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How the PS4 and Xbox One console war will be won: China lifts 13-year ban on consoles

For a while now, the console war has been decided on the Western battlefront, Japan no longer the deciding factor in both sales and what influences game design. American sales and taste has given rise to the most popular and successful video games of all time, but now, on the More...

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How Samsung is region locking the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, and what it means for you

The incredibly enthusiastic response to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is yet another sign the South Koreansmartphone maker has real clout in the mobile industry. People anticipate the announcement of a new Galaxy device with a kind of fervor previously reserved for Apple. Perhaps it is this lofty position in the mobile More...

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iPhone 5S reviews prove Apple got everything right – including 64-bit performance

The first reviews of Apple’s iPhone 5S are in, and the news is unilaterally positive. Unlike the iPhone 5 launch, which was badly overshadowed by the Apple Maps debacle, the iPhone 5S has no such problems. General coverage of everything from the new camera to iOS 7 is positive. The More...

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NASA confirms that Voyager 1 has finally left the Solar System

NASA has confirmed that Voyager 1, which was launched on September 5 1977, has finally left the Solar System. Voyager 1 becomes the first manmade object to leave the Solar System, and in 40,000 years it will come within 1.7 light years of star AC+793888, before continuing on its millions-of-years journey to More...

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Can the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor be hacked?

As predicted, Apple yesterday announced the iPhone 5Swith a fingerprint scanner. This feature will allow users to simply touch the home button to unlock the device, assuming they have stored their unique pattern in the iPhone’s protected memory. This approach to locking a phone is a fine balance between security and More...

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Apple iPhone 5S: The first 64-bit smartphone, Touch ID fingerprint scanner

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 5S, which introduces the new A7 SoC — the first 64-bit smartphone processor, thus making the iPhone 5S the first 64-bit smartphone. Exact details are still scarce, but Apple says the A7 is “twice as fast” as the A6 in the iPhone 5, both in More...

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The first camera that can take spherical 360-degree panoramas

Ricoh has announced the world’s first commercially available spherical camera — no, it isn’t shaped like a sphere: It captures spherical photos that take in the entire scene, in a 360 degree arc around you, and also from floor to ceiling (or ground to sky). Called the Theta, the camera More...

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NSA and GCHQ have broken internet encryption, created backdoors that anyone could use

This is the big one: New documents released by Edward Snowden show that the NSA and its British equivalent, GCHQ (pictured above), have cracked VPNs, SSL, and TLS — the encryption technologies that keep your data secure on the internet. The NSA program, dubbed Bullrun, took 10 years to crack More...

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Sony QX ‘lens-style’ cameras for your smartphone: Is this the future of point-and-shoots?

It’s no secret that the conventional point-and-shoot camera is dying a slow death — killed by the convenience and increasing quality of smartphone cameras. Standalone camera vendors have fought back with feature-filled models and phone/camera hybrids, but haven’t found a compelling way to combine those capabilities with the smartphone form More...

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Xbox One CPU speed boosted by 10% in vain attempt to keep up with PS4

In a move that clearly signals Microsoft’s desperation to get ahead of Sony’s PlayStation 4 by any means possible, the Xbox One’s CPU has been speed boosted from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz — 150MHz, or just under 10%. At the same press conference, Microsoft also said that the Xbox One has entered mass More...

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