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Oculus VR headset gets compressed

We are not into Fantastic Voyage/Honey, I Shrunk The Kids territory just yet but Oculus has shown off its new – and smaller! – virtual reality headset. It is not expected to go on sale until next year but along with the...
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Apple still top in tablets, but overall sales are falling

Global tablet shipments fell 5.9% year-on-year to 47.1m units in the first quarter of 2015, according to research firm IDC. It’s the second consecutive quarter to record such a decline. Apple accounted for 26.8% of those...
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Now you can 3D-print your own Paul McCartney

Good news for Paul McCartney fans with 3D printers – admittedly, rather a niche demographic. The star has published an official 3D-printable figurine file on his website, using a 3D scan taken during the process of making...
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New smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Firefox…

This week sees the mobile industry gather in Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress expo, with new smartphones from Samsung and HTC hogging the limelight this weekend ahead of the show. In fact, Samsung announced...
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Pebble Time smartwatch: $7.7m of Kickstarter orders in 15 hours

Pebble was the company that ignited the smartwatch market back in 2012, when it raised $10.3m on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to make its first e-paper screened device. Yesterday, it returned to the site for a new model,...
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More than 720k Android Wear smartwatches shipped in 2014

Apple’s first smartwatch is on the way in April, but several of its rivals released devices last year, running Google’s Android Wear software. So how did they sell? Not a clue. But Canalys has some estimates for how many...
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More than 1bn Android smartphones were shipped in 2014

Last week’s financial results from Apple and Samsung were the cue for analysts and research firms to push out their estimates for smartphone shipments and market share in 2014. Strategy Analytics is one of the analyses...
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eMarketer predicts there’ll be 1bn tablet users in 2015

Sales of tablets have been slowing, spooking a consumer-electronics market that saw these devices as a huge new growth area. Even so, research firm eMarketer thinks there’ll be a large audience of tablet users this year:...
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Microsoft has now shipped 10m Xbox One consoles

Microsoft provided an update yesterday on shipments of its Xbox One games console, reporting that “shortly, we will have sold in to retailers more than 10 million Xbox One consoles”. So this isn’t sales to actual people,...
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Is Will.i.am’s new Puls smartwatch any good? The Verge says… no

Will.i.am is very excited about his new Puls smartwatch, but will gadget buyers be as enthusiastic? One of the first technology sites to review the device, The Verge, is distinctly unimpressed. “I got a chance to use an...
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Why Apple canned the iPod Classic: ‘We couldn’t get the parts’

Apple recently quietly retired its iPod Classic device, although it didn’t announce the move at the time, nor has it given the gadget much of a send-off. Last night, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained the reasoning for axing...
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New iPads for Apple as WatchKit platform prepares to debut

Apple held its latest product launch last night, although it wasn’t as glitzy an affair as the recent iPhones / Watch / U2 happening. On the agenda last night were new iPads  – slimmer, faster and with Touch ID finger-print...