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HBO Go app launches on PlayStation 4, but not on Comcast

9 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software

HBO Go has been enabled for the PlayStation 4 in the United States, allowing most cable customers with the channel included in their subscription to access the app, with one notable exception. Comcast is still denying access to HBO Go through the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 3, but it is unclear why the cable company is taking the stance in the first place.

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Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex revealed with 12,000 dpi optical sensor

14 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals

Logitech has unveiled another gaming mouse in its range of high-performance peripherals, this time with a high DPI optical sensor. The G303 Daedalus Apex's Delta Zero optical sensor is able to offer a dpi range from as low as 200 to 12,000 with zero smoothing, tracking movement at 300 inches per second and is also able to be tuned to operate optimally with the mousing surface being used.

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Softcard shutting down mobile payments apps on March 31

16 hours ago | Posted in: software

Softcard, the mobile payments service backed by carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile, will be closing completely by the end of this month. The company revealed that, following the purchase of its intellectual property and technology by Google, the Softcard app will cease working on March 31, with accounts automatically closing on the same date.

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Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Android, 10.1-inch)

18 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Lenovo is building a bigger name for itself year after year, including its devices expanding beyond desktop computers. The company's line of stylish, portable devices continues with one of its newest tablets, the Yoga Tablet 2. The 10.1-inch, Android-powered tablet continues the trend set by other Yoga devices, allowing users to position it in several configurations to suit specific needs. But does the Yoga Tablet 2 hold up to everyday use, or is it just another drop in the bucket for Android devices? Find out in our review.

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Daily Deals: Trendnet wireless router, Hisense HDTV, Amazon Kindle

18 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, accessories

Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where discounts, sales, and offers for various gadgets, gizmos, hardware, and software are listed for you, the dear MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new items including a 40-inch HDTV, a $25 dual-band wireless router, and $20 off the Amazon Kindle.

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Dual-screen YotaPhone 2 heading to US via Indiegogo

20 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Yota Devices is bringing the YotaPhone 2 to the United States, with initial sales going through crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The smartphone, which notably has a secondary e-paper display on the back of the device, will apparently go on sale in the US next month through the site in a similar move to Pebble's recent smartwatch sequel launch on Kickstarter.

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Briefly: Imgur iOS app relaunches, Sling TV gains AMC, IFC

22 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Imgur, the image hosting service, has launched a new app for iOS devices. The free app provides quick access to popular images on the service, as well as voting and commenting on individual photographs, and managing the user's own image collection. This is Imgur's second attempt at the mobile app, as the original iOS version wasn't "native to the platform," founder and CEO Alan Schaaf told The Verge. An Android app is currently available, but Imgur is apparently planning to update it, bringing it in line with the iOS version.

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Xiaomi Yi is $64 GoPro-style action camera with 16MP sensor

23 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Not content with making mobile devices, Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi revealed a new action camera at Mobile World Congress. The Xiaomi Yi is a compact camera in a similar style to GoPro Hero devices, taking the form of a small unassuming white box, with the device offering a 16-megapixel camera sensor capable of 1080p H.264 video recording at 60 frames per second.

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Valve makes Source 2 engine free, introduces Steam Link console

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, developer

Valve Software made a considerable number of announcements at the Game Developers Conference, just as it advised, concerning both hardware and software development. The company's Source 2 engine was revealed, alongside a new set-top box for in-home streaming called the Steam Link, Steam Machine updates, and more about its recently-unveiled virtual reality efforts.

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Screenshots of refreshed MacBook Air stats hint at Broadwell update

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: computers, Apple

A Chinese site has posted images not of the forthcoming refreshed MacBook Air itself, but of its specifications gleaned from the "About this Mac" dialog. The images are said to be from a soon-to-be-released low-end MacBook Air produced by Foxconn, according to Feng.com, and reveal that the 13-inch unit will sport an Intel Broadwell Core i5-5250U dual-core processor set at 1.6GHz (with turboboost when required) and an Intel HD Graphics 6000 video chipset, along with 4GB of RAM.

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Nvidia teases launch of GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, Graphics/Web Design

Nvidia is still producing new products in its Titan high-specification graphics cards range, with the company making an unexpected announcement during the Game Developers Conference. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang handed Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney the first GeForce GTX Titan X, declared by Huang to be the "most advanced GPU the world has ever seen."

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Hands On: Buy Me A Pie (iOS, Android, web)

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Imagine a family function. Mom has run out of butter and sends her dutiful adult child out to the store to get some. People arrive with delicious things in crockpots, and oh! We're short a serving spoon. Mom calls and leaves a voice mail to pick one up, because her dutiful adult child is driving and would never pick up a call while driving. Unexpected guests arrive and we're going to need more lemonade, so Dad sends a text message because he's technologically savvy like that. Meanwhile, Great Aunt Hilda has emailed her own dutiful adult child with the same list. Buy Me a Pie! By Skript is an app that attempts to thwart such confusion by organizing shopping efforts through sharing and automatically updating lists across a group of users.

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Daily Deals: Wacom Cintiq 13HD, 55-inch RCA HDTV, Sony action cam

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories

Welcome to Daily Deals the post where we search for offers and discounts on a variety of computer hardware, gadgets, games, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Aside from a recap of still-active deals, today's new additions include the Wacom Cintiq 13HD, $200 off a 55-inch RCA HDTV, and a Sony Action Camera for $150.

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Hands On: Besiege (Cross-Platform)

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, software

Physics games are fun, and we'd be willing to be that most gamers are keen to agree. There's something almost addicting about games that employ smart physics engines, and fun rag-doll effects, that just seem to keep us coming back for more. Newcomer Besiege, by Spiderling Games, is a title that takes everything we love about the physics genre, drops it into a Medieval setting, and creates one of the most fun not-quite-sandbox games we've played with in a long time.

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Sony shipping Project Morpheus virtual reality headset in early 2016

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, digital imaging

Sony is bringing its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset to consumers in the first half of 2016, the company has advised at the Game Developer Conference. Sony has also revealed a new prototype for the VR headset at the event, with the device exchanging the five-inch LCD panel used in the previous version for an OLED-based 1080p screen measuring 5.7 inches.

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Nvidia introduces Shield home console, Grid cloud gaming subscriptions

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, gadgets

Nvidia made two major announcements at the Game Developers Conference, relating to its gaming devices. A console version of the Nvidia Shieldhas been announced, providing similar streaming gameplay as the original handheld and the Shield Tablet, while the Grid cloud-based gaming service will be fully launched in the coming months, including a connection to the Steam online store and subscriptions.

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Kazam unveils octa-core Tornado 552L with 5.2-inch 1080p display

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones

Kazam has unveiled yet another Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress, following the Tornado 455L and the pre-event launches. The Tornado 552L is one of the British manufacturer's higher-specification mobile devices, fitting a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor and a 5.2-inch 1080p AMOLED screen into a metal and glass casing that measures just 5.5mm thick.

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Briefly: Tinder adds paid option, Sonos Controller update

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Tinder has launched a paid subscription option for its localized dating app called Tinder Plus, adding two more features to the service as well as providing unlimited "likes." Passport allows paid users to select other locations to search for people in those areas, while Rewind allows for the correction of the last swipe action performed, potentially allowing for the user to reverse an accidental left swipe in the iOS and Android app. Recode notes that the cost of Tinder Plus varies with age, costing US users under the age of 30 $10 per month, while older users must pay $20, with a representative claiming that the service is appeasing the "budget constrained" younger user.

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How 'appflows' reveal the true power of the iPad Air 2

Wed March 4, 2015 | Posted in: enterprise, iPad, iPad apps

We recently had the opportunity to learn about how iPad Air 2 is being used in small business. There are several apps being used by small businesses on the iPad Air 2 to enable them to undertake tasks themselves, where they might otherwise outsource at considerable expense. We also looked at real-world case studies, where the same apps had been used to excellent effect. Perhaps the most interesting aspect was how a series of different apps could be used together to powerful effect. What we were really exploring could best be called app workflows, or "appflows," if one is looking for a catch phrase.

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Apple Watch takes top design industry honors ahead of launch

Tue March 3, 2015 | Posted in: industry, gadgets, Apple

Apple's forthcoming Apple Watch -- expected to be formally unveiled at a press conference on March 9 -- is already an "award-winning" product that the jury called "a delightful product offering a holistic user experience" and deemed it "already an icon." Picked from among over 3,200 products vying for world-class recognition from International Forum Design, the Apple Watch took home one of only 47 Gold awards, and one of only two given to telecommunication products.

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Apple Safari, Chrome, Android browsers subject to major HTTPS flaw

Tue March 3, 2015 | Posted in: security, iPhone apps

Researchers have discovered a critical flaw in the backbone of HTTPS-protected traffic, and it is an exploit that has potentially existed for decades. The flaw exists in approximately 36 percent of websites that use HTTPS, and miscreants are able to intercept and modify data passing between a vulnerable browser and a susceptible site. At the moment, OS X and iOS Safari and Chrome are vulnerable to the attack, as are virtually all Android devices ever produced, plus all browsers on Linux.

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Unity 5 game development tool exits beta with graphical improvements

Tue March 3, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, developer

Unity Technologies has finally brought the fifth version of the company's game engine out of beta as a general release, the company announced at the Game Developer Conference. Originally debuted in March last year and existing in beta for a number of months, Unity 5 offers a number of upgrades over earlier versions, including the ability to render better-looking and more complex scenes with an improved lighting system.

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Gartner confirms Apple now top smartphone seller globally

Tue March 3, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

While significantly disagreeing on the shipment or sales numbers of its rivals, analysis firms IDC and Gartner have agreed that Apple surpassed all expectations in a number of areas with its record-shattering calendar Q4 performance, with Gartner awarding Apple the crown of top smartphone seller in the world. An earlier report by IDC had Apple barely missing the top spot, claiming that Samsung shipped 75.1 million units, despite a sharp drop in profits and revenue.

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Briefly: Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum keyboard, Adata OTG microReader

Tue March 3, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, upgrades/storage

Tesoro Technology has announced the Excalibur Spectrum mechanical keyboard, featuring individual key-specific customizability in 16.8 million colors. The Excalibur Spectrum allows gamers to individually customize virtually any color, to any key. Eight different LED effects, such as dimming, full zone, trigger, ripple, firework, radiation, rainbow wave, can be selected -- and per-key customized mode as well as five levels of brightness can be stored across five user profiles. The keyboard also has N-Key rollover, to prevent "ghosting" as well as 512kb of storage for macros. The Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum will be available in the middle of March in North America, at a suggested retail price of $140.

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Archos introduces Magnus tablet range with 'Fusion Storage'

Tue March 3, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Archos has revealed a selection of high-capacity tablets at Mobile World Congress, along with new memory-boosting technology to help make storage management more efficient. The Magnus tablet range offer capacities of up to 256GB, while the manufacturer's "Fusion Storage" system allows for external microSD card storage to be effectively combined with the internal memory of the tablet.

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AMD opens VR initiative, unveils LiquidVR API at GDC 2015

Tue March 3, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, developer

Today, at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, AMD announced an initiative to deliver the best possible VR experience for developers and users. The first output of AMD's initiative is LiquidVR, a set of technologies focused on enabling exceptional VR content development for AMD hardware, improved comfort in VR applications by simplifying performance-boosting techniques, and plug-and-play compatibility with VR headsets.

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