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PlayStation 4 won't play Blu-rays or DVDs out of the box

When the PlayStation 4 launches on November 15th, there will be a software update already waiting for new owners — and that update is necessary to enjoy some of the console's most basic functions. Chief among these features is the ability to play Blu-ray discs or DVDs, which won't be possible until …

The Digital TV Endgame: 10-Year Transition to All Things IP

While Internet TV is already technically feasible, commercial challenges are keeping it from becoming a mass-market reality. Services like Hulu, …

Why new moms spend even more time on smartphones than teenagers do

For new moms in the US, spending time on a smartphone is practically a full-time job. A new survey sponsored by AOL found that moms with young children are spending 37 hours a week using apps and browsing the web on their phone, compared to 31 hours a week for millennials, the next heaviest …

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GTA Online stimulus package delayed due to ongoing technical issues

Earlier this month Rockstar announced that it would be giving GTA Online players $500,000 of in-game currency to make up for the title's rocky launch. That money was expected to be available not long after a recent title update, but due to ongoing technical problems the developer has decided to …

Samsung Galaxy S3 outpaces iPhone 5S, 5C in touch accuracy

Apple's<p>iPhone 5SandiPhone 5Chave a bit of improving to do on the touch-accuracy front, according to new data from OptoFidelity, a Finland-based tech test and measurement company.<p>OptoFidelity said that it used its own Touch Panel Performance Tester to measure the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, and Samsung …

Tech News & Analysis - Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones, a News Corp company<p>News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information …

Olympic Sponsor Samsung's First Order Of Business: Free Phones

As the official phone of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Samsung’s first order of business is to give each athlete a free Galaxy Note 3. Not a bad perk for an Olympian — medal or not.<p>It’s a simple, yet clever move. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies alone, where an estimated 2,500 athletes will be …

Curved screen LG G Flex appears in benchmark results, specs revealed

The LG G Flex hasn’t even been officially announced yet, but we now have a good idea of what to expect inside the phone, if some recently surfaced …

Wikipedia Will Start Texting Info To Users In Kenya Who Lack Internet

Wikipedia is probably a regular part of your online life. And if you own a smartphone, you can take advantage of apps and extensions that give you access to its vast repository even when you’re offline. But what if you don’t have a smartphone, or an easily accessible Internet connection?<p>In an …

Facebook's Zuckerberg Wanted To Acquire Snapchat In $1B+ Deal

As mobile messaging service Snapchat looks to potentially raise $200 million in funding, there’s word suggesting that at one point Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had approached the company in an attempt to acquire it. Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the offer for the startup was north of $1 …

iPad Air joins US Cellular's lineup Nov. 8

Just call November 8 "Apple Day" for US Cellular. That's when the carrier opens it registers for the iPad Air tablet, along with the iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones.<p>US Cellular will also sell the iPad Mini with Retina Display, though the company hasn't shared a sale date yet.<p>The cellular model of the …

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MVNO DOODAD Shutting Down On October 28

Mobile data service provider DOODAD is shutting down citing unknown reasons. It notified its customers today in an email and also on its website saying that they have until Monday, October 28 to use the service. Any unused purchased credit (with the exception of bonus DOO-DATA) will be refunded.<p>Six …

PlayStation 4 FAQ explains sharing games and displaying 2,000 count friends lists

Need for more PS4 info after news about the companion app and day one 1.50 firmware update popped up earlier today? SCE President Shuhei Yoshida just tweeted a link to the system's official FAQ, which answers questions users might have about game sharing and how friends lists work across the new …

Samsung Gears Up For The Galaxy S5, But Does It Get Lifestyle Computing?

The rumors are flying thick and fast around the Samsung Galaxy S5, with a possible launch date in January now mooted, which would mean accelerating Samsung’s already warp-speed innovation and underline its paranoia about being left behind by Apple.<p>Will the S5 have fingerprint security? Probably …