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Five things we’re expecting at Google I/O 2015

Five things we’re expecting at Google I/O 2015

Yep, it's that time of year again. Google fans and Android faithful will be glued to their screens, that is, if they're not already preparing to make an appearance at the mothership in California. Naturally, the rumor mill is teeming with what may or may not happen at the developers conference. And of course, we have our own picks of what we believe will take place, or at least wish will take place at Google I/O 2015 next week. We start off, in no particular order, with the most obvious of them all.

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Google Brillo: another OS made by Android (for IoT)

Google Brillo: another OS made by Android (for IoT)

Google is tipped to be developing another new operating system, this time for the Internet of Things. This new operating system is code-named "Brillo" and will connect all devices connected to the internet. This software may be launched under the Android brand and could have the ability to run on low-powered devices. This would be another open source operating system that would allow companies of all sorts to join in on the web-connected party with ease, and more importantly, cheaply, too.

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Apple Watch of a different breed: Macintosh II software running on Android Wear

Apple Watch of a different breed: Macintosh II software running on Android Wear

Did you read our in-depth Apple Watch review and decide it's not for you, but still want to show your loyalty to the Macintosh on your wrist? Well, after the custom built 1970s-themed Apple II Watch, next on the list of options is a wearable running the System 6 operating system from the 1987 Macintosh II. As long as the fact that it's running on an Android Wear device don't bother you, you can experience System 6 and its desktop, windows, and menu bar in their full glory on a 1.6-inch screen!

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HoloLens hands-on: Building for Windows Holographic

HoloLens hands-on: Building for Windows Holographic

Back in January, HoloLens was a Frankenstein’s monster of a headset. In fact, the eyepiece itself was only part of the test rig: the rest was conspicuously tethered to it with a physical cable hooked up to a Windows 10 PC. To say there’s been a dramatic shift in hardware in the ninety days or so since then is an understatement. Microsoft brought a fleet of HoloLens prototypes to BUILD 2015, each of them a standalone computer, eyepiece, sensor rig, and spatial sound system all integrated into a single headset, and offered me the opportunity to see what creating a Windows Holographic experience was like.

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Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

The Apple Watch has been launched today - more or less - and is being proliferated around the world through the eyes and ears of onlookers. While some consumers have gotten their devices, most of the population of the world has yet to jump aboard the smartwatch train - or even the wearables train. As such, we've had a talk with Andrej Kostresevic, CEO for Nomads, about what it'll take to bring the smartwatch to the public, starting with the idea that Android Wear has a "lack of friction" and the idea that Google Glass "failed."

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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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Forget Apple Watch! This Netflix Watch is to die for

Forget Apple Watch! This Netflix Watch is to die for

Smartwatches have arrived in all shapes and sizes and have promised to help us accomplish a lot of things without having to fish out our smartphones from our bags or pockets, which could cost you at least 5 seconds of your life every time. With the arrival of the Apple Watch, that market is about to heat up even more. But for all the power and convenience these wearables have to offer, they fail at one critical use case: they won't let us watch Netflix comfortably. Luckily for us, Netflix is here with a smartwatch of its own.

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Apple Watch review roundup – v1, for better or worse

Apple Watch review roundup – v1, for better or worse

Many thousands of words have been spilled today, and all trying to tell you the same thing: whether the new Apple Watch is worthy of space on your wrist. Apple's first attempt in the wearable space, the smartwatch promises to bring the best of your iPhone out to just under your cuff: notifications, mini-apps, and even weird communications tools like sharing your heartbeat. Question is, has Apple hit it out the park on version one or, more ominously, is this the epitome of a generation-one product, with all the bugs and flaws that entails?

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The Apple key: Leverage

The Apple key: Leverage

When the iPhone was released, the smartphone environment kicked into gear. When Apple released the iPad, tablets began to be produced in earnest. An entire industry is built around accessories made specifically for Apple products. Companies are built creating products that work on Apple products alone. Apple is one of the most successful companies in history - not just because they create products that sell well, but because those products can move the industry. Case in point at the time this article is set to be published: the Apple Watch.

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We need to talk about USB-C and Apple’s new MacBook

We need to talk about USB-C and Apple’s new MacBook

A lot can change based on your intonation. When Apple says "the new MacBook only has one port!" it means it as a compliment. The reaction many had to the new ultraportable was the same phrase, but voiced in unhappy astonishment instead: even with the wealth of wireless options out there, you still can't quite escape cables. USB-C is more than just a smaller USB port, but it's easy to get distracted by eighty dollar dongles and questions over what Apple's new connector-of-choice means for the existing peripherals on your desk or in your bag.

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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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AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

Facial recognition software is ubiquitous. From being auto-tagged by facebook to being added to a database of images, we can't control what happens to our likeness once it gets online. These days more data is being extracted from each of our online interactions. Tracking cookies and search history give companies a clear view of your Internet footprint. Most precious of all is your own face. Enter AVG's new concept invisibility glasses which were presented at in Barcelona for the MWC 2015. Once you put them on, you're rendered instantly invisible to facial recognition software.

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