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iPhone still dominates US says NPD (with phablets the losers)

iPhone still dominates US says NPD (with phablets the losers)

Suggestions that Apple needs to make a big-screen iPhone if it wants to stay relevant in the US may be premature, NPD data indicates, with the 4-inch iOS handset dominating smartphone sales in 2013 as "phablets" took only a small slice of the pie. Price and brand cachet are seen as two key reasons for sluggish adoption of phones with screens 5.3-inches or bigger, such as Samsung's Galaxy Note line, with handsets in that category amounting for just 4-percent of overall smartphone sales in Q4 in the US.

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Amazon set-top box tipped for March release

Amazon set-top box tipped for March release

Amazon's much-rumored set-top box, which would challenge Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast among others, is targeting a March launch, new rumors suggest, after the retailer ditched plans to have the media streamer on its virtual shelves in time for the 2013 holidays. The box - believed at different times to be codenamed "Cinnamon" and potentially launch under the brand name "Firetube" - would leverage Amazon's existing Prime on-demand media catalog, and more.

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Samsung Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear range for MWC tipped

Samsung Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear range for MWC tipped

Samsung may bring more than one new smartwatch to Mobile World Congress next week as part of its Galaxy Gear wearable refresh, reports suggest, with the wrist-worn companion devices said to run Tizen rather than Android. Star of the company's Unpacked 5 show on February 24th is still expected to be the Galaxy S5 flagship Android smartphone, but industry chatter indicates upstart-OS - and, some within Samsung are hoping, savior of the company from its current position intertwined with Google - Tizen will also play a considerable role.

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Basis wearable firm said seeking sale along Apple, Google and others

Basis wearable firm said seeking sale along Apple, Google and others

Fitness watch manufacturer Basis Science is reportedly looking to sell itself, with insiders claiming it has been courting Apple, Google, and others in the process of seeking a sub-$100m deal. Basis launched its eponymous watch back in 2012, though despite receiving praise for the accuracy of its tracking, has struggled to gain consumer attention among high-profile alternatives like Nike's Fuelband, Jawbone's UP24, and Fitbit's Flex.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/17/14: COD Ghosts, Kickstarter hacked, Titanfall Open Beta

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/17/14: COD Ghosts, Kickstarter hacked, Titanfall Open Beta

This weekend has been a big one for the likes of Respawn Entertainment and EA Games as their Titanfall Beta has been a wild success. With so many users asking to play the beta that they decided to change from Closed to Open, it’s seeming likely that the game will be doing rather well when it’s released in its final form on March 11th. For now have a peek at our Titanfall Beta gameplay first-impressions and let us know what you think!

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Apple eyes entry to automotive and medical device markets

Apple eyes entry to automotive and medical device markets

Sales of smartphones and tablets around the world are starting to slow. They are still vastly outselling computers, but growth won't be as strong in the smartphone and tablet market as it is now forever. Apple is getting ready for the time when the smartphone and tablet market can't deliver the kind of growth it enjoys now by looking to branch out into new areas.

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