SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013
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Welcome to Friday evening everyone. Today more BlackBerry Z10 images leaked out, while IDC is saying that Samsung is in the lead with strong demand for its smartphones. OUYA is making a few tweaks to its controller before the Android-based games console launches, and we're sorry to say that tomorrow it becomes illegal to unlock your phone without permission from your carrier. If you were planning to unlock your phone, then you better do it tonight.

It seems that Microsoft is working on a new, cheaper lineup of Surface tablets to add to the current Surface family, while Verizon has sold $1.9 billion worth of its spectrum to competitor AT&T. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said today that since her company doesn't make mobile hardware, software, or run social networks, that puts Yahoo in a position for "strong partnerships," while Best Buy is offering MacBook Airs at a $200 discount in a promotion that only lasts through tomorrow.

It appears that Twitter's new video service Vine is having some issues importing Facebook contacts, while Google has placed a rather strict non-disclosure agreement on those attending its Glass Foundry events at the end of the month. Samsung has announced the new rough and tumble Galaxy Xcover 2, and we heard that the new Super Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and 3DS will be on display at E3 2013 later this year. Anonymous hackers have been jailed for their involvement in the Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal attacks, and the recently-released YouTube Capture has been updated with support for 1080p.

The French government has replaced the famous Twitter hashtag with what it's calling "sharp-words," while the Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 has appeared in a new FCC filing. Rockstar reportedly threatened to sue over a show called L.A. Noir - a claim publisher Take-Two denies - while RIM announced that it will air a BlackBerry 10 ad during the Super Bowl. Google reassured users today, saying it won't give the government access to your Gmail account without a court order, and Sony announced that its Red and Blue PS3s will be coming to the UK next month. THQ's corporate offices shut down today, and the Halo Zero LED messenger bag is netting some attention on Kickstarter. Finally tonight, Vincent Nguyen delivers his review of the Drobo Mini. That does it for tonight's Evening Wrap-Up, we hope you enjoy the weekend folks!


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