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An Apple launch like no other

An Apple launch like no other

Tomorrow is launch day for the Apple Watch. But it's not like any other Apple product launch. In fact, completely the opposite. This launch, unlike any other Apple product launch over the past decade, will include no in-store availability of the product at hand. Instead of the Apple Watch being out and ready to purchase by the average consumer, tomorrow is only the day when (some) Apple Watch orders will be fulfilled. With a completely new category of device comes change for Apple, and a launch that'll be unlike any that came before or after.

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The 3 big drawbacks to using Google Project Fi

The 3 big drawbacks to using Google Project Fi

Google's wireless carrier is out in the open, and along with a number of fairly solid positive points, there are - as with any industry-moving plan - some drawbacks. This Google wireless carrier business has been a long time coming, after all, and it's no perfect first swipe. Today we're having a peek at what you need to know about Google Project Fi if you plan on subscribing in the near future in both the positive and the negative. The article you're about to dive into right here and now is aimed at showing you what you might consider drawbacks.

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Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Today, Google is doing what we all expected they might, introducing their mobile network. Dubbed Project Fi, Google’s network is exactly as rumored; you get access to two different LTE networks, as well as WiFi hotspots Google has deemed good enough. Once connected, data via Project Fi is encrypted, giving you a secure connection wherever you are (or are going). Also, the service is strapped to the Nexus 6, but comes to users as low as $30/month, which brings 1GB of data service and unlimited talk, text, and WiFi tethering with International service to 120 countries.

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popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

The back of your iPhone is little more than an advert for Apple, so why not make it functional? As YotaPhone has demonstrated, there’s no shortage of things you can do when the back of your smartphone is a display as well, but tempting iPhone owners to cross the aisle to Android is a tough sell. Enter popSlate, a crowdfunded success story that embeds an E Ink screen into an iPhone case. It’s taken a little longer than planned to reach the market, so is it a case of too-little, too-late?

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Twitter tightens security after messaging snafu

Twitter tightens security after messaging snafu

Today Twitter is updating their Policy and Product outlines to further combat abuse on their social networking platform. This comes just one day after Twitter announced that they'd be opening the proverbial gates to more Personal Messaging between users, creating a feature update which needed to be turned on to be used. Today, Twitter updates their violent threats policy as well as expanding their coverage of suspected abusive Tweets. In short - Twitter isn't taking this whole "public abuse" thing sitting down - they want you to feel safe and comfortable in their social networking environment.

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Deactivating Twitter’s “Direct Messages from anyone” as fast as possible

Deactivating Twitter’s “Direct Messages from anyone” as fast as possible

Worried Twitter's newest feature "direct message from anyone" will put a kink in your private life? You're not the only one. Earlier today Twitter's update and blast on their newest feature update made more than one social network explode in a fury of misdirected madness. The key to this puzzle wasn't that this new feature was coming, however, but that it wasn't turned on by default. This feature, as it turns out, is something you need to turn on for it to work.

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Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Please feel free to chill - today's announcement of direct messaging for everyone on Twitter is not just a Wild West situation. You will not be flooded with DMs this afternoon. While you CAN turn on DMs from anyone, this is not an open-door policy sort of deal. You DO NOT HAVE TO TURN THIS FEATURE ON. Twitter is just allowing DMs to appear in your inbox - IF YOU WANT THEM TO - from anyone on Twitter. Again - if this isn't clear enough - you DO NOT need to turn this feature on if you do not want to, and it isn't on by default.

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Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

It's been suggested today by two unnamed informants that Nokia will be returning to the smartphone arena in 2016. How they'll do this, exactly, remains a mystery - especially given their current lack of manufacturing power as a result of their sale to Microsoft back in early 2014. But they've made a tablet since then - right, so what's to stop them from making a collection of smartphones? Nothing, really - they've just got to team up with a manufacturing partner and begin to smash the nail with the hammer, so to speak.

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Sony Xperia Z4 unveiled without fuss or fanfare

Sony Xperia Z4 unveiled without fuss or fanfare

Sony is being strange lately, at least when it comes to its mobile devices. We already know that the Xperia Z4 would be coming soon, considering it was a no show at MWC last February even while the Xperia Z4 Tablet debuted with the name. The OEM seems to also flip flop on its position about releasing a flasghip once or twice a year. And now it just revealed the Xperia Z4 and, unlike its rivals in the market, it didn't even hold a special event to do so, which is a weird treatment of a flagship.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Moore’s Law

Happy 50th Birthday, Moore’s Law

In an industry which sees the latest and greatest outdated within months or even weeks, sticking around for fifty years is impressive indeed. Then again, Moore's Law - the infamous observation on how computer chip density increases exponentially over time - is anything but a constant, instead more a ticking metronome that has variously haunted and chivied the electronics world into constant movement.

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