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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 16, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 16, 2013

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. This afternoon, what's supposedly the first full image of the rumored HTC M7 leaked out, though it's worth pointing out that what we're seeing is only a render and not an actual device. Facebook today announced free calling over WiFi or mobile data connections for iPhone, instantly making one of the biggest VOIP providers around. We heard a bit about the Galaxy Note III today, with rumors saying that it will come equipped with a 6.3-inch screen and Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa CPU, while Apple and Amazon have been ordered to meet over their App Store case.

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Gearbox partially fixes Borderlands 2 compatibility pack issues on Xbox 360

Gearbox partially fixes Borderlands 2 compatibility pack issues on Xbox 360

The latest DLC for Borderlands 2, Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, launched earlier this week, giving fans a new line of quests to complete and a new area to explore. This is the third DLC pack released for the game in nearly as many months, but all was not well after Hammerlock launched. Gearbox has been releasing compatibility packs alongside the additional Borderlands 2 content so players who don't buy can still play with those who did, but the latest compatibility pack has been causing some major headaches for players.

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RIM gets 1,600 companies to sign up for BlackBerry 10 training program

RIM gets 1,600 companies to sign up for BlackBerry 10 training program

The good news just keeps on coming for RIM as we get ever closer to the company's BlackBerry 10 reveal at the end of the month. Just recently we heard that RIM enjoyed 15,000 app submissions for BlackBerry 10 in the span of just a couple days, and today, RIM revealed that it has signed up more that 1,600 companies for its BlackBerry 10 training program. These businesses that signed up will receive training on what's new and what's changed with BlackBerry 10, prepping them to use the new mobile OS in day-to-day operations.

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T-Mobile lighting up LTE network in Las Vegas very soon

T-Mobile lighting up LTE network in Las Vegas very soon

Great news if you're a T-Mobile subscriber, as the company may just be a few short days away from launching its 4G LTE network in Las Vegas. The folks at FierceWireless recently had a talk with a representative of T-Mobile, who said that the original plan was to launch LTE in Vegas during CES 2013. That plan ultimately feel through as T-Mobile needed to make a few last-minute changes to its network, but now the launch should be coming up very soon.

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Analyst cuts Microsoft Surface sales projections for fiscal Q2

Analyst cuts Microsoft Surface sales projections for fiscal Q2

We're hearing more bad news for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet today, as one analyst at UBS AG has cut his sales projection for the company's fiscal Q2 in half. Brent Thill now says that Microsoft only managed to sell 1 million tablets during the quarter, which wrapped up in January. This isn't the first doom and gloom story we've heard about Surface RT, and it isn't likely to be the last.

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Disney Infinity starter pack and play sets get expensive price tags

Disney Infinity starter pack and play sets get expensive price tags

Yesterday, Disney announced Disney Infinity, a new game that looks to capture a segment of the huge audience created by Activision's Skylanders line of games. We're sure the announcement lit up the imaginations of many different children, but those trips into famous Disney worlds are going to cost a healthy amount of money. Disney has stuck the starter pack with a $74.99 price tag, and each "Play Set" will require a payment of $34.99.

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Vizio 10-inch and 7-inch tablet hands-on

Vizio 10-inch and 7-inch tablet hands-on

While we got to see plenty of notebooks and all-in-ones from Vizio during CES 2013, we also got the chance to check out a 7-inch and 10-inch tablet from the company that don't seem to be as far along in the development process as the other products. Nevertheless, they certainly were cool, sporting technical specifications that can take on the larger tablet manufacturers out there. Sadly, we don't have release dates for either of these two tablets, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about them in the meantime!

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Interactive Google Doodle celebrates Frank Zamboni’s birthday

Interactive Google Doodle celebrates Frank Zamboni’s birthday

There never seems to be a lack of creative Google Doodles, but today's is one of the coolest yet. In celebration of Frank Zamboni's 112th birthday, Google has popped an interactive Doodle up on its home page. Many of you will immediately recognize that last name, as Zamboni created the ice resurfacing machine we see during intermissions at ice hockey games and figure skating contests.

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Samsung Galaxy Note III said to use Exynos 5 Octa CPU

Samsung Galaxy Note III said to use Exynos 5 Octa CPU

While we've been hearing a lot about Samsung's rumored Galaxy S IV lately, we've also been hearing quite a bit about the supposedly upcoming Galaxy Note III. The follow up to 2012's successful Galaxy Note II should be coming sometime later this year, and The Korea Times has apparently spoken to an anonymous Samsung official who claims the phablet will come equipped with a 6.3-inch screen. That's absolutely massive for a smartphone, in case you were wondering.

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Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Things just went from bad to worse for Blockbuster, with its UK arm entering administration today. That probably won't come as much of a surprise to most folks, considering that Blockbuster has suffered at the hands of online retailers and streaming services like Netflix for years now. For the 4,190 employees who work at Blockbuster's 528 stores in the UK, however, this certainly is sour news.

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White PS3 Slim destined for Canada according to Best Buy listing

White PS3 Slim destined for Canada according to Best Buy listing

We're getting some good news for our pals in Canada this evening, as Best Buy seems to think that Sony's white PS3 super slim will be launching in the country later this month. A new listing for the colored console has popped up on Best Buy's website, giving us details about its release date and price to boot. Since Best Buy probably wouldn't begin advertising a new console without advance notice from Sony, we feel okay saying that this is probably legitimate, but keep in mind that there hasn't been any official confirmation from Sony at this hour.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 15, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 15, 2013

Welcome to Tuesday evening, everyone. The afternoon started off with something of a bang with Facebook's big event, during which the company revealed the service's new Graph Search and explained the difference between the new feature and traditional web search. It also announced that it was partnering with Bing for search results in Graph Search, while we used the latest installment of SlashGear 101 to give you all of the details about this new feature.

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