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Final Fantasy XIII-2 for PC pre-orders begin, coming Dec. 11

Final Fantasy XIII-2 for PC pre-orders begin, coming Dec. 11

As promised, Square Enix is bringing the thirteenth, at least by number only, installment of the venerable Final Fantasy Franchise to PC gamers. It has done so for Final Fantasy XIII and now it is announcing when its sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, will land. It's still a good few weeks before the December 11 date arrives, but those who will pre-order the game will be treated to a discount for being an early bird. Even those who bought the first game have something in store for them as well.

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Clutter for Office 365 trains to declutter your Inbox

Clutter for Office 365 trains to declutter your Inbox

In addition to the previously reported "Delve", a new "smart" feature for Microsoft's Office 365 suite has arrived, this time carrying a perhaps more suitable name. Simply called "Clutter", this new feature leverages Microsoft's Office Graph technology to inject a bit of machine learning in helping people get out of the mess that is their Inbox. And somewhat like other smart email apps now in existence, Clutter brings more important messages to the top of your queue, moving negligible ones out of the way. But it also needs your help to do so.

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Saygus take two: ambitious new Vphone on its way

Saygus take two: ambitious new Vphone on its way

If you don't remember or haven't heard of the name "Saygus" at all, you cannot be blamed. The company had a short but somewhat glamorous stint in the smartphone market way back in 2009 with its first Vphone, appropriately called the V1. But then it suddenly vanished and no one heard from it again. That is, until today. Founder Chad Sayers has published an open letter to the company's investors, laying out plans for the next Vphone, with feature that sound even more ambitious than its stillborn predecessor.

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US Postal Service employee, customer details hacked

US Postal Service employee, customer details hacked

If you thought only retail chains like Home Depot and Target or commercial services like Apple's iCloud are the only victims of data breaches, better thinking again and rethink your outlook on personal information security. The US Postal Service has just disclosed that it was the target of a cybercrime that compromised personal information stored in its databases. But unlike other data breaches, this one actually didn't affect customers as much as it did the USPS' own employees, with attackers able to run off with critical pieces of information.

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Proxy42 mixes AR and shooters with a smartphone attachment

Proxy42 mixes AR and shooters with a smartphone attachment

If you are any type of gamer, especially of the FPS bent, you will probably have dreamed of a day when you can play out your action fantasies in the real world. Without dire consequences, of course. Laser tag games and their limited, simulated environments just don't cut it. Those dreams might soon become reality thanks to the efforts of Proxy42, its AR game called Father.io, and a new 363R Trigger smartphone accessory that turns the whole world into your virtual sci-fi shooter playground.

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Looking For Group documentary relives 10 years of World of Warcraft

Looking For Group documentary relives 10 years of World of Warcraft

No, this isn't the much-awaited "Warcraft" film, of course, but it could very well be a stopgap filler while fans wait for almost two more years. At BlizzCon last weekend, fans celebrated the 10th anniversary of the now venerable MMORPG title World of Warcraft by watching a documentary that takes a look back at those years, both with fondness and perhaps even a bit of pain. "Looking For Group" takes a look behind and around the scenes, giving viewers a glimpse of the sub-culture that rose up around the MMO that started it all.

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Atlas robot tries to do the Karate Kid “Crane” stance

Atlas robot tries to do the Karate Kid “Crane” stance

If robots of the future start trying to become our new overlords, we could probably trace it back to this day. Well, sort of. Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IMHC) is teaching its Atlas robot a few kickass moves. Or at least is trying to. The latest stunt this humanoid contraption is trying to pull off is that iconic stance from 1984's Karate Kid, popularly known as "The Crane". But while it seems to have its arm movements down to a T, it still needs a lot of work on its legs.

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Elon Musk confirms army of micro-satellites in the works

Elon Musk confirms army of micro-satellites in the works

One can say a lot of things about Elon Musk, but no one can deny that the man has vision and imagination. Confirming in public, at least to the Internet, a rumor that has been floating around since Saturday, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO revealed that his space-faring company is indeed working on small-sized satellites. Unlike the more ambitious goal of propelling humans into space, this endeavor has a more philanthropic bent, aiming to bring Internet to more people. Kind of like Google's Project Loon, but with satellites.

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Rikomagic V5 TV stick crams an Ethernet port inside

Rikomagic V5 TV stick crams an Ethernet port inside

There are a lot of companies that are trying to replicate the Chromecast magic. Just a few days ago, the latest was Walmart who outed its own VUDU Spark HDMI dongle to go with its movie streaming service. Now there's a new contender and it's a slightly odd one. The Rikomagic V5 TV strangely looks bulky compared to other dongles that try to take on the Chromecast. But that added mass on the end suddenly makes sense when you discover that it has an Ethernet port on that side.

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Micro-scallop robot can swim through blood, eyeballs

Micro-scallop robot can swim through blood, eyeballs

Some of us might imagine robots to be big hulking contraptions of mass destruction, but one of the applications of robotics and science goes in the opposite direction, scaling down these objects so that they could be used for medical purposes. But alas, the laws of physics, as often is the case, hinder instead of help, preventing microscopic robots from swimming inside our bodies for whatever purposes. Prof. Peer Fischer and his research team at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany, however, might have found a way around that limitation.

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