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Xbox Android and iOS app revamp brings Xbox SmartGlass feel

Xbox Android and iOS app revamp brings Xbox SmartGlass feel

Microsoft has unveiled the refreshed Xbox App for Android and iOS devices. The app will keep you connected with all your gaming pals while you are away from your game console. Microsoft has brought everything that gamers feel comfortable with and like from Xbox SmartGlass into the refreshed Xbox app. The app will allow users to see what friends on Xbox Live are doing, share updates and game clips, watch and interact with game content, and buy games from the store.

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Como Audio Solo and Duetto streaming audio systems hit Kickstarter

Como Audio Solo and Duetto streaming audio systems hit Kickstarter

Fans of hi-fi streaming audio have a new media player to check out that aims to deliver American sound ingenuity combined with Italian design. The streaming audio devices are called the Solo and Duetto. The Solo is a compact box made of hardwood that doesn't need a smartphone or tablet to stream your favorite music.

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Pip-Boy: Deluxe Bluetooth Edition is fit for the apocalypse

Pip-Boy: Deluxe Bluetooth Edition is fit for the apocalypse

Gamers who have played Fallout 4 or any of the other games in the franchise will recognize what this is right away. It's the Pip-Boy Model 3000 Mk IV that the player wears in the game. It's a perfect replica and while it's worth noting that the one in the photos is a prototype, ThinkGeek promises it will look exactly like it does now when the final version lands. The device doesn't work with the video game, which is sad.

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Facebook now allows videos posted in comments

Facebook now allows videos posted in comments

Facebook fans have a new way that they can add comments to posts from friends. As of yesterday, Facebook activated a feature that started at the 50th Hackathon held by the social network. With the new feature in place, users can upload videos into comments and replies on posts. Facebook says that this makes it more engaging and immersive for conversations that folks have.

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Samsung Pay launches in Singapore

Samsung Pay launches in Singapore

Samsung Pay has rolled out in another Asian country making Singapore the first in Southeast Asia to have access to the service. Samsung Pay will officially launch on June 16 and falls into the mix with South Korea, US, China, and Spain as the nations supporting Samsung's mobile payment service right now. As in other locations, Samsung Pay allows users to pay with compatible Samsung phones at contactless and other terminals.

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Renderings show what an OLED MacBook might look like

Renderings show what an OLED MacBook might look like

Back in late May rumors started to crop up that Apple might be out to make a big change to its MacBook for the first time in a while. According to these rumors prototype MacBooks had been spied that were fitted with an OLED strip across the top of the keyboard where the function keys would normally sit. The cool thing about replacing keys with an OLED touch sensitive strip is that the buttons on an OLED can be customized depending on what you are doing. A slew of renderings have now turned up showing what the final product might look like.

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Pint-sized exoskeleton aims to help kids walk again

Pint-sized exoskeleton aims to help kids walk again

The exoskeleton the little boy in the image here is wearing was created by engineers from the Spanish National Research Council and rather than being designed for adults, this one is designed to help children. Specifically the 26-pound aluminum and titanium exoskeleton aims to help children with spinal muscular atrophy known as SMA. The simple act of walking could help stave off potentially deadly side effects of the disease.

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Xperia X Performance coming to the UK after all

Xperia X Performance coming to the UK after all

Fans of the Sony Xperia line of smartphones weren't happy back in February when we heard that the Xperia XA might not come to the States and the Xperia X Performance might not come to the UK and Germany. Fans in the UK will be glad to hear that it appears the X Performance is coming to the UK after all, albeit in limited quantities.

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LG K8 V pre-orders kick off June 9 on Verizon

LG K8 V pre-orders kick off June 9 on Verizon

Verizon has announced that pre-orders for a new LG smartphone called the K8 V will kick off on its network on June 9. The LG K8 V is a Verizon exclusive device. The smartphone has a 5-inch HD resolution screen claiming to be one of the largest in its class. The rear camera is an 8MP unit and the front camera is a 5MP unit.

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Galaxy Note 7 tipped for integrated iris scanner

Galaxy Note 7 tipped for integrated iris scanner

For some folks fingerprint scanners always work without a hitch and for others, they end up swiping repeatedly to no avail. Rumors are floating around about the coming Galaxy Note 7 smartphone that claim it might have a new type of security feature integrated. That new security feature is an iris scanner. If this rumor is accurate, the iris scanner itself wouldn't be new; it has been used by Samsung on the Galaxy Tab Iris tablet for India.

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More One Plus 3 images leak along with price details

More One Plus 3 images leak along with price details

Images of the One Plus 3 smartphone have leaked again. These shots reportedly come courtesy of a case maker who was unable to keep them under wraps. The images appear to be press shots that show the smartphone from all angles. We see the overall design of the rear of the phone with a large area around the camera and a LED flash. The One Plus 3 appears to have antenna lines on the back similar to the iPhone.

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Microsoft ditches plans for Xbox One TV DVR

Microsoft ditches plans for Xbox One TV DVR

Back in August of last year Microsoft announced that it was going to put an OTA TV DVR into the Xbox One to allow users to record programs they watch on TV just as they would with their cable box to watch later. A lot of Xbox One fans were excited by that prospect. If you were one of the folks excited about a DVR, you will not be happy to hear that Microsoft has now cancelled those plans.

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