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'LittleBigPlanet' gets better on smaller screen

"LittleBigPlanet PS Vita" is a puzzle-platformer for the

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Need a reason to purchase a PlayStation Vita? Sackboy's got you covered with "LittleBigPlanet PS Vita."

I must admit: I was never drawn to owning the high-definition mobile device. Most game sessions ended rather quickly and had me clamoring for a big screen due to the amount of detail squished into the handheld's screen.

But one play through with "LBP Vita"...

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Kidsday previews FIFA 13

Pull off dynamic headers like French International footballer

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Whether you call it football or soccer, many can agree that no one brings you closer to the action like EA Sports' FIFA videogame franchise. On-field ability and performance has once again been improved, while EA's "Complete-Dribbling" borrows partly from FIFA Street, adding creativity with the ball while facing opponents.

FIFA 13 hits all major consoles, PC and mobile devices Sept....

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Get more productive with these mobile apps

Last year at holiday time, more than 25

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Between work, family and social obligations, our lives are becoming increasingly busy. Now with the holidays coming up, there will be even more planning, scheduling and logistics to keep us occupied. Thankfully, our worlds no longer have to revolve around day planners and the Filofax. There are a ton of great smartphone applications out there to help you keep everything straight.

Take note...

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Kindle Fire v. iPad, by the numbers

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the new Kindle

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A look at the differences between the Amazon Kindle Fire, and the Apple iPad:

Price: The Kindle Fire, which connects to the Web over Wi-Fi networks, will cost $199 when it begins selling on Nov. 15. The iPad costs $499-$829, depending on storage capacity and its wireless capabilities.

Screen size: The Kindle Fire's display measures 7 inches at the diagonal, while the iPad has a 9.7-inch...

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Tower Defense: Lost Earth hooks RTS fans

A screengrab from Tower Defense: Lost Earth.

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Looking for a great real-time strategy game for your mobile Apple device? Well look no farther than Tower Defense: Lost Earth. You are the commander of a defense grid set on protecting your outpost from a slew of different scary alien monsters hell-bent on your destruction.

Because the developers focused more on game play than plot, the game shines as a great action puzzle game. There is some...

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Chillingo: Puzzles, platforming — zombies?

Screenshot Rope Rescue

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Developers Chillingo and EA recently rolled out their newest line of mobile games for the iPad, iPhone and iTouch, and there happened to be some interesting titles among the pack. Here’s a little something on each one, along with my initial impressions:

Rope Rescue

Rope Rescue is a puzzle game that may seem similar to fans of Angry Birds. Players use their bird to string...

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Verizon switching to tiered data plans in July

Dan Mead, left, chief executive of Verizon Wireless,

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If you’re thinking of about switching over to Verizon Wireless, you may want to do it now -- or at least by July 7.

Verizon Wireless is set to introduce a tiered data plan pricing, similar to AT&T's, a move that would affect heavy mobile Internet users.

Verizon Wireless spokesman David Samberg said the company is "making some minor changes to data plans, including those...

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Mophie juices up your idevices

Mophie iPhone 4 case line up. Available in

Mobile chargers are the newest rage in giving your mobile devices an extra boost of juice on the run. These nifty inventions are great for people always traveling or who spend long periods of time away from a charge. The Mophie juice pack plus and juice pack air sets out to solve this age-old dilemma.

Mophie cases are quite literally some of the best-designed iPhone and iPod Touch cases out...

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How to factory reset your smartphone

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S, left, and Apple's iPhone

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If you’re looking to sell your old smartphone, it’s a good idea to completely wipe its memory. Here’s a guide on how to perform a factory reset on each mobile operating system.


To restore your iPhone, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed. Launch iTunes and connect the iPhone. In the left column under “Devices,” click on your iPhone,...

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Nintendo 3DS brings 3-D to mobile gaming

Nintendo 3DS mobile gaming system

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The tech gods have spoken and 3-D viewing is in. Nintendo has embraced the buzz and is the first to bring 3-D gaming technology to market. Now I’m a huge fan of 3-D movies in the theater, but when it comes to home viewing of 3-D technology, manufacturers have a long way to go. That said, Nintendo has done a great job enhancing the DS and bringing it into the three-dimensional realm.


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