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Samsung announces a game controller for Galaxy smartphones

Samsung Electronics has created a gaming controller for its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

The Smartphone GamePad connects via Bluetooth and will work with most Galaxy devices with a 4-inch to 6.3-inch screen running Android v4.1 or above. It has a rechargeable battery, a steel frame and a grip to hold the mobile device in place.

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Juniper Research publishes its top 10 tech predictions for 2014

Juniper Research has published its predictions for technology industries next year.

At the top of the list is a prediction that cities will ‘get smarter’ during the next 12 months, anticipating that the high-profile smart technology testbeds of Singapore, Barcelona and Nice will be joined by many other cities next year.

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Games generate over two-thirds of mobile app revenue, says MEF/Distimo survey

Over 71% of app revenue generated by the Apple App Store and Google Play comes from games, according to a new survey from MEF and Distimo.

Apple leads in terms of revenue: 65% of global app revenue comes from its App Store.

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OFT wants up-front warnings about the potential cost of in-app payments

The Office of Fair Trading - the UK government department responsible for competition and consumer law - has told mobile app developers and games producers that it wants consumers to be warned about optional extra costs before they download or start playing.

Ending the possibility of unintentional ‘in-app’ or ‘in-game’ payments is just one of eight principles the OFT has published today.

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Consumer app downloads expected to double in next four years

Juniper Research expects over 160 billion smartphone and tablet apps to be downloaded globally in 2017, according to its latest report.

That’s double this year’s forecast total of 80 billion applications.

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