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Apple has broadened the horizons of its native mapping service by bringing animated 3D imaging to Maps. Beginning in London with landmarks like Big Ben and the London Eye, it adds a nice, real-time feel to browsing in three dimensions, and in due course, should reach other major cities and iconic structures across the world.

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The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, has approved a set of new rules on how Internet traffic is to be managed and regulated, after commissioners voted 3-2 in its favor. Many, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, have spoken of their delight at the ruling, with The Woz himself calling it a win for “the average Joe.”

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A short while ago, Apple confirmed the widely-suspected notion that it would soon be holding a special media event, having just sent out invitations for a gathering at the Yerba Buena on March 9th. Most of the time, these keynotes are beamed out to the masses, although occasionally, Apple does surprise us by not streaming live. In this instance, though, interested parties will be able to follow the thrills and spills of the ‘Spring forward’ event as it happens, with Apple having just confirmed that live streams will be available.

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It’s not uncommon for Google Play Store apps to go free for a limited time, but it is rare for nigh-on 150 apps drop their prices all in one fell swoop. Below, we have a list of 134 Android apps waiting to be downloaded, and if you like a bargain, this tidy collection saves you hundreds of dollars off the usual retail price.

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Apple has just sent out press invites for an event to be held on March 9th with the tagline “Spring forward.” It is being speculated that the event will focus on the Apple Watch, and hopefully we’ll get to know the pricing and other details.

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Locking a door with a simple Yale or Chubb is largely a thing of the past thanks to the many startups that have brought smart systems into play. Joining the party today is an intriguing product that takes your standard deadbolt lock and allows you to unlock using only your smartphone – iPhone and Android, both.

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Google first announced Android for Work at last year’s I/O developer gathering, and after a fair amount of delay, the search giant has now considered it ready for prime time. Catch the low-down after the jump.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will be announced by this time next week, and as ever, we have a pretty good idea as to its form factor. Now, we have a legit-looking leak of the device in all of its glory, and you can check it out after the break.

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Have you ever wanted your own personal assistant ready to respond to your every beckoned call? I’m not talking about Siri or Google Now, which will both tell you the football scores or what the weather’s going to be like next weekend; I mean a real assistant, more like a secretary – one that will fetch you a pizza or book you flights to suit your needs at the drop of a hat. A newly-introduced service has taken the idea of a butler / chauffeur / servant and rolled it into a magical new text-based system, and provided your request is on the right side of legal, any product or service is just a text away.

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During September’s unveiling, Apple revealed much about its upcoming smartwatch endeavor. As such, we know that owning an iPhone will be a prerequisite, that it will integrate with some of the company’s newer platforms like Apple Pay and HealthKit, and that there’ll be dozens of different configurations in total. What we have yet to hear are specifics on the device’s splash / waterproof abilities, but the company’s head honcho Tim Cook has shed some light on this matter during a recent trip to Germany.

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Apple Watch will, according to company CEO Tim Cook, begin shipping from April, and since we’re now closing in on that launch period, the guesswork has well and truly begun about what the device will offer, how many units it could shift, and generally, how consumers will take to the much-hyped wearable. No matter what the subject or rumor, there always, always seems to be one analyst whose calculations stick out like a sore thumb, and on the topic of the Apple Watch, an equities research expert has suggested that there’ll be 100,000 apps ready at launch.

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Yesterday, Apple unleashed iOS 8.3 beta 2 to developers, and with it, we got further insight into plans to expand the range of emoji. One thing that most software updates seek improve is speed and general performance on the older supported devices, which, in this case, would be the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5. With this in mind, tests have been carried out on both handsets pitting the new beta against the latest public release that is iOS 8.1.3 download, and it does seem like iOS 8.3 will offer a generous improvement, particularly to those rocking older Apple mobile devices.

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Pebble began as a Kickstarter project that exceeded all expectations, and even though many larger companies have brought forth their own smartwatch efforts, the company has doggedly stuck to its task and remained fairly relevant. Given its Kickstarter roots, it’s fitting that the latest model, which Pebble began counting down to a few days back, should also begin its life on the crowd-funding site, and with a bunch of new features including – finally – a color display, those interested can snap up the wearable early and in doing so, save money on the eventual retail price.

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It was way back with the iPhone 5 in 2012 that Apple introduced the smaller, reversible (although still proprietary) Lightning cable, which signaled the end of the 30-pin connector. Of course, many still did, and still do use devices rocking the old 30-pin socket, which is why Apple’s World Travel Adapter Kit has hitherto included a 30-pin cable. Recognizing that after two-and-a-half years, many folks are now running on Lightning, the pack has been relieved of the 30-pin cable, and notably, now arrives at a cheaper cost.

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Apple’s iPhone has been a continued success story, with sales improving as each new version arrives. One model that does stick out a little is the iPhone 5c, which was the company’s attempt at a more affordable handset, and although it has divided opinion, continues to retail alongside the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In the run-up to last September, it was reckoned that colorful, plastic-clad 5c would be scrapped, but having been thrown out for a second run, it may well be here to stay. One concept maker seems to agree, and as such, has come through with some impressive renders of what the next version – should it ever manifest itself – may look like.

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No matter how much our mobile devices improve in terms of display quality, point-and-shoot ability and processor speeds, one thing that always drags them down is battery life. It’s all well and good owning a smartphone that can deliver (and extract) a variety of information at light-speed, but when that juice runs out, it becomes a very expensive doorstop. We’ve already seen an interesting new portable battery charger that can be powered up in seconds using only lighter fluid, and now, another start-up is touting a new type of battery that takes less than one minute to reach full power.

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Apple has been busy today in releasing new software, and accompanying the second beta of iOS 8.3, the Cupertino based company has also rolled out another beta of OS X 10.10.3 for Mac. With the first iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 betas that arrived a couple of weeks back, we learned that the emoji system would be getting a revamp, and now, things are beginning to take shape. More details below.

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Apple has just released download links of iOS 8.3 beta 2 build exactly two weeks after releasing first beta of iOS 8.3. Details on what’s new, and how to get it is detailed below.

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TaiG iOS 8.2 jailbreak has been released for beta 1 and beta 2. Here’s a complete tutorial on how to jailbreak any iPhone or iPad on iOS 8.2.

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is almost here. Set to be announced at the confirmed Unpacked event in advance of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it’ll be quite a departure from its predecessors in terms of profile and form factor. As is often the case with Samsung, the promotion has begun way ahead of launch, and the latest sneak peek from the Korean company offers yet another look at the sleek outer shell that will envelop the device.

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