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Samsung hints at Galaxy S5 features

CNET Update reads the signs:

In this episode of Update:

- Get a clue of what Samsung has in store for the Galaxy S5 smartphone.

- Expect to hear news of Nokia's low-end Android phone later this month.

- Learn more about the redesigned PlayStation Vita that's arriving in North America this spring.

- Have an easier time chatting and playing with friends when the Xbox One update arrives in March.

- Look forward to a future of wireless charging where more devices are compatible.

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Xbox One to score multiplayer update, stereo headset

Xbox One owners can look forward to more software updates and a dedicated headset coming on the market in March.

Described in a Microsoft blog on Tuesday, an update gearing up for early March touts improvements to the console's multiplayer and party features. Xbox corporate Vice President Marc Whitten said that Microsoft listened to user feedback in fashioning the latest enhancements.

A list of your Xbox friends will appear on the home page of the Friends app for easier access. You then can see who's online and pick the people you want to contact. Party chat will be … Read more

Flappy Bird maker says game over

CNET Update is much news, such wow:

In this episode of Update, learn about the odd fate of Flappy Bird, as the owner deleted the popular app because he couldn't take the attention. Regardless of the suspicious reasoning, plenty of clone apps are available to take its place, including Flappy Pig, Flappy Fish, and my favorite, FlappyDoge. Some folks are trying to profit off the Flappy Bird hype by selling their used phones on eBay with Flappy Bird installed.

In non-Flappy news, keep your eye on Samsung. It just announced a Black Edition of the Galaxy S4 and S4 MiniRead more

Sonic the Hedgehog sports new look in spin-off

CNET Update would look cooler in a scarf:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about the "kill switch" and why California wants to require all mobile devices to come with one.

- Go scan-happy in your home using Amazon's Flow shopping tool on the iPhone.

- Check out the new design for Sonic and his friends in the Sonic Boom game and cartoon.

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Sony kills its laptop and e-book business

CNET Update says sayonara to Vaio:

In this episode of Update:

- Bid farewell to Sony's Vaio laptops, as the company is selling its PC business. Sony is also closing the Reader e-book business in North America.

- Catch up on the drama over Apple removing the Blockchain app from the App Store. Blockchain is one of the most popular Bitcoin wallet apps.

- Get excited for Amazon's console gaming plans, now that the company bought the studio Double Helix Games.

- Make your own Coca-Cola soda drinks at home with a future Keurig Cold home brewing machine. … Read more

Xbox One gets updates for Kinect, storage

CNET Update dreams of dual cameras:

In this episode of Update:

- Look for a software update to the Xbox One next week. It adds features for battery alerts, storage and Kinect voice controls.

- With Microsoft's latest investment, expect Windows Phone and Bing to include data from Foursquare.

- Get caught up on all the Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors, including the report that the screen can read fingerprints.

- Learn what dual-camera madness HTC may have in store for its next phone.

- Get paid for putting ads on your Android lock screen with Slidejoy.

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Windows 8.1 update may be delayed until April

I've heard from two of my sources in the past week that Microsoft's ship target for Windows 8.1 Update 1 has shifted from March 2014 to April 2014.

The idea remains to use Patch Tuesday to distribute the coming so-called "Spring" update via Windows Update, my sources said. If that is the case, Windows 8.1 Update 1 should be pushed to users on April 8, rather than March 11.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 is a collection of features and fixes for Windows 8.1. Most of the new features are aimed at making … Read more

Xbox One updates to improve Kinect, multiplayer features

Xbox One users can expect two major updates to hit their consoles over the coming weeks.

Revealed by Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten in a blog on Wednesday, the first update will launch on February 11 with several fixes and features. Whitten promises improvements to the Kinect's voice recognition so it can better respond to your commands. Unspecified stability and product updates are also part of the package, as are behind-the-scenes enhancements for developers.

More specifically, Xbox One users will be able to view and manage their storage space, choose the order in which certain content loads, and … Read more

Microsoft looks forward with new CEO

CNET Update is afraid to Look Back:

In this episode of Update:

- Get to know Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella. His biggest challenge could be figuring out mobile.

- Look back on your old status updates and photos with Facebook's Look Back video feature.

- Learn why the government wants future cars to "talk" to each other.

- Imagine what could be in store for the Chromecast, now that Google opened it up to all developers.

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Facebook turns 10, copies Paper app name

CNET Update is bad at bird flapping:

In this episode of Update:

- Reflect on life before Facebook as the network marks its 10-year anniversary.

- Pity the original Paper app for having its name taken by Facebook's new Paper app.

- Behold the expansion of Aereo, a broadcast TV streaming service, which sold out in New York City.

- Avoid the madness of Flappy Birds. Whatever you do, don't get sucked into this game.

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