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Sony plans to close its stores in Canada soon

Sony plans to close its stores in Canada soon

Sony has been shaking things up, and amidst its business moves and rumors of upcoming business tweaks is an announcement that the company will be closing its stores in Canada. Sony made the announcement earlier today to its employees at the stores -- as it turns out, they'll have only a handful of weeks to find new jobs as the shops close up. The news was confirmed in a statement by Sony to The Citizen, and in it the company says it'll be redirecting sales elsewhere.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: 8-bit Cinema version

Guardians of the Galaxy: 8-bit Cinema version

It has become something of an honor for a movie to be turned into a pixelated rendition of its normal self, and we have seen many examples of this in the past thanks to the folks at CineFix. The Matrix, The Avengers, and many (many) more have been given an 8-bit makeover, some of them in the style of classic video games, others as merely classics-inspired truncated versions of the movies themselves. Joining them all is Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

The New Nintendo 3DS was dangled before fans' eyes but kept beyond reach for a while, later surfacing in a leak earlier this week and, finally, being officially announced for the US market. Only, there was an unexpected oddity. Those who watched Nintendo Direct yesterday morning and kept tabs on the announcements would have noticed that only the New 3DS XL, the larger of the two units, was promised to be arriving next month for US buyers. Nintendo is being vague about why.

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Marriott drops hotel WiFi-blocking efforts

Marriott drops hotel WiFi-blocking efforts

You've likely heard the news by now: Marriott was slapped with a big fine for blocking patrons' WiFi hotspots, something done under the guise of "security" but criticized as being a ploy to force guests to pay for WiFi access. This led to an official push for permission from the FCC to jam guest hotspots, and many entities and companies -- including Google and Microsoft -- spoke out against the petition. Now Marriott has backed down, saying it won't go through with the plan.

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Fujifilm X-A2 interchangeable lens camera touts premium selfies

Fujifilm X-A2 interchangeable lens camera touts premium selfies

Fujifilm has introduced some new cameras today, and included among them is the sleek X-A2, which is being touted as a way to take "premium" selfies. Such is made possible via the hinged display, which can flip up so that photographers can take self-portraits with the aid of an LCD. Despite the pandering to the selfie-nation, the Fujifilm X-A2 has quite a bit more to offer photographers, not the least of which is its beautiful design and interchangeable lens construction.

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Fujifilm XQ2: an ultra-compact camera packed with features

Fujifilm XQ2: an ultra-compact camera packed with features

Fujifilm is back again with yet another camera, the XQ2. There's a lot to like about this camera, with its maker aiming to combine the best of both worlds: premium quality and tiny size. The end result was this ultra-compact and super light camera and the features it brings. Photographers are able to shoot in RAW, utilize integrated filters, and wirelessly transfer images and video to other devices using the built-in WiFi functionality. Joining the camera are both leather and waterproof cases.

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Google pulling in suppliers for self-driving cars

Google pulling in suppliers for self-driving cars

A Google executive has revealed that the Internet giant has put together a team of suppliers as part of its self-driving car efforts. These suppliers are said to be both "traditional and non-traditional", and have been joined by talks with some of the top auto makers across the globe. All in all, Google is looking to get its autonomous vehicles on the market by 2020, a date that is quickly approaching. Among the companies Google has been talking to are Toyota, Ford, and GM.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

Yesterday a flier surfaced indicating that the New 3DS will be arriving in North America on February 13. The leak was just ahead of the Nintendo Direct session held this morning, and during it the company confirmed that the rumor was true, giving some additional details about what its North American fans can expect. Interestingly enough, it looks like only the New 3DS XL -- the larger of the two -- will be launching in the US, with the regular-size version being conspicuously absent.

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Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps has been updated for both Android and iOS, bringing users both new features and improvements. This takes iOS users up to version 4.2.0 (the version varies for Android users), and while there are a couple similarities between the two updates, both give users different new features on their respective platforms. The most notable new feature for iOS users is the ability to see weather for cities around the globe; Android users, meanwhile, can see their contacts when they're searching for addresses in Maps.

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GE Café Series French Door fridge includes integrated Keurig coffee maker

GE Café Series French Door fridge includes integrated Keurig coffee maker

Coffee is a morning staple for many, and there are a few different ways you can get it. There are french presses and pour over contraptions for the discerning bunch among us, and there are drip brewers with nearly every function and design imaginable. Also popular are Keurig makers, which use K-cups and are exceptionally fast ways to get a cup. Speeding that latter process up just a bit more is GE's new Cafe Series French Door fridge, which features an integrated Keurig coffee maker in the door.

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