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Briefly: Chromecast app support grows, Roku hits 10M milestone

09/16, 2:19pm

Owners of the Chromecast will have more choice of what to watch in future, as Google has revealed a new collection of supported apps for the streaming device. Watch Disney, Watch Disney Junior, and Watch Disney XD offer shows for children, with the iHeartRadio, Twitch, and DramaFever apps also joining the roster of Chromecast-compatible apps.

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VirnetX's $368.2M verdict against Apple tossed on procedural grounds

09/16, 2:08pm

Last week, the US Federal Court of Appeals in Washington DC threw out a jury award of $368.2 million to patent holder VirnetX. While the court agreed that some patents were infringed, the appeals court ruled that incorrect jury instructions were doled out by the judge, which tainted the jury when it determined the damage award.

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Orange offers to acquire Spanish carrier Jazztel for 3.4B euro

09/16, 12:44pm

European carrier Orange has offered to acquire another telecoms company in Spain, Jazztel. The deal, said to be worth 3.4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) or 13 euro per share in cash, would help Orange increase its standing in the country, and could help it overtake the current second-place carrier in the country, Vodafone, shortly after completion.

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Nvidia Shield pre-orders begin in US, Europe for September 30 release

09/16, 11:34am

Pre-orders for a version of the Shield gaming tablet with LTE have opened in the United States and Europe. Coming after the Wi-Fi model's release and set to ship on September 30th for both continents, the LTE version adds cellular connectivity, with the mobile device claimed to be certified for AT&T's LTE network, though the unlocked version will also work with a number of other carriers.

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DisplayPort spec boosted to 1.3, can drive 5K on single cable

09/16, 10:40am

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.

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Devs will not have access to NFC APIs this year, Apple says

09/16, 9:30am

Third-party app developers won't be able to access the APIs for Apple's NFC chips this year, a company spokesperson says. That effectively limits the NFC support in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay, as well as a few other authorized uses. That may be a security measure on Apple's part, since opening up the APIs too early could make it easier for hackers to crack the payment technology.

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Olympus reveals silver OM-D E-M1, incoming firmware update

09/16, 9:28am

Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.

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Leica increases camera range with X-E, X, V-Lux, D-Lux

09/16, 7:39am

Leica launched a number of other digital cameras at Photokina, alongside the M Edition 60. The Leica X and Leica X-E are high-end compact cameras, while the Leica V-Lux and Leica D-Lux are snappers best described as rebranded versions of Panasonic cameras, a process the manufacturer has undertaken a few times previously.

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Limited-release Leica M Edition 60 revealed without rear display

09/16, 5:53am

Leica has unveiled a new limited-edition M-series digital camera to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3. The Leica M Edition 60 is a classically-influenced M-P Type 240-style camera which possibly takes its retro design too far, using an old-fashioned viewfinder rather than an electronic version, and replaces the typical rear display with a single ISO selector dial.

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Sprint revamps prepaid program, now available in three data tiers

09/15, 9:29pm

Today, a new series of tiered offerings for prepaid cellular plans were announced by Sprint. Inspired by the changing needs of wireless consumers and the need to be competitive against AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is offering plans in a different way than was announce earlier in the year. Plans have been simplified to three different base plans, giving consumers the amount of data they need.

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Panasonic Lumix GM5 unveiled sporting electronic viewfinder

09/15, 6:48pm

Panasonic's third Photokina camera launch is another addition to the company's collection of compact mirrorless Micro Four Thirds devices. The Lumix GM5 is a small 16-megapixel interchangeable lens camera similar to the Lumix GM1 launched last year, except the biggest change is the introduction of a 1.16M-dot electronic viewfinder.

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Canon PowerShot G7 X crams DSLR features into point-and-shoot body

09/15, 4:27pm

Canon is now creating cameras that straddle the line between DSLR and consumer point-and-click cameras with today's announcement of the PowerShot G7 X. The new PowerShot contains a number of features found in the company's more expensive digital counterparts, but keeps the cost lower by including everything in a single user friendly package. The new G7 X is Canon's first camera to sport a one-inch sensor.

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Panasonic fits Lumix LX100 with 12.8MP Micro Four Thirds sensor

09/15, 2:48pm

Panasonic has unveiled a compact camera which uses a Micro Four Thirds sensor, one that is physically five times larger than the sensor used in the Lumix LX7. The Lumix LX100 packs in a 12.8-megapixel MOS sensor combined with a new quad-core Venus Engine processor, which the company claims helps achieve a shallow depth of field and a dramatic reduction in noise at high ISO levels.

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Motorola to launch pre-orders for Moto X, Hint on September 16

09/15, 1:23pm

It's been a jam-packed year for Motorola so far, but it's about to get a little busier with the release of two anticipated devices. Motorola announced today that it's opening pre-orders up tomorrow for two versions of the next generation of its flagship Moto X phone, as well as the wireless Moto Hint earbud.

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Samsung NX1 mirrorless 28.2MP camera has 205 phase-detection AF

09/15, 1:03pm

Samsung has launched its rumored mirrorless camera at Photokina. The NX1 extends the NX range with a 28.2-megapixel BSI APS-C sensor combined with an updated NX AF System III, an autofocus system using 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast AF points, with the camera able to perform continuous shooting at up to 15fps while tracking focus.

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