Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 9/17/2013 3:40 pm
British police say a man who bought a copy of "Grand Theft Auto V" when it went on sale at midnight was attacked and robbed of the game on his way home. The Metropolitan Police says the 23-year-old man, who has not been named, was attacked near a supermarket in north London early Tuesday. He was hit with a brick, stabbed and stripped of his mobile phone, watch and his copy of the game. Police say the victim is in a stable condition in a hospital. No arrests have been made. British game-players lined up outside stores to get their hands on the latest installment in the mayhem-filled adventure game series, which went on sale Tuesday.

Microsoft says its board has approved a 22 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program. The new dividend represents an increase of 5 cents over Microsoft's previous dividend. It will be paid on Dec. 12 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 21. The new stock buyback program has no expiration date and replaces the company's previous $40 billion stock buyback program that was set to expire on Sept. 30. Shares of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. are up about 2 percent in premarket trading to $33.36 per share.

Electronic Arts Inc. has tapped an insider to lead the company, naming Andrew Wilson as its new CEO. Wilson joined the video game publisher in 2000 and is the company's executive vice president of EA sports and its online portal for digital games and services. EA's current CEO — Larry Probst — will continue to serve as the company's executive chairman for an indefinite period. The Redwood City, Calif., company's announcement Tuesday comes after a six-month search. Its former CEO John Riccitiello stepped down in March due to shortcomings in the company's performance. EA and other traditional video game companies are trying to adjust to changing consumer preference for mobile devices and cheap, or free, online games instead of buying expensive packaged titles.

LivingSocial, like its larger rival Groupon, is working to move beyond daily deals. Washington-based LivingSocial, which is privately held, is not getting rid of the deals for restaurants, spas and getaways that land in subscribers' inboxes every day. Rather, the company is expanding the number of deals it offers, extending the duration of their availability and adding online coupons for national chains to its offerings. The move follows the publicly traded Groupon Inc.'s expansion beyond daily deals into new services. And it comes on the heels of Google Inc.'s decision to redesign its Gmail inboxes so that promotions, social network notifications and other non-personal email go into separate folders. Users have click over from a "primary" email tab to see messages Google deems as secondary.

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. PicPlayPost, Flambe Studios LLC
2. Motocross Elite, FunGenerationLab
3. Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang
4. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.
5. Dynamojis — Animated Emojis and Stickers for iMessages, Apps4Life
6. Afterlight, Simon Filip
7. Call of Duty: Strike Team, Activision Publishing, Inc.
8. Fitness Buddy : 1700+ Exercise Workout Journal, Azumio Inc.
9. Pixel Gun 3D — Block World Pocket Survival Shooter with Skins Maker for minecraft (PC edition) & Multiplayer, Alex Krasnov
10. Free Music Download Pro — Mp3 Downloader, ASPS Apps

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. Where's My Water? 2, Disney
2. The Million Second Quiz, NBC Universal, Inc.
3. Pivvot, Whitaker Trebella
4. Giant Boulder of Death, (adult swim)
5. Candy Crush Saga, Limited
6. Pet Rescue Saga, Limited
7. NFL Mobile, NFL Enterprises LLC
8. Asphalt 8: Airborne, Gameloft
9. Snapchat, Snapchat, Inc.
10. YouTube, Google, Inc.

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang
2. Pages, Apple
3. Notability, Ginger Labs
4. Call of Duty: Strike Team, Activision Publishing, Inc.
5. Terraria, 505 Games (US), Inc.
6. Pixel Gun 3D — Block World Pocket Survival Shooter with Skins Maker for minecraft (PC edition) & Multiplayer, Alex Krasnov
7. Survivalcraft, Igor Kalicinski
8. Notepad+ Note taking, Drawing, Sketching & Writing on your iPad, Apalon
9. Photon Flash Player for iPad — Flash Video & Games plus Private Web Browser, Appsverse Inc.
10. The Room, Fireproof Games

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. Where's My Water? 2, Disney
2. The Million Second Quiz, NBC Universal, Inc.
3. Pet Rescue Saga, Limited
4. Asphalt 8: Airborne, Gameloft
5. Pivvot, Whitaker Trebella
6. Candy Crush Saga, Limited
7. Calculator for iPad Free, International Travel Weather Calculator
8. YouTube, Google, Inc.
9. Madden NFL 25 by EA SPORTS, Electronic Arts
10. Toca Builders, Toca Boca AB
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