If you were expecting a new iPad Air announcement this year, your hopes may be dashed as reports indicate that Apple has no plans to release a successor to the 'iPad Air 2' this year.

According to DigiTimes, Apple is being a bit more conservative this year due to their declining tablet sales. If the source for DigiTimes is to be believed, Apple will not produce a successor for the iPad Air in 2015, but will instead focus on the iPad Mini and rumored 'iPad Pro'.

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Microsoft made quite a few announcements to whet gamers' appetites at this week's E3 gaming expo, including a new 'hardcore' Xbox One controller, a redesigned user experience for the console, and the first preview of game streaming from the Xbox One to a Windows 10 PC.

Perhaps its most unexpected announcement was that the company is introducing free backward compatibility to its latest console, allowing owners to play their older Xbox 360 games on it - Microsoft even managed to raise some eyebrows over at Sony with that.

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Ever since Apple dropped the price of its Apple TV box to $69 earlier this year, rumors have continued to hint at a new version of the device on the way, bringing some very significant improvements. It seems the new model may now be weeks away from its unveiling - but it also looks like the company's highly-anticipated new TV service won't arrive at the same time.

According to BuzzFeed, citing unnamed 'sources familiar with Apple's plans', the company will unveil the new Apple TV box in September, alongside the launch of its new iPhones.

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We're used to seeing Xbox One bundles these days; usually, you'll get the console, the controller, and a particular game - maybe even more, depending on the bundle. But Microsoft's latest deal gives the buyer the choice of which game they'd like included with their new Xbox One.

From June 21 to June 27, Microsoft - and other participating retail partners - will give you any game you want free when you buy an Xbox One. If that offer sounds a bit too good to be true, here it is again in Microsoft's own words:

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Batteries are a big issue in today’s tech-focused world, and although major breakthroughs are constantly lauded as being imminent, they’ve failed to materialize so far. Luckily, researchers at Microsoft, have found a way to drastically improve the battery life of our wearables.

WearDrive is a research project at Microsoft that uses RAM, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to offload important tasks from a wearable to a smartphone. These aren’t just intensive computing jobs, but even things like writing to permanent storage and fetching data.

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Consumer watchdog group 'Which?' is a well-known independent organization in the United Kingdom that informs the population on consumer rights and issues, and offers impartial advice on purchasing any number of products. Which? turned its attentions most recently to the UK tablet market, delivering its verdict on which one offers the fastest performance among ten of the country's most popular devices.

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According to Ubisoft’s latest financial report, the publisher is selling considerably more digital games for Sony’s PlayStation 4 compared to the Xbox One. In fact, the PS4 is by far outselling all other platforms.

During the second quarter of 2015, Ubisoft managed to sell a number of titles, the biggest slice of which, 27%, was bought up by PlayStation 4 users. That came out on top of PC sales which ranked with 23%, and Xbox One sales which managed a meagerly 11%.

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Remember the Steam Machine? After months of rumors, Valve revealed at CES 2014 that they would be partnering with numerous PC manufacturers to build a gaming PC with a controller. While news swirled that the console would arrive sometime in 2014, Valve delayed the console launch until 2015 to improve on the unique controller. Fortunately, Valve has announced that the first official Steam Machine created by Alienware will be available during the upcoming holiday season.

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At Mobile World Congress 2015 in March, storage specialists SanDisk announced the launch of a microSD card with more storage than ever before, promising that the 200GB card would launch in Q2 of this year.

With only a few days left before we enter Q3, SanDisk has stayed true to its word with the release of its Class 10 Ultra 200GB microSDXC card - and it's now on sale at a much lower price than had been expected.

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This week Intel announced Thunderbolt 3 which features double the bandwidth over Thunderbolt 2 and a new connector, specifically the reversible USB Type-C. As you can see from the image above, iteration 3 brings a lot to the table over the previous version.

Notable improvements over the previous generation includes:

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