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Samsung unveils Gear Live, its first smartwatch using Android Wear

So the rumors were true: Samsung has revealed its first Android Wear-powered smartwatch, the Gear Live. Details of the device are scarce at the moment, but it mates a squared-off design (much like the Tizen-powered Gear 2) with Google’s wrist-worn…

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Halo 5: Guardians Announced For Xbox One


Well ever since we got that sand filled teaser at E3 last year, we knew it was only a matter of time until a new Halo landed on Xbox One. 13 years since the launch of Halo: Combat Evolved, next fall will see the launch of Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries says that the game will use a brand new engine and will incorporate the lessons they learned from Halo 4, which we referred to as the most accomplished game in the series in our review two years ago. As they did with Halo 4, we hope 343 are taking advantage of the rich mythology of the Halo universe for the Xbox One.

We’ll have more information on Halo 5: Guardians as it develops and you can read the full statement from 343 Industries after the jump.

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People are going to compete in ‘Call of Duty’ at the X Games

The world’s best Call of Duty players will soon square off at ESPN’s X Games. For the first time ever, ESPN and Major League Gaming have teamed up to produce the MLG X Games Invitational, a three-day contest that will take place starting June 6th at X Games Austin. MLG says it’s rounded up eight of the premier CoD teams, and they’ll all be racking up kills to earn medals — the same ones going to world-class athletes competing in events like skateboarding, BMX, and Moto X.

The MLG Invitational will be showcased in a big way with its own tent and a dedicated tournament area. If you can’t make it in person, the competition will also be streamed at, through MLG’s mobile apps, and also via MLG’s Xbox 360 app. But if you are attending…

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Samsung confirms thinner and lighter Galaxy Tab 4 tablet range

Though the FCC already ruined the surprise, Samsung has just launched three new lower-tier Galaxy Tab 4 tablets. The series consists of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and — wait for it — the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. The…

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Sony Enter The VR Arena With Project Morpheus


In case you hadn’t heard, Sony is attempting to give the still nascent Oculus Rift a run for its money when it comes to Virtual Reality gaming. Announced at GDC this week, “Project Morpheus” is a visor-style, head-mounted display that works with the Playstation Camera to provide a virtual reality gaming experience on the PS4. The headset uses inertial sensors to provide head tracking and can be used with a Playstation Move to represent weapons or other physical objects in the game. Morpheus is still very much in the development stage, and at this point Sony is only saying that they are looking at a future commercial launch. However, with the development popularity of the Oculus Rift and rumours of Microsoft’s own VR solution, this may be the direction that this generation of gaming is heading. For more information on Project Morpheus, click past the jump for the full PR.

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Google Drive Drastically Undercuts Competitors for Online Storage

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 8.22.33 PMGoogle has done something rather radical in slashing its online storage service’s pricing, dropping the price of Google Drive to $9.99 per month for 1TB. Users have always received 15GB free, but now you can jump to 100GB for $1.99 a month (down from $4.99) and get a whopping 1TB for $9.99 a month (down from $49.99). This move undercuts Dropbox’s popular service by a LOT, given that 100GB of Dropbox storage will run you $9.99 a month.

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Apple TV Update Brings Bluetooth AirPlay Features

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 11.31.08 AMIt’s always fun to fall upon new features after a product is released or updated–especially when that product is as near and dear to our hearts as Apple TV is. Following the 6.1 update last this week, a new report is out that Apple has enabled AirPlay device discovery over Bluetooth; this means that in addition to bonjour, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources via Bluetooth when it scans. We’re hoping for some more substantial Apple TV news next quarter–but for now, we’ll settle for some increased Apple TV functionality.

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Apple Releases iOS 7.1 with CarPlay, New Animations, and Improved Siri

screen-shot-2013-09-15-at-5-10-49-pmIn case you hadn’t heard, Apple made CarPlay official with the release of iOS 7.1…and in addition to the  new in-car functionality, their latest mobile OS update brings enhancements and changes throughout the operating system. New features hit Siri with the ability to press and hold down the home button, and Siri will wait for you to release it before responding; bug fixes are also along for the ride, as well as feature enhancements to iTunes Radio, Calendar, enhanced Touch ID recognition, new animations and icons, and much more. Make sure you tune in to this week’s episode of YourTechReport Radio (Saturdays at 1pm Eastern on SiriusXM ch. 167) to listen to our full review.

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QuakeCon 2014 Pre-Registration Now Open For BYOC Attendees

quakecon-2014QuakeCon is nearly here again and the opportunity to select your seat of choice in the BYOC starts now. The first round of pre-registration is open for a limited number of 250 packages that include guaranteed BYOC seating, express registration, fast pass to all speakers and events, reserved access, and official Quakecon 2014 swag. Now if you don’t manage to grab entry this round, there’ll be further packages coming on March 19th, April 2nd and April 16th. Remember–these packages are for attendees wishing to bring their own rigs to the con and general attendance does remain free.

QuakeCon runs from Thursday, July 17 – Sunday, July 20 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX and you can find detailed info on the BYOC packages after the jump.

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Amazon Wants your Smartphone!

amazon-logoFor those who are turned off by the prospect of having to sell their smartphones on Ebay, Amazon’s Trade-in Program has been offering pretty fair prices for your previously-loved gadgets; and with the Samsung Galaxy S 5 only a month away from its release, we thought we’d share their latest smartphone trade-in values (please note that these prices are subject to change):

  • Samsung Galaxy S4, White (Sprint) – $159.75
  • Samsung Galaxy S4, White (AT&T) – $200
  • Nokia Lumia 1020, Black (AT&T)- $181.75
  • Nokia Lumia 1020, White (AT&T)- $129.75
  • iPhone 4 16GB, White (AT&T)- $72.50
  • iPhone 4S 16GB, Black, (Verizon)- $116
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