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iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se reportedly coming March 15

Apple is said to have set a date for its rumoured March device launch event which will see the company unveil an updated iPad Air, revived 4-inch compact iPhone and revised Apple Watch. It is possible the 'event' will be online only though.

Apple Watch 2 now coming in fall, revised original in March

The next Apple Watch might not be coming in March after all. Instead, a completely redesigned version of the smartwatch is reportedly planned for the fall and a refreshed Apple Watch 1 line-up will arrive in spring.

Sony confirms it is bringing its smartphones back to the U.S.

Sony has confirmed it will be launching its Xperia Z5 flagship, with its Z5 Compact sibling, in the U.S. in February. Sony has been absent from the market for over a year as it opted to stop selling phones to the U.S. after the Xperia Z3.

Lenovo's new modular tablet lets you switch parts at will

Lenovo has unveiled the next generation of its range-topping Windows 10 tablet family, the ThinkPad X1. The new line-up includes a selection of modular optional accessories that can be connected to the tablet for extra functionality.

Microsoft launches another feature phone, the $55 Nokia 230

Microsoft has launched another Nokia-branded affordable feature phone, showing there is still an audience for devices without touchscreens. The Nokia 230 is aimed primarily at developing markets, featuring a 2.8-inch display and Internet connectivity.

LG smartwatch recall caused by 'failed' displays

A few days after abruptly cancelling the launch of its much-anticipated 4G-compatible Watch Urbane 2 smartwatch, LG has revealed more details of what went wrong. The company blames a display component which could fail and impact image quality.

Google launches YouTube Music to mixed reviews

Google has officially launched YouTube Music in the U.S. The service is designed to take on rival streaming apps including Spotify and Apple Music. Users can listen for free or enjoy an "amplified experience" for a $9.99 per month subscription.

Apple opening pre-orders for 'epic' iPad Pro on Wednesday

Apple has confirmed its 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available to pre-order online this Wednesday before heading to retail stores later in the week. The company says the response to the premium tablet from customers and developers has been "incredible."

PC gamers outraged as Black Ops III stutters and stalls

The next instalment in the hugely-popular Call of Duty first-person shooter series is now available worldwide but has quickly attracted complaints from huge numbers of gamers, including PC users who are finding Black Ops III stutters and jerks.

The BlackBerry Priv Android phone with a keyboard is now on sale

BlackBerry has officially launched its Priv Android smartphone in the U.S. and UK. The device features a slide-out keyboard and curved display and has proved to be a hit with many reviewers, although it still needs to save BlackBerry's devices division.

Apple may launch a four-inch iPhone next year

A noted Apple analyst has claimed the company is working on a 4-inch iPhone to launch next year. It will resemble an "upgraded iPhone 5" and satisfy fans who do not approve of the popular large-screen phones, a trend that has now been adopted by Apple.

The OnePlus X is a budget but 'powerfully beautiful' smartphone

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has officially taken the wraps off a new budget handset targeted at people who want a premium phone but can't afford a flagship device. The OnePlus X costs only $249 but still boasts a very respectable spec sheet.

Samsung's Galaxy View is an 18.4-inch super-size Android tablet

Samsung has unveiled its long-rumoured giant Android tablet. The company claims the 18.4-inch display "offers a new dimension" in mobile entertainment but analysts have questioned whether such a large device will prove popular or even practical.

Microsoft expected to roll out major Windows 10 update next month

Windows 10's first major update including new features and apps instead of just bug fixes will be rolled out during the first week of November, reports have said. Dubbed "Threshold 2," the update will roll up the preview builds released since launch.

BlackBerry values its first Android phone at a pricey $750

An accidental appearance of a page on BlackBerry's website has confirmed the unlocked price of its first ever Android phone to be a substantial $750. The phone's release date is listed as November 16.

Toshiba to 'reinvent pen and paper' with a unique Windows tablet

Toshiba hosted a major device launch in Japan today that included a Windows 10 tablet design that aims to "reinvent" writing on pen and paper. The two-in-one convertible includes a keyboard dock and precision stylus, rivalling Microsoft's Surface.

Pepsi drinks company making its own smartphone

Soft drinks firm Pepsi is apparently working on its own smartphone. Aimed at the budget market, the Pepsi P1 is reported to have competent specifications and a Pepsi logo on the back.

Op-Ed: I don't like Microsoft's new Lumias. Neither does Microsoft

This week, Microsoft unveiled its new Windows 10 Mobile flagships, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Seeing as the last ones are over 15 months old, fans were understandably excited but many have been underwhelmed as even Microsoft appeared to disown the devices.

Microsoft's second-gen Band adds refinement, more sensors

Confirming previous rumours, Microsoft today announced the second generation of its Band wearable. The fitness-tracking smart band now has a curved display and refined design in an effort to lose the prototype feel associated with the original.

Microsoft Surface Book is company's first laptop

Microsoft surprised the audience at its New York event today by announcing an all-new device, Surface Book. Designed as a laptop but able to convert into a tablet, it is for people who require things Surface Pro can't deliver, like desktop-grade typing.

Microsoft officially announces more powerful Surface Pro 4

Microsoft has officially released the next generation of its popular convertible tablet and laptop device, the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro 4 features improvements to all its key features including performance, keyboard, Surface Pen stylus and display.

Lumia 950, 950 XL: Microsoft reveals Windows 10 Mobile flagships

Microsoft's new Windows 10 Mobile smartphones are now official as the company gave its two flagship devices a formal unveiling at its New York event today. The 5.2-inch Lumia 950 is joined by the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL to showcase Windows 10 for phones.

LG announces the world's first Android Wear smartwatch with 4G

LG has claimed the title of first manufacturer of an Android Wear smartwatch including support for mobile data. The Watch Urbane 2 will allow users to get notifications on their wrist even when disconnected from their phone.

LG's V10 boasts two displays, two selfie-shooters, flagship power

LG today announced a new premium smartphone that includes several unique features designed to make it stand-out from the crowd. The long-rumoured all-metal device has two displays, two front-facing selfie cameras and flagship-level specs.

Official: Apple sold 13 million iPhones in first weekend

Apple has confirmed it sold a record-breaking 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus handsets in their first weekend of availability. The phones were received exceptionally positively across the globe leading to "phenomenal" sales, according to CEO Tim Cook.

Pebble announces the Time Round, its first circular smartwatch

Pebble has announced its first circular smartwatch, following on from the updated Time models launched earlier this year. Described as "a new face for Pebble," the Time Round will give the company a more contemporary Android Wear-rivalling design.

25 fake Apple stores in one China town ahead of iPhone 6S launch

A lack of official Apple stores in China has led to a massive influx of fake look-a-likes selling Apple-branded products. Business is booming ahead of tomorrow's iPhone 6S launch, according to a report, although some are already being forced back out.

Google to unveil new Nexus phones, Android 6 and more on Sept 29

Google has begun sending out press invitations to a San Francisco event later this month where it is widely expected to reveal the next-generation of Nexus-branded smartphones. The highly-anticipated handsets will this year be built by LG and Huawei.

Amazon announces surprisingly capable $50 Fire tablet

Amazon has unveiled a new 7-inch Fire tablet that will retail for just $50. It features modest but respectable hardware specifications and the option of purchasing a family-equipping six-pack at reduced cost.

Apple: 'Exceptional' iPhone 6S pre-orders to beat iPhone 6

Apple has reported "exceptionally strong" demand for its new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus smartphones. The devices have been available for pre-order for two days and are apparently "on pace" to beat the weekend record of their predecessors.
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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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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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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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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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At the new Four Seasons Toronto launch, Digital Journal CEO Chris Hogg (right) watches the action with Digital Journal CMO and head of the company's /newsrooms division, Sabaa Quao
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The Toronto Urban Film Festival launched this morning at Dundas Subway Station. Co-founder Michael Girgis.
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The new Four Seasons Toronto
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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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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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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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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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PAST: NASA has indefinitely suspended the launch of its InSight Mars lander that was supposed to be launched in March 2016 to arrive at the red planet by September.
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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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The Toronto Urban Film Festival launched this morning at Dundas Subway Station. TTC Chair Karen Stintz
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Four Seasons Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Toronto, Dimitrios Zarikos, at the launch of the new hotel in Toronto.
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dragonfly is seen at the edge of the lagoon near Launch Pad 39A, and space shuttle Atlantis sits in the distance
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