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At a press conference in Tokyo yesterday, Sony and Square Enix announced Dragon Quest Heroes for PlayStation 3 and 4, the first game in the impossibly-big-in-Japan series to hit PlayStation platforms in close to a decade. It's a Dynasty Warriors-style action game produced in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, and could give Sony a sales boost next year; All of this is fairly interesting if you're a Dragon Quest fan or are into Japanese games.

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The success of the PlayStation 4 in the international market has been well-documented, but that doesn’t mean Sony’s latest home console is without its own unique flaws. In our review last fall, we noted that the app stream on the dashboard was going to become problematic as the PS4’s library began to expand, yet Sony still hasn’t found a way to address the issue in any of its recent updates. In the meantime, the company plans to distract us with dashboard themes. Sony announced at its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference that themes will be coming to the PS4 and PS Vita. The themes will allow PS4 owners to customize their home screens with new wallpapers, icons and sounds based on their favorite

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There's been no shortage of parts leaks and even "leaked" iPhones assembled from various parts on the internet in the past few weeks. As 9to5Mac notes, you can also get a (brief) look at the white front panel and compare the space gray color to the iPhone 5S (spoiler: the colors look very similar.) Everybody is expecting both a 4.7-inch iPhone and a 5.5-inch version at Apple's event on September 9th, not to mention the iWatch.

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For several months, rumors have been pointing toward a new Google Nexus tablet supplied by HTC — possibly in conjunction with the release of Android "L" — and a new report from Android Police suggests that there could be a high-tech cover to go along with it. The cover is said to have several creases on on side so that the tablet can be propped up at one of a number of angles (similar to Apple's Smart Covers, among others), while the other side would have a full QWERTY keyboard.

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One of the most anticipated next-gen titles of the holiday season is already out… but just not on the platforms we want it. Rockstar Games announced at E3 2014 that Grand Theft Auto V would be making the transition to the PS4, Xbox One and PC this fall, but three months later, we haven’t heard or seen any new signs of the highly anticipated port. Rumors began to spread that GTA V might be delayed, but Rockstar wants to ensure fans that the game is still on track. One fan took to the Rockstar Support forums to express his concern that GTA V wouldn’t make it to PC by the end of the year. This was the developer’s response: I’m

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If you've going to Germany to experience Oktoberfest for beer and sausages this fall, chances are you might want to stay away from the boar while you're there. A new study from the German government, reported by The Telegraph, shows that more than one in three wild boar killed by hunters in the region are too radioactive to be safe for humans to eat. Since 2012, hunters in the Saxony region of Germany have had to get any wild boar they kill tested for radiation. In one year, the state reports that 297 of 752 boar tested contained more than the safe limit of 600 becquerels of radioactive material caesium-137 per kilogram for human consumption.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

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Beats headphones aren’t exactly beloved in the audiophile community and yet Dr. Dre’s company still gets away with charging an obscene $300 per pair for its Beats Studio Headphones. Why? A new MKBHD video that went viral over the weekend does a nice job of breaking things down: Basically, Beats can get away with charging so much more for its headphones thanks to the magic of branding. MKBHD sharply observes that Beats was the first headphones company to really take branding and packaging seriously, which is appropriate enough seeing as how the company that just bought Beats for $3 billion is also well known for its branding and packaging prowess. Having Beats founded by Dr. Dre is also obviously a

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Company's online storage service said to be source of a large cache of private nude celebrity images.>

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Kickstarter has become a wonderful way to watch hilariously deluded people fail to achieve their completely ridiculous dreams. Thanks to the dedicated crew at Reddit’s /r/shittykickstarters community, we’ve found for more incredible anti-gems for you to check out that will hopefully never find enough suckers to get successfully funded. Free AC Wow! Free air conditioning! That sounds awesome! Tell me how you do it! Oh wait. You just drilled holes into the top of your fridge and used some tubes to funnel the freezer’s cool air through an air conditioner unit? And you think this is actually going to save you money without completely wrecking your freezer? Oh my. The Free AC Kickstarter project has mercifully been halted, likely after the inventor

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Apple says it is "actively investigating" an alleged exploit to its iCloud service that allowed hackers to post dozens of private celebrity photos to public message boards this weekend. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said an Apple spokesperson to Recode. Among the pictures posted to the Reddit and 4chan message boards were nude photos of celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and numerous other models, actresses, and athletes. Though it hasn't yet been confirmed that the pictures came from iCloud accounts, reports have speculated that the hackers used a recent tool called iBrute, which can repeatedly try different combinations of passwords on Apple's Find My iPhone service until one of them works.

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The EU should convert a whole spectrum of television and radio frequencies for use by mobile broadband by around 2020 as smartphone use soars, a report said on Monday. Former World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy's report on the changing face of the media said the 700 Mhz spectrum should be "repurposed" for wireless broadband. Lamy, a former EU trade commissioner, told reporters his was "a sort of peacemaking mission" between broadcasters and the mobile phone industry over use of the UHF (Ultra High Frequency) spectrum. He wanted to limit the impact on radio and TV broadcasters while freeing up space for the rapidly growing use of mobile phones and the Internet in general, particularly for viewing content once only available on TV.

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The French company doesn't want to pay more on its own, but is rounding up allies to help persuade Deutsche Telekom to sell its controlling interest in the US carrier.>

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After numerous reports revealed that the Motorola Shamu is actually the next Nexus smartphone, and that the Nexus 6 smartphone may be quietly released as the Nexus X later this year, Phone Arena has discovered even more proof that Motorola is indeed working on such a device. FROM EARLIER: Two very different Nexus X models might launch this year A prototype Motorola Shamu handset (model number XT1112) has been listed on Zauba, a website that tracks imports and exports in India. The listing does not mention any details about the device, but it does note the Shamu comes from the United States and it’s being shipped to India “for demo purposes.” Furthermore, the shipping manifest says that two Shamu units

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In a YouTube special, the HBO comedian marvels at the commentary he incites. It's already received some erudite comments.>

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In light of this weekend’s massive celebrity photo leak, mobile security is bound to be a major topic of discussion in the weeks to come. How can we keep our private data safe if actors and actresses whose lives often revolve around keeping things private are this vulnerable? With the amount of information we store on our phones, in our email, in cloud storage, we’re always going to be at risk, but there are ways that hackers can get private data from us without accessing any of our devices. At the beginning of the year, thermal imaging company FLIR announced the FLIR One, an iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s-compatible case with a infrared camera. Although there are plenty of legitimate uses for an infrared camera, there

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One of the most interesting features of iOS 8 – at least to some potential iPhone buyers – is support for third-party keyboards, which Apple is ready to introduce for the first time ever. Once iOS 8 is officially released following the iPhone 6 announcement next week, various third-party keyboards will likely be launched in the App Store, including one particular app that’s already popular on Android devices. Dubbed Minuum, the keyboard app offers Android users access to a predictive keyboard that also happens to take up a lot less space on the screen than any other keyboard app in order to free up more screen real estate for the content the user is actually interested in seeing while typing. Minuum has even come

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NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built at 384 feet tall, surpassing even the mighty Saturn V (363 feet), the rocket that took humanity to the moon. Last week, NASA announced that the Space Launch System, SLS for short, is on track to perform its first unmanned test launch in 2018. After that, NASA says the rocket could be used to reach Saturn and Jupiter. At the moment, even getting off the ground would be progress: since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, NASA has been left without any domestic capability to launch American astronauts into space;

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Google’s upcoming Nexus 9 tablet is yet to be confirmed, but the high-end HTC-made tablet keeps appearing in more and more reports. Also known as Volantis, Flounder or HTC T1, the device is expected to arrive in the coming months, likely alongside a new Nexus smartphone in time for the Android L launch. Meanwhile, @upleaks, who has provided many Nexus 9 details in the past, has posted more details about the device’s launch, listing some accessories for the tablet in the process. FROM EARLIER: New Nexus 9 leak confirms key hardware details “The WiFi variant of HTC T1 coming to soooooo many countries, include Korea and Japan,” the tipster said, adding that the LTE version of the tablet will also be

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We’ve all seen photos of the new spaceship-like headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino, California right now, but none of us have seen it quite like this. YouTube user “jmcminn” last week posted a video he shot using a DJI Phantom 2 “drone” equipped with a GoPro Hero 3+ video camera. The video gives us the first bird’s-eye view of Apple’s Campus 2, which is currently under construction in Cupertino. The video is incredibly clear and it shows us exactly how unique and interesting (in other words, bizarre) Apple’s futuristic new spaceship campus is shaping up to be. The full drone video is embedded below.

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