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Microsoft tipped to ditch Xbox Points for gift card system

Microsoft tipped to ditch Xbox Points for gift card system

It's been rumored multiple times that Microsoft would be ditching its Points system for something a bit more real, and as we get closer to the company revealing its next-generation Xbox console, rumors have started to pick back up again. Now it's reported that Microsoft will ditch its Points system for all of its services in favor of real currency and a gift card system.

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Google Babel to rebrand as Google Hangouts, could launch at Google I/O

Google Babel to rebrand as Google Hangouts, could launch at Google I/O

We've heard rumblings of Google's new unified chat service in the past, called Babel, but it seems the company is expected to announce the new service at Google I/O next week. However, before they do that, it's been reported that Babel is being rebranded as Google Hangouts, and will merge with the company's current Google+ Hangouts video chat feature.

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ASUS Transformer tablet teased for Computex 2013

ASUS Transformer tablet teased for Computex 2013

ASUS posted up a video on YouTube that gives us a tease at what to expect from the company at Computex 2013 this year. The video mostly highlights what the company is all about, and they show off some of their products in the video as well, with a few interesting glances at mysterious products that we haven't seen before.

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Verizon iPhone 5 discount rumor suggests new model incoming

Verizon iPhone 5 discount rumor suggests new model incoming

The iPhone 5 has been out on the market for roughly seven months, but the phone has never seen a big discount on any of the carriers. However, that could change very soon, as it's rumored that Verizon will be discounting the iPhone 5 by $100 starting at mid-month. This could possibly hint that a new iPhone model is incoming, as Verizon looks to possibly clear some inventory to make room for new stuff.

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Xbox 720 to allow games without internet connection after all

Xbox 720 to allow games without internet connection after all

It's been wildly speculated that Microsoft's next-generation gaming console would come with a crazy feature that would require a constant internet connection, or else it would essentially be useless. However, to one's real surprise, it's said that Microsoft will, in fact, not require an internet connection for some of the console's tasks.

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Google Glass iPhone support imminent tips Google employee

Google Glass iPhone support imminent tips Google employee

There are many features of Google Glass that require an Android handset, namely GPS navigation and text messaging. However, according to a Google employee, Google Glass will be able to do all this with an iPhone as well. It's said that Google Glass will soon be able to function independently, regardless of of the device that it's paired to.

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Microsoft reportedly to produce 7.5 inch tablet

Microsoft reportedly to produce 7.5 inch tablet

Back on April 11, we heard rumor that Microsoft is working on a 7-inch Surface tablet, with the information being provided to The Wall Street Journal by unnamed sources. That rumor has surfaced again, this time with NPD DisplaySearch telling the folks over at CNET that Microsoft will produce a 7.5-inch tablet of some sort, and that unlike the late-2013 date supplied by the original sources, the tablet won't be available until 2014.

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Sony “Honami” 20MP flagship Xperia leaks

Sony “Honami” 20MP flagship Xperia leaks

Sony is working on another smartphone that looks to pack some serious camera technology. Codenamed "Honami," the new phone is said to pack in a Sony-built 1/1.6" Exmor RS stacked 20MP sensor with a Cybershot G glass lens. Essentially, the sensor will be larger than any of its competitors, except for the Nokia 808 Pureview.

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HTC One cut down to budget size in leaked model 608t

HTC One cut down to budget size in leaked model 608t

One of the many new features of the HTC One are the dual front-facing speakers, and it looks like HTC is continuing that trend with an upcoming phone which was leaked today. Known as the HTC 608t, the smartphone sports front-facing speakers on the top and bottom in a budget-friendly form factor that's reminiscent of the HTC One SV.

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Full MacBook refresh at WWDC tips analyst

Full MacBook refresh at WWDC tips analyst

Apple's annual WWDC conference is coming up in June, and it's expected that the company will reveal a host of new products, whether it'd be software-based or hardware-based. However, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it's said that Apple will be releasing a refreshed line of MacBooks during WWDC.

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OS X 10.9 tipped to further close gap with iOS features

OS X 10.9 tipped to further close gap with iOS features

When Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion last year, it was a further step in decreasing the gap between the desktop platform and iOS. However, it looks like the next version of OS X will take it even further. OS X 10.9 is rumored to come with a handful of iOS-like features, including a multitasking panel similar to iOS, as well as the ability to pause background apps.

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Retina iPad mini may not come this year

Retina iPad mini may not come this year

People have been waiting on a Retina display-equipped iPad mini ever since the small form factor tablet first came out. However, it looks like it may not see a 2013 release, since it's said that the 2nd-generation iPad mini won't begin production until October of this year, which rules out a fall release date.

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