privacy
Secondhand Shops are Selling Smartphones Loaded With Personal Data

An investigation into used smartphones being sold by popular trading chains Cash Converters and CEX has found that plenty are going to new buyers complete with the personal data of the previous owner. Some are wiped, but there's wiping and there's wiping. Read More >>

money
eBay's My Gadgets Organises Your Tech to Make It Easier to Sell

eBay finally officially announced the launch of My Gadgets, a new little wrinkle to eBay that lets you organise and track the value of the gadgets you have accumulated over your years of buying stuff you probably don't need. It's like an online portfolio of your stuff, add the gadgets you own and see what the average selling price of it is on eBay. Read More >>

xbox one
Microsoft Outlines Full Used Game Plan and Xbox One's Draconian Online Requirements

Microsoft wanted to talk about TV integration at Xbox One launch event, but all we wanted was crystal clear clarification of its "always-on" internet requirements and what, if any, forms of DRM may be in place to restrict sales of used games. Now, after weeks of fuss and nonsense, we know. Everything's on the record. Read More >>

xbox one
Xbox One Pre-Owned System Designed to Give Publishers a Cut of Our Trade-Ins

A new explanation of how the Xbox One's used games system works has emerged, showing the primary reason behind it -- ensuring that publishers get paid again when someone buys a second-hand game. Read More >>

gaming
Sony Doesn't Know Whether its PS4 Will Play Used Games or Not

As well as not really knowing when it's going to come out in most bits of the world, Sony also seems to be unsure of how to answer the tricky question of whether PS4 contains any form of system to block the playing and installation of pre-owned games. Read More >>

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Sony Patents Depressing Pre-Owned Games Blocking System

Sony Computer Entertainment has applied for a patent that would eliminate the used game market, via a system that includes a physical tag inside game boxes to check who's allowed to play it. Read More >>

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