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Microsoft recruits Xbox Live update beta testers

Microsoft recruits Xbox Live update beta testers

Microsoft is ready to dole out its latest update to Xbox Live. And today, a bunch of lucky Xbox 360 users who have nothing better to do than check out the latest Xbox news had the chance to sign up to become a beta tester for the latest online Xbox features. But even for those who didn't get their names entered in time, today's news provided an insight into what we can expect next on the Xbox 360 Dashboard.

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Netflix ranked most popular but still disappoints

Netflix ranked most popular but still disappoints

It seems Netflix is suffering from the same kind of problem that most huge monopolistic companies face - even though a lot of people use it, most of them aren't very satisfied with it. Compared to other streaming video services, Netflix ranks low on the customer satisfaction scale even though it is clear that a growing population of Americans have a Netflix account.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 26, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 26, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. We're just about ready to wrap up another work week, but before we do that we need to wrap up today. So what made news in the tech world on this Thursday? For starters - Rovio hints at potential level editor coming to Angry Birds. And moving right along to a much more well-established company, with not-as-good news - Microsoft Azure fails in Western Europe. And also, some news from Google - Google Earth app update brings 3D imagery to iOS.

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ToeJam & Earl reportedly coming to PS3

ToeJam & Earl reportedly coming to PS3

It is perhaps one of the greatest cult classics ever released on the Sega Genesis, and one of the most heralded titles that never spawned a successful spinoff or even franchise continuation. We're talking about ToeJam & Earl, and it looks like it will be re-released for the first time ever on the PS3, as a downloadable promotion along with other vintage Sega games.

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New super slim PS3 poised to shake the market

New super slim PS3 poised to shake the market

While a lot of people want to throw the PS4 in with the rumors and speculation about Microsoft's new Xbox, Sony isn't having any of that. Such is demonstrated with the rumored "super slim" PS3 that's on the way. It will reportedly have Bluetooth and 802.11b/g, and will come in models all the way up to 500 GB. It's also believed to be priced at around $150.

Zynga to offer real-money gambling in 2013

Zynga to offer real-money gambling in 2013

Enough with that silly fake money in Farmville and the lack of real-world thrills in Zynga Poker. The country's favorite social game company is looking to expand into the world of sin and will offer a poker game that allows players to gamble actual money sometime in the first half of 2013. However, don't expect it to be hosted - or perhaps even playable - in the US, where online gambling is all but expunged due to several state laws banning the practice.

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Man makes guns with a 3D printer

Man makes guns with a 3D printer

We've seen no shortage of 3D-printed masterpieces over the last several months, but this is reportedly the first time that someone has used the technology to create a firearm. It comes from a users on the AR15 message boards, a community for gun fanatics. He used a Stratasys 3D printer to create a .22 pistol. And yes, it actually works; it can shoot bullets just like a normal gun.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 25, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hopefully your hump day is going well, and even if it isn't we're here to brighten your evening with all the tech news that's fit to print. So let's get to it - Zynga posts $22.8 million loss in Q2 2012 report. And moving right along, here's something Microsoft probably doesn't want to hear - Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 a catastrophe. And speaking of Valve... Steam hardware survey sees rise in lower-end PCs.

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Ouya will be about the size of a Rubik’s Cube

Ouya will be about the size of a Rubik’s Cube

No one is expecting the innovative Android-based Ouya game console to be huge in size, but it might be even smaller than you've pictured. "Our console is quite small, around the size of a Rubik's cube, and so it will easily fit anywhere in a room, or be easy to throw in a backpack," said hardware designer Yves Behar in an interview.

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Boxpay aims for frictionless TV app purchases

Boxpay aims for frictionless TV app purchases

A lot of consumers are getting into the market of smart TVs these days. Of course, the biggest problem is that there isn't a cohesive, universal platform for Internet-connected TVs. We're not even at the point where there are a couple platforms vying for dominance; we've stepped back to the Stone Age where each manufacturer has its own operating system.

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