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Amazon’s Trade-In program now accepts electronics

May 18th, 2011

Moments ago Amazon announced that its Trade-In program will now accept consumer electronics. That means anyone who wants to trade-in consumer electronics, along with other goods, can send a box to Amazon and receive an Amazon gift card in exchange. Amazon originally launched its trade-in program in 2009, and until now it only accepted games, …

Sony Ericsson: New Zealand Xperia Play launch delayed; shipment stolen

May 17th, 2011

Here’s something we don’t see everyday — Vodafone New Zealand has tweeted that it’s delaying the launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play after a “major security breach.” According to the carrier’s official Twitter account, the shipment of Xperia Play units was stolen at some point on its way to the carrier. It’s unclear who …

Xperia PLAY game sales have been unimpressive

May 14th, 2011

According to a report by CVG, Android Market downloads of games specifically designed to run on Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY handset have been extremely low. As evidence in its case, the report hones in on five Play titles that all have under 1,000 total Market downloads: Cool Boarders 2, 100–500; Destruction Derby, 500–1,000; Jumping Flash, 50–100; MediEvil, 100–500; and …

Video game sales elude April showers, grow 20%

May 13th, 2011

Consumer electronics tracker NPD Group on Thursday released its tallies for the U.S. gaming industry, revealing continued console sales growth and rebounding software sales. Last month, sales of video game software dipped to $735.4 million from $875.3 million in March 2010. While sales shrank sequentially, as they do in April in many industries, gaming software …

EA puts almost 30 iOS, Android games on sale for 99¢

April 22nd, 2011

Electronic Arts is celebrating the Easter holiday by putting nearly 30 iPhone/iPod touch, iPad and Android games on sale for just 99¢ each. EA’s second annual Easter sale includes popular iOS titles like Dead Space, The SIMS 3, NBA JAM, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Fight Night Champion, SCRABBLE for iPad …

The iPhone is for the birds

April 21st, 2011

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users have a sick obsession. No, not their tendency to adore their iOS devices a bit more than might be considered healthy — they love birds. Right now, the top five paid apps in Apple’s App Store all revolve around fat little birds being hurled across the screen. Some are …

T-Mobile G2x review

April 18th, 2011

LG hasn’t launched a high-end Android smartphone in the U.S. for some time now — sure, it shipped the Optimus on multiple carriers, and Verizon launched the Ally a few years back, but neither was capable of holding a candle to other first-rate devices. That all changes with the G2x however, which is no doubt …

Android game developers voice concern over Amazon's pricing practices

April 14th, 2011

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has taken exception with Amazon’s Android application store pricing practices. In a letter to its members, the group voiced concerns of stringent rules that revolve around the temporary discounting of games. “Amazon has little incentive not to use a developer’s content as a weapon with which to capture marketshare [sic] from competing app stores,” reads …

Sony Ericsson launches Android Market channel

April 13th, 2011

On Wednesday Sony Ericsson announced that it has launched its own channel in the Android Market. The firm says it will use the channel to recommend specific apps and games, provide original content like Timescape plugins, offer exclusive gaming titles, and to help promote apps developed by partners. The channel sounds a lot like the …