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PS4 gets virtual reality headset to beat Oculus Rift, behold Project Morpheus

PS4 gets virtual reality headset to beat Oculus Rift, behold Project Morpheus

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Sony has announced a virtual reality headset for the PS4 called Project Morpheus, during the Game Developers Conference on Tuesday. It's a blue light, 1080p screen, 90-degree field of view, and full 360 degree turning, headset that sits on top of your... >>

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon chips coming for Android Wear

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon chips coming for Android Wear

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Qualcomm will be expanding its Qualcomm Snapdragon processor lineup past smartphones and tablets, and offer it for Android Wear wearables, the company confirmed to Pocket-lint on Tuesday. "Qualcomm Technologies is working with Google and our customers... >>

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.... >>

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.... >>

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... >>

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.... >>

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... >>

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.... >>

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... >>