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Apple fined $667,000 in Taiwan for messing with carrier prices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 3:42 am

It's not turning out to be a Merry Christmas for Apple, which was just fined by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission. The iPhone maker was hit with a $667,000 fine because it was "interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors' pricing."

 

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Apple could face an additional fine of $1.67 million, if it doesn't stop its ways, messing around with carriers and other retailers in regards to iPhone prices. Taiwan's FTC also said in a statement: "Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market."

Target continuing to feel backlash after security breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 2:39 am

Target, the No. 2 discount retailer in the United States, isn't having a Merry Christmas following a data breach affecting 40 million customers one week ago.

 

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It appears malware installed on the store's point-of-sale (POS) cash registers contributed to the credit theft, with federal investigators involved in the ongoing investigation. The breach has led to around two dozen customer-filed lawsuits, with other lawsuits expected in the future. The lawsuits were filed in state and federal courts ranging from Minnesota and California to New York.

 

After first reports of a Target breach earlier in the month, some stolen credit and debit card numbers were hitting the black market within days. The company will almost certainly face increased scrutiny after the holidays, as the retailer is hearing reports of clever e-mail scams targeting customers. To battle against scammers, Target is creating a custom section on its website to communicate directly to customers interested in learning more.

LG G3 smartphone rumored to feature 2560x1440, or 'Quad HD' panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 1:34 am

We've heard that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 would feature a 2K pixel display, but LG doesn't want to be left out of the high resolution fun, with new rumors of its upcoming flagship G3 smartphone also sporting a 2560x1440-pixel display.

 

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The news is coming from ZDNet Korea, which reports that the G3 will feature a Quad HD display, or 2K panel. ZDNet Korea also reports that the LG G3 smartphone would feature a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-core processor, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. We shouldn't expect the G3 until the second half of 2014.

Steam Holiday Sales today include Skyrim, Deus Ex: HR with 75% off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 12:32 am

Valve is currently offering Left 4 Dead 2 for free, which promptly took down the Steam Store servers, but the Steam Holiday Sales continue no matter what, right? Of course!

 

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Today sees a bunch of new games on sale, including Skyrim with 75% off, down from $34.99 to just $8.74, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut also seeing 75% off, down from $19.99 to just $4.99. If those games don't tickle your fancy, you could grab Payday 2 for $13.49, down from $29.99 or 55% off.

The Steam Store is down, holiday gamers are a bit too feverish

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 25, 2013 11:33 pm

Edit: It seems to be working seconds after this piece went live - just my luck - but then when I refreshed it was gone. It came back, so it might be OK for now, with intermittent problems.

 

I woke up this morning, and like the past few mornings, I hit up the Steam Store to see what games are on special during Valve's Steam Holiday Sales. Well today, I couldn't do that, because the Steam Store is completely down.

 

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This could be because Valve is offering Left 4 Dead 2 for free right now - and its servers completely buckled under the immense pressure... but one would think Valve's servers would be equipped to handle that type of traffic. It should be back up soon, but for now, you'll have to keep tapping F5 waiting for it to return.

Left 4 Dead 2 is currently free, for a very limited time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 25, 2013 11:27 pm

Valve took to its official Left 4 Dead blog to announce that it is feeling festive, giving out Left 4 Dead 2 for free, for a limited time. Valve said the game "will be free as in, grab it now, pay no money, and it is yours to keep forever - for free!"

 

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The only thing you have to do is go into Steam, and install it - after which, it will be in your library forever. This is a very limited time offer, with Left 4 Dead 2 only being free until December 26 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. Jump in and grab the zombie shooter now!

Samsung to skip the smartwatch? Move to the Galaxy Band fitness band

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 25, 2013 1:36 am

After the truly ridiculous train wreck of an ad for the Galaxy Gear, which you can watch below, it looks like Samsung could change its tune and release a fitness tracking band known as the Galaxy Band.

 

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The South Korean-based giant released its Galaxy Gear smartwatch earlier this year to lackluster reviews from critics and consumers, announcing a successor to it very shortly after it hit wrists across the world. It was a preemptive move from the company, something that has hurt its image to consumers in the smartwatch space.

 

Korean language site Digital News Daily has said that Samsung is going to strike the fitness tracking band market next with the Galaxy Band. Samsung's Galaxy Band would be similar to that of the Jawbone UP and Nike's FuelBand, but would be compatible with its S Health application that is available on the Galaxy S4.

 

We should know more once Mobile World Congress 2014 rolls around, which kicks off in February 2014.

Apple teases 'desk-free' PC, patents the idea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 25, 2013 12:33 am

Wireless charging is something I've fallen in love with this year, but Apple is behind the game when it comes to pushing wireless charging technology into its devices, such as the iPhone. This is all set to change with a new patent from the Cupertino-based giant.

 

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Apple's research labs have presented a surprise to the world, with an early patent filing that sees the company thinking about wireless charging being the next big thing. Apple was awarded a patent last week for a "desk-free computer". The description sees a device that is small, such as a Mac mini, that features a projector lens on one of its sides.

 

The device would also carry an accelerometer and a proximity sensor that would detect how far the device is away from the wall, where the image would be projected. The patent states: "The integrated projector may also provide flexibility in the location, relative to the computer system and/or the user, and/or in the size of the projected image. Display screens for both laptops and desktops are fixed in size, and have limited flexibility in location relative to the computer, either by wired connection and/or other physical constraint."

 

Of course the stand out feature here is definitely the wireless charging, with the device capable of being a mobile solution, which would cut down the amount of cords running to your PC. We don't know when this technology would come, but I would say it would be years away. Apple needs to catch up on getting wireless charging in its iPhones first.

Origin hosts its End of Year Sale, BF4, FIFA 14, and more on sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 11:38 pm

Valve isn't the only one hosting some great sales, with EA kicking off its Origin End of Year Sale. Included in EA's sales are some of its biggest games.

 

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We have Battlefield 4 at just $42, SimCity for $24, FIFA 14 for $28, Need for Speed: Rivals for $35, and Dead Space for just $18. If you wanted some older EA titles, you can pick up Battlefield 3, The Sims 3, and Mass Effect 3 for $12 each - not bad at all!

Steam Holiday Sales continue: COD: Ghosts for 30% off and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 10:21 pm

The Steam Holiday Sales continue today, with some great games on special. We have F1 2013 down 66% from $69.99 to just $23.79, Surgeon Simulator 2013 is just $2.49, down 75% off from $9.99.

 

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If you want something a bit different, Rocksmith 2014 is $33.46, down 33% from $49.95, and the stand out here is definitely Call of Duty: Ghosts down 33%, from $89.99 to just $60.29. There are some Flash Sales that stand out too, with Dishonored seeing 75% slashed from its $44.99 price, dropping it to just $11.24.

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