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Google’s new “conversational search” feature for Chrome has quietly been enabled, with the new feature appearing in the latest version of Google’s browser. Microsoft has attempted to reassure privacy-perplexed gamers that the new Xbox One will not be a permanent spy camera in their living room, promising that the updated Kinect sensor will support “completely secure” shut-down modes. Amazon has revealed ambitious and architecturally striking plans for its new downtown Seattle buildings, a cluster of “biosphere” bubbles filled not only with space for eager workers but plants and even full-sized trees. 3D printing is beginning to take off – scary DIY guns and all – but MATAERIAL wants to take it one step further, “defying gravity” with its mesmerizing object modeling. Samsung has splashed $48m on a stake in rival smartphone manufacturer Pantech, scooping up a tenth of the South Korean company though saying it will have no input into how it runs its business. Logitech isn’t short on keyboards for the iPad, but for those sick of changing batteries its new wired version may be the answer. HTC continues to lose high-level staff as its North American team gradually peels away the struggling smartphone company, with industry talk suggesting Facebook’s Home launch strategy actually ended up undermining rather than supporting the firm. Qualcomm has unexpectedly revealed a new mirasol mobile display, a 5.1-inch panel running at a whopping 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. Millward Brown Optimor has released its annual BrandZ list of the most valuable global brands for the year, and Apple and Google are in the top slots, with the former coming in at #1 and the latter at #2. In case you somehow missed the hoopla, Microsoft‘s next-generation Xbox One gaming console was officially unveiled today, and it turns out that Kinect will be a big part of the system – so big, in fact, that it is a required piece of hardware.