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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Opera Mini browser gets fine-tuned for speed and looks

The browser's update adds a refined menu, a private-browsing mode, and a scalable interface that allows for support on tablets and smartphones.

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Guitar Hero Is Back This Fall, And You'll Only Need Three Fingers

“This is stupid,” I try to tell myself. “Weren’t music games just a fad?” For one long minute, I struggle to hit a single note on my plastic axe, as game developers and PR people fire eye-daggers into the back of my head. But then, all of a sudden, it clicks. I’m strumming up a storm. I’m playing the new Guitar Hero—and it’s surprisingly awesome.


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How to Make Sure Your Torrent Client Isn't Secretly Mining Bitcoin

If you use uTorrent for your torrenting needs, there’s a good chance your client is also mining Bitcoin without you even realizing it, and gobbling up your computer’s processing power.


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Engadget giveaway: win a Jamstik and SOL Republic speaker courtesy of Zivix!

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NYC Resistor taught me how to cut things with a laser


I attended one of the most popular classes at NYC Resistor and now can cut and etch acrylic with a 60-watt laser.



Geek deals: Lenovo Z40 14-inch 1080p laptop for $549

Lenovo Z40

It’s easy to forget how much variety there is in the laptop market. We get sidetracked by the super-thin Ultrabooks and the massive desktop replacements, but there’s a fantastic middleground. Turns out, you […]



Most Apple Watch try-on appointments reportedly leading to watch sales

It appears that most customers who have made try-on appointments for the Apple Watch so far have ended up purchasing one.

While online pre-orders for the Apple Watch on Friday, April 10 were estimated to be somewhere in the neighborhood of one million watches, we now have a better idea of how try-on appointments might be working out. Analysts at Cowan & Co. are estimating that up to 90% of customers who had a try-on appointment for the Apple Watch at several Bay Area Apple Stores ended up buying them, according to Fortune:

We found several dozen salespeople per retail store who each had several dozen Apple Watch appointments during store hours. Based on our discussions, these showings are translating into Apple Watch pre-orders ~85-90% of the time.

Now, these numbers are only for stores in one city. However, it's unlikely that the Bay Area stores would be an extreme outlier, even if they saw a higher number of watch purchases than stores around the world. People making appointments to try on an Apple Watch are also more likely to want one already.

Pre-orders and try-on appointments for the Apple Watch are open now, with the devices beginning to ship to customers on April 24. However, many customers will be waiting into May or June to receive their watch.

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Source: Fortune

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Australians too trusting, fall for social media scams: Symantec

Symantec's latest internet security report showed that Australia ranked as the seventh most targeted country globally when it came to social media scams in 2014.

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Apple will reveal the future of iOS and OS X on June 8

Apple announced the dates for its 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference where it will reveal the future of iOS and OS X. It may also reveal a new Apple TV with third-party apps and other surprises.

The post Apple will reveal the future of iOS and OS X on June 8 appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Amazon and HarperCollins renew friendship with multi-year contract

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Apple bans selfie sticks from its developers conference

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Better Call Saul kills it in the ratings, becoming highest-rated cable show

Better Call Saul kills it in the ratings, becoming the number-one new cable TV show, according to live-plus-three ratings numbers, attracting an average of 5.9 million viewers across its first 10-episode season.

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What you need to know about vaping

Please don't pick up smoking because of this episode. I would feel guilty if this podcast inspired anyone to take up a hobby that may cause major health problems.

Vaping has become a niche of tech culture, to the point that I can't attend a press event without getting lost in a plume of root beer-flavored vapors. I don't particularly enjoy the stench, but I am curious to know how electronic cigarettes became so popular, so fast.

On this week's episode of What's Tech?, The Verge's Executive Editor and resident smoker Dieter Bohn explains vaping. Is it healthier than smoking? Can it be used to fight nicotine addictions? Is vaping a sport? We'll get to the heart of a potentially unhealthy habit.

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