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Will 2013 be the year of the HTC One?

Will 2013 be the year of the HTC One?

All of a sudden, I'm excited about HTC again. After a dire 2012 and a dreary line-up the twelve months before that, the HTC One is a blast of fresh air and has a real "return to form" feel for the company. I was lucky enough to spend some extended time with the One ahead of today's launch, and came away impressed with HTC's attention to detail and concerned that it would struggle to communicate its message. Rather than follow the trend of more megapixels, HTC opted out and went for a photography system that, it claims, is far more relevant to how people actually use their smartphones.

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Tattletale Tesla is the Big Brother future of motoring

Tattletale Tesla is the Big Brother future of motoring

Tesla's systematic take-down of New York Times car writer John Broder's Model S review proves one thing: tomorrow's cars are going to be so smart, we'll probably trust them more than we will the driver. Elon Musk, Tesla's founder and CEO, relied on the Model S' own performance logs in order to challenge Broder's cynicism, raising questions as to why the NYT car journalist did battery-sapping donuts in a parking lot, took the EV off the Superchargers well before it was topped up, and fudged on his cruise control settings. That makes for an entertaining media spat, certainly, but it raises questions about how increasingly intelligent cars may one day soon undermine some of the "freedom" of the open road.

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Would You Really Want to Wear the iWatch?

Would You Really Want to Wear the iWatch?

Everywhere tech fans turn lately, they’ve been hearing rumors about Apple’s plan to launch a smartwatch that could eventually be known as iWatch. That device, the reports say, is being handled by a team of more than 100 people charged with getting the company’s wearable tech to the marketplace.

As with other Apple rumors, the iWatch is exciting the company’s fans. Surely Apple has something great up its sleeve with the watch, those fans might say. Others are already predicting that they’ll buy one and wear it each day, and before long, just about everyone else will, too. The iWatch has somehow joined the pantheon of Apple greats, like the iPod and iPhone, before it’s even launched.

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A Siri iWatch could dominate wearables

A Siri iWatch could dominate wearables

Oh, the irony: tech manufacturers by the dozen attempting to dissuade you from pulling an iPhone from your pocket, and it might be Apple that actually manages it. That's not to say the Cupertino giant - or the rumored "iWatch" - is aiming to replace the iPhone, only leave it snug in your jacket or purse more of the time by shunting glanceable functionality to your wrist. It's a strategy we've seen several other manufacturers (most notably Pebble, currently glowing rosily from its multi-million Kickstarter success) try, but there are some very good reasons why Apple could be the firm to take the smartwatch mass-market.

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At What Point Do Tablets Become Too Expensive?

At What Point Do Tablets Become Too Expensive?

I’m in the market for a tablet. I already own an iPad and Kindle Fire, but I’ve found that it’s time to upgrade to the latest generation of today’s slates. Some have told me that I should stick with an iPad, since, they claim, “Apple makes the best tablets on the market.” Others, however, have told me to go with an Android-based device and get away from Apple.

Admittedly, I’m quite pleased with both my iPad and Kindle Fire. And although it’s easy to simply pick the iPad and be done with it, Apple’s latest announcement of a 128GB iPad has gotten me thinking.

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Does RIM even realize what went wrong?

Does RIM even realize what went wrong?

BlackBerry 10 makes its long-anticipated debut today, but the official hype machine is off to a stumbling start with execs from RIM struggling to deal with criticisms around delays and how the iPhone changed the smartphone market. In a pair of interviews on different BBC programs this morning, RIM Europe managing director Stephen Bates faced understandable questions about where previous BlackBerry devices stumbled, as well as being asked where RIM has learned from Apple's device. All didn't go to plan, however.

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Is Mario, Zelda Love About Quality or Nostalgia?

Is Mario, Zelda Love About Quality or Nostalgia?

I know I might hear some complaints from Nintendo fans for this, but I have to ask: is the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda love about the quality of the games or the nostalgia?

As I’ve said here before, I’ve been playing games as long as I can remember. And as an owner of the Nintendo Entertainment System, SNES, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, and Wii U, I’ve played just about every first-party game Nintendo has ever launched. For years, Nintendo games have been entertaining me.

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Will Wearables Fuel – or Fracture – Convergence?

Will Wearables Fuel – or Fracture – Convergence?

The candid snapshot of Google exec Sergey Brin, riding the subway on a $2.25 fare while sporting a Glass prototype worth thousands of dollars, has reignited questions around ubiquitous computing. That sighting of Brin is a timely one. Not only is Google's Glass Foundry developer schedule kicking off at the end of January, but several other wearables projects have reached milestones this month; Vuzix brought out prototypes of its Glass rival a few weeks back, while Kickstarter success Memoto applied some extra-sensor balm to the sting of an unexpected hardware delay today.

As each project tracks toward release, however, the ecosystem of more straightforward body-worn gadgetry such as activity monitors like Jawbone's UP picks up for what's predicted to be a bumper year of sales. Still, among sensor ubiquity and the specter of power paucity, the fledgling wearables industry hasn't apparently decided whether it'll face this brave new augmented world hand-in-hand, or jealously guarding its data.

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Is the Technology World Too ‘Pop Culture’?

Is the Technology World Too ‘Pop Culture’?

As many of you who read my work here on SlashGear know, I’m an avid technology lover. My entire life has been dedicated to learning about technology, leveraging the tools that work best, and educating others on the value of it. From a young age, I was building my own PCs and taking apart products to see how they worked. It wasn’t long that I realized that having some sort of career in this fascinating world was a good idea.

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