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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay demoed at E3

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay demoed at E3

This year's E3 began with the Xbox One showing of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in an impressive display of machine-heavy action and futuristic fighting. This Call of Duty demonstration suggested that we'd no longer be just a soldier on the ground with machine guns and grenades. Instead, it's time to get used to working with an Iron Man array of oddities.

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Here’s how to tune in to E3 2014 Live video feeds

Here’s how to tune in to E3 2014 Live video feeds

This week the folks at E3 2014 running events are ready and willing to bring you their presentations straight to you at home. You’ll be able to watch presentations on your Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you’ll be able to engage with Twitch, and you’ll be able to roll with the punches here on SlashGear as well! This is one E3 that you’ll not want to miss - but better yet, one you won’t have to miss either!

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Living with Amazon Fire TV: Two Months On

Living with Amazon Fire TV: Two Months On

Amazon's Fire TV set-top box arrived to shake up an increasingly crowded home entertainment segment, but does it have what it takes to set the living room alight? The squared-off streamer has been hooked up to my TV for two months now, piping Prime on-demand video among other things, but has the new gadget honeymoon ended?

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iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

WWDC 2014 is over, and while it may not have brought us new hardware, it did give iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite their official reveal, key software launches in Apple’s master plan. As is so often the case, though, the devil is in the details, and in among the developer sessions a picture of context, device ubiquity, and cross-platform identity gradually made itself clear; one which could have huge implications for Apple’s upcoming push into wearables.

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Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.

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E3 2014: Five games we’re anticipating most

E3 2014: Five games we’re anticipating most

There will be ups and there will be downs to this year’s E3, with games that look fantastic and release dates that will make you cry. Most of the AAA titles we’ll see appearing at E3 2014 will be set to release in the year 2015, while - by the looks of it - the whole lot will be well worth the wait. This show begins next week, while we’ll certainly see more action this whole weekend as well.

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Looking Glass: The apps for must-wear wearables

Looking Glass: The apps for must-wear wearables

Has Glass gone off the boil? Google's wearable launched in Explorer beta form to great fanfare, but privacy concerns, criticisms of "Glasshole" arrogance, and legitimate doubts about the value of what it actually offers have left the headset on questionable ground. I love the idea of wearables but I don't often put Glass on any more, which got me thinking: what could Glass do to make it a must-wear?

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Google tipped to acquire Songza for music curation

Google tipped to acquire Songza for music curation

In the wake of Apple’s purchase of Beats by Dre, Google has been tipped to be in talks to acquire the music streaming service Songza. While Google already has a streaming music service in its Google Play Music library and delivery system, the company may be looking for a way to compete with Apple’s oncoming integration of Beats Music curation into their music delivery system(s). Songza may be the answer Google needs.

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Vodafone admits “direct access” wiretaps by some governments

Vodafone admits “direct access” wiretaps by some governments

Cellular behemoth Vodafone has revealed that a number of governments have "direct access" to its network, collecting mass surveillance on users and allowing them to listen in on calls among other things. The revelation was detailed in the carrier's first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report, a 40,000 word breakdown of what Vodafone is - and isn't - allowed to say about the monitoring and tracking requirements it faces from agencies like the NSA.

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