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YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

This week Google released YouTube Music Key Beta, and this afternoon, Beta invites are being sent to users in the United States and in several European countries. Though it was originally assumed that only Google Music Subscribers would receive invitations to join the party at first, we've seen invites sent to several non-Google Music Subscribers as well. If you're invited, you'll know it - what you might not know is what the difference is between standard YouTube Music and the subscriber model. It's not exactly obvious right off the bat.

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Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

The folks at Relative Wave are creators. They're making it easier for software developers to see what their apps will look and act like before they create a final design. With their tools, creators can visualize what they're making for a smartphone ON the smartphone, rather than on a PC. When you edit something in their system, "Flow", you see it change in real-time on the smartphone you're prototyping on. Google just acquired this company, and they've made their software free for download for Mac users in the process.

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2016 Toyota Mirai First-Drive – Fuel-Cells Dawning

2016 Toyota Mirai First-Drive – Fuel-Cells Dawning

You can’t accuse Toyota of rushing the 2016 Toyota Mirai to market. The hydrogen powered sedan may look like a vision of the future circa Buck Rogers, but its fuel-cell powertrain is decidedly cutting-edge, not to mention determinedly optimistic around issues of infrastructure and regulatory commitment to zero-emission vehicles. At $57,500 pre-subsidies, it seems the future carries a significant cost of entry, too. So, after some time behind the wheel of the Mirai, the question remains: is the age of hydrogen finally upon us?

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Audi Prologue concept unveiled with bold, new design [VIDEOS]

Audi Prologue concept unveiled with bold, new design [VIDEOS]

Concept cars are used by car makers to experiment with new ideas, new designs, and new features. To that extent, the new Audi Prologue that was just revealed fulfills that purpose and more, showcasing a new direction for Audi. And yet, at the same time, the Prologue is every bit as much an Audi car. As SlashGear editor Vincent Nguyen, who was invited to the exclusive unveiling event, says, "the Audi Prologue is a new design language for Audi one that's a big departure from the existing models but at the core, it's still very much an Audi"

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Breaking the Toyota Mirai down by the numbers

Breaking the Toyota Mirai down by the numbers

Are fuel-cells finally ready for the mass market? Toyota believes so, and it says it has the numbers to back that up. With the 2016 Mirai set to bring the hydrogen-sipping, water-spitting technology to the road next year - the culmination of twenty years of Toyota’s development - it won’t necessarily be a fast journey to market success; as Takeshi Uchiyamada, chairman of Toyota’s board and “father of the Prius” pointed out, it took around a decade before the company’s hybrid sales hit one million globally, punctuated with no small amount of criticism from other industry players along the way. Read on as we break down the Mirai by the sometimes surprising numbers, and even explain that controversial Battlestar Gallactica-esque front.

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Samsung and Apple tipped friendly on chips

Samsung and Apple tipped friendly on chips

This week a tip has come in from Korea that Apple may well have made up and shaken hands with Samsung for future chip production. This would be a multi-billion-dollar deal as it would remove TSMC from the equation, pushing Samsung back into the limelight for Apple device innards. Samsung has been a chipmaker for Apple before, but they had a bit of a falling out over the past several years. The chip chop talk goes back to 2012 and springs forward to the Apple iPhone 6 chip - not made by Samsung.

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Nokia: What’s in the box?

Nokia: What’s in the box?

Tomorrow Nokia is set to have an event. They're going to reveal something that either is inside a box like you see here, or IS the box itself. If it IS the box, we're likely looking at something for the living room. Something like a smart TV box that'll take on the likes of Apple TV and Amazon's Fire TV. If it's just a box - very possible - then it's going to be something mobile. Think about Maps, think about Android, think about strange stuff you'd not have expected Nokia brand - not Microsoft - to attempt.

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Call of Duty is Back: Now What?

Call of Duty is Back: Now What?

I’ve completed the campaign, I’ve played online, and I’ve shot just about every weapon the game has to offer. And I can say unequivocally that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings the franchise back to a place of prominence and esteem it lost in recent years. For everyone who left the Call of Duty franchise over the awfulness that was Ghosts, Advanced Warfare has atoned for those sins and then some.

Call of Duty is back.

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Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Is there anything more to say on the Nexus 6? Google's latest flagship smartphone has come in for more than the usual degree of attention, as the first handset to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. The fact that Google can't keep them in stock for longer than sixty seconds or so isn't doing anything to dampen the hype, either. I've already gone digging through Google's huge new phone in my equally huge Nexus 6 review, but it turns out the Motorola-made handset hadn't quite finished teaching me a lesson.

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YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

This morning YouTube Music Key became official for the first time. It'll be released in Beta mode for a monthly fee, appearing at first to come up against Google Play Music's All Access system. Instead, subscribers to Google Music will be included in the subscription cost of YouTube Music Key - all one package. As for those of you that already subscribe to Google Music - we're waiting to hear back from Google on that. For now, gotta catch em all - music style.

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