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vPersonalize.com launches custom online store

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco — Custom apparel and accessory provider vPersonalize.com has launched a new full-custom, online store for customers to design and buy their own personalized apparel and accessories.

vPersonalize.com features a Web-based configurator that allows consumers to design directly on a 3-D model of a T-shirt, backpack or bag and get it custom-made almost exactly as seen.

The customer can layer multiple images, print across seams, or place text just about anywhere. The software also supports automatic grading, meaning the customer can see exactly how the design will look on a particular size even before it goes for manufacturing.

"To make sure all of these visual gymnastics end up correctly in manufacturing, we had to fully automate the manufacturing pattern generation and grading,” said Bala Selvarajan, co-founder and chief technologist of vPersonalize.com. “Our patent-pending software takes the visual design on a 3-D model and automatically creates all the manufacturing patterns, which, when assembled together make the original design."

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Report: New ‘Coinye West’ digital currency debuts Jan. 11

BY Dan Berthiaume

A new form of digital currency will reportedly soon be competing with Bitcoin. According to multiple media reports, the currency, known as “Coinye West,” will launch at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 11.

According to the Coinye West website, the currency will use a Scrypt algorithm and have a maximum number of 1,333,333,333. The site also promises that password-protected, encrypted archives containing the binaries and source for the wallet and daemon will be released before launch and that Coinye West is digital currency “for the masses.”

Although there is some speculation that Coinye West is a hoax, widespread coverage by mainstream media outlets and IT experts lends credibility to it being an actual digital currency that will launch. The creators have intentionally remained anonymous and have not indicated where the Coinye West organization is physically located.

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GameStop capitalizes on major console launches

BY CSA STAFF

The holiday saw the launch of major consoles, and multichannel videogame retailer GameStop is looking to capitalize by declaring 2014 to be the “Year of Gaming.”

The retailer is offering select items, including console bundles, games and consumer electronics, on sale hoping to lure gamers who didn’t get everything they wanted during the holiday or are looking to use holiday gift cards. The sale runs from now through Sunday, Jan. 5.

“While 2013 will go down as having fantastic console launches, award-winning games and more, it’s easy to see that 2014 is going to start off really strong,” said Ashley Sheetz, chief marketing officer of GameStop. “Gamers of all kinds will be able to find significant value with these deals, no matter if they plan to play on the newest consoles, pre-owned handhelds, or tablets — we’re proud to declare that 2014 is the ‘Year of Gaming!’”

For gamers eager to get playing with Sony’s new PlayStation 4 or Microsoft’s new Xbox One consoles, GameStop stores throughout the country will continue to have a limited number of systems in stock.

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