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Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

This week Apple's Spring event delivered final details for the release of the Apple Watch. Along with the final drop, the company revealed that they'd been working with HBO for an exclusive on web-only streaming content for their Apple TV. The service is called HBO NOW and it requires no cable subscription to get you HBO content. They'd also been working on a new MacBook line. This new MacBook is slim, light, and works with a keyboard that runs edge-to-edge - just like its display glass.

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MacBook Pro gets Force Touch trackpad, MacBook Air updated

MacBook Pro gets Force Touch trackpad, MacBook Air updated

There's a brand new "MacBook" in town - not a MacBook Air, not a MacBook Pro, but just a "MacBook." With the release of this next device in line comes a new set of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro devices. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be getting a faster processor, faster flash memory, and an updated 10-hour battery. Both the new updated Air and Pro models will be shipping today, while the MacBook will be shipping April 10th - and the whole family will continue to ship through the foreseeable future.

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New MacBook has “Force Touch” trackpad

New MacBook has “Force Touch” trackpad

This isn't a Star Wars tie-in, and you don't have to be a Jedi to use the new MacBook for 2015. This is a new trackpad in the new MacBook, made to be what Apple's Phil Schiller suggests is an "incredible feat of engineering." Four individual force sensors exist under the pad, with a glass surface up top. Instead of "clicking," you'll be doing a sort of "push" more akin to what you do on a touchscreen - but don't call it a tap.

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AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

Facial recognition software is ubiquitous. From being auto-tagged by facebook to being added to a database of images, we can't control what happens to our likeness once it gets online. These days more data is being extracted from each of our online interactions. Tracking cookies and search history give companies a clear view of your Internet footprint. Most precious of all is your own face. Enter AVG's new concept invisibility glasses which were presented at in Barcelona for the MWC 2015. Once you put them on, you're rendered instantly invisible to facial recognition software.

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ARCHOS smartphones bring Mediatek to MWC 2015

ARCHOS smartphones bring Mediatek to MWC 2015

A number of new ARCHOS smartphones are headed to Mobile World Congress 2015, each of them with MediaTek quad-core processors and relatively low price points. This is not the first time ARCHOS has released smartphones at this time of year - they have the last several years running, in fact. It is the first time they're bringing three phones with Android 4.4 KitKat. They're all coming with displays larger than 5-inches, as well - so that age of small-screen smartphones is pretty much over for this brand.

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Moto E 2015 surprise release detailed worldwide today

Moto E 2015 surprise release detailed worldwide today

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed the Moto E 2015 in all its affordable-tier glory. This smartphone is being released in "more than 50 countries" all at once, including North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and it'll be released to the states through Motorola's webpage unlocked. That's relatively unheard of - even for a mid-tier smartphone from Motorola, the company that pioneered such a release with the Moto G. Today we'll be getting our hands on the Moto E as well - just as soon as the mail arrives.

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Jony Ive’s Lightsaber: not another iPhone

Jony Ive’s Lightsaber: not another iPhone

Believe it or not, not every device or piece of software Apple design guru Jony Ive has conceived looks as smooth and precise as an iPhone. In fact this week a conversation has come to light - one between Jony Ive and the director of the next Star Wars film, J.J. Abrams. In a chat between the two, Abrams suggests that Ive made "very specific" suggestions on how a re-designed lightsaber might look. Not smooth, nor refined. Just the opposite - far more gritty.

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iPhone 6S might stick with 8MP camera hardware

iPhone 6S might stick with 8MP camera hardware

After the launch of Apple’s impressive new iPhone 6, a lot of attention was paid to the refresh. Many assume the iPhone 6S (if Apple sticks to their existing naming scheme, which isn’t a foregone conclusion) would have a camera that packed in more magapixels, and an updated chipset. The megapixel rumor was bolstered when Sony announced a new DSLR-ish sensor for mobile devices, which many believed would find its way to the iPhone 6S. A new report says that might have to wait, because Apple is keeping their 8 megapixel shooter for one more year.

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OnePlus drops invite system, sort of

OnePlus drops invite system, sort of

Though the strategy seems to have worked great for the OnePlus team thus far, they've begun letting their guard down, just a bit. The invite system will be stoppered for just a few Tuesdays, that is to say. Starting on February 10th, the OnePlus One will be offered up for sale in two editions. Two rather specific editions, one with 64GB of internal storage and a Sandstone Black exterior, the other with 16GB of internal storage space and a "Silk White" exterior.

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Apple Watch app: spanning the grid

Apple Watch app: spanning the grid

The Apple Watch will be released this April - but before then, we'd like to get you prepared to understand how you'll be using this piece of technology. It's not difficult - Apple wouldn't create a product meant to be hard to use, of course - and its user interface is mostly going to be based on the device itself, not on your iPhone. Working with our own knowledge of the device mixed with the dive released by AppleInsider today, here's what you're going to need to know.

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Nexus 5 back in stock at Google Play

Nexus 5 back in stock at Google Play

This week Google has slapped the naysayers with a re-stock of their LG-made Nexus 5 smartphone. This device has previously been offered in Black, White, and "Red", but it'll be appearing now in Black only. This device will be available in 16GB internal storage size and 32GB internal storage size, with applicable pricing to match. This device sits alongside the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 as Google's three-smart-device lineup. All other smartphones and tablets, Google Play Edition and everything, are gone - probably for good.

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Raspberry Pi 2 promises 6x the power, 1 GB RAM, same price

Raspberry Pi 2 promises 6x the power, 1 GB RAM, same price

The Raspberry Pi has been quite popular at democratizing the DIY board and reinvigorating the maker culture. Since its launch, however, there have been many rivals that have tried to take a bite out of it, some perhaps more successful than others. RPi, as it is lovingly called, is out for revenge and it will be delivering it through the new Raspberry Pi 2 model B, the successor to the most recent B+ model that kicks things up a notch thanks to a new BCM2836 chip.

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