Archive for Sep 26, 2012

FCC promises to review objections against AT&T FaceTime fees

FCC promises to review objections against AT&T FaceTime fees

There were a lot of angry AT&T iPhone owners when AT&T made it clear that it would allow FaceTime over its 3G mobile network, but it would charge more for the privilege of using the service. Other major carriers such as Sprint and Verizon allow iPhone users to enjoy FaceTime over the mobile network without any additional fees. Earlier this month, AT&T's plan to charge more led to multiple consumer organizations to notify AT&T that they planned to file formal complaints with the FCC.

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Pre-orders kick off for SMS Audio Street by 50 wired DJ Pro Performance headphones

Pre-orders kick off for SMS Audio Street by 50 wired DJ Pro Performance headphones

When the Beats line of headphones really took off, several other rappers stepped in with their own branded headphone lines. One of those lines was the SMS Audio brand by rapper 50 Cent. SMS Audio has announced that pre-orders are now available for the Street by 50 wired DJ Pro Performance headphones. The headphones are also available in a limited-edition version from DJ Pauly D.

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EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 launches in North America

EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 launches in North America

Soccer may not be as popular in the United States as it is in other countries, but there are hordes of dedicated soccer fans in the US that have been waiting in anticipation for EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 to launch. This week marks the official launch for the game in North America. EA says that indications are that the launch of FIFA 13 will be the biggest sports video game launch ever.

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LittleBigPlanet hits PlayStation Vita

LittleBigPlanet hits PlayStation Vita

Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced that the award-winning game LittleBigPlanet has officially launched for the PlayStation Vita portable. Tarsier Studios and Double Eleven Studios developed the video game in conjunction with Media Molecule. The game brings all the play, create, and share capabilities of the franchise to the portable entertainment system with a new adventure for the hero, Sackboy.

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Samsung: Galaxy S III remote wipe flaw is already patched

Samsung: Galaxy S III remote wipe flaw is already patched

Galaxy S III owners running the latest software are not susceptible to a factory-reset hack that could maliciously wipe the phone, Samsung says, with a recent patch blocking the exploit. Security researchers identified a flaw in how Samsung TouchWiz devices handled so-called USSD codes, with the potential for rogue websites to push a factory-reset code to the smartphone which required no user-confirmation to enact.

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Google Street View goes diving with underwater panoramas

Google Street View goes diving with underwater panoramas

Google Maps has extended Street View into even more unusual places, adding underwater panoramic images courtesy of a collaboration with The Catlin Seaview Survey. The new under the sea shots include not only incredible marine topology, such as the Great Barrier Reef and Apo Island, but a wealth of sealife too (none of which has been blurred out for privacy, unlike hapless humans who accidentally get caught in Google's more pedestrian Street View system).

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BMW X1 Crossover Review (2012)

BMW X1 Crossover Review (2012)

BMW doesn't believe that crossover need mean compromise, and the BMW X1 is the "premium compact" it intends to prove that with. Headed to the US for the first time this month, the smallest of BMW's X-model SUVs has already carved itself a niche in Europe. Can BMW light a fire underneath the crossover segment, and deliver a small SUV that delivers both an elevated driving position and the sort of driving dynamics the German marque is known for?

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B&N NOOK HD and HD+ revealed: We go hands-on!

B&N NOOK HD and HD+ revealed: We go hands-on!

Barnes & Noble has refreshed its NOOK tablet range, revealing the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, a duo of high-definition Android-based slates with some ambitious aspirations. Replacing the well-esteemed NOOK Tablet, the two new models balance competitive pricing - kicking off at $199 for the 7-incher and $269 for its 9-inch sibling - with impressive specifications, not least eye-catching HD displays. We caught up with B&N for some early playtime with the touchscreen pair.

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