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HP Spectre x360 hands-on: When PC makers get OCD

HP Spectre x360 hands-on: When PC makers get OCD

The HP Spectre x360 is, if you're brave enough to play Devil’s Advocate, the Windows notebook you create when you channel Apple levels of obsessive-compulsion. Latest in HP’s high-end ultraportable family, the new Spectre isn’t just a capable aluminum laptop but a turning point in involvement between an OEM and Microsoft: a never-before-seen investment in time, energy, and Very Clever People. In fact, you could well argue that the Spectre x360 is the Surface Laptop that Microsoft refuses to make. I caught up with both companies to get my hands on their collaborative aluminum slab, and find out what makes it really special.

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LG Watch Urbane hands-on – Android Wear in metal

LG Watch Urbane hands-on – Android Wear in metal

You can’t accuse LG of slacking on Android Wear, with the LG Watch Urbane the third model to run Google’s smartwatch platform. Announced a few weeks back, but making its official debut here at Mobile World Congress 2015, the new smartwatch keeps the circular P-OLED touchscreen of its G Watch R predecessor, but frames it in a brand new, high-quality metal casing for a feel more akin to traditional timepieces.

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LG Watch Urbane LTE hands-on – Phone freedom

LG Watch Urbane LTE hands-on – Phone freedom

LG has two smartwatches for MWC 2015, but it’s the LG Watch Urbane LTE that’s arguably the most interesting. Packing LTE for standalone connectivity rather than demanding a nearby paired smartphone, and running not Android Wear but a heavily modified version of webOS, it may look like its Watch Urbane sibling, but that’s only skin - or metal - deep. Read on for some first-impressions from here in Barcelona.

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Withings brings style to Android with Activite, Activite Pop

Withings brings style to Android with Activite, Activite Pop

Android might have its own lineup of wearables with Android Wear, but others linger on the fringe. Starting today, you can add Withings to the mix. The company is announcing their Activite and Activite Pop will now work with Android smartphones and tablets. In bringing their two smartwatches to Android, Withings now boasts most of their lineup of connected devices have been made available for Android. The top-end Activite is available now, while the more middle-of-the-road Activite Pop will come available this month.

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Huawei Watch teased as luxury Android Wear option

Huawei Watch teased as luxury Android Wear option

The world clearly needs another circular smartwatch, and Huawei is hoping that its unimaginatively-titled Huawei Watch will be the one to end up on your wrist. Expected to make its official debut at Mobile World Congress 2015 on Sunday, but already previewed in a pair of videos, the Android Wear timepiece aims at the classier end of the scale, with a sleek stainless steel casing, minimal ornamentation, and of course that round touchscreen.

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Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Oh how Swatch has changed its tune in the last 8 months or so. First there was the denial they were collaborating on the upcoming Apple Watch, adding that they didn't see why these newfangled smartwrist gizmos were all the rage with the kids these days. Shortly after there was a change of heart (or at least someone wised up) and they said they were working on their take of a smartwatch. Jump to today and we have the announcement of the Touch Zero One, a touchscreen smartwatch that is aimed at beach volleyball enthusiasts. No, seriously.

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Click: a watchband adapter for the Apple Watch

Click: a watchband adapter for the Apple Watch

With the forthcoming Apple Watch, Apple has put an incredible amount of effort into making sure the device can be customized to meet any user's taste through a number of watchband styles, each in a wide range of colors. But what if you already have a watchband that you just adore, and would rather pair that with your new Apple wearable? This is where Click aims to fit in, as an adapter that will allow any 24mm watchband to slide into the Apple Watch's custom locking band slots.

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BuzzFeed launches ‘Cute or Not’ app for pet pics

BuzzFeed launches ‘Cute or Not’ app for pet pics

BuzzFeed, the site dedicated to gifs, "which ____ are you?" quizzes, and other viral content, has released a new app that has one focus: yep, you guessed, cute pet pictures. Essentially nothing more than Tinder for pets, the "Cute or Not" app is not about showing the articles and other content available on the full site, but rather has users swiping on animal photos to rate them; towards the right for cute, and left for not cute. It aims to be simple fun, and it does just that.

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Tinder close to finalizing its advertising system

Tinder close to finalizing its advertising system

The pattern should be clear by now: social networking companies offer their service to users for free, and once they grow to a certain level, it's time to start making money with advertisements. Well, everyone's favorite swipe-right-swipe-left dating app Tinder is looking to join the ranks of Facebook and Twitter by showing users ads in the near future. As the company gears up to begin generating revenue, sources say they shopping around for potential partners to fill the advertising space in their app.

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Super Mario 64 player sets new speedrun world record

Super Mario 64 player sets new speedrun world record

It's not often that a new world number one speedrun record is set for a game almost 20 years old, but it's just happened. For those who don't know, a speedrun is completing a game from start to finish in fastest possible time, often still collecting all items or meeting all objectives. The previous world record for Super Mario 64, the first 3D entry in the series released alongside the Nintendo 64 console in 1996, was 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 32 seconds. But a challenger beat that 17 seconds, and by mere accident.

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