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Apple releases final iOS 8.2 download links for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If you’ve been following the coverage hitherto, you’ll already be aware of its features, the most notable being the support for the forthcoming Apple Watch, and below, we’ll cover the finer details as well as how and where you can get your hands on this latest piece of software.

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The Apple Watch is currently one of the most talked-about upcoming products in the mobile industry, and one of the factors that will play a key role in the device’s success is price. With costs starting from a few hundred bucks to well over $10,000 for the higher-end, Watch Edition versions, it’s not going to be cheap, and even after you consider the outlay for the device itself, Apple is charging a fair whack for the numerous different bands as well. As with everything from iPhone cases to dock connectors, though, there are plenty of third parties on standby ready to capitalize on Apple Watch’s launch, and one start-up is selling the idea of an adapter that allows you to use a traditional watchband with your gadget.

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The Philips Hue bulb system has long offered iPhone and iPad owners the ability to control lighting colors and effects from the comfort of their devices, and with Apple Watch set to hit the market in little over one month, the company has confirmed that users will be able to manage Hue directly from the wearable.

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iOS 8.1.3 / iOS 8.2 Pangu, TaiG and PP jailbreak exploits for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has been patched by Apple with the release of this new firmware today. More details can be found right here past the jump.

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Here’s the first hands-on video review of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge showing off the device’s features. More details and video can be found after the break.

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Prior to its announcement back in September of last year, the tech world was still aware of Apple’s efforts to introduce a wearable, and while Apple Watch is no longer a big secret, the company did well to keep most of the interesting stuff under wraps until announcement. Providing a wide range of functions, one of Apple Watch’s main assets is its ability to track fitness and health data, but preparing its concerted push towards the lucrative wellbeing has taken a lot of research in preparation for the mass market. Indeed, the secretive Apple Watch health lab has been integral to readying what will hopefully transpire as a refined fitness companion, and having remained an enigma for so long, we now get our first peek at what exactly goes on behind the closed doors.

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Launcher, a popular widget that offered users the ability to add a number of quick, convenient shortcuts, was hastily removed from the App Store as quickly as it arrived back in September. The reason behind its ousting was to do with Apple not liking the manner of Launcher’s functionality, with the Cupertino’s App Store moderation concluding that it wasn’t appropriate. However, it seems that Apple has now reversed this decision, and the much-celebrated Today widget app can be downloaded and used once again. More info, as well as the direct download link, can be seen below.

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Apple TV 4 features and release date time frame revealed in new report. Will come with Siri, dedicated App Store, A8 processor, and will be announced at WWDC 2015 in June. More details can be found after the break.

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You can now pre-order Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9 in the UK. More details can be found right here.

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Amazon’s Prime Now, which offers a one-hour delivery service in Manhattan, has just extended its reach to Baltimore and Miami in the United States, meaning consumers in those areas can receive certain ordered items within 60 minutes of checking out. It’s an ambitious project from the online retail giant that has, so far, seemingly worked well, and with Baltimore and Miami now covered, paying Prime subscribers will be able to take full advantage.

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Atari is a legendary brand in the world of gaming, responsible for a large number of classic titles spanning decades. Having already dabbled in the modern mobile industry by re-releasing much of its library for iOS and Android, the company has launched an intriguing new title that departs from its strict gaming heritage and encourages users to get active. Essentially, as you increase your fitness levels, you gain points which can then be used to unlock titles like Pong, Super Breakout, and Centipede, giving you a genuine reward that you can enjoy as you rest.

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Broadly speaking, the Cloud is still a work in progress, but Microsoft, like Google, Apple and a number of other key companies offering their cloud-based services, has been working hard to improve its OneDrive offering. Today signals a big step in the evolution of the software giant’s cloud efforts, with Xbox Music integration permitting users to store and playback a variety of different music formats on multiple devices free of charge.

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Microsoft Windows 10 desktop and phone hardware requirements have been revealed, along with update path necessary to get the OS. More details can be found right here.

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The App Store is packed to the gills with free apps, but most of the time, those that appear free are bundled with ads or in-app purchase structures that restrict the experience until money is handed over. When paid apps go free for a limited time, though, a freebie really does become a freebie, and if you happen to enjoy first-person shooters, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Modern Combat 5: Blackout has just shaken off its $4 price tag for the very first time. Check below for the direct download link!

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The native Camera app for iOS is bundled with a decent supply of features, but it’s still lacking in many key areas. Camera+, which has been around since the early days of the App Store, fills in many of the blanks, offering a more rounded experience with a number of additional options. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur photographer, then you should really have Camera+ in your repertoire, especially given the new features that have just been added to the iconic point-and-shoot app. More details on the changes, as well as the direct download link, can be seen below.

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Google Play is a content portal used by tens of millions on a daily basis, but while it’s packed to the gills with many great, and many not-so-great apps and games, it remains a work in progress. A common gripe, especially among concerned parents, is that there’s no strict age ratings system in place, and since regulations vary from country to country, the Play Store has been a bit of a free-for-all at times. Now, though, the Big G has introduced a new age-ratings system that adheres specifically to the country or location that an account is based in, and the company has also revealed that its app moderation / approval process now includes human beings.

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Google’s Android Wear has been designed in a way that suits the search giant, and as such, products like Apple’s iPhone are not officially supported. This will probably change at some point in the future as the watch-tailored version of Google’s platform matures, but for the time being, any integration between iOS and Android Wear takes quite a bit of effort and, usually, a jailbreak. One developer has managed to get Android Wear answering iPhone calls without the intervention of a jailbreak, though, and with a demonstration video also supplied as proof, we get, perhaps, a preview of how Android Wear and the iPhone may eventually interact.

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It has long been rumored that Facebook would add a payments system permitting those on its network to transfer money between one another, and today, said feature has been announced. Although not ready to roll out just yet, users of Facebook’s Messenger app will soon be able to send money to other users, and notably, it’s completely free of charge.

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Even before now, Windows 10 was shaping up as one heck of an improvement over Windows 8, which has divided opinion at every opportunity since first arriving in 2012. Today, however, the software giant has taken the wraps off one of its most exciting features yet in the form of Windows Hello, a biometric authentication system that will permit a user to sign in securely by facial recognition and fingerprint sensing.

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Here are renders of what a rose gold Apple iPhone 6s model would look like compared to Apple Watch Edition. More details and images can be found here.

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