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I eat sleep and breathe technology, along with geek toys and video games. When I'm not blogging about the latest gadgets and technology, I am usually reading about them, or busy playing fantasy role playing games or Star Trek: Attack Wing. You can follow me on Google+.

Titanfall gets a new co-op game mode

titanfall updateAre you still playing Titanfall? If so, this is some good news. Respawn Entertainment has announced the release of the eighth update for Titanfall. This is the biggest update ever released for Titanfall in fact and it brings with it a brand new co-operative game mode called Frontier Defense. In this mode players team up with three other players to defend an objective from increasingly intense waves of AI enemies.

This update is rolling out right now and should be available in all regions. So what other things can we expect from this update? Well, aside from adding a new co-operative mode this update also brings several fixes as well. Those fixes will improve the overall gameplay experience. There are also several fixes for online play as well.
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HTC Desire 820 mini goes on sale in China

htcminiA smaller version of the HTC Desire 820 has now gone on sale in China. The HTC Desire 820 Mini ditches the 5.5-inch 720p display of the original in favor of a slightly smaller five-inch version, but it keeps the same resolution and like most phones in this class, has marginally downgraded internal components within that plastic frame.

If you like the phone, but don’t need it at full power, this may be a good alternative. According to the company’s Tmall listing, the processor has been changed from a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 for a quad-core Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2Ghz. It also features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage with microSD expansion.
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Candy Crush Soda Saga hits Facebook

Candy CrushIt’s a mystery to me as to why, but Candy Crush is considered to be one of the most popular mobile games in the world. Don’t believe me? The developers of the game are said to be making over $600,000 a day on this game. You and I are clearly in the wrong profession.

Well, if you are tired of playing Candy Crush Saga, King has launched Candy Crush Soda Saga on Facebook. The game is meant to be a companion game to the Candy Crush Saga title. The game was in testing for a while, but now it is ready for prime time.
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Driveclub Online issues fixed for most gamers

driveclubps4Sadly, PlayStation 4 owners have had to wait for Driveclub for over a year. The game was delayed in November of 2013 and then when the game did launch there were tons of problems. Many of the features rely on online access since multiplayer is pretty much what this title is all about. So since launch Driveclub owners have had to put up with many issues. Like simply trying to connect to online servers. Problems that really should have been fixed long ago.

Developer Evolution Studio now says that these issues have been fixed for the “majority” of the people that are playing Driveclub. That’s great news as long as you are actually in that majority. Otherwise you are likely still pretty mad.
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The LG AKA concept phone has “moods”

lg akaLG has a brand new concept phone that it will be announcing at this year’s World IT Show 2014, held in Busan, Korea, between October 20 and October 23. We don’t know much about the device, aside from the name, which is the LG AKA. Oh, but we do know that LG describes it as “personal” and “customizable”.

The customizable aspect just means that the device will allow you to easily change its panel with a different-colored one. That’s no big deal. The “personal” part is something more unique, maybe even a tad creepy. These handsets have animated eyes above the interchangeable protective panel and they express different emotions. LG says that each phone will choose its emotion depending on how you use it and its features, like the alarm, apps, the kind of music that you load on it and more. Does it sound cool or creepy to you?
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Chinese Carrier enlarges the pockets of iPhone 6 Plus customers

Chinese CarrierIt’s always nice when a company goes the extra mile for it’s customers. A carrier in China is offering customers who purchase the iPhone 6 Plus a pocket enlargement service. Because many need larger pockets to rock that new extra large iPhone.

So customers can get the pockets on their pants enlarged so that they’re big enough to comfortably accommodate the iPhone 6 Plus. It might even help with the bending issue we have been hearing about when the iPhone 6 Plus is in tight pockets.
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The FCC says that 50% of wireless 911 calls are butt-dials

butt dialAfter visiting several 911-emergency call centers in New York and Alaska, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly determined that 911 misdials from wireless numbers are a real problem. About 70% of all emergency calls come from wireless phones, and of that number, half were the result of misdials due to the phone being jostled around in a purse, or squished under a butt. This is up from about 20% only a few years ago.

O’Reilly thinks this means that as many as 84 million misdialed calls are made to 911 every year. That is more than 230,000 per day. An insane number. Some might say that this poses a threat to public health, especially in busy emergency systems like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. It may prevent those who need it from getting real help in time.
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Verizon’s Lumia 735 might not arrive until 2015

735Last month Microsoft unveiled the Nokia Lumia 735 which looks like it is an entry-level handset for those on a budget. Now we are hearing that the handset could make its way onto Verizon, but the question everyone is asking is when?

Well if we can believe the rumors, if you wanted the Lumia 735 on Verizon, it looks like you will have to wait until 2015 to get your hands on one. The handset has already been made available. It is released in other parts of the world, it’s just not on Verizon’s network yet. It looks like 2015 is when you can get it and no sooner.
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CBS launches its own online-only TV streaming service

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People don’t watch TV the same way they used to. The TV landscape has changed. Subscribing to online streaming is how most people want to watch content. Getting a pay-TV subscription is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And with that in mind CBS has announced the launch of CBS All Access, an online-only TV streaming service that delivers live content and classic content without having to get a pay-TV subscription.

Subscribers will have the ability to live stream their local CBS stations and watch content as its aired for the first time. No NFL games though. Sorry NFL fans.
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Leica X “Edition Moncler” limited edition camera

LeicaIf you like limited edition cameras, this one will be right up your alley. Leica has announced the Leica X Edition Moncler camera. This camera is based on the Leica X (type 113) model and there will only be 1,500 units of the camera made. Yep. That’s pretty limited. So it should be pretty expensive as well.

This camera was designed with Moncler, a French fashion brand in case you didn’t know, which explains the French flag and color design motif. For example, those colored stripes are made from premium leather, which should appeal to fashion forward camera users. It certainly looks nice and stylish.
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Halo Spartan Strike launching for Windows in December

halossMicrosoft and 343 Industries had to launch a new Halo game at some point this year. A new top-down, twin-stick shooter will be arriving on December 12. The game, Halo: Spartan Strike, will launch on Windows devices and Steam for just $6.

Spartan Strike takes places during the events of Halo 2 and will have new content, vehicles, and the Prometheans. The new game follows Halo: Spartan Assault, which originally launched on Windows mobile devices only, but later was available for Xbox consoles and Steam.
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Bono apologizes for the whole U2 album auto download thing

bonoIt wasn’t too long ago when you found you had an extra album in your iTunes music folder. An unexpected and unwanted album that you didn’t ask for and could not get rid of. Basically it amounted to musical spam and Apple had to set up a special website that users could visit to get rid of it, because you know, no one wanted the thing.

Well, now U2’s frontman Bono has come forward with an apology. In an interview on Facebook, Bono was quoted as saying, “Oops. Um. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.”
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