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Activision adds third game studio to develop Call of Duty titles, as its ecosystem grows

Activision adds third game studio to develop Call of Duty titles, as its ecosystem grows

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The Call of Duty ecosystem is to grow even further, as Activision announced a third game studio will be added to the series' development cycle, on an earnings call with investors on Thursday. Sledgehammer Games, a division of Activision, will join Infinity... >>

HP falls in line with its own Chromebox, bringing colour to the Chrome OS world

HP falls in line with its own Chromebox, bringing colour to the Chrome OS world

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Hewlett-Packard has become the next company to announce a Chromebox, following Asus, Samsung and Dell. Available in spring 2014 in the US, HP's take on the small Chrome OS computer will be a colourful affair. It will launch in four colour options of... >>

Move over Sprint, KitKat released to Verizon's HTC One

Move over Sprint, KitKat released to Verizon's HTC One

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The HTC One on Verizon is next to get Android 4.4 KitKat. It now makes Verizon the second carrier behind Sprint to give the update "carrier certification", the last step before the software is released to the public.  Mo Versi, head of product management... >>

Pandora CEO: iTunes Radio launch caused usage to drop at first, but now 'we continue to grow'

Pandora CEO: iTunes Radio launch caused usage to drop at first, but now 'we continue to grow'

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Pandora saw a small drop in usage after the launch of iTunes Radio in September 2013, the company revealed on its earnings call on Wednesday. But now it's getting back on track. "We're very proud of the fact that, despite some real competitive companies,... >>

Amazon acquires game studio Double Helix following console rumours

Amazon acquires game studio Double Helix following console rumours

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Amazon has acquired game studio Double Helix, the maker of the Xbox One exclusive game Killer Instinct.   "Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,"  the company confirmed to Pocket-lint.... >>

Mozilla planning Firefox Launcher for Android that is contextually aware

Mozilla planning Firefox Launcher for Android that is contextually aware

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Mozilla is launching a contextually aware Firefox Launcher for Android, the company announced at the InContext Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. Even though Mozilla launched its own mobile OS last year, it wants to take over your Android home... >>

HTC confirms plans for wearable in 2014, says it will solve battery and LCD issues

HTC confirms plans for wearable in 2014, says it will solve battery and LCD issues

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HTC plans to release a wearable device by this year's Christmas shopping season, HTC chair Cher Wang confirmed in an interview with Bloomberg. “Many years ago we started looking at smartwatches and wearables, but we believe that we really have to solve... >>

Are these HTC M8 leaked photos the real deal? Regardless it looks good

Are these HTC M8 leaked photos the real deal? Regardless it looks good

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Russian website Mobiltelfon.ru claims to have a pair of photos showing off HTC's next-generation flagship handset, codenamed the HTC M8. The images gel well with leaks that have claimed there won't be many changes to the new handset over the original... >>

Motorola schedules 25 February event at MWC 2014

Motorola schedules 25 February event at MWC 2014

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Soon to be Lenovo-owned Motorola has announced it will be holding a 25 February media event at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona.  The invitation is light on details, and doesn't indicate if Motorola has new hardware to show at the mobile-focused... >>

Samsung's Galaxy S5 event won't be theatrical like years past

Samsung's Galaxy S5 event won't be theatrical like years past

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When Samsung launched its Galaxy S4 in March 2013, it used a large event at the Radio City Music Hall in New York with actors showing off the phone's features. It was a Broadway performance. But the company isn't planning a lot of singing or dancing... >>

Ricoh unveils WG-4, WG-20 outdoor cameras aimed for the elements

Ricoh unveils WG-4, WG-20 outdoor cameras aimed for the elements

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Ricoh has taken the wraps off three new digital compact cameras aimed to go just about anywhere, ahead of the CP+ photo show in Japan. The WG-4 is being released in both a non-GPS and GPS model, replacing the WG-3 released in 2013. The new version not... >>

What desktop version? 76 per cent of Twitter users use on the go

What desktop version? 76 per cent of Twitter users use on the go

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Twitter users are continuing to shun the desktop version of the site with only 24 per cent of the social networks user base option accessing it via the desktop.  Twitter has confirmed that it has reached 241 million monthly active users, 184 million... >>

BlackBerry BBM on iOS and Android updated with Find Friends feature

BlackBerry BBM on iOS and Android updated with Find Friends feature

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BlackBerry has rolled out a Find Friends feature to its BBM for iPhone and Android apps. BBM isn't like text messaging where it uses a phone number, so having a way for users to easily find their friends and contacts already using BBM is a necessity.... >>

YouTube names new CEO with huge ad background

YouTube names new CEO with huge ad background

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Google-owned YouTube has announced a new CEO, and that could mean it will soon be making more money off you.  Susan Wojcicki, a longtime employee and now former SVP of ads and commerce, will move to the executive position. Given her advertising background,... >>

Google building a way to use Chrome apps without running Chrome

Google building a way to use Chrome apps without running Chrome

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Google is experimenting with code that will allow users to run Chrome applications without running the full Chrome web browser.  The "app_shell" code was found in Google's Chromium project by The Next Web. Google is currently experimenting with the feature.... >>

Slow rollout: KitKat found on less than 2 per cent of Android devices

Slow rollout: KitKat found on less than 2 per cent of Android devices

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It's no secret that Google has had trouble distributing its latest Android software updates quickly, and the newest distribution numbers for the platform don't help change that opinion.  Google updated its Developers Dashboard on Tuesday, which provides... >>

Asus unveils tiny Chromebox capable of 4K output

Asus unveils tiny Chromebox capable of 4K output

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Asus has unveiled a new Chromebox, set to launch in March for $179.  The mini Chrome OS computer sits 4.880-inches wide and 1.65-inches tall, making it the world's smallest Chrome computer. The Chromebox features 802.11 b/g/n wireless, four USB 3.0... >>

Sony could offload its struggling Vaio PC unit soon, 'continues to address various options'

Sony could offload its struggling Vaio PC unit soon, 'continues to address various options'

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Sony may be set to offload its struggling Vaio PC business very soon. A company spokesman told Pocket-lint that "Sony continues to address various options for the PC business", following a Nikkei daily report on Tuesday.  The Japan-based publication... >>

Microsoft strikes deal with Foursquare to incorporate its data in Windows Phone and Bing

Microsoft strikes deal with Foursquare to incorporate its data in Windows Phone and Bing

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first day on the job includes inking a deal with location-based social network Foursquare. Under the agreement, Microsoft has licensed Foursquare's places database for use in its products and services. "So in the near future,... >>

Red Nexus 5 now available on Google Play, just in time for Valentine's Day

Red Nexus 5 now available on Google Play, just in time for Valentine's Day

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A red version of the LG Nexus 5 was released to Google Play on Tuesday.The new "Bright Red" colour has been rumoured for weeks and should add a little personality to the handset. It now makes three colour options available for the Nexus handset, along... >>

After 10 years: What's next for Facebook?

After 10 years: What's next for Facebook?

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After 10 years, Facebook has etched itself out as the premiere social network on the planet. People have found it the prime place to connect with family and friends, share photos, message and brag about life accomplishments to former schoolmates.  But... >>

Who is Satya Nadella? The new Microsoft CEO

Who is Satya Nadella? The new Microsoft CEO

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Microsoft's CEO search is finally over: Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO starting today. Nadella, who until yesterday served as Microsoft's executive vice-president of the Cloud and Enterprise group, is not a widely known name across tech media... >>

Grand Theft Auto V biggest video game of 2013, selling 32.5 million units

Grand Theft Auto V biggest video game of 2013, selling 32.5 million units

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Take-Two Interactive, the firm behind Rockstar Games, has revealed Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling video game of 2013, citing NPD research data. Rockstar Games sold a whopping 32.5 million copies of Grand Theft Auto V during the year, boosting... >>

Samsung schedules Unpacked 5 event for 24 February, Galaxy S5 unveil hinted

Samsung schedules Unpacked 5 event for 24 February, Galaxy S5 unveil hinted

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Samsung has revealed it will be holding its first Unpacked event of 2014 on 24 February in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. The company sent an invitation to members of the media on Monday. Samsung's Unpacked events are typically used for its big product... >>

Valve announces Steam Music for you to jam while gaming

Valve announces Steam Music for you to jam while gaming

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Valve has announced that a Steam Music feature is coming soon to SteamOS and Steam Big Picture mode. It will first launch as a beta, where participants will be "invited in waves" until the feature goes lives for all gamers.  Steam Music will allow gamers... >>