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Google Street View now offering tours of the Galapagos Islands

Google Street View now offering tours of the Galapagos Islands

Google first began talking about taking Street View to the Galapagos Islands back in May. This work was being done in partnership with Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD). At the time Google had said this work was being done in an effort to "continue to study and preserve the islands’ unique biodiversity" and that the images would be available later in the year.

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Apple’s Samsung reliance grows despite legal drama says research

Apple’s Samsung reliance grows despite legal drama says research

Apple's attempts to extricate itself from Samsung reliance for components have ironically seen the Cupertino firm increase orders for some parts, new research suggests. Samsung supplied more full-sized iPad panels for Apple than LG Display did in two out of the three months of Q2 2013, NPD DisplaySearch says, and in fact has seen a dramatic uptick in how many LCD screens it sends to iPad production lines from the top of this year.

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iPad mini 2 skipping retina again: here’s why

iPad mini 2 skipping retina again: here’s why

If you're waiting for a so-called "Retina" display on an iPad mini in the near future, you'll be better off planning to wait it out for at least another season. While the iPad mini currently sits with the same display resolution as the iPad 2, the trend for best-of-the-best in all things display and specifications have suddenly proven to be topped out. While this isn't the only indicator for the iPad mini staying with the display it's got now, the trend has become rather apparent: the next waves of smartphones and tablets selling out of stores wont necessarily beat out the previous generation for high-end specs, they'll be aimed at the everyman.

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Why Nintendo Has No Choice But to Go Multiplatform

Why Nintendo Has No Choice But to Go Multiplatform

I know what I’m about to say will annoy millions of Nintendo fans around the globe and maybe even make some of the executives at the company scoff, but the way I see it, there’s no other way out for Nintendo than to end its love affair with consoles and go multiplatform with its hit titles.

I understand that, for years, Nintendo has rebuffed all suggestions that it should bring its titles to other multiple platforms. The company believes that it’s still going to benefit most from offering hardware and software on a single product and can’t fathom the thought of putting Mario or Zelda on an Xbox or PlayStation. First-party titles are the secret to its success, after all.

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How Important Is Buying Used Games?

How Important Is Buying Used Games?

As I’ve said here before, I think that used games are an integral component in the value proposition presented to gamers. There are some people that don’t believe they should pay $60 for a game, and thus, wait a week or so for a game to launch and then head to a place like GameStop to buy a cheaper, used version.

I can understand where they’re coming from. Games are expensive. And with an economy that’s still not exactly recovering at the most rapid speed, spending a considerable amount of cash on a title just doesn’t make sense for some folks – especially when it comes time to pay the bills and ensure that the lights are on and food is on the table.

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Retina iPad mini update coming quick says analyst, chip boost in 2014

Retina iPad mini update coming quick says analyst, chip boost in 2014

It would appear that the analysts at NPD DisplaySearch have run the numbers and decided that the iPad mini with full retina-quality display is well on its way. They've made it clear in their most recent report that the iPad mini's first big update will be appearing in the third quarter of 2013, if all goes well, with another update soon after. The second update, says NPD, will include not only a higher-definition display than the first edition - it'll have a boosted mobile processor under the hood, as well.

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Microsoft reportedly to produce 7.5 inch tablet

Microsoft reportedly to produce 7.5 inch tablet

Back on April 11, we heard rumor that Microsoft is working on a 7-inch Surface tablet, with the information being provided to The Wall Street Journal by unnamed sources. That rumor has surfaced again, this time with NPD DisplaySearch telling the folks over at CNET that Microsoft will produce a 7.5-inch tablet of some sort, and that unlike the late-2013 date supplied by the original sources, the tablet won't be available until 2014.

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