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Facebook acquires Branch in a $15 million deal

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CEO of Branch, Josh Miller, has announced that the service has been bought out by Facebook. As part of the deal, Facebook will also acquire Potluck, a similar service. If you’re not familiar with Branch or Potluck, they’re link-sharing services that allow friends to share news stories and internet articles, and have conversations about said stories. This news-centric app’s intention was to move discussions away from Facebook and email and allow users an easier, more “feed-like” way to talk about the links they’re sharing.

The news doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, considering that Facebook has been moving more towards putting real news stories in your feeds along with photo albums of your best friend’s weird night in Bangkok photo album. Facebook is bringing on CEO Josh Miller to do just this, so he’ll be working for Zuckerberg in addition to being bought out. Read more »

Weekend poll results: The hots and nots of CES 2014

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This weekend we set out to get your thoughts on the hottest products from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and now that we have the results it’s time to see what you guys liked and what disappointed you.

While the overall tone remained excited there were things you guys weren’t really thrilled about. This year’s CES brought the first real non-compromises mini smartphone from the Android camp, some exciting slates from Samsung, a new take at smartwatch design by Pebble and more. Read more »

Apple outs a cool new iPad Air commercial

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Apple has released a new iPad Air TV commercial during the NFL playoffs game between the San Francisco 49′ers and the Carolina Panthers.

The new promotional video runs for about 90 seconds and features a monologue from the popular movie ‘Dead Poets Society’. Read more »

The Babolat Play Pure Drive: a smart tennis racquet

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Want to stop sucking at Tennis, but can’t afford a good instructor? Well Babolat may have something that’ll help you out: the Play Pure Drive.

Essentially a tennis racquet that is packed with sensors, Babolat’s racquet measures vibrational and gyroscopic data and displays how many forehand and backhand hits you’ve made and where exactly you hit the ball on the strings. You can then use this data to delineate your tendencies and try to correct them and improve your game.

The data is synced via Bluetooth, where all of the tennis-centric metrics are pushed to your smartphone or device of choice. You don’t need to interpret all of the data yourself though, because Babolat’s software will give you suggestions on how to improve your swing. Read more »

Kickstarter saw 3 million pledging users from all continents in 2013

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2013 was a good year for Kickstarter and that means it was good for thousands of entrepreneurs and people with good ideas needing financing.

To run the numbers, throughout 2013 Kickstarter gathered $480 million in pledges from 3 million users translating into almost 19 thousand successful projects. Read more »

Toshiba announces ‘Bright Mode’ CMOS sensor capable of Full HD videos at 240fps

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Toshiba is developing a new CMOS image sensor technology named “Bright Mode” that is capable of shooting Full HD videos at 240 frames per second on your smartphones and tablets.

Toshiba’s newest technology manages to secure more than double the normal exposure time by adapting to interlaced video output, so as to record videos at high frame rates. Read more »

Sony sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 units in 2013

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It was not long ago when Sony last updated us on the sales numbers of its PlayStation 4 gaming console. However now that Microsoft announced that it has sold more than 3 million Xbox One units in 2013, the Japanese were eager to show that they have topped that number.

Today, Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, took the stage for a brief moment during Kaz Hirai‘s CES 2014 keynote to announce that the company had managed to sell more than 4.2 million PS4 gaming consoles. Read more »

Gartner: Android will surpass one billion active users in 2014

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Android, the Google-developed mobile operating system, will have more than one billion active users by the end of 2014, according to a report from the popular research firm Gartner.

Gartner predicts the open-source platform will reach about 1.1 billion users, which is a 26% increase over what it currently has. Read more »

Intel’s dual OS platform runs both Android and Windows OS

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Intel’s keynote at the on-going Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas saw the announcement of a new technology, which the company calls ‘dual OS platform’. The newest innovation from the semi-conductor company allows you to run two of the most popular operating systems, Android and Windows, on a single device.

With Intel’s newest technology on board, you can switch from Android to Windows OS almost instantly by just pushing a button. Read more »

Philips to launch Android-powered Smart TVs this year

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Philips has officially announced that it will be coming up with Android-powered Smart TVs later this year. The company has also confirmed that its new television sets, which will be named Ambilight TVs, will have full access to Google Play Store as well as the firm’s own Smart TV apps.

The upcoming TVs from Philips are said to be powered by a quad-core chips that can handle intensive HD games without any hassle. Read more »

Toshiba upgrades its Kira Ultrabook with Haswell processor, brings it to UK

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Toshiba’s Kira Ultrabook has been available in the United States for quite a while now, and the good news for all the fans waiting in the United Kingdom is that the Windows 8.1 ultrabook will finally debut in Britain next month.

The Kira Ultrabook variant hitting the stores of the UK will feature an upgraded Intel Core i7 Haswell processor out of the box to make up for the delay. Read more »

Microsoft sold 3 million Xbox One units in 2013

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Microsoft announced that its latest gaming console, the Xbox One managed to achieve 3 million sales from 13 countries before the end of 2013.

The Redmond gaint’s launched its newest gaming console on 22 November and was available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, New Zealand, UK and the US. Read more »

Canon introduces PowerShot N100, SX600HS and ELPH 340HS compact cameras

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Canon’s press event at CES today saw the unveiling of three new point and shoot cameras. The company introduced the PowerShot N100, SX600HS and ELPH 340HS to extend its mid-range offerings.

The PowerShot N100 has square design that is quite similar to the previous N series models. Read more »

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 802 and 602A SoC for smart TVs and in car infotainment

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Qualcomm has officially taken wraps of its Snapdragon 802 processor that is designed exclusively for streaming 4K content on your televisions. The semi-conductor giant also introduced its Snapdragon 602A chipset to improve the infotainment in cars.

The Snapdragon 802 is a SoC with quad-core CPU that shares a lot with the company’s Snapdragon 800 and 805 mobile processors. Read more »

Apple and Qualcomm facing production issues with their smartwatches

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The next 12 months are said to be the year of the wearable devices as the industry embraces the newest trend. However, two of the industry giants in the faces of Qualcomm and Apple are reportedly facing production issues with their respective wearable products.

According to a report from DigiTimes, Qualcomm’s Toq and Apple’s alleged iWatch yields are less than 50% of what initially anticipated due to difficulties with applying surface treatments on the metal chassis. Read more »