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Taiwan fines Apple $666K over iPhone pricing

The country's Fair Trade Commission finds that Taiwan's three main mobile service providers have been submitting pricing plans to Apple for approval, which violates the law.<p>Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has fined Apple 20 million New Taiwan dollars -- about $666,000 -- after determining the …

Banks may take their pound of flesh from Target over breach

Banks like Chase and Citibank could hit Target to help pay for the cost of cleaning up the mess of the retailer's recent loss of card information to hackers.<p>"Given the magnitude of the breach and what we've seen in the past, banks are likely to bring action," said information security expert Randy …

Sony PlayStation 4 Makes Right Play for Gamers

Every holiday season, there are always a few hot-ticket items that everyone clamors for, and this year, it’s pretty safe to say that the …

Early Valve Steam Machine easily torn down by team iFixit

It looks like tearing apart a Steam Machine apart is infinitely easier than getting your hands on one. Luckily iFixit had one of few fortunate beta testers on its crew, so they naturally proceeded to dismember his box and controller. Unlike other gaming consoles, this one is designed to be opened …

Europe’s set to mandate common phone chargers — so where does this leave Apple?

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>This should be fun – the European Union is almost certain to force mobile device manufacturers, Apple(s aapl) included, to …

KitKat updates rolling out now for Verizon’s Motorola Droid Maxx, Mini and Ultra

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Verizon<p>Motorola(s goog) and Verizon Wireless(s vz) have a sweet treat in store for many users today, in the form of …

Dish also interested in buying T-Mobile next year, according to Reuters

Dish is considering making a bid for T-Mobile in 2014, per a new report from Reuters. If the company indeed pursues an acquisition, it may face a bidding war with Sprint — the very carrier it briefly (and unsuccessfully) tried to buy purchase earlier this year. Sprint eventually found another …

Instagram Reveals 'Promising' Early Results of Its First Sponsored Ads

It’s been a couple of months since Instagram introduced ads into its News Feed and there have been some users that have criticized and others that supported the decision. But how have they performed, exactly? The company just published a post sharing the results of some of its first sponsored …

Bill Gates plays Secret Santa to Reddit user

Bill Gates as Santa Claus? That's the role he played to one girl on Reddit.<p>Excited and shocked when she learned the source behind her generous gift giving, Redditor Rachel detailed the exchange in a Redditgifts post Wednesday night. Served up by the folks at Reddit, Redditgifts is an online gift …

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Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg Sell, and So Does Wall Street

After a nice run on the Nasdaq, Facebook and its CEO are selling a big block of shares. Wall Street’s reaction: We’re selling, too.Facebook says it …

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Here Are The ‘Stomach-Churning’ Sex Crime Allegations Against R. Kelly That People Have Forgotten

Kelly was acquitted in 2008 in the trial accusing him of filming sex with a 13-year-old.<p>Still, the mountain of allegations against Kelly is significant enough that DeRogatis has criticized media outlets like Pitchfork for letting him headline a music festival this summer and Jezebel for positively …

Flow launches for PlayStation 4 Dec. 17

Thatgamecompany will release its debut title, <i>Flow</i>, for PlayStation 4 on Dec. 17, Santa Monica Studio associate producer Eric Fong announced via the PlayStation Blog.<p>In <i>Flow</i>, players control a small, snake-like creature through a series of colorful, aquatic environments. The game will be available …

'Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes' to be released on March 18th

Prequel to 'The Phantom Pain' launches with console-specific DLC<p><i>Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes</i> will launch on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3 on March 18th 2014 in North America, and on March 20th in Europe and Japan. The game, available for $30 on the new consoles, and $20 …

Spike's VGX Awards Evolve Into A New Kind of Mess

A few years ago, I attended Spike’s VGA Awards and got the full, behind the scenes tour. I spoke with Geoff Keighley, a very smart guy with a lot of passion for games who was determined to put on a great show mixing awards with world premieres, somewhere between the Oscars and E3.<p>But in that year, …

VGX 2013: The High Points

I didn’t watch the Spike VGX 2013 awards last night, and I’m glad I didn’t. By all accounts it was an absurd affair, doing little to help lift video games and the people who play them out of the mire of stereotypes that surround the industry and its fans.<p>But if you sift through just the video game …

Microsoft's Xbox One May Be Losing The Console War Due To Kinect Alone

Working in this industry, I tend to make predictions quite a bit. Usually they pan out, like the bad feeling I had that the Wii U was going to bomb for Nintendo without new appeal to non-gamers, or that Micosoft would be forced to changes its DRM/used game policies because of public outcry.<p>But …

The World's Most Powerful Bitcoin Miner Is Worried About How It Could Destroy Bitcoin

How hard is it?<p>The makers of the most powerful miner in the world can't even satisfy the insatiable demand for their product, because they would probably ruin Bitcoin if they did.<p>Here's the problem: Bitcoins are mined by computers solving math problems. More technically, they unlock blocks of …

Gran Turismo 6 Microtransaction Prices Surface

You'll have to pay £119.95 if you want the Jaguar XJ13.<p><b>Update:</b> On his Twitter feed, President of Sony's Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida defended …

Sony resetting account passwords as it warns users of 'irregular activity'

Sony has reset a number of PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network passwords in recent days, attributing the precaution to "irregular activity" detected by its security team. Two staff members at <i>The Verge</i> today received the below email, in which Sony says it "routinely monitors for any …

Motorola botches Moto X Cyber Monday sale, offers buyers 'we're sorry' Wednesday

Remember that $349 off-contract Moto X deal we mentioned in our Cyber Monday roundup? That didn't exactly go to plan. According to Motorola, insufficient pre-sale testing and overwhelming demand crippled the MotoMaker customization engine, crashing the website and leaving droves of orders unfilled. …

Don't Expect Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Anytime Soon

"The Phantom Pain has enormous volume, so it will require much more time."<p>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain still has a way to go before …

Potential Fallout 4 Teaser Site Updated

"Nuclear winter has come".<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>A mysterious teaser site that many assume is for Fallout 4 has been updated to include the phrase "Nuclear …

Slow sales in Japan haven't changed Sony's western release plans for Vita TV

Sony is still deliberating a western released for the PlayStation Vita TV hardware despite relatively slow sales after its initial launch in Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment's Andrew House told Eurogamer.<p>The Vita TV was released in Japan on Nov. 14 and sold 42,000 units during its launch week. …

What 2.1 Million Sales Means For PS4 Owners

Sony just released sales numbers for the PS4, and even the more excitable projections look conservative by comparison. The company has moved 2.1 million machines since launch, giving it the fastest selling console in history as well as a sizable lead over Microsoft's Xbox One.<p>So. what does that …

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will launch on PS4 in April 2014

<i>Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn</i> will launch on PlayStation 4 in April 2014, Square Enix announced today.<p>The massively multiplayer online role-playing game will go into its beta phase for PS4 on Feb. 22, 2014 in North America and Japan, the same date as the Japanese launch of Sony's next-generation …

Gaming companies can’t seem to avoid sexist marketing

Last month saw the release of two highly-anticipated gaming systems, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it seems that the new generation of consoles hasn’t spawned a new generation of gender awareness.<p>To promote the UK launch of its PlayStation 4 console, Sony took out a two-page commercial in The …

This app brings the KitKat launcher to your Jelly Bean phone

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Google Play<p>With KitKat updates in relatively short supply, chances are you’re still stuck on Jelly Bean(s goog). But …