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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.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch … Read more

New PlayStation Vita coming to US with Borderlands 2 bundle

PlayStation users in the US are about to have the option of buying a slimmer, lighter handheld console. Sony announced Monday that its redesigned PlayStation Vita is coming to North America this spring.

The Wi-Fi PCH-2000 series console will come bundled with the first-person role-playing Borderlands 2 game, six downloadable content packs, and an 8GB memory card. The whole shebang will cost $199.99. For now, the console will only come in the color black in the US.

"The new PS Vita Wi-Fi model is approximately 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than the original version, with rounded … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

As the Sochi Winter Olympics officially kick off this week, we're checking out some of the same technology Olympic organizers are relying on to generate snow at a resort in Lake Tahoe. These automated snowmaking systems (some of which can even be operated from a mobile phone) are making it easier and more efficient to make snow when Mother Nature doesn't want to cooperate.

Prizefight is also back at it with an epic rematch between the Roku 3 and third-generation Apple TV. It's been a year since their previous duel and both Editors' Choice streaming boxes have … Read more

What gaming drought? 7 great games you should be playing right now

I've been hearing it since the new year: "There are no games to play!"

Sure, we seem to have found ourselves in a bit of a lull when it comes to the big blockbuster video game. When I posted what I felt were 2014's most anticipated titles, I may have overlooked the fact that the beginning of 2014 was a bit on the light side for games.

Wrought with guilt that I may have in someway performed a disservice to you fine people, I felt compelled to compile a short list of interactive software worthy of your hard-earned income. The best part? Most of these titles are significantly cheaper than the $60 you're probably used to paying for a shiny new game.… Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

We've got another great lineup for you this week, including brand new episodes of your favorite shows, how-to tips, hot first looks and more.

After an extended break, Googlicious is back with a fresh new episode that's packed with all the Google and Android scoop you could ask for. Host Brian Tong dishes out the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors, and is Samsung attempting to beat Google Glass with a Galaxy Glass?

And while most of us likely won't get the luxury of attending this weekend's big game in person, why not do the next best … Read more

Facebook unwraps Paper news reader app

CNET Update needs a Facebook app to manage all the Facebook apps:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn what Lenovo buying Motorola means for Google. Dive deeper with analysis on how it changes things for Lenovo and Samsung.

- Digest a blend of status updates and articles from Paper, Facebook's news reader app. (And along with Messenger and Instagram, there are more Facebook apps to come.)

- Get the first look at the PlayStation Vita Slim, coming to the UK on Feb. 7.

- Taste a sample of SwiftKey's keyboard on iOS with the note-taking app SwiftKey Note. … Read more

PlayStation Vita Slim hits UK on February 7; US release unknown

Sony is trying to give its PlayStation Vita handheld a shot in the arm with a new Slim version. The fresh, slender games machine is already out in Japan, but is making its way to the UK on February 7.

Available to preorder now, the PS Vita Slim is, as the name suggests, smaller than its forebear. That's not where the changes stop, however, as Sony has swapped out the Vita's OLED screen for an LCD panel. It will be interesting to see how that changes image quality, so stay tuned for a side-by-side comparison in our full … Read more

Google Glass adds prescription lenses, frames

CNET Update is wary of leaky apps:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out the new frames available for those that want to use prescription lenses with Google Glass. However, it's not available for those needing prescription lenses beyond +4 or -4. (I wear contacts with a -6 prescription. So that excludes me and many of my other bespectacled friends.)

- Get the latest report on the NSA, revealing how it collects personal user information from popular smartphone apps. (But one app maker denies it shares data with spy agencies.)

- Learn the new tricks on Twitter's Android app. (… Read more

Sony to unveil PlayStation Vita Slim for US, Europe this month?

Sony is set to unveil something radically slim at the end of the month, according to an invitation received by IGN Friday.

Though a PlayStation 4 overhaul would certainly shake up the industry, it wouldn't exactly be a practical move for Sony, leading many to conclude that the announcement is likely regarding a wider release of the company's PlayStation Vita PCH-2000, the ultraslim model it rolled out to Japan and Asia last fall.

"Following the biggest launch in PlayStation history, join us for an introduction to the slimmest," the invite reads, setting the date at January … Read more

The most anticipated games of 2014

Will 2014 be the year when next-generation consoles hit their stride? The following 12 months after a console launch are always very telling, but for now all we can do is wait.

Putting the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 aside, there's still plenty of gas left in the tanks of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We're still very much in the middle of their respective golden ages, and a lot of the games on this list will see releases on those platforms as well.

If there's anything I've learned from doing this list for the … Read more