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Hangouts for iOS updated, includes redesign and increased performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 27 mins ago

Google has updated Hangouts for iOS, with a new-look user interface, increased performance and more. Google has even included a refreshed dialer, which is a nice touch.

 

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The new Hangouts for iOS app includes a new quick compose button that lets you get to new messages even quicker than before, as well as providing access to images from your iPhone gallery, camera or emoji library. This lets Hangouts for iOS users send all sorts of pictures to their friends through Hangouts.

 

Google has also baked in some performance improvements, the usual bug fixes, and more. The new Hangouts for iOS is available on the iTunes Store, and will be made available for Android in the very near future.

Nintendo: Wii U failed because of the controller, and launch timing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 hour, 23 mins ago

Nintendo hasn't had the best run with the Wii U, with Nintendo's legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto talking with Fortune recently, where he had some interesting things to say.

 

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There have only been 9.54 million units sold, making the Wii U the slowest-selling Nintendo console of all time. During his interview with Fortune, Miyamoto said: "I feel like people never really understood the concept behind Wii U and what we were trying to do. I think the assumption is we were trying to create a game machine and a tablet and really what we were trying to do was create a game system that gave you tablet-like functionality for controlling that system and give you two screens that would allow different people in the living room to play in different ways".

 

It was all bad timing with the tablet-like controller with the Wii U, where Miyamoto added: "Unfortunately, because tablets, at the time, were adding more and more functionality and becoming more and more prominent, this system and this approach didn't mesh well with the period in which we released it. I still feel it was a very novel approach - and a very interesting idea".

 

But what about the next generation NX console from Nintendo? Miyamoto teased that he is stepping back from its development, where he said: "Of course I am observing and looking at the hardware, but I am not actively participating and making decisions".

The Unreal Engine 4 powered 'Koola' demo is absolutely mind blowing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 27 mins ago

If you thought the Unreal Engine 4 powered look at Mario looked great, just wait until you get your eyes on the new 'Koola' project by an Unreal Engine forum member. We've embedded the video goodness below.

 

 

Before this, Koola had worked on some hyper realistic, real-time architectural visualizations using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4, but this new demo really blurs the lines of what is, and isn't real. Earlier in the year, Koola was the very first person into the inaugural Unreal Dev Grants program. This program was setup by Epic Games to incentivize and reward innovative projects using Unreal Engine 4.

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Pressure is on for Apple Music, as music industry needs major help

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 hours, 24 mins ago

The public launch of Apple Music is just hours away, and it looks like Apple will once again carry the entire weight of the music industry. Years ago, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) received help from iTunes at a time when music listeners were fully embracing illegal file sharing - and it seems like it could be up to Apple once again.

 

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There is a new fight, one which the RIAA is struggling with, as more music listeners turn to online streaming services while listening to music. Millions of people use legal services such as Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, but don't pay.

 

After a free three-month trial period, users will be forced to pay $9.99 per month for Apple Music - or find a different service.

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7 out of 10 smartphone owners sleep with our phones really close to us

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 19 mins ago

It seems mobile users in the United States absolutely love our smartphones, with 71 percent of smartphone owners reportedly sleeping with them - either under our pillows, next to us on a nightstand, or in their bed somewhere.

 

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When people wake up in the morning, more than one-third of survey respondents also thought of - and reached for - mobile devices first, according to a survey from the Bank of America. That number is higher than coffee (17 percent), toothbrush (13 percent), significant other (10 percent), remote control (6 percent), or robe (4 percent).

 

Not surprisingly, younger millennials are most likely to constantly check their mobile phones throughout the day.

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The Last Guardian was years in the making, and Sony feels the pressure

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 29 mins ago

Gamers have patiently waited for The Last Guardian for a long time, after the game was originally announced during E3 2009 for the PlayStation 3.

 

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However, it was a general relief to be able to show the game off during E3 2015 and promise a 2016 ship date to gamers.

 

"Last night was, but now the reality settles in. We have to deliver, we have extra pressure, and the team has too, but it's a good pressure. The team is super happy," said Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony's Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, in a statement to GamesIndustry.

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Report: Samsung to unleash more Tizen-powered smartphones on the world

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 hours, 19 mins ago

Samsung is reportedly working on several new smartphones running the Tizen operating system, with product launches expected before the end of 2015. Additional details about Samsung's plans remain scarce, as no public announcement has been made.

 

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The Tizen OS is a Samsung-created ecosystem, so the South Korean electronics company can power its own smartphones, smart TVs, smartwatches, and other connected technologies.

 

Samsung has used the Google Android OS successfully, becoming one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. Don't expect as many Tizen-powered smartphones in the United States and Western Europe, though Samsung has found success selling the handsets in India - and has launched the Z1 in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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Some argue Sony should include backward compatibility for PS4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 7 hours, 29 mins ago

Sony isn't interested in directly offering backward compatibility so PlayStation 4 gamers can play their PlayStation 3 titles on the new generation console. However, Sony wants gamers to check out the PlayStation Now streaming subscription service that provides access to hundreds of PS3 games.

 

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There are some PS4 gamers and media members that think Sony should investigate rolling out a backward compatibility feature for the PS4 - just to make gamers happy. Sony has worked hard to create a good gaming ecosystem, trying to keep sometimes fickle fans happy.

 

If it doesn't offer backward compatibility, Sony runs the risk of leaving gamers disappointed, though with other methods to play PS3 titles - for free or paid rental - I think the Japanese electronics company has done enough already.

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Seems customers leave bigger tips if they use mobile payment apps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 8 hours, 29 mins ago

It's likely only a matter of time before mobile payment apps become more popular among consumers, and there are some people very excited: restaurant waitstaff and bartenders. Both mobile payment app providers and restaurants have noticed an uptick in tips if consumers use their smartphones to make payments for food and drinks.

 

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Customers may need to wait for their food order to be completed, but don't have to just sit and wait to pay. In addition, some apps allow restaurant patrons to check their bill in real-time, and even split it among the number of guests.

 

"We do see increase at bars where people haven't been tipping," said Michelle Songy, co-founder of the Cake mobile pay app, in a statement to CNBC. "I'd like to think as we are trying to make the payment experience a bit more fun, easier or quick it leaves you with a better experience."

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Microsoft reportedly interested in acquiring AMD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 9 hours, 24 mins ago

We're only a couple of weeks into the Radeon R9 Fury X being on the market, but buyout rumors continue to flow onto the Internet, with Microsoft now reportedly interested in acquiring AMD.

 

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KitGuru is reporting from their sources that Microsoft is interested in acquiring AMD, which would make sense. But, remember that Microsoft has a very tight relationship with Intel when it comes to their products and Windows. Microsoft also maintains a very close relationship with AMD, as their Xbox One is powered by an APU made by AMD.

 

Microsoft has a huge $95.3 billion in cash, so it wouldn't take much to buy AMD at their market cap of $1.81 billion right now. If you consider the current value of AMD right now, it is three times less than what AMD paid for ATI Technologies back in 2008. With analysts estimating that Microsoft pays around $100 per APU to AMD for its Xbox One, Microsoft has already shelled out $1.26 billion or so to AMD with its 12.6 million Xbox One units sold.

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