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Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips’ hue smart lightbulbs have always been at the mercy of a dumb switch. The range of color-changing LED bulbs have won over many smart home enthusiasts with their flexible effects and easy installation, but while controlling lighting from a smartphone or tablet is catnip to geeks, the less tech-savvy were left bemoaning their suddenly redundant physical light switches. Enter Hue Tap, a tactile and portable way to bring up to four presets out of the app and into the real world.

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Galaxy phone blocks bullet after man brings knife to gun fight

Galaxy phone blocks bullet after man brings knife to gun fight

A Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 stopped a bullet this week as a man had a friendly disagreement with another citizen in the streets of Xinfeng Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan*. The altercation involved a wallet being dropped by the first man, the second man picking it up for him and joking about spending his cash, the first man pulling a gun, and the second man pulling a knife.

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Android Photo Gallery to re-separate from Google+

Android Photo Gallery to re-separate from Google+

Over the past year Google began bundling the Android photo and video gallery into an app called Photos - and today, we’re to understand, that’s all coming to an end. The app you know as "Gallery" might not return, but word has it that Google plans on separating its photo services from Google+ in one key way: sign-ins. No longer will you need to have a Google+ social networking account to have the photo services that come along with it.

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Apple’s iWatch wont be made by Apple

Apple’s iWatch wont be made by Apple

When Apple first decided to enter the automotive industry, they didn't decide to create the iCar. Rumors of the iWatch swirl - Apple's hired an army of watch and wearable-friendly professionals over the past several years, and they're making something new. But the quickest way to the top of your business is to turn it upside down - and the modern Apple model isn't above collaboration.

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Apple Beats buy final: compared to birth of iPhone

Apple Beats buy final: compared to birth of iPhone

It would appear that Apple’s acquisition of Beats by Dre, aka Beats Electronics, aka Beats Music, has been finalized. With it comes a message from Beats, likely written by a top wordsmith from Apple. It sounds that way, anyway, bringing on words that deem Beats headphones worthy of sitting alongside the iPod, iPad, and iPhone as Apple’s key "instruments."

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HP smartwatch taps designer Michael Bastian and Gilt

HP smartwatch taps designer Michael Bastian and Gilt

The brand you’ll see on the smartwatch coming from designer Michael Bastian is Gilt - but given that you’re a tech reader, the first name you’ll recognize in this collaboration is Hewlett-Packard. While the triple team-up here hasn’t let it be known what software it’ll be running quite yet, the concept views of this smartwatch have been revealed - and it looks rather nice.

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When will you be able to actually buy the iPhone 6?

When will you be able to actually buy the iPhone 6?

We’ve heard plenty of rumors about when Apple would officially announce the iPhone 6, but when will you be able to get your mitts on it? While a simultaneous announcement/launch would be nice, it’s likely not th case this time around. If the latest reports are true, we’ll have to wait a full month before seeing the bigger iPhone in stores.

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eBay was down: what happened?

eBay was down: what happened?

Over the past 24 hours, eBay USA was offline - and several of eBay’s international entry points have been down for the count. At the time this article is being written - right around 1:30PM CST - it would appear that eBay, or at least eBay’s USA-based shops, have returned to service. Also at this time, believe it or not, eBay has made no official comment on the situation whatsoever.

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Birdman movie trailer reminds us Michael Keaton is not Batman

Birdman movie trailer reminds us Michael Keaton is not Batman

This is not Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law. Nor is it a story about a man with super-powers - not so far as we’re supposed to know so far. Instead, it’s a story about a washed-up actor who became famous for depicting the superhero Birdman. It’s a real mystery of a concept for now, but eventually it’ll be a comedy-drama superhero film - promise!

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HTC J Butterfly (M8) is a beast you cannot have

HTC J Butterfly (M8) is a beast you cannot have

Over the past several years, HTC has released a high-end smartphone or smartphones in the United States as well as a slightly more awesome device overseas. The most recent example is the HTC J Butterfly, a smartphone that takes all of the high points in the HTC One (M8) and supercharges them. In this case, you also get full waterproofing and a set of bright colored back panels - bright red or blue from the start. Will this model ever come to the United States?

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