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“Warcraft” film theme and cast detailed at BlizzCon 2014

“Warcraft” film theme and cast detailed at BlizzCon 2014

The spate of comicbook superhero themed films might have gotten the majority of our attention of late, but for Blizzard's loyal fans, the one film they're most interested in is only now taking shape. At the annual BlizzCon held last week, director Duncan Jones, whose credits include "Source Code", has shared some tidbits about the upcoming film based on the hit franchise. Colloquially called "Warcraft", the film will focus on the age old war between humans and orcs. But this time, the humans won't be the only heroes.

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HTC One M8 for Windows sneaks into T-Mobile

HTC One M8 for Windows sneaks into T-Mobile

Windows Phone devices outside of the Nokia, now Microsoft, Lumia line do exist but they might as well be non-existent given the rather low profile they have. HTC and Microsoft, however, wanted to change all that and offer the platform's fans a truly high-end option. Now, the HTC One M8 with Windows edition has finally completed its US carrier round, rather quietly creeping into T-Mobile's online catalog. With HTC's admirable design and hardware, this smartphone could very well be the Windows Phone flagship, if the OS can catch up.

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iPhone 6 “prototype” reappears as “unfinished” model, now sold

iPhone 6 “prototype” reappears as “unfinished” model, now sold

Talk about strange. An iPhone 6 that was once billed as a prototype has reappeared on eBay and, unlike that attempt, this one actually got sold. What was different this time, you may ask. Simply the fact that the owner this time around called the device an "unfinished" model of an iPhone 6 rather than a scary sounding prototype that was leaked out. Perhaps that subtle change was what turned it into a success. Or perhaps it was the claim that Apple was the one that verified it.

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Microsoft Lumia 535 details leaked, Lumia 1330 sighted

Microsoft Lumia 535 details leaked, Lumia 1330 sighted

There are two new Lumia devices rumored to be in the works, a smaller Lumia 535 and a murkier Lumia 1330. But with the myriad, though not exactly ubiquitous, Lumias around, what makes these two devices special? If these turn out to be the real deal, the two smartphones would be the first to bear the new "Microsoft Lumia" branding being pushed by the company. And if so, we are likely to see the two of them unveiled in Microsoft's #MoreLumia event scheduled this Tuesday.

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Xbox One November update: wallpapers, trending TV shows

Xbox One November update: wallpapers, trending TV shows

Microsoft has just started rolling out the latest and last system update for the Xbox One this year. Already available as a preview for testers last month, this update brings a ton of new options, in particular regarding customization for both the console itself and gamers' online profiles. It also improves ways to discover new content, whether they be Live TV shows or games from the marketplace. Plus, some smaller touches here and there that gives you even less reasons to stand up from your couch.

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LG G3 to lay claim to first Android 5.0 update

LG G3 to lay claim to first Android 5.0 update

When Android Lollipop was first announced, many OEMs were quick to rally behind the new Android version but Korean manufacturers LG and Samsung weren't as quick. But although LG was one of the last to voice out support for Android 5.0, it has now seemingly turned the tables on everyone else. The company has announced that its LG G3 flagship, still one of the better smartphones this year, will be receiving the much awaited update this week, beating everyone else in the race to be the first to get Android 5.0 on an OEM device.

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OUYA “Chickcharney” update focuses on user-made content

OUYA “Chickcharney” update focuses on user-made content

OUYA is not dead. And to prove that claim, the startup has just announced it's latest update that brings a couple of new features to the console and the OUYA gaming ecosystem as a whole. Taking center stage in this update is a focus on user-made content and mods, opening the door for more replayability in mobile games. Plus, it is finally possible to bundle games in promos and sales, just in time for the holiday countdown. Of course there are also bugfixes here and there plus the traditional new paint job for the user interface.

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Verizon Ellipsis 8 takes another shot at budget tablet market

Verizon Ellipsis 8 takes another shot at budget tablet market

Continuing a tradition it set last year, Verizon is outing the next iteration of its self-branded tablet, appropriately named the Ellipsis 8. Aside from the increment in number and, therefore, in size, the tablet represents a rather minor upgrade from last year's Ellipsis 7 model. Of course, hardware specs alone aren't the main focus of this mid-range tablet. The Ellipsis 8, in particular, is meant to showcase Verizon's doubly fast XLTE network. The videos you'll be able to stream or download because of that is the cherry on top.

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Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

There's almost a smartphone for everyone, whether they be kids, teens, older users, or industrial workers. Those that work to ensure our safety and security now also have a smartphone that caters to their needs. Motorola Solutions has unveiled the LEX L10, the latest of its LTE enabled devices designed for first responders. Powered by Android, this smartphone isn't like your run of the mill rugged smartphone that usually sport mediocre specs. The LEX L10 is hardy both inside and outside and also has the power to show for it.

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Zuckerberg answers biggest Facebook Messenger question: Why?

Zuckerberg answers biggest Facebook Messenger question: Why?

Facebook has made many changes to both its web experience and its mobile apps, and a good number of them have never been popular. The latest debacle that the social networking giant has found itself in is about the forced move to a separate independent app for messaging. The company has just recently conducted its first public town hall Q&A, with Mark Zuckerberg taking the mic. And surely enough, the first question thrown at him, said to be the most popular one, is why on earth did Facebook force this change on them.

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