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Sony PS4 Undercuts Xbox One on Price, Fully Supports Used Games

Sony took its best shot at stealing Microsoft's thunder on Monday evening at E3 by announcing that its upcoming PlayStation 4 will arrive this holiday season for $399. That's $100 less than the price Microsoft announced earlier in the day for its competing Xbox One, and the reaction was meet by thun...

LIVE FROM E3

Microsoft Targets Hard-Core Gamers with 13 New Xbox One Titles

Against the backdrop of the E3 video game conference and show in Los Angeles this week, Microsoft unveiled 13 new games for its upcoming Xbox One video game console. While the company had offered a peak at the hardware behind the system a few weeks ago at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters, its press ...

ANALYSIS

The Race for 3rd Place in the Smartphone Space

We have been watching the big guys battle it out for the last few years. Apple's iOS vs. Google's Android on the operating system side, and Apple's iPhone vs. Samsung's Galaxy on the handset side. However little attention has been paid to No. 3. Which company is No. 3? I'll be you don't even know. Y...

TECH TREK

London Police Now Pen Pals With BitTorrent Operators

Britain's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has begun sending letters to people it suspects of operating websites that provide access to unauthorized content for "criminal gain." The letters state that law enforcement authorities are working with the government and "industry bodies" -- this would b...

Sony Woos the Well-Heeled With Vaio Hybrid, Ultrabooks

Sony has launched a new Vaio hybrid tablet/laptop and two new Vaio Ultrabooks; the trio became available on Sunday. All three have premium audio and visual technologies, and they use Intel's Haswell processors, which were designed for low power consumption. At $1,150 to $1,400, they're pricier than ...

It’s Game On for Wikipad

After considerable delay and a significant redesign, Wikipad announced that it will release its gaming tablet on June 11 at a price of $249. A global launch is planned for this summer. Featuring a capacitive, multitouch 7-inch screen, the new tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and slips into a cradl...

How to Get Music Onto Your Smartphone

One of the advantages of carrying a smartphone is that it's an all-arounder, and one of its killer features is that it can function as a personal media player. It's functionality that an iPod or MP3 player would have provided a few years ago -- and Sony Walkman before that. The principal difference ...

ANALYSIS

Lenovo’s Shot at the Smartphone Market

It appears Lenovo is getting ready to bring smartphones to the U.S. market. After acquiring the IBM Thinkpad line of computers, this company has gone from virtually unknown in the United States to one of the heavy hitters. Now Lenovo is entering the smartphone business. Will it be successful? In Chi...

Samsung Lights a Match for New Innovation Trail

Samsung piqued media interest this week with an invitation to a June 20 event in London, where it is expected to unveil its latest Galaxy smartphones and tablets, along with new entrants in its ATIV lineup of Windows devices. What exactly the company has up its sleeve is speculation at this point. H...

OPINION

Xbox One vs. Shield: Evolution vs. Revolution

There is an interesting battle forming between the most powerful game console with the most potential, Microsoft's Xbox One, and Nvidia's Shield -- a rebel platform that I think is worth a look. Microsoft is pushing the envelope on the breadth of things a console can support and variety in the user ...

Microsoft Could Be Saving Xbox One’s Best for E3

Microsoft's new Xbox One video game console, announced with fanfare on Tuesday and set to arrive for the holidays, is certainly a step forward -- but the early reaction has been mixed at best. Much of the massive attention it caught from Twitter users, for example, seems to be anything but positive....

Pinterest Tacks On Brand-Friendly Features

Pinterest on Monday announced new features and relationships with brands that will bring more functionality to its pins. The features, according to the social bookmarking company, will make the pins more "useful." Pinterest introduced its new features in a Monday blog post. Pins now show more inform...

Nintendo Scoops E3 With Previews of Upcoming Titles

Nintendo has once again gone straight to gamers with its latest Nintendo Direct video to generate hype for its latest offerings. The video game console maker and game publisher announced Friday that popular characters will arrive for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS handheld system. The latest Ni...

TECH TREK

Google Scolded on Taxes by British MPs

In what likely amounts to a combination of headline-chasing and genuine frustration, members of the British Parliament sounded off this week on Google and the company's tax practices. Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee, told Matt Brittin, Google's northern Europe boss, that Googl...

TECH TREK

Now It’s the EU Harping on Huawei, ZTE

What next, Antarctica? Citing illegal subsidies, the European Commission is considering trade duties against Chinese telecommunications equipment makers Huawei and ZTE. This is but the latest headache for Huawei and ZTE. Between them, the U.S., Canada, Australia and India have all publicly voiced co...

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