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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

Poll: What's your favorite audio format?

A couple of weeks ago I asked Audiophiliac readers to vote in my "What's the worst audio format?" poll, so now let's find out what you guys think is the best audio format. As in that poll, sound quality isn't the only criteria -- how you use the format and other factors may come into play.

I love vinyl but play more CDs, mostly because the selection of contemporary music is vastly greater on CD than it is on LP. I listen to Apple Lossless files on my iPod Classic when I'm on the … Read more

Simple smart home upgrades

You've been hearing a lot about the "connected home" and the "Internet of Things" this year, and the buzz is only going to get more intense. With the growth of smartphone and tablet sales slowing, manufacturers are making a big push to get people to turn their old home into a smart home.

Fortunately, there are some great products already on the market that make it easy to seize the benefits of a smarter home. In this week's Top 5, I'll count down some of the simplest ways to give your home a … Read more

Better late than never for Facebook's updated newsfeed

A newsfeed update more than 365 days in the making:

In this episode of Update:

-- Facebook finally rolls out newsfeed redesign

-- "Shaq-Fu" sequel that no one ever asked for

-- Drop a pretty penny on a new Samsung Tabpro

-- Jawbone Up24 apps

-- Wello case is your new doctor

-- Evernote opens up to handwriting

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. Subscribe to the podcast via the links below. … Read more

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2 ships March 9 for $650

Samsung is letting loose its extra-large Galaxy TabPro 12.2 tablet this month and has released some more details about perks, price, and shipping date.

The TabPro 12.2 is expected to start shipping on March 9; it will be available on Samsung's Web site, along with a host of retailers, like Best Buy, Walmart, Newegg, and Amazon, according to Engadget.

While many of these retailers have yet to list the tablet on their sites, Best Buy has already posted the 32GB version of the device, saying that it'll cost $649.99. Best Buy doesn't list a … Read more

Best Buy sale trims price on cellular iPads

Consumers looking for a 3G or 4G iPad can save some cash via Best Buy.

Starting Wednesday and running through Saturday, the retailer's latest sale brings down the cost of a cellular iPad to that of a Wi-Fi model. The details of the sale are tricky, but here's how it all plays out.

Buy any cellular model iPad at Best Buy, and you instantly get a $30 discount. Activate the tablet and data plan in the store, and you save an additional $100 off the price at checkout. Further, the usual activation fee of $35 is waived. Activate … Read more

Oscar winner '12 Years a Slave' sees illegal downloads triple

The movie "12 Years a Slave" swept the Academy Awards on Sunday and apparently it's also now sweeping movie download sites. According to TorrentFreak, the number of people illegally sharing the movie tripled the day after it won the Oscar for best picture.

On Monday, the movie saw 100,000 more downloads that the usual amount, according to TorrentFreak. Reportedly, the downloads are being shared through BitTorrents.

It's not only "12 Years a Slave" that's experiencing massive downloads, the movie "Gravity" also saw double the downloads after it won seven Academy … Read more

Tesla Model S wins 'best overall' car by Consumer Reports

The story of Tesla is a bit like that of "The Little Engine That Could." It's a smaller company, which makes a product different than the rest, that's been working to stay afloat in a world of giant car companies.

Well, it appears Tesla has just made it over the mountain.

The company's all-electric Model S sedan was selected by Consumer Reports as 2014's "best overall" car.

Here's what Consumer Reports writes about the car:

Sure, you can talk about this electric luxury car's blistering acceleration, razor-sharp handling, compliant ride, … Read more

Samsung opens the throttle on its retail expansion

Samsung might not have the same sort of brick-and-mortar storefronts as Apple and Microsoft, but it is hard at work beefing up its presence in the retail sector.

Last spring, the South Korean electronics giant revealed its intention to launch Samsung mini stores in Best Buy stores and Best Buy Mobile locations across the United States. The company said that it would operate those Samsung Experience shops for three years, and then evaluate with Best Buy whether to continue the arrangement.

On top of its 1,400 US locations, Samsung is now pushing ahead with plans for a greater presence … Read more

Best Buy to trim $50 off all iPhones

Consumers looking for an iPhone could shave $50 off the price through a new sale from Best Buy.

From Sunday, February 16, through Saturday, February 22, Best Buy will slash $50 off the price of all iPhones bought via the usual two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless. As just a few examples, the 16GB iPhone 5 will be free, the 16GB 5C will sell for $50, and the 16GB 5S can be had for $150.

Additionally, customers who reserve a new phone purchase with Best Buy by February 15 can receive a $50 gift card. That … Read more