Google IO 2016 Coverage

Marshmallow update is rolling out to Galaxy Note 4 in Europe

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The Galaxy Note 4 is one of those handsets that has always felt like it was unloved, and despite being ignored and neglected it somehow manages to subsist on hand-me-downs while its newer siblings received new and fancy things. While many worried that Samsung had, in fact, abandoned this most venerable of devices, it seems that today is the day that many Note 4 owners could only dream about. Yes, you dared to dream, and now it’s (finally) coming true. Samsung is in the process of rolling out the Marshmallow update to the Note 4 (SM-N910F) in Europe.  Read more

Kia will offer Android Auto across its European range in next 18 months

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Just because the Geneva International Motor Show is primarily about cars doesn’t mean there that the Android operating system isn’t being spoken about. Today we have the Korean car manufacturer, Kia, announcing that it plans to roll out Android Auto across its European model range – starting with its new hybrid crossover vehicle, the Niro, which is due to be released in the third quarter of 2016. Read more

Mastercard to roll out selfie and fingerprint ID verification system for online payments later this year

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Over at MWC 2016, it isn’t all just about the latest smartphones and smart gadgets, we also have Mastercard announcing that the credit card company will begin accepting selfie images and fingerprints as proof of identity when making online payments. The move comes after the company trialled the technology in The Netherlands and the U.S. in 2015. Read more

Huawei teases the Honor 7 Premium, coming to Europe later this year (Updated with specs)

20160204_152048 (2)Fresh from launching the Honor 5X in Europe today from just €229/£169, Huawei is not content to rest on its laurels. With the Honor 7 having proven popular in Europe, the Chinese electronics manufacturer has today announced it will be launching a new version of the handset, called the Honor 7 Premium. It might not be an entirely original name, but if it follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, Huawei could be on to another winner. Read more

Huawei’s Honor 5X is now available in Europe from €229/£189

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Today is February 4th, which means it’s the day that the European launch of Huawei’s Honor 5X at an event held in Munich, Germany. In the States, the handset launched with a budget-friendly $199 price tag, while in Europe it has been announced that the 5.5-inch Honor 5X is priced at €229 in Europe, or £189 in the UK. Join us after the break for a brief rundown on the handset’s hardware.

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Google will be consolidating Google Ventures into a single global investment fund

google new logoLast year, Google opened up a new arm of Google Ventures in London with an initial $100 million to invest in startups in Europe. Now, less than two years later, Google wants to fold that European branch back into the rest of Google Ventures, which will allow the company to handle investing as one single international effort, instead of multiple efforts based on location. Read more

[Reminder] OnePlus’ Open Sale is ongoing in Europe, pick up the OnePlus 2 without an invite (Updated)

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If you live in Europe and haven’t received an invite to order your OnePlus 2 yet, then the ongoing Open Sale may be of interest to you. OnePlus is currently holding an Open Sale in Europe where you can buy the OnePlus 2 without an invite. But you have to hurry, because you only have around 30 minutes or so to place your order before the window closes at 1PM CEST (12PM UK), and reverts back to the frustrating invite system. Read more

Google will match your donations to help raise $10million for European refugee crisis relief

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Unless you’ve lived under a rock the last few weeks, you are probably aware of the current refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. It’s basically time for all hands to the pump to help as many people as possible, gain safety for themselves and their families. And with that notion, having already donated $1 million, Google are attempting to raise the sum of 10 million dollars globally via donations. Google aren’t asking you to raise it all by yourselves, though, instead it will match donations at a ratio of 1:1 for the first $5 million.

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