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WebOS 2.0 upgrade promised for 2014 LG Smart TVs

WebOS 2.0 upgrade promised for 2014 LG Smart TVs

If TV makers have been having a hard time selling their units, they might face even more hesitation about their Smart TVs once people realize what they're getting. Or, in this case, what they're not getting. The promise of a smart TV really only holds if the software running inside it is powerful, fast, and up to date. Sadly, that is not the case for many of these types of TVs. For example, it has taken LG this long to offer a WebOS 2.0 upgrade for its 2014 Smart TVs, and it won't even becoming until sometime later this year.

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Apple Watch Sport glass bows to sandpaper in scratch test

Apple Watch Sport glass bows to sandpaper in scratch test

Remember Unbox Therapy? Yes, he is the same guy who brought video upon video of smartphone bending tests during the height of the iPhone 6 Plus #brendgate scandal. Now he's back again with Apple's latest mobile product, the Apple Watch. No, of course he will not try to bend the samrtwatch, which should probably be nigh impossible to do with bare hands. Instead, he is subjecting the device, particularly the Sport variant, to a different kind of torture test: getting it scratched by different, common (except for one) household materials.

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Apple rejecting Pebble apps doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

Apple rejecting Pebble apps doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

Apple closely curating its App Store makes it more difficult for malware and poor quality apps to go through, but it does come at a price that developers sometimes find out the hard way. There are times when apps are rejected for the most unreasonable reasons or sometimes for new reasons that have been added under developers' noses. That inconsistency seems to be at work here again, with some developers reporting that their apps are suddenly being rejected, and sometimes accepted, due to on single reason: they mention support for Pebble.

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Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo is one company that definitely doesn't have "quit" in its vocabulary. Predating but practically overthrown by Google and perhaps to some extent even Bing, Yahoo is always in search of new ways to generate income but without budging on its true calling. Under CEO Marissa Mayer, the company is hedging its bets on search. But it won't be taking on Google directly, though of course it will do that as well. Instead, it is training its guns on Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. Yes, Yahoo will once again be entering the personal assistant arena. This time perhaps for real.

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Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

After almost 8 months of waiting, and a few more days for some, maybe weeks more to come for others, iFixit finally got its hands on the rare beast known as the Apple Watch. And what do they do with it? They tear it apart, naturally. Apple's devices haven't exactly been conducive to self or uncertified repairs, especially the newest MacBook. Given the even more intricate electronics found in the smartwatch, will the Apple Watch fare dismally as well? iFixit starts the journey to find out.

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Razer Forge TV pre-orders are now real, shipping April 29

Razer Forge TV pre-orders are now real, shipping April 29

After a brief false alarm early this month, Razer has finally taken off the veils and put up its Android TV offering up for pre-order. Not much has changed, including the speculated price tag. And yes, there is a bundle that will net you both the Forge TV and the Serval controller, which don't come together. More than anything, this reassures fans that the Android TV promise ala Razer is real and coming soon. In fact, it will come on April 29 at the earliest.

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Acer has a strange Android gaming tablet in the work

Acer has a strange Android gaming tablet in the work

Practicing economy of words, space, and resources, Acer just dumped a bunch of device announcements all in one press conference, revealing a broad range of products from a Windows Phone, to a gaming monitor, to 2-in-1 tablets, to Android tablets. It seems, however, that the company has some other things up its sleeves not yet ready for an announcement, at least until the end of this year. Acer is surprisingly dipping its toes in a rather niche Android gaming tablet market tablet market that very few vendors occupy. And that's not without good reason.

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LG G4 ready to take on Samsung with leather, batteries, curves

LG G4 ready to take on Samsung with leather, batteries, curves

Next week, LG will finally be unveiling its star contender for this year and it undoubtedly believes it has a winning formula. Truly, the LG G4 would have the best of the best components around, but, as Apple and now Samsung have proven, design can go a long way when it comes to drumming up hype, interests, and hopefully sales. In that regard, the G4 does have a few tricks up its sleeves leaning towards "design", with some of them seemingly taking a jab at its biggest rival, Samsung.

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Apple Watches appear in fashion stores, ready for April 24

Apple Watches appear in fashion stores, ready for April 24

In all the heyday and obsession over the availability and ordering process for the Apple Watch, many interested buyers might have forgotten about one other venue for getting their hands on the smartwatch. A limited number of fashion boutiques across the globe have been revealed to be carrying Apple Watches, exactly as Apple said they would, though not exactly advertised either. What's more, some of them seem to have noted that the watches will be in-store starting April 24, which would somewhat conflict with Apple's own schedule and restrictions.

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Windows 10 Tech Preview promises a more sophisticated Mail

Windows 10 Tech Preview promises a more sophisticated Mail

Microsoft seems to be putting on the heat with its Windows 10 previews, bringing out Build number 10061 out of the woodwork. And if the rumors are true, it better be really cranking up things. In this latest Technical Preview, Redmond teaches the Mail and Calendar app a few new tricks. Users who like to personalize their Windows experience will also be in for a treat. And the Continuum experience that switches back and forth desktop and tablet modes has seen a few nips and tucks, as well as more options to tweak things to your liking.

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