Minecraft will make its Xbox One, PS4 and PlayStation Vita debut in August, Mojang has announced.

Priced at $19.99 (UK pricing is yet to be revealed), users with a digital copy of the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions will be able to upgrade at the discounted price of $4.99.

The upgrade offer will be available up to a year after the game launches in August.

Mojang is working with Sony and Microsoft to enable disc-based upgrades, and will announce more closer to launch.

Compared to current-gen releases, the PS4 and Xbox One versions will feature "significantly bigger worlds and a greater draw distance".

Players will be able to import saves from PS3 and Xbox 360, but will not be able to transfer next-gen worlds back to current-gen platforms.

Most add-on packs and character skins will also be transferable to Xbox One and PS4.

Elsewhere, the PlayStation Vita version, which also debuts in August, will be available as a cross-buy title with PS3.

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Samsung is reportedly planning its own virtual reality headset, which could be announced later this year.

According to Engadget, the South Korean electronics giant is moving fast to compete with Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus.

The VR headset is said to include a display that is "as good [as] or better" than Oculus's 1080p OLED screen, and will apparently undercut rivals in price.

Developers are already testing prototypes of the headset, which will pair with Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The final consumer-ready product will work with future Samsung products too, it is claimed.

How Samsung plans to connect the headset with its devices is currently unknown, but it could be wired.

The report also claims that the product is not to be confused with Samsung's rumoured Google Glass rival, dubbed Galaxy Glass.

Facebook acquired Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift, for $2 billion back in March.

Meanwhile, the Project Morpheus virtual reality headset was revealed by Sony at GDC 2014.


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Google has reportedly expressed ambitions to spread its advertising business to everyday objects and appliances in the future.

Despite evolving beyond its role as a search engine into other technological sectors such as hardware sales, it appears that advertising will remain a principle revenue stream for some time.

According to a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Google could expand advertising onto "refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities".

The Mountain View-based firm sent the letter in December to justify why it should not be forced to reveal the revenue it has generated from mobile devices to the SEC.

"Our expectation is that users will be using our services and viewing our ads on an increasingly wide diversity of devices in the future," Google explained.

Google acquired smart appliance maker Nest for $3.2 billion in January, giving the company access to its portfolio of thermostat and smoke alarm products.

In a statement, Google refuted suggestions that the products could be used for advertising, saying: "We are in contact with the SEC to clarify the language in this 2013 filing, which does not reflect Google's product roadmap.

"Nest, which we acquired after this filing was made, does not have an ads-based model and has never had any such plans."


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Facebook is introducing a new audio recognition feature to its mobile app, which identifies music, television shows and movies.

The Shazam-like option uses the smartphone's microphone to retrieve data and posts the details in a status to share with friends - although it is limited to US users at present.

Identifying a song posts a 30-second preview of the track, while blasting sound from a television show will link to its official Facebook page in your status, as well as the season and episode number.

The feature serves as an extension to the feelings and activity-sharing option, which has been used some 5 billion times since its arrival last year.

Users have to opt-in for audio recognition, and it can be used by clicking an audio icon moving on-screen when writing a status update. If audio detection is left on, it will attempt to detect a match as a status is being written.

Audio recognition is rolling out to Android and iOS users in the US over the coming weeks.

Earlier today (May 21), Facebook also entered the world of online dating with the introduction of a new 'Ask' button, enabling users to enquire about another person's relationship status if they have chosen to leave it blank.

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eBay has advised its users to change their passwords after a cyber-attack.

The online auction site stated that one of its databases was hacked between late February and early March.

The database contained many encrypted passwords and other non-financial data.

While there has been no evidence of members' accounts being accessed, the firm said that changing passwords is "best practice and will help enhance security for eBay users".

eBay has 128 million active users, with $212bn (£126bn) worth of commerce on its marketplaces and other services last year.

The firm's corporate site stated that hackers accessed the information after finding "a small number of employee log-in credentials".

"The database... included eBay customers' name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth," it said.

"However, the database did not contain financial information or other confidential personal information.

"Extensive forensics subsequently identified the compromised eBay database, resulting in the company's announcement today."

eBay added that there is no evidence the PayPal money transfer service had been accessed, as its data is stored separately.

However, they advised users who use the same login details for both services to also change them.

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Spotify has announced that it has reached the milestone of 10 million premium subscribers.

The Swedish company, which launched its music streaming service in 2008, also revealed that it boasts a grand total of 40 million active monthly users.

"We've had an amazing year, growing from 20 markets to 56 as people from around the world embrace streaming music. 10 million subscribers is an important milestone for both Spotify and the entire music industry," said Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify.

"We're widening our lead in the digital music space and will continue to focus on getting everyone in the world to listen to more music."

Eminem is the most streamed artist on the platform, while Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' is the most played track with more than 235 million streams.

Spotify claims that it has handed over $1 billion dollars to music rights holders since its launch six years ago.

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Facebook has entered the world of online dating with the introduction of a new 'Ask' button.

The new feature allows you to ask people about their relationship status, if they have chosen to leave it blank.

If you receive such a request, you can decide whether or not to respond or not, as well as whether to share your reply to just the asker or with all friends.

'Ask' buttons were previously introduced for other sections, including employer, phone number and hometowns.

The new button has been rolled out in the US, and is expected to head to the UK in the coming weeks.

Dating apps including Tinder and Down also use Facebook as a basis to gather information and match potential partners.

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Sega appears to have renewed the Shenmue trademark in Japan.

Spotted by a NeoGAF user, the filing suggests that a Shenmue sequel or HD remake could be in development.

Trademarks have also been spotted for games by Sony, Square Enix, Bandai Namco and Capcom.

New Sony Computer Entertainment Japan titles include Bloodborne and Otoiine, Square Enix appears to have trademarked something called Run! Yankee-Spirit, while Bandai Namco has filed for a game titled XUCCESS HEAVEN.

Capcom, meanwhile, has renewed its Monster Hunter 4G trademark.

Series creator Yu Suzuki recently expressed interest in making Shenmue 3.

A previous report suggested Suzuki would turn to Kickstarter to get the sequel funded.


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WWE 2K15 has been assigned a release date by 2K Sports.

The upcoming professional wrestling game will launch in North America on October 28.

It will then be released internationally on October 31.

The publisher also confirmed that the fighting title will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Its direct predecessor, WWE 2K14, made its debut on Xbox 360 and PS3 in October 2013, before the two consoles' successors came out.

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Xbox One will be given a substantial update in June.

External storage will be added, supporting up to two external USB 3.0 hard drives sized 256GB or larger, and allowing players to move their games, DLC and saves to another console easily.

Real names will be introduced alongside Gamertags for the first time, with various privacy options to toggle whether names appear to friends, friends of friends or no-one at all.

Users will be able to sign automatically into Xbox One, which was cited as a "much-requested feature from fans".

Xbox TV will be rolled out to users outside of North America, starting with the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, and enables OneGuide features for set-top boxes plugged into the console.

TV and OneGuide will also be updated for better power management, device control and compatibility.

Meanwhile, OneGuide and Universal Remote control will be added to SmartGlass, allowing users to set DVR features such as switching channels, setting new recordings and more via the app.

The June update will also roll out the previously revealed Gold benefits, including free Xbox One games starting with Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: Curse of the Brotherhood, as well as monthly discounts.

Shortly after the update rolls out, users will be able to access entertainment apps such as Netflix without a Gold subscription.

Xbox One's May update recently added audio control over Snapped applications and data tracking for Kinect chat.

Skype was recently updated for the console to allow Snapped conversations while playing games.

Microsoft recently announced plans to sell the Xbox One without Kinect from June 9.

Future updates will make the operating system more accessible for users without Kinect.


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