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Technology giant Apple has released its first update to its Mac OS X Lion software that fixes, among others, certain bugs over playing videos in Safari and improves reliability of Wi-Fi connections.

Apple rolled software updates for the new MacBook Air and Mac Mini that Apple refreshed last month, another for all other machines running the new operating system.

Apple's latest software update for Mac OS X Lion comes four weeks after its release and fixes the following: Read More

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Sony Computer Entertainment made a surprising announcement on Tuesday at the Gamescom conference in Germany that the company will be lowering the worldwide price of its PlayStation 3 by an additional $50.

The price on the 160 GB version will fall to $249 from  $299. In Europe and Japan, the basic console's price has been slashed to 249 euros and 24,980 yen, from 299 euros and 29,980 yen, respectively. For the 320 GB version, the price will drop to $299 from $349.

At $249, the 160 GB version of the PS3 will now cost $351 less than its original retail price of $600. That original price tag -- when PS3 came out in 2006 -- is one of the reasons why the gaming system has perennially been stuck in the third place in terms of sales, behind Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii, according to NPD Group sales. Read More

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iPhone 4

While there is still no official words on just when Apple will release the iPhone 5, one tech blog is now predicting an early October release date --  and the device could come as a "world phone."

Apple's next-generation iPhone -- whether it is an iterative of the "iPhone 4S" or a completely revamped "iPhone 5" -- could go on sale Oct. 7 in the U.S., according to TiPb blog.

Amid rampant speculation in the blogosphere, it is anticipated that the next iPhone could come as a "world phone," compatible with both GSM and CDMA. It is also believed that the phone will feature a SIM-less design, including up to three to four internal antennas. Read More

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Companies Technology | 1:21 AM PDT

Google-Motorola Mobility Deal May Benefit Google TV

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (NYSE:MMI) for $12.5 billion or $40 a share in cash, valuing each essential at about $20 million, to defend its Android ecosystem. The acquisition may also benefit Google TV, Jefferies said in a note.

Motorola represents about 11 percent of Android phones. Meanwhile, Google did emphasize that Android will remain an open-source platform and that Motorola Mobility will be run as a separate business.

The acquisition was aimed primarily at obtaining patents for the Android, a move to ward off competition from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and other companies. Read More

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Companies Technology | 11:46 PM PDT

Microsoft Starts Blog Detailing Windows 8 Changes

Microsoft's Windows 8

Curious about what's happening with Microsoft's Windows 8? You might want to check out the company's new blog, Building Windows 8, to follow the development of the new operating system.

Windows President Steven Sinofsky posted the first entry on the blog on Monday evening. "We intend to post regularly throughout the development of Windows 8, and to focus on the engineering of the product," the post read. "Blogging allows us to have a two-way dialogue with you about design choices, real-world data and usage, and new opportunities that are part of Windows 8."

TechRadar predicts that Windows 8 may be ready by autumn 2012. Read More

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HP TouchPad

The surplus stock of over 200,000 unsold TouchPads are sitting in Best Buy, waiting to have HP bring them home.

Hewlett Packard's touchpad tablets have lagged behind the high expectations, and its poor sales in the U.S. retail stores has already reduced their prices for $100. Even with the discount, Best Buy has sold at most 25,000 out of 270,000stocks.

The retailer is now asking HP to take back the unsold tablets. HP is pleading with Best Buy to be patient, and a senior executive is reportedly scheduled to travel to Minneapolis soon to meet Best Buy executives. Read More

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Samung Galaxy S2

Korean smartphone giant Samsung said Tuesday a "big announcement" is coming at an invitation-only press event in New York on Aug. 29, but it is unclear whether a new smartphone will make its first U.S. appearance.

"Big announcement on the 29th," the company wrote in its official Twitter page without specifying what was being announced. 

"We expect to release the Galaxy S2 in the U.S. market sometime in August," Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung's mobile business and digital imaging, told reporters at a media briefing last month. Read More

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Companies Technology | 5:35 AM PDT

Google-Motorola Deal: Implications on Smartphone Sector

Google Inc. has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion or $40 a share in cash to defend its Android ecosystem. Rising IP threats to Android from Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. were the primary driver of the acquisition, RBC Capital Markets said.

Google gets Motorola Mobility's portfolio (17,000 patents), and while this deal may not necessarily mitigate some of the intellectual property (IP) wars under way (e.g. Apple and Motorola already suing each other), it may position Google to defend itself against more fundamental IP attacks, and increase counter-threat and leverage in global patent negotiations and litigation.

"Following its tentative Nexus Smartphone strategy, Google would now enter the handset business in a big way, pursuing tighter hardware/software integration -- which for Apple has been a key competitive advantage," said Mike Abramsky, an analyst at RBC Capital. Read More

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