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Apple iPad mini 2 LTE version experiencing shipping delays

Apple had problems launching the iPad mini 2, but after the tablet went on sale on November 12 you might have thought that the problems have been resolved. Maybe they haven't, at least not fully.

The Cellular version of the Apple iPad mini 2 is on backorder on all the major US carriers. Verizon's shipping date slipped from November 25 to December 2, Sprint is saying the tablet will ship in up to 2 weeks, AT&T will take 3-4 weeks to ship, while T-Mobile might not manage before Christmas with 6-8 week shipping delay.

Surprisingly, Apple's web site still lists the original 5-10 business days for shipping it did when the iPad mini 2 launched. Availability for store pickup is very limited at the moment.

Things over in Europe are a mixed bag – T-Mobile Germany will ship the iPad mini 2 with Cellular in 2-3 weeks, while Three UK says it has it in stock and will ship it instantly.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 UK pricing detailed

The Nokia Lumia 1520 has already went on sale in France and the device will soon be available in the United Kingdom. The 6-inch phablet from Nokia has been listed in UK's Carphone Warehouse website letting us know more on its UK pricing.

Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available on Vodafone network for free of cost with a £38/month two-year contract, which also brings unlimited calling, unlimited texts and 2 GB of data.

Caprphone Warehouse is also offering a free experience day worth up to £100 for all the consumers who purchase Lumia 1520 with a two year agreement. The pre-orders are expected to ship on December 6. You can head to the source link below to know more about the deal.

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Xbox One takes on PS4 with Friday launch in the battle for the living room

Microsoft on Friday releases its Xbox One game console, taking on Sony's PlayStation 4 in a battle for the hearts and minds of Internet-era home entertainment.

Sony last week unleashed its new champion in the long-running console war, getting a slight jump on Microsoft heading into the prime holiday shopping season.

(Also see: Microsoft unveils Xbox One gaming console with live TV and sports integration)

The Xbox One (Review), successor to the Xbox 360, the top-selling console in North America, will debut at a price of $500 while Sony's PS4 is priced at $400.

(Also see: PS4 priced $100 cheaper than Xbox One)

Sony said it sold more than a million PS4 consoles in the 24 hours after its release on November 15, but the debut was marred by complaints by a small percentage of buyers of units malfunctioning.

(Also see: PlayStation 4 sales top 1 million units in first 24 hours: Sony)

Analysts said that it remained to be seen which of the new-generation consoles will prove more popular, noting that the lower price plays in favor of the PS4.

"If history has anything to say about it, core gamers tend to favor Sony," said Brian Blau, research director at analyst firm Gartner.

"There is nothing I've seen to say that one platform is going to have an advantage over the other."

Both consoles boast upgrades which provide richer graphics and more immersive game play than their predecessors. Social features of online play have also been enhanced, along with the ability to share with friends.

Microsoft touts the Xbox One console as a home entertainment hub that goes far beyond games.

The beefed-up hardware allows for instant switching between games, television, and Internet browsing. Microsoft-owned Skype was integrated for online group video calls.

Kinect motion and sound sensing accessories accompanying the consoles recognize users; respond instantly to commands spoken in natural language, and even detect a person's pulse.

"This is the beginning of a new generation of games and entertainment and a new generation of smart TV," Microsoft entertainment unit executive Yusuf Mehdi said when Xbox One was unveiled.

Mehdi maintained that a strong selling point is that Kinect devices, which were sold as Xbox 360 accessories, will be included with Xbox One consoles.

Microsoft has put its hardware and software mastery to effective use, bringing game controllers, tablets, smartphones, voice, and gesture together in the Xbox One.

In a move that might irk gamers, neither Xbox One or PS4 are compatible with titles designed for play on earlier versions of consoles.

Mehdi was not worried about the booming popularity of play on smartphones and tablet computers, saying it has increased the appetite for interactive entertainment in what has grown to a $93 billion industry, including sales of software and hardware for consoles, PCs and handheld devices.

Research firm Gartner forecast that the console segment of the video game market will grow from $44 billion this year to $49 billion, while that of mobile games will climb from about $13 billion to $17 billion.

(Also see: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 battle raises hopes of gaming industry revival)

"Microsoft and Sony have greatly improved products," Blau said.

"The key for them is getting developers to build compelling games and applications that take advantage of all the wonderful resources that come in those boxes."

Microsoft and Sony both worked hard with blockbuster game makers to have titles ready to hit the market along with the new consoles.

While much is made of rivalry between Microsoft and Sony the evolution of consoles into digital home entertainment systems means competition from devices such as Roku boxes or even Google's inexpensive Chromecast gadget for easily streaming Internet content to television screens.

"The real competition for both console makers may be (TV box) Roku and Chromecast as digital consumers consider taking a pass on the relatively expensive next-gen consoles in favor of low-risk, high-return streaming devices," said Forrester analyst James McQuivey.

Smartphones and tablet computers have become popular platforms for play, with many games available free.

(Also see: Game consoles will survive the smartphone and tablet gaming revolution)

"It is very narrow minded to say that it is Sony versus Microsoft versus

The stakes in the console game are heightened for Microsoft because Xbox has been a hit while the US-based technology colossus has seen other forays into consumer electronics flop.

Xbox One will be rolled out in 13 countries, including the US, Britain and Australia, on November 22.

(Also see: Microsoft Xbox One will go on sale November 22 in 13 countries)


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Microsoft selling anti-Google merchandise on its store

Continuing its crusade against Google, Microsoft has launched a new initiative in their Scroogled campaign, selling anti-Google merchandise on their online store. As you may know, Scroogled is Microsoft’s campaign where they try to hammer down the point that Google is stealing your personal data in exchange for offering you free services.

Now to drive home that point further, Microsoft will sell you mugs, caps and T-shirts with Scroogled written on it so you never forget what happens to you when you use Google products. Or at least that’s what Microsoft hopes.

By now it is pretty clear that Microsoft has become that kid who tells a joke for the 637th time because someone laughed the first time. Although dissing your competition is not new, selling actual merchandise to do it is on a different level altogether. What’s next, Microsoft employees keying Google employees’ cars?

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AOL to shutdown Winamp permanently next month

One of the most popular music player of all time will be gone for good next month. AOL has announced that it will be shutting down the iconic Winamp player on December 20, following which you won’t be able to download it again or get any further updates.

Winamp has been available for Windows since 1997 and was one of the most popular music players back then. Not only was it insanely customizable, thanks to support for a myriads of plugins and skins, it was also known for its superb audio quality among audiophiles.

Over the course of time, it’s popularity waned and what was once a slim, lightweight app turned into bit of a bloatware with dozens of extra features and UI changes. More recently, they also released a version for Android and OS X but neither managed to catch on the way the Windows version did back in the day.

Now, after sixteen long years of service, Winamp’s parent company AOL (who acquired them back in 1999) is shutting it down. The app is still available for download on the website (it’s at v5.66 now) and you can download it for another month after which it would be gone for good.

So long, old friend. It was nice knowing you.

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