Nintendo announced the New Nintendo 3DS console, which is a new version of the 3DS featuring a built-in second stick along with new shoulder buttons. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL have a smaller analog nubs above the A, B, X and Y buttons.
A group of hackers have claimed to take down the PlayStation Network with the use of a DDoS attack. The hacker group Lizard Square claimed responsibility. No personal details were leaked in the attack. The outage lasted for around 10 hours after the attack started. The threat also included a security threat against the plane that Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley was on. The plane was diverted to Phoenix and had its cargo inspected. The FBI is now investigating the incident.
Barnes & Noble has partnered with Samsung to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, which is a 7-inch Android tablet running a custom version of the Nook software. The tablet is available in black or white for $179 at Barnes & Noble retail stores nationwide.
Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are reportedly partnering on an ultra-low-cost Windows laptop computer called the HP Stream 14, which is a 14-inch Windows 8.1 computer that is expected to sell for $199. The Stream 14 has an AMD processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB internal storage, and an SD card slot. Microsoft will provide 100GB of OneDrive storage for two years with the purchase of the Stream 14, which is a similar offer that Google is offering for 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook purchase. It is unknown when the Stream 14 will be released.
Intel and SMS Audio, the consumer electronics company that was founded by 50 Cent, have partnered to launch heart-rate headphones. In the earbuds of the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear headphones, there is an optical light sensor that detects the heart rate of the wearer with some other sensors.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has launched a Square Reader and PayPal Here rival called Local Register. Local Register costs $10, but buyers will receive a $10 credit so it is essentially free.
Beam Technologies has raised $5 million in funding. Beam connects a toothbrush with a smartphone. The Beam toothbrush measures how long and how often that you brush. The data is sent to an iPhone or Android device through Bluetooth. Drive Capital, a Columbus, Ohio venture capital company, provided the funding.