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OUYA console to hit retail outlets in June for $99.99

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OUYA, the Kickstarter funded Android based game console is now in its final stages. According to CEO Julie Uhrman, the console will start shipping to Kickstarter backers in March.

As for the rest of us, the console will hit retail outlets in June, with Target, Best Buy and Gamestop being the first to have it in stock. If you want to get it online, you have the option of getting it from the company’s website (which will ship early in April) or from Amazon. Read more »

Watch the Iron Man 3 ‘Extended’ trailer here

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Walt Disney Studios showcased an ‘extended’ trailer of their upcoming superhero movie, Iron Man 3, during the Super Bowl. Why the word ‘extended’ is in quotes is something you will have to see for yourself when you watch the trailer.

The trailer also shows Iron Man attempting to rescue a whole bunch of people falling from a damaged airplane and cuts just before we see how he manages to save thirteen people when he can just carry four. Read more »

Carbon for Twitter finally released on the Play Store

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Twitter users on Android have been waiting for this day for a long time now but it’s finally here. After being teased for almost a year, the developers of Carbon have finally released the Twitter client on the Play Store.

The app was shown off on Twitter last year and then an early alpha was released for a few users. After that the app was delayed indefinitely because the developers could not release it as a paid app on Play Store as it wasn’t supported in their region. After that it was announced that the app would be released as a free app but even that got postponed indefinitely. Read more »

‘Little Inferno’ for iPad game review

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Little Inferno made its public debut last year as one of the launch titles for the Nintendo Wii U. Made by the designers of the popular game World of Goo and Henry Hatsworth, the game was lauded for its unique gameplay and won many awards. After that it was released on Steam and has now made an appearance on the mobile platform with the iPad version.

There is a pyromaniac in every one of us and that’s whom the game is made for. You simply set fire to things in this game, and then do it in various combos to create bigger fires and earn more points. All of this is wrapped in a mysterious story that unfolds as the game progresses. Sounds interesting? Let’s find out more. Read more »

Epic Games releases Epic Citadel for Android with built-in benchmarking tool

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Almost three years after the launch of Epic Citadel for iOS, Epic Games has finally released the Android version of the app on the Google Play Store.

For those who are not aware, Epic Citadel is based on the Unreal Engine 3, and back when it was released on iOS, served as a way to highlight the capabilities of the engine on the mobile platform (it was later put into use in Infinity Blade). On the Android version, however, Epic Games has built-in a benchmarking utility, which helps gauge the performance of the hardware as well. Read more »

Sony announces ‘my Xperia’ service for finding your lost Xperia device

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Sony has announced a new service for their range of Xperia smartphones, called my Xperia. The beta version of the service will roll out to a few devices initially before it is available to all Xperia devices out there.

my Xperia works similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone and all other similar services out there. Once it’s available on your device, you log on to the service by visiting myxperia.sonymobile.com and logging in with your Google account. Read more »

Sony holding a PlayStation event on February 20 to announce the PS4

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Sony has released a teaser video for the PlayStation event that they will be holding later this month on Wednesday, February 20.

It won’t be much of a teaser if it revealed everything, so as you can imagine the video does not show much other than the four PlayStation button icons swirling around on the screen with the big date being displayed towards the end that doesn’t allude to anything. But according to The Wall Street Journal, the event is definitely about the PlayStation 4, or whatever Sony decides to call it. Read more »

BlackBerry Q10 spotted in white

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We know both the BlackBerry Z10 as well as the Q10 that were announced yesterday will be sold in black as well as white color options but RIM BlackBerry only had the black versions of both the devices on display.

Some lucky fans, however, managed to get a quick look at the white version of the BlackBerry Q10 at the BB10 fan event, which was spotted in the hands of BlackBerry’s Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben. It is, of course, identical to the black version but does look a bit classier, if you’re a fan of the white color, that is. Read more »

Case-Mate announces a range of cases for the BlackBerry Z10

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Case-Mate has announced a whole range of new cases for the brand new BlackBerry Z10 announced yesterday. You have a choice of wide range of materials and colors to choose from at different price points.

If you want something in wood, there is the Crafted Rosewood and Crafted Zebrawood for $80 each. If metal is your style, then you can go for the Refined Brushed Aluminum finished case for $50. Read more »

Apple gets a trademark for their retail store design

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Apple has been granted a trademark for the distinctive design of their chain of retail stores. Although the claim was rejected twice in the past, Apple managed to successfully convince the US Patent and Trademark office the third time with a lengthy, 122-page document detailing the reasons.

The trademark includes use of items such as a paneled facade of glass, recessed lighting units and lined rectangular tables, but as usual, the trademark is for the sum of parts rather than any individual item. Read more »

NVIDIA allegedly to manufacture low-cost Android devices for other companies

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Following the rather modest success of the Tegra platform in the smartphone and tablet segment, it seems NVIDIA is now gunning for a bigger share of the pie, so far dominated by the likes of Qualcomm and Mediatek.

According to Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-review.com, NVIDIA is planning on manufacturing smartphones and tablets of its own and will be selling them to companies to be rebranded and sold under their brand. Read more »

Purported images of next generation iPad back panel leak

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It’s just been a few months since Apple launched the fourth generation model of the iPad with Retina display and we have already started seeing leaks of the next generation model, expected to go on sale later this year.

What you see above is allegedly a prototype back plate of the fifth generation iPad and as you can see it looks exactly like the current generation iPad mini, pictured right next to it. Read more »

Samsung Music Hub arriving shortly to other, non-Samsung devices

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The Music Hub is Samsung’s online music streaming service, which is currently only available on the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II in a select few regions. Now, the company’s SVP for Samsung Media Services – TJ Kang – has announced that this feature will shortly be available on other, non-Samsung devices as well.

But before that happens, Samsung plans on making the service available across its own range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, etc. Read more »

ITU approves H.265 codec, paves the way for smaller video file downloads

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H.265, the successor to the highly popular H.264 video codec, used for over 80 percent of all the online video, has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), allowing it to be used for the creation of video content that is significantly smaller in size than what we have today.

Known also as High Efficiency Video Coded, H.265 allows file sizes that can be around half as much as the current H.264 encoded videos while maintaining the video quality. This allows content providers to supply much smaller files with the same quality, thus reducing the time required to download or stream the video. Read more »

iOS 6.1 Beta 5 hints at 128GB iOS devices, 128GB iPad reference spotted elsewhere

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Apple started seeding out iOS 6.1 Beta 5 to registered iOS developers over the weekend. The update comes over a month after the last update was released to developers.

Along with the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, this new version of iOS also includes an interesting tidbit of information that a lot of people have been looking forward to; a mention of a 128GB version of an iOS device. Read more »