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The release dates for XboX One have been announced by Microsoft!
You can get yours on November 22, but everyone in North America will be queuing on the 15th of November!
The NextGen console will only be available in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand; the rest of the world will have to wait until early 2014 !!!
LG and Acer are both claiming "world firsts" with their latest product launches, revealed ahead of Berlin's Ifa tech show.
LG is returning to the tablet market with the G Pad, which the company is marketing as the only 8in (20cm)-class device to feature a "full-HD display".
Acer has announced the Liquid S2 , the first smartphone capable of recording video in the 4K "ultra-HD" format.
It allows the companies to get the jump on rivals in what will be a busy week.
LG is hoping to shake up smartphone design by placing the only physical buttons of its new flagship model on the rear of the handset.
The firm says the G2 addresses the problem that mobiles become harder to control the bigger they get.
The South Korean company recently reported its strongest ever mobile phone figures.
However, analysts are split over whether or not their latest innovation is a winner.
Whatsapp is adding the ability to record and send voice messages to its smartphone chat software.
The move will help it compete against Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Voxer and BBM which already offer the function.
California-based Whatsapp has said 300 million people now use its app at least once a month.
The Blackberry Messenger (BBM) app is to be offered as a download to run on rival platforms.
Blackberry said it would initially offer texts, photo messages and group sharing functions on devices running Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems from "the summer".
It added it planned to roll out screen sharing, voice and video calls - all without charge - later in the year.
The move could prove disruptive to Skype, Whatsapp and other rivals.
Nintendo has bounced back into profit, thanks to a weaker Japanese yen.
The games maker reported an annual profit of 7.1bn yen ($72m;
Samsung has unveiled the biggest smartphone to date - the Galaxy Mega, which features a 6.3in (16cm) screen.
The firm suggested its size made it ideal for watching videos or running two apps alongside each other.
Samsung helped popularise the so-called "phablet" category - in which phones approach tablet dimensions - with its original 5.3in Galaxy Note in 2011.
That proved more popular than many expected, but one analyst suggested the latest device might be a step too far.
Ubisoft has halted sales of PC video games from its online store after hackers discovered a way to download titles without paying.
It has confirmed an unreleased game - Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - was among the software copied from the servers running the firm's Uplay service.
The breach was discovered after a video clip showing in-game footage was posted to YouTube.
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Technology giant Apple is perceived as less "inspiring" than it was three years ago, a brand survey suggests.
The findings will heighten concerns among shareholders who have seen about $230bn wiped off Apple's stock market value since September 2012.
Smartphone rival Samsung is now seen as equally "inspiring" in the US, says the survey by consultancy Added Value (AV).
AV is part of Sir Martin Sorrell's marketing group WPP, whose clients include Samsung, Google and eBay.
Analysts fear Apple may have lost its way since its visionary co-founder, Steve Jobs, died in October 2011.
Following some of the recent "issues" with the launch and initial performance with SimCity... the kind people at Electronic Arts (EA), will be giving away a free game!
If you have been inconvenienced following the purchase of the game, you maybe entitled to something extra
More than 10 million people thought to have accounts with Electronic Arts's (EA) Origin game store are at risk from a hack attack that swaps games for malicious code, researchers say.
In lab experiments, the researchers exploited a loophole in the way Origin handles links to games users have downloaded and installed to make it run code that compromised a target machine.
There is no evidence the loophole has yet been used by malicious hackers.
EA is investigating the vulnerability.
Players who buy and register the latest version of SimCity before 26 March can choose a free game from a selection offered by Electronic Arts.
The free games, available as digital downloads, include recent releases Mass Effect 3, Plants vs Zombies and Bejeweled 3.
The move follows connection problems and glitches caused by EA's decision to make SimCity an online-only game.
Earlier EA admitted that the game was originally going to be single player.
However those proposals were shelved early in the development of the latest version.
About 50% of all junk mail on the net emerges from just 20 internet service providers (ISPs), a study has found.
The survey of more than 42,000 ISPs tried to map the net's "bad neighbourhoods" to help pinpoint sources of malicious mail.
The survey by a researcher in Holland found that, in many cases, ISPs specialise in particular threats such as spam and phishing.
SimCity has almost been turned into a single-player game by an enterprising hacker.
By modifying the game's code, the hacker has made it possible to play the game offline almost indefinitely.
The feat sits at odds with assertions by Electronic Arts (EA) that the game requires a permanent online link.
EA said the "always on" requirement contributed to big problems at launch as it tried to keep different players' cities co-ordinated.
Soon after SimCity was launched on 5 March, many people reported that they were having to wait up to 30 minutes or more to play the game.
Others reported sluggish performance and others bugs as they played. EA said these problems occurred because many aspects of the game were shared and the sheer number of people trying to play overwhelmed servers.
The average speed of home broadband is now 12Mbps (megabits per second), according to research from regulator Ofcom.
That has risen by a third since its last report in May 2012 and trebled in the past four years.
Increasingly consumers are upgrading their broadband packages to super-fast services of 30Mbps or above.
The increasing appetite for online video and more devices per household were driving the changes, Ofcom said.
Microsoft has blamed an overheating data centre for a 16-hour shutdown of its Outlook and Hotmail systems.
In a blog post, it said a "rapid and substantial temperature spike" had caused a large number of servers to stop working.
The temperature rise had been due to a firmware update failure, wrote Arthur de Haan, Microsoft vice president.
Microsoft is in the process of migrating millions of Hotmail users to the new Outlook.com service
Google is to shut down its Reader service in July, as usage has declined.
A petition to save the service, which aggregates news content from web feeds, had 25,000 signatures in a few hours.
Experts say shutting Reader is part of Google's plan to migrate more people to its social media service, Google+.
Samsung is set to launch a device in its flagship premium smartphone range, expected to be named the Galaxy S4.
It follows the S3, a handset that has sold more than 40 million units. The Galaxy handsets are seen as the closest competitor to Apple's iPhone.
Analysts predict software that tracks where users are looking and automatically scrolls down the page as it is read, without it being touched.
There is also expected to be a souped-up camera and processor
Electronics Arts has apologised for the shambolic launch of the latest version of town-planning title SimCity.
Gamers have reported long queues to play, bugs and other glitches since SimCity launched on 5 March.
The company said the way it had set up the launch had been "dumb" and that it "really feels bad" about the way gamers had suffered.
As compensation, all those who bought SimCity will be offered a free Electronics Arts PC game this month.
Since the game launched, the online computers that co-ordinate play have been regularly overwhelmed.
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