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Sony awarded patent for Xperia Play with double the keyboards

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has assigned Sony a patent for "electronic devices having multiple keypads and related methods," which when translated out of Patentese and into The Queen's English, means "cell-phones with two sliding keyboards and stuff." The patent application is cho...

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Touchscreen phones get psuedo-buttons with Tactile Plus stickers

It's difficult to execute a Hadouken -- or any special maneuver, for that matter -- on the iPhone version of Street Fighter IV without keeping a constant eye on the on-screen controls. It's a problem that many games on touchscreened smartphones suffer from; fortunately, it's a problem that can be s...

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Street Fighter IV joystick phone straps push our buttons [update]

[Update: Strapya's US branch is taking pre-orders as well!] Japanese phone strap retailer StrapyaNext just started accepting pre-orders for the most awesome cell phone accessories ever (next to the Hello Kitty/Space Invaders charm, of course). These tiny joysticks, in Ryu, Ken, Dhalsim, and Chun Li ...

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Glu Mobile CEO steps down citing need for 'generating positive cash'

There's no doubt that Apple's iPhone has put a significant dent into the mobile game landscape, especially for non-future phone game developers and publishers. Such is the case for Glu Mobile, a company that -- while recently inking a deal to develop and distribute Activision titles on mobile device...

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Nintendo 'localizes' DS systems for Asia

We may not be getting a redesigned DS in the near future (if you believe the company line), but there will be some "localized" DS systems flooding the markets in the near future. We're not sure what the differences are between a "localized" handheld and a good old-fashioned DS Lite, as Nintendo hasn...

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Layton has a puzzle to solve on your mobile phone

We love Professor Layton. No, not the game, the man. Actually, we do love the game, too. We just love to love things! Looks like Japan loves the guy enough to warrant the series extending itself over to cell phones. The first game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is already available and ...

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Japan can now buy MSpoints via cell phone

We haven't heard news such as this since the last time Microsoft was showing off the so far poorly executed Live Anywhere. Beginning Monday, the Japanese phone service provider NTT DoCoMo will allow its users to pay for MSpoints or a Gold Subscription right from their phone. Any purchases made via t...

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The Wii saves cell phone gaming

We'll never understand the drive to play cell phone games. Even if phone hardware is powerful enough to render high-quality visuals, the experience is all but ruined by the fact that every cell phone ever has a completely terrible interface for playing games (sorry, iPhone, but we could do with at ...

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Someone thinks BioShock on mobile phones is a good idea

Quick, name one thing that could improve the epic, graphically and acoustically rich experience that is BioShock. If you said "squeezing it onto a cell phone with a three inch screen, tinny speakers and a memory cache the size of my old 486" then you could probably get a job at mobile developer IG...

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Cell phones take a cue from Wii, use nunchuk controller

We'll be damned if we'll ever play a game on our cell phone (actually, that's a lie: we played Snake once). Our gigantic, meaty paws aren't designed to play on such a small device. Besides, we already have a portable device for games. It's called a DS. But, the market is booming enough to demand per...

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