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Is YouTube really about to kill indie videos?

Is YouTube really about to kill indie videos?

YouTube's apparent attack on independent artists and labels refusing to concede to its new premium subscription music contract may not see the Google-owned service take their videos down: it'll just cut off their income stream. Reports earlier this week suggested YouTube was taking a heavy-handed approach to some big-name indie artists, threatening to pull their content if they didn't sign up to what insiders claimed were unfair terms.

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Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire electric motorcycle revealed

Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire electric motorcycle revealed

Harley-Davidson teased something big and battery powered, and now the iconic motorcycle company has revealed Project LiveWire, its first electric bike. Beginning a test ride tour across the US from next week, as Harley-Davidson explores the potential for EV powertrains, LiveWire isn't intended as a commercial bike in its current form but more a test-bed for how the company might evolve in future.

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Amazon Fire Phone hands-on

Amazon Fire Phone hands-on

There are two sides to Amazon's new Fire Phone. On the one hand is the technology, Amazon experimenting with face tracking and optical recognition. On the other is the price and AT&T exclusivity; many believed Amazon would try to shake up the phone industry with its pricing, not match it. I've spent some time with the Fire Phone today: read on for some first impressions.

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This is the Amazon Fire Phone

This is the Amazon Fire Phone

Today the Amazon Fire Phone has been revealed with a very simple look and an aim to change the smartphone ecosystem. This device works with a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display and Gorilla Glass 3 front display cover, a rubber frame, and a single aluminum button. This device works with a 13-megapixel camera on its back, a glass back, and a software suite that’s all Amazon.

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Atari bringing classic games to iOS and Android

Atari bringing classic games to iOS and Android

The folks behind business strategy at gaming company Atari have let it be known this week that they’ll be staging a "Corporate Comeback" of sorts, starting with such important releases as "Asteroids" on iOS. They’ll be bringing a wide variety of games from the classic era to the mobile universe, working with both iOS and Android in the near future as well.

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Adobe Ink & Slide Review: The iPad stylus grows up

Adobe Ink & Slide Review: The iPad stylus grows up

Adobe got tired of waiting for a great stylus for the iPad, and so it took on the challenge itself, coming up with Adobe Ink and its companion ruler, Slide. Pens for the iPad aren’t new, but neither have they been especially proficient, but Adobe is aiming to change all that with slickly designed hardware and tightly-integrated software. I’ve been using Adobe Ink & Slide with the iPad Air for the past few weeks; read on for my full verdict.

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New 21.5-inch iMac targets entry-level

New 21.5-inch iMac targets entry-level

A new entry-level iMac pushes the slimline all-in-one to its lowest price so far, with Apple's new 21.5-inch model cutting the cost of desktop OS X ahead of Yosemite's release later in the year. Priced from $1,099, the starter iMac gets a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and Intel HD 5000 graphics, though Apple's Fusion Drive storage isn't included as standard.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A puts Prime specs in old design

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A puts Prime specs in old design

The Samsung Galaxy F, or Galaxy S5 Prime, is finally here, but not really. It isn't going by either of those names and won't be looking as polished as they were rumored to be. Instead, Samsung has chosen to christen it the Galaxy S5 LTE-A to focus more on the uber downloading speeds new buyers could be getting and to distract you from feeling a bit cheated for buying a Galaxy S5 that is now somewhat dwarfed by this.

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Amazon’s phone is the most mundane thing it’s working on

Amazon’s phone is the most mundane thing it’s working on

Amazon has reportedly been working on its new, 3D smartphone since 2009, according to a profile of the Lab126 team responsible for the handset we're expecting to see revealed on Wednesday, but it could in fact be the most mainstream of the products the retail behemoth is cooking up. Sharing workbench space in the clandestine skunkworks previously responsible for the Kindle ereader and Fire TV set-top box are tipped to be projected computer interfaces and more.

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