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iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

As plays for the wearable and fitness space go, iOS 8 HealthKit is ambitiously broad. Apple will initially support logging of over sixty different types of data, from the basics like weight and gender, through step-counts and blood-glucose levels. By leaving the collection to accessory manufacturers - at least initially, anyway - Apple can safely be comprehensive without having to fill each of those gaps itself with dedicated hardware, throwing itself into the center of the argument over privacy versus aggregation.

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Sony PSP finally retiring

Sony PSP finally retiring

Sony is calling time on the PSP, announcing that the long-running PlayStation Portable will cease sales in Japan at the end of June, with a complete wrap-up worldwide by the end of the year. Sales of the handheld, which first went on sale in Japan back in December 2004, with a broader launch early the following year, have exceeded 80m units as of late last year.

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iOS 8 round-up: Apple paves the way for hardware

iOS 8 round-up: Apple paves the way for hardware

Apple’s newest version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8, builds on the look and feel of iOS 7. Inside you’ll find a number of feature updates on the surface, but - especially important since it was introduced at a developer conference - you’ll find more underneath the surface than meets the eye. Apple suggests that iOS 8 is "Huge for developers. Massive for everyone else."

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Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

At first glance you don’t notice the Ford F-150, not when there’s a vast Liebherr T282B dump truck towering above. Looks can be deceiving, though: this is no ordinary Ford truck, but in fact an experimental prototype of Ford’s new 2015 F-150, potentially worth more than the 2,700HP monster that looms over it. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. First of all I’m wearing steel-toed boots and standing in a gold mine in the middle of Nevada.

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Surface Pro 3 Review

Surface Pro 3 Review

The Surface Pro 3 is something special. Microsoft has refused to give up on its concept of one device that’s both a tablet and ultrabook, and its ramped up the trash-talk, too, calling out the MacBook Air and iPad by name when it launched the third-generation Windows 8.1 machine. Thing is, this may not just be hot air: bigger but lighter, faster but slimmer, the Surface Pro 3 might well be the hybrid Microsoft has been promising all this time. More importantly, it could well convince me - as an unabashed Mac and iPad user - that the Surface Pro 3 is now competitive. Read on for my full review.

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