If you’re a fan of football – sorry, can’t call it soccer! – then you’ll no doubt already have your favorite seat placed nicely in the middle of the room, pointed squarely at the TV. There are plenty of games to keep up with over the next four weeks, and if you live in the right country, it’s all going to be on TV. If like some of us here, you need a handy way of keeping abreast of what games are on and when, then you’re going to want to pay attention.

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The world of wearables is currently amid something of a boom. Google is hard at work with Project Glass, and the search giant is also in the process of developing Android Wear, opening the door for a number of vendors looking to get into the smartwatch game. But while many companies seem to be following the crowd with head-mounted face computers and watches that do more than tell the time, Japanese mobile carrier Docomo has thrown together an interesting wearable SIM concept.

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WWDC 2014 is all ready to accelerate into first gear today, and if you’re reading this then the chances are that you have a fervent interest in what Tim Cook and his executive team are planning to announce. The annual developer meet-up, affectionately known as WWDC, is Apple’s unique way of showcasing its new technologies and products to developers and journalists, while also giving developers an opportunity to offer hands-on labs and valuable feedback sessions. It’s also a great insight into how Apple sees its own roadmap for the year ahead, so here are the details of how, where and when you can follow along at home.

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Apple finally put the rubber stamp on its deal to acquire Beats Electronics, and immediately, Apple made some adjustments to the Beats Music streaming service app on iOS. The app is, incidentally, also available to those on Android and Windows Phone, although at this moment in time, limited to those within the confines of the United States.

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Apple officially just acquired Beats Electronics for the tidy sum of $3 billion, and although the iPod maker’s CEO had a few thoughts to add in the official press statement, a subsequent interview has shed even more light on just why Apple put down such a sizeable wad of cash to purchase the iconic audio brand.

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Earlier on in the month, it came to light that Apple had struck a deal with Beats Electronics to purchase the audio-focused company, in a union that would serve as the Cupertino’s costliest acquisition by some margin. Now, Apple has issued a press release offering official confirmation on the takeover, worth a cool $3 billion.

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One of the ways we measure how far we’ve come technologically seems to be how closely our lives resemble that of Star Trek. Be it smartphones, tablets or Bluetooth earpieces, plenty of the things we take for granted today were once just the thing of science fiction in a TV show or movie. That fact that within a short period of time these things have gone from barely imaginable to being on sale in your local store just goes to show how far we’ve come.

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The hacking community has certainly been on its game of late, and following on from the news that eBay had been hit by a breach that prompted users of the auction site to change their passwords en masse, it now appears that music streaming service Spotify has also been hit. Unlike the eBay fiasco, it would seem that the Spotify incident is small-scale and only affects those on Android, but nonetheless, the fiasco has been noted, acknowledged, and a remedial update is apparently en route to the Google Play Store.

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The battle against malware is ongoing and fought across a variety of platforms, and given how Facebook can be found on just about any digital device with a display and an Internet connection, it’s no surprise that the world’s foremost social network invests much time, hours and money into combating the numerous evils of the Web. In an effort to lessen the likelihood of its users being scammed or otherwise falling foul to malicious intrusion, Facebook has added a new pop-up notification that will show up on a user’s computer in the event that malware is detected.

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Internet auction site eBay has left users of its services, including PayPal, with reason to be concerned after posting a message up on the community page urging users to change their passwords. Since the original message popped up a short while ago, the company has stepped out and clarified the situation, noting that a hacker may have “compromised a database containing encrypted passwords,” although was also keen to stipulate that only “non-financial data” had been affected.

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The Rubik’s cube is well-known as being a very tricky puzzle, and before the Digital Age brought us Flappy Bird et al, many would kill some time trying to match up all of the colors on each face of the legendary puzzle. Now, to commemorate the Rubik’s Cube’s 40th birthday, you can try your hand at this classic challenge from right within your browser thanks to Google Doodle.

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Facebook may be the world’s largest social network, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been plagued with issues and privacy concerns. Rarely an year passes by and the company faces intense questioning over the security of its users’ data as well as scrutiny surrounding a number of feature additions. After a period of calm, that scrutiny looks set to re-emerge when Facebook took the decision to add an “Ask” button onto profiles, allowing us all to query the different aspects of people we’re connected with, including their relationship.

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg isn’t one to take no for an answer, so when his company’s attempts to buy messaging service Snapchat fell on deaf ears last year along with the failure of the Poke app, it was never going to be the end of the story. Now it’s being reported that with Snapchat going from strength to strength without Facebook’s involvement, the social network is hard at work bringing its own video and instant messaging app to the masses.

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A new malicious email claiming to be from official Facebook sources is reportedly hitting inboxes around the world. If you’ve woken up this morning and found an email from Facebook waiting in your inbox then it could be extremely prudent to approach it with a lot of caution and hesitation. This latest attempt to claim username and password details from unwitting victims is yet another example of the lengths that some individuals will go to in order to get their hands on authentication data for varying account types.

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Google’s Gmail has, in its decade-long tenure, established itself as one of, if not the foremost service for managing virtual mail. The Gmail team has worked to ensure that users have a robust and secure platform from which to keep track of the continual cycle of digital correspondence, and according to some newly-leaked info, the Web app is set for a significant overhaul that will incorporate a totally new design. Screenshots, as well as further details, can be seen below.

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If you haven’t watched Breaking Bad, you’ve at least heard about it, and with the series now having drawn its conclusion, avid fans of the show have been left to find some other method of consuming their time. When a show is as captivating as Breaking Bad, though, viewers often go back and revisit the entire series from start to finish, provided enough time has passed since the last watch. But thanks to Netflix’s promise that Breaking Bad will be available in 4K ultra HD from next month, fans have a pretty good excuse to relive the epic all over again.

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Many folks, ranging from behavioral specialists and psychiatrists to ordinary people, believe that tech is turning us into a generation of vain, self-obsessed, insecure, socially-awkward droids, and in a year that will see technology become further ingrained into our lives thanks to wearables like the Moto 360 and Google Glass, one videographer has put together a poetic clip that discusses some of the traditional, valuable events that we miss out on while being consumed by technology.

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By its very nature, Facebook has to be more vigilant than most when it comes to preserving user privacy and security. With well over one billion active users per month, we’re talking about vast swathes of personal information, and to help users enjoy apps and services without having to submit large amounts of private info, the social network has just announced Anonymous Login.

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The legalities of the service may have been, shall we say, ambiguous, but Popcorn Time, the popular free movie downloading site, is back with a bang. With its original creators seemingly scared off by the threat of the copyright hammer, its source code was picked up last month and work has been progressing ever since. Now, an Android version of Popcorn Time is almost ready for general release, as confirmed by one of the developers behind the rebirth.

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If you’re a frequenter of The Twitters, then you’ll almost certainly have encountered the new, revamped Twitter profile page. Some like it, some don’t, and if you’re subbed to the opinion of the former, then below, we’ll show you how you can switch to the new profile right now!

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