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Controversial Chinese iPad game gets pulled from App Store

Controversial Chinese iPad game gets pulled from App Store

A controversial game for iPad created by Shenzhen ZQGame Network Co. was recently pulled from the App Store. The game, which had been available on the Chinese version of the App Store, had its users play by defending islands against Japanese soldiers carrying flags while also dressed as sumo wrestlers and ninjas.

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Edifier announces new Prisma Bluetooth speaker system

Edifier announces new Prisma Bluetooth speaker system

Edifier just announced its sleek and stylish new Prisma E3350BT 2.1 Bluetooth Audio System, which will be sure to turn a few heads. But apart from its cool design features, it has a 48-watt RMS power output and Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream audio from up to 30 feet—without needing to worry about tripping over those pesky wires all over the place.

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Apple wins major patent for iTravel application

Apple wins major patent for iTravel application

Just as Apple is probably figuring out how to respond to a recent patent-infringement lawsuit, the company was awarded a number of patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today. One in particular stands out from the rest, and that’s Apple's newly granted iTravel patent application, which allows users to make reservations, check in to flights and share identification details.

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Apple faces lawsuit over noise-canceling technology

Apple faces lawsuit over noise-canceling technology

Apple has just been hit with yet another patent-infringement lawsuit, this time by Noise Free Wireless, accusing Apple of violating its noise-canceling technology patents. Noise Free claimed that it had at one point revealed its noise-canceling technology to Apple in a series of meetings years ago, alleging that Apple went ahead and used the technology without permission.

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China cracks down on Internet video regulation

China cracks down on Internet video regulation

Chinese state authorities have made plans to really step it up on Internet video censorship. The State Internet Information office and China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television released a statement Monday saying that Internet video providers will be held liable for their content posted to their services. The new plan is to standardize Internet video and promote a more healthy development of all content.

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EnableTalk sensory gloves take top prize in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

EnableTalk sensory gloves take top prize in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

The top place for the 10th annual Microsoft Imagine Cup was won by a Ukrainian team of students for a pair of sensory gloves, called EnableTalk. The gloves use sensors to translate hand gestures from sign language into speech, designed to help deaf and mute people communicate through verbal language.

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Students build underwater mine-detecting robot from household junk

Students build underwater mine-detecting robot from household junk

A group of students from the University of the West of England designed a robot built from recycled materials that that could help detect underwater mines. The robot has been constructed out of household parts, spare car parts and an Internet router. It even features a camera taken from a PlayStation 3, fan guards from a computer and a Land Rover’s reversing light.

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Gartner reports global IT spending to reach $3.6 trillion this year

Gartner reports global IT spending to reach $3.6 trillion this year

Gartner Inc. reported today that organizations will spend over $3.6 trillion worldwide on IT products and services, which is about a three percent increase compared to last year’s spending, totaling $3.5 trillion. The report was revised from a previous forecast of a 2.5 percent increase in spending this year on IT products and services.

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Study reveals space travel may slow ageing process

Study reveals space travel may slow ageing process

Researchers may have just cracked the code for living longer. Several Caenorhabditis elegans worms, which surprisingly have a lot in common with humans, were taken onboard an 11-day mission to the International Space Station and brought back to be studied. The C. elegans worm is one of the most studied organisms in the entire world and is frequently used in space travel research due to the similarities they share with humans in the way muscles deteriorate.

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Facebook expands App Center in more countries

Facebook expands App Center in more countries

Facebook opened up the App Center to more English-speaking countries today, including Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. In a blog post, Facebook said that users in those countries should be able to find the App Center bookmark located to the left of the Facebook homepage. It can also be found within the Facebook apps section on iOS and Android.

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Sharp agrees to pay $198.5M to settle LCD price-fixing lawsuit

Sharp agrees to pay $198.5M to settle LCD price-fixing lawsuit

Japan’s Sharp Corp has agreed to pay Dell and two other companies $198.5 million for an out of court settlement over a lawsuit dealing with fixed LCD panel prices in North America and Europe. It was initially filed in November of 2009 against Sharp and several other companies including Epson, Hitachi and Toshiba. A spokesperson for Sharp said that the company came decide upon the settlement agreement independently from the other companies that are also involved.

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Rovio may be planning Angry Birds version to play as pigs

Rovio may be planning Angry Birds version to play as pigs

We’ve all had some good practice at launching a few thousand or so virtual birds into virtual air, and now Rovio may have plans to shake things up a little but allowing users to take the other side by playing as one of the green pigs. After two years of being the target, it seems as if it’s officially time for the pigs to take revenge on their avian rivals.

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