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Today in Tech News Digest, the PlayStation 4 gets reviewed, Motorola officially unveils the Moto G, the HP Chromebook 11 is removed from store shelves, Yahoo tries to sell some domains, it’s revealed that Snapchat rebuffed an acquisition offer from Facebook, the new Chrome Beta is listening in, Bing gains a musical overhaul, and Google is now bigger than the newspaper industry.

PlayStation 4 Reviews Roundup

The true next-gen video games console battle is about to begin, with the PlayStation 4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders -- the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U -- revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the... Read More and Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One This year's E3 felt almost like it was over before it began. Though the conference lasts for days, both Microsoft and Sony made their announcements before the doors opened, showing not just hardware but also... Read More being released over the next two weeks. Sony is the first to show its hand, with the PS4 being released on Friday (Nov. 15). Some early reviews have made it on the Web, and we have pulled together the most relevant quotes from these to give you an at-a-glance overview of what to expect.

  • Polygon states that “right now, this is a game console without a game to recommend it. Early adopters of the PS4 this fall are buying potential energy.
  • Kotaku suggests that “the PS4 seems like it’ll be a hell of a console, but it’s mostly potential and a bunch of new tools in need of some awesome games for them to work on.
  • Time claims the PlayStation 4 “exudes refinement” that represents “everything Sony’s learned about platform design, honed and polished to something just shy of perfection.
  • Joystiq praises the hardware for being “an attractive device,” and calls the DualShock 4 “one of the most comfortable controllers” ever created, but reserves judgement on the PlayStation Camera.
  • Engadget focuses on the games, suggesting they “look significantly better on the PlayStation 4 than even last-gen latecomers like BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us,” and the controller, stating that “the DualShock 4 is a great controller we already feel comfortable heartily recommending.

It should be noted that some websites are releasing their reviews in several parts as they get to fully explore the PS4, its online capabilities, and the launch titles. So the final verdict is still some way off.

Motorola Unveils Moto G

Motorola has officially unveiled the Moto G, which it claims is a premium smartphone at an affordable price. It features a 4.5-inch display, a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, solid battery life, and stock Android 4.3. The price of the Moto G is extremely attractive, with the 8GB version retailing unlocked and contract-free for just $179. Already available in Brazil and parts of Europe, the Moto G will make it to the U.S. in early 2014. This has to be bad news for Microsoft, which was hoping to dominate the low-cost smartphone market with its Windows Phone handsets.

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HP Chromebook 11 Withdrawn

The HP Chromebook 11 is temporarily being withdrawn from sale due to “a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating during use.” Google is advising those who already have purchased one to stop using the original charger and instead switch to “any other Underwriters Laboratories-listed micro-USB charger.

We’re currently giving away an HP Chromebook 11 HP Chromebook 11 Review and Giveaway HP Chromebook 11 Review and Giveaway The HP Chromebook 11 is the latest offering, a partnership between HP and Google with an 11-inch screen and 6-hour battery. Read More , with the giveaway ending on Nov. 22, 2013. Whoever wins the device should heed the advice noted above.

Yahoo Holds Domainapalooza

Yahoo is ditching some of the premium domain names it has picked up over the years, with an online auction between Nov. 14 and Nov. 22 dubbed Domainapalooza. In all over 300 domains are being sold through Sedo, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $1.5 million. So if you’ve got money in the bank and an innate desire to own Sandwich.com, Cursed.com, or Religious.net, this could be the time to live dangerously.

Snapchat Rebuffs Facebook

Snapchat is quite popular at the moment, but is it worth $3 billion? That is, according to the Wall Street Journal, how much Facebook offered to pay to acquire the photo messaging app. Snapchat rebuffed the offer, with the company reportedly hoping to hold out until next year and an improved offer. Because $3 billion isn’t enough money, obviously. And to think we all thought Facebook was mad spending “just” $1 billion on Instagram.

Chrome Beta Hears Everything

In what could be an absolute Godsend for those of us who always have multiple tabs open Easily View Multiple Tabs At Once With These Chrome Extensions Easily View Multiple Tabs At Once With These Chrome Extensions Screen real estate is particularly important in a job with high productivity requirements. Forget endless tab management extensions, these four Chrome extensions will redefine how you use your browser. Read More , the new Chrome Beta on desktop has been given the ability to determine which tab a rogue sound is emanating from. Meanwhile, the new Chrome Beta on Android has a new style of Tab Switcher designed to be less power-hungry and easier to use. For those uneasy trying out beta versions of Web browsers these features Google Chrome Beta Shows Noisy Tabs on Desktop, Gets New Switcher on Android Google Chrome Beta Shows Noisy Tabs on Desktop, Gets New Switcher on Android Google’s been hard at work on the Chrome browser, adding features like smart malware blocking, factory reset, telling you which tab that sound is coming from and switching tabs more easily. Read More should make it into future versions of Chrome. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Bing Gets Musical

Bing often gets a raw deal from the majority of Internet users who are far too happy with everything Google Search has to offer 8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times 8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times Figures don't lie, and the figures suggest that the majority of Internet users choose Google over the rest of the competition. With that in mind it's important to make sure all of those Google users... Read More to use any alternatives. But music lovers now have a legitimate reason to at least try Bing, with Microsoft’s search engine adding a Music Video Search Bing Introduces Music Video Search With Discoverability & Album Order Bing Introduces Music Video Search With Discoverability & Album Order Microsoft’s search engine Bing just added Music Video Search—activated through the regular video search in Bing. It seems like yet another such tool that outclasses its rivals. Read More feature. This instantly reveals music videos from sites including YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, and Artist Direct whenever a recognized artist is searched for on Bing.

Google Bigger Than Newspapers

And finally, Google’s sheer size and scale is sometimes hard to grasp, but the fact that, according to Business Insider, its U.S. advertising revenue now eclipses the ad revenue of the U.S. newspaper industry and (separately) the U.S. magazine industry should clear things up for those in doubt. Google is on course to pull in $60 billion in 2013, which means it could buy Snapchat 20 times over. Facebook schmacebook.

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  1. David Hopkinson
    November 14, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    If you are giving away Chromebook 11 and it has faulty charger, maybe instead of just pointing to a warning, makeuseof should supply a charger that is not dangerous.
    How difficult is it to provide a proper charger?

    • GoogleAstroturfing
      November 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Why would you even want a Chromebook? Its so useless! Pretty much a NSAbook.

    • Dave P
      November 17, 2013 at 4:09 am

      I'll pass the comment on to the giveaways team, David.

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