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HTC Quickly Adds Beats to the HTC Sensation with a Special Edition

posted Sunday Sep 4, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

HTC Quickly Adds Beats to the HTC Sensation with a Special Edition

I promised an update after I broke the news on HTC's majority stake acquisition of Beats Audio, but I certainly didn't expect an update to come so soon after the announcement. Add to that the fact that we already have a device slated for launch and we have something interesting to discuss this week!

A picture and the news can be found after the break.

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Dish Network Introduces Blockbuster Movie Streaming Service

posted Sunday Sep 4, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Dish Network Introduces Blockbuster Movie Streaming Service

After acquiring Blockbuster and deciding to keep almost all of their remaining stores open for some strange reason, Dish Network has decided to launch a Blockbuster streaming service to compete with the likes of Netflix.

How? We have more after the break.

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HP's TouchPad Firesale Will Return After This Brief Restocking Period

posted Sunday Sep 4, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

HP's TouchPad Firesale Will Return After This Brief Restocking Period

It seems like it was just yesterday that HP went crazy and decided to kill off its $1.2 billion acquisition by starting a fire sale on the TouchPads just six weeks after launch, practically giving them away at $99 and $149. Regardless of the rhyme and reason for the decisions made, which we will discuss on our show, HP seems astonished that the move garnered such attention and caused a sellout in almost every store that carried the product.

To see what they've decided to do next, click the break.

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Losing iPhone Prototypes is so Last Mac World and Hard Drives With Confidential Info Are In

posted Sunday Sep 4, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Losing iPhone Prototypes is so Last Mac World and Hard Drives With Confidential Info Are In

After losing the iPhone 4 prototype I suppose it just felt right to make the same mistake by losing the iPhone 5 prototype... in another bar of course. Now, only 2 days after losing the iPhone 5 prototype a Genius Bar employee at an Apple Store in Samford Connecticut has probably started a new trend by giving a customer a hard drive with confidential information.

An anonymous source contacted Cult of Mac saying that they procured a hard drive with confidential Apple information. By "procured" I mean, it was given to him and by "confidential Apple information," I'm talking about a complete Apple Retail Store server Time Machine backup disk with internal documents from late 2009 to May of this year.

How did this actually happen? You can probably guess but reading about it still makes it that much better.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360

posted Saturday Sep 3, 2011 by Scott Ertz

<i>Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3</i> Xbox 360

While the Star Wars Xbox 360 won't be out until next year, the newly announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 special edition bundle will be available November 8th. Announced at Activision's Call of Duty XP event, the bundle will include a lot of custom-designed hardware and interactions.

The console is designed to look battle-worn, easily fitting into the theme for the flagship franchise. It includes a 320GB hard drive and custom power and eject sounds. In addition to the console customizations, you will also receive 2 custom-designed second generation controllers. You will also, of course, receive a copy of the game with a 1 month Live subscription.

The controllers will also be available separately, retailing for $60 and will come with a token for an exclusive download. The big, surprising news is the other custom hardware. There will be a headset, custom designed to go with the game and the special edition console, that can work both with the Xbox 360 or as a Bluetooth headset for a phone. It comes with a charging cradle as well as another token for an exclusive download. As far as the download that comes with it, we know as much as you do at this point, but I can imagine it is a virtual version for your avatar.

If you want to see more photos of the console than the one in the corner there, you can check it out on Flickr.

So, are you a big enough CoD fan to spend the $400 for this special edition console and another $70 for the headset, or are you just planning on getting the game? Let us know in the comments section!

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Department of Justice Blocks AT&T-Mobile Merger

posted Saturday Sep 3, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Department of Justice Blocks AT&T-Mobile Merger

Since AT&T's announced plans to purchase T-Mobile USA, there has been a lot of talk about why and how. What are AT&T's real reasons for the purchase? Will the federal government allow said merger? This week we got the answer to the last question.

The US Department of Justice filed a suit to prevent the $39 billion merger between the only 2 GSM carriers left in the US. They claim that the merger would damage the state of the wireless industry, essentially eliminating the low-cost alternative to the Big 3 (Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint). They also claim that no amount of technology gain from the combination of spectrum would offset this damage to consumers.

What did the DoJ say and what do the carriers think about this move? Hit the break to find out.

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