Nintendos New NFC Tech – Amiibo

Nintendos New NFC Tech – Amiibo

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Nintendo teased Skylanders-style figures that would work with the NFC sensor in the Wii U gamepad and now we’ve got the first solid details.

The new system is called Amiibo and, like Skylanders, the plastic figures will hold character stat data. The first game to support Amiibo is Super Smash Bros. on Wii U, which releases this holiday season. Other games will feature these figures as well, including the already released Mario Kart 8.

Figures shown include Mario, Link, Wii Fit Trainer, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Yoshi, an Animal Crossing villager, and more.

In an additional video, Nintendo added that Amiibo characters in Super Smash Bros are playable, can team up and fight alongside you, and serve as opponents. The more they fight, the more their stats increase. You can choose which specials and abilities the characters take on as they develop. If you battle two Amiibo against each other, they’ll…

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX

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Amazon announced two new tablets joining their already existing line. These two new top-of-the-line tablets are named HDX. They come in 7 inch and 8.9 inch versions and feature a new tech-support feature called “Mayday”. This “Mayday” feature let you video-chat with an Amazon support representative at any time of day about any trouble you are having with the tablet. It is available around the clock on every day of the year and can be accessed through a button in the quick settings bar.
The tablets themselves have gotten a slight boost in everything compared to older models, but it is not anything extraordinary. The OS itself has gotten a v .1 update  and some minor kinks were fixed. Other then that, it is believed that the only reason for these tablets even appearing is to promote the “Mayday” feature and provide a basis for future tablets, if this feature…

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Sony Xperia Z1 Review

Sony Xperia Z1 Review

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Sony announced their latest flagship in the form of the Xperia Z1 – a 20 megapixel-packing smartphone that runs 5-inch full HD display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU. Certainly a beast but does it have enough to lure people away from competition. Let’s find out by reading our full review.

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Phoneblocks – A Phone Worth Keeping

Transition Consciousness

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If I am honest, the Apple iPhone launch this week did not really set my pulse racing. While Apple products are certainly still cool, I just wonder if there is still such a huge appetite to replace last year’s phone, or even the one bought just a few months ago?

In contrast to Apple’s launch, I thought I would share this inspired video made by Dave Hakkens. The video is well worth watching for the concept it is aiming to help promote and fund – an open platform for building a new type of smart phone which is built on a LEGO type board. When one element fails, there is no need to replace the whole phone, just that particular part. Wonderful.

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Some thoughts on smartwatches (including Samsung GalaxyGear)

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I have been pretty vocal about the new smartwatches, including Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch. In a conversation with Emily Chang on Bloomberg TV, I said that while Samsung has to be commended for taking a step forward, I am not going to be wearing one of the new watches, unless as an experiment for a limited period of time. I don’t really have a quibble with the watch concept, it’s just that I don’t think the devices that are available today are worth my time (no pun intended) or the money.

Smartwatches indeed have a role to play in the future. They are key component of our notification-driven personal computing fabric — one that will use the phone as the hub for all sorts of highly personal devices (also called wearables), as I explained in a conversation with NPR MarketPlace. However, in a conversation with ABlogToWatch

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