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Outraged Apple denies iCloud flaw in explicit celeb leaks

Outraged Apple denies iCloud flaw in explicit celeb leaks

This afternoon, Apple has made an official statement on their investigation of "the theft of photos of certain celebrities." They make clear that when they "learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source." For those of you just learning of this leak of explicit photos, please head back to our safety guide for iCloud, Facebook, and Google+ as well.

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Android Wear boost incoming: Bluetooth music, GPS, more

Android Wear boost incoming: Bluetooth music, GPS, more

Android Wear will get some new smartwatch hardware to play on this week, but Google is also planning a flood of software updates which it hopes will dramatically increase the appeal of its wearables platform. The first, due this week, will improve the voice control experience of the wrist-worn platform, as well as how navigation works on devices like the Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live, but according to the Android Wear team, that's just the start of things.

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Keeping your photos – explicit or not – safe from the cloud

Keeping your photos – explicit or not – safe from the cloud

This week a leak of explicit celebrity photos has summoned the need for additional security measures. Not just the kind of security measures you take by purchasing "keep me private" apps and the like, but the kind that includes common sense and the flipping of a few key switches in your phone. As it turns out - you CAN take whatever photos you like without having them leaked to the public.

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You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

Never tested in snow or heavy rain, potentially ignoring police, and confused into swerving by crumpled newspaper: Google's self-driving cars face more than a few lingering problems before they're truly ready for the road. The search behemoth's plans to start tests of its control-free "pods" out in public had already collided with California's DMV, which demanded that at least rudimentary steering and pedals be fitted before they'd be road-legal, but that may only be the start of Google's headaches.

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Would you pay $400 for an Apple wearable?

Would you pay $400 for an Apple wearable?

Apple is considering a $400 price tag for its mysterious wearable devices, sources suggest, which if the Cupertino firm's eventual strategy would put it at the upper end of the market. The device - which, according to the latests rumors, could be announced at Apple's September 9th event alongside the iPhone 6, but not actually launch until sometime in the new year - is believed to be one of an eventual range of wearable devices that could include the so-called iWatch.

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HTC One M8 with Windows Review

HTC One M8 with Windows Review

What we could be witnessing right now is a crossroads in the Windows universe. HTC may very well have made the step towards legitimacy the Windows Phone platform needed to show the world that they really, truly can compete with Android. In the HTC One M8 with Windows, HTC has switched out Android for Windows Phone in the greatest handset they've ever made, providing a new path of opportunity for Microsoft in the process.

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Why Apple’s Special Event Will Outshine Samsung’s Unpacked

Why Apple’s Special Event Will Outshine Samsung’s Unpacked

Apple and Samsung just can’t seem to get out of each other’s way. Samsung recently announced that it was planning to hold its Unpacked event on September 3, where it will unveil the products it anticipates carrying it through to the end of the year and beyond. Apple, meanwhile, announced on Thursday that it, too, would be holding a special press event on September 9. Like Samsung, Apple will show off wares that will carry the company through the end of the year.

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Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung has cut a deal with HERE, the Nokia navigation provider, to release HERE for Android, an alternative to Google Maps. We'd noted the HERE-powered turn-by-turn navigation on the Samsung Gear S yesterday, but at the time the significance of the software and services agreement wasn't quite clear: this is Samsung doing its level best to oust Google, and affects all Samsung phones not just a niche smartwatch.

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