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Nintendo targets five mobile games by March 2017

Nintendo targets five mobile games by March 2017

Nintendo plans to have five games for smartphones and tablets on the market by the end of March 2017, the Japanese company has confirmed to investors today. While many thought that their calls for Nintendo to embrace smart devices had finally been answered when the firm announced a deal with DeNA two months ago, characters like Mario won't be showing up on your iPhone any time soon. Instead, Nintendo says, it's aiming for a few polished titles rather than a gush of cash-ins.

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Smartphone video microscope finds blood parasites

Smartphone video microscope finds blood parasites

The challenge for medical professionals that work in the field, especially in developing nations where the lab facilities we take for granted in the US and other countries aren’t available, is having the equipment needed to diagnoses medical conditions. A team of researchers led by engineers from UC Berkley has developed a new microscope that works in conjunction with a smartphone to detect and quantify infection by parasites in the blood.

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Amazon updates Fire Phone with Android 4.4 KitKat features

Amazon updates Fire Phone with Android 4.4 KitKat features

Amazon has been relatively quiet on its Fire Phone, which isn't really unexpected given the flak it received over the lackluster and disappointing gadget. Today, however, the retailer giant has deigned to shower some love on its first and so far only smartphone, with a rather hefty Fire OS 4.6.1 update. The changelog is quite long and the new features quite substantial. But somewhat amusingly, Amazon makes no mention of probably the biggest highlight of the release: upgrading the Fire Phone to Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge: not just another second fiddle

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge: not just another second fiddle

Over the next few months Samsung will be putting the finishing touches on it Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Along with it, the second-generation Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - here on in known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge, because calling it the Edge Note 2 would be absurd. This device will take on attributes from its predecessors and continue the traditions of its Galaxy brethren, aiming to create a larger edition of the Galaxy S6 Note, bringing with it the S Pen that's made the Galaxy Note series unique over the past several years.

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Android Marshmallow and the new Nexus: Reality Check

Android Marshmallow and the new Nexus: Reality Check

Today Android M was listed by Google in their collection of events for Google I/O. This is Google's yearly developers conference, one where it's common for Google to reveal a new flavor of Android - or at least major updates for flavors of Android. At this year's Google I/O 2015, Google's first mention of Android M has appeared. This will most likely end up being called Android Marshmallow. Meanwhile there's a rumor that the Nexus 9 will be replaced amid some (relatively outlying) price drops abroad.

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AT&T changes stance on hard throttling for users of unlimited data plans

AT&T changes stance on hard throttling for users of unlimited data plans

In the early days of the smartphone when the original iPhone launched, you could get actual unlimited data plans with the device. As time went on AT&T and other carriers began to put limits on the "unlimited" plans much to the anger of their customers. If you are on one of those old grandfathered unlimited data plans, you know that the way AT&T tries to keep you from using what you pay for is by throttling your speed.

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ASUS sends out invites for March 18 ZenFone 2 US launch

ASUS sends out invites for March 18 ZenFone 2 US launch

Time to suit up, says ASUS, as it prepares to bring its flagship device to US shores. It has just sent out official invites to its ZenFone 2 launch, which will take place at 1:00 pm on th 18th of May at Manhattan. Being one of the few big smartphones that ASUS is bringing to the US, consider our curiosities piqued. But more than that, our fingers are also crossed that ASUS will actually bring the variant of ZenFone 2 that is one of the more interesting smartphones this half of the year.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

It seems that there will be a new trend, at least among Chinese OEMs at first. Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge seems to have sparked a new idea about how to deal with bezels. OPPO's upcoming R7 is already known for "faking" its bezel-less looks, almost a literal smoke and mirrors, particularly the mirror part. ZTE seems to have somewhat followed suit, but it is taking it an interesting step further. The ZTE Nubia Z9 actually does have a bit of border, though you can't almost see them, but those borders can be used to do things as well.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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