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Sony to pay, issue credit to PS Vita buyers to settle FTC claim

1 hour ago | Posted in: gaming

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Sony Computer Entertainment America reached a settlement today over advertising promises that were made for the PlayStation Vita leading up to its launch in February 2012. According to the FTC, Sony and advertising agency Deutsch LA promised "game changing" features in a 2011 ad campaign that misled consumers.

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DealNN: LG 34-inch monitor, storage and 3D printer

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, upgrades/storage

Save $490 on the LG 34-inch UltraWide LED backlight LCD monitor right now at Newegg.com. It carries a retail price of $1,299, but has been slashed to $899. Use coupon code EMCWWHE25 to drop the price further to $809, making this the lowest price we have seen on this monitor by about $90. The LG UltraWide monitor features a resolution of 3440 x 1440, aspect ratio of 21:9, sRGB 99 percent color reproduction and is compatible with both Mac and PC.

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Yahoo, Microsoft vying to become default search option in Safari

2 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software, Apple

Yahoo and Microsoft are courting Apple in hopes of becoming the default search provider for the Safari web browser, a report says. Apple renewed a mapping and search partnership with Google in 2010, but that contract is set to expire next year, which could give other companies an entry point. Both Yahoo and Microsoft executives are said to have approached Eddy Cue -- Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services -- about a potential deal. So far though there's no sign that Apple has made a decision, and indeed it could choose to remain with Google.

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BlackBerry Trade Up program offers Passport buyers cash for iPhones

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, mobile phones

Beginning on December 1st, BlackBerry will be offering up to $550 for people willing to trade in an iPhone towards the purchase of a Passport. Shoppers will be able to trade anything from an iPhone 4S through to an iPhone 6, and receive a $150 "top-up" in addition to the phone's actual estimated value. Hitting the $550 mark requires a mint-condition iPhone 6 valued at $400.

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SolidRun commences pre-orders for CuBoxTV XBMC media center

4 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gadgets

SolidRun has added another device to its CuBox range, one aimed for use as a streaming media set-top box. The CuBoxTV, measuring a compact 2-inches on each side and weighing 9.9 ounces, works as an XBMC streaming device straight out of the box with the use of a smartphone app, keyboard and mouse, infrared or CEC TV remote controls, and other interface devices.

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Sony reducing smartphone, TV product ranges to lower costs

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Sony is reducing the number of different products it will be shipping in the future, following poor quarterly financial results. The $1.2 billion loss in November has prompted the company to make a similar change as a recent Samsung announcement, but rather than just cutting down its smartphone range, Sony will also be shrinking its line-up of televisions.

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Google adds Devices and Activity dashboard to improve account security

7 hours ago | Posted in: security

Google is helping owners of devices running its operating systems to secure their accounts and their units, with a new dashboard. A Devices and Activity dashboard has been introduced to show what devices have accessed the Google account recently, while a new security wizard for Google for Work accounts will guide enterprise users on how to secure their accounts properly.

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Amazon adds more UK collection points, offers installation in US

10 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Amazon has made two announcements relating to services provided to its customers, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In the United Kingdom, the retailer is increasing the number of delivery pick-up locations in time for the holidays, while customers buying certain products in the United States will be alerted to installation services in the local area.

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Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Ultra rumored to have CES launch

11 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Sony's next iteration of the Xperia mobile device line could be unveiled as early as January, according to a rumor. It is claimed the Xperia Z4 and a larger Xperia Z4 Ultra will be shown off during CES at the start of next year, barely four months after the company revealed the Xperia Z3 range, and almost two months before the first-year anniversary of the Xperia Z2's launch.

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Microsoft sues IRS to get attorney agreement information on tax probe

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Monday, seeking information relating to the agency's probe into the software giant's tax records. The suit, filed with the US District Court for the District of Columbia, accuses the IRS of "unlawfully" withholding information that was requested through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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T-Mobile, FCC reach agreement to help inform data-throttled customers

20 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

US carrier T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an agreement today that changes the way T-Mobile handles customers that go over their data caps in any given month. The FCC says T-Mobile will take steps to ensure customers are better informed about the reduced speeds, including providing accurate speed tests.

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Hackers target Sony Pictures; took over computers, stole documents

22 hours ago | Posted in: computers, industry, security

Sony Pictures employees were greeted by a message from hackers when they attempted to log in for work this morning, as a group reportedly seized control of all computers in the company. According to the images appearing on the Sony computers, the hacking group referring to itself as #GOP said it would continue until "requests be met."

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Samsung shipping 4K-capable NX1 mirrorless camera in US this week

22 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Samsung is finally releasing the NX1 mirrorless camera in the United States, one which is capable of recording 4K-resolution content. Launched in September, the NX1 has a 28.2-megapixel BSI APS-C sensor, with the updated NX AF System III's autofocus capabilities offering 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast AF points, and a focusing speed of 0.055 of a second.

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Study from CMA says music streaming drives sales better than radio

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: industry

Since Taylor Swift kicked off a debate on the artistic merits of the album and the degradation of art by streaming music, numerous parties in the music industry are chiming in on the topic of sales. The latest is the Country Music Association (CMA), which conducted a study that compared consumer action towards buying a song or album, based on listening to a new song over the radio or through a streaming platform.

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New iCloud features being held back by 'deep organizational issues'

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging, Apple

The introduction of new features in iCloud is being hampered by "deep organizational issues" at Apple, claims the sometimes-reliable The Information. The primary example is said to be iCloud Photo Library, which was announced in June and was initially expected to debut with iOS 8 in September. It missed that target, and even iOS 8.1 only ushered in beta support. It's also allegedly yet to be integrated with the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite.

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Briefly: Red BlackBerry Passport pre-orders, Redbox rental rises

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

BlackBerry's previously-revealed limited edition versions of the Passport smartphone are available to pre-order today. The red version with black framing and highlights, along with a white model, can be pre-ordered now from BlackBerry directly ready for shipping on November 28th. The red model is priced at $699, while the white version is being sold at a lower $599.

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Older WordPress sites affected by critical cross-site scripting bug

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: security, software

Versions of WordPress from 3.0 up to 3.9.2 were discovered to contain a security vulnerability through the comment features on the site, making a large number of installs and servers vulnerable to attack. The bug was discovered by Jouko Pynnonen of the Finnish IT company Klikki Oy, indicating that the bug went unchecked for more than four years since it was introduced with version 3.0 in June 2010.

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T-Mobile expands Music Freedom roster to cover 14 more services

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: audio

T-Mobile has expanded the range of its Music Freedom scheme to include more streaming services. The program, which allows T-Mobile subscribers to listen to music from specific services without using up any of their mobile data allowance, now has an additional 14 services for customers to choose from, bringing the total for the entire collection to 27 services.

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Monday Deals: reconditioned 27-inch iMacs, Samsung HDTVs

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, software, Apple

Welcome to the second installment of Monday Deals, which we will be running throughout the holiday shopping period. While it is just four more days until shoppers become uncivilized and argue over who gets to buy the last of a heavily-discounted product, we are listing various deals you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, can take advantage of now. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at a later reading, so check before purchasing. Also, check back on this post in the coming days, as more deals will be added as time goes on.

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BT reportedly in talks to acquire O2, EE UK mobile phone networks

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

British Telecom (BT) may reacquire O2, a mobile phone network the company originally created, according to reports. BT is said to be in talks with two carriers about a possible acquisition, and while one is the Telefonica-owned O2, the other potential target is EE, the carrier offering services from both Orange and T-Mobile in the United Kingdom alongside its own LTE coverage.

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Watchmakers issue cease-and-desists to smartwatch face creators

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: industry, gadgets

A number of major watch brands have been sending cease-and-desist notices to websites and individuals claimed to be offering smartwatch copies of trademarked or copyrighted name-brand watch faces without permission, a report says. Some smartwatches -- particularly ones based on Android Wear -- offer the ability to load custom face designs. A few people have been creating ones based on existing watches, however, triggering copyright and trademark complaints.

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'Apps for (RED)' among Apple efforts for World AIDS Day

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

To mark the upcoming World AIDS Day on December 1, Apple has launched a trio of initiatives. On the 1st itself, Apple says it will donate "a portion" of its Black Friday sales at its online and retail stores to the Global Fund, which is mainly dedicated to combating AIDS but also tackles diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. On November 28, some random product purchases will include a Product (RED) iTunes gift card; any purchases made with the card in future will go to the Fund. From today through December 7, a program called "Apps for (RED)" will donate the sales from 24 iOS apps - and in some cases, special in-app purchases -- to the same cause.

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Alienware ships compact Alpha 'Steam Machine' gaming PC

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: computers, gaming

Alienware has started to ship its attempt at creating a Steam Machine. Pre-orders for the Alienware Alpha will be heading to customers today, and the computer designed based on Valve Software's concept for console-style PC gaming will also be available to buy from various online retailers, with some configurations able to be picked up from some retail outlets.

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UK government wants IP addresses logged for counter-terrorism purposes

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: security

The UK government is proposing a law which would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to keep records of IP address allocations and provide them to the police. Part of the "Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill," the measure is said to help law enforcement officials identify and track devices used for online crime, terrorism, and to help protect vulnerable people.

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First Look: Google Nexus 9

Mon November 24, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

The new Google Nexus 9 is acting as the single replacement for the Google Nexus 7 and the Google Nexus 10, which Google is marketing as being a "just right" compromise between the two sizes. It is also the first tablet from Google to feature a 4:3 aspect ratio (instead of 16:9), which is the ratio favored by Apple for its iPad range. Among other "firsts," it is the first Android tablet to launch with Android 5.0 "Lollipop," while it is also the first Android tablet to feature a 64-bit ARM-based processor. So how is it shaping up ahead of our full review?

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Weekly Game Replay: Double Fine layoffs, $10B Call of Duty franchise

Sun November 23, 2014 | Posted in: gaming

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN offer up a one-stop article for some of the happenings in the video game industry over the past week. In this week's edition of Weekly Game Replay, we look at Double Fine layoffs, Call of Duty reaching $10 billion in sales for the franchise, World of Warcraft recapturing 10 million active subscriptions, Sweden considering a sexism label for video games, Activision settling its shareholder lawsuit, and more.

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