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PlayStation 4 E3 2014 game trailers rundown

PlayStation 4 E3 2014 game trailers rundown

The war between Sony and Microsoft continues this year at E3 2014 with a battle of the games. While last year became a war with hardware, waves of games - not just apps - have come in with impressive presentations to spare. Faced with exclusive releases and the new Kinect-less Xbox One release this season, Sony’s PlayStation 4 came out DualShock’s blazing.

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Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat takes on Nest: Hands on

Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat takes on Nest: Hands on

Honeywell is looking to shake off its "old school" reputation with a new smart thermostat, Lyric, promising greater convenience and energy savings by following the patterns of your home, not a preset schedule. Eschewing beige plastic for a slick gloss white and chrome finish and OLED touchscreen controls, Lyric is aimed conspicuously at the sort of audience courted by Google-owned Nest, but takes a different approach to figuring when you need heating or cooling.

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Xbox One E3 2014 game trailers rundown

Xbox One E3 2014 game trailers rundown

This morning at the start of the Xbox One presentation at E3 2015, Xbox head Phil Spencer suggested something crazy. "Today we are dedicating our entire briefing to games," said Spencer, suggesting that there’d be no chatter about TV programming, audio systems, or in-car entertainment. Nay, said he, it was time to reveal more games than you’d know what to do with.

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Star Wars Battlefront 3 trailer hits E3 2014

Star Wars Battlefront 3 trailer hits E3 2014

It’s clear already that E3 2014 is all about the games - everything from the newest in new oddities to the most tried-and-true franchises are coming in with heat. Today DICE have revealed their next hero title: Star Wars Battlefront 3. This game keeps the classic form of Star Wars, Battlefront fun, and makes with the next-generation excellence while they’re at it.

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Motorola Moto E Review: Flawed Affordability

Motorola Moto E Review: Flawed Affordability

A smartphone for the cost-conscious. Going SIM-free and eschewing carrier subsidies has been slow to catch on in the US, but with T-Mobile USA’s “Uncarrier” movement gaining pace, perhaps the time is right for handsets that bear their true sticker price. Motorola is aiming big with the Moto E, but it’s walking a cautious and tricky balance between specs and savings.

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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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