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Pokemon Art Academy release ready for holiday season

Pokemon Art Academy release ready for holiday season

This October 24th - tomorrow, that is - Pokemon Art Academy will be released for Nintendo 3DS. This is the game announced earlier this year, the one that'll teach you to draw Pokemon characters from scratch! Inside this "game" you'll find many of your favorite Pokemon images to work with including Pikachu, Torchic, Treecko, and Mudkip. You'll recognize those last three as your three standard Partner Pokemon from the upcoming releases Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - there'll be more from that release, too!

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Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

As language challenges go, learning Chinese has to be one of the toughest, never mind doing what Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg has achieved and picked up enough Mandarin to handle a Q&A session in Beijing entirely in the native tongue. Zuckerberg surprised students at Tsinghua University by breaking into Chinese from the outset of the question session; Facebook is on a charm offensive in China, where the social site is officially blocked, though expansion wasn't the only strong motivation to expand his linguistic abilities, however.

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Steve Jobs biopic signs Christian Bale: “he’s gonna crush it”

Steve Jobs biopic signs Christian Bale: “he’s gonna crush it”

This morning it's been confirmed that the most "official" of the "official biopic" collection of Steve Jobs films to come out after his untimely passing has signed on actor Christian Bale. Master actor Bale will play Jobs himself, and according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, "there isn't a scene or a frame that he's not in." Sorkin also make clear that "he didn't have to audition," but that "there was a meeting," but that's about it. This film will be based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography “Steve Jobs” for Sony Corp.

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Apple-1 sets $950k auction record for Jobs’ & Woz’s handiwork

Apple-1 sets $950k auction record for Jobs’ & Woz’s handiwork

An original Apple-1 computer has sold for a record price at auction, with the classic tech making $905,000 after being snapped up by a museum. The computer, which was one of just fifty made by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs back in 1976 as they set up Apple in Jobs' garage, was expected to sell for around half the final hammer price, but the Henry Ford Museum finally won a bidding battle with another, unnamed buyer at Bonhams auction house in New York City.

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Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Over the past week we've had a look at the third in a line of Sony's "Z" devices in so many years, this one called the "Z3" when it's not carried by Verizon. This version of the Xperia Z3 goes by the name "Z3v", appropriately, as it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network. The only differences between this "v" model and the standard "Z3" is the added thickness (negligible) and the reason for the difference in size: the addition of wireless charging capabilities. This device is massive, sleek, and quite clearly meant to compete with the finest smartphones ever released.

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Xbox One to get screenshot capability in 2015

Xbox One to get screenshot capability in 2015

If you are an Xbox One owner who is counting the days until your Xbox One gets the ability to take screen shots, you have a while to wait. Xbox head Phil Spencer recently confirmed that the ability to take a screen shot won't land for the Xbox One until 2015. Many Xbox One gamers were expecting that feature to land along with the update coming in December. Spencer blames the omission on the glut of new consoles expected to be purchased in December.

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Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi is growing out of its shell. It has already started making some of its devices, unfortunately not always the latest ones, available in other countries, hoping to replicate the same wild success it enjoys in China. But in order to scale better to an international audience, especially as far as its services are concerned, the company is now also relocating some of its data away from Beijing and into other territories, some of them in the US. But is that really the only reason for this move?

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BMW X4 M40i spied during racetrack testing in Germany

BMW X4 M40i spied during racetrack testing in Germany

It's not uncommon today for automakers to test cars on a racetrack that are likely to never actually see racetrack use. BMW did just this recently when what is thought to be the X4 M40i was spied testing on the Nurburgring in Germany. Automakers love to say that the heralding of their cars were tuned on the Nurburgring. The hunchbacked M40i is a sub-M brand performance car and while it may not have the same levels of performance as something like the M3 or M4, it should be an impressive ride.

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Glow in the dark highway lines finally complete

Glow in the dark highway lines finally complete

The Netherlands has one more thing to be proud of, being one of the very few, if not the very first, to boast of something called a "Smart Highway". No, this has nothing to do with mobile devices or wireless technology. It's about being smart about road safety and being smart about energy consumption, especially at night. How? By designing highways, or to be more precise, paint, that will soak in solar energy during the day and then paint the night, or the road, green at night.

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Samsung’s newest induction range uses LED “flames”

Samsung’s newest induction range uses LED “flames”

If you've ever used an induction stove or cooktop, you know they mostly only have good things to offer: it's less likely you'll burn your dinner because heat is more evenly distributed, and you don't have to worry about someone touching a hot surface and being burned. Their biggest downside is the same one that comes with any technology that is both silent and invisible, however: it is hard to tell anything about what is going on due to the lack of visual cues. Samsung has used a method to get around this that is definitely in the realm of "futuristic".

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