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Sony PSP receives random firmware update

Sony PSP receives random firmware update

Sometimes something odd catches us off guard -- like Sony releasing a new firmware update for the PSP after years of nothing at all. Such is really the case, with the PlayStation Portable being on the receiving end of a new firmware version that improves stability and not much else. It is somewhat of a head-scratcher that Sony has decided to release new software for the handheld, particularly in light of the fact that gamers haven't seen an update since August of 2011.

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Man gets 5 year sentence for swatting prank

Man gets 5 year sentence for swatting prank

Swatting is perhaps the best example of one of the worst "pranks" you can pull on someone, and the punishments for being caught are severe. With this, someone calls in a bomb threat or something similar to get a SWAT team and/or law enforcement sent to an unsuspecting victim's home or location. The risks of this are high, but that hasn't stopped people from swatting regardless, and now prison sentences are starting to follow. Such is the case for swatter Jason Allen Neff.

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Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

The New Nintendo 3DS was dangled before fans' eyes but kept beyond reach for a while, later surfacing in a leak earlier this week and, finally, being officially announced for the US market. Only, there was an unexpected oddity. Those who watched Nintendo Direct yesterday morning and kept tabs on the announcements would have noticed that only the New 3DS XL, the larger of the two units, was promised to be arriving next month for US buyers. Nintendo is being vague about why.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

Yesterday a flier surfaced indicating that the New 3DS will be arriving in North America on February 13. The leak was just ahead of the Nintendo Direct session held this morning, and during it the company confirmed that the rumor was true, giving some additional details about what its North American fans can expect. Interestingly enough, it looks like only the New 3DS XL -- the larger of the two -- will be launching in the US, with the regular-size version being conspicuously absent.

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GTA V for PC details drop ahead of March 24 release

GTA V for PC details drop ahead of March 24 release

Rockstar Games has dropped the details for Grand Theft Auto V for PC, as well as a gallery of several screenshots. The title will be released on March 24, a date shift that Rockstar has apologized for. According to the company, this change was due to needing a little extra time for "testing and polish", and Rockstar says it will make sure the few extra weeks of waiting will ultimately be worth it for gamers. We've got the system specs after the jump.

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Nintendo’s New 3DS: North America announcement tipped

Nintendo’s New 3DS: North America announcement tipped

Nintendo's uncomfortably named "New 3DS" handheld console has thus far eluded fans in North America. Those long dark days of waiting may be nearing their end, however, with a flier that recently surfaced via NeoGAF suggesting an announcement for North America will be happening in the very near future, and that the console's release will be taking place in nearly one month on the dot. It isn't an official announcement at this point, of course, but such fliers often prove accurate.

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Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

We got a look at Ford's beastly GT earlier today at the Detroit Auto Show, and coming alongside it was an announcement hand-in-hand with Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios: that new GT will be adorning the cover for Forza Motorsport 6, and select Ford vehicles including the Shelby GT350 will be available in-game. Those hoping to score additional details about the game will be disappointed, however, as you will have to wait until later on this year to get more info.

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User creates functional text editor in Minecraft

User creates functional text editor in Minecraft

We've seen some pretty interesting (read: brilliant) creations in Minecraft, including the functional 1KB hard drive and functional iPhone including apps. Continuing with the created-in-Minecraft theme is yet another bit of functional blocky artistry, a text editor with a 5 x 10 character display and the ability to open saved files and display whatever you might feel like typing into it. The creation was made by user Koala_Steamed using redstone. Amazing? Right. Even better, we've a video of it in action after the jump.

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Machine56’s Borderlands jacket: fandom on your sleeve

Machine56’s Borderlands jacket: fandom on your sleeve

Can't get enough Borderlands in your life? Machine56 has designed another piece of apparel based on the video game, and with it comes a distinct design decked out with "Maliwan" typed vertically up the back. The jacket includes a hood and is made with waterproof materials, which means it can double (or triple, as it were) as a rain jacket and a hoodie. Adding to it, the jacket is Gearbox licensed, and is available in several sizes to ensure just about anyone can fit.

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Sims 4 to get “Game Pack” in January

Sims 4 to get “Game Pack” in January

The folks behind The Sims 4 have a treat for gamers, and it has been dubbed a "Game Pack". There will be more than one Game Pack in the future, and the first one -- called Outdoor Retreat -- will arrive some time next month. Sound fun? Likely. Details on what exactly the Game Pack is are less clear, however, with it behind said the content will follow in the tradition set by Stuff Packs, which long-standing Sims fans should be familiar with.

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