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Retina iMac hands-on: Tim Cook explains the “Wow!”

Retina iMac hands-on: Tim Cook explains the “Wow!”

The iMac has always had a certain wow-factor, particularly in its most recent design iteration with its 5mm-thick body, but pair that with the new Retina 5K Display and you have an even more eye-catching machine. Announced at Apple's event this morning, the iMac has a whopping 5120 x 2880 display for a huge 14.7m pixels, and while that means you can't see them individually, check out after the cut for the sum impact... with a surprise interruption from Apple CEO Tim Cook to tell me about the new all-in-one's "wow" factor.

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Retina 5K iMac display has insane pixel count

Retina 5K iMac display has insane pixel count

If you were thinking the iMac display was lacking, you might not be alone. Apple has taken the next step forward with their desktop machine, bringing in the “world’s highest resolution display”. Not only Retina, the new iMac is going to be Retina 5K. What does that mean, exactly? It’s got seven times more pixels than your awesome HD TV. It’s also only 5mm thin at the edge, and uses a lot less energy than the existing iMac. Less power and more pixels? Yes, please.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop guide: a Nexus-friendly SlashGear 101

Android 5.0 Lollipop guide: a Nexus-friendly SlashGear 101

When Google releases a new version of Android, it’s like a celebration for devices of all sorts. Your device might not get the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system in its entirety when it’s released, but you can bet that Google’s innovations in the software will trickle down to you eventually. What we’re doing today is checking out everything Google has in store for the Nexus line of smartphones - their babies. Their "this is what we want, ideally" devices.

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Apple event predictions: 3D Apple, iPad Air, Mini, Yosemite

Apple event predictions: 3D Apple, iPad Air, Mini, Yosemite

Several new bits and pieces are being tipped towards release this week as Apple’s next big event takes place tomorrow, the 16th of October. We’ll be there with bells on - and information releases as fast as you can read them. There we’ll see all manner of new devices, likely an iPad Air update, a new iPad Mini, and more than likely an official releasing of OS X Yosemite for desktop and notebook machines of all kinds - including a tipped new MacBook Air with Retina display - though that's just a less-than-respectable rumor.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung can’t afford to stumble with the Galaxy Note 4. The fourth-gen phablet arrives as Samsung wakes up to a new, and not especially rewarding, phase in its mobile life: the discovery that throwing a hundred designs at the market and hoping at least some of them stick no longer has the same sales success as it once did. At a time so fiercely competitive, Samsung can’t count on simply having originally created the Note 4’s segment to commend this latest model. It needs to deliver as much in the hand as its specifications promise to on the page.

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SlashGear to race against piloted Audi RS 7 at Hockenheimring

SlashGear to race against piloted Audi RS 7 at Hockenheimring

Automobile development has traditionally progressed on separate paths that only ever so rarely dipped into another's territory. That is most especially true when it comes to developments in driver assistance and autonomous driving technologies, more often than not geared towards sedans and consumer models. Audi, however, is pushing the boundaries with the RS 7, the world's sportiest piloted driving car, which it will put to the test at the Hockenheimring track. And SlashGear's Vincent Nguyen will be getting an exclusive first-hand experience before anyone else, in a race that will pit man against machine.

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Tesla’s wicked-fast P85D just drove me autonomously

Tesla’s wicked-fast P85D just drove me autonomously

I confess, I didn't really take Tesla's test driver seriously when he told me I needed to put my head safely against the headrest before he floored the new Model S P85D. Sure, EVs are torquey from a standing start, but 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds isn't unheard of in the sports car world. Then we accelerated down Tesla's LED-lit tunnel, a multi-colored birth canal for the fastest four-door sedan ever made.

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Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro hands-on

Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro hands-on

Lenovo has introduced a slew of new products, and standing chief among them is the YOGA 3 Pro. With this convertible PC comes many notable features, the best among them being the unique "watchband" hinge. Unlike traditional hinges found on convertible PCs, the watchband hinge is composed of an entirely new design that, like its name suggests, resembles the design of a watchband. We recently went hands-on with the device and have all the details for you after the jump.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro hands-on with integrated projector

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro hands-on with integrated projector

Among Lenovo's newly unveiled products lie a couple distinguished features -- the YOGA 3 Pro's watchband hinge, for example, and the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro's integrated Pico projector. With the projector, the need to connect to an external display is eliminated -- any empty wall can be transformed into a display, whether to give a presentation or watch an impromptu movie. To complement the video feature is a JBL sound system complete with a subwoofer. which brings audio quality above and beyond what you get from the average Android slate.

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Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v hands-on

Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v hands-on

This morning we’ve had our first look at the Verizon-exclusive Sony Xperia X3v. This is the USA-based carrier version of the Sony Xperia Z3 - besides the T-Mobile version, of course. This "Sony Xperia Z3v" model - however similar to the Z3 - will be on Verizon’s lines only. This device will be released around the same time as the Sony Xperia Z3 with T-Mobile, both of them heading to the USA with 4G LTE capabilities under the hood, a high-powered camera around the back, and a fully metal and glass build.

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