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VLC hits iOS, Android — Windows Phone in open beta

VLC hits iOS, Android — Windows Phone in open beta

VLC, the media player that doesn’t discriminate, is back in a big way. While we expected it to come back for iOS (it was in a kind of regional beta rollout), we weren’t sure when it might return in an official capacity. It’s now out and ready for download, streaming fans. The app, which plays locally stored content, is back on the App Store. Though the rumored Chromecast feature is missing, you can now use VLC on just about any platform you have.

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper: retro pixel fun for mobile

Final Fantasy Record Keeper: retro pixel fun for mobile

There's a new Final Fantasy coming to mobile devices, and this time it's not just about bringing back a classic. This will be Final Fantasy Record Keeper, a game that mashes up awesome elements from the Final Fantasy universe into one retro-styled pixelated adventure. The keeper of the histories of Final Fantasy - that's you - and you're tasked with keeping the realm safe. This game isn't about cashing in on the past - it's about keeping it in good condition - and in-app purchases, of course.

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Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

This morning Apple has announced a special event set for the 9th of March at 10AM in San Francisco. This event will take place at the , the same location the reveal of the iPhone 5 was held. This is a different location from the Apple Event we were in attendance at last. This new event is set right before the release of the Apple Watch - a device which is expected to be released to the public sometime in April. This event will likely reveal final pricing and release information for the Apple wearable device.

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Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google Wallet has a long, intriguing past as a mobile payments provider. Recent news that Google was purchasing ‘technology’ from Softcard, a mobile payments startup founded by carriers to combat Wallet, only made their option more interesting to us. Though we’re not privy to the ins and outs of what the deal entails, we are learning that Windows Phone wasn’t invited to the party, as Google/Softcard have dropped the platform. There’s no evidence iOS is affected in any significant way, so this is an offensive on Windows mobile.

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HTC RE camera YouTube live streaming activated on iOS and Android

HTC RE camera YouTube live streaming activated on iOS and Android

The HTC RE camera now has full streaming functionality for YouTube. This means you'll be able to set up the HTC RE camera to work with your phone or mobile data-connected tablet to stream video from the Re to YouTube on the web live. Live streaming videos do have some limits - 30 minutes and 480p - but are otherwise available for all devices that currently work with the HTC RE - again, just so long as they're connected to mobile data and not just Wi-Fi.

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Sesame smart lock fits over your current (dumb) lock

Sesame smart lock fits over your current (dumb) lock

You've been working with a dumb lock on your door for long enough - so suggests the folks bringing the smart lock called "Sesame" to the public. This lock unlocks your door via your smartphone, and it does it without requiring you to take apart the lock your door already has. Sesame fits over the lock your door already has. This smart lock also provides several different ways to open your door, including a special knock combination you create and tap out yourself.

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IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

You probably already knew, but the severity of it might surprise you. According to IDC, who track smartphone sales and shipments (among other things), Android and iOS have teamed up to take over mobile in a big way. When looking back at 2014, IDC says Android and iOS have combined to power over 95% of the smartphones in existence. Even more surprising is that most of the remaining 5% is occupied by Windows Phone. According to IDC, BlackBerry has fallen way off the grid, too.

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Pebble Time beats Kickstarter goal in 15 minutes

Pebble Time beats Kickstarter goal in 15 minutes

As of the publishing of this article, Pebble Time will have beaten its goal nearly twice over in its first hour being online. This Kickstarter project mirrors the original Pebble release, this time coming with a device with a color display and three unique color options for the device's border and band. There's a black watch case with silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel, white with silver, and red with black - all with the same functionality and specifications, of course.

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Pebble Time: color smartwatch returns to Kickstarter

Pebble Time: color smartwatch returns to Kickstarter

That's right: the second-generation "Pebble Time" smartwatch will be launched on the same platform as its predecessor: Kickstarter. This unit is reminiscent of its predecessor, working with a subdued physical design and a newly updated Pebble OS software interface. Pebble Time, as it's called, will be available to backers of this Kickstarter by May of 2015 and will be delivered at a price point roughly double that of the original - unless you're talking about the original price - it's the same as the launch price of the original Pebble and that of the newer Pebble Steel.

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Apple changes emoji menu to be more inclusive

Apple changes emoji menu to be more inclusive

When you look at emoji, do you think “that’s not really what I look like”? If so, you might want to grab an Apple device in the future. With their recently (today) seeded OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 betas, Apple made some changes to emoji. With a long-press on some emoji, you can now see new-look faces with different skin tones. To better serve those new emoji, Apple also added a few new flags to their lineup, making sure everyone was able to represent themselves.

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