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Apple Watch Diary – Getting to know you

Apple Watch Diary – Getting to know you

iPhone was hotly-rumored before 2007; iPad a frequent topic of debate prior to 2010; but it’s hard to argue that Apple Watch, reaching consumers’ wrists today, is the most controversial of Apple’s recent line-up. Even before Tim Cook & Co. announced the wearable in September last year, the pros and cons of an iOS-powered companion for your iPhone were splitting party lines, and that debate hasn’t eased any in the months between then and release. Now, though, the waiting is over. The preorders are arriving. And Apple Watch needs to prove to us it’s worth a spot on our arm.

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popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

The back of your iPhone is little more than an advert for Apple, so why not make it functional? As YotaPhone has demonstrated, there’s no shortage of things you can do when the back of your smartphone is a display as well, but tempting iPhone owners to cross the aisle to Android is a tough sell. Enter popSlate, a crowdfunded success story that embeds an E Ink screen into an iPhone case. It’s taken a little longer than planned to reach the market, so is it a case of too-little, too-late?

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You can tour SAS’ new long-haul airplane cabin with Street View

You can tour SAS’ new long-haul airplane cabin with Street View

Ever wondered what the plane you’re jumping on later in the month looks like on the inside? Being disappointed is nothing new to any frequent flyer who is looking forward to the cabin of their dreams, only to be met with clunky seats or a fiddly layout. Today, SAS and Google are trying to take some of the guesswork out of flying, introducing Street Views for SAS’ new long-haul cabins. Passengers can meander through the craft digitally, before ever setting foot on the plane.

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Waze iOS update brings all the cool stuff Android already had

Waze iOS update brings all the cool stuff Android already had

Waze is fantastic for a variety of reasons. A large part of why people use the service is to alert one another to traffic conditions or law enforcement speed traps. Some even use Waze as their lone navigation app. Recently, Waze was updated to provide AMBER Alerts too, bringing a lot more community context to your drive. In a recent blog post, Waze announced they were updating their iOS version as well, bringing a lot of great new stuff to both platforms.

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How Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car is shaping smart cities

How Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car is shaping smart cities

If there's one thing you won't mistake the F 015 Luxury in Motion for, it's any Mercedes-Benz currently on the road. Previous autonomous development had started with a production car and then added self-driving abilities, Mercedes designer Till Varailhon explained to me; this time around, the team started from scratch: not only in how the car looks and drives, but how it shares space responsibly in the cities of 2030. After the cut, no-go zones, flocks of scurrying research robots, and why Tesla only proves the smart city is inevitable.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook likens Android to boring old Windows platform

Apple CEO Tim Cook likens Android to boring old Windows platform

Android users love their variety. The dedicated quickly dismiss the iOS competition as being “boring” and “copying” features their handset had months ago. those same users point to the variety Android offers as reason the platform is so amazing, and commands the impressive global market share it does. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a recent interview, wasn’t quite so kind about Android. To his mind, Android is the new Windows — and not the cool new Windows, either. Tim Cook thinks Android is like Windows Vista Windows.

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Opho Keys hands-on: gTar’s modular keyboard follow-up

Opho Keys hands-on: gTar’s modular keyboard follow-up

Back in 2012, gTar creator Idan Beck decided to squeeze an iPhone into a guitar controller and make a digital instrument; now, he's looking to do the same with the keyboard. Keys is a modular keyboard designed for mobile musicians, bypassing the complexity - and unnecessary button cruft - of existing mobile MIDI instruments, and instead focusing on flexibility. I caught up with Beck to test out my finger skills, and hear why Keys has potential for more than just magnetically-built modular controllers.

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HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

I’m going to be blunt with you, words can’t do justice to the experience of using HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset. There’s nothing quite like slipping into a virtual 3D world, as I did this week in a preview of Vive ahead of developer units shipping this spring. Cloistered in a room at the back of HTC’s Mobile World Congress stand, and with the reassuring voice of a Vive engineer whispering in my ear, I got to try out a number of demo apps and environments created for the platform by Valve and others, including the first announced title for SteamVR.

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Your Waze app will soon have AMBER alerts

Your Waze app will soon have AMBER alerts

Waze has come under fire lately for just being Waze. Law enforcement sees it as a possible threat to safety, where the police reporting feature is seen as a way for those who want to attack police a heads-up on where they might be. The scope of Waze is to encourage better driving and faster travel time, but a new feature might also bring in a lot of goodwill. Now, you may see AMBER Alerts pop up on your Waze app.

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LG G Flex 2 Review – Killer Curves

LG G Flex 2 Review – Killer Curves

First you have to prove you're not a gimmick. Then it's just a matter of proving you're better. LG turned heads with the G Flex last year, an Android smartphone with a banana-like bend to it, only to be stung with criticism that its big idea was actually just too big for the hand. Now, 2015 brings a new curved flagship, the LG G Flex 2, distilling the best of the concept into something altogether more usable. As the SlashGear Smartphone of CES 2015 our expectations of the G Flex 2 were undoubtedly high, but does the reality live up to the promise?

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The Web grows up: HTTP/2 is done

The Web grows up: HTTP/2 is done

Given the fast-paced development and progress that we have when it comes to the Internet and Internet-connected devices, it can almost be too hard to imagine how old the World Wide Web really is. That reality check might soon become a topic now that the Web bells have started ringing. IETF HTTP Working Group chair Mark Nottingham has just announced on his blog that HTTP/2 has been approved and is on its way to become the new standard, following HTTP/1.1 which was adopted way, way back in 1999.

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Elon Musk is Easily the Most Fascinating Person in Tech

Elon Musk is Easily the Most Fascinating Person in Tech

I’m often asked who I think could be the biggest game-changer in the world of technology in the next decade. Often, people share their opinions on the matter, saying that it’ll be Apple or Google or even Microsoft. They argue that companies – not individuals – will ultimately be the change agents going forward. While I can certainly agree that major companies will likely play a major role in industry growth, I see things a much different way. I still believe that individuals can change the world in dramatic fashion, and the person who has the highest likelihood of doing that right now is Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

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