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RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha adds Siri-like voice command

RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha adds Siri-like voice command

After years of believing that it didn't need to follow in the footsteps of the iPhone or Android (because people obviously prefer mobile operating systems based on a 20-year-old platform), it looks like RIM is now going after the most talked-about feature of the iPhone - Siri. The new alpha version of BlackBerry 10 contains a similar voice-controlled assistant.

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Hulu new video player launches

Hulu new video player launches

Hulu has updated its streaming video player to allow for a cleaner look, a more user-friendly layout of buttons and controls, and even a new feature or two thrown in to prove to users that it is constantly working to provide the best experience possible. This is one of several major upgrades to the Hulu Web player, while rival Netflix has been focusing much stronger on its presence on non-computer devices.

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Bethesda Skyrim 1.7 update detailed

Bethesda Skyrim 1.7 update detailed

Bethesda has revealed the details of its next major update to the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which will be making its way to the PS3 and Xbox 360 but of course is already available on the PC through Valve's digital distribution Steam platform. The update is mainly a functional one, fixing various bugs and optimizing performance, as opposed to one filled with new features.

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US mobile payment use has doubled

US mobile payment use has doubled

If you haven't used your mobile phone to initiates some kind of financial transaction, then you better get on board because it is quickly becoming the fastest-growing segment in the consumer financial world. According to IDC Financial Insights, the number of consumers using their smartphones to complete online or offline transactions has doubled as of May 2012.

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3D printing market to hit $3 billion by 2018

3D printing market to hit $3 billion by 2018

If you think that 3D printing is just a fad, or that it's too specialized of a technology to truly make a different in the market in the long run, then you might want to check out the latest report from Global Industry Analysts, which projects that the 3D printing business will reach nearly $3 billion ($2.99 billion) by the year 2018. The US will be the biggest chunk of that market.

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Adidas launches miCoach-integrated video game

Adidas launches miCoach-integrated video game

This isn't Wii Fit. It's Adidas's step into the fitness video game market, and it's something that integrates with the company's miCoach platform, which expands far beyond the living room. It's the Adidas miCoach video game, published by 505 Games. The game just launched for the Xbox 360 and PS3. As should be expected, the Xbox Kinect motion camera peripheral and the PlayStation Move controller accessory are integral parts of the game.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 23, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 23, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. Yeah, we all had to get back to that daily grind again this morning, but cheer up - we have some great tech news for you today. For starters - OS X Mountain Lion up-to-date application released, quickly disappears. Oh, and you have to love this one, whether or not you like the product involved - Googler proposes marriage with Nexus 7. And here's something for the gamers out there - Diablo III exploit makes wizard characters invincible.

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Google’s Nexus 7 stops orders due to demand

Google’s Nexus 7 stops orders due to demand

Google has decided to stop taking orders from its online store, assumedly because it has such a huge backlog it doesn't even know when it will be able to fulfill new customer purchases. The 16 GB $249 tablet had been showing up as being delayed for one to two weeks. As of now, though, it's impossible to place an order. The 8 GB model, at $199, is still available for orders.

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LG Spectrum’s Ice Cream Sandwich is “very close”

LG Spectrum’s Ice Cream Sandwich is “very close”

Everyone is talking about the latest version of Android, version 4.1 also known as Jelly Bean. But there are millions of smartphone owners who still haven't gotten the update to version 4.0. That version of Android, known better as Ice Cream Sandwich, is now poised to grade the LG Spectrum phone, as Google and manufacturers continue to push out as many updates as possible.

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UCLA scientists working on energy-generating windows

UCLA scientists working on energy-generating windows

If the research being conducted by folks at UCLA continues, we may some day see buildings that are able to provide what would look like invisible electricity to the naked eye. The university has developed a transparent solar cell that could potentially allow electricity to come from windows that still allow people to see outside.

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