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Microsoft's PC gaming chief leaves after just months at the company

Microsoft's PC gaming chief leaves after just months at the company

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Valve's former Steam boss was hired by Microsoft to lead its PC gaming division in August 2013. Now he's gone after just six months. Jason Holtman, Microsoft's director of business development for the PC gaming and entertainment division, has left the... >>

HTC takes on Moto Maker with HTC One 'Double Dip' case

HTC takes on Moto Maker with HTC One 'Double Dip' case

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HTC has launched a Custom Double Dip hard case for the HTC One, set to take on the Moto X's customisation and available through Moto Marker. HTC's new case will let you add a little jazz to your HTC One handset, by picking a colour for the top, middle... >>

Is this our first look at Apple's iPhone 6? Answer: No, it's a clever fake

Is this our first look at Apple's iPhone 6? Answer: No, it's a clever fake

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Sonny Dickson has published images claimed to be the iPhone 6. The Australian-based device leaker noted on Twitter that the images are "teasers" and neglected to share any further information. Pocket-lint is unable to confirm the validity of the images,... >>

HTC M8 leaks get combined into one convincing mockup

HTC M8 leaks get combined into one convincing mockup

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XDA Developer Forum member "Hamdir" has crafted what might be the best HTC M8 render yet.  The artist based the render on several leaks that have crossed the internet over the past few weeks, and it's actually pretty convincing. Of course, none of... >>

Google's acquisition of Nest completed: 'Nest to continue to innovate upon devices'

Google's acquisition of Nest completed: 'Nest to continue to innovate upon devices'

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Google's acquisition of Nest has officially been completed, following announcement of the deal in mid-January and subsequent regulatory approval. A filing with the SEC on Wednesday revealed the deal was officially closed for $3.2 billion on 7 February,... >>

Microsoft 'seriously considering' adding Android apps to Windows and Windows Phone, says report

Microsoft 'seriously considering' adding Android apps to Windows and Windows Phone, says report

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Microsoft is "seriously considering" adding Android application support to its Windows Phone and Windows desktop software, according to The Verge. The move is being discussed in depth at the Redmond-based company, according to the report, with opinions... >>

Rdio beefs up iPhone app with enhanced design, playlist editing, reviews

Rdio beefs up iPhone app with enhanced design, playlist editing, reviews

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Streaming music application Rdio received a sizable update on iOS on Tuesday, adding playlist editing and reviews, alongside design, user interface and overall performance enhancements. Playlist editing, a highly requested feature among Rdio users, will... >>

Google and Foxconn reportedly getting closer when it comes to robotics

Google and Foxconn reportedly getting closer when it comes to robotics

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Google and Foxconn, the big manufacturer often associated with Apple, may soon work together on a project you might not have guessed: robotics. The Wall Street Journal reports that Foxconn and former-Android boss Andy Rubin may soon join to pursue new... >>

Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 build indicates what's coming for the platform

Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 build indicates what's coming for the platform

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Several developers across the web have posted their findings from the Windows Phone 8.1 software development kit that was just seeded to them for testing.  Reddit user and developer "wpthroaway" has been the source of many of the leaks, sharing what... >>

HTC M8 leak shows a sleek handset with plenty of bezel on the bottom

HTC M8 leak shows a sleek handset with plenty of bezel on the bottom

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Another alleged photo of the HTC M8 has leaked from Twitter account HTCFamily.ru, highlighting what could be the design of HTC's next-generation flagship and successor to the HTC One.  The photo shows a HTC M8 we've seen in leaks before, featuring on-screen... >>

Sony selling its waterproof MP3 player in a bottle of water

Sony selling its waterproof MP3 player in a bottle of water

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Sony wants to convince you its waterproof NWZ-W273 MP3 player can really go with you for a swim.  The company has begun an advertising campaign in New Zealand to sell the waterproof MP3 player within a bottle of water. It's called the Bottled Walkman,... >>

LG's Heart Rate Earphones gain regulatory approval, could launch in US soon

LG's Heart Rate Earphones gain regulatory approval, could launch in US soon

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LG's heart rate-tracking earphones have gained regulatory approval in the US, after crossing the desk of the FCC on Tuesday. When LG took the wraps off the Heart Rate Earphones alongside its Lifeband Touch in January, a release date wasn't provided.... >>

BMW i8 will bring optional laser headlights with 'daylight-like illumination'

BMW i8 will bring optional laser headlights with 'daylight-like illumination'

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BMW announced on Monday that its BMW i8 hybrid sports car will feature laser light headlamps as an optional feature when it begins to ship in autumn 2014. The BMW i8 will mark the first production car to feature such technology, said to bring daylight-like... >>

BBM chief leaves BlackBerry, making for another high-level departure at the company

BBM chief leaves BlackBerry, making for another high-level departure at the company

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BlackBerry is losing the chief of BBM, at a time when BlackBerry hopes the product will keep it relevant in the smartphone realm and soon bring in revenue.  Andrew Bocking, executive vice-president of BlackBerry and head of the messenger service,... >>

Sony confirms lighter PS Vita coming to North America this spring

Sony confirms lighter PS Vita coming to North America this spring

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Sony has confirmed the slimmer, lighter PS Vita is coming to North America in the spring, following its launch in the UK on 7 February and in Japan at the end of last year.  The handheld gaming console will be available in a $200 combo that will also... >>

New Call of Duty title in 2014 will be built for the Xbox One and PS4

New Call of Duty title in 2014 will be built for the Xbox One and PS4

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Moving out of a transition year for consoles, games with a focus on next-generation hardware will take shape in 2014.  Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed Sledgehammer Games, the group behind the next Call of Duty title, will develop... >>

Asus VivoTab Note 8 now available at Microsoft Store for $329

Asus VivoTab Note 8 now available at Microsoft Store for $329

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Asus has begun to sell the VivoTab Note 8 tablet announced at CES 2014 in January, now available on the Microsoft Store for $329 in the US. The 8-inch tablet boosts the smaller tablet line for Windows 8.1, where a smaller Surface tablet straight from... >>

Barnes & Noble confirms some job cuts at Nook, but says it's not going anywhere

Barnes & Noble confirms some job cuts at Nook, but says it's not going anywhere

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Contrary to recent reports, Barnes & Noble will not axe its Nook e-reader brand or make significant cuts to its staff, the company has confirmed to Pocket-lint.  "We have not eliminated our Nook hardware staff and we remain committed to offering... >>

Flappy Bird is dead: Here are five alternatives to download instead

Flappy Bird is dead: Here are five alternatives to download instead

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Flappy Bird has spread its wings and flown away. Creator Dong Nguyen removed Flappy Bird from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday, after its rise to popularity in early 2014 thanks to its addictiveness. The indie developer cited too much stress as... >>

Dyson makes £5m investment into research lab for robotics, bring on the personal butler robots

Dyson makes £5m investment into research lab for robotics, bring on the personal butler robots

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Bagless vacuum company Dyson has invested £5 million into a robotics lab at Imperial College in London. The research will be used to help robots understand the world around them, through better vision systems, the company told the BBC. It will cover... >>

HTC M8 leaks again with second camera and on-screen buttons

HTC M8 leaks again with second camera and on-screen buttons

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The HTC M8 will feature a second camera and dual-flash to provide better photos over its HTC One predecessor, according to an alleged photo of the handset from Nowhereelse. This isn't the first time we've seen the dual-camera design on the back of the... >>

Windows Phone 8.1 leak shows notification centre for first time

Windows Phone 8.1 leak shows notification centre for first time

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The first screenshots of the notification centre coming to Windows Phone 8.1 have leaked, thanks to a confidential email sent at Microsoft picked up by Winphollowers. The screenshots show Microsoft will market its notification centre as "Action Center"... >>

HTC M8 said to come in 4.5-inch 'mini' version, slightly larger than current HTC One mini

HTC M8 said to come in 4.5-inch 'mini' version, slightly larger than current HTC One mini

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While we've seen specifications and an alleged design for the upcoming HTC M8 flagship, details for the presumed HTC M8 mini version have been nonexistent - until now.  The famed EvLeaks is out with specifications for the smaller HTC M8 brethren, claiming... >>

Flappy Bird will fly off, developer ending hit iOS and Android game

Flappy Bird will fly off, developer ending hit iOS and Android game

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Hit iOS game Flappy Bird will be removed from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday, after sitting as the top-selling game on both app marketplaces for roughly a month. (Update: the game has now been removed.)  Dong Nguyen, the creator and designer... >>

Activision expecting Bungie's Destiny to be 'best-selling new video game IP in history'

Activision expecting Bungie's Destiny to be 'best-selling new video game IP in history'

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Even with months to go before the launch of Bungie's Destiny title, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is putting huge faith in the new game franchise.  "We expect Bungie’s Destiny, an innovative shared-world, first-person action game to be Activision... >>