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  • 'Ted 2' lags behind 'Jurassic World,' 'Inside Out' Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    Seth MacFarlane's "Ted 2" opened far under expectations with $32.9 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday, ceding the top two spots to holdovers " Jurassic World" and "Inside Out." While $32.9 million is a solid opening for an R-rated comedy, bigger things were expected from "Ted 2," which cost a reported $68 million to produce. "It's hard to maintain that hyper...

  • Android phone owners can now use an updated version of Microsoft's Office tools for writing, spreadsheets and slideshows. Microsoft released them for Android phones this week in another move to make some of its most popular software tools available to people who don't use Microsoft's Windows operating system. There are still no comparable apps for phones...

  • NEW YORK— As much as I wish the Apple Watch could do more, I find it the best smartwatch available, given its polished design and wide range of apps. But there may be reasons to consider something else. For one thing, Apple Watch requires an iPhone.

  • LOS ANGELES— The price of Showtime is being trimmed to $9 a month for Hulu subscribers in a deal that will make it the first premium pay TV service offered through Hulu. That's less than the $11 a month it costs to access Showtime's app on its own and would bring the price of Showtime plus Hulu Plus to $17 a month. Showtime shows will be integrated into the Hulu platform...

  • June 23- Online video-streaming service Hulu said it would soon allow its users to add CBS Corp's television network Showtime to their Hulu subscriptions. Showtime will be available to Hulu users before the July 12 premieres of the hit series "Ray Donovan" and "Masters Of Sex," the companies said on Tuesday. The network will also be available as a stand-alone...

  • Apple's decision to pay artists a win for indies, Swift Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Independent record label founder Allen Kovac had planned to remove the music by his artists from iTunes a week ahead of the launch of Apple Music. That about-face came after Taylor Swift called for artists to be paid properly. "And when I talked to my artists about it, they agreed, and we informed Sony, our distributor, and Apple, that we weren't going to be in...

  • Apple's about-face reveals cracks in music industry Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 6:50 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Apple's abrupt about-face on paying royalties for songs during a three-month free-trial period for its new music service was a symbolic victory for superstar Taylor Swift and other artists, and a shrewd business move by Apple, at a time when the streaming phenomenon is causing major changes in the music industry. Apple Senior Vice President Eddy...

  • LOS ANGELES— The dinosaurs continued to rule at the box office with a massive $106.6 million take for Universal's " Jurassic World" in its second weekend in theaters, according to figures reported by studios Monday. The enormous holdover for " Jurassic World" is the highest-grossing second weekend on record. 1. " Jurassic World," Universal, $106,588,440, 4,291...

  • The Swift rise of Taylor, Inc. Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 8:40 AM ET
    Taylor Swift performing

    Taylor Swift may be known for her "long list of ex-lovers", but now she's made a name for herself as a multi-million dollar powerhouse.

  • LOS ANGELES, June 22- A shopper in France gazes into a virtual reality headset and is transported to the bustle of a Manhattan street, then steps into a high-end boutique to browse crystal chandeliers, a chaise lounge draped with a sheepskin throw, and designer trousers. While no retailers have yet announced a virtual storefront, developers are experimenting...

  • To Apple, I'm not impressed. Love, Taylor Swift Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 | 8:22 PM ET
    Taylor Swift.

    Taylor Swift took aim at Apple over its decision not to pay musicians during a trial period for its new music service.

  • Winners and losers from the E3 video-game show Saturday, 20 Jun 2015 | 10:21 AM ET

    "Sony's PS4 has" Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, "'' The Last Guardian,"'' Horizon: Zero Dawn, "'' Dreams" and the spooky "What Remains of Edith Finch." WINNER: Slight edge to Sony if the long-awaited "Last Guardian" lives up to its promise. Sony's announcement of a remake of 1997' s "Final Fantasy VII" drew rapturous applause.

  • At E3, creators highlight virtual reality's progress Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— It's really happening. At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry's annual trade show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, several hardware and software creators highlighted the evolution of forthcoming virtual and augmented reality systems. "Last year, we were showing off just development kits, things for game...

  • TOKYO, June 19- Japan's once-mighty electronics makers have lost billions of dollars from TVs but Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp won't quit, saying retreating from the world's living rooms would close the door to more promising businesses. Consumer electronics account for a shrinking portion of income after restructuring focused Sony on gaming and image...

  • Women of E3: A glimpse at gaming's new heroines Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 11:34 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Lara Croft and Faith have some company. Following a noticeable absence of female video game protagonists at the Electronic Entertainment Expo over the past few years, several developers are unabashedly introducing gamers to all-new heroines at the annual trade show extravaganza that's historically been a boys' club. During a demonstration of...

  • FireEye's CEO and the meaning of 'basically' Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Dave DeWalt, chairman and CEO of FireEye.

    FireEye says the accuracy of a statement by its CEO about legal indemnifcation depends on what the meaning of "basically" is.

  • E3 BUZZ: Virtual reality for the nearsighted Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 12:03 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Musings from the floor on the second day of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo's three-day run at the Los Angeles Convention Center:. The Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus have come a long way in that regard over the last year. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe sympathizes with my complaint.

  • Correction: Games-E3-Microsoft story Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 7:27 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In a story June 15 about Microsoft's E3 presentation, The Associated Press mistyped the website employing Mikiyah Quinn. Microsoft touts HoloLens, backward compatibility of Xbox One. LOS ANGELES— Microsoft has promised that hundreds of games designed for its older Xbox 360 will work on its newer Xbox One console, starting with a handful of titles...

  • After originally stating the Xbox One wouldn't play Xbox 360 games, Microsoft unlocked a surprising achievement Monday with the admission that the newer console will now be able to harness hundreds of games— digitally or on disc— from the prior console generation for free beginning later this year. Nintendo's Wii U console has always offered backward...

  • The latest challenge for GameStop Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    GameStop faces a serious challenge from the online game streaming Playstation Now.