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Sony patent application looks to tie game discs to user accounts

Sony patent application looks to tie game discs to user accounts

We've been hearing for years that console manufacturers will try to restrict used games with their upcoming consoles, and now it's looking like Sony is taking steps to make that a reality. Last September, Sony filed a patent application for a technology that ties games discs to a user's account or a console's ID. Should this technology be implemented, it would mean that you won't be able to play games you purchased used, rented, or borrowed, which certainly isn't anything we want to hear.

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Toddy Gear introduces Screensters just in time for CES

Toddy Gear introduces Screensters just in time for CES

We normally don't put much thought into the microfiber cloths we use to wipe down our device screens, but if you've been craving something different to keep your screen smudge-free, then Toddy Gear has a new product that's right up your alley. Say hello to Screensters, new microfiber dolls that are "inspired by the characters you encounter in everyday life." These are obviously aimed primarily at kids, but we have a feeling that more than a few adults will get a kick out of them as well.

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Subaru recalls 600,000 vehicles for fear of accessory lamp fires

Subaru recalls 600,000 vehicles for fear of accessory lamp fires

Car maker Subaru has found itself in the unenviable position of having to recall more than half a million vehicles today. The company is recalling 633,842 vehicles in total, and the models it wants back span quite a large range of years, so there are a significant number of Subaru owners affected here. Apparently, there's a problem with a fuse in an accessory light that could potentially lead to a fire, so Subaru is recalling these vehicles to check the lights and make sure they're good to go.

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Silverlit to introduce Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG RC car at CES 2013

Silverlit to introduce Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG RC car at CES 2013

It isn't all that often we get to talk about remote-controlled cars here at SlashGear, but the one we're covering today comes with a few cool gadget-related features. Say hello to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a new RC car from the folks at Silverlit. While it looks like a normal RC car at first - and largely is - there are a couple key differences between this and other RC cars we're used to seeing.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 2, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 2, 2013

Well folks, after a brief break to celebrate the new year, we're back with the first Evening Wrap-Up of 2013. We heard today that the iPhone 5S might come with a number of color selections similar to the iPod Touch along with a larger screen, while rumors are saying that HTC will unveil its new flagship device, the M7, during CES (which is next week!). There are new services floating around out there that let users install pirated iOS apps without jailbreaking first, and Apple has secured Android sales data from Samsung, despite Samsung requesting that this data remain a secret.

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Zynga shuts down Japan studio

Zynga shuts down Japan studio

More bad news for Zynga today, as the social games maker has announced that it will be shutting down its Japan studio later this month. Zynga Japan is scheduled to go dark on January 31, 2013 according to Develop, and though there are a number of games shutting down with it, one in particular will remain supported after Zynga Japan closes its doors. That would be the card battle game called "Yin Ayakashi record," which has found success on iOS and Android.

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Google boss Eric Schmidt reportedly headed to North Korea this year

Google boss Eric Schmidt reportedly headed to North Korea this year

Here's a pretty interesting report: according to the Associated Press, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt might be taking a trip to North Korea this year. Details are pretty slim, but according to the two sources the Associated Press spoke to, Schmidt won't be alone when he goes. He'll be accompanied by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who has made the trek to North Korea more than a few times in the past.

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California and Illinois pass laws preventing employers from demanding social media passwords

California and Illinois pass laws preventing employers from demanding social media passwords

In this day and age of social media, one wrong move could result in you losing your job. Employers who demand their potential employees' passwords to their social media accounts don't make things any easier, but thankfully two states have just imposed laws that prevent employers from doing just that. If you live in California or Illinois, you'll be pleased to know that it's now illegal for employers to demand your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media passwords to gain access to your private information.

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Elite: Dangerous reaches Kickstarter goal with two days left

Elite: Dangerous reaches Kickstarter goal with two days left

It was a close one, folks, but it looks like Elite: Dangerous will become a reality after all. The latest entry in the much-love space sim series reached its Kickstarter funding goal of £1,250,000 earlier today, crossing the finish line with just over two days left to go. At the time of this writing, there are 51 hours left before the campaign wraps, with developer Frontier Developments adding a number of new stretch goals in these final hours.

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New RIM patent filing puts “spy cam” pictures in its crosshairs

New RIM patent filing puts “spy cam” pictures in its crosshairs

There are a lot of leaks in the tech and gadget worlds, and many of these leaks center around blurry images of upcoming products that were snapped quickly to avoid being caught. RIM is looking to prevent these "spy cam" shots with a new patent it has on file with the USPTO. This patent is for technology that prevents a smartphone camera from snapping a picture unless the phone has been held still for a predetermined amount of time.

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First Black Ops II DLC details leak out

First Black Ops II DLC details leak out

We knew since before Black Ops II released that Activision and Treyarch would develops all kinds of DLC for the game, and sure enough, the details for the game's first DLC offering have leaked out. Like all Call of Duty DLC packs before it, this one is a map pack, and it's apparently being called "Revolution." Provided everything about this leak is accurate, players will be in for five new maps total - four for competitive multiplayer, one for zombies mode.

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