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Square prepares for US move to chip-and-PIN cards with new reader

Traditional swipe-and-sign credit cards are slowly being phased out, and Square is adapting to the times with new support for EMV credit cards. Commonly known as chip-and-PIN cards in the UK and Ireland, these are compliant with the EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) global standard and are reputedly harder to hack or replicate.

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Sony prepares to bring PlayStation to China

Microsoft and Sony’s global battle for gaming dominance is about to spill over into China. After the country’s longstanding ban on home consoles was lifted earlier this year, Microsoft announced it’ll start local sales of the Xbox One in September, and now Sony’s putting plans in motion to do the same with its PlayStation. Documents filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange show Sony has set up a pair of joint ventures with Shanghai companies for the production and sale of PlayStation hardware and software.

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Sony prepares to bring PlayStation to China

Microsoft and Sony’s global battle for gaming dominance is about to spill over into China. After the country’s longstanding ban on home consoles was lifted earlier this year, Microsoft announced it’ll start local sales of the Xbox One in September, and now Sony’s putting plans in motion to do the same with its PlayStation. Documents filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange show Sony has set up a pair of joint ventures with Shanghai companies for the production and sale of PlayStation hardware and software.

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Godzilla prepares to fight mysterious flying monster in this new clip

Godzilla won’t be the only monster wreaking havoc when the film finally hits theaters later this month. As a new clip suggests, the beast will face-off against a flying kaiju, clearly reminiscent of the giant lizard’s old foes Rodan and Mothra. In this short prelude, Ken Watanabe gives his all-too-familiar speech about man’s impotence in the face of nature before finally saying, “Let them fight.” This should hopefully be good.

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Netflix posts 4K test video to streaming service as it prepares for planned 2014 launch

Ask anyone what the largest issue facing 4K video is, and you’ll likely be told that it’s distribution; bringing the massive files — with four times the resolution of a 1080p video — to viewers’ homes is an incredible challenge. Nevertheless, Netflix believes it will be able stream Ultra HD 4K videos to customers by next year, and it’s already testing the feature, according to Gigaom. In fact, you can watch Netflix’s test footage now, as a number of 4K “movies” have hit the service for internal checks on 4K performance. It’s worth noting that the movies are all made up of test footage, and 4K quality isn’t an option yet for subscribers.

Netflix hasn’t kept its interest in streaming 4K video directly to subscribers’ homes a secret. C…

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The UK LTE race is on as O2 prepares August 29th launch

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For about nine months now, EE in the UK has had an exclusive lock on LTE service, but on August 29th it’s going to have company. O2 has told the BBC that it will launch its 4G service on that date in three markets — London, Leeds, and Bradford — with ten more cities slated for 4G data by year’s end. Unfortunately for O2’s customers, its first offering won’t compare well with what EE already has up and running. It will be initially slower than the recently enhanced EE network, will cost more (O2’s basic 4G tier will reportedly run £26 per month), and it won’t be compatible with the current iPhone 5’s LTE bands. On that last point, Telefonica UK CEO Ronan Dunne told the BBC that he “would be frankly gobsmacked if [Apple’s] roadmap…

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Senate prepares to vote on nationwide online sales tax rules

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The US Senate could be voting this week on a bill that would authorize states to collect sales taxes from online sellers, creating a federal framework for what’s so far been a state-based issue. As The Hill reports, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed to end debate, with a preliminary vote scheduled for Monday and a vote on the bill itself likely to come this week. Called the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (PDF), the bill is meant to make it easier for states to collect online sales tax, a move both local legislators and brick-and-mortar business owners have advocated for years. While it wouldn’t require states to do anything, it would give them the option to make online sellers collect taxes, regardless of whether they…

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Galaxy S 4: Samsung prepares to unveil its latest flagship smartphone

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It’s no surprise that Samsung is planning a follow-up to the Galaxy S III for the spring, but the company has thus far managed to keep from spilling too many details on its next flagship phone. What we do know so far is that it’ll likely have a 1080p 5-inch screen, like many of this year’s high-end smartphones — and it’s also rumored to have some new eye-tracking capabilities, as well. In true Samsung fashion, we’ve also seem some perplexingly vague teasers. Stay tuned here to keep up with any news on Samsung’s next big phone and the March 14th event where we’ll see the Galaxy S III’s successor.

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Curiosity update: rover given its first mission, prepares to test its lasers and move its wheels