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Intel reaffirms its commitment, product lines to PC gaming market

30 minutes ago | Posted in: computers, gaming

At Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this weekend, Intel took to the stage during the "Future of PC Gaming" panel to outline some of the ways that it's bolstering its support of PC gaming. During the panel Vice President and General Manager of Desktop Lisa Graff outlined some of the changes the company has made with gamers in mind, as well as where future technology will drive the market.

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CryptoWall malware collects $1.1M in file ransoms over six months

11 hours ago | Posted in: security

In a five month period, CryptoLocker-esque malware CryptoWall has infected 625,000 devices worldwide, and has locked down 5.25 billion files, according to Dell's security researchers. In that same time period, it has exceeded its predecessor's infection rates, and gathered over $1.1 million in file ransoms, with one victim paying out $10,000 in Bitcoin to rescue files held hostage.

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Microsoft Ireland data warrant upheld, stay on data turnover lifted

12 hours ago | Posted in: security

A stay giving Microsoft permission to deny a warrant ordering email release from a user whose data is stored in Ireland has been lifted by Judge Loretta Preska. As a result of the order, issued on August 29, Microsoft has until September 5 to coordinate with the US Department of Justice and inform the court how it will comply with the original court order, demanding Microsoft surrender the data. Microsoft promises to fight the order, and does not intend to hand over the data.

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Briefly: Wipeout 2 for iOS and Android, Spotify Connect updates

14 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Activision Publishing has released its action platforming game Wipeout 2, available for iOS and Android devices, as well as for Kindle Fire. Based on the competition TV series Wipeout, players dodge environmental hazards and challenge to complete each level as fast as possible. Players can choose from 10 playable characters, including Zombie, Pirate and Popstar, with 150 themed obstacles and 135 new levels. Free to download, Wipeout 2 is available on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

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AT&T files patent suit against Cox over years of unlicensed patent use

16 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

After what AT&T calls "years of protracted negotiations", it has filed suit against Cox Communications, alleging that the cable company has violated seven various patents, covering general networking, digital video recorders (DVR), and packet loss mitigation. In a change from "normal" patent suits, AT&T is not seeking sales embargoes, but instead, looks for a "compulsory ongoing royalty" for products that use the patents in question.

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Intel launches Core i7 Extreme Edition processors with 6, 8 cores[u]

23 hours ago | Posted in: computers

[Updated with information from Penny Arcade Expo]
Intel has formally unveiled an octa-core processor for desktop computers, as part of the Core i7 Extreme Edition range . Previously under the name Haswell-E, the first three from the range will consist of one processor with eight cores flanked by two six-core chips, with Intel also launching the X99 Express chipset alongside the enthusiast processor collection.

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Review: Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, peripherals

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with something new that gamers can't resist. Logitech Gaming recently released the Hyperion Fury, a mouse created fit the needs of demanding FPS players. But does the Hyperion Fury have what it takes to lure gamers in, or is it just another device on the shelves? Find out in our review.

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Briefly: RHA T10i headphones, 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 48TB shipping

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: upgrades/storage, audio

British headphone producer RHA has announced the upcoming release of its latest in-ear headphones, the T10i. Featuring handmade dynamic drivers, the noise-cancelling headphones possess a custom tuning filter system that allows for frequency response adjustment. Filter adjustments are also included for bass and treble response. Each high fidelity driver is encased in an ergonomic stainless steel housing; other features include a multi-core, 1.35m oxygen-free copper cable with 3-button remote and microphone (suitable for Apple devices) and mouldable over-ear hooks. Priced at $200, the T10i headphones will be available for purchase in Apple stores worldwide starting September 5, 2014.

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Developer finds evidence supporting 3x resolution coming to iPhone

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, developer, Apple

It has been speculated for some time that if Apple does decide to make larger iPhone screens as it now appears to be doing, that resolution would have to increase dramatically, which could cause headaches for developers. However, new testing by Dragthing creator James Thompson has revealed that Apple may instead rely on pixel-tripling, asking developers only to provide assets at 1x, 2x, and 3x the logical screen resolution. This could yield Retina-quality images on devices with larger displays.

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Company compiles Apple's Swift for use with Android, Windows .NET

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: developer, Apple

A compiler company called RemObjects has created a new front end for its own Elements compiler called Silver that allows developers to write code hooking into APIs and frameworks outside iOS, letting them write native apps for iOS and Android. The project has also been made to work with both the Fire IDE and .NET, allowing Windows Phone developers to use Swift through the Visual Studio IDE. While not a universal write-once-run-anywhere solution, Silver could prove to be a boon for small developers who want to create Android and Windows Phone versions of their iOS apps written in Swift.

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Apple to appeal blocked injunction against Samsung products

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple will appeal a recent court decision which denied a permanent injunction against a variety of Samsung products, according to the New York Times. If imposed, an injunction would prevent several devices -- like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II -- from being sold in the US. The financial impact on Samsung would be minor, since the products in question are outdated and/or no longer being sold.

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T-Mobile 'uncarrier' event scheduled for September 10

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

US wireless carrier T-Mobile and mercurial CEO John Legere have scheduled a new "Uncarrier" event for September 10. It is unknown what will be discussed at the event that the company has tagged with "this time it's personal," but formal introductions of new services and other carrier initiatives are probable.

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Friday Deals: MacBook Air, iPad Air, Kindle Fire HDX, iTunes, more

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, gadgets, digital imaging, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! As this is a big back-to-school sale week (plus PAX!), we're expecting more deals on things -- check back often over the weekend!

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Leaked iPhone 6 logic board shows NFC chip, 16GB of storage [u]

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

(Updated with video showing powered-on device) A new set of photos from Feld & Volk and well-known leak source Sonny Dickson show what appears to be a complete logic board for the iPhone 6. Significantly, the board contains both an NXP-made NFC chip and what's believed to be 16GB of Toshiba flash memory. Plans for NFC are now widely reported, and the photos may back a claim that Apple will retain 16GB as an option.

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Nokia Here maps app heading to Samsung Galaxy phones, Gear S

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: software

Nokia has made a deal with Samsung to provide Here Maps to its Android devices, as well as items running Tizen. Here for Android will be exclusive to Samsung's Galaxy smartphone line as a free download, while Tizen devices such as the Gear S smartwatch will be able to display maps on their small displays, as well as providing turn-by-turn navigation.

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Apple iWatch to be teased at Sept. 9 event, may not ship until 2015

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

While Apple may show off the iWatch at its September 9 event, the product won't ship for several months, sources tell Re/code's John Paczkowski. He suggests that the product could ship as late as early 2015, missing the critical holiday season. The delay is likened to the first iPhone, which was announced in January 2007 but didn't ship until that summer, although Paczkowski comments that the delay won't necessarily be that long.

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MSN Messenger shuttering in China by end of October

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: software

Microsoft is ready to close the last remnants of MSN Messenger, also known as Windows Live Messenger, on October 31st. Chinese users have reportedly received a notification of its shutdown via e-mail, encouraging users to migrate over to Microsoft's other messaging service, Skype, before the service is terminated in the country.

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Photos show what may be near-complete rear shell for iPhone 6

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

Photos obtained by French site Nowhereelse show what may be a finished rear shell for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Unlike ones in previous leaks, the new shell -- all silver -- appears to have had the bands between sections colored in to better match their surroundings. Similar touches could be applied to the gold and space gray versions of the phone.

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NFC chips in iPhone 6 coming from Netherlands' NXP, report says

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

Apple is indeed planning to incorporate NFC into the iPhone 6, using chips from Dutch firm NXP Semiconductor, say sources for the Financial Times. The technology is mainly expected to be used for mobile payments and ticketing, but might enable functions in an "Internet of things" (home automation) context. Both Apple and NXP have refused to comment on the matter.

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Nintendo reveals 'New' 3DS, 3DS LL with second analog stick

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, gadgets

Nintendo is updating its existing 3DS handheld game console, by producing two new versions. Called the New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS LL, the dual-screen gaming systems offer few in the way of major changes to the existing formula, though both notably add a second analog "C-stick" on the right-hand side, next to Super Nintendo-colored buttons.

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T-Mobile lays out minimum $35 per share bid for acquisition

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Parent company of T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, has reportedly put a price to a possible acquisition. According to industry sources familiar with the matter, the company entertain offers and begin discussions of a potential merger for a bid between $35 and $40 per share, more than $5 per share than its current offering price of $29.84.

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Sprint Wi-Fi calling update adds free calls to US when roaming

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

Sprint is updating its Wi-Fi calling service so that it can be used abroad at no charge. The carrier is allowing users of specific smartphones compatible with the service to make calls over Wi-Fi instead of a local mobile phone network while roaming, with calls made to the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico provided at no extra charge, and without using any call allowances.

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LG reportedly plans exit from plasma television market

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

LG may be preparing to exit the plasma television market, a report claims. The manufacturer is said to be experiencing a reduced demand for its plasma display panel (PDP) televisions, with LG expected to announce its suspension of production in the near future as it moves its focus onto other display technologies, such as OLED panels.

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Google reveals two-year results of Project Wing drone testing

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: industry

Amazon is not the only company looking to use drones for deliveries, as Google has reportedly been testing its own version for the last two years. Tested in Australia due to more "progressive" drone rules, Google's Project Wing appears to be more for creating autonomous flying machines destined for disaster relief than for detail deliveries.

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Review: Life n Soul BM211 Bluetooth speaker

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: audio

Bluetooth speakers aren't only for listening to some music at the park or on a long bus ride, but can also be built with tablets in mind. While some manufacturers craft speakers with a shape that is specifically molded to hold a tablet and offer little use otherwise, others have caught on to a better design. Life n Soul have attempted such a configuration with the BM211 Virtual Surround Sound Bluetooth speaker. Would it give consumers flexibility to have a speaker suited for tablets and everyday use, or would they be left with another single-use sound device? Find out in our review.

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Plantronics announces new Bluetooth headphones, BackBeat Pro

Thu August 28, 2014 | Posted in: audio

Plantronics announced a new model of Bluetooth headphones this week with the BackBeat Pro. The over-the-ear headphones feature a long battery life, 40mm drivers, active noise-cancelling technology and "Plantronics signature audio performance and design." Not leaving noise cancelling as the only trick of the headphones, Plantronics also added a smart feature to help consumers pick up where they left off if the headphones are removed.

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