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Nintendo looking at smartphone gaming to save business

Nintendo looking at smartphone gaming to save business

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Nintendo could be looking to smartphones and tablets to rescue it from its recent ill fortune, according to Satoru Iwata, the company's president.  "We are thinking about a new business structure," Iwata said at a press conference. "Given the expansion... >>

Huawei launches Ascend P6S with slight speed bump, thicker build

Huawei launches Ascend P6S with slight speed bump, thicker build

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Huawei has taken the wraps off the S version of its Ascend P6 smartphone, not changing too much in the process. The Ascend P6S is 0.3mm thicker than the first version, sitting at 6.5mm and carrying the same 2,000mAh battery. The processor has seen a slight... >>

Animin, the augmented reality pet that brings Tamagotchi into the 21st century

Animin, the augmented reality pet that brings Tamagotchi into the 21st century

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Figure Games has released a real-world digital pet called Animin, that uses augmented reality to bring the toy experience to life. Animin uses an app for smartphones and tablets to help you feed, give medicine, clean up, and play with your virtual pet.... >>

Is this the Sony Xperia Z2?

Is this the Sony Xperia Z2?

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A never before seen Sony handset has leaked into the wild, carrying the model number "D6503". Courtesy of iRimas on the XDA Developers forum, it could be the next-generation Xperia Z2 or Sirius handset we've been hearing about in leaks, or a Sony Xperia... >>

Driver ticketed while wearing Google Glass not guilty, California court says

Driver ticketed while wearing Google Glass not guilty, California court says

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We know texting and driving is a terrible thing to do. But what about wearing Google Glass while driving? Commissioner John Blair within the San Diego, California traffic court threw out a citation that was given to a woman driving with Google Glass.... >>

HBO Go app coming to PS3 and PS4 for US subscribers

HBO Go app coming to PS3 and PS4 for US subscribers

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Sony has announced the US arrival of the popular HBO Go app on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, sure to please subscribers to the premium cable network in the States. The HBO Go app will land first on the PlayStation 3, and will follow on the PlayStation... >>

DoubleTwist releases iTunes Radio Recorder to swipe songs for free

DoubleTwist releases iTunes Radio Recorder to swipe songs for free

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DoubleTwist has released an iTunes Radio Recorder app to Google Play, aimed at letting users save songs that are being streamed from iTunes Radio on a Mac or iOS device free of charge.  The DoubleTwist app uses AirPlay to intercept the stream from your... >>

You can hack the Raspberry Pi into a touchscreen camera

You can hack the Raspberry Pi into a touchscreen camera

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Though it's not likely to replace your Canon or Nikon digital camera, the creatives over at Adafruit have come up with a clever new trick for your Raspberry Pi computer to turn it into a camera with a touchscreen with just a few extra parts. Shown-off... >>

Apple and Samsung dominate US smartphone market with 68 per cent share

Apple and Samsung dominate US smartphone market with 68 per cent share

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Apple and Samsung's strength in the US smartphone market is continuing to grow in dominance, according to research group NPD. The duo now account for 68 per cent of smartphones owned in the US as customers look toward flagship handsets like the iPhone... >>

HTC One (M8) case leak shows fingerprint sensor

HTC One (M8) case leak shows fingerprint sensor

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The next-generation HTC One handset set to be release in March has been tipped to possibly employ a fingerprint scanner like its larger HTC One max brother. A set of leaked images of a "factory OEM" case out of Asia hit the web on Thursday, showing that... >>

Imgur launches MemeGen app for iOS to quickly create a meme

Imgur launches MemeGen app for iOS to quickly create a meme

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Popular image hosting service Imgur has launched its own MemeGen app for iOS users. The app encourages its user base, largely made up of Reddit users, to make their own additions to snarky memes. The Imgur MemeGen app is available free on the iTunes App... >>

Nokia Normandy Android UI looks like Windows Phone, if leaked pics are anything to go by

Nokia Normandy Android UI looks like Windows Phone, if leaked pics are anything to go by

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Microsoft and Nokia have remained quiet about launching a handset based on Android, but that isn't stopping leakers from saying the duo will. EvLeaks has posted yet another photo on Twitter showing the alleged Android handset, codenamed Normandy. This... >>

Canon PowerShot G1 X compact tipped to get a Mk II upgrade, 20.2-megapixel and DIGIC 6

Canon PowerShot G1 X compact tipped to get a Mk II upgrade, 20.2-megapixel and DIGIC 6

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Canon will be offering a new version of its PowerShot G1 X high-end compact, if a leak from Chinese forum Xitek is to be believed.  The two year old camera will get a Mark II version, making a high-end camera option for users who want a small form-factor.... >>

Spotify now lets free users stream unlimited music through its website

Spotify now lets free users stream unlimited music through its website

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Spotify has removed the streaming limit cap for free users on its desktop product. Of course, non-premium paying users will still be subjected to advertisements in between songs, but it opens up an enticing offer to get new users on the service - which... >>

Sky will target ads to TV viewers based on location and interests

Sky will target ads to TV viewers based on location and interests

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UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, otherwise known as Sky, has announced a new AdSmart program that will target ads to customers depending on their profile and location. The program is similar to advertisements that are found on the internet, aimed to be... >>

Google Play Movies and TV app released for iOS devices, watch Google's content on the other side

Google Play Movies and TV app released for iOS devices, watch Google's content on the other side

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Google has released a new app for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad called Google Play Movies and TV, as the company's support for iOS continues. The release of the app not only brings Google's content on to the Apple platform, but more importantly also gives... >>

Is Samsung planning a 5-inch Windows Phone handset?

Is Samsung planning a 5-inch Windows Phone handset?

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Samsung may be planning a new Windows Phone flagship for 2014. A user agent for a handset with the codename of SM-W750V has popped up in several instances, with its default web browser listed as Internet Explorer, pointing to the Windows Phone operating... >>

Some Fitbit Force users are seeing a weird skin irritation forming

Some Fitbit Force users are seeing a weird skin irritation forming

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A "small number" of Fitbit Force customers are reporting an odd skin irritation after wearing the fitness tracker. The Fitbit Force is designed to be worn 24/7, even while sleeping, so it's definitely a cause for concern. The Consumerist was the first... >>

Valve ditching the touchscreen on its Steam Controller

Valve ditching the touchscreen on its Steam Controller

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Valve has plans to change the current state of its Steam Controller, before it begins shipping with Steam Machines from a slew of manufacturers later this year. The company announced at its Steam Dev Days developer summit on Wednesday that it will remove... >>

Alienware will ship its X51 Steam Machine in September

Alienware will ship its X51 Steam Machine in September

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Alienware plans to launch its Steam Machine in September, the company announced at Valve's Steam Dev Days developer summit on Wednesday. Alienware, which is owned by Dell, is one of the first companies to partner with Valve to create a SteamOS game.... >>

News Republic app updated with 'Smart News Recommendations' to enhance personalised news discovery

News Republic app updated with 'Smart News Recommendations' to enhance personalised news discovery

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The company behind the News Republic app for Android and iOS has announced News Republic 4.0, an update that brings several enhancements to the app. The update will be available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store at some point on Wednesday. Found... >>

Google Chrome update lets you track down noisy tabs, launch ChromeOS-like interface on Windows 8

Google Chrome update lets you track down noisy tabs, launch ChromeOS-like interface on Windows 8

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Google has released a new version of Chrome, and it's actually a pretty sizable update. It adds the ability to track down noisy tabs, thanks to a new speaker icon that will let you know which is playing music or is showing a video. YouTube added this... >>

Winamp will live on, as AOL finds a buyer

Winamp will live on, as AOL finds a buyer

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After being on the brink of death, famed music player Winamp will live on to please more users, thanks to AOL selling the software to digital audio business Radionomy for a deal worth between $5 million and $10 million, reports TechCrunch. The internet... >>

Facebook's competitor to Flipboard could launch in January

Facebook's competitor to Flipboard could launch in January

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Facebook may finally launch its Flipboard competitor, dubbed "Paper", by the end of January, reports Recode. The launch follows years of experimentation and development of the project which is hoped will bring better news reading to users. There's still... >>

Google releases Play Edition Moto G, bringing stock Android for $179

Google releases Play Edition Moto G, bringing stock Android for $179

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Google on Monday announced a Google Play Edition of the Moto G. It's now available in the US for $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB model, the same pricing as the versions sold by Motorola.   Like other Google Play Edition handsets, the Moto... >>