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Briefly: Nvidia Shield LTE, Acer 'Black Edition' gaming notebooks ship

09/30, 4:15pm

The LTE-equipped version of the Nvidia Shield gaming tablet has gone on sale in the United States. The tablet, which is able to stream gameplay from a gaming PC over a network as well as being able to locally play Android titles, is available at $399 as an unlocked device, though it can also be acquired via AT&T on-contract for $299.

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SteelSeries revamps Siberia line, unveils Siberia v3, Prism models

09/30, 3:35pm

SteelSeries announced that it is building upon its lineup of successful Siberia headphones, adding four new models under the line. The new models, named under the Siberia v3 and Siberia Prism monikers, come five year after the release of the popular Siberia v2 headset. The next iteration of the Siberia line is set to release this holiday season.

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Early buyers: Galaxy Note 4 case gap large, business card fits in void

09/30, 2:55pm

First purchasers of the Galaxy Note 4 are claiming that the devices have a gap between the plastic body of the phone, and the metal frame that surrounds the edge of the phone. According to reports, the gap is large enough to stick in a business card. Samsung has issued a statement about the gap, denying that it is a problem, or will affect functionality of the device in any way.

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Briefly: Drobo Mini 8TB, Velvetwire Powerslayer Blu

09/30, 2:22pm

Connected Data, the creator of the Droboline of storage solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 drive array. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5" drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime as a result of Drobo's BeyondRAID Technology. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an retail price of $999 through Drobo's website and its select channel partners.

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Microsoft unveils Windows 10 as next operating system version

09/30, 2:04pm

Microsoft has formally announced the latest iteration of its computer operating system at its media event, but it isn't named Windows 9. The incoming Windows 10, set to be made available to users next year, is being billed by the company as the "most comprehensive platform ever," with the software expected to run on the broadest range of device types, including computers, mobile devices, and the "Internet of Things" ecosystem.

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FTC head speaks out against proposed FCC Title II regulation of ISPs

09/30, 12:56pm

Allegedly concerned about protecting the American consumer, US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) head Maureen Ohlhausen has come out as strongly against Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler's net neutrality provision, specifically, the possibility of Title II regulation of ISPs. The comment against the possibility of regulating Internet providers as a utility is the FTC's second in September.

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Alcatel bundles smaller Bluetooth phone with Pop Mega phablet

09/30, 12:42pm

Alcatel is attempting to make the large-screen phablet useful to those wanting a smaller device, by bundling it with a secondary phone device. One of two new devices, the Pop Mega is a phablet with a six-inch display which Alcatel has paired with a small "Buddy" candybar-style accessory, capable of making and receiving calls without needing physical access to the main device.

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Quanta to begin Apple Watch production in January 2015, report says

09/30, 12:25pm

Taiwan's Quanta Computer will only start mass production of the Apple Watch in January 2015, according to a supply chain rumor from Apple Daily. Apple has only officially stated that the Watch will ship in early 2015. If production does begin in January, that will likely place shipments in February.

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Belkin revamps Express Dock; adds Thunderbolt 2, 4k support

09/30, 10:58am

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a cross-platform docking solution designed for both OS X and Windows-based computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the new dock allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology's high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices connected through the dock using one single Thunderbolt cable. 

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PayPal, eBay splitting into two separate public companies in 2015

09/30, 10:38am

Auction site eBay and payment service PayPal are splitting apart into two separate companies. A plan has been approved by the eBay board of directors to separate the two into independent publicly traded companies by next year, subject to regulatory approval, with each company set to be presided over by two new chief executives.

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Decade-old Apple versus Real will see trial, possibly in November

09/30, 9:43am

The new judge on the Apple versus Real anti-trust case has declared that there is enough evidence to go to trial, after nine years of litigation and a judge's retirement during the process. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ordered a trial after an earlier pre-trial conference, finding that Real attorneys have presented enough evidence to show that Apple created a monopoly with its FairPlay DRM, which then allowed the Cupertino manufacturer to overcharge customers.

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EU accuses Ireland of giving Apple illegal state aid

09/30, 9:35am

As expected, the European Commission has issued a preliminary finding in which it suggests that Apple is receiving illegal state aid from the Irish government. "In the light of the foregoing considerations, the Commission's preliminary view is that the tax ruling of 1990 (effectively agreed in 1991) and of 2007 in favour of the Apple group constitute State aid according to Article 107(1) TFEU [Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union]," the document says. "The Commission has doubts about the compatibility of such State aid with the internal market. The Commission has therefore decided to initiate the procedure laid down in Article 108(2) TFEU with respect to the measures in question."

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HP shows Stream line of full Windows laptops, tablets

09/30, 8:34am

HP yesterday expanded the HP Stream line-up of thin and light Windows products with the addition of two new notebook PCs and two new tablets. Now released are two models of the entry-level HP Stream laptop, and two sizes of the new full Windows 8.1 HP Stream tablet with quad-core Atom processor.

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Basis Peak fitness tracker launches with touchscreen controls

09/30, 7:59am

Basis, producers of the B1 fitness tracker, has unveiled its first wearable device since its acquisition by Intel. The Peak is a fitness and sleep tracker which builds upon its predecessor by replacing the collection of buttons and display with a larger touch-enabled screen, as well as upgrading the rear-mounted heart rate tracker to the point where Basis suggests it could replace a chest-strap monitor completely.

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Project Ara head claims modular smartphone parts 'hot swappable'

09/30, 6:38am

Google's modular smartphone project will allow users to replace individual modules from the mobile device while it is still running. The majority of Project Ara modules will be hot swappable, with exception to the processor and display, so users will not be required to shut down the device before making any changes to the hardware.

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