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Microsoft exec shoots down rumours of an Xbox One Mini

Microsoft's head of Xbox has said that rumours of an upcoming "Xbox One Mini" console are simply "not real," shooting down theories that have been circulating online in recent weeks.

Apple confirms September 9 iPhone event in San Francisco

Apple confirmed yesterday that it will be hosting a press event in San Francisco on September 9. Although it doesn't state the obvious, the company will be unveiling the iPhone 6S, new iPads and updated software releases for iOS, Mac OS X and WatchOS.

Facebook announces 'M' — a human-powered virtual assistant

Facebook has announced its own virtual assistant to rival Siri, Cortana and Google Now. 'M' will live inside Messenger and is supervised and enhanced by real people, giving it a unique advantage over its all-digital competitors.

Google launches YouTube Gaming to compete against Twitch

Google has launched its new version of YouTube dedicated to gamers. The website and app will make it easy for players to watch and broadcast the games they love most, throwing YouTube into direct competition with the Twitch streaming service.

The Nokia 222 is a $37 feature phone with a month-long battery

Following on from the success of the ultra-cheap Nokia 105, Microsoft today announced a new feature phone with a similarly long-lasting battery life. The $37 Nokia 222 goes for 29 days on a charge and features Internet access, a camera and an MP3 player.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition boasts 256GB of storage

Asus has launched a new version of its ZenFone 2 Android smartphone. The star feature is a gigantic 256GB of storage - more than many modern laptops have - which makes every other phone on the market pale in comparison.

Google could launch Android Pay this Wednesday

Google seems to be preparing its new Android Pay service for launch on Wednesday. It will allow owners of compatible Android phones to make payments for things in shops with just a simple tap of their device in a very similar model to that of Apple Pay.

Lumia, Surface, Xbox, Band: Microsoft to launch all in October?

Reports have indicated that Microsoft may have cancelled its rumoured Windows 10 Mobile Lumia unveiling next month in favour of a large-scale October event set to include the Surface Pro 4, flagship Lumias, a smaller Xbox and the Microsoft Band 2.

Petition calls on Samsung to launch its Galaxy Note 5 in Europe

Samsung raised eyebrows with the unveiling of its Galaxy Note 5 phablet yesterday when it announced that the phone will not be sold in Europe. Now a disgruntled group of users, headed by a noted retailer, have started a petition to urge it to reconsider.

Samsung reveals its Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ phablet flagships

Samsung has launched its two new premium-tier phablet-sized Android smartphones at its Unpacked event in New York. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is joining an updated, glass-backed stylus-touting Note 5 — but the latter device won't be coming to Europe.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ to have a physical keyboard accessory

Samsung will be offering a physical keyboard accessory for its upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphone, according to a recent leak online. An image of the device shows that the keyboard clips to the bottom of the display, replacing the touchscreen one.

OnePlus sells 30,000 smartphones in just 64 seconds

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has announced that it burnt through all of its available stock for its new flagship handset, the OnePlus Two, after just 64 seconds of the phone going on sale in its home country. It packs $600 features into a $329 device.

Apple is preparing its all-new Apple TV for launch next month

It is looking increasingly likely that Apple will unveil a redesigned Apple TV media streaming device next month. It will be receiving a substantial overhaul for the first time since 2012, introducing new features and controls.

Windows 10 launch mired by annoying bugs for many

Microsoft's worldwide rollout of Windows 10 is now well under way but it hasn't gone through without its fair share of issues. Users have been reporting a wide range of early bugs including install failures, broken Start menus and crashing, unstable apps.

Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's where to start

Today, Microsoft has officially launched its new operating system, Windows 10. Computers worldwide will be downloading it now so here's a look at some of Windows 10's fundamental new features so you can hit the ground running once you've upgraded.

The '2016 flagship killer' smartphone is here: The OnePlus 2

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has finally revealed the full details of its second device, the OnePlus 2. Billed as the "2016 flagship killer", the phone starts at $329 but still features true flagship hardware, making it a handset worth considering.

Reports: iPad Mini 4 to be a 'shrunken Air 2', just 6.1mm thick

A report has claimed that Apple's iPad Mini 4 will be a substantial upgrade over the Mini 3 and will be based around the Air 2. It also reveals that Apple could be working on three different iPad lines this year across the Mini, Air and upcoming Pro.

Intel's new processors offer 20% more power, 30% more battery

Next month, Intel will be unveiling a new range of processors for desktops and mobile devices. A leak has revealed we can expect 10-20 percent improvements in performance while saving 30 percent battery, creating an all-new generation of powerful devices.

New Windows 10 phones to have Surface Pen stylus, facial login

The full specifications for Microsoft's upcoming flagship Windows 10 Mobile devices, the "Cityman" and "Talkman" Lumia handsets, have leaked online. They reveal a very competitive offering including facial recognition and the inclusion of a Surface Pen.

Nokia may announce wearables and a VR headset on July 28

Rumours are circulating online that Nokia could be gearing up to enter some product categories it has never dealt with before in just a few days' time. Some think a smartwatch and virtual reality headset may be revealed at a July 28 press event.

Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS

Baikonur - Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station under six hours after they launched, NASA television showed.

Soyuz rocket with three astronauts launches towards ISS after delay

Baikonur - Three astronauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft successfully launched towards the International Space Station on Thursday after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure.

Samung's Galaxy Tab S2 is thinner than the iPad Air 2

Samsung has officially unveiled its all-new tablet designed to take on the iPad, the Galaxy Tab S2. It features an octa-core processor and is thinner than the iPad Air 2. It will come in 9.7-inch or 8.0-inch versions, sizes similar to the iPad.

Report: U.S. smartphone market may have hit saturation point

A report has found that the U.S, public seems to be getting bored of new smartphone launches, leading to a dramatic shrinking of the market in the past quarter. The situation was worsened by poor sales of Samsung's newest devices.

Angry Birds 2 flocking to app stores later this month

Finnish game developer Rovio has announced it will be releasing a proper sequel to its hit "Angry Birds" title later this month. Details on the new game are currently scarce but fans are told that they will be able to play from July 30.

Report: Apple wants to launch a TV streaming service this fall

A new report has claimed Apple may be intending to follow up on Apple Music with a new TV streaming service that could be ready to launch as early as this fall. The company is currently negotiating with cable networks and affiliate feeds in the U.S.

Apple may be planning refreshed iPods for this Tuesday

Apple may be gearing up to refresh its ageing iPod line-up early next week. The Shuffle, Nano and Touch are all set for an update and re-release in new colours with the Touch getting improved hardware and support for the Apple Music streaming service.

Anybody can now download and run iOS 9 on their iPhone

For the first time ever, Apple has opened up to the idea of members of the public being able to try out pre-release versions of its software. From today, anybody is able to download and install iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan on their iPad, iPhone or Mac.

Google Chrome has now been downloaded 1 billion times on Android

The Google Chrome web browser has now been downloaded over 1 billion times onto Android phones and tablets, a significant milestone for an app that is only available on relatively new devices and launched just three years ago.

BlackBerry's eye-catching first Android phone revealed in photo

The first clear image of BlackBerry's upcoming Android smartphone has appeared online. It shows a stylish, sleek handset with a slider display that curves round to the edges in the same manner as Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge. It appears to run stock Android.
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At the Four Seasons Toronto opening event  founder/chairman of Four Seasons Isadore Sharp talks to t...
At the Four Seasons Toronto opening event, founder/chairman of Four Seasons Isadore Sharp talks to the audience
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The ribbon has been cut at Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville
The ribbon has been cut at Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville
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Four Seasons Regional Vice President and GM Dimitrios Zarikos (left) celebrates the opening of the n...
Four Seasons Regional Vice President and GM Dimitrios Zarikos (left) celebrates the opening of the new Toronto hotel with Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp
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Global TV's Sean O'Shea was one of many reporters on the scene for the launch of Four Seasons Toronto. Beside him is Halla Rafati, PR director Four Seasons Toronto
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CAPE CANAVERAL  Fla. -- The American flag sways in the breeze as space shuttle Endeavour launches on...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The American flag sways in the breeze as space shuttle Endeavour launches on the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station. The shuttle and its six-member crew lifted off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on time at 8:56 a.m. EDT on May 16.
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Regional Vice President and Four Seasons Toronto GM  Dimitrios Zarikos  takes the stage at the openi...
Regional Vice President and Four Seasons Toronto GM, Dimitrios Zarikos, takes the stage at the opening of the new hotel
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People queued and slept on the streets for hours in NYC waiting for the launch of the new iPhone 5S.
People queued and slept on the streets for hours in NYC waiting for the launch of the new iPhone 5S.
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The Toronto Urban Film Festival launched this morning at Dundas Subway Station. TTC Chair Karen Stin...
The Toronto Urban Film Festival launched this morning at Dundas Subway Station. TTC Chair Karen Stintz
Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp (in hat) stands beside GM of Four Seasons Toronto Dimitrios Zarik...
Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp (in hat) stands beside GM of Four Seasons Toronto Dimitrios Zarikos (right) and other staffers
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Chef Concierge Liloo Alim of new Four Seasons Toronto
Chef Concierge Liloo Alim of new Four Seasons Toronto
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The new Four Seasons Toronto
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Greg Barber, Microsoft's vice president of Consumer Channels Group (centre), and Microsoft Canada president Max Long (right) demonstrate Office 365 Home Premium at the launch in Toronto
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BRAND NEW BAG: This is what the inside of McDonald's new french fry seasoning bag looks like -- if you did it right! Just drop your fries in and shake!
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Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp (in hat) prepares to cut the ribbon at the opening of the company...
Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp (in hat) prepares to cut the ribbon at the opening of the company's new Toronto hotel
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CAPE CANAVERAL  Fla. -- Media capture the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-134 mission t...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Media capture the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station from the Press Site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle and its six-member crew lifted off on time at 8:56 a.m. EDT on May 16.
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The Toronto Urban Film Festival launched this morning at Dundas Subway Station. Last year's winner Iain Lew Kee
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Heralding the opening of Four Seasons Toronto, Regional Vice President and GM Dimitrios Zarikos (left) stands with a representative from HRH Prince Al Waleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company who owns the property
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Digital Journal CEO Chris Hogg (left) and Digital Journal CMO Sabaa Quao chronicle the action at the Four Seasons Toronto launch
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At the launch for the new Four Seasons Toronto  chairman/founder Isadore Sharp (left) stands beside ...
At the launch for the new Four Seasons Toronto, chairman/founder Isadore Sharp (left) stands beside Regional Vice President and Four Seasons Toronto GM Dimitrios Zarikos (middle), and chef Daniel Boulud (in white)
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