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Oculus buys UK VR firm to make AR possible

Facebook has purchased the British based, Surreal Vision, in order to incorporate it into Oculus VR to aid further development within virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. The company, founded by students from the Imperial College London, specialises in converting real world scenes into virtual ones through 3D cameras, thereby …

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BlackBerry cutting staff following buyout rumors

BlackBerry has fallen pretty far since its glory days several years ago. However, the company’s brand, along with its thousands of patents, are still worth a fair chunk of cash, which is why we’ve been hearing about several big tech firms looking in to acquiring the company. Microsoft, Apple and …

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Rumors point towards Apple buying BlackBerry

This week the rumor mill is churning out something a little different. Apparently, Apple might be interested in acquiring BlackBerry in an effort to gain even more traction in the enterprise market. These rumors have sent shares in BlackBerry soaring. The Canadian phone company has been struggling in the smartphone …

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Samsung buys LoopPay to compete with Apple Pay

Samsung has acquired LoopPay, a Kickstarted mobile wallet provider that allows payments to take place on existing magnetic strip readers. This will help Samsung compete against Apple’s new Apple Pay service, which has taken off in the US and is due to expand to other territories this year. Speculation about …

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Amazon might be buying an Israeli chip maker

Amazon might soon be dropping another few hundred million on a hardware firm and this time it’s to do with internals. Purportedly the deal is for a $370 million (£244 million) buyout of Israeli chipmaker Annapurna Labs, which will not only see Amazon take over the company, but also begin …

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Microsoft could be buying Minecraft and Mojang for $2 billion

Minecraft could be gaming’s biggest ever success story. Developed (initially) by one man from a clone of another game, into a massive entertainment product that’s sold millions of copies on multiple platforms, Minecraft also spawned conventions and merchandise and changed pre-ordering and early access forever. And now Microsoft wants in …

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Ouya might soon be on the auction block

Remember the Ouya? It was another of the Kickstarter success stories that hasn’t turned out quite as well as was hoped. While initially it seemed like a great way to mix up the console space and challenge some of the big boys at their own game, ultimately the little Android …

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Forget Google, Amazon has officially bought Twitch

Apparently the done deal wasn’t such a sure thing. While the world and his dog had entered into the history books that sometime in late 2014, gaming streaming service Twitch was bought by Google, apparently it was far from certain, as Amazon has swooped in and picked it up for …

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Twitch won’t bring audio recognition to live streams

Earlier this week, Twitch launched its new audio recognition service, which mutes past broadcast VODs (Video On Demand)  if any unlicensed, copyrighted music is detected. Streamers were concerned that this service could eventually make its way to live streams but as it turns out, Twitch has no plans to do …

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Facebook is buying WhatsApp for almost $20 billion

In one of the largest ever acquisitions of an internet based startup, Whatsapp, the messaging service used by millions around the world to send text and images to one another, is being bought by social networking giant Facebook, for a total of $19 billion in cash and company stock. The …

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Amazon bought a video game developer

Amazon really is starting branch out. Last year it jokingly hinted at possible drone deliveries, but this year it’s kicking things off by buying up the developer of Xbox One exclusive, Killer Instinct, Double Helix Studio, throwing more wood on the rumour-fire that Amazon is developing its own console. While …

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Google might be looking to build robots for the home

One of the big stories from 2013 that scooted somewhat under the radar, was that Google went robot mad, buying up as many as eight different robotics developers in the last half of the year alone, including Boston Dynamics, the creators of Big Dog and Wildcat – those load lifting …

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Blackberry buyout collapses, but it’s cool

Blackberry is no longer set to be sold to its main shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings as part of a massive $4.7 billion deal and is instead pushing to raise over a billion dollars in capital to help it continue operations as is. With an ailing business and over a billion …

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Yahoo might buy Tumblr

When the name Yahoo pops up I have to do a double take, because I always forget it still exists. Every time someone emails me from a @yahoo.com account or there’s some talk of the company doing something, business like, I’m reminded that it’s still around and not only that, …

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Verizon isn’t buying Vodafone

Rumours surfaced yesterday, that Verizon, one of the US’ biggest telecoms firms, was set to team up with AT&T (another giant) to buy out Vodafone, to the tune of £161 billion. This sent Vodafone’s stock flying up, but it turns out that the rumours were false, as Verizon has now denied …

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EA could buy up THQ

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While it isn’t the only mega corporation vying for the rights to some of THQ’s hottest properties, EA Games is in the running for some of the beleaguered publisher’s games and franchises, when the auction takes place in the next couple of weeks. Cash dry THQ was hoping to secure …

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Corsair buys Raptor Gaming

Corsair Raptor Gaming

Memory and PSU manufacturer Corsair, has bought out peripheral maker, Raptor Gaming, with intentions to continue the brand alongside Corsair’s own products, including the Vengeance range (some of which we liked a lot) which includes the same sort of kit that Raptor is known for: mice, keyboards etc. “Corsair and …

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Best Buy is dying – Schulze launches rescue bid

Founded in 1966, Best Buy enjoyed around 40 years of success. However, its decision to rapidly expand across the globe – just as the globe was beginning a nightmare financial meltdown – has left it on life support with a very poor prognosis from the financial spin doctors. KitGuru ponders …

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WOULD SAPPHIRE BUY EVGA? speculation

KitGuru enjoys a big breakfast – it comes with age and we are happy to give in to the urge. We’re not quite at the ‘Lord of the Rings stage’ where 2 breakfasts are required for happiness, but we’re close. During this morning monster munch, KitGurus love to ponder the …

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