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Android TV tipped to reboot Google TV’s rough edges

Android TV tipped to reboot Google TV’s rough edges

Google is readying a renewed attempt on the living room with Android TV, leaked internal documents suggest, ditching the ill-fated Google TV and trying to put content rather than individual services at the fore. The new platform, app support for which Google is supposedly courting developers for now, takes a more simplistic approach than the confusing Google TV, with a straightforward thumbnail interface and a background engine for recommended content.

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Overwatch tipped as Blizzard’s next multiplayer gaming title

Overwatch tipped as Blizzard’s next multiplayer gaming title

As of December, 2013, Blizzard was publicly in search of a Lead Producer of what was described as the company’s "next awesome game." It was Blizzard director Michael Booth that let it be known that the company was in search of a team that would take command on an "unannounced game title." "We can’t tell you exactly what the game is yet," these listings said, "but trust us, it’s awesome."

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Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

When you have a product like Kinect, so closely associated with gaming, how do you convince everybody else that they should be installing a motion-tracking camera in the home? Microsoft is looking to smart home technology and health, among other things, to do just that with Kinect for Windows v2, though a stealthy spread through Cortana and smartphones may be just as vital. We caught up with Microsoft’s Michael Mott, general manager of Xbox applications and developer relations, to find out how virtual assistants and home automation could make Kinect-tech the next must-have.

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Game of Thrones – Why ‘All Men Must Die’

Game of Thrones – Why ‘All Men Must Die’

Come April 6th and all eyes will be glued to the television screen, only to watch the aftermath of the 'Red Wedding' and how the story of Game of Thrones progresses from here. Entering its fourth season, a lot is being pegged on this segment, simply because of the juncture where the story is at. While we have Daenerys Targaryen, 'the mother of dragons', stating that she will do what all queens do – rule - the flip-side sees the statement 'All Men Must Die' as the underlying plot.

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Amazon Dash: scan or speak to order what you need

Amazon Dash: scan or speak to order what you need

There’s a device appearing this week going by the name of Amazon Dash, one that’ll enhance the way users will be able to work with Amazon Fresh. Amazon Fresh is a food and essentials service that only works in a limited set of areas at the moment, delivering fresh goods to users homes. Amazon Dash is a tool users - apparently - carry around and speak to when they remember what they need.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specification rumors begun to churn

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specification rumors begun to churn

There’s no lack of interest in the next generation of phablet hardware this season, especially when it comes to the second wave of Samsung’s yearly dishing of smartphones. As the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives, so too will the Galaxy Note 4 come not long after. As Spring arrives officially, so too must we prepare for summer.

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GameSpy shuts down May 31: will your game be affected?

GameSpy shuts down May 31: will your game be affected?

There’s a brand called GameSpy out there in the gaming technology universe that runs multiplayer and CD key authentication for a wide variety of games. While part of GameSpy was a video game news site, there was also an online matchmaking service - now owned by Glu Mobile - which will be shut down on May 31st, 2014. There are a number of games that will be affected by this shutdown.

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Apple acquires Novauris, Siri to benefit

Apple acquires Novauris, Siri to benefit

Supposing you’re a heavy user of Apple’s personal assistant Siri, you’ll be glad to know that the company has just acquired a company that’ll make her a whole lot better. Apple has acquired Novauris Technologies, a group co-founded by Dr James Baker, a founder of Dragon Systems.

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