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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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TieTry becomes the ‘Netflix of ties’

TieTry becomes the ‘Netflix of ties’

Netflix has certainly proved that customers like the idea of paying a low monthly fee in exchange for being able to try out all sorts of things that they don't really have any interest in buying. Other startups have come forward since, including rental-by-mail services for toys, books, and video games. And here's a new one - ties.

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