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Editorial: Seeing Sony's 'The Interview' is hardly patriotic

12/26, 7:34pm

Besides being terrible, nobody benefits besides Sony from The Interview

To much fanfare, and terrible reviews, Sony Pictures finally released The Interview -- a contentious, and some say trite, light comedy vehicle where a pair of bumbling reporters are recruited by the CIA to assassinate the leader of North Korea. Conventional media, and governmental figures, have put this forth as a victory for the US' right to freedom of expression, and a defiant Sony agrees. However, viewing the picture isn't the act of defiance and patriotism that Sony wants you to think it is - in fact, viewers are now supporting a company that has called for censorship of journalists and US citizens alike, in the interest of corporate secrets.

Apple Japan to start 'Lucky Bag' promotion on January 2

12/26, 6:12pm

Stores to open early, offer paid 'grab bags' that could be worth thousands

Apple Japan will begin its traditional promotion for Japanese retail buyers, known as Fukubukuro or "Lucky Bags," starting on January 2, the company has announced. The promotion involves customers buying one of several "grab bag" gift boxes for a set price -- last year it was about 36,000 yen, or roughly $300 in current US dollars -- that could contain very valuable gifts, and usually at least top the value of the list price. Some of the boxes contained iPads or MacBook Airs, for example.

Forums: 27-inch iMac problems and more

12/26, 3:07pm

27-inch iMac problems and more

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, one Dedicated MacNNer started having problems booting their 27-inch iMac. After trying a variety of methods to get it to boot, they turned to the forums for some advice. On his quest to fix a problem with an unresponsive 13-inch MacBook Pro, "Thorzdad" asked fellow forum-goers for some advice.

Apple deals: Save up to 22 percent on select iMacs and MacBooks

12/26, 1:05pm

Save up to 22% on select iMacs and MacBooks

Right now at Apple's online store, save up to 22 percent on select iMac and Macbook computers, including the refurbished 3.2GHz, 27-inch iMac that's dropped an impressive $450 in price, and is available for only $1,549. Features range from 8GB of RAM to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX graphics card with 1GB of memory, and include a 1TB hard drive, as well as a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. Priced significantly lower, at only $1,199, is the refurbished 21.5-inch, 2.9GHz iMac, which offers savings of up to $300, and comes complete with the same 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and quad-core Intel Core i5 processor as the 27-inch model.

Amazon lays claim to 10 million new Prime members over holiday

12/26, 12:28pm

Last same-day delivery by Amazon before Christmas 3 cases of energy drink

In a release today, Amazon claims that the company's 20th holiday season has brought "record growth" to the Amazon Prime subscription service, despite a price hike to $100 per year earlier in 2014. Amazon reports that more than 10 million new members worldwide tried Prime for the first time, with nearly 60 percent of customers shopping on a mobile device.

DealNN: HDTVs, wireless keyboards, and more

12/26, 12:10pm

HDTVs, wireless keyboards, and more

With the new year right around the corner, it's time for Tigerdirect.com's End of the Year Clearance Event, featuring the Seiki 65-inch Class 2160p, Ultra LED HDTV. Currently priced at $1,000, this HDTV has dropped an impressive $2,500 off its once $3,500 list price, and includes a $100 mail-in-rebate that lowers the cost even more, down to $900. The Seiki HDTV comes with three HDMI ports, a 120Hz refresh rate, 4K signal compatibility, and a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160. Shipping rates start at only $30, but sales tax applies for residents of Florida, Illinois, Texas, and North Carolina.

Review: DoxieGo portable scanner (Windows, OS X)

12/26, 9:58am

Diminutive scanner purports to allow computer-free scanning

Sometimes, people need to scan things, but having a computer at hand to do so isn't exactly feasible. Maybe it's the home of a relative that lives on the outskirts of civilization with no Internet, looking to organize family photos. Maybe it's an office filing room that's too small to set up shop. Maybe it's the cabin of an airplane and a traveler just wants to scan a page from Skymall. In this situation, the solution is generally to move items that need to be scanned to a location that has a scanner. With DoxieGo by Apparent, users don't have to worry about transportation; they can just throw the scanner in their bag and go. But can this ultra-portable scanner really make life that much easier? Read our review and find out.

Xbox Live, Playstation Network attacked, down for most of Christmas

12/26, 9:22am

Kim Dotcom bribe halted attacks on gaming company servers

Over Christmas Eve and well into Christmas Day, gaming services Xbox Live and the Playstation Network were under assault from the Lizard Squad group. The attack rendered the services mostly useless, with an assortment of problems from inability to connect, and culminating in the login services for both not accepting connections. The assault only ended with Internet personality Kim Dotcom offering the members of the group lifetime memberships to his new file locker Mega Privacy.

Apple offers Boxing Day iTunes sales for UK, Canadian customers

12/26, 4:44am

US customers get holiday channels on iTunes Radio instead

As was the case last year, Canadians are once again getting a sale on selected albums in iTunes as part of a "Boxing Day" event, part of a traditional observance throughout Canada and a number of other Commonwealth countries. The UK iTunes Store is also having a sale on hit albums, but doesn't label the event as a "Boxing Day" sale. US users don't get a sale, but are instead enjoying special holiday channels on iTunes Radio, which remains unavailable in the UK and Canada.

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