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US Marshals holding second auction for Bitcoins seized from Silk Road

11/17, 2:27pm

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) will be holding a second Bitcoin auction, selling part of a collection seized during the take-down of Silk Road. The auction will involve the sale of 50,000 bitcoins, previously owned by Ross Ulbricht, with the current $400 value for each coin giving the entire collection a total worth of around $20 million when sold.

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Apple releases simultaneous OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1 updates

11/17, 2:13pm

Apple has released simultaneous updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. OS X 10.10.1 for Mac copes mainly with significant bugs, such as a glitch with Wi-Fi that would cause a system to repeatedly disconnect. It also solves problems with sending Mail messages, displayed updates at the Mac App Store, Mac minis not waking from sleep, and disappearing items like Actions, sharing services, and Notification Center widgets.

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Samsung to be main supplier of A-series chips in 2015, report says

11/17, 12:49pm

Samsung has signed a deal to become the "primary supplier" of Apple's A-series processors starting in 2015, claims the Korea Times. Last year, TSMC is believed to have taken over the majority of production, possibly around 60 percent. Under the new scheme, Samsung is expected to churn out chips at its Austin, Texas plant -- the original home of the A series -- and at another facility in New York. Samsung's share of the work is forecast to grow to 80 percent by 2016.

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Nokia brand may resurface on third-party devices, new hardware hinted

11/17, 10:40am

The Nokia brand may be reappearing on devices in the future, despite the sale of the company's consumer hardware arm to Microsoft and subsequent removal from Lumia devices. The president of Nokia Technologies Ramzi Haidamus spoke at the company's capital markets day, suggesting it may license its branding to other companies for use on their devices.

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Chinese App Store begins accepting UnionPay cards

11/17, 9:37am

Apple's Chinese App Store is now accepting payments via China UnionPay, the only native bank card organization, and the country's most popular. In an announcement, Apple notes that UnionPay has issued more than 4.5 billion cards worldwide. "The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most-requested features from our customers in China," reads a prepared statement from Apple's Senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue. "China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we're providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one tap."

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Facebook at Work claimed to be social network tool for enterprise use

11/17, 8:46am

Facebook is reportedly trying to push itself into the workplace, by making a service for communications within a company. Said to be called "Facebook at Work," the service is said to be able to allow employees and management to talk to other team members, connect with other professionals, and collaborate over documents.

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Sony adds image plane phase detection AF to Exmor RS image sensor

11/17, 6:57am

Sony has unveiled a new model in its Exmor RS imaging sensor range for smartphones and tablets. The Exmor RS IMX230 module is a 21-megapixel model similar in size to those used in the Xperia Z2 and Z3 ranges, but it is claimed to be the first CMOS sensor for smartphones to have onboard image plane phase detection autofocus signal processing, allowing for quicker focusing on fast-moving objects.

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Weekly Game Replay: WoW expansion DDoS, Assassin's Creed issues

11/16, 10:27pm

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN offer an all-in-one report for some of the major happenings in the video game industry during the past week. In this week's edition, we look at the issues with the launch of World of Warcraft's latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor; the problems with Assassin's Creed Unity; Xbox sales numbers; Robotoki ditching the free-to-play model for Human Element, and Wildstar's content launch and raid size shrink.

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First Look: Apple iMac with 5K Retina Display

11/14, 11:10pm

Apple has been adding Retina displays to its mobile product range over the past few years, but desktop users have missed out -- until now. Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display has landed, with four times the pixel density of previous models - taking its total pixel count to an incredible 14.7 million pixels. But it is much more than just a pretty face: behind the stunning new Retina display, it packs a one-two punch of up to a 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 display and AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB of DDR5 VRAM. We've been using it for the past week, and have some first impressions ahead of our full review.

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Project Tango tablet developer kit reaches Google Play Store

11/14, 2:36pm

Google's Project Tango has appeared on the Google Play Store, strongly suggesting the search company is making it available to purchase shortly. The development kit is shown with a complete specifications list and a collection of promotional images, including one which displays the multi-sensor back cover for depth sensing and motion tracking.

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WSJ: Aircraft, fake towers used for surveillance by US government

11/14, 11:56am

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has allegedly created fake cell towers to monitor the position of cellphones for surveillance purposes. A report claims the bogus towers, called "dirtboxes," were placed by the US Marshals Service (USMS) on planes, in order to trick smartphones owned by criminals into broadcasting their location, allowing authorities to track their movements.

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Microsoft ushers in Skype for Web beta with invite system

11/14, 11:29am

Microsoft has launched a beta of Skype for Web, a clientless version of its communications platform. Users can make video calls, send instant messages, and manage contacts via a browser; at the moment though, the beta is invitation-only for a small group of people. Microsoft says it plans to expand access globally "in the coming months."

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Sharp develops 4.1-inch IGZO display panel with 736ppi pixel density

11/14, 8:59am

The continued trend for higher-resolution smartphone display panels continues unabated, with Sharp revealing its latest high-resolution LCD screen. The panel, using the company's IGZO technology, manages to fit a resolution of 2,560x1,600 into a display measuring just 4.1 inches, giving it an extremely-high pixel density of 736ppi.

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BlackBerry reveals red Passport, opens up Classic pre-orders

11/14, 7:28am

BlackBerry made two consumer hardware announcements at its Enterprise event yesterday, alongside enterprise-focused items. Pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic have commenced for a mid-December launch, while potential owners of the BlackBerry Passport will soon be able to acquire a red version of the smartphone, set to be released in limited quantities on Black Friday.

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Briefly: Walmart price-matches Amazon, Domino's Pizza on Pebble

11/14, 6:18am

Walmart stores will soon offer price matching against Amazon product listings, in time for the holiday shopping period. Managers at the retailers stores have been informed of the policy change, formalizing a practice already being conducted at half the stores according to Reuters, with the ultimate aim of encouraging customers to continue visiting its stores rather than shopping online.

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