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Nokia Lumia 630 dual-SIM hands-on [Update: 635 too!]

Nokia Lumia 630 dual-SIM hands-on [Update: 635 too!]

Nokia has a track-record with affordable Windows Phones. The new Nokia Lumia 630 - and its Lumia 635 sibling - follow on from the best-selling Lumia 520, only running Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box and thus benefiting from new features like the Cortana virtual assistant. Best of all, unlike many affordable Nokia of old, they're actually headed to the US market. We grabbed some hands-on time post-launch at Build 2014.

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Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

Cortana hands-on: Windows Phone 8.1′s smart assistant

The iPhone has Siri, Android has Google Now, and now Windows Phone has Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Launching as a beta when WP8.1 hits devices over the next few months, Cortana blends the speech-first approach of Apple's system with the contextual backbone of Google's, throwing in some location-based cleverness and a little AI snark along the way. We introduced ourselves at Build 2014.

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Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google loves smartphones, but with Project Tango it’s hoping to make them even smarter and more aware. The handiwork of Google’s skunkworks Advanced Technology and Projects Group, it explores what happens when you add high-resolution 3D mapping sensors to an Android device, and what the potential is for gaming and more. We caught up with Johnny Lee, technical program lead at Google, to find out more about the project and get some hands-on time with the prototype device.

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This is the new HTC One M8

This is the new HTC One M8

HTC has been teasing the new HTC One for some weeks now, and the curtain has finally been lifted on the 2014 flagship. Refining the unibody design of the original One, and maintaining HTC's offbeat approach to photography tech, the new One adds Duo Camera to the mix as well, in addition to throwing in not only unlocked and developer versions, but a Google Play Edition too. Read on for the highlights.

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EVE: Valkyrie PS4 gameplay hands-on with Project Morpheus

EVE: Valkyrie PS4 gameplay hands-on with Project Morpheus

This week at GDC 2014 we’ve been given the opportunity to have our first peek at the outer-space-based EVE title called EVE: Valkyrie for PlayStation 4. While before this week it appeared that the title would be restricted to the PC with Oculus Rift for virtual reality flight, this week Sony revealed that this exclusive was not restricted quite so harshly - we’ll see this high-flying VR title hit Project Morpheus when it’s ready for PlayStation 4 as well.

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Project Morpheus hands-on: Wearing PS4′s VR future

Project Morpheus hands-on: Wearing PS4′s VR future

GDC may not be over for 2014, but Sony undoubtedly stole the show with Project Morpheus, its new virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4. Still in prototype form - and not expected to launch this year, Sony has confirmed - Project Morpheus saw round-the-booth queues of eager developers and media hoping to try out the roster of demo games prepared for the show. The good news is that, while incomplete today, there's plenty to warrant excitement as we found when we tried out Project Morpheus ourselves.

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Meta Pro 3D wearable computer hands-on

Meta Pro 3D wearable computer hands-on

GDC isn't just about gaming: virtual reality has dominated the show, and wearables startup Meta has brought along its latest Meta Pro prototype for its first proper public outing. Promising the best of augmented reality in a form-factor slightly more sunglasses-like than, say, Glass, Meta Pro isn't due to start shipping to preorder buyers until later in 2014, but we wheedled some testing time with one of the five prototypes currently in existence.

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Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3 hands-on and first-impressions

Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3 hands-on and first-impressions

With the newest generation of Chromebooks they’ve got prepped for the public, Samsung brings on their Galaxy styling to the web-based OS’s hardware. With the Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3" model, we’re seeing a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 LED display that’s surprisingly bright - and sharp, of course. This machine will be offered in gray and will be appearing in the public in April of 2014.

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