Apple is ‘not that interested’ in making a touchscreen Mac

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A number of people were hoping that Apple would unveil some sort of touchscreen Mac at last week's event, and those people were very disappointed. Well according to Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering, the company isn't likely to be releasing one anytime soon. Speaking to CNET, Federighi said: “We don’t think it’s…

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Panono’s 360º “throwable selfie camera” will be ready Spring 2015

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There has been a scramble for selfie-enabling products in recent months, but this is perhaps the coolest yet: a throwable camera which can take panoramic images in an amazing 108 megapixels. The grapefruit-sized Panono Camera raised a record-breaking $1.25m through a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, and works by having 36 camera modules embedded around it which simultaneously fire…

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Careless Whisper? Guardian raises major privacy concerns over ‘secret’ app

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Yesterday evening, The Guardian broke a big story: they claimed that the secret-sharing app Whisper has been storing users’ location data against their wishes. What’s more, they said, Whisper has been handing over info on what members of the armed services have been sharing to the US Department of Defense (DoD). So, of course, given…

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Researchers want us to stop giving away personal information online

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Researchers are studying why we willingly give away so much of our data online – and if there’s anything that would make us a little more cautious. Two academics from the University of Alabama, Dr Sandra Carpenter from the psychology department, and Dr Feng Zhu, an assistant professor of computer science, have been awarded $464,000…

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10 songs you never knew were cover versions

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With sampling, reinterpretation and collaboration all staples of contemporary popular music, it can be difficult to know exactly who has masterminded the song behind the performance. But many of the greatest songs ever were created by borrowing - after all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (supposedly). Here is a list of songs from the past…

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ASUS ZenFone 4

ASUS ZenFone 4 review – the littlest ZenFone has plenty to shout about

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With thanks to ASUS for the handset.  After reviewing the monolithic ZenFone 6 last week, its 4-inch little brother feels a lot like ‘honey, I shrunk the phone.’ It includes many of the same features as its stablemates, but at a miniature size and price. So what can ASUS offer for your £99? The handset 6/10…

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The Multi-Network Apple SIM is the biggest news Apple didn’t announce last night

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Last night Apple announced the iPad Mini 3 and the iPad Air 2, along with a bunch of information about updates to iOS 8. Despite making us listen to a lot of information we'd heard before Apple apparently forgot to announce one important tidbit of information: The Apple SIM, a SIM card built into the…

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Apple iPad Air 2: Everything you need to know about the thinner, 10 inch tablet

Becca Caddy Gadgets & Apps, Trending 1 Comment

This story is developing... We've been keeping our eyes glued to the latest livestream from Apple's highly-anticipated iPad event so you don't have to. The biggest announcement was the unveiling of the iPad Air 2, and we've summarised the top specs and features of Apple's latest tablet below. What do you think of it? Let us…

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Will Omate’s Lutetia be the ultimate wearable smartwatch for women?

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It's a discussion we've had time and time again here at shinyshiny HQ: Are the recent wearable releases REALLY designed with women in mind? The square faces, huge chunky straps and dull designs would suggest no. Well, meet the Lutetia. Designed by women and for women, this shiny gadget aims to be the ultimate smartwatch…

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Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P7 review: a great selfie phone – if you can keep hold of it

Holly Brockwell Gadgets & Apps, Phones 1 Comment

With thanks to Carphone Warehouse for the handset.  One of the higher-end offerings from the unpronounceable Huawei, the Ascend P7, is priced for the mid-range but taking aim at the flagships. With good looks, an unusually strong selfie camera and an excellent screen, it makes a good start. But as we soon found out, it's a slippery customer...…

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Google announces the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet

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They've been rumoured for a very long time, and despite us having to wait for a month after all the other big announcements Google has finally unveiled it's new Nexus models: The Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone, and the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet. The announcement also marked the official launch of Android 5.0 a.k.a Lollipop, which…

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