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Today's tech: Motorola unveils the Moto G and the MacRumors forums are hacked

Motorola has unveiled its affordable budget smartphone, the Moto G. The device, launched at a special event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will retail soon in the UK with Phones 4u confirming to ITProPortal that the handset will be sold for £134.95 for a Sim-Free model at either an 8GB or 16GB. The Moto G will sport a 4.5 HD (720p) display at 329ppi, which Motorola representatives dubbed the new phone's "hero feature" and the "sharpest in its class" during the event. Under the hood, the Moto G will pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and complemented by 1GB of RAM.

US retail behemoth, Target, has revealed that it will be offering a free $75 (£47) gift card to buyers of "any iPad mini" at select locations, while nabbing the super svelte iPad Air will net you a $100 (£63) voucher. The move has come just days after the devices went on sale, and is a tantalising preview of a Black Friday deals bonanza. Not one to be outdone, Walmart is also offering a one hour Thanksgiving Day (28 November) special, with shoppers who arrive at stores 18:00 local time having the opportunity to get an iPad mini and a $100 gift card. The offers are currently US-only - where Black Friday and its online partner, Cyber Monday, are de facto national holidays - though the pre-Christmas sales tradition is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK, so the deals may be a good indicator of what to expect here in Blighty.

The MacRumors forums have been hacked, exposing passwords of 860,000 users, in a targeted attack. The owner of the site, Arnold Kim, has revealed that it is entirely possible that the hackers stole the usernames, emails and cryptographically protected passwords of all the users. Kim apologised for the "intrusion" and said that it occurred because the hacker gainied access to a moderator account, which then allowed the intruder to escalate their own privileges with the goal of stealing user login credentials. He then issued the standard recommendation to users that they change their passwords on the forums, as well as any other sites or services where the same password has been used. Some users reacted less than understandingly, telling Kim just what they thought of the matter in colourful language.

ITProPortal’s Paul Cooper is live in Las Vegas bringing you coverage of the Amazon Web Services re:invent conference 2013. The conference is the largest gathering of developers and technical leaders from the AWS, meeting together to take part in over 175 sessions, training bootcamps, hands-on labs and Hackathons to gain deeper skills and knowledge of the AWS cloud. So far ITProPortal has caught up with the CTO of NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory to discuss how they go about hiring data scientists, and witnessed the release of Avere Cloud NAS. Stay up to date with day two of the conference by following Paul's Live blog straight from the heart of the action.