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12-inch MacBook Air with fanless design rumored

12-inch MacBook Air with fanless design rumored

Apple is reportedly planning a new, 12-inch MacBook Air which would be even slimmer and more portable than the existing model, doing away with the fan among other things. In addition to being fanless, the new ultraportable is also said to do away with the mechanical click button trackpad familiar from existing MacBooks, instead using touch-to-tap.

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Star Wars 7: 30 years later, R2-D2 returns

Star Wars 7: 30 years later, R2-D2 returns

While we’ve still gotten no solid answers on if C-3PO will be making an appearance, it would seem that the one and only R2-D2 will indeed be ready for action for Star Wars 7. Confirmed by Disney chief Robert Iger in an analyst call this week via the LA Times, R2-D2 will be the first character that definitely, certainly be in this segment of the film series.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 making surprise in-store showing starting today

Samsung Galaxy S5 making surprise in-store showing starting today

Though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is headed to a number of Best Buy stores today, you’ll be amongst a very, very rare few if you happen to be close to one of the stores participating. This week the Galaxy S5 hits pre-order with AT&T, and as Best Buy is one of the few 3rd-party retailers that carries Samsung gear, be it AT&T or otherwise, you’ll find the device there for all the hands-on action you desire. The catch is that only around 100 Best Buy stores in the United States will be showing the Galaxy S5 off today, while the rest will be getting the device in for show inside the next couple of weeks.

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iPhone 6 to retain 8-megapixel camera: here’s why that’s OK

iPhone 6 to retain 8-megapixel camera: here’s why that’s OK

Supposing you’re the sort of person that purchases a smartphone because it has all the newest specifications - biggest and therefor best, that is to say, you may not be happy about today’s iPhone 6 rumor. It’s suggested by sources speaking with AppleInsider that there will - once again - be an 8-megapixel sensor on the iPhone. That’s the iPhone 6, arriving later in 2014, with an 8-megapixel camera on its back.

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Amazon smartphone details tipped by analyst: 6 cameras onboard

Amazon smartphone details tipped by analyst: 6 cameras onboard

Notoriously accurate pre-release analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has spoken up this week on the future of Amazon. This comes after dishing on Apple for several years, more often than not showing when products would be launching well before they were made official. This week Kuo suggests that the Amazon phone will launch in a timeframe between 3 and 6 months into the future.

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DirectX 12 detailed for Xbox One, Desktop, and Mobile devices

DirectX 12 detailed for Xbox One, Desktop, and Mobile devices

Today Microsoft announced that DirectX 12 is officially headed to all of its platforms for futuristic gaming finesse. Both NVIDIA and AMD are pushing their claim for the collaboration gold on this release, with details on the Xbox One side of things coming mostly from the AMD camp, while NVIDIA appears to be firmly planting itself in the PC gaming side of the map.

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EVE: Valkyrie PS4 gameplay hands-on with Project Morpheus

EVE: Valkyrie PS4 gameplay hands-on with Project Morpheus

This week at GDC 2014 we’ve been given the opportunity to have our first peek at the outer-space-based EVE title called EVE: Valkyrie for PlayStation 4. While before this week it appeared that the title would be restricted to the PC with Oculus Rift for virtual reality flight, this week Sony revealed that this exclusive was not restricted quite so harshly - we’ll see this high-flying VR title hit Project Morpheus when it’s ready for PlayStation 4 as well.

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INFAMOUS: Second Son early review round-up

INFAMOUS: Second Son early review round-up

With Second Son, INFAMOUS returns with a powerful showcase of DualShock 4 controller abilities and a presentation that’s fully PlayStation 4-aimed. Is that what PS4 users want? Apparently so, as early reviews have so far presented scores far nearer top marks than they have been low.

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