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Jawbone talks context in bid to rule wearables: SlashGear Interview

Jawbone talks context in bid to rule wearables: SlashGear Interview

"Data is nice, but understanding is better" Jawbone health platform product manager Andrew Rosenthal tells us, snapping his black UP24 around his wrist. You can't accuse the former MIT hacker of lacking confidence about either his employer or its product, the wildly successful UP range of fitness trackers now among the best-known wearables on the market. Nor can you doubt his enthusiasm for that data's potential to amount to far more than a tally of your steps. "Tracking is the data, and that's really important to get right, but that's table stakes at this point and we've spent the past two and a half years getting that right" Rosenthal points out. "The reason Jawbone's going to win in this space, the differentiator in the market, is going to be the ability of companies to make sense of the data, to put it in context, and then to help their users actually act on it, and change their behavior."

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Smarter Siri with 3rd-party app integration could power iWatch

Smarter Siri with 3rd-party app integration could power iWatch

Apple's Siri is reportedly set to get a whole lot smarter, with the virtual assistant tipped to dig into third-party apps to extend its functionality on the iPhone and iPad, and perhaps upcoming wearables like the much-rumored iWatch. While Apple boosted Siri's abilities in iOS 7, adding the ability to post Twitter messages, pull information out of Wikipedia, and more, delivering results in a more lifelike voice, the system is still limited to a small subset of apps available for iOS devices.

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LG G Pro 2 Review

LG G Pro 2 Review

With the LG G Pro 2 we’ve got what’s essentially a mix and upgrade to the LG G2 and the LG G Flex. This device is just as massive as the curved-display monster and it works with many of the same specifications of LG’s first hero device to work with back-facing buttons. This LTE-A device also works with back-facing buttons, and this time it’s humongous.

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SlashGear 101: Apple CarPlay

SlashGear 101: Apple CarPlay

The closest you'll get to an iCar, and what Apple claims is the future for the dashboard, CarPlay represents Apple's play in the next big battle around mobility. Dubbed "the best iPhone experience on four wheels" and already gaining the support of some big names in automotive, Apple CarPlay bridges the iOS experience with the center console and promises both greater functionality and greater safety than the native infotainment systems you'd usually find while behind the wheel. Read on past the cut for the full low-down.

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Google Ara: How the next Nexus project works

Google Ara: How the next Nexus project works

It’s time to get down to basics with the plug-and-play customizable smartphone platform known as Project Ara - or Google Ara. Paul Eremenko took the stage at Launch this week to show off a non-working prototype of the device we’ve seen several times in the recent past. This is Google’s vision, not just for the future of smartphones, but for the future of the individual parts of smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 software UI hands-on: get flat

Samsung Galaxy S5 software UI hands-on: get flat

This week the Samsung Galaxy S5 was introduced to the world at Mobile World Congress 2014. There we were allowed to get up close and personal with the machine at a variety of angles: one of them was centered on the camera, while another (the one you’re looking at now), took a very basic stab at experiencing the new user interface. Here we start with the settings, this bit showing us what Samsung meant when they first teased the event beck on February 11th.

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MWC 2014 wrap-up: Phones, Wearables and More

MWC 2014 wrap-up: Phones, Wearables and More

This year for Mobile World Congress was a rebirth of sorts, owing largely to the restructuring of Samsung’s release schedule, Sony’s continued success with their Z series, Nokia’s push of Android, and the next big wave of wearables. We’ve also seen brands like Lenovo and HTC push hard with devices that aren’t aimed directly at the top tier. This is an interesting time for smartphones and mobile devices of all kinds - it’s no longer just about the biggest and the best.

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NSA tight-lipped on webcam spy role as privacy advocates seethe

NSA tight-lipped on webcam spy role as privacy advocates seethe

The NSA has refused to detail exactly how much access to secret Yahoo webcam surveillance that snapped photos of millions of unwitting video chatters, including those involved in adult activities, as demands from privacy regulators for more transparency in monitoring increase in volume. Allegations earlier this week that a clandestine UK scheme run by GCHQ tapped into millions of Yahoo webcam streams and recorded numerous still images to create a vast virtual "mugshot" book of potential terrorists, with technical assistance from the US' NSA in setting up the system, has reawakened criticism of the federal agency after moves by President Obama to try to dampen down what have been seen as overly intrusive methods.

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Meta.01 wearable demos 3D printing as dev release nears

Meta.01 wearable demos 3D printing as dev release nears

Wearables start-up Meta has spilled its first demo of the latest Meta.01 developer edition augmented reality headset in action, promising shipping of the wearable computer from as early as the end of April. The wearable, which uses twin transparent displays to overlay digital graphics on top of the real-world, will come preloaded with a gesture-controlled sculpting and 3D printing app, which Meta has demonstrated in its new video: the wearer is able to indicate the shape of the required object in front of them with their fingers, and have that virtual shape automatically rendered for a 3D printer and made real.

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