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Ikea’s secret to amazing catalogs? CGI, and lots of it

Ikea’s secret to amazing catalogs? CGI, and lots of it

You walk into that big, bold store and tell yourself “don’t forget a catalog on the way out this time”. The Ikea catalog is a good barometer for style on a budget, and something lying around many homes and apartments. If you recently wondered why their staged rooms looked so good while yours looks so plain, the answer may be a bit more complex than you think. Turns out, they probably didn’t stage anything - it’s CGI.

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Nintendo 3DS update adds 2nd stick, better battery, more

Nintendo 3DS update adds 2nd stick, better battery, more

Nintendo has updated the 3DS and 3DS LL (aka the 3DS XL), the Japanese company's glasses-free 3D gaming handhelds, with better 3D effects and improved controls. Revealed during a Nintendo webcast today, the new portable consoles also add a second analog stick - something Nintendo tried to fix with an add-on "Slide Pad" back in 2011 - as well as NFC, opening the door to interaction with the company's NFC-enabled amiibo game figures.

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Microsoft’s 3D Windows Phone flagship? It’s apparently dead

Microsoft’s 3D Windows Phone flagship? It’s apparently dead

Microsoft has reportedly killed its upcoming flagship Windows Phone, a motion-tracking smartphone codenamed McLaren, with attempts to motivate developers to use its 3D Touch control system supposedly falling flat. McLaren is believed to have piped Kinect-style gesture recognition into a smartphone form-factor, but according to insiders a range of issues - including cost and struggles to find a killer use-case - scuppered the project.

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Futurama gets a 3D makeover in new video

Futurama gets a 3D makeover in new video

Futurama, the wonderful animated sitcom that once disappeared, only to come back from the dead and give fans proper closure, has gotten a 3D makeover. The video, available after the jump, shows the world seen in the opening scene of the TV series, and it is joined by several HD renders and a model of the Planet Express ship.

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What’s the big deal with Amazon’s Fire Phone?

What’s the big deal with Amazon’s Fire Phone?

Amazon's Fire Phone is proving divisive, with the 3D smartphone encountering both curiosity and criticism for its unusual interface and underwhelming pricing structure. Rather than shaking up the smartphone industry, Amazon's "little bit different" was an even easier way to shop from the company's own store. Missed the big event? Confused about what makes the Fire Phone special - or worthy of mockery? We've got you covered.

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Amazon’s phone is the most mundane thing it’s working on

Amazon’s phone is the most mundane thing it’s working on

Amazon has reportedly been working on its new, 3D smartphone since 2009, according to a profile of the Lab126 team responsible for the handset we're expecting to see revealed on Wednesday, but it could in fact be the most mainstream of the products the retail behemoth is cooking up. Sharing workbench space in the clandestine skunkworks previously responsible for the Kindle ereader and Fire TV set-top box are tipped to be projected computer interfaces and more.

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