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A new leak has all but confirmed camera specs of the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus which are scheduled for unveiling at Apple’s September 9th event in San Francisco.

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Coin, the electronic card that aimed at solving all your credit/debit/loyalty card woes, has just received a major hardware update in the form of the second generation of the product, aptly named Coin 2.0. Among a variety of enhancements, Coin 2.0 adds support for NFC-based payments, making it all that better for daily use.

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When Apple introduced Siri for iOS, it started a new trend that was previously shared by individual apps, but nothing system-wide. Google answered soon with Google Now, and while it didn’t have Siri’s finesse, it still did the job. For quite a while, it was between these two that the battle raged on, until Microsoft entered the foray with Cortana – a virtual assistant that in some ways was arguably better than both Siri and Google Now. After first launching on Windows Phone and then later on Windows 10, Microsoft committed to bring Cortana to iOS and Android, and back in July, a leaked APK became available that gave users hope. Today, however, Microsoft has released an official beta version of Cortana for Android, and it’s available for you to download and test away right now.

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According to a rumor, Apple plans to add new capabilities to Apple Watch through “smart bands”, which will be able to add new sensors to your Apple Watch, including those for blood oxygen, respiratory rate, blood pressure and body temperature.

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When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were launched last year, soon after their public availability both devices became targets of a widespread scandal dubbed “Bendgate”, especially the larger of the two, the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus was found to be susceptible to getting bent under pressure, in some cases even when under as little as normal use pressure.

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Routers are among the oldest bits of technology out there right now, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be improved. At least that’s what Google seems to think, as the Mountain View-based company today unveiled the OnHub – Google’s new wireless router that promises to effectively and efficiently solve all your wireless connectivity woes. Interested? Read on.

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For the last couple of years, any and all iPhone launches have been marked with a myriad of leaks, most of which turn out to be true, thanks to the Cupertino company’s super leaky supply chain. Back in March, it was rumored that Apple would go for a System-in-Package (SiP) architecture for the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, similar to what it did for the Apple Watch. Now, a new leak of (allegedly) schematics has surfaced for the iPhone 6s which proves that the Cupertino-based company has opted for SiP in favor of the traditional Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

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It feels like Samsung has been launching new phones left right and center, and today they’ve announced a new one. The freshly-unveiled G9198 is aimed at the Chinese market and is unlike most Android phone out there, because Sammy’s gone old-school, again. Yes, the G9198 is a clamshell flip phone with dual screens and an actual, physical T9 keypad. Details to follow.

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OS X Yosemite is close to the end of its active life, and soon to be replaced by the next iteration in OS X, the El Capitan. At a time like this, it’s rather strange to see another update rolling out for Yosemite, but that’s exactly what Apple did today. The Cupertino-based company quietly released Yosemite 10.10.5, which is more of an under-the-hood update that includes a number of bug fixes, most importantly for the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE vulnerability.

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Lenovo has gained a lot of fame recently for making quality laptops, among other things. However, a recently-uncovered “feature” in its laptops, allows Lenovo to install their own software on the laptops – without the user’s permission and/or knowledge – even if a clean install has been performed using a Windows DVD or flash disk.

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Microsoft has just released second major update for Windows 10 KB3081436. Here’s how to download it right now on your Windows 10 powered computer.

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Here’s how you can change login screen background image of Windows 10 on your PC the easy way using this one-click utility named Windows 10 Login Background Changer.

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Want Media Center alternative on Windows 10? Microsoft has just released Windows DVD Player app for download. Here’s how to get it on your PC.

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Microsoft has released Office Mobile apps – Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote – to download for Windows 10 running on tablets and small screen PCs. Here’s how to download them!

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Apple is all about marketing its products well, and it usually does a good job at that. In line with the tradition, the Cupertino company today has released not one, not two, but four new ads for the Apple Watch through its YouTube channel that showcase the wearable being used in a number of situations, including traveling, working out, interacting with family etc. Before we go into the detail of these ads, allow me to say that for a company that usually makes pretty good ads, Apple has left me disappointed with these.

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These days, it seems it has become sort of a trend in the tech world for companies that don’t usually make smartphones to jump onto the bandwagon, with Kodak being a prime example here. This is further made easy thanks to the open-source nature of Android. Not wanting to stay behind, Marshall – the company that made a name for itself in the world of guitar amps – has announced its own Android smartphone. What’s unique about this device is the fact that it’s aimed directly at audiophiles, with music-focused features that will put to shame even the top of the line flagships of today (but only in the music department, of course).

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Android is a pretty great platform, but it isn’t truly built for everyday desktop computing, or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. However, it is a platform with massive customization potential, and that’s the idea behind Jide Tech’s new device, dubbed the “first true Android PC.”

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With iOS 8, Apple, for the first time, allowed third-party keyboards on its platform that worked system-wide, not just within specific apps. In the new days of this freedom, we saw almost all major players from the Android ecosystem pop up on the iTunes App Store as well, and then (naturally) the trend dwindled down. Today, however, we see somewhat of a revival, with Disney releasing its ‘Disney Gif’ custom keyboard for iPhone and iPad, which allows sharing of Disney and Pixar themed GIFs directly from the keyboard into the app of your choice.

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Apple took on the big names in the music streaming space when it announced Apple Music at WWDC this year. However, that doesn’t mean that Appleā€™s competitors in this space will just sit and not do anything. Today, the Mountain View company announced its free music streaming tier to the already-rich Google Play Music, which will basically serve as a curated, ad-supported radio station selection for non-subscribers (read: free users) of the search giant’s music offering. The new free tier of Google Play Music is all set to take on Apple’s iTunes Radio service, and the upcoming Beats 1 radio station, which is going to be a part of Apple Music.

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If you’re looking for a great Father’s Day 2015 deal for your tech-savvy dad, look no further, because Verizon is offering $200 off on the iPhone 6.

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