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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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This online service transforms stainless steel Apple Watch into gold Apple Watch Edition. More details on the service can be found here.

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First ever Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 ‘Plus’ details have been leaked online. More details on the leak can be found here.

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One of the major implementations that Microsoft is making with Windows 10 is to further unify its rather fragmented platform. After Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, the software giant is touting a system that offers optimal, fully-fledged Windows experiences irrespective of the device being used. Underlining this, the company has just taken the wraps off Continuum for Phones, a Windows 10 for Phones feature that will allow smartphones to morph into desktop PCs when connected to larger displays.

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Microsoft has been very, very busy in its preparation for Windows 10. More than just a superficial update, the company is rebuilding a lot of its software components from the ground upwards, including its famed surfing client. Internet Explorer’s time passed many years ago, and over the past few months, we’ve seen tidbits of its successor, which was codenamed Project Spartan. Today, at the software maker’s BUILD dev gathering, Project Spartan has been officially named Microsoft Edge, and while you’re probably glad to see the back of IE, there are plenty of reasons to instead be more excited about what Spartan has to offer.

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Microsoft Visual Studio Code download for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux now available. Details on the new release and where to download it from can be found here.

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One of the many features to be appreciated of the Samsung Galaxy S6 – like most of the company’s top-end smartphones, to be fair – is the raw power under the hood. Unsurprisingly, Sammy has delivered an absolute beast of a handset once more in the S6, and allied to its 64-bit, octa-core Exynos processor, the flagship also throws in a substantial 3GB of RAM. But while these features all seem dandy when written down, Qualcomm’s overheating Snapdragon 810 has proved that weighty-sounding tech specs don’t always deliver the goods, and some users of the S6 have found it to be burning through more RAM during menial use than necessary.

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Here’s how to take a screenshot on Apple Watch and save it to your iPhone Camera Roll. More details and guide can be found here.

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With both Samsung and HTC having thrown their hats into the smartphone ring in recent months by pushing the Galaxy S6 and One M9 respectively, LG has just lit the blue touchpaper with the launch of the long-awaited G4. Predictably, it’s an absolute beast, and here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Korean outfit’s latest export.

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Here’s how to force quit or close an app on Apple Watch that is not responding. Complete steps and details can be found here.

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Apple Pay is gradually expanding its reach, and many of the big-name retailers are already on board. Best Buy is doing its bit to get with the times by adding in-app support for Apple’s new transaction scheme today, and per the words of Tim Cook, the electronics retail giant will begin accepting Apple Pay later on this year.

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The Apple Watch may have launched across several nations at the end of last week including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, but the company behind the much-hyped wearable does plan to extend its arm to other countries in the near future. We had heard that the secondary Apple Watch launch could take place on May 8th, but now, CEO Tim Cook has said that his company is aiming for a June roll-out.

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Apple TV has continually added content streams and services over the past year or so, as part of the company’s concerted effort to boost the profile and general value of its set-top. NBC Sports is the latest addition to the fold, and if you’re a big sports fan, you’ll be pleased to learn that live streaming of events is also included in the deal. Full details after the jump.

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Facebook’s Messenger app offers an impressive inventory of different tools and features, and, even compared with longer-serving rivals, caters to most users’ requirements with aplomb. However, one glaring shortcoming is that of video chat – specifically the lack thereof – and with millions of clips shared on the Menlo Park firm’s social network, it seems almost criminal that something so basic remains missing from Messenger. Still, an official announcement today has confirmed that video calling will soon be included among Messenger’s features, with iOS and Android users across 18 different nations benefiting initially.

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New iOS 8.4 beta 2 download for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch has been released by Apple. More details on the update can be found here.

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Despite countless reports and Apple having allowed interested parties to check the Apple Watch out firsthand, we knew that some hidden treasures would not be unveiled until after the launch. As well as the numerous stress tests that have begun popping up, we’ve also been treated to a few teardown demonstrations, which offer a close-up glimpse at the device’s innards, and while most of the internal components are arranged as would perhaps be expected, an interesting oxygen-measuring sensor has also reared its head.

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Apple has just rolled out a newly-designed 5W USB wall charger for customers in the United Kingdom that features folding pins, which is not only a space-saver when the plug isn’t in use, but also renders it less of a hazard. We first caught wind of the new UK charger earlier on in the month, and you’ll find details, including price and availability, right after the fold.

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It was inevitable that Apple would roll out a few new advertisements this week with its new smartwatch on the horizon, and to coincide with the Apple Watch’s launch across nine nations today, a total of three short ads have been released. Aside from each ending with the slogan: “The Watch is here,” they all attempt to show the various uses of the device that skeptics are labeling a fad, although unfortunately, anybody unsure as to why they’d need to buy an Apple Watch will probably be no better off after viewing the one-minute shorts.

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Apple Watch waterproof test is here. See how Apple’s latest wearable fares under a water splash, shower or the swimming pool. More details and video can be found here.

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The successful roll-out of the Apple Watch doesn’t simply rest on the devices shipping out to those who pre-ordered it back on April 10th – there are several components to this major new product hitting the ground running. The Apple Watch App Store, complete with a reported 3,000+ apps, has just been launched, and now, the Apple Watch User Guide has also been published online on the Cupertino’s very own website, while also being available to download from iBooks.

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