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GameStop Adding Apple Products to Its Lineup

posted Thursday Sep 8, 2011 by Scott Ertz

GameStop Adding Apple Products to Its Lineup

In one of the strangest moves we have seen out of GameStop in a while, they will soon be carrying Apple products in-store. In addition to selling products like the iPod Touch and iPad, the company will also begin offering iPhones. The idea of carrying iPhones now, as Apple is rumored to expand its US wireless offerings to all 4 carriers, adding Sprint and T-Mobile USA at iPhone 5 launch, sure seems like a good idea on paper. Over 20 million iPhones were sold this past quarter, and that can only increase if the rumors of Sprint and T-Mobile are true.

In addition to a large user-base for the iPhone and iPad, it also seems like a semi-natural fit for GameStop, seeing as more and more games are written to accommodate the platform. The problem with adding this new product category is that it will bring GameStop into a new world that they are not used to - wireless plans and activations. It's not an easy world, as any employee of a wireless carrier store, kiosk or third-party can tell you.

What else has GameStop got up their sleeves with Apple and how might they handle this shift? Hit the break to find out.

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Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador Program Goes Live

posted Sunday Sep 4, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador Program Goes Live

I have another update coming at you this week, this time regarding Nintendo. We now have final details on the company's Ambassador Program, which is Nintendo's way of saying, "Sorry that we dropped the price on the 3DS so quickly."

We have details on the games after the break.

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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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