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Podfather Fadell mourns discontinuation of iPod Classic

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPod, gadgets, audio, Apple

In a new interview for the magazine Fast Company, former Apple executive and head of the original iPod project Tony Fadell, now CEO of Nest at Google, mentions his sense of loss that the last large-capacity iPod, the iPod classic, has been discontinued by Apple. While lamenting the passing of the unit that modelled most closely the design of the original iPod, Fadell notes that Apple began thinking about what would kill the product within two years of it emerging.

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Yahoo snatches up another startup, acquires India-based Bookpad

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry

Yahoo's stream of acquisitions doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon, as a new pick up was reported today. The Economic Times and the Times of India are both reporting that the one-year-old startup Bookpad was purchased by the search company. TechCrunch confirms that Yahoo purchased Bookpad after a spokesperson issued a statement to the publication.

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Adobe acquires photo-editing app, mobile SDK developer Aviary

2 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software, developer

Adobe announced that it acquired a developer of software development kits (SDK) for photo-editing and third-party mobile software. Aviary's SDKs are to be folded into the Adobe Creative SDK, which the company is building as a development platform for mobile apps. Terms of the acquisition were not given, but Aviary was privately held.

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Beats Music headed towards shutdown, sources claim [u]

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry, audio, Apple

[Updated with Apple denial] Despite recent efforts to promote the streaming service, Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, sources within Apple and Beats say. "Many" Beats Music engineers have reportedly been diverted to other projects, such as iTunes. The sources have no insight on what Apple plans to do with the service's technology.

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USB Type-C to support DisplayPort Alternate Mode, '4K and beyond'

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry, digital imaging

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced today that it has been working with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to create a new DisplayPort mode that works in conjunction with USB Type-C. The new mode, dubbed DisplayPort Alternate Mode, could be used to drive monitor resolutions to "4K and beyond," as well as delivering up to 100 watts of power and SuperSpeed USB 3.1 data over a single Type-C cable.

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Samsung Alpha launching September 26 in the US as AT&T exclusive

4 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

AT&T and Samsung released a joint statement today, announcing that the metal Samsung Alpha would be making its way to the US carrier as an exclusive. The launch of the phone is coming on September 26, with AT&T selling with a two-year contract, as a part of the AT&T Next program and as a full price purchase without commitment.

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Sony prepares PlayStation TV for October 14 launch in North America

5 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Sony will launch the PlayStation TV in North America from October 14th, it has revealed. The micro-console, capable of streaming games from the PlayStation 4 similar to the handheld PS Vita, will be able to play titles from a catalog of nearly 700 games from launch day, with one report hinting that more capabilities could be on the way.

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Corsair launches Corsair Gaming division with new peripherals

5 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals

Corsair, known for a wide array for PC parts like solid state drives and power supplies, announced today that it created a new division within the company specifically for PC gaming. To kick off the launch of Corsair Gaming, three new RGB keyboards, an RGB mouse and two headsets were released to give consumers options, each built with the help of eSports teams and enthusiasts.

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China blocks privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo

7 hours ago | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design

The privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo is unable to be used in China. Selling itself as a service which does not collect personal information about its users, DuckDuckGo has been inaccessible in the country since earlier this month, and though there is no official explanation from any party, it is believed to be an act of censorship by the Chinese government.

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AOC releases 24-inch G2460PG monitor with Nvidia G-sync

7 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, digital imaging

Display manufacturer AOC announced today that it's releasing a new monitor for the gaming market with the 24-inch G2460PG. The full high definition monitor supports a 1920x1080 resolution up to a 144Hz refresh rate, but also features Nvidia's G-sync technology that helps to eliminate screen-tearing and display lag. Pricing for the AOC G2460PG starts at $450.

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Rumor has 12-inch MacBook Air dropping most ports, getting USB Type C

7 hours ago | Posted in: computers

Apple's thinner, 12-inch MacBook Air will forego many of the ports seen on current MacBooks, a new report claims. The claim comes from the same site that suggested the computer will come in gold, silver, and space gray colors, like the iPhone 6. The new report further indicates that Apple is planning to adopt the reversible USB Type C standard, and might include an adapter with the laptop for the sake of backwards compatibility.

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BlackBerry Passport available after launch event for $599, CEO claims

9 hours ago | Posted in:

The BlackBerry Passport will launch at an event on Wednesday, and be available to buy the same day, according to an interview with the BlackBerry CEO. The smartphone, with a square 4.5-inch 1440x1440 display and a keyboard, will apparently go on sale as an unlocked device for $599 in the United States, a price that undercuts quite a few of the current flagship smartphones.

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iPhone 6/6 Plus sales topped 10 million in three days, Apple says

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

During their launch weekend, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus achieved 10 million in unit sales, Apple says. The number bests the company's previous iPhone record, some 9 million achieved by the 5s and 5c last year. The 6 and 6 Plus are currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US. The company says it plans to reach another 20 countries on September 26th, and hit a total of 115 by the end of the year.

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Briefly: Canon plans PowerShot with large sensor, Ikea pushes solar

10 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Canon is working on a new addition to the PowerShot compact camera range, one which may end up with a similar one-inch sensor to its recently-launched G7 X. A press release spotted by Ubergizmo mentions a camera which "combines the merits of both a large image sensor and a high-magnification optical zoom lens," packed into a "compact body." The release does not hint at when Canon will unveil the device.

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LG Wine Smart unveiled as flip phone running Android KitKat

12 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

LG has launched an Android smartphone in South Korea, taking the unusual form of a clamshell mobile device. The LG Wine Smart has a 3.5-inch 320x480 display which flips up in the top half of the phone, while the lower section below the hinge displays a number pad and function keys familiar to users of the older-style mobile phones.

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EE agrees with administrators to acquire 140 Phones 4U stores

13 hours ago | Posted in: industry

More stores from failed British mobile phone retailer Phones 4U are being scooped up for use by a second carrier, with shops to be rebranded and reopened in a short space of time. EE, operator of Orange and T-Mobile in the country, has signed a deal with administrators to acquire 58 of the stores from the company, pending court approval, and in the process attempt to keep on 359 affected employees at the locations.

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WSJ: HTC producing Google Nexus-branded nine-inch tablet

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets

Google's HTC-produced Nexus tablet has reappeared in another report, alleging its existence. Sources of Wall Street Journal claim that HTC has been selected over other manufacturers to create the device, as suggested by previous rumors, with the report also stating that the tablet will have a nine-inch display, matching earlier leaked legal filings from Nvidia directly naming a device called the Nexus 9.

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Review: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB 3.0 drive

22 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage, accessories

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files storage, game saves and disk images? Patriot attempts to tackle the question with the high-speed USB Supersonic Rage XT. While the drive is offered three different sizes, the 128GB flash drive seems the most appealing. Is it worth considering, or is money better spent looking at something smaller? Find out in our review.

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Maingear, Origin PC, Syber now offering computers with Maxwell GPUs

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: computers, gaming

With the release of the new Nvidia Maxwell-based GTX 970 and GTX980, a number of custom computer builders have started offering the cards in their configurations. Leveraging the new Maxwell architecture benefits like dynamic super resolution and voxel global illumination, builders including Maingear, Origin PC and Syber are selling machines in custom and pre-built configurations to those looking in the market for a new PC with the latest technology.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 970, 980 cards to come with ACX 2.0 fan cooling

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: computers, gaming

EVGA announced that it is putting a new cooling design into effect with the next generation of Nvidia cards. The Maxwell-powered GTX 970 and GTX 980 will include the ACX 2.0 fan technology, an improvement over the company's previous generation, that is said to use less fan power, have a quieter sound signature and keep cards cooler.

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Turtle Beach releases Ear Force Z60 gaming headset for PC, Mac

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, audio

Turtle Beach released the Ear Force Z60 headset last week, a pair of gaming headphones that the company first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Made to handle the surround-sound needs for video games, music and movies, the headphones utilize DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. Turtle Beach does this without the use of separate software or drivers, unlike many other headphones on the market.

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Xbox One China release delayed until undisclosed date later this year

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: industry, gaming

The Xbox One has hit a snag, just as it was readying for a September 23 release of the console in China. Only disclosing that it was seeking to create a better experience, Microsoft announced that the console wouldn't release until later this year. In January, the Chinese government lifted the ban on the sale of foreign video game consoles, positioning Microsoft to sell the first legal console in the country since the ban was implemented in 2000.

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Bitcoin Ponzi scheme perpetrator ordered to pay $40.4M by Texas court

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: industry

A Texas court has found that the operator of Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BTCST) must pay back $40.4 million in profits and interest earned in a Ponzi scheme. The case is the result of lawsuit brought against Trendon Shavers for offering securities through BTCST and personal solicitation without being registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Google easing up on mandatory Google+ signups for new Gmail accounts

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: industry, software

Google is no longer forcing users to create a Google+ profile when setting up a new Gmail account, according to a report from marketing blog Wordstream. By easing up on the mandatory setup of the social media arm of the search company, Google is continuing to put distance between users and the service that never seemed to find the same footing as Facebook.

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Google petitions FCC for NM desert testing of broadcast-capable drones

Sat September 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry

Google has filed a plan to test broadcast drones in the skies of New Mexico. A filing with the US Federal Communications Commission, one of the regulatory agencies that needs to be involved with such an endeavor, points to a test site south of Santa Fe, New Mexico and south of Las Vegas, Nevada. The tests are likely a practical test of remote Internet delivery technologies, and some of the largest drills that Google has run yet, utilizing Titan Aerospace's technology.

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Home Depot transaction security reportedly ramshackle since 2008

Sat September 20, 2014 | Posted in: security

Following the revelation that 56 million credit card transactions were stolen by miscreants, more information is coming out about the hack and The Home Depot's reportedly long-term lackadaisical security. According to employees familiar with the situation, the company was warned as early as 2008 that security would be a problem, and that the company was excruciatingly slow to respond to threats, and often took no action agains perceived attacks or dangers.

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