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Microsoft plans to sell MixRadio to Line - a company that makes a mobile messenger app - for an undisclosed amount. According to Microsoft, MixRadio is now available in 31 countries and serves up music to "millions" of customers. Formerly called Nokia...
  • Telltale turning its Walking Dead adventure skills to Minecraft next

    18 December 2014, 3:07 pm by: Elyse Betters

    Telltale Games has just announced it is developing a Minecraft-inspired game called Minecraft: Story Mode. Telltale, which also developed the new Game of Thrones video game series, as well as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, is collaborating with...
  • Coffee texting app lets you avoid awkwardly talking to your Android Wear watch

    18 December 2014, 1:46 pm by: Elyse Betters

    If you thought you'd never need another texting app, think again. In order to send messages with Android Wear, Google's version of Android designed specifically for wearables and smartwatches, you are limited to dictating a text or Hangouts reply. It's...
  • How to shoot a city at night with a compact camera: Antonio Olmos gives his 5 festive photography…

    18 December 2014, 10:53 am by: Rik Henderson

    Renowned documentary photographer Antonio Olmos has a reputation for taking pictures of everyday life around the world, including in Afghanistan, Angola, Palestine and Nicaragua. And recently he has been touring the globe with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100...
  • Best phablets 2014: The best big phones available to buy today

    18 December 2014, 9:01 am by: Britta O'Boyle

    Phones have been getting larger, looking to bring you more of what you love: a bigger, better experience. They have become devices designed to give you the ultimate in entertainment, the ultimate in productivity, the ultimate smartphone experience in...
  • BlackBerry roadmap coming at MWC 2015: Here's what it thinks will win customers back

    18 December 2014, 8:35 am by: Chris Hall

    BlackBerry has launched a significant device in the BlackBerry Classic, an update to the popular Bold 9900.  At the launch event, BlackBerry confirmed that it would be revealing its future roadmap at Mobile World Congress 2015, so you can expect to see...
  • Apple Pay confirmed for UK and Europe by withdrawn Apple job advert

    18 December 2014, 8:05 am by: Rik Henderson

    Apple has inadvertently confirmed that it is bringing Apple Pay, its contactless payment system that works with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, to the UK and Europe soon. In an online job advert for a London-based intern,l which has since been taken down,...
  • 6 ways to get your Christmas shopping even if you're going to be out

    18 December 2014, 7:10 am by: Rik Henderson

    Christmas is almost upon us yet if you're like us there are still some presents to be bought and you don't particularly fancy popping along to the heaving shops to get them. Therefore, online shopping is much more attractive, even though it's late in...
  • 11 great gadget gifts for girls

    18 December 2014, 7:05 am by: Britta O'Boyle

    It's that time of year again where everything is in full festive swing. Yes, it's almost Christmas and that means if you haven't already done so, it's time to start shopping for all those important people in your life. We've rounded up some of the best...

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