fingerprintIf the movies and TV shows are any indication, selling off stolen goods to pawn shops is a great way to unload them while making a quick buck. However in real life, that happens too and not only are valuable items such as jewelry, phones, cameras, and etc. that are being sold off, but video games as well.

After all there is a huge market for second-hand video games which are typically a lot more affordable than brand new. That being said, it seems that GameStop has recently made it a requirement for their customers in the city of Philadelphia to provide them with fingerprints when trading in used games. Read full post →GameStops In Philadelphia To Start Fingerprinting Customers Who Trade-in Games



iPhone6homebuttons 640x590Assuming the rumors are right, we could be getting closer to Apple to making an official iPhone 6 announcement. As it stands, the rumors claim that we can look forward to a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model and while most of us probably think that the 5.5-inch model is basically the iPhone 6 with a larger display, it seems that leaked components are suggesting otherwise.

The folks at Nowhereelse.fr (via Cult of Mac) have recently gotten their hands on alleged leaked components belonging to the iPhone 6. The components in question are the home button and Touch ID component that is expected to be part of the iPhone 6’s build. However as you can see in the image above, there are differences in the components’ design between the 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch model. Read full post →Alleged iPhone 6 Home Button/Touch ID Component Leaked



nyc2011 dre jimmy photo kevin mazur 640x425Earlier this week there were rumors that Apple could be looking to cut jobs at Beats once the deal has been officially completed. Apple has confirmed that there would indeed be job cuts, but according to a report from Billboard, it seems that those cuts have not happened yet. In fact it seems that at the earliest, it will be three months before their jobs are cut.

One of their sources told them, “Every single person is going through Apple orientation, they’re signing up for healthcare.” Based on that, it does seem like some of these employees could be in for a long haul at the company. That being said, it does seem to be in line with a statement that Apple had released earlier. Read full post →Job Cuts At Beats Not Happening Yet [Rumor]

Earlier this year, a game by the name of Flappy Bird was making waves around the world due to its simple nature but strange addictiveness. For a brief period in time, your Facebook News Feed would be flooded by friends and family members posting their Flappy Bird scores, taunting you to try and beat them.

The game was removed, but its creator, Dong Nguyen, later revealed that he would be making a return in August, and sure enough he has kept to his word. Flappy Bird is now back, although it is called Flappy Birds Family and oddly enough, it seems to have launched exclusively on the Amazon Fire TV. Read full post →Flappy Bird Returns As Flappy Birds Family On Amazon’s Fire TV


cellphone unlock 640x359Several weeks ago, the cellphone unlocking bill was passed by the Senate and not too long after, President Obama said that he would soon be signing the bill that would make it go into effect. Well that day has come as President Obama has officially signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.

What does this mean? Well this means is that your phone, which could be locked to a carrier, is now unlockable and is no longer considered illegal! Of course there are several provisions, one of which is making sure that you are no longer under any contractual obligations to your carrier before you unlock your phone. Read full post →President Obama Signs Cellphone Unlocking Bill, Makes It Legal


itunes radio australia 640x394As you must have heard by now, Apple’s acquisition of Beats is now official as they have recently announced it on their website. Now there are some who are still trying to figure out how the acquisition of Beats will play into Apple’s plans, or what their plans are for the company, although some believe that it could be a talent grab.

While it remains to be seen how true that is, The Wall Street Journal has recently reported that Apple has appointed Ian Rogers to head up iTunes Radio, which is Apple’s take on music streaming. For those unfamiliar, Rogers heads up the Beats Music subscription service while back at Beats, so we guess it’s not that surprising that he will now head up Apple’s services as well. Read full post →Head Of Beats Music To Now Head Up iTunes Radio At Apple


apple beats 640x324It was expected that Apple and Beats could officially seal the deal on the 1st of August, pending regulatory approval, and it looks like it has. A few months ago, Apple confirmed that they would be acquiring Beats and at $3 billion, it has to be one of Apple’s larger acquisitions to date. Apple has since officially welcomed Beats to the Apple family with a special welcome page on their website.

According to the message on the page, “Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do.” Read full post →Apple Officially Welcomes Beats To The Family


microsoft surface pro 3  36 640x426If you had your eye on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 but felt that the i5 was too expensive for your liking, or that it wasn’t powerful enough for your tastes, well you’re in luck because Microsoft’s retail stores have officially begun stocking both the i3 and i7 variants of the tablets. Those who have pre-ordered the different configurations should be receiving email notifications that Microsoft has begun fulfilling their orders.

That being said, the i3 variant is pretty affordable, at least more so than the i5 version. It will pack 64GB of onboard storage and will be priced at $799, not too bad, right? For those who are looking at either the i5 or i7 versions, they will be priced starting at $999. However 64GB isn’t a lot of storage so if you were hoping to store movies and music and photos, you’ll probably be running out of space really quick. Read full post →Microsoft Retail Stores Now Stocking i3/i7 Surface Pro 3 Configurations


windows 81Can we look forward to more Windows 8.1 updates in the future? Well there have been rumors suggesting that there could be a third update to Windows 8.1 in the works, but now according to a report from ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, there is a good chance that the third update could be canned.

Instead what Windows 8.1 users can look forward to is a minor update which has been pegged for a release in August. So what’s the deal? Well apparently Microsoft is currently focused on getting Windows Threshold/Windows 9 ready which is why they are opting to forgo a third update in favor of that. Read full post →Microsoft Could Skip Third Windows 8.1 Update, Focus On Windows 9 Instead [Rumor]


chrome windowsphone 81It is no secret that Windows Phone does not command the lion’s share of the smartphone market at the moment. In fact some have even advised Microsoft to just give up and go with Android, which at the moment is the more dominant OS. That being said, recent figures released by NetApplications has revealed that it isn’t all doom and gloom for Windows Phone at the moment.

According to their findings for the month of July 2014, they have found that in terms of web usage, there is a slight increase in Windows Phone users. This is based on a combination of both Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.1 where they now account for 2.48% of all mobile usage. Read full post →Windows Phone Sees Increase In Web Usage