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HTC RE hands-on: WiFi action camera or pointless oddity?

HTC RE hands-on: WiFi action camera or pointless oddity?

Of all the things you'd think could save HTC's fortunes, an action camera which looks like a tiny submarine periscope probably isn't the first thing to jump to mind, but the company's hopes are high for the HTC RE. The stubby WiFi-enabled camera borrows ideas both from smartphone photography and more specialist shooters like GoPro, with a 16-megapixel sensor, Full HD video recording, and automatic clip curation using HTC Zoe. Most curious of all, it's not just for HTC's own phones: the RE will work with Android devices and iPhones in general. Read on for some first impressions.

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Apple’s iPad and Mac event confirmed for October 16th

Apple’s iPad and Mac event confirmed for October 16th

Apple will hold an event on October 16th, according to invitations sent out from the company to press this morning, where it is expected to reveal a new range of iPads alongside Mac updates. The event, with the tagline "It's been way too long", will take place at Apple's own campus in Cupertino, CA, and kick off at 10am PST next Thursday. It comes only a few weeks after Apple's big iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus event.

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Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Capable but complex infotainment systems built into modern car dashboards are dangerously distracting, a driver safety study has concluded, while voice controlled systems like Apple's Siri have been equally criticized. Hands-free tech intended to maintain a driver's grip on the wheel can, ironically, cause greater cognitive distraction than actually picking up a phone, a study by the AAA and the University of Utah revealed, testing a number of basic tasks like making calls or changing radio station across cars from Toyota, Mercedes, and other marques.

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Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

This morning we dug into the FCC documents for Motorola’s next big release. Really big, as it were - a full 6-inches of display to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. We’ve heard rumors that Google would pick up Motorola’s next big release as a "Nexus 6", working with 6-inches of display. We’ve also heard that Verizon would be getting the device on their carrier. What we hadn’t heard so far - but what we can basically (nearly) confirm without Motorola saying so is that Verizon’s model will be the same, but with DROID branding.

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Does anyone care any more about new Windows launches?

Does anyone care any more about new Windows launches?

Microsoft last week unveiled the long-awaited Windows 10. Well, it was long-awaited for those corporate customers suffering under the weight of Windows 8. But for the rest of us? Well, I’m not sure we really cared. I remember a time when Windows launches were big things. Back in the 1990s and even early-2000s, whenever Microsoft would hold a special event announcing the new Windows and showing it off, we’d be drooling over the possibilities.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity First-Impressions

Assassin’s Creed: Unity First-Impressions

We're just a little over one month away from the full release of Assassin's Creed: Unity, and we've had our first opportunity to get an up-close and personal view of the game in all its glory. Our demonstration was done on an Xbox One and we've seen single-player, 2-player co-op, and 4-player co-op. In this game Ubisoft presents Assassin's Creed rebuilt, enhancing the bits we liked about previous generations and cutting out the fluff.

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2015 Ford F-150 First Drive: The big aluminum risk

2015 Ford F-150 First Drive: The big aluminum risk

The stakes are high when you're redesigning the best-selling vehicle in America, and you could've perhaps forgiven Ford for taking a low-key approach to the 2015 F-150. Instead, however, the new truck aims for a trio of improvements (and companion challenges): an all-new aluminum body and box that needs to convince traditionalists that steel isn't the only metal; a new 2.7L EcoBoost engine that has to compete with the de facto V8; and lashings of tech at odds with the "simple workhorse" many expect. Ambitious, then: read on to find out whether Ford's new star succeeds.

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Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

With the Fire HD 6 we see Amazon approach the standard paperback book size device. But this device is not aimed at reading alone, it’s aimed at every kind of Amazon-based media. It is, after all, an Amazon-centric device, and therefor should be purchased only by those willing to work with Amazon’s collection of digital stores.

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How fast is your new iPhone 6 Plus?

How fast is your new iPhone 6 Plus?

This week there’s little doubt the iPhone 6 hype continues as lines for stores around the United States continue - somehow - to exist. The image you see at the head of this article, for example, was shot at a mall in Las Vegas, Nevada - all in line for the iPhone 6 Plus well over a week after launch. Not that they’d been standing there that long, but a new shipment was set to arrive that day - you can’t make this up!

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