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OPPO-rtunistic: China smartphone heavyweight set for Australian launch

Xiaomi may have been crowned the number one smartphone vendor in China, but it is Oppo who will sell its smartphones to the western world first with an Australian launch scheduled within the fortnight.

INTERNET

Comcast hopes Wi-Fi streaming will win over college students

As college classes resume at the start of another school year, Comcast hopes to teach some students a lesson of its own--having access to cable TV is a hard habit to break. In a move designed to build loyalty among people in their late teens and early 20s, Comcast is launching Xfinity On Campus. The IP-delivered service lets college students living on campus watch live and on-demand TV on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Latest Google Glass update makes contacts easier to deal with

With the new Glass OS version, users will be able to scroll through their full address books and add favorites more easily.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Microsoft encourages third-party Windows Phones with more flexible policies

As part of the push toward hardware flexibility that Microsoft announced in February, seventeen third-party Windows Phones are now either in production or will be announced shortly, a senior Microsoft executive said late Wednesday.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Siri for Mac release date & rumours: Apple could bring Siri to Mac with OS X Yosemite

When is Siri coming to the Mac? Rumour has it you could be speaking to your computer soon. Here's the latest Siri for Mac speculation.

SOFTWARE

Opera signs deal to become default browser on Microsoft's Nokia feature phones

The Opera browser signs an important deal to power the aging Asha phones that Microsoft inherited in its Nokia deal.

TELECOMMUNICATION | CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

EE gives customers 4G in 14 more countries, but it comes at a price

EE has announced that its customers can now get 4G speeds in 14 more countries, bringing the total number of global destinations to 16

INTERNET | SOFTWARE

New browser extension warns you when articles are paid for by advertisers

Native advertising and sponsored content is a big trend at news sites these days

SOFTWARE

Windows 9 inbound: Microsoft to unveil Windows 'Threshold' in September, reports say

Our first glimpse of Windows 9 may be right around the corner, as the new rapid-fire Microsoft scrambles to put the stigma of Windows 8's disastrous launch in the rear view mirror.

INTERNET

SoundCloud rolls out ads, will let you pay to remove them

After seven years as an ad-free service, SoundCloud will start using advertisements to help pay the bills--both for itself and for content creators.

Expert Opinion

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Don't worry, be snappy: Stop complaining about your digital camera

When one has done something long enough (and, for the sake of this particular argument, let's say living can be reasonably counted among them) there's a tendency to take the long view--we have some notion of where we've been as well as how things are now. Recent complaints about the state of Apple and photography have compelled me to take a journey down the historical highway in the hope of gaining some perspective on just where we stand in regard to taking and making images with our cameras.

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Why you should care about CloudKit

If you've lived through the last couple iterations of OS X and iOS, you've probably had the opportunity to develop a special love/hate relationship with iCloud. Apple's cloud service suite is made up of many different parts and systems, and while it's great when it works, it also has a history of being prone to hard-to-diagnose outages and, for developers, obscure error messages.

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With Yosemite public beta, Apple's more open than ever

Just a few years after a big leadership transition, Apple announced not only a brand new operating system but said they would be offering a public beta to interested customers. Sound familiar? The year was 2000 and the OS in question was the very first version of OS X. Now, 14 years later, Apple's once again inviting users to come and check out the Mac's latest and greatest operating system before its impending release.

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Apple's HomeKit hub may already be in your house

At Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced--among a great many other things--HomeKit, a suite of tools for controlling such devices in your home as thermostats, furnaces and air conditioners, smart appliances, lights, cameras, garage-door openers, and security systems. Apple will provide a platform that these devices will be asked to conform to. Do so, and you can control them all from your iOS device.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Wasteland 2 preview: When deeply branching gameplay meets pistol-packing post-apocalyptic priests

After a successful Kickstarter run, Wasteland 2 is almost ready for release

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Network Radar: Mac app checks your network health

Apple's own Network Utility is pretty handy for basic network troubleshooting, but if you need to go above and beyond what it offers, Daniel Diener's $20 Network Radar (Mac App Store link) is a powerful step up.

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Asana: a full-featured task manager for iOS devices

The new mobile app for Asana's popular task management service lets iPhone and iPad users run their collaborative undertakings on the go.

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MacBook Pro (Mid 2014): Minor update offers slightly better CPU performance

Last week, Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, and while the new models are identical on the outside to their 13- and 15-inch predecessors, released late last year, the "Mid 2014" models feature processors that are just a little bit faster. As modest as these internal improvements are, they do provide more performance bang for the buck.

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Contexts: Make your OS X windows more manageable

Contexts 1.4 supplements--and can even replace--OS X's window management tools, and it does so in a way that is legitimately useful, especially if you rely on keyboard shortcuts to navigate your Mac.

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Keep it Reel: Record, mix, and release a professional recording on your iPad

The iPad has become an incredible tool for musicians who wish to quickly and confidently record and produce live music on their tablet. Recently, I had the opportunity to produce and record a session for Ella Joy Meir, using just my iPad, software, and recording accessories. Last week, I covered when you might want to use an iPad and what you need to get started; now, let's talk about the actual recording and post-production process.