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March 18, 2015

Nintendo Making Mobile Games, Teases Next “NX” Console

After famously refusing for years to bring its popular gaming portfolio to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Nintendo announced on Tuesday its partnership with Japan’s DeNA—one of the nation’s top mobile game publishers—to start making mobile games. In an interesting twist, Nintendo says that it will bring its popular intellectual properties to mobile platforms—but the games in which they’ll appear will be brand new, and not ports of older, popular titles.

“In order to create completely new game experiences for [...]

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January 20, 2015

Windows 10: Event Tomorrow, Mobile Preview February

Tomorrow, Microsoft will be holding an event to unveil the next pieces of its Windows 10 strategy. Since late last year, Microsoft has been working with users to shake the kinks out of Windows 10, via a Technical Preview that went live months before the planned consumer release of the new operating system. According to a report on ZDNet, it seems as though Microsoft will be going that same route for its mobile platform, as it’s expected to release a preview of Windows 10 mobile next month.

According to the post, while tomorrow’s [...]

 
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December 14, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: Apple May Bring Out 4-Inch iPhone for Women; Project Ara Will Get a Module Marketplace

Happy Sunday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by for this edition of the Weekend Wrap-Up, where we look at the top tech stories of the past week.

Both Apple and Google made headlines during the past seven days. Let’s find out why.

Apple May Release New 4-Inch iPhone for Females

Listen up, women — Apple may have bumped up the display sizes on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s not going to leave you, and what it believes are your tiny lady hands, in the lurch. Rumor has it that Apple plans on [...]

 
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November 28, 2014

New 12.2-inch iPad, Updated iPad mini Could Launch in Spring 2015

Did you get a great deal on an iPad today? If so, you might want to leave the shrink wrap on until I deliver this news: a larger “iPad Pro” will probably come along in the next couple of months to make your new Air 2 look like a child’s toy.

9 to 5 Mac reported on this just a little bit ago, getting a hold of what appear to be schematics for an “iPad Air Plus,” a 12.2-inch monster of a slate that may finally bridge the gap between the iPad and Mac lines. According to that site, this newer, larger [...]

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November 3, 2014

It’s Nexus Day: Nexus 9 and Nexus Player Now Selling on Play Store; Nexus 9 Also Selling at Best Buy

Have your heart set on the next generation of Google devices? In the case of the Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus Player set-top box, you can purchase both starting today; each has gone up for sale on the Google Play Store, according to Android Police.

Upon checking the Play Store out, I found that the Nexus 9 is indeed selling; its entry-level $399 model is in stock and is  ready to ship out in 1-2 business days. It seems, however, that LTE models of the device aren’t available yet — instead, they’re listed as [...]

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October 28, 2014

The Entry-Level iPad Air 2 Costs About $275 to Build, Says Report

“Affordable” and “Apple” aren’t usually two words that end up in the same sentence, but the iPad Air 2 is actually quite affordable… to manufacture, anyway.

According to a report published on Re/Code, the entry-level iPad Air 2 — the model with 16 GB of storage and Wi-Fi-only connectivity — only costs Apple about $275 to build. Apple then sells that model for $499, which is a pretty substantial mark-up of $224.

So that’s the lower-end iPad Air 2, but what about the best [...]

 
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October 22, 2014

Barnes & Noble’s 10.1-Inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook On Sale Today

When I think “Nook,” I think “handily whooped.” The line of entertainment-focused tablets from Barnes & Noble has never really caught on, facing stiff competition from products like iPads, Android tablets and Amazon Fire slates. That apparently has not stopped Barnes & Noble, however; the company rolled out a 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook two months ago (with a little help from Samsung, of course). And now B&N is launching a 10.1-inch model of that same tablet.

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June 25, 2014

Thinner iPad Air 2 Reportedly Leaked, Could Include Touch ID

It’s the Apple way: that which was made thin shall be made thinner. According to a report from BGR, an outer casing mock-up of an iPad Air 2 may have been leaked. A video was published that compared the dummy model to a first-generation iPad Air, and — get ready for the shock of your life — the supposed next-generation iPad Air got a trim.

The mocked-up outer shell is noticeably thinner than the previous model iPad, which itself was much, much thinner than the fourth-generation model. This is typical Apple [...]

 
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June 20, 2014

Surface Pro 3 Review: Great PC, Good Tablet, Big Price

I’m not one for signs, or fate, or anything like that, but it’s difficult not to see the significance in the fact that I’m writing this review on my third Surface Pro 3. That’s right: there are two other Surface Pro 3 units sitting here in my living room, each one having been great machines suffering from some critical defect that kept them from achieving their full potential. Could these two defective units – and this apparently fully functional one – symbolize Microsoft’s two earlier, not-quite-successful attempts at [...]

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June 13, 2014

That Time I Owned a Windows 8.1 Tablet for 22 Hours

I’m firmly entrenched in the Apple world as far as my everyday devices go. My laptop is a MacBook Air. My tablet is an iPad mini with Retina. My smartphone is an iPhone. By all accounts, I probably qualify as an Apple “fanboy” to some readers.

That isn’t the case at all, however. I’m not against trying different products to see if they fit into my life. I’ve owned Windows laptops. I’ve owned Android tablets and smartphones. I’ve even owned a Chromebook. And there were pros and cons to all of those devices, and I wound up feeling [...]

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