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Samsung Z delayed again: Is it game-over for troubled Tizen?

Samsung Z delayed again: Is it game-over for troubled Tizen?

Samsung has again delayed the launch of its Tizen-powered Samsung Z smartphone, admitting that it still needed time to "further enhance" the software ecosystem for the handset before it was ready for primetime. The postponement - not the first time the Samsung Z launch has been set back - has left the company with no firm public date for when its Tizen device might actually hit shelves.

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Swatch denies Apple iWatch collaboration

Swatch denies Apple iWatch collaboration

Watch behemoth Swatch has denied working with Apple on the iWatch, following reports suggesting the Swiss company would be one of Cupertino's early wearable partners. Speculation began mid-week, building on long-standing rumors around which mainstream watch players Apple might have turned to - or tried to poach staff from, according to some accusations - in order to give its smartwatch an edge in fashion appeal.

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OS X Yosemite Preview (Public Beta)

OS X Yosemite Preview (Public Beta)

Apple’s Mac platform has had a great year. At a time when traditional PC consumption is shrinking, more people are diving into OS X, and the next big upgrade is Yosemite 10.10. Revamping the interface, eroding the barriers between iPhone, iPad, and your MacBook, and seamlessly connecting local apps and the cloud, Yosemite promises to be not only an ambitious upgrade, but a capable one. Now, on the eve of the new OS X Yosemite Beta Program, we’ve been putting the latest release through its paces. Read on for our full preview.

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Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon's first smartphone doesn't just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic Perspective cameras, and computational photography, with Firefly. Ambitious, then, but Jeff Bezos & Co. have seldom lacked that. Question is, does the Fire Phone deserve to be the hottest handset in town?

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Microsoft’s 3D Windows Phone flagship? It’s apparently dead

Microsoft’s 3D Windows Phone flagship? It’s apparently dead

Microsoft has reportedly killed its upcoming flagship Windows Phone, a motion-tracking smartphone codenamed McLaren, with attempts to motivate developers to use its 3D Touch control system supposedly falling flat. McLaren is believed to have piped Kinect-style gesture recognition into a smartphone form-factor, but according to insiders a range of issues - including cost and struggles to find a killer use-case - scuppered the project.

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