Microsoft has admitted to turning down PlayStation 4 exclusive Rime.

Developed by Tequila Works, the open-world adventure has been compared to games such as Journey and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, particularly with its cel-shaded visual style.

Microsoft executive Phil Spencer addressed the decision to reject Rime on Twitter, stating that it wasn't the first game they regretted not picking up.

Rime, which will be published by Sony, was announced at gamescom last year, though no release date has been announced yet.

Tequila Works previously developed survival horror platformer Deadlight, which launched on Xbox Live Arcade and Steam in 2012.

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Google has released a set of usage guidelines for early adopters of its Google Glass headset.

The web giant has devised a list of dos and don'ts for users to abide by, warning them to expect to draw attention when wearing the device in public.

Many of the rules included on the don'ts come across as tongue-in-cheek, with Google urging users not to wear the headset while taking part in high-impact sports such as cage fighting.

The firm also warns Google Glass Explorers against being "creepy or rude", describing people who the product in this manner as "Glasssholes".

"Respect others and if they have questions about Glass, don't get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way," said the search engine firm.

"In places where cell phone cameras aren't allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you're asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers."

Under the dos list, Google urges users to seek permission from others before filming or taking photographs, and recommends that they experiment with the product's vocal commands.

The full list of Google Glass guidelines can be found on the Google Glass Explorer website.


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HTC will reportedly showcase a smartwatch at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week.

The Taiwanese firm will reveal the mystery device to a select few behind closed doors at the trade show, Bloomberg reports.

The upcoming wearable is said to be similar in design to Qualcomm's Toq device, coming with a music player, Bluetooth connectivity and a low-powered Mirasol display.

HTC is also rumoured to be working on a second smartwatch that features Google Now and an AMOLED screen, as well as a fitness bracelet.

However, the firm is not expected to release any wearable tech until later in the year following reports that it is working to resolve battery and performance issues.

Several other wearable tech products, including a second-generation Samsung Galaxy Gear, will be on show at MWC 2014.


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Facebook has announced that it will buy messaging app WhatsApp for up to $19 billion (£11.9bn), marking the social networking giant's biggest purchase to date.

Facebook will pay $4bn in cash and $12bn in stock for WhatsApp. An extra $3bn in restricted stock will be given to WhatsApp's founders and employees.

In a statement, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg described WhatsApp's services as "incredibly valuable".

WhatsApp allows users to send messages over internet connections, avoiding text messaging fees, and has over 450 million users.

"We're excited and honoured to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world," WhatsApp founder Jan Koum said in a statement.

Koum will stay on at the firm and also become a member of Facebook's board of directors.

Before this deal, Facebook's highest ever buy was in 2012 when it paid $1bn for Instagram.


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Amazon has expanded use of its virtual currency beyond Kindle Fire.

Amazon Coins can now be bought or spent on the Amazon Appstore via Android smartphones and tablets for the first time.

The virtual currency was first introduced in the US last May and rolled out to the UK and Germany in November.

"Since the launch of Amazon Coins, we've been amazed by the number of customers using Coins, as well as how many Coins they're spending on apps and games," vice president Mike George said.

"Because customers can buy Coins at up to a 10% discount, they love the extra value they get when shopping in our Appstore."

Amazon claims that the introduction of Coins in the US has benefited app developers, helping them drive traffic, downloads and increased monetisation.


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Shazam and Warner Music Group have announced details of their new partnership.

The record label and media recognition app have joined forces to enhance their marketing of WMG's roster of artists.


The global, first of its kind partnership will see the Shazam label imprint identify unsigned artists for support and development by combining Warner's A&R with Shazam's fan activity data.

"By partnering with Shazam, a brand which is synonymous with music discovery for fans all around the world, we have forged a potent proposition: the first crowd-sourced, big data record label," Rob Wiesenthal, COO/Corporate at Warner Music Group, said.

"While data and crowd sourced analyses will never be a substitute for the expertise and instincts of our A&R professionals, we do believe the information we obtain for this new label will provide very useful signals that will bolster our ability to find the stars of tomorrow."

The deal comes off the back of three successful joint campaigns, including exclusive track and video releases with Chromeo and Wiz Khalifa, as well as Bruno Mars' Super Bowl show.

Rich Riley, CEO at Shazam, added: "We are excited to enter into a next-generation partnership with Warner Music Group. Every minute of the day, people around the world Shazam over 10,000 songs, giving us incredible insight into what songs are trending and allowing us to discover future hits.

"Combining Shazam's proprietary data with WMG's A&R expertise will yield fantastic results. We are also eager to use our deep data and advanced promotional solutions combined with exclusive content from WMG to help artists engage with their fans and sell more music."

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Nintendo has been cleared of its 3DS and 3DSi patent infringement accusations.

The International Trade Commission has found in favour of the company in its legal battle with Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC and Patriot Scientific Corporation, reports Business Wire.


Filed in July 2012, the case alleged that Nintendo had infringed upon the patents of the three companies in the use of several microprocessors in its handheld consoles.

"We are very pleased with the commission's determination, which confirmed the judge's finding that Nintendo's products do not infringe the asserted patent," said Nintendo of America vice president and deputy general counsel Richard Medway in a statement.

"Nintendo's track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, including cases in the ITC, when we believe we have not infringed another party's patent. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others."

The 3DS family was the bestselling gaming system of 2013, ahead of bestselling console Xbox 360 and the next-generation consoles.

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch's PlayStation 4 release has been delayed.

The indie game - which was previously scheduled to arrive in March - will "most likely" land in early April, according to the Octodad Twitter (via VideoGamer).

Developer Young Horses also hinted at the possibility of an Xbox One port for the stealth game. "We're thinking about it," they tweeted.

Approved through Steam's Greenlight service in late 2012, the game sees the player control an unwieldy octopus attempting to blend in with suburban life and a human family.

He must battle to keep his secret identity hidden from the people around him.

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Square Enix has registered a trademark for Shinra in Japan.

The Shinra Electric Power Company served as one of Final Fantasy VII's primary antagonists.


Square intends the property "for use in video games", according to Siliconera.

Ostensibly a power company in the 1997 RPG classic, Shinra used its monopoly on Mako energy to fund research into genetic engineering and space travel, as well as maintaining the military SOLDIER project.

Final Fantasy series producer Yoshinori Kitase recently played down the likelihood of a remake of the game.

Final Fantasy VII was released on Steam in July 2013.

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The 'Mario and Sonic Winter Olympics Wii U Bundle' has been revealed by Nintendo.

The new set includes the Wii U Premium Pack, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Nintendo Land and a Mario-themed Wii Remote Plus.

Priced at £299.99, the bundle is now available in the UK through the Nintendo UK Online Store.

The platform holder previously released the 'Mario Mega Wii U Bundle', which came with the console, three Mario titles, as well as a Mario hat and Wii Remote Plus controller.

Nintendo recently confirmed the release date of upcoming Wii U racing game Mario Kart 8, which launches globally on May 30.

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