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Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Back in November of 2014, we first heard rumblings of Microsoft bringing the Xbox One's price down to $349 for the holidays. This would include the console by itself and/or a game or games to go with it. Not long after the price drop was confirmed, Microsoft suggested things were going well - the console was jumping off shelves. It was suggested by analysts that the price drop might become permanent. Come last week, the pricing returned to normal - but not for long.

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Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

The modular phone system known as Google's Project Ara is well underway, and leading up to the project's second big developer event ever - taking place this week - the creators of Ara have released their newest MDK. This piece of work is made for creators of Modules - instead of a Software Development Kit, this is a Module Development Kit. What developers will find inside is the first solid chat on the Ara Module Marketplace - how you can get involved and what it takes to be a Module Developer, too.

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Seagate reveals wireless, ultra-thin, and personal cloud drives

Seagate reveals wireless, ultra-thin, and personal cloud drives

Data storage firm Seagate has just announced three new personal storage products that will be on display this week at CES in Las Vegas. All three are hard disk drives, but offering unique features and with different purposes in mind. First up is the Seagate Seven, an ultra-thin hard drive for easy portability; then there's the Seagate Wireless, another portable device, but meant for wireless connections with smartphones and tablets; and finally the Seagate Personal Cloud, a device that can automatically back up your computers and make content accessible by multiple devices throughout the home.

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Back to the Future delivers in 2015 with Nike, VR, Tony Hawk, and Pepsi

Back to the Future delivers in 2015 with Nike, VR, Tony Hawk, and Pepsi

Easily one of the most iconic sets of scenes in a film about the future appears in the epic comedy Back to the Future II. In this film we travel forward to the year 2015 to the day November 5th. In the year 2011, Nike blasted everyone's faces off with the first release of the Nike MAG - that's the pair of shoes that appear in BTTF2 - without the Power Laces. Fast-forward to February of 2014 and the designer of the MAG shoes confirmed power laces for 2015. These are just one of a set of products inspired by BTTF2 and prepped for release this year, the year they're supposed to have been on the market.

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Wii U 2 in the works: just as it should be

Wii U 2 in the works: just as it should be

Today you're going to see more than a few stories on how Nintendo is working on their next console release. This would appear at first to be big news - wow, another Wii, coming your way soon! But in fact, the source of this news is none other than a relatively tiny mention by Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata. In an interview earlier this month, Iwata speaks about the next console in line for Nintendo and some features he's hoping it'll have. Nothing too massive - and nothing that'll be released in the immediate future.

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Moto X 64GB Pure Edition released with Moto Maker

Moto X 64GB Pure Edition released with Moto Maker

The largest amount of internal storage ever offered on the Moto X has been pushed to the 2014 edition with the Moto X 64GB Pure Edition. This device will be shipped with a "Pure" setup inside, meaning you'll get Google's Android apps, Motorola's Android apps, and no carrier apps. This version of the device is GSM-enabled, meaning you'll be using T-Mobile USA or AT&T in the United States. This unit comes with a T-Mobile SIM pre-inserted, and works with both AT&T and T-Mobile 4G LTE.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 2015 Ultrabook gets “blade thin”

Samsung ATIV Book 9 2015 Ultrabook gets “blade thin”

This week Samsung is letting loose their newest in top-end notebook hardware with the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook. This newest notebook in the ATIV line will come with a 2560 x 1600 (2K) display with LED technology across 12.2-inches. Inside you'll find an Intel Core M 5Y10c fanless Broadwell processor with Intel HD Graphics 5300, joined by a 256GB SSD (with a 128GB option also available). This device will appear at CES 2015 in Las Vegas first where SlashGear will get up close and personal with it - just you wait!

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Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved bends the AIO for CES

Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved bends the AIO for CES

Samsung has been bringing curved-screen TVs, monitors, and smartphones to the market for a couple of years. Now it's time to hit the PC market with the ATIV One 7 Curved. This is what Samsung suggests is "the industry's first curved All-in-One PC", coming with a 27-inch curved, Full HD display first and foremost. A 4000R curvature and 178-degrees of viewing angle makes for a visual experience that's larger than a flat screen of the same size. Samsung will be bringing this device to CES 2015 in Las Vegas where SlashGear will be getting up close and personal for you.

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iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

Rumors abound, Apple may release another 4-inch iPhone in the near future. Instead of abandoning the 4-inch iPhone 5 and 5s, Apple is said this week to be rolling out a "low end" handset with updated specifications and a price point to match. This handset would - unsurprisingly - look and feel similar to the iPhone 6. Components will likely match those of the iPhone 5s, fingerprint sensor and 8-megapixel camera included - and sell for the lowest price point as the iPhone 5s does now.

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Xbox One price heads back to $400

Xbox One price heads back to $400

While it'd been rumored that the Xbox One's $349 price point this holiday season would be permanent, Microsoft will indeed be bringing back an extra $50 this January. Starting on the 3rd of January, 2015, the Xbox One will no longer be available for its holiday bundle price point. This includes the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle primarily - while bundles with Forza, Titanfall, and Sunset Overdrive will also be brought back to their original pricing, this allowing Sony a bit more wiggle-room in their console competition through early 2015.

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