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Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

There's really nothing too next-level about this little gaming machine - unless you consider all of its processing power and super-refined hardware. "If you think about it," says iFixit, "the newest of the new Nintendo 3DS XL is basically a small laptop." With a 3D screen, of course, as well as a triple-camera setup, CPU, RAM, Flash, and the ability to run high-powered software. That's a general way of looking at it - but it's true, isn't it? Let's have a peek inside.

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Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Consumer attitudes toward so-called freemium games are growing increasingly sour. Many mobile games are available for free, but upon downloading one finds that it was only free to download -- the content itself requires money, or the game is designed in such a way that you eventually have to pay to keep playing, otherwise you're stuck in an endless cycle of losing and then waiting a long time for another life. This has prompted a slow shift to games that have a charge to download and no additional in-game charges.

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Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

It would appear that Xiaomi is coming to the United States to sell devices after all. Just not smartphones. Or tablets. Much of the rest of their wide variety of odd electronics from all corners of the electronics industry are on their way, on the other hand. Instead, they'll be bringing their Mi dot com sales website to the United States for sales of products on the accessories side of things - and other oddities. As far as smartphones and tablets go - they've got no plan in place for those as of now.

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HERE maps for Android updated, leaves Beta

HERE maps for Android updated, leaves Beta

This week the folks behind the app HERE - from the ol' Nokia crew - have update their app directly out of Beta mode. This means it's the first full release of the HERE maps app for Android and prepared to be truly worthy of the 3-million downloads its already received. Users are invited to check out improved routing, new interactivity with maps - like contact info, photos, reviews, 3D venue maps, and a new "visual polish" to make sure you understand how important and shiny it is.

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Nike steps up with new SNKRS app

Nike steps up with new SNKRS app

Nike has introduced a new app for sneakerheads, the aptly named SNKRS app. It's being described as an "inside source" to Nike's products for those in the United States specifically, and once the user ties (pun intended) their Nike account to the app, they'll be able to personalize their experience, get updates on the latest shoes-centric news, and browse through the different designs and offerings. In addition, the app gives a behind-the-scenes kind of look at different footwear and the story behind them.

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Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Earlier this month rumor surfaced that Microsoft had acquired the calendar app Sunrise, something the company has confirmed on its blog today. Says Microsoft, it decided to acquire the app because it thinks "a reinvention in the way people use calendars" on their handsets is needed, and with Sunrise it aims to increase productivity options for mobile users. This follows the company's Acompli acquisition. The terms of the deal weren't revealed, but Microsoft does say it'll be bringing in the Sunrise team.

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John Carmack to talk mobile VR at GDC 2015

John Carmack to talk mobile VR at GDC 2015

This morning game developer and Oculus VR CTO announced he'd be attending GDC, the Game Developers Convention, to speak about mobile VR. As it was made clear last year that his full move to Oculus VR was made possible due to the Samsung Gear VR and the promise of a mobile smartphone virtual reality experience, this chat aught to be a real winner. This talk will go by the name "The Dawn of Mobile VR" - and Carmack says this dawn is "close."

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Elon Musk to talk self-driving cars and deep learning at GTC 2015

Elon Musk to talk self-driving cars and deep learning at GTC 2015

The GPU Technology Conference (GTC) this year will host Elon Musk, founder and CEO of the Tesla Motor company, speaking with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. This event will be a headliner for GTC 2015, bringing heat with Tesla Motors product architect speaking about "how more intelligent cars promise to transform the automotive industry." This alongside GTC's focus on the "growing revolution in deep learning that can affect every aspect of computing" promises to deliver a whopper of a show - and we'll be there to bring it to you straight from San Francisco.

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Galaxy S6 Edge detailed with 3-sided screen

Galaxy S6 Edge detailed with 3-sided screen

This week the folks at Samsung seem to have a leaking problem - and/or the people talking about the Galaxy S6 have read the rumors from last week. Word this week is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will have a double-sided or triple-sided display, taking the Galaxy Note 4's best friend Galaxy Note Edge up a notch. This device would have two curved edges, one on the left, the other on the right of the main screen. There's also rumors of metal! And a high-powered camera!

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TactPuck concept lets users send ‘sensory messages’

TactPuck concept lets users send ‘sensory messages’

You can pull out your phone right now and send someone a message regardless of where they're at; the message can say whatever you want, but you'll be limited to three means of communication: text, audio recordings, and emoticons. Tactonics envisions a future where sensory messages are a fourth option, allowing someone to send another person a sensation that expresses an emotion rather than text. It is more personal and intimate, and it would be delivered via the company's concept TactPuck.

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