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Digital Deal: Up to 50 percent off EA/Origin games

From 4/17 through 11:59p.m. PST on 4/23 Origin is running its Gigabytes of Deals promotion with most games and expansions up to 50 percent off. Selected titles are available for both PC and Mac -- Origin client required. You can get Battlefield 4 for half off and discount pricing on a BF4 Premium Membership Bundle and Titanfall Digital Deluxe.

Popular Titles:

Titanfall -- $47.99 Titanfall Digital Deluxe -- $67.99 Battlefield 4 -- $24.99 Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe -- $29.99 Battlefield 4 and Premium Membership Bundle -- $72.98 Need for Speed Rivals … Read more

Sony to debut original TV show 'Powers' for PlayStation

Sony has been talking television over the last year and now it's becoming more clear what the company had it mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony is working on an original TV show called "Powers" that will be available on its PlayStation game console.

"It's about having a broad range of broadcast content to replicate the live TV experience," president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House told the Journal.

The show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV -- of "Breaking Bad" fame -- and will be … Read more

Facebook turns 10, copies Paper app name

CNET Update is bad at bird flapping:

In this episode of Update:

- Reflect on life before Facebook as the network marks its 10-year anniversary.

- Pity the original Paper app for having its name taken by Facebook's new Paper app.

- Behold the expansion of Aereo, a broadcast TV streaming service, which sold out in New York City.

- Avoid the madness of Flappy Birds. Whatever you do, don't get sucked into this game.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big … Read more

PC gaming suddenly hot at CES 2014

LAS VEGAS -- While the computer category itself was overshadowed at CES 2014 by flexible TVs and high-tech wristbands, there was one unexpected bright spot -- some inventive new ideas about PC gaming.

With the next generation of living-room consoles only a few months old, it would be easy to put PC gaming on the back burner for a while, but companies at CES are instead taking some inventive, forward-thinking approaches to this decades-old category.

PC gaming in the living room The biggest is probably Valve's lineup of Steam Machine hardware. The concept is for a compact gaming PC … Read more

Amazon Studios to begin shooting original series in 4K

As the world moves into higher and higher digital resolution, production companies have to keep up. Amazon Studios appears to be looking to one such company to lead the charge in shooting its television series with 4K technology.

The company announced Monday that it plans to shoot all of its 2014 full-length original series, as well as any new pilots, in 4K ultra HD.

"As a premium original content creator, we're excited about 4K and the future of Ultra HD technology, particularly as we move into drama series next year," Amazon Studios director Roy Price said in … Read more

Connect with an expert on Google Helpouts

CNET Update always offers expert advice:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about Google's new service called Helpouts, which uses Hangouts video chats to connect to people with expertize in different subjects.

- Get the latest on BlackBerry's struggles, as the company fails to find a buyer to go private and appoints a new CEO. Perhaps there's still hope in the new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, hitting Verizon later this month.

- Watch Netflix go after Oscar glory by picking up a documentary called "The Square," while Amazon plays catchup and launches its first TV series next week. … Read more

The Dyson DC40 Origin has room to improve

The Dyson DC40 Origin is the least expensive model in the Dyson line of upright vacuums. It's a sleek-looking vacuum with all of the attributes you expect from a Dyson product such as the ball technology and bright coloring, a yellow-orange in the case of the DC40. The DC40 performed well enough, but we have some concerns about its overall durability, concerns you shouldn't have with a $399 vacuum.

Given that we have tested the $499 Dyson DC50 and the $649 DC41 Animal Complete, the DC40 had big shoes to fill in terms of performance. In addition, it … Read more

The 404 1362: Where Troy Baker and Roger Craig Smith lay down some tracks (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Batman: Arkham Origins hits consoles on October 25! Check out a preview of the game here.

- Follow Troy Baker on Twitter.

- Follow Roger Craig Smith on Twitter.… Read more

Portable gaming laptop deathmatch

A funny thing happened while I was lugging our most recent 17-inch PC gaming monster laptop off my desk. My replacement options were no longer limited to big, bulky 17- and 18-inch desktop replacement laptops. Instead, a new breed of 13- and 14-inch laptops with serious gaming cred is making waves, proving that you don't need a massive footprint to fit in the latest CPU and GPU parts.

Each of these semi-portable gaming laptop was reviewed in a configuration that included a quad-core CPU from Intel's fourth-generation Core i7 line, and a graphics card from Nvidia's current … Read more

Deja vu: SimCity has another error-filled launch

For now, it's probably not a good idea to check into SimCity if you're visiting with a Mac computer. Following a similar disastrous launch seen with its PC counterpart earlier this year, SimCity for Mac, which launched Thursday, has sent numerous Apple computer users scrambling to figure out why their game isn't working.

A forum post started by frustrated SimCity Mac users on an Electronic Arts discussion board has pages and pages of posts, indicating that the problem could be widespread.

A Maxis representative, however, told CNET that "there are a small number of players who have encountered issues with SimCity for Mac. Our live team is working individually with our players to resolve their issues and get them into the game as quickly as possible."… Read more