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March 26, 2014

Will Microsoft Make a Huge iPad Announcement Tomorrow?

A new post on ZDNet reports that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to make a big announcement regarding the company’s software on iPad at 10 a.m. Pacific tomorrow. Conventional wisdom points to the debut of the long-awaited touch-optimized version of Microsoft Office for the iPad, which we’ve heard has been in development for quite a while already. However, the post also claims that Nadella will make an additional announcement regarding software for the iPad that might not have been quite as expected.

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March 25, 2014

Minecraft Creator “Notch” Cancels Minecraft for Oculus Following Facebook Acquisition

Here it is, the first causality of Facebook’s acquisition of the promising virtual reality company Oculus today. Minecraft and Mojang creator Markus Perrson, better known by his online nickname “Notch”, has just announced on his personal Twitter feed that Mojang has cancelled talks with Oculus to bring the company’s insanely popular indie game Minecraft to the upcoming virtual reality gaming platform, claiming that Facebook “creeps him out.”

We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of [...]

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March 25, 2014

Virtual Insanity: Facebook Drops $2 Billion to Buy VR-Maker Oculus

News broke moments ago that Facebook will spend $2 billion to acquire Oculus, the Kickstarted maker of the Rift, a virtual reality headset that’s had the gaming world talking for the last several months. While not as numerically huge as its $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp last month, the implications of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus can’t be ignored.

For starters, this means that Oculus won’t have to worry about funding, well, ever again. With Mark Zuckerberg’s deep pockets, Oculus has more than enough [...]

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March 25, 2014

Sony Won’t be Making an Android Wear Smartwatch

If you’re one of the thousands of people excited over last week’s surprise Android Wear announcement, then you probably aren’t Ravi Nookala, Sony Mobile’s head of the U.S. division. Because if we’re going to take him at face value, Sony isn’t too psyched about Google’s new smartwatch ecosystem.

Sony has been a driving player in the early days of the smartwatch segment, developing its own fork of Android that runs on devices similar to the ones Android Wear will run on, such as the Sony [...]

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March 25, 2014

Next Big Nokia Phone Reveal Set for April 2…But Does it Even Stand a Chance?

By now you’ve probably read about HTC’s One M8 Android handset, which was finally and officially unveiled at a press event in New York City today. Armed with a dual camera, deep social and multimedia integration, and style for days, some believe that it’ll simply be the best smartphone on the market in 2014. And based on what we saw this morning, it might actually be the case—at least until we see what Apple’s planning with the iPhone 6.

Oh, and hey! Nokia’s going to make a new smartphone announcement on April 2 for some [...]

 
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March 25, 2014

Who Followed You First? Use This Twitter Tool to Find Out

Do you remember your first? First Twitter follower, I mean.

Whether you have tens of thousands of followers now or just a few dozen, you started out with the same number as everyone else: zero. And someone had to be number one; the very first person who thought you were worth paying attention to. The first person in the world to click that “Follow” button on your timeline. That person is a hero, really.

If you don’t remember who that person was, though, a tool called First Follower can help remind [...]

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March 25, 2014

HTC One M8 Officially Unveiled, Available from Verizon Today, Early April Elsewhere

After weeks of leak after leak, HTC took to the stage in New York City today and formally, officially, unveiled its follow-up to last year’s One: the HTC One M8, set to launch before April 10 at AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, T-Mobile, Bell, and Tellus in North America. But if you don’t want to wait, you can jump onto the websites of AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon in the US, or Rogers, Bell, and Tellus in Canada to order the One M8 starting at 1 p.m. Eastern. Verizon will have the One M8 in-stores starting at 1 p.m. today.

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March 25, 2014

Spotify Offers a 50 Percent Discount to College Students

College students in the U.S. are about to enjoy unlimited streaming music at a very good price.

Spotify is now offering a special discount to those enrolled in two-year or four-year universities, cutting its $10 a month subscription fee by half in order to encourage new sign-ups.

The $5 a month discounted plan will offer the same perks, including unlimited, ad-free streaming and mobile access, but will only be available as long as a Spotify user is a college student. Spotify will use a service called SheerID to verify a [...]

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