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Waze will now tweet about Unusual Traffic situations

Waze will now tweet about Unusual Traffic situations

While Google Maps may be the go to for getting directions and locations, when it comes to getting updates on traffic situations, Waze is still the household name. But sometimes, even the best crowdsourced bulletin can miss a thing or two that could make or break your day. It's the unusual incidents like accidents and closures that turn what could have been a perfect day for a drive into a nightmare. To help you prepare for that situation, Waze is introducing Unusual Traffic reports, now on Twitter.

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TomTom’s new GO devices come with lifetime maps, speed camera

TomTom’s new GO devices come with lifetime maps, speed camera

It's been a while since TomTom unveiled a new line of GO navigation devices, but now that they have, they're pouring in a lot into it. The new generation of devices, which include the GO 510, GO 610, GO 5100, and GO 6100 not only come bearing touchscreens for easier and more direct interaction, they also come with a ton features that drivers in any country will appreciate, including lifetime access global maps as well as lifetime access to locations of all kinds of speed cameras.

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TAG Heuer smartwatch coming November but you can’t afford it

TAG Heuer smartwatch coming November but you can’t afford it

Now that the Apple Watch has started arriving on the wrists of users, luxury watch makers are starting to take the smartwatch trend more seriously. But instead of being worried by the rise of these highly digital timepieces, some are seeing an opportunity. Take TAG Heuer's Jean-Claude Biver, for example. He sees the Apple Watch as a hip new trend that will get youngsters to start getting used to watches, which could eventually lead to more sales of traditional watches. That said, TAG Heuer's $1,400 smartwatch coming this November might be a bitter pill to swallow.

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Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Budget smartphones are a dime a dozen. When faced with a horde of competitors, differentiation could be a matter of life or death for a product line. Although Alcatel has brought its affordable ONETOUCH brand to the US before, it is now trying to reach for the starts with the new POP Astro. While still staying true to the promise of extremely affordable handsets with more or less acceptable hardware specs, the ONETOUCH POP Astro promises something that not every smartphone of its kind don't have: LTE connectivity.

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Patriot USB Flash Drive goes for dual Type-A, Type-C plugs

Patriot USB Flash Drive goes for dual Type-A, Type-C plugs

As fancy, reversible, and multipurpose as the new Type-C USB ports may be, they are not backwards compatible with any of the existing accessories and flash drives in the market. At least not without an adapter. But with Apple's new MacBook and Google's new Chromebook Pixel solidly behind the new standard, it will only be a matter of time before it spreads like wildfire. It's also the perfect opportunity for device and accessory makers to put out new wares, like what Patriot is doing with its new USB flash drives.

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Dell Venue 10 7000 tablet convertible now in the US

Dell Venue 10 7000 tablet convertible now in the US

Dell made a rather surprising move early this month when it unveiled the Venue 10 7000. Although in name it takes after the Venue 8 in the same 7000 series, the tablet looks more like a descendant of Lenovo's Yoga line. At the same time, however, it takes some cues from a Microsoft Surface, changing from an Android tablet at one moment into an Android laptop the next, thanks to an optional keyboard dock that gives the Venue 10 7000 its flexibility, both in form and in purpose.

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Windows 10 might reveal Android compatibility at BUILD

Windows 10 might reveal Android compatibility at BUILD

It seems like the whispers of Android apps running on Windows 10 are getting stronger. Though that doesn't necessarily make them true, it does make the upcoming BUILD developer conference even more interesting if Microsoft does decide to drop the bombshell there. It's not like it's never been done before. BlackBerry 10 OS and Sailfish OS do employ such a compatibility to some extent. It's just that it's never been done officially on Windows before. But while the idea seems almost enticing, it could very well be suicide for Microsoft's primary platform.

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Surface Pro 4 leak: thinner, fanless Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 4 leak: thinner, fanless Surface Pro 3

Microsoft's BUILD developer conference is upon us and with it comes bits and pieces of Windows 10 that may or may not arrive in July. But along with the new operating system, there is a good deal of speculation about Microsoft hardware to go along with it. Yes, it's now time to speculate about the Surface Pro 4, and Chinese site 36kr.com claims it has the scoop on some of its upcoming features. Good news for fresh new Surface Pro 3 owners: you need not regret your recent purchase. Yet.

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GoPro goes virtual with acquisition of VR startup Kolor

GoPro goes virtual with acquisition of VR startup Kolor

There's no stopping the virtual reality revolution, or renaissance to some, and GoPro isn't going to be left out of the trend either. The name that has popularized action cameras of late to deliver immersive footage is now taking immersion to the next level. It has just announced its acquisition of Kolor, a startup that specializes in virtual reality and spherical media, in order to bring that same Virtual Realy experience to GoPro fans, with the help of some new hardware and software products, of course.

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Sony to brand Xperia Z4 as Xperia Z3+ in other markets

Sony to brand Xperia Z4 as Xperia Z3+ in other markets

It seems that Sony might have become a bit unhinged in its efforts to hunker down on its somewhat floundering mobile business. First, it rather quietly unveiled the Xperia Z4, which may or may not be limited to the Japanese market. And then there are whispers of an Xperia P2 that looks terribly similar except in a few areas. Now there is word that Sony might actually sell the Xperia Z4 in other markets as well, but quite appropriately name it as the Xperia Z3+ instead.

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