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Battle of Toys is a violent version of Toy Story

What would happen if the toys in your room suddenly came to life? If they're anything like Woody and Buzz, you already know the answer to that. But if you happen to have a collection of battle hardened, heavy armored, and weaponized action figures, well, you've got a problem on your hands. Almost quite literally. Battle of Toys is exactly what its name says: a fight to the finish in miniature doses.

More Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks: Microsoft Apps, design, dates

Things are definitely heating up for MWC 2015 and this week alone we're getting a load of information about the upcoming Galaxy S6. Of course, all of these are unofficial, though coming from "reliable sources" or "insiders", so take them with a grain of salt. But if even half of them came true, it would still make Samsung's flagship a very interesting and formidable contender in the smartphone market. Since we've pretty much heard all that we can about the hardware, now we're going to focus on the software and the overall design of the device.

OnePlus OxygenOS team grabs Paranoid Android developers

OnePlus says that it is close to fully revealing the stuff that makes up its new OxygenOS. But before that, it is teasing its fans with a few juicy tidbits, like the core people who will be working on its own custom Android ROM. The startup was able to gather quite an international team of designers and developers, but quite curiously, six out of its eight core members actually come from the core developers of CyanogenMod's biggest ROM rival, Paranoid Android.

Xiaomi’s big US debut won’t include smartphones, tablets

Chinese OEM star Xiaomi is indeed making its way to the US, but before you get your hopes up, we will let VP for International Business Hugo Barra dash them. In a press event at San Francisco, the former Google exec revealed some details about his new overlords' plans to conquer the country. And he made it pretty damn clear: smartphones and tablets are currently not in Xiaomi's US plans. Which perhaps leaves things of lesser interest in the Chinese OEM's product catalog.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 hands-on: one cool dragon

With MWC 2015 comes new smartphones and devices, but part of the discussion will most likely revolve around the technology powering these. And perhaps there won't be a hotter topic than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810. Not yet out in the market, except for the LG G Flex 2, the chip is already mired in controversy left and right. Does the dragon deliver all its promises without the problems that are rumored to hound it? We fly to Qualcomm's San Diego office to get a first-hand look, and the results are quite spectacular and, frankly, unsurprising.

It’s official: Microsoft buys Sunrise calendar

You may have heard whispers this week that Microsoft is out to get popular calendaring app and service Sunrise. Well, those are rumors no more as the two have just announced the acquisition. The purchase of Sunrise is just one of the latest moves that Microsoft seems to be making to redefine and redesign its productivity products, which may also speak of the once slow-moving giant's new drive to make itself and its products more relevant in a computing age that is moving away from traditional desktop thinking.

Android Wear ships 720,000 units, Moto 360 in the lead

Google's wearable platform seems off to a good start. Considering it formally launched only last year, it was already able to ship 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches. That definitely seems like a significant number, that is until you look at the big picture. That's 720,000 out of a total of 4.6 million smart bands shipped worldwide in 2014. While still laudable, it does show that Android Wear still has a bit of catching up to do in that market space, and it should do so quickly.

Live in the Future with the Next Gen Android Giveaway [DEALS]

MWC 2015 is fast approaching and smartphone aficionados are most likely on the edge of their seats for what's coming. Though it won't be a completely roster this year, with some OEMs opting out of the race, we know at least three of them will be there to greet us next month. And to stop you from drooling over those in advance, we're holding a raffle that will let you choose one of those three to keep and cherish, all for free in our Next Gen Android Giveaway.

NVIDIA invites gamers to the future on March 3

We are nearing MWC 2015 so naturally rumors and activities are starting to heat up. To add fodder to the fire, NVIDIA has just sent out an invitation for an event right at the start of the conference. As expected, the teaser is low on detail but high on hype, so it falls to us to speculate a bit on what NVIDIA might have in store next month. But considering this will be a mobile tech event, we can be pretty sure it will revolve around the intersection of mobile devices and gaming.

Mark your calendars: Google I/O set for May 28-29

We aren't even at MWC 2015 yet, but Google already wants us to look forward to its annual big event, and for good reason. The tech giant has just revealed the dates for Google I/O 2015 and it will take place on 28th and 29th May. It will still be in Moscone Center West, San Francisco but, like last year, getting into the event will partly be a game of chance, so Google is giving a very early heads up to those looking forward to being there in person.
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