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It’s now legal to rip CDs and DVDs for personal use

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Oct 2014

It’s now legal to rip CDs and DVDs for personal use

Look at all these legal things you can now do Like all good law-abiding citizens, you’ve no doubt been keeping those Limp Bizkit CDs on the shelf until the UK made it legal for you to copy them. Well the great news is that, starting today, you can. It’s now legal to copy CDs, DVDs and ebooks for your own personal use. Creating a backup...

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Microsoft bypasses ‘Windows 9’ to unveil latest operating system. Hands on: Windows 10 review: Microsoft tries to strike a balance for every kind of user

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Oct 2014

Microsoft bypasses ‘Windows 9’ to unveil latest operating system. Hands on: Windows 10 review: Microsoft tries to strike a balance for every kind of user

Our early verdict “Practical productivity improvements designed to win over the desktop and mouse users make the Windows 10 technical preview useful but not exciting.” For Snapping and virtual desktops gives options for arranging windows Command prompt gets familiar keyboard shortcuts Charms bar evolves to fit the desktop Against Nothing new for touch fans Resizing options for the Start menu can be confusing Yes, the...

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Fire Phone: is Amazon’s foray into the smartphone space a success?

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Sep 2014

Fire Phone: is Amazon’s foray into the smartphone space a success?

Verdict “The Fire Phone is a shopping tool for Amazon with some phone features baked in” For Easy Amazon shopping Decent battery life 24/7 live tech support Against Unintuitive UI 720p display Expensive Jumping into a highly competitive space, like the smartphone market, is risky. But if there’s a company out there that could do it with a chance of success, it’s Amazon. Its new...

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The VR race: who’s closest to making VR a reality?

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Sep 2014

The VR race: who’s closest to making VR a reality?

Analysis Virtual reality competes for our attention When it comes to emerging technologies, numerous tech companies appear to be eyeing virtual reality as a veritable New World ripe for plunder. The technology itself, of course, has existed for decades in one form or another; however, it’s only been able to offer little more than novel functionality for consumer-facing markets. But VR technology has evolved dramatically...

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OnePlus wants to start selling the One like a normal company

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Aug 2014

OnePlus wants to start selling the One like a normal company

The OnePlus One really rocks The OnePlus One is one of the coolest new phones on the market, perhaps partially because you need an invitation just to buy one. But OnePlus will prove that exclusivity isn’t the One’s only appeal when it starts selling the phone normally this fall. The company said during a Reddit ask-me-anything Q&A session that it hopes to open the phone...

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Samsung Gear S becomes a proper running watch with Nike+ tie-in

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Aug 2014

Samsung Gear S becomes a proper running watch with Nike+ tie-in

This picture was definitely NOT made in Photoshop Two giant brands collide Samsung and Nike have announced a tie in that will see the newly-announced Gear S imbued with the same powers offered only to dedicated running watches. The new smartwatch from Samsung, which has a larger 2-inch curved screen than its predecessors, is able to offer full integration with the Nike+ app thanks to...

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Hands on: Sharp Aquos Crystal review. A sophisticated budget smartphone – from a distance

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Aug 2014

Hands on: Sharp Aquos Crystal review. A sophisticated budget smartphone – from a distance

Our early verdict “Sharp’s first smartphone for the US looks like a fresh new flagship, but its budget leanings come through on first touch.” For Futuristic look Nearly bezel-free display Good price Against Weird front lens placing Plastic screen Feels hollow Little storage At first glance, Sharp has made, well, a sharp smartphone for its first entry into the US market. The Aquos Crystal, borrowing...

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Could Windows 9 launch Microsoft back into business? Windows ‘Threshold’ (Windows 9?) preview could go live in September

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Aug 2014

Could Windows 9 launch Microsoft back into business? Windows ‘Threshold’ (Windows 9?) preview could go live in September

Windows could definitely use an overhaul The next major update to Windows, currently being called Windows Threshold, could arrive in preview form as soon as late September. That’s according to ZDNet, whose unnamed sources said a Windows Threshold “technology preview” will go live in early October at the latest. “Threshold” is thought to be the code name for Windows 9, though Microsoft has yet to...

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Sony reveals PlayStation TV launch dates in UK and US

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Aug 2014

Sony reveals PlayStation TV launch dates in UK and US

Sony has revealed autumn launch dates for its PlayStation TV in the US, UK, and Europe. Available in Japan since last year, the micro-console is the firm’s efforts to take on other streaming television consoles like AppleTV and Roku. Unlike those, Sony’s offering will allow gamers access to PlayStation games. Sony said consoles will go on sale in the US on 14 October and in...

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Nvidia cooked up its own AR headset – should Google Glass be worried?

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Aug 2014

Nvidia cooked up its own AR headset – should Google Glass be worried?

Glassholes could soon be a thing of the past Take that, Glassholes! (credit: SlashGear) Google may have gotten there first, but Nvidia could wind up having the last laugh when it comes to improving head-mounted displays thanks new technology that takes the bulkiness out of eyeglass wearables. Nvidia and researchers from the University of North Carolina have teamed up to build Pinlight Displays, a more...

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