Happy Friday, everyone. Hopefully you've had a great holiday week, and as it comes to a close we want to ensure you stay as up-to-date as possible with the major tech stories, so here's what made headlines today. To start - iOS app DRM error rectified by Apple. And moving right along, some major Android news - Android Candy Cane teased by Google. If you're a gamer, this should interest you - PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale release date dropped.
Featured: So, as expected, this week was admittedly slow on major product announcements, and it's times like these that we like to sit back and reflect on some of the ongoing trends that aren't usually reflected in major news stories but should nevertheless be discussed. So without further ado, be sure to check out Don Reisinger's new column - Brick and Mortars are in trouble but they can't (and won't) die.
Xbox Live, Nexus 7, & Angry Birds: We'll close out today's news wrap-up with a few of the lighter stories of the day. Unfortunately for Xbox 360 users who took an extra vacation day, Xbox Live went down for everybody. In more uplifting news, there's a new analysis of Google's Nexus 7 tablet, one that breaks down the component costs inside - Nexus 7 costs estimated at $184. And finally, we always end the Friday wrap-up with something fun and quirky - Rovio may be planning Angry Birds version to play as pigs.