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Google now lets you call yourself ‘The Dude’ on Google+

Google has finally relaxed its real name requirements for Google+, its social-network-cum-photo-storage site. Since the service launched three years ago, Google has insisted that people use their real names so that the site can easily hook into its other services like Gmail and Hangouts, as well as to “protect” the community from trolls and other

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LG announces mid-range G3 Beat to take on GS5 Mini and HTC One Mini 2

LG’s latest smartphone, the G3 Beat, is a sports car chassis with a golf engine. Like many other “mini” devices on the market today, it takes after its namesake, the G3, in looks and features, but dials down the specifications to a more mid-range price point. Coming in at a still-massive 5-inches, the 720p display

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BlackBerry Passport gets sized up next to a Canadian passport

The BlackBerry Passport was officially announced last month and the company has been promoting its design all over the place, even going as far as to say “We’ve been living in a rectangular world for quite some time… it’s Hip to be Square.” Apart from the design, BlackBerry has also embedded a 3-row “touch-enabled keyboard”

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OtterBox partners with Nina Garcia for fashionable Symmetry Series case

When OtterBox announced its new Symmetry Series of cases earlier this year, the company really pushed the whole ‘fashion and function’ thing. OtterBox cases don’t have the best reputation for being very stylish, but the Symmetry Series sought to change that with a moulded plastic and rubber design in a range of fun colours. Now,

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BlackBerry announces Siri-like Assistant for upcoming 10.3 release

BlackBerry continues to sing the praises of its as-yet-unreleased Passport smartphone. The device has been getting a lot of press for its unique design and BlackBerry doesn’t want you to miss the fact that people are talking about its brave attempt to produce a game-changing phone. The latest bout of chest-thumping switches things up a

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Bootloader unlock process for the Xperias just got easier

Smartphone manufacturers generally believe that the custom UI they slap on top of their phones’ Android install is perfect. It’s the best possible experience you could have on a phone and you would never, ever want to change it, right? Well, not quite. Many companies  recognise that devs and enthusiasts like to tweak the software,

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Samsung reportedly in talks to acquire SmartThings for $200 million

The connected home is gaining traction this year as we’ve recently seen several major acquisitions in the category. In January, Google acquired Nest for $3 billion, known for its the popular Learning Thermostat and Protect Smoke Detector. More recently, Apple announced its first Internet of Things-based projects with HomeKit. Now, according to a report on TechCrunch, Samsung has

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Contest: Win a Rogers Samsung Galaxy S5 and a Gear 2 Neo

Fancy yourself a new smartphone and smartwatch? Here’s something for you! Up for grabs in the first of many summer contests is a Rogers Samsung Galaxy S5 and a Samsung Gear 2 Neo! Both devices were released earlier this year and the LTE-enabled GS5 runs KitKat, has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED HD display (1920×1080, 432ppi),

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Apple and IBM announce enterprise software and device partnership

Apple and IBM have announced a partnership that will see the two companies team up in an enterprise push involving IBM software and Apple hardware. This exclusive partnership will see IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities arrive on Apple’s iOS devices. The deal covers more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions and will include native apps designed exclusively

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Google secures partner for glucose-tracking smart contact lens

Google’s been dabbling in wearable tech for the last couple of years, with the most public-facing examples of its progress being Google Glass and Android Wear. However, Google is also quietly pursuing some other, arguably more significant wearable technologies. Back in January, the company announced plans for a smart contact lens that would monitor a user’s glucose

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