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Microsoft Has Acquired Minecraft For $2.5 Billionview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Microsoft has confirmed that Mojang and Minecraft will join its ranks, but it’ll continue to make the game available across iOS, Android and PlayStation as well as on Xbox and PC, the company announced today. (IT news)

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Microsoft’s Safe $2.5 Billion Bet On Minecraftview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Microsoft expects to break-even on its $2.5B purchase of Minecraft maker Mojang in 2015. It’s easy to say that buying Minecraft is a safe bet for Microsoft. The deal was announced this morning following a week of unsubstantiated reports and wide-eyed speculation. (IT news)

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Forget Siri, Fetch Is A Real Personal Assistant, Contained In An Appview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Fetch, a mobile app that serves as a personal buying assistant by allowing you to submit text or photos then have results returned to you by a professional shopper, is expanding beyond product search with a new release out now. (IT news)

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How Many Times A Day Do You Check Your Phone? Checky Will Tell You.view story

http://techcrunch.com –  In today’s hyper-connected world, meditation and relaxation-focused resource Calm gives you a much-needed mental break during the day, and can help you quiet the spinning wheels in your head when it’s time to sleep at night. Now the company is rolling out a second application called Checky, designed more to make you aware of how often you’re using your smartphone. (IT news)

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First Wave Of “Affordable” Android One Phones Breaks Cover In Indiaview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Google has announced the first Android One devices — which are targeting the Indian market, starting at Rs 6,399/$105. Hardware partners for this first wave of affordable ‘Droids are Micromax, Karbonn, Spice and chipmaker MediaTek. Read More (IT news)

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Flickr Announces “20 Under 20″ Collection Of Young Photographersview story

http://techcrunch.com –  In an effort to promote young artists using its service, Flickr has put together a collection of 20 artists under the age of 20 who have shown exceptional talent in their early work. Users can choose their favorite photographers from the group and nominate their work in three different categories: creativity, technical skills, and strength of overall portfolio. Read More (IT news)

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LG announces the 3G only G3 Stylusview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – In early August, an LG made smartphone with a stylus surfaced and was said to be coming out to be pitted against the venerable Galaxy Note 4. Later reports suggested that the device would actually be a smartphone for the budget friendly market and would not compete with the Note 4. It then debuted at IFA this year in Berlin showing off some very modest specs. (IT news)

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Students with .edu email get $50 off new Moto Xview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – If you’re a student in need of a new phone you should check out the deal Motorola is offering students with a valid .edu address. The company is offering $50 off the new Moto X for those with working (you receive email there still) edu addresses allowing you to get the $499 off-contract device for $449. (IT news)

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Oppo teases announcement of the N3view story

http://www.talkandroid.com – Oppo took to its Facebook page this morning to share an image with fans teasing the N3. The image suggests that the announcement will be made in Singapore in October. The folks at GSM Arena also received a possible image of the device showing off the unique design the N series is famous for (below). (IT news)

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Google to enable offline YouTube video playback in Indiaview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – In conjunction with the announcement of Android One smartphones in India today, Google announced a change to the YouTube app for customers in that country. The YouTube app for Android smartphones will be able to download videos when a customer is on a WiFi connection and then they can be watched later when no connection is available. (IT news)

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Spotify brings service to Amazon Fire TVview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – One of the most requested apps from Chromecast owners wanting to stream music via their device has been Spotify. Inexplicably, Spotify has not jumped on the Chromecast bandwagon. However, Spotify announced today that they are jumping on Amazon Fire TV via their Spotify Connect service. Users do need a Spotify Premium subscription in order to access and use Spotify Connect. (IT news)

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Panasonic announces the Lumix CM1, an Android-powered smart cameraview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – Point and shoot cameras have slowly fallen to the wayside thanks to the rising popularity of smartphones, so manufacturers have had to take a different approach to keeping their camera businesses alive. (IT news)