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Hey Samsung, we need to talk about plastic

Hey Samsung, we need to talk about plastic

You can't accuse Samsung of not playing to form. The South Korean company didn't stint on technology at its Thursday event in London, UK, and while there may not have been a single headline gadget like at the Galaxy S 4 launch, Samsung made up for it with a full nine new products. Not for nothing has Samsung become notorious for slotting a different product into every possible niche, but it's not the only habit the firm has fallen into. As Thursday demonstrated, it's really time for Samsung to rethink its addiction to plastic.

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What Makes Apple Different?

What Makes Apple Different?

I have a question for all of you that, for the life of me, I just can’t answer on my own: what makes Apple different?

Yes, I know it’s a question that’s been posed before, and some have said in the past that it was Steve Jobs or the company’s massive cash coffers. Others have said it’s a corporate culture. But I just don’t think any of those answers fully captures what truly makes Apple special and different.

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HTC Butterfly S: So close, yet so far (away)

HTC Butterfly S: So close, yet so far (away)

HTC's original J Butterfly was a phone of firsts for the company, most notably the 1080p display. It may not have been the only phone to feature Full HD resolution, but it pushed HTC back into the limelight and helped us forget devices like the Sensation XL, which got the big-display part right but then dropped the ball in terms of resolution. Of course, with limited Butterfly availability outside of Asia, we had to wait several months until the HTC One to get our fix of 1080p HTC. Now, just as One supplies are finally catching up, the Butterfly S comes along to show us that yes, HTC can fit it all into a single device, it just probably won't sell it to you.

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Apple’s Mac Pro 2013 and the Form vs. Function War

Apple’s Mac Pro 2013 and the Form vs. Function War

We're about to see another of Apple's big experiments, and this time it's pro-users who are under the microscope. The test machine: the Mac Pro 2013. The question: just how important is upgrade-potential for so-called professional users, can fast external devices coax approval out of that audience, and will the offbeat design of the new high-end Mac convince us that power needn't be contained in a huge desktop?

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Facebook’s next “new product” may be to become too large for its own good

Facebook’s next “new product” may be to become too large for its own good

As invites are sent out for an event on the 20th of June that'll have Facebook's next "new product" unveiled, it seems only too good a coincidence that this morning more than one reference to RSS feeds in the social network were found. While it's possible already to pull feeds in to Facebook with some 3rd party Facebook apps, it would seem only natural that the big blue social network's next move would be to bring it all in officially.

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Gaming controllers hit mobile: iOS 7 and the SHIELD factor

Gaming controllers hit mobile: iOS 7 and the SHIELD factor

If you're the sort of person who enjoys playing video games on-the-go, which of the following two announcements hit you harder this year: iOS 7 bringing standardized controllers to Apple's mobile devices, or NVIDIA SHIELD? The NVIDIA device is a whole unit in and of itself, while Apple's announcement was all but missed by everyone outside the gaming crowd. Could it be that these two pieces of the puzzle were - and are - the most important announcements in the handheld gaming industry this year thus far?

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Thank you, Apple. You’ve outdone yourself on the Mac Pro 2013

Thank you, Apple. You’ve outdone yourself on the Mac Pro 2013

I’m a complainer. I know it. My family knows it. And anyone who has read my repeated diatribes here on SlashGear knows it. I don’t like products that I feel could be better. And I can’t stand when companies seem to ignore the consumer’s plea for enhancements.

That’s precisely the way I felt everytime I even looked at the Mac Pro I’m writing this on now. I felt that Apple has ignored my pleas for a better desktop for years, and it seemed as if the company didn’t care. The Mac Pro was an afterthought, I believed, and there was not a single thing I could do about it.

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iOS 7 and the rebirth of iPhone

iOS 7 and the rebirth of iPhone

WWDC didn't give us a new iPhone, or a Retina iPad mini, but it gave us something far more important: a glimpse of the future of iOS. Opinions on iOS 7 are wildly divided, some iPhone users already converts to the lighter, flatter interface; others shocked by the changes; Android and Windows Phone fans quick to pick apart the elements they see as "borrowed" from their platform of choice. It's still early days - not to mention Apple still has a few months to refine things before the full release - but already I'm confident that iOS 7 will bring me back over from Android, not to mention open the door to some hardware surprises later in the year.

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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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Why Android and iOS device activations mean entirely different things

Why Android and iOS device activations mean entirely different things

As the mobile smart device environment expands, it's become apparent that the two major players in the software world are, unequivocally, Apple and Google. That's the truth right this minute, and there's no denying that these two groups command the most attention when it comes to smartphones and tablets. But what's the difference between what Google's Android has done in the industry and what Apple's iOS is doing? And why do so many analysts continue to suggest that Google's mobile operating system market share matters as much as Apple's?

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