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Ubuntu phones from Meizu and bq in 2014 Canonical promises

Ubuntu phones from Meizu and bq in 2014 Canonical promises

The first Ubuntu phones will be launched later in 2014 by Meizu and bq, Canonical has confirmed, along with an unspecified number of carriers also keen to get the new OS to market. Meizu is better known for its affordable Android devices, while bq readers, though not broadly known for its own brand, is responsible for a number of low-cost Android smartphones offered in Europe, particularly Spain.

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Titanfall Beta open: everyone is free to play

Titanfall Beta open: everyone is free to play

Tonight the decision to stress test Titanfall Beta has been made - codes will not be needed and all players will be able to try the game until the end of the Beta period. At the moment this means users will immediately, if not soon, be able to access Titanfall Beta so that the creators of the game are able to test how much the servers that keep the game active online are able to take.

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Bye-bye Birdie: Flappy Bird gets axed

Bye-bye Birdie: Flappy Bird gets axed

Hit iOS and Android game Flappy Bird has been yanked from the App Store and Google Play, after developer Dong Nguyen followed through on yesterday's threat to axe the top download amid ongoing controversy. The free game, said to be making Nguyen's Vietnamese studio around $50,000 a day in advertising revenue, had prompted accusations of stolen gameplay and graphics, leaving the developer to bemoan the attention and eventually opt to withdraw Flappy Bird altogether.

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Apple Sapphire Crystal furnaces acquired: iPhone 6 production lines up

Apple Sapphire Crystal furnaces acquired: iPhone 6 production lines up

A number of documents have appeared this week showing how Apple and the folks at GT Advanced have moved in a number of machines made for inspecting Sapphire Displays to their new manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. These machines have been found in import/export records acquired by 9to5 Mac and analyst Matt Margolis and appear to be working with the ability to inspect large slabs of Sapphire. These large slabs are specifically intended for displays as opposed to Apple's previous implementations of the material, those being the frontmost bit of the iPhone 5s' Touch ID home button or the backmost bit on the back-facing camera array of the iPhone 5.

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