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Samsung may be considered among the mobile industry’s elite, but its bread-and-butter expertise lies in the field of displays. Samsung’s television range is expansive, to say the least, and the Korean outfit has been integral in the pushing the technology further than ever before in recent years. Today, the company has introduced a new add-on for older smart TVs that, as well as pushing the Tizen OS, gives these slightly-aged panels a welcome hardware upgrade.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 is eagerly anticipated for a number of reasons, and while there’s a sense that the software giant has something to prove after Windows 8, the Office maker is going above and beyond the call of duty. Allied to the broad spectrum of features and products arriving this year from Microsoft, it has now been revealed that Windows 10’s emoji selection includes a middle finger, complete with a variety of skin tones that let you say “go away” in perhaps the simplest and most effective manner.

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It only took a couple of hours for delivery dates to begin pushing back on Apple Watch pre-order day, and while the company’s supply chain will eventually meet with demand, the time is certainly not now. Orders of the more sizable 42mm versions of the Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch are now being hit with estimated delivery dates of July, and given that we’ve only just ticked over for May, that’s quite a length of time to wait on arrival.

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You can now get free 1-week (7-day) trial of HBO NOW service on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV. More details on it can be found here.

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Developers of great iOS apps sometimes cut their prices in special promotions, but the iTunes Free App of the Week never disappoints in delivering top-notch content without the usual price tag. This week’s entry usually costs $1.99, but right now, is completely free of charge. Details, as well as that all-important download link, can be found after the break.

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One of the cooler features of Apple Watch is its heart-rate sensor, which is integral to the health and fitness-related attributes of the Cupertino company’s new wearable. Earlier this week, it emerged that arm tattoos were causing erratic / inaccurate readings, since the feature uses light reflected on the skin to generate its data, and Apple has since updated its support documents to confirm the issue.

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Watching a prized gadget like the Apple Watch being casually destroyed might cause palpitations for those of a nervous geeky disposition, but I do think there’s a natural human intrigue in destruction, which makes a video of the Apple Watch acquainting itself with liquid nitrogen a very appealing prospect. Add to that a side dish of hydrogen explosion, and you’ve surely got a feast of tech annihilation, right? Find out after the break.

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The talk of a larger, so-called ‘iPad Pro’ has remained incessant for a number of months now, and along with a fourth-gen Apple TV, is rumored to be arriving at some point this year. With a display size said to be larger than that of the new 12-inch MacBook Air, it would comfortably dwarf the 9.7-inch panel of the iPad Air 2, but while the rumor mill continues to churn out new information, there’s still very little by way of concrete evidence. A new video looks at two purported iPad Pro cases up against the iPad Air 2, offering a gauge on its size in comparison to the current flagship, and if you’ve been keeping an eye out for Apple’s more sizeable slate, you can catch the clip along with further details below.

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The Apple Store app for iOS has just been updated to include support for the Apple Watch. Reports had recently suggested that owners of the wearable would soon be able to check in on order statuses and other such niceties from the comfort of their wrists, and now, the update has hit the App Store. Full details below.

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The Web is awash with cool, automated tools, and Microsoft has added to the pool during its BUILD week by unleashing a site that detects your age from photos. Simple system involves you popping in a picture, letting the software giant’s algorithms quickly assess it, and generating a result, which offers a guess at age as well as the gender. It has thrown up some funny results already, and if you want to try it out for yourself, check the specifics after the fold.

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The Apple Watch is, for many, a wishlist item. Some are unable to afford a smartwatch costing several hundred dollars, while many countries don’t even have the thing available to order as yet, and even throughout the handful of launch nations, scores of consumers are still waiting for shipments to arrive in the post. Despite the current state of affairs, there has still been a steady stream of durability videos testing the resolve of the wrist computer, and while some have offered genuine value in gauging the ruggedness of the device, many others have been compiled just because. If you derive entertainment from witnessing the wanton destruction of highly sought-after gadgets, then the clip below should feed your appetite.

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The primary role of a protective smartphone case is to, well, protect a smartphone. But practicality is only part of the bargain nowadays as consumers seek style to boot, and as it transpires, a large portion of cases and covers look good but simply aren’t adequate for purpose. The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus shell we’re featuring today not only ticks the boxes for ruggedness, finesse and lack of bulk, but offers a fairly unique little quirk in that it is able to heal itself.

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