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Watch out GameStop: Walmart launching game trade-ins in US

Watch out GameStop: Walmart launching game trade-ins in US

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Walmart, the largest retailer in the US, is expanding its video game department to accept used game trade ins, which could have big implications for video game retailer GameStop.Walmart will begin accepting the trade ins on 26 March. The value can immediately... >>

Google reportedly plans to kill Google Voice, roll it into Hangouts

Google reportedly plans to kill Google Voice, roll it into Hangouts

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Google wants to put all of its chat services under one Hangouts roof - and in turn, means some products will die on the way. The company plans to kill off its Google Voice product, and put most of its services into Hangouts, according to 9to5Google.Google... >>

Executive in charge of Xbox suddenly leaves Microsoft, heads to Sonos

Executive in charge of Xbox suddenly leaves Microsoft, heads to Sonos

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Marc Whitten, chief product officer at Xbox, is leaving his long time executive role to become the chief product officer at Sonos, Microsoft announced on Monday.Whitten was responsible for a lot of the Xbox's success, so it's certainly a loss. He was... >>

Tamagotchi-like game launches on Pebble smartwatch, flashback to 1990s

Tamagotchi-like game launches on Pebble smartwatch, flashback to 1990s

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The makers of Pebble announced three new games for the smartwatch at the Games Developer Conference on Monday, as it hopes to make the gadget full of mini and casual games.Most notably, Hatchi, a Tamagotchi-like game, has made its way to the Pebble. It's... >>

Dyson Hot fanless heater gets a little too hot, recalled after fire risk

Dyson Hot fanless heater gets a little too hot, recalled after fire risk

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Dyson has recalled every unit of its Dyson Hot fanless heater, after the risk of fire has arisen in a handful of the units sold since 2011. "We have sold a million heaters around the world; we have seen a small number short-circuit, which in four cases... >>

Microsoft schedules 27 March event, Office for iPad expected

Microsoft schedules 27 March event, Office for iPad expected

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Microsoft has scheduled a 27 March press event where new CEO Satya Nadella will pitch the company's mobile and cloud strategy. A note sent by Microsoft noted the event in San Francisco will be a "briefing and news focused on the intersection of cloud... >>

PC reimagination of hit arcade game Gauntlet launching this summer

PC reimagination of hit arcade game Gauntlet launching this summer

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Gauntlet, the hit 1985 arcade game, is returning in a completely modernised action RPG version for the PC, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment announced on Monday.Gauntlet will be available in summer 2014 through Steam on the PC, with full support for... >>

Samsung releases Tizen SDK for Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, apps surely to follow

Samsung releases Tizen SDK for Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, apps surely to follow

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Samsung released the Tizen software development kit on Monday, which will allow developers to build apps for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo before the devices' release in April. The SDK is available to download from the Tizen Developer Website, and will... >>

Amazon to introduce Chromecast-like dongle for streaming video games?

Amazon to introduce Chromecast-like dongle for streaming video games?

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Amazon's long-rumoured hardware solution for the living room will be much more than a delivery vehicle for Netflix.The Amazon product will have a dongle design like the Chromecast from Google, according to TechCrunch, rather than a box design like... >>

Verizon's next Windows Phone from Samsung leaked in press shot

Verizon's next Windows Phone from Samsung leaked in press shot

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Windows Phone's presence in the US is about to get a big bump from Samsung and Verizon. The clearest leak yet for the Samsung Ativ SE that is headed to the US' largest carrier Big Red was shared over the weekend on EvLeaks' Twitter feed, a few weeks... >>

Samsung Galaxy Beam successor leaked in China with improved specs, projector

Samsung Galaxy Beam successor leaked in China with improved specs, projector

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Samsung is planning a successor to its Galaxy Beam handset that features a projector, according to telecommunications certification group Tenaa in China.The listing notes the second version will feature a a 4.66-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, Android... >>

Steve Jobs told execs Apple won't release television set

Steve Jobs told execs Apple won't release television set

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Apple has long been believed to expand its influence in the living room with a full-fledged television set, capable of delivering content over the internet, instead of traditional cable.However before his death, Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs had... >>

Google's Chromecast finally tipped for UK launch on 19 March

Google's Chromecast finally tipped for UK launch on 19 March

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The Chromecast will launch in the UK on 19 March, breaking past its US exclusivity, according to an internal listing at Dixons retail stores obtained by Android Police.The listing doesn't provide a price, or word if Google will be selling the Chromecast... >>

Popcorn Time is dead, but could relaunch in the future under new owners (Updated)

Popcorn Time is dead, but could relaunch in the future under new owners (Updated)

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Popcorn Time, an app that was essentially the Netflix of movie torrents, is no longer available. (Update below.)The app made it incredibly easy for users to watch any movie they wanted. It removed the confusion torrenting files can bring, and made streaming... >>

GoBe wearable will let you track calories without punching numbers into an app

GoBe wearable will let you track calories without punching numbers into an app

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Healbe has introduced its GoBe wearable that will track your calories consumed and burned by measuring your glucose levels. This is a new approach to food tracking, so you don't have to manually enter in details through an app, like other solutions.Offering... >>

Concept imagines iPhone 6 with curved display, and it looks good

Concept imagines iPhone 6 with curved display, and it looks good

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The new iPhone has been tipped heavily to launch with a curved display in 2014.YouTube user ConceptsiPhone has taken that information and made one of the better concepts for the iPhone 6 we've seen. It depicts what Apple may do with the handset, showing... >>

Google Search for desktop gets design overhaul with cleaner ads, results

Google Search for desktop gets design overhaul with cleaner ads, results

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Google has made user interface changes to the desktop version of Google Search official on Thursday, after months of testing.The changes come after heavy Search changes on mobile and tablet devices, and now Google has finally carried over the several... >>

Netflix partners with DreamWorks for three new animated original series in 2014

Netflix partners with DreamWorks for three new animated original series in 2014

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DreamWorks Animation and Netflix have joined together for three new animated original series: King Julien, Puss in Boots, and Veggie Tales in the House, as Netflix works to carve a name for itself as the premiere internet television network.Details are... >>

Microsoft launches cheaper Office 365 version for $70

Microsoft launches cheaper Office 365 version for $70

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Microsoft has launched a cheaper version of its Office 365 product in the US, called Office 365 Personal.The Personal version is now the entry level for Office 365, a designation that was once given to Home Premium - now called Home. Personal costs $6.99... >>

Super Mario-themed toys jumping into McDonald's Happy Meals

Super Mario-themed toys jumping into McDonald's Happy Meals

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McDonald's and Nintendo have paired up for every 6-year-old's dream: Super Mario-theme toys in Happy Meals.Beginning on 19 March, the toy inside every Happy Meal will be one of eight Super Mario-theme toys, including classic characters: Mario, Luigi,... >>

Sony reportedly set to reveal Oculus Rift-like VR headset next week

Sony reportedly set to reveal Oculus Rift-like VR headset next week

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Sony plans to take the wraps off a virtual reality headset, similar to the Oculus Rift, at the Game Developers Conference next week, according to Edge Online.Several third party developers already have the VR headset for testing, and call it far superior... >>

The Last of Us wins 'Best Game' at BAFTA 2014 awards

The Last of Us wins 'Best Game' at BAFTA 2014 awards

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) took the wraps off its 2014 award winners in London on Wednesday.As previously announced, Grand Theft Auto V was star of the show, winning in the British Game, Game Design and Multiplayer categories.Rockstar... >>

EE found to be UK's number one mobile network

EE found to be UK's number one mobile network

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EE is the number one mobile carrier in the UK, just 18 months after launch, according to independent testing by RootMetrics. The research firm, which aims to get the most comprehensive mobile performance studies, found EE beat other carriers handsomely... >>

Homeland and American Horror Story land on Netflix Instant Streaming in UK

Homeland and American Horror Story land on Netflix Instant Streaming in UK

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Netflix will add hit shows Homeland and American Horror Story in the UK and Ireland on 13 March, expanding its collection of instantly available content. Homeland is a critically acclaimed drama that stars Claire Danes, who received a Golden Globe and... >>

Razer updates 14-inch Blade laptop with upgraded graphics, multi-touch display

Razer updates 14-inch Blade laptop with upgraded graphics, multi-touch display

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Razer has updated its Razer Blade line, improving on the specifications of last year's gaming laptops. Most notably, the 14-inch Razer Blade version now features what the company claims to be “the highest resolution 14-inch notebook display on the... >>

Microsoft reportedly planning OneNote for Mac launch in March

Microsoft reportedly planning OneNote for Mac launch in March

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Microsoft has plans to extend its OneNote application to the Mac, according to The Verge. OneNote has been available for Windows, iOS, Android, and the web, and is more than ten years old, but the publication says Microsoft finally wants to offer it... >>

How to stream Apple's iTunes Festival at SXSW online

How to stream Apple's iTunes Festival at SXSW online

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Apple has partnered with Vevo to stream its first iTunes Festival in the US. The concert series kicks off Tuesday night in Austin, TX at the SXSW conference.Vevo will be streaming concerts of the 15 different artists through apps on iOS and Apple TV.... >>

Google buys Green Throttle Games, signaling upcoming set-top box

Google buys Green Throttle Games, signaling upcoming set-top box

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Google has acquired Green Throttle Games, maker of the Green Throttle controller, publication PandoDaily first reported. The move is seen as a way for Google to improve its position in the living room, as competitors Amazon and Apple have been tipped... >>

Apple iTunes Radio vs Samsung Milk: What's the difference?

Apple iTunes Radio vs Samsung Milk: What's the difference?

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If Apple announces a new feature, Samsung isn't far behind.  That's why last week Samsung debuted its take on Apple's iTunes Radio, called Milk, to serve up new music to listeners. Samsung is calling it a "fresh take on music". Apple fanboys and Android... >>

Flappy Bird may return to iOS and Android, says developer

Flappy Bird may return to iOS and Android, says developer

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If you're tired of all those Flappy Bird alternatives, you may be in luck, as Flappy Bird could be landing back on your handset.  Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen revealed to Rolling Stone that he's considering bringing back the highly-addictive game. This... >>

Microsoft confirms new Office for Mac version coming, first since 2011

Microsoft confirms new Office for Mac version coming, first since 2011

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A new version of Office for Mac will launch this year, for the first time since 2011, according to the company’s manager for Office products in Germany. Office for Mac offers a nice alternative to users who don't like Apple's iWork software on the... >>

'Xbox Broadcast': Twitch streaming now available on Xbox One

'Xbox Broadcast': Twitch streaming now available on Xbox One

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Microsoft has made the Twitch app available on Xbox One hours before Titanfall launches to the world. Twitch, the world's largest gaming website, allows gamers to stream gameplay to the world for free.The big Xbox One update from last week prepared the... >>

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal spends $1,000 a week on apps

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal spends $1,000 a week on apps

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The Wall Street Journal caught up with Shaquille O'Neal at the SXSW in Austin, Texas to discuss geeky habits. The 7' 1" (2.16m) basketball star revealed he spends $1,000 a week, or $52,000 a year, on mobile apps for his iPhone.He also spoke of his... >>

Microsoft releasing Surface 2 Power Cover with built-in battery on 19 March

Microsoft releasing Surface 2 Power Cover with built-in battery on 19 March

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Microsoft's online store shows it will make the Power Cover available for the Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro, and original Surface Pro on 19 March, after revealing it in September 2013.  The Power Cover, available for $199.99 on the Microsoft Store in the... >>

Asus exploring voice, hand movement control for upcoming wearable

Asus exploring voice, hand movement control for upcoming wearable

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Asus is exploring voice and hand movement control for its upcoming wearable, Asus chairman Jonney Shih told Focus Taiwan. The first wearable is presumed to be a smartwatch, following the rest of the industry, and Shih said it will be used to complement... >>

LG's upcoming LG G3 tipped to be waterproof and dustproof

LG's upcoming LG G3 tipped to be waterproof and dustproof

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LG's upcoming LG G3 smartphone will take on Samsung's Galaxy S5 with waterproof and dustproof functionality, according to ETnews. This means you won't have to fret if your handset slips off the kitchen counter into the water and dish soap. The publication... >>

Hide apps easier in new Apple TV update

Hide apps easier in new Apple TV update

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Apple has released an Apple TV 6.1 update for the Apple TV set-top box on Monday, hot off the heals of iOS 7.1 for the iPhone and iPad. The Apple TV update is welcomed, bringing a greater level of control to the media streamer. Users can now reduce... >>

Facebook Pages get streamlined look in new redesign

Facebook Pages get streamlined look in new redesign

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Facebook has rolled out an update to Pages, aiming to help users find important information more easily on the public profiles for groups and businesses. The "streamlined look" brings an updated timeline design. The right-side column of Pages show new... >>

Neil Young launching $399 high-fidelity audio player on Kickstarter this week

Neil Young launching $399 high-fidelity audio player on Kickstarter this week

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The PonoPlayer doesn't want to be the next iPod for the mass market, instead the best, high-resolution audio playback device for audiophiles. It was founded by artist Neil Young, who has critiqued modern audio playback in the past.Being shown-off at SXSW... >>

HTC to make light-up cover available with new HTC One, showing time and weather

HTC to make light-up cover available with new HTC One, showing time and weather

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HTC has developed a light-up, hole-covered cover/case for the new HTC One that will launch later this month, according to EvLeaks.The often reliable tipster posted a photo of the cover/case on Twitter, showing a plastic piece covering the front of the... >>

Google Chromecast sales in the millions, coming to more countries in 'weeks'

Google Chromecast sales in the millions, coming to more countries in 'weeks'

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Google Chromecast sales have been growing, with more countries planned soon, Sundar Pichai, Google SVP of Android and Chrome, announced at SXSW on Sunday. "We are in the millions now, and it's growing very actively," Pichai told the crowd at the Austin,... >>

Google releasing Android SDK tailored for smartwatches, other wearables

Google releasing Android SDK tailored for smartwatches, other wearables

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Google has plans to release a SDK that will help developers and manufacturers put Android on smartwatches and other wearables, Sundar Pichai, Google SVP of Android and Chrome, announced at SXSW in Austin, TX on Sunday.Pichai said the software framework... >>

Oppo Find 7 leaks with minimal black design, 5.5-inch display and 13MP camera

Oppo Find 7 leaks with minimal black design, 5.5-inch display and 13MP camera

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Oppo has been teasing its unannounced Oppo Find 7 heavily in recent weeks, but now we have a full look at the handset thanks to a leak on the Red Dot Design award website.The photos show a sleek, black, handset with a camera on the front, camera on the... >>

Fujifilm launches X Signature camera design program for customisation

Fujifilm launches X Signature camera design program for customisation

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Fujifilm has launched its X Signature program in the UK, letting customers re-skin their existing camera for £129.99, hoping to spawn a bit of creativity.The Fujifilm X Signature is available for the X-Pro1, X-E1, X100, X20, X10 models, to send to the... >>

Limited edition Leica C combines two unlikely partnerships: Hello Kitty and Playboy

Limited edition Leica C combines two unlikely partnerships: Hello Kitty and Playboy

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Leica has been known for some pretty cool limited edition camera partnerships in the past, but the latest may turn a few heads given its unlikeliness. Mixing a soft-core porn brand and a kids toy brand totally makes sense, right?The photography company... >>

European cross-continent drive in Tesla Model S soon to be reality

European cross-continent drive in Tesla Model S soon to be reality

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Tesla isn't looking to slow down, highlighting its commitment to Europe while at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The company announced huge plans to expand its Supercharger network across Europe, and that it will open more than 30 service centres... >>

Turtle Beach crafts headset specifically for Titanfall fanatics

Turtle Beach crafts headset specifically for Titanfall fanatics

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Turtle Beach, one of the leaders in game audio, has unveiled the Ear Force Titanfall Atlas headset due out just in time for Titanfall's launch on the Xbox One on 11 March.The Titanfall Atlas headset boasts high quality sound, so you can hear heavily-armoured,... >>

Mercedes-Benz may let you install Apple's CarPlay in older models

Mercedes-Benz may let you install Apple's CarPlay in older models

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If you have a Mercedes-Benz and are wanting Apple's new CarPlay, go ahead and put down your checkbook as you may not have to buy a 2015 model.A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson speaking to 9to5mac said the company is looking into “an after-market solution... >>

No slowing down: Samsung filing reveals unannounced 'S-Circle' fitness band

No slowing down: Samsung filing reveals unannounced 'S-Circle' fitness band

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Samsung isn't slowing down with its jump into wearables, as a new FCC filing on Thursday reveals an unannounced "S-Circle" fitness band from the company.Presumed to be cheaper than the new Gear 2 and Gear Fit announced at MWC 2014, the FCC filing details... >>

Guidelight automatic night light doesn't need a plug, lasts 25 years

Guidelight automatic night light doesn't need a plug, lasts 25 years

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Guidelight wants to reinvent the bulky night light, something we've all been familiar with from a young age.The Guidelight hooks to an electrical outlet, doesn't take up a plug, and turns on automatically when it gets dark. It's perhaps the perfect night... >>