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Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

It's expected for some of the most popular apps for Apple's iPhone and iPad to get a boost in sales around Christmas. Whether it's people taking advantage of holiday discounts or redeeming gift cards, Christmas is a good time to have a popular app listed high on the download charts. But this year, one paid app in particular made the most money across the entire iOS platform on Christmas Day: Minecraft: Pocket Edition. That the $7 game did so well is no doubt a success for developer Mojang and new franchise owners Microsoft.

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PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

This morning it was made clear that Sony was having trouble with their PlayStation Network. Meanwhile Microsoft was having trouble keeping Xbox Live online - and the hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. According to reports throughout the day, it would appear that the Xbox Live system had largely repaired problems by around 10AM Central Time - with another spike near 2PM Central Time - with uptime returning again here closer to 5PM Central Time. Sony's PlayStation Network saw problems from around midnight until 10AM Central Time, and again over the past several hours leading up to 5PM Central Time.

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Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

The aftermath of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live hacks continues, with PlayStation gamers in particular finding the PSN remains offline with no end in sight. The result of two DDoS attacks over Christmas by a group calling itself Lizard Squad, the downtime put a dampener on those who received new consoles or games for their existing Xbox One or PS4 over the holidays, with the multiplayer support - among other things - offline. Microsoft has managed to bring much of its services back to life, but Sony is still struggling to return the PSN to normal.

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You can watch The Interview online now

You can watch The Interview online now

Controversial Sony Pictures movie The Interview has been released today across multiple streaming services, including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Xbox Video, and a dedicated site, its been announced. The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, will be offered for rental or outright purchase. "It was essential for our studio to release this movie," Sony Pictures said today in a statement, "especially given the assault upon our business and our employees by those who wanted to stop free speech."

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RPX buys all Rockstar patents; promises licensing, not lawsuits

RPX buys all Rockstar patents; promises licensing, not lawsuits

Rockstar, the patent trolling firm formed by Apple, Sony, Microsoft and others, is dissolving as we know it. The company, which was formed after the member companies joined forces to purchase over 6,000 patents being sold by Nortel Networks during their bankruptcy, has sold 4,000 of those patents to patent firm RPX for a reported $900 million. The remaining 2,000 patents were distributed to the companies involved with Rockstar, and are not subject to this sale. Rockstar is also ending all current litigation to quickly close the deal.

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Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

This week we'll hit the holiday season right on the nose - Microsoft knows this, and they're ready to roll with a number of games that'll be released now or in the immediate future. Of course Microsoft doesn't decide when the games that'll be released for cash will be sent out, but the "Xbox Live Games with Gold" games - that's a different subject entirely. The first bit you're going to want to look at if you have a shiny new Xbox One is "Dark Dreams Don't Die" - also known as D4.

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New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 site aimed at MacBook converts

New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 site aimed at MacBook converts

The Surface Pro 3 is a neat concept. Can you really replace a laptop computer with a tablet? The crew at Microsoft hopes you’ll at least try, with their increasing media campaign against the MacBook Air serving as proof of their concept. A new site, dedicated to users who want to ‘make the switch’, went live over the weekend. A thorough imagining of what it’s like to go from a MacBook to a surface is covered, including basics about the operating system(s) and best practices for switching over.

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Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Windows Phone users addicted to ephemeral messaging service Snapchat have found themselves without a way to access their self-destructing photos, with Microsoft yanking all third-party apps offering the system. The news leaves Snapchat completely absent from Windows Phone, since Snapchat itself still lacks a homegrown client. The writing was on the wall for workarounds like 6snap, however, after Snapchat had asked users not to use third-party clients over security concerns, following a spate of photo and data leaks blamed on unofficial apps.

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Microsoft’s Titanfall exclusive was a single-game deal

Microsoft’s Titanfall exclusive was a single-game deal

Titanfall's sequel looks unlikely to be a Microsoft exclusive, with Respawn Entertainment chief Vince Zampella confirming that the studio's deal over the AAA title was for the first installment alone. Details on "Titanfall 2" are, unsurprisingly, scant at this stage, but according to Zampella the collaboration with Microsoft - which proved so valuable in leveraging the server-side processing of the Xbox One Live Cloud, among other things - doesn't mean the new game will be Xbox One and PC-only. Meanwhile, he poured cold water on rumors that the next Titanfall might be free-to-play.

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Lumia Denim update rolls out with more camera improvements

Lumia Denim update rolls out with more camera improvements

The awaited update to Nokia's, now Microsoft's, Lumia smartphones have just started rolling out, somewhat ahead of expected schedule. Formerly called Nokia Denim and now just Lumia Denim, the update brings in the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 (update 1) to the devices, along with a bunch of Microsoft's own new features. For the more photography capable models, such as the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520, the update brings in some tasty treats for them as well.

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