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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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Apple Employees Raid Home with Help of Police (Again)

posted Saturday Sep 3, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Apple Employees Raid Home with Help of Police (Again)

I think we all remember the iPhone 4 prototype that was lost and the controversy around the termination of an employee for showing an iPad prototype to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. I don't think anyone would expect another prototype issue to arise, especially one that is exactly the same as the first one, right after the legal battle has ended. Apple lost an iPhone 5 prototype handset at a bar. Yeah, that's right... another prototype, another bar.

Clearly, Apple needs to stop letting their moron "engineers" leave the property with the prototypes because, while drinking away their frustration of working for Apple, they tend to lose them. The reaction from Apple has been very similar to the first time, but the strategy has been altered based on what they learned in raiding the home of a Gizmodo editor. Instead of contacting the FBI and hiring private security firm Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, they went to the local police and had them accompany their in-house security team while they raided the house.

For the full details on the home invasion and the police's involvement, hit the break.

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Google Does a Little Project Downsizing

posted Saturday Sep 3, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google Does a Little Project Downsizing

Ever since Larry Page reclaimed the reigns of Google a few months ago, he has been making a lot of changes to get the company back to their roots. He has even tried to regain the fun start-up feel by mathematical constants vs regular whole numbers on an important auction. This week he is working on trimming some of the corporate fat by closing some of the many worthless Google projects.

The most notable product to be axed is Google Desktop. For those who do not know, Google Desktop was a system add-on that allowed you to search your computer with the same familiar style of any other Google search. The product was originally created for Windows when XP did not have an indexed search option for the platform, so the ability to index your files and search quickly was a definite advantage. In modern operating systems like Windows 7 or MacOS X, files are indexed regularly by the OS itself, eliminating the need for an add-on like this. September 15 will mark the end of Desktop, including all support and APIs.

For us here at PLuGHiTz Live!, the one that really hits home is Google Pack. For those of you who have been following us from the beginning, Google Pack was one of our first sponsors for the site and the show. While the products that have been a part of the pack have lost a lot of relevance over the years, it is still a little odd for us to know the product that got us started will be no more. Google's announcement made the closure immediate, so the product is already gone. The website, however, is still around and you can still download the products directly from their respective websites from the links.

What are other 8 products that will end? Hit the break to find out.

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