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Take a knee; we need to talk about you (not) spending money on apps

Take a knee; we need to talk about you (not) spending money on apps

Look at your smartphone’s app selection — how many of those apps did you pay for? How many of those apps did you spend any money on via in-app purchases? According to a new study, not many. Mobile marketing firm Swrve found about 60% of mobile game revenue comes from less than 1% of players. Actually, it’s less than 0.5%. To be even more accurate, it’s even less than 0.25%. While that’s just games, it’s indicative of the app industry. This actually is your fault, and it needs to stop.

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The Galaxy S6 is here, and Samsung has big, big hopes for it

The Galaxy S6 is here, and Samsung has big, big hopes for it

It's an expensive day if you're a tech addict, with Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge joining other gadget luminaries like the Apple Watch and new MacBook Retina on store shelves. Sales of the Android smartphone and its curved screen sibling kicked off online in the early hours of this morning across four markets - the US, UK, France, and Germany - with many more on the roadmap, while in-store availability with carriers starts today, too. However, not everyone is going to go home happy.

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Jawbone UP3 fitness tracker to ship in US on April 20

Jawbone UP3 fitness tracker to ship in US on April 20

Jawbone has announced the availability of its UP3 fitness tracker, doing so alongside an apology for the delay and subsequent frustration that delay has resulted in. Says the company, the UP3 tracker is “in mass production”, and it’ll be shipping it out to eager customers starting April 20. The shipments will be going to those in the United States who have already pre-ordered the device through Jawbone's website, and will be doing so in the order they were placed.

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Apple Watch Friday: 3 things you should know

Apple Watch Friday: 3 things you should know

This Friday - that's tomorrow, the 10th of April - the Apple Watch will launch in Apple Stores around the world. Apple fans and general consumers will be heading in to Apple Stores in several different countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, the UK, France, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong / China, and Japan. It'll be there that Apple will be tested - bringing not only a new product to their lineup, but a whole new method for in-store sales, pre-order sales, and in-store presentation of their devices.

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No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

More controversial than the keyboard, more divisive than the battery life: the thing that's causing the greatest number of arguments about the new Retina MacBook is its paucity of ports. A single USB-C on the left side of the notebook isn't, as Vincent observed in our own review of the 2015 MacBook, a deal breaker, but not everyone is quite so ready to be convinced. It's a legitimate concern, even if in the grand history of tech it's not a new one.

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MacBook Retina Review – The Portable Performer

MacBook Retina Review – The Portable Performer

Well it's about damn time the MacBook grew up. For years now, many of us OS X devotees have peered over the fence with envious eyes as Windows machines were given far more portable form-factors. Lenovo has been leading the pack in svelteness, and Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has been appealing with its detachable keyboard, but at the end of the day Windows simply doesn't do it for me. The arrival of the new MacBook, however, meant those days of coveting notebooks could be long gone, with Apple taking the proven design of the MacBook Air and cutting out every last scrap of excess until - for the most part - only the features that matter remain. That's the theory, at least; I took the MacBook on the road to see if it was also the same in practice.

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Google expands online museum with 3D objects

Google expands online museum with 3D objects

The Google Art Project expands online today with a collection of more than 200 objects displayed in full 3D. These objects are available - to the public - to be rotated and zoomed in on, allowing users to get up close and personal with them in ways never before possible, online or off. Oddities and rare pieces of artwork can now be turned around and inspected from all angles, all thanks to 3D scanning technology Google is now making available to museums around the world for free.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the latest version of its software for Mac, complete with the full release of the new Photos app that replaces iPhoto. Available as a free update through the Mac App Store, 10.10.3 has been floating around in beta form since March for those who wanted an early taste, but today is the day that Apple believes the software is ready to graduate. Functionally, it's the biggest change we've seen in Yosemite since day one, on the surface at least.

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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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Tesla Model S 70D brings AWD to $75k entry-level

Tesla Model S 70D brings AWD to $75k entry-level

Tesla has whipped the covers off a new version of its electric car, with the Model S 70D distilling the all-wheel-drive performance of the company's flagship model into a more affordable package. Promising 250 miles of range, the Model S 70D borrows the independent front and rear motors concept from the 155mph P85D, though scales back on the power and performance in order to hit a $75k+ price tag. It also means that Tesla's whole Model S range now consists of all-wheel-drive cars.

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