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Nintendo’s 8GB Wii U Basic set to be discontinued in Japan

Nintendo’s 8GB Wii U Basic set to be discontinued in Japan

Things have been somewhat quiet for Nintendo in the Wii U market lately, what with several of the system's big games delayed until later this fall, and it being unclear what the company might show off at E3 this year. Now, that doesn't mean the console is in dire straits at this point, but Nintendo has revealed that it's killing off one of the Wii U models in Japan, which may be a sign of what's to come for other regions.

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Apple releases 15″ MacBook Pro with Force Touch, 5K iMac at $2K

Apple releases 15″ MacBook Pro with Force Touch, 5K iMac at $2K

Just as was predicted yesterday, Apple has just released updated models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro and the 27-inch iMac, with available to order online and in-store as of today. The rumors that were reported on turned out to be pretty accurate, as both computer received the upgrades that were expected. Namely, the 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes with a Force Touch trackpad, and the Retina 5K iMac has received a lower price, which turned out to be better than expected.

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15″ MacBook Pro with Force Touch rumored to launch Wednesday

15″ MacBook Pro with Force Touch rumored to launch Wednesday

If you were hoping for Apple to announce a refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro or 27-inch iMac at this year's WWDC, your wishes may be coming true, and even sooner than expected. A new report from the fairly reliable French website MacGeneration says that this Wednesday will the release of those two computer models updated with Intel's newest Broadwell processors. The timing plausible, especially for the MacBook Pro, as shipments of the 15-inch model have been dwindling for several weeks now, and the 13-inch model was updated back in March.

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Updated Creator CI20: a beefier RPi B+ but MIPS

Updated Creator CI20: a beefier RPi B+ but MIPS

When it comes to hackers and makers, no platform and no development board probably rings louder than ARM and the Raspberry Pi. But they not the only options, not by a long shot. Last year, Imagination Technologies, who makes the PowerVR GPUs among other things, reminded us of that other but less talked about geek darling, the MIPS architecture. It also revealed its own blessed development board, the Creator CI20, which has just been updated to again take on the RPi by taking the fight to the cloud.

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Oculus Rift Consumer Version vs Crescent Bay: Basic VR Details

Oculus Rift Consumer Version vs Crescent Bay: Basic VR Details

Before we dive in on the Consumer Release of Oculus Rift as it compares to the most recent version of Crescent Bay, be forewarned. Not a whole lot is known to the public at this point. What we're going on here is a mix of what we've been told by Oculus and what's been made obvious in comments from Oculus leaders like John Carmack over the past few weeks and months. That said, let's have a look. This is Oculus Rift as it's set to appear in early 2016, with pre-orders starting near the end of 2015.

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Not all Galaxy S6 cameras are the same, but Samsung isn’t worried

Not all Galaxy S6 cameras are the same, but Samsung isn’t worried

There’s one thing about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge Samsung would like you to know: both have amazing cameras. If you get hold of a spec sheet for either phone, you’re likely to see a ‘Sony IMX240’ listed as the hardware driving your photographic experience. As the handsets find their way to users, some noticed that particular Sony hardware wasn’t there. In its stead was a Samsung ISOCELL camera sensor, calling into question whether or not we’d see reliable image quality in Samsung’s new flagships. ‘Fear not’, says Samsung.

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LG G4 “consumer trial” underway

LG G4 “consumer trial” underway

So you'd like to check the LG G4 out before it hits stores, yes? Lucky you, the people at LG responsible for bringing heat to the feet of consumers have decided to do a bit of a trial run. As it was internationally, here it is in the USA as well - the LG G4 Trial Program is coming to the United States, and, just as we saw late last month, this program is aimed at consumers that want to take part in LG's testing process. This is more of a boost for the device than it is a testing program, but who are we to judge?

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Surface Pro 4 reveal tipped for mid-May

Surface Pro 4 reveal tipped for mid-May

This morning we've gotten word from an anonymous source that the Surface Pro 4 will be revealed at a special Microsoft event in mid-May. This follows with last year's announcement of the Surface Pro 3, having taken place on May 20th, 2014. When we got our first Surface Pro 3 hands-on back then, the device seemed like the bees knees in detachable-keyboard Windows computing. Now just one year later we're itching for the next generation. Especially considering the short amount of time between the Surface Pro 2 and 3.

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Tidal did NOT just jack up their price

Tidal did NOT just jack up their price

Earlier today it appeared that the iOS version of Tidal's music streaming app had pushed a price increase on users. In fact, this price increase isn't new. Also in fact - it isn't universal. It's only through Apple's mobile products. With iTunes, according to Tidal, "Apple's policy is to charge TIDAL subscribers a 30% fee on your monthly subscription, for the life of your subscription, if you activate your subscription through the TIDAL app on your iPhone that you have just downloaded."

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Microsoft HoloLens hardware: No Connections Required

Microsoft HoloLens hardware: No Connections Required

This week at BUILD 2015, Microsoft is running down what may very well be the final hardware for their holographic headset, Microsoft HoloLens. This device, they reiterate and assure us, needs no wires, no external cameras, no smartphones, and no connectivity to a PC. "People used to say computers today can do enough," said Microsoft's Alex Kipman, "[but] what are we going to do with all this extra computing power? We are going to start using this power specifically to help us understand humans and the world around us."

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Huawei Nexus 8 teased again (if you believe)

Huawei Nexus 8 teased again (if you believe)

This week we're having a peek at what very well could be - but probably isn't - the next Nexus smartphone from Google. What you're seeing here is a smartphone render in a video spot for Google Project Fi. This is Google's new data network working with T-Mobile USA and Sprint networks to bring data to the Nexus 6. Strange, then, that the video doesn't actually feature the Nexus 6 first, it features a rendering of a different device. It's a basic design, one that wouldn't be out of place amongst Huawei's current smartphone lineup.

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Samsung’s 7th smartwatch will be round

Samsung’s 7th smartwatch will be round

We've heard of a round Samsung Gear smartwatch before. We've been hearing rumors of this device since before Android Wear came out. Before the first round smartwatch to hit the market, the Moto 360, was released, Samsung was aiming for round display greatness. Here in the Summer of 2015, they've all but confirmed that their next wearable device will be circular in nature. They've done this with a release about early access to this device's software development kit for app and content creators.

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