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WATCH: Cortana outsmart Siri

There is no love lost between Apple and Microsoft, and in a new TV ad for its Halo-inspired Cortana virtual assistant, Microsoft pokes a bit of fun at Apple’s Siri. Bringing back memories of Apple’s Mac vs PC campaigns, the advert presents a series of commands which Cortana is able to intelligently process, while Siri struggles. Watch the ad below …

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Stuart O'ConnorWATCH: Cortana outsmart Siri
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Has Apple’s new MacBook Pro Retina spec been leaked?

If the rumours are true, Apple should soon be updating the MacBook Pro Retina line with much-improved power specs. According to Trusted Reviews, a photo of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina specs that was leaked in China shows that an upgrade looks to be coming soon. The photo, said to have come from the company’s Paradise Walk store in Chongqing, …

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Apple buy talk/podcast app Swell?

Rumours are flying around that Apple has been spending its pocket money: Has it just put down $30m to buy talk radio app Swell? According to Recode, Apple has bought the app which generates custom playlists from podcasts and talk radio content, and learns what you like. An interesting move from a company that is more accustomed to making billion …

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WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel’s iWatch prank

US talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel has been playing a prank on unsuspecting pedestrians. His team took a $20 Casio watch and slapped on an Apple logo, and asked members of the public what they thought of the new iWatch. Needless to say, its funny to see the reactions and their brains cranking to work out a justification as to why …

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Apple partnering with Swatch for the iWatch?

Have we been reading the runes wrongly? Could the iWatch not just be a single watch, but a platform involving many different manufacturers? That’s what swirling rumours about Swatch may be pointing towards. According to VentureBeat, Apple is working with Swatch to build smartwatches – so that a broader range of styles may be offered. “From geek, to chic”, as …

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Apple working on mobile payments for real goods? There’s two good reasons why that would be a wise move.

Soon you could be using your iPhone to pay for goods in actual physical shops – at least, if the rumours are to be believed. According to Business Insider, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been talking to payment companies, including Visa, about striking a deal to make the tech work. What it would allow you to do is rather than …

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James O'MalleyApple working on mobile payments for real goods? There’s two good reasons why that would be a wise move.
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OSX Yosemite Beta out tomorrow – here’s how to get it!

Early adopters will be salivating today at the prospect of Apple releasing a beta version of its next operating system, Yosemite, at about 6pm tomorrow UK time. OSX 10.10, called Yosemite, was revealed in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The OS brings with it a bunch of new features, including “continuity” – the ability to seamlessly move between Mac, …

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James O'MalleyOSX Yosemite Beta out tomorrow – here’s how to get it!
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iWatch shows up on the US Patent Office website

As if further proof was needed that Apple is planning a smartwatch, diagrams showing what the iWatch could look like have turned up at the US Patent Office. The designs show plans for a watch that tethers to another mobile device, and that will be packed with sensors – possibly including some in the strap. Exactly as we’re expecting the …

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Rip-off Britain: UK shoppers pay more for technology

It’s something that people in the UK have always suspected, but now Which? has made it official – Britons pay far more for new technology products than consumers in the US. The consumer watchdog compared the prices, excluding tax, of 13 identical products ranging from televisions and games consoles to desktop applications and security software and found UK consumers pay more …

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Stuart O'ConnorRip-off Britain: UK shoppers pay more for technology
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iPhone 6 to feature light-up Apple logo to alert for incoming texts?

The iPhone 6 could feature an Apple logo that will light up when you have unread text messages and emails, it has emerged. For your iPhone 6 rumour du jour we today turn to Uswitch, which has worked with reliable leaker Sonny Dickson to uncover what it claims is an iPhone 6 rear panel. What appears to be new is …

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James O'MalleyiPhone 6 to feature light-up Apple logo to alert for incoming texts?