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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 23, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 23, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. Yeah, we all had to get back to that daily grind again this morning, but cheer up - we have some great tech news for you today. For starters - OS X Mountain Lion up-to-date application released, quickly disappears. Oh, and you have to love this one, whether or not you like the product involved - Googler proposes marriage with Nexus 7. And here's something for the gamers out there - Diablo III exploit makes wizard characters invincible.

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Google’s Nexus 7 stops orders due to demand

Google’s Nexus 7 stops orders due to demand

Google has decided to stop taking orders from its online store, assumedly because it has such a huge backlog it doesn't even know when it will be able to fulfill new customer purchases. The 16 GB $249 tablet had been showing up as being delayed for one to two weeks. As of now, though, it's impossible to place an order. The 8 GB model, at $199, is still available for orders.

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LG Spectrum’s Ice Cream Sandwich is “very close”

LG Spectrum’s Ice Cream Sandwich is “very close”

Everyone is talking about the latest version of Android, version 4.1 also known as Jelly Bean. But there are millions of smartphone owners who still haven't gotten the update to version 4.0. That version of Android, known better as Ice Cream Sandwich, is now poised to grade the LG Spectrum phone, as Google and manufacturers continue to push out as many updates as possible.

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UCLA scientists working on energy-generating windows

UCLA scientists working on energy-generating windows

If the research being conducted by folks at UCLA continues, we may some day see buildings that are able to provide what would look like invisible electricity to the naked eye. The university has developed a transparent solar cell that could potentially allow electricity to come from windows that still allow people to see outside.

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Apple OS X app hack discovered

Apple OS X app hack discovered

About a week ago, Russian hacker Alexey Borodin found a way for iPhone and iPad owners to download in-app purchases for free. Well, now, that same hacker has managed to circumvent the same kind of procedure for Mac OS X apps. The "In-Appstore for OS X" uses a similar receipt-spoofing method that made waves among iOS apps last week.

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SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 21, 2012

SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 21, 2012

Happy Saturday, everyone. It's time to take a look back at what made news this past week, and there certainly was no shortage of stories to cover. We have a couple big announcements in the world of video games, so let’s start with those – 3DS XL getting anti-glare screen upgrade and Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition hits 3 million units sold. Also, big news from Microsoft – Microsoft shows first public loss ever in financial Q4 2012.

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Ikea augmented reality catalog becomes reality

Ikea augmented reality catalog becomes reality

When you think of retailers that are on the bleeding edge of technology, Ikea isn't usually the one that comes to mind. But then again, it did launch its first ever consumer electronics device earlier this year - an Internet-connected TV that comes with a truly-Ikea style stand to hold it. And now the company is enhancing its mobile technology arm.

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Namco’s Tales of Xillia confirmed for PS3

Namco’s Tales of Xillia confirmed for PS3

Namco's highly popular "Tales" RPG series is going full steam ahead with its newest North American title Tales of Xillia. The game, which has already been released in Japan, will be exclusive to the PS3, incorporates a brand new battle system and what Sony describes as "a more grown-up visual style." Sony released exhaustive details about the new title today.

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US broadband slower, more expensive than rest of world

US broadband slower, more expensive than rest of world

If you have broadband Internet access in the US - which you probably do - then you are paying more for less. That is, if you compare the service to other regions around the world. According to a new study from the New America Foundation, cities in Japan, South Korea, France, and more all have broadband speeds that are faster than Americans are used to, and the cost to individual consumers is less.

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EA CEO calls PC the fastest-growing game platform

EA CEO calls PC the fastest-growing game platform

Did we just step into a time warp back to the 1990s? The head of Electronic Arts John Riccitiello believes that the future of gaming is in the PC market. That was certainly true a decade or two ago, but with the rise of console games and an expansion to casual audiences, it seemed that segment of the industry was on the way out. But then, even newer trends began to grow in the industry.

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Emergency alerts can now take over your phone

Emergency alerts can now take over your phone

If you've had severe weather in your area lately, you may have noticed something different - a text message beamed directly to your phone, regardless of whether or not you ever subscribed to receive such texts, and even regardless of whether or not you have texting enabled on your phone. The National Weather Service is making use of a law passed in April that allows emergency messages to be sent to mobile phone users.

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