Nintendo is preparing an imminent hardware reveal, it has been suggested.

Multiple sources have claimed that the manufacturer will reveal new hardware at E3 2014, according to IGN publisher Peer Schneider.

"They're absolutely going to show new hardware this year," Schneider said during a recent podcast (via CVG). "There's no doubt in my mind."

He added: "Because I've heard it from multiple people now. I've heard it from someone who used to be at Nintendo, I've heard it from somebody on the third-party front."

Another report asserts that games compatible with the unannounced device will be playable at the upcoming expo.

Nintendo recently unveiled all the courses featured in the upcoming Wii U title Mario Kart 8.

The firm released its latest gaming hardware - the Nintendo 2DS - in October.


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Facebook is giving members greater freedom about what data it shares with third-party apps when logging in.

Anonymous Login - which is currently in beta - allows users to access apps without sharing their username, password or any personal information stored on Facebook.

Speaking at the social network's F8 Developer Conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the feature would be particularly useful to those who may be reluctant to log in to unknown apps for the first time.

Although the app maker will have no trace of who you are, Facebook will be able to identify you.

For those willing to share their information, Facebook has added a wider choice of privacy settings so users can choose which details they are willing to share and which details they would like to withhold.

A new dashboard is also being introduced, detailing the exact information each app has access to and the option to change what third parties see.

Speaking at the social network's F8 Developer Conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the feature would be particularly useful to those who may be reluctant to log in to unknown apps for the first time.

Although the app maker will have no trace of who you are, Facebook will be able to identify you.

For those willing to share their information, Facebook has added a wider choice of privacy settings so users can choose which details they are willing to share and which details they would like to withhold.

A new dashboard is also being introduced, detailing the exact information each app has access to and the option to change what third parties see.

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Google has announced that it has ceased scanning Gmail accounts associated with its Google Apps for Education (GAE) learning support scheme.

The web giant previously monitored such accounts to serve targeted advertising to users, but recent reports suggest the scans may have violated privacy laws.

"We've permanently removed all ads scanning in Gmail for Apps for Education, which means Google cannot collect or use student data in Apps for Education services for advertising purposes," said Google for Education director Bram Bout in a blog post.

Used by more than 30 million students and teachers around the world, GAE provides access to free apps, storage and customised email addresses.

GAE apps have never included advertising, but the scans may have been used to determine which marketing materials appear when users visit other websites featuring Google's AdSense platform.

Such practices may place the firm in breach of the US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, according to Education Week.

Google will continue to scan non-GAE Gmail accounts in accordance with its updated terms and conditions.


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Sennheiser has launched its Speakerphone range of devices, allowing users to make personal and small group conference calls via PC softphone.

Aimed primarily at business professionals, the SP 10 model is compatible with PCs and softphones, while the SP 20 edition also connects to tablets and smartphones.

"There is a growing trend towards professionals working more flexibly through group collaborations and small group conferences, when moving around office complexes, holding ad hoc calls throughout their working day and when travelling," said Sennheiser president Andreas Bach.

"Through the Speakerphone Series, Sennheiser is adding a new category of portable conferencing solutions to its comprehensive product portfolio designed to enhance both productivity and performance of office and field workers, through its superior voice clarity and quality design."

The devices, which double as music speakers, use Sennheiser's HD optimised sound profile to provide vocal clarity, echo cancellation and dual talk functionality.

The Speakerphone line is available now, with the SP 10 costing £135 and SP 20 £150.


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Samsung has reported a downturn in mobile phone sales for the first time in years.

The company's latest financial results reveal that the division saw a decline of 4% with a revenue of 33.4 trillion won (£23.3bn) during the period ending in March.

However, the world's biggest phone maker was quick to point out that operating profit in its mobile department rose by 18% compared to the previous quarter.

Samsung's net profit reached 7.57 trillion won (£4.4bn) during the period in question, up from 7.3 trillion won (£4.2bn) in the previous quarter.

The firm's Galaxy range has helped it emerge as a leader in the smartphone sector, but competition from low-cost rivals has eroded its stranglehold on the market.

Samsung predicts that the mobile phone market will continue to contract in the coming quarters as more devices saturate the market, but is banking on recouping its losses through its TV business and sales of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone.


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Mozilla has launched Firefox 29, the latest version of its popular internet browser.

The update introduces a Google Chrome-esque layout, designed with simplicity, speed and personalisation in mind.

Firefox 29 comes with a new 'Customise' button in the main menu, allowing users to drag and drop in browser parts depending on their personal preferences.

Bookmarking has been overhauled, and it is now easier for users to sync their personal settings across devices via cloud support.

"The first thing you'll notice in Firefox is the beautiful new design that makes it easy to focus on your Web content. The tabs are sleek and smooth to help you navigate the Web faster," said Mozilla in a statement.

"It's easy to see what tab you're currently visiting and the other tabs fade into the background to be less of a distraction when you're not using them."

Firefox 29 is now available to download via the Mozilla website.

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The iPhone 6 could include a camera with larger pixels and electronic optical image stabilisation, according to an analyst.

Industry expert Sun Chang Xu claims that Apple is increasing the iPhone camera's pixel size to 1.75µ, up from 1.5µ on the iPhone 5S.

This would enable the camera's sensor to draw in more light and result in a higher image and video quality, particularly in low-lit conditions.

However, allowing more light in increases the possibility of blur, which Sun believes Apple could counterbalance with the inclusion of electronic optical image stabilisation.

The analyst also claims that the iPhone 6 will include a range of smart sensors for measuring pressure, temperature and humidity, with the user's heart rate and oxygen levels detected via the accompanying iWatch.

Previous reports suggest that the iPhone 6 will feature a larger screen, a slimmer design and a curved form factor similar to the Samsung Galaxy Round.

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Twitter has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, reporting an increase of 14 million users.

The gains leave the microblogging service with a total of 255 million monthly active users, an increase of 25% compared to the same period in 2013.

The company also announced significant gains in the mobile sector, with a 31% year-on-year upturn leaving it with 198 million mobile monthly active users.

Twitter slightly exceeded analysts' expectations by earning $250 million in revenue and no profit, with a net loss of $132 million for the period ending in March.

"We had a very strong first quarter," said Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo. "Revenue growth accelerated on a year over year basis fuelled by increased engagement and user growth. We also continue to rapidly increase our reach and scale."

Twitter is predicting revenue of between $270 million and $280 million during the second quarter of 2014.

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Microsoft has fulfilled its promise to add a printing function to its Office for iPad apps.

A month after the PC maker launched its first ever Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps tailored to the Apple-made tablet, the first update has been released.

The debut version of the apps lacked the ability to print, meaning you would have to use a third-party app to print documents or send them for printing via another device.

"Your top request is here!" the company said in an announcement. "You can now print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to an AirPrint printer."

On top of printing functions, Microsoft has added SmartGuides to PowerPoint to help with the alignment of pictures, shapes and textboxes. Similarly, Excel received Autofit for adjusting the width of multiple rows or the height of multiple columns at the same time.

Several bug fixes and stability improvements also formed part of the update, Microsoft said, adding that the next update is already in the works.

Users can download the apps for free from the App Store to read and present content, while a paid Office 365 subscription costing £79.99 a year is needed to create and edit documents.


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John Carmack's former employer ZeniMax Media has claimed that it partially owns the intellectual property in the Oculus Rift.

Carmack, who now works for Oculus VR, is said to have developed the headset using technology possessed by ZeniMax.

"It was only through the concerted efforts of Mr Carmack, using technology developed over many years at, and owned by, ZeniMax, that [Oculus founder Palmer] Luckey was able to transform his garage-based pipe dream into a working reality," reads a letter sent to WSJ.

"ZeniMax provided necessary VR technology and other valuable assistance to Palmer Luckey and other Oculus employees in 2012 and 2013 to make the Oculus Rift a viable VR product, superior to other VR market offerings."

The firm added: "The proprietary technology and know-how Mr Carmack developed when he was a ZeniMax employee, and used by Oculus, are owned by ZeniMax."

ZeniMax and Oculus "previously attempted to reach an agreement whereby ZeniMax would be compensated for its intellectual property through equity ownership in Oculus but were unable to reach a satisfactory resolution."

Oculus apparently scoffed at the idea, saying: "It's unfortunate, but when there's this type of transaction, people come out of the woodwork with ridiculous and absurd claims. We intend to vigorously defend Oculus and its investors to the fullest extent."

Oculus was recently acquired by Facebook for approximately $2 billion.

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