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Today's Tech: Raspberry Pi opens app store, PlayStation 4 details revealed, Google Nexus 4 shortage explained

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by Will Dalton
, 17 Dec 2012News
Today's Tech: Raspberry Pi opens app store, PlayStation 4 details revealed, Google Nexus 4 shortage explained

Google and Apple are unlikely to be quaking in their boots just yet, but the Raspberry Pi Foundation has quietly unveiled its own app store aimed at showcasing software designed for its eponymous credit-card sized, ARM-based computer. Featuring 24 launch titles, the Pi Store is intended to make it easier than ever for the growing Raspberry Pi community to share their coded creations, and to further encourage youngsters to engage with computer programming by connection. Nearly all of the apps currently available are downloadable for free, with the new software portal operating a discretionary tip-jar monetary policy in lieu of a more commercial system. With some classic titles among the initial offerings, the Pi Store is certainly going to be one to watch heading into 2013, particularly if retro game ports are something that tend to overheat your joystick.

The launch of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 have helped bring a very profitable 2012 for Samsung, but a security vulnerability found in the Galaxy devices over the weekend may yet add a small stain to the line’s rampaging success. A developer discovered the vulnerability within the Exynos 4 line of ARM-based processors, with the older Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note models also likely to be affected as a result. For the full story on how the security hole may be exposed, follow the link.

The managing director of Google UK and Ireland, Dan Cobley, has offered an unreserved apology to customers for the continued delays affecting the Nexus 4. He blamed the "scarce and erratic" supplies of manufacturer LG, and warned that the Nexus 4 would be out of stock until early 2013. But Cobley did offer some good news, saying that people who received pre-Christmas shipping estimates will likely get their order processed this week.

As smartphones and tablets become more sophisticated, consumers are demanding even more functionality from their mobile devices. And that growing trend coincides with a drop in spending on traditional home consoles. But is there any room for crossover? Sarah Hazelwood asks whether smartphones will eventually replace PC and console gaming and comes up with compelling arguments for both sides. She argues that at some point in the future, mobile will become inextricably integrated with gaming. But on the other hand, states that "consoles are made solely for gaming unlike smartphones which have to support other features and functionalities." Follow the link to find out what conclusion Sarah ultimately reached.

Game publication PSM3 will not be seeing the New Year as its shutting down its printers for good in the coming weeks. The dedicated PlayStation print magazine is not going out with a whimper however, as the penultimate issue sees it provide the most complete picture to date of Sony's future console, the PlayStation 4. Although it may not actually be called that - and if you're interested in why, follow the link.

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