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Dish Hopper ‘Best of CES’; Facebook Gift Cards; GTA V Pushed to Sept.
Topping tech headlines Thursday, Dish Network’s Hopper got the last laugh when the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) — host of CES — announced that the DVR did in fact win the Best of CES award.
The drama began early last month when CNET, which partnered with CEA to hand out the accolades, initially selected the Dish Hopper as the trade show’s best gadget, but was then ordered by parent company CBS to rescind the award since CBS is caught in a legal fight with Dish. On Thursday, though, the CEA overturned that decision when it named the Dish Hopper and the Razer Edge Gaming Tablet as Best of Show devices.
Meanwhile, gifting just got a little easier with Facebook’s new Facebook Card — “a new type of gift card.” The social network launched the reusable gift card that can be loaded with money for multiple retail stores, currently limited to Jamba Juice, Olive Garden, Sephora, and Target. Select a gift via the site’s Gift Cards & Digital category, then the recipient will be notified instantly and will receive a physical Facebook Card in the mail a few days later. The cards are rolling out gradually to U.S. users.
In other news, Grand Theft Auto fans will have to wait a few more months for the next installment of the popular video game. According to publisher Rockstar Games, the follow-up to 2008′s Grand Theft Auto IV will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall — later than the expected spring-2013 timeframe, “in order to allow additional development time,” the game maker said. GTA V returns to Los Santos, “a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV.”
Also making headlines Thursday:
- Microsoft Launches Modern.IE for Easier Cross-Browser Testing: Microsoft launched a new site with free tools and resources designed to make it easier for developers to test their site to ensure it looks great across browsers.
- New York Times Attacked by Chinese Hackers: The New York Times revealed Wednesday that for the past four months the newspaper was a target for Chinese hackers.
- Hands On With the BlackBerry Q10: The just-released BlackBerry Q10 is the next great keyboarded BlackBerry, according to PCMag Analyst Sascha Segan, who spent some personal time with the phone.
- Google Maps the Grand Canyon With 9,500 Panoramas: Now you can get a taste of what it’s like to experience the breathtaking wonder of the Grand Canyon, right from your computer chair.
- App-Based Car Service Lyft Reaches Deal with Calif. Regulators: California residents have another official car service to call, now that state regulators have lifted a cease-and-desist they imposed on Zimride’s Lyft service.
- iPad Loses Market Share, But Still Crushes Tablet Rivals: Tablet sales beat expectations during the fourth quarter, with consumers worldwide snapping up a record 52.5 million devices, while Apple’s iPad led the pack.
- iPhone Users Rack Up Highest Wireless Bills: iPhone owners spend more on carrier fees than any other smartphone.
- BlackBerry Z10 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: Specs Compared: BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone versus Samsung’s super-popular Android smartphone: Find out which has the better specs.
- Temple Run 2 Hits Record-Breaking 50M Downloads: Temple Run 2 broke the record as the fastest-growing mobile game with 50 million downloads in two weeks.
- Fail Whale Returns During Thursday Twitter Outage: Twitter has apologized for an outage that left some users unable to access the service for nearly three hours Thursday — the third outage this month.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag