Xbox One Titanfall bundle drops to $449 at Walmart, Best Buy

One of the reasons Sony's PlayStation 4 game console has outsold the rival Xbox One in the early months of 2014 has been the $100 price difference -- $399 versus $499 -- between the two. In mid-March, Microsoft evened the score a bit, adding the exclusive game Titanfall to new consoles as a bundle. Assuming a $60 sold-separately price on the game, one could argue the base cost of the Xbox One was now just $440.

Now, a second wave of price cuts has come to the Xbox One. As noted by the New York Times, two major retailers, … Read more

Watch what's in store for Android Wear

CNET Update talks to the wrist:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out Google's Android Wear, the operating system for smartwatches and other wearable technology. Motorola will use Android Wear for its upcoming smartwatch, the Moto 360.

- Say adieu to the iPad 2. Apple killed off the iPad 2 model and is now selling the fourth-gen iPad with Retina Display instead.

- A new, less expensive iPhone 5C with half the storage went on sale overseas. But it's not worth getting a phone with only 8 GB of storage.

- Trade-in your video games for Walmart store credit, … Read more

Watch out, GameStop: Walmart gets into used-games business

Walmart is planning to make a splash in the used-games business, the company announced on Tuesday.

Starting March 26, consumers can walk into more than 3,100 Walmart stores across the US and trade in games from the latest consoles, including the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. Customers will receive eGift cards for the value of their trade-in which can be used to purchase of anything sold at Walmart and Sam's Club, both in stores and online. Walmart said customers will be able to purchase "Certified Pre-Owned" games in stores and online starting this summer.… Read more

Walmart buys recipe startup to pair with online grocery delivery

To help bolster its growing grocery delivery service, Walmart has acquired Yumprint, a company that powers a publishing network of recipes for food blogs, the retail giant announced Wednesday.

The startup is behind several meal-planning products, including a publishing network that helps more than 2,000 food blogs display recipes, and a recipe clipper browser extension.

Walmart plans to utilize Yumprint's talent, co-founders Chris Crittenden and Wes Dyer, to help its online delivery service Walmart To Go. The service also delivers fresh produce.

"Chris and Wes's ideas and ambitions for transforming the grocery shopping experience match the … Read more

Walmart: Amazon image recognition a 'shiny object'

Walmart says it doesn't need flashy tech like Amazon's augmented-reality search to make its customers happy -- it's got a mobile app that's digitally hooked to 4,000 physical stores scattered across America.

"We need to make sure we're not just going after the shiny object," Walmart Vice President of Mobile and Digital Wendy Bergh said when asked on Thursday about Amazon's recently added image-recognition search feature. The feature, which Amazon added to its main shopping app, lets users search for products by taking a photo of the item. It's a … Read more

Walmart sale slashes iPad 2 price to $299

Anyone interested in an iPad 2 can save $100 through a new sale at Walmart.

As of Thursday, the retailer has trimmed the cost of the 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad to $299 from the regular $399. The sale will stretch for the next 30 days and is good both online and at retail stores.

Walmart shoppers also can get money back by trading in their current iPad.

Trading in any model of Apple's tablet will score you at least $100 and possibly more depending on the condition. That means people who give up an older iPad for an iPad 2 … Read more

8-year-old finds Un-Nintended porn on Christmas DS

Christmas comes but once a year.

Tales of racy pictures on gadget gifts come slightly more often.

A Virginia father says that his 8-year-old son received a Christmas surprise when he and his friends took pictures of themselves with his new Nintendo DS.

He found a dozen pornographic images in a file that had been put there by someone else.

As WJLA-TV reports, the boy's dad, Tom Mayhew says he bought the device at Walmart.

"It was a shocker because we had the family here and there were a lot of kids here. The kids were the ones … Read more

iPhone 5S and 5C come to Walmart's no-contract plans

Walmart is looking to please those customers that just won't do contracts. The big box retailer announced Monday that it's bringing Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C to its contract-free Straight Talk Wireless and Net10 Wireless networks.

The plans start at $45 a month for Straight Talk and $50 a month for Net10 -- they are slated to begin on Friday, December 13.

"Our growing lineup of premium smartphones with the addition of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c reflects our dedication to providing consumers with affordable plans on the top phones on the nation's fastest and … Read more

With Walmart's help, HP tries a QVC-style live pitch

Hewlett-Packard's latest ploy to get consumers looking its way: Take over a product page with a home shopping network-like live video presentation of its Chromebook 14.

But HP is going beyond pale imitation; hosting the live-streaming demo is company pitch-woman Christine Kane, the prototypical home shopping network-style host with an equal mix of bubbly enthusiasm and keen product knowledge, and who happens to be a regular guest on QVC. She'll be touting the Chromebook 14 to anyone who happens on Walmart's site on Tuesday or Wednesday.

HP could use a little QVC magic. The company, … Read more

Black Friday: It's not just America

This week, America's retailers have put on their finest makeup and highest heels in order to make themselves supremely attractive.

My inbox has been full of enticements, all to celebrate the Feast of the Black Eye Friday.

One seductive missive caught my eye, though. It promised: "Black Friday, sólo 3 días con ofertas irrepetibles?."

Well, I suppose my name does look a little Spanish after a few sangrias.

The offers were, of course, very special. A Lenovo Intel Core i7, for example. A mere 579. A Bosch washing machine for just 289.

It was then that my brain intercepted my eyes and whispered: "Hey, those prices are in euros."… Read more