Amazon gives Apple TV and Google Chromecast the finger

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Apple TV 4 brings iOS apps to the big screen.
Apple TV 4 brings iOS apps to the big screen.
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The most popular online retailer in the world, Amazon, is using its e-commerce powers to put the hurt on Apple and Google’s streaming devices in order to prop-up the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick.

In an email sent to marketplace sellers, Amazon told employees it will stop selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast. No new listings for the devices are allowed, and all other existing inventory is scheduled to be removed by October 29th.

ROBLOX games hit the big screen with an app for Xbox

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From the ROBLOX game Angels 15, which will be among 20 games coming to Xbox.
From the ROBLOX game Angels 15, which will be among 20 games coming to Xbox.
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ROBLOX, the popular user-generated online gaming platform, introduces kids to game building and even helps them earn a few bucks in the process. Some ROBLOX game developers have earned enough money to pay for college.

Now some of the more successful developers will raise their gaming cred even higher as ROBLOX launches a free app for Xbox featuring 20 of its top games.

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Apple is about to take the wraps off the new Apple TV.
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Apple’s 3-D mapping tech would turn your iMac into an Xbox Kinect

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New technology dreamed up by Apple would allow users to control an interface by simply striking a pose. This would work by having Apple devices generate a depth map for identifying “a head and at least one arm of the humanoid form” from any image in which one appears.

A way to switch on our next Apple TV by waving a hand or turning your head toward the screen? Yes please!

Microsoft declares iPhone 6 most popular device of 2014

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The iPhone 6 dominated 2014. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Even Microsoft admits the iPhone 6 is king of 2014. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Microsoft released its list of the top Bing searches of 2014 this week, and among tech companies, Apple appears to be this year’s big winner, again.

The iPhone 6 and iPad both ranked among the top 5 tech search words of 2014, according to BingTrends. Other top searches included Fitbit and the Xbox One, but the iPhone 6’s biggest competitor – the Samsung Galaxy S5 – didn’t even place in the top 10.

Here are the complete rankings:

Get Your Game On With The Mac/PC/XBOX 360/PS3 Gamer Hardware Bundle [Deals]

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If you’re into gaming, then having a versatile experience at your disposal is ideal. This Cult of Mac Deals offer gives you just that — and at a price that is tough to beat.

That’s right. The Mac/PC/XBOX 360/PS3 Gamer Hardware Bundle gives you a universal controller and headset that lets you game with top-notch quality and on multiple platforms. And you’ll get this bundle at a 20% savings — just $48!

Last Chance! Step Into Battle With The Call of Duty Bundle [Deals]

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I remember playing Call of Duty a few years back, killing soldiers (and time) every other day. I was never all that good at it – especially playing against others – but I did have a lot of fun. Thanks to Cult of Mac Deals, I can get back to having that kind of fun again with The Call of Duty Bundle!

The bundle includes 3 Call of Duty games and 2 expansion packs for Call of Duty: Black Ops. And they’re downloadable through Steam, so if you want to use a Windows machine to game on then that’s no problem either. And the bundle only costs $39.99 – a savings of 69%!

Sony’s New PlayStation App Will Let You Use Your Phone Or Tablet As A PS4 Display

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At the Tokyo Games Show today, Sony unveiled its new PlayStation App for Android and iOS, which lets gamers access the PlayStation Network from their smartphone and tablet to interact with friends, see what others are playing, and remotely download games to your console.

The app will also turn your Android or iOS device into a second screen for selected PlayStation 4 titles.

Rockstar Releases Official iOS Manual App For Grand Theft Auto V

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“Always read the instructions before playing,” is what my dad would say every time he found my sister and me making up rules on mortgages and bankruptcy whenever we busted out Monopoly. Knowing the rules and how to play is even more important with an open-world game as vast as Grand Theft Auto V’s Los Santos, so to help gamers out, Rockstar released its second iOS companion today: Grand Theft Auto V: The Manual