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Twitter makes random tweets, favorites on timelines official feature

32 minutes ago | Posted in: software

Twitter users may have seen a number of items showing up in their feeds from users they don't follow for the last few weeks. In what was thought to be one of the company's experiments, tweets from users that aren't followed and random favorites from others were showing up in timelines. It appears that the feature is no longer in testing, as Twitter has added the new feature to its help page about timelines.

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Report: Digital downloads now make up 92 percent of PC game sales

1 hour ago | Posted in: gaming

A report from tech site PCR indicates that PC games are now almost entirely purchased through digital channels. Analyst firm DFC Intelligence told the publication that in 2013 digital games made up 92 percent of all computer games sales worldwide. The trend shows that computer gamers are flocking to online services like more

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Heartbleed suspected to be point of entry for CMS records breach

3 hours ago | Posted in: security

Security firm TrustedSec says that it learned how hackers were able to obtain records from Community Health Systems (CHS). According to a statement released by the firm yesterday, the initial attack occurred through an OpenSSL vulnerability. An anonymous source tied to the investigation told the company that Heartbleed, a vulnerability that has made headlines in recent history, is to blame for the breach.

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Reports of Verizon's return to app sales refuted by carrier [u]

4 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

[/strong]Updated with Verizon statement[/strong] Verizon is allegedly in discussions with other carriers and Android device manufacturers to launch its own app store. According to sources familiar with the matter, the carrier is building up the store, similar to the shuttered V Cast, as a response to reductions in revenue sharing arrangements with Google through the Google Play store. Verizon has since denied the claims, without providing much information about the report.

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Symantec condenses security line-up into one suite, Norton Security

4 hours ago | Posted in: security, software

Symantec announced earlier this week that it would be issuing a sweeping change to its line of antivirus software to offer consumers a single solution. Starting September 23, the company will begin offering Norton Security for around $80 per year. The change effectively ends releases of Norton Antivirus, the company's main product line that has seen annual releases since the early 90s.

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Second-gen iPad Air could upgrade to 2GB of RAM

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPad

The second-generation iPad Air should switch from 1 to 2GB of RAM, according to a Taiwanese site, TechNews. The third-gen iPad mini, however, will allegedly retain 1GB. That would be a reversal of last year, when the Mini was made equivalent to full-sized iPads in everything but size.

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Stealth Computer releases new mini PC models with 4 Gigabit ports

5 hours ago | Posted in: computers

Stealth Computer announced four new compact PCs today, all of which include four Ethernet ports to give consumers options for connectivity in rugged, industrial and embedded applications. Mini PCs from Stealth Computers offer consumers customizable small format machines that can be used in a number of situations from in-car units to point-of-sale terminals. Each of the four units start at $1,495 before upgrades.

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Skype chat notifications updated, will only display on active device

5 hours ago | Posted in: software

Microsoft has updated the way Skype handles some of its notifications for multiple devices. As part of wider ongoing effort to improve the way Skype synchronizes messages between clients on different devices and systems, the Active Endpoint feature will only deliver chat notifications to the device currently being used, rather than to all logged-in devices.

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AT&T bringing gigabit Internet to Silicon Valley with Cupertino push

6 hours ago | Posted in: networking

AT&T has become the first major telecommunications provider to declare it will offer a gigabit Internet service in Silicon Valley in the future. The high-speed service will roll out in Cupertino, Apple's base of operations, though the company has not yet revealed when it will roll out the network in the area, when it will be available to customers, nor how much it will ultimately cost.

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Cambridge Audio launches Go, Bluetone 100 Bluetooth streamers

6 hours ago | Posted in: audio

Audio purveyor Cambridge Audio has revealed its new Bluetooth speaker line. Replacing the original Minx Go Bluetooth streamer, launched today are the Go and the Go Radio with similar stylings to the predecessor. Also released is the 100-watt Bluetone 100 streaming device.

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Apple's iMessage accounts for 30 percent of all mobile spam messages

6 hours ago | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, networking

Over 30 percent of all mobile spam messages are now being sent through Apple's iMessage system, claims Tom Landesman, a security researcher at Cloudmark. Many of the messages are pushing fake luxury products such as sunglasses and handbags. Landesman explains that spammers are - or were - taking advantage of several aspects of Apple's ecosystem. However, Apple has responded to the charge and said that some countermeasures have been implemented.

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ZTE Nubia 5S mini LTE heads to United States with IGZO display

8 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

ZTE has unveiled a new mid-range smartphone it will be shipping to the United States. The Nubia 5S mini LTE, originally launched in China late last year, offers a 4.7-inch 720p IGZO display, backed by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with microSD expansion also available.

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EPEAT tablet registry lists almost nothing but iPads

8 hours ago | Posted in: industry, iPad

The Apple iPad is overwhelmingly dominant in a new EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) category covering tablets and slates. Out of 135 devices currently registered, 134 are simply different configurations of the iPad Air, iPad mini, and fourth-generation iPad. The one non-Apple entry is the Dell Venue 11 Pro.

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Sandisk launches value-oriented Ultra II SSD with TLC media

8 hours ago | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage

Sandisk today announced the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The new SATA-3 2.5-inch drive ships in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities, and is the first SSD outside of those manufactured by Samsung to use TLC flash media.

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Uber launches API enabling third-party app integration

9 hours ago | Posted in: industry, developer

Uber has released an anticipated API that will let third-party developers integrate its ridesharing services. The company says it is already working with 11 high-profile partners, including Starbucks, United, OpenTable, TimeOut, Tempo, Hinge, Tripadvisor, Tripcase, Hyatt, Mememo, and Expensify. Apps based on the API will be able to show available rides and/or price and time estimates, and make use of a person's trip history.

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Barnes & Noble puts Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook on sale

9 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Samsung and Barnes & Noble has released its first co-branded tablet, as the retailer migrates away from hardware production and into partnering with other manufacturers. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a rebranded version of Samsung's existing Tab 4 tablet, though while the hardware is the same as the original device, the software has been customized with some Nook-specific changes, including access to the Nook store.

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Netflix signs interconnectivity deal with Time Warner Cable

10 hours ago | Posted in: networking

Netflix has signed a new peering deal, this time with Time Warner Cable. The deal now gives the video streamer interconnection deals with Internet service providers that cover about 68 percent of all the broadband customers in the US. Notably, the 32 percent it doesn't have deals with are smaller providers, have strong net neutrality views, and haven't been found to limit or slow down Netflix traffic for users.

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LG takes on Sonos with Music Flow wireless multi-room audio system

11 hours ago | Posted in: audio

LG is attempting to take on Sonos in the networked speaker market, with the launch of a new range of speaker components. The LG Music Flow collection consists of three Music Flow Speakers, a Sound Bar, and a Network Bridge, with a central Music Flow Player app for Android and iOS able to control all of the devices and manage the user's music library.

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Brazilian judge orders deletion of Secret app from mobile devices

12 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, Apple

A Brazilian judge has ordered Apple, Google, and Microsoft to remove Secret, an app used for anonymously sharing information with others, from citizen's phones. The unusual ruling requires both Apple and Google to delist Secret from the App Store and Google Play, with Microsoft ordered to do the same for the Windows Phone-equivalent Cryptic, as well as deleting it remotely from mobile devices in the country.

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Twitter will remove images of deceased by family member requests

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Twitter is now accepting requests to remove images and videos of the deceased. In a change of policy, the service announced it will take down photographs and other materials "in certain circumstances," with requests from immediate family members and other authorized individuals being considered for removal "in order to respect the wishes of loved ones."

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Briefly: Sharp Aquos Crystal on Sprint, Sony Xperia M2 Aqua launch

15 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Sprint has confirmed it will carry the recently-announced Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone on its network. Boasting a 5-inch 720p display with minimal bezel and mid-ranged specifications, Sprint will be selling the Aquos Crystal for $240 off-contract and $10 per month under Easy Pay, while the prepaid brand Boost and Virgin will both offer it for $150. Sprint did not advise of when the Aquos Crystal will be available, but the Japanese launch earlier this week points to a release on August 29th.

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Review: Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

18 hours ago | Posted in: audio

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Bluetooth speakers are good in a large number of situations, in some place they just aren't practical. This leaves consumers to look away from speakers and toward their counterparts for sonic deliver, Bluetooth headphones. But not all headphones are created equal, especially when the boutique market for headphones is examined. One company, Life n Soul, hopes to grab attention with its 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones. Do the headphones warrant some attention, or are they just another set in the middle of the pack? Find out in our review.

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Briefly: Genius HS-920BT headphones, Tylt Syncable-Duo cable

23 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, audio

Genius announced a new set of stereo headphones today, giving consumers another option in the world of Bluetooth listening devices. The HS-920BT on-ear headphones feature 40mm drivers with a sensitivity of 116dB, an impedance of 32ohms and a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Controls are placed on right ear cup, giving users control over volume, tracks and receiving phone calls. Power is provided by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

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RootMetrics: Verizon top carrier in performance, speed, reliability

Tue August 19, 2014 | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

A new study of wireless carriers for the first half emerged today, putting Verizon at the top of the pile in five categories, marking it as the best overall carrier in the United States. Market research firm RootMetrics announced its findings, showing that Verizon was the best carrier in reliability, speed, data performance and call performance.

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Rightscorp wants to halt Internet browsing for repeat piracy culprits

Tue August 19, 2014 | Posted in: industry

It appears that the piracy enforcement group Rightscorp has been looking into a new strategy when it comes to repeat infringers of its client's intellectual property. In an earnings conference call last week, the company revealed a new strategy that it was considering for the future that includes working with Internet service providers (ISP) to block Internet browsing until a payment is made to the group.

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TV broadcasters file petition against FCC over 2015 spectrum auction

Tue August 19, 2014 | Posted in: industry

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, seeking a review of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) 2015 spectrum auction. In the filing, the NAB states that the FCC isn't taking the proper precautions to protect broadcasters that choose to retain their spectrum. According to the NAB, an updated methodology the FCC is using will result in a loss of coverage area for remaining broadcasters.

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