3DS price dropRIM releases the "more social" BlackBerry Messenger 6 service to share apps, the BBC launches a paid version of its iPlayer service for the iPad, and Nintendo dramatically drops the price of its 3DS handheld game device after lackluster sales.
-It's Thursday, July 28, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. Nintendo announced disappointing worldwide sales of its 3DS handheld gaming device. According to the copy, the price of the 3DS will drop from $250 to just $170 on August 12th. Current customers won't have to feel too bad. Nintendo is offering them 10 free Game Boy Advance games and 10 free NES games in the handheld's virtual console. Sales of the 3DS have been fairly lackluster. Last quarter, the company sold just 710 thousand units worldwide and just 110 thousand units in the US. Research in Motion has released Blackberry Messenger 6 saying it offers a greater social experience. A new feature that BBM users can expect to see is the ability to share apps with friends. In addition the apps can now take advantage of BBM chat themselves while your friends can discover the apps you use by visiting your BBM user page where they can find links straight to the Blackberry world apps store. Google is obsessed with speed and now wants to offer service to website owners to speed up their pages. It's called Page Speed Service and requires site owners to point their DNS entries to Google. From there Google will dynamically rewrite your web pages and they say it should improve speeds by 25 to 60 percent. The service will automatically concantenate CSS, compress images, cache files, and gzip your pages. The service will be free to a limited set of testers but Google will eventually chart a competitive price for the service. Sprint and LiteSquared have inked a 15-year agreement for 4G LTE service. Sprit currently partners with Clearwire to offer 4G service based on WiMax technologies. The agreement allows Sprint to purchase up to 50 percent of LiteSquared 4G capacity. While Sprint will build and operate the network, LiteSquared will own the spectrum. The BBC is set to launch a paid version of its iPlayer service via its iPad app in 11 countries in Western Europe. The US and Australia are expected to get the service later this year. For 7 Euro a month or 50 Euro a year, users will get access to shows like Top Gear, Dr. Who, and other BBC programming. There will be a free version with limited content. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you've just been loaded.