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Sunday, September 21

Review: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB 3.0 drive

USB memory sticks are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much memory 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 differen...

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

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. Bringing 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...

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

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

Turtle Beach released the Ear Force Z60 headset last week, a pair of 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

The Xbox One 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...

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

A Texas court 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

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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Saturday, September 20

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

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, NM and south of Las Vegas. The tests are likely a practical test of remote Internet delivery technologies, and some of the largest tests that Google has run yet, util...

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Home Depot transaction security reportedly ramshackle since 2008

Following the revelation that 56 million credit card transactions were stolen by miscreants, more information is coming out about the hack and the company'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 ...

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New Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' headset shown, 'massive leap' over DK2

Today at the Oculus Connect conference, Oculus Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell not only showed the third version of the Oculus Rift, the "Crescent Bay," but also revealed that the nascent platform is now a Unity 5 build target, opening up the device to a wide range of developers and potentially additional host platforms beyond Windows and OS X. Additionally, the company announced that it has licensed the Real...

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Oculus Rift DK1 source code, schematics released as open source

At this weekend's Oculus Connect conference, the virtual reality company has made the original Oculus Rift DK1 peripheral's code as well as engineering schematics open source and available for download. The release allows programmers of all stripes to tinker with the code, and potentially develop compatible clone hardware for the peripheral....

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Apple, HP slam patent troll with $3.6 million each in attorney fees

Northern District of California Court Judge Claudia Wilken has ruled that non-practicing entity Linex Technologies must pay Apple, Aruba, Meru, Ruckus, and HP millions in attorney fees after pursuing a patent case that it knew was destined for failure. Apple and HP are seeking $3.6 million each, with the other three companies seeking $3.8 million -- the ruling puts the patent troll on the hook for $18.6 million, an a...

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Monkey Parking fires up service in southern CA, meets resistance

Parking spot resale service Monkey Parking has quietly relaunched in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, CA. While not currently illegal in the cities, city attorneys have taken note of the launch, met with representatives from the service, and are claiming that they will take steps rapidly to stop the service from operating....

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Sony Video Unlimited service migrates to OS X, Windows through browser

Sony has shifted delivery of its Video Unlimited service for computers away from a discrete application, and onto a a web player. In allowing browsers to play back video for the first time, Sony has opened up the service for OS X as well as a wider array of Windows-based devices. ...

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Microsoft: 15GB free OneDrive bonus to mobile with 'camera backup'

Microsoft has increased its free space offering on its file storage system OneDrive. Users on Android, Windows Phone, or iOS who switch on "camera backup" to the online storage locker will get a 15GB space bonus, increasing the amount of free space from 15GB to 30GB. Users have until the end of September to activate the feature to get the bonus space....

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Friday, September 19

Verizon achieves 'holy grail' with voice over LTE support rollout

Beginning today, Verizon customers across the US who buy the new iPhone 6 models or one of a pair of other smartphones that support Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) will finally be able to do something AT&T has bragged about for years: simultaneously talk on the phone and use data for applications. The process will only work on a handful of phones that support VoLTE, but Verizon iPhone 6 buyers are reporting that it is on by d...

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Google to reinvest in YouTube content, expand promotional efforts

Google is investing more money into original content for YouTube. Building on top of its previous channel creation efforts, where Google paid filmmakers to create channels on the service, the search company will be funding new content from popular YouTube creators, as well as expanding the marketing of the new online shows outside the United States to the UK, France, Germany, and Brazil. ...

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Prescheduled social media posts from Joan Rivers promote iPhone 6

In an unusual gaffe, the official Instagram and Facebook accounts for comedian Joan Rivers -- who died on September 4 -- today briefly displayed identical, prescheduled posts about the iPhone 6. "This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one)," the posts read. "I got this one [an iPhone 4] in 2010 and, after four years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the batter...

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DealNN: Sony cameras, 3D TVs, Harman Kardon earbuds and more

Right now at Amazon, save 44 percent on the Sony NEX-6L/B compact interchangeable lens digital camera in black. It was $898, but has been reduced to $500 and is eligible for free two-day shipping. That discount makes this the best price we have seen anywhere by about $230. This digital camera features 16MP resolution, with 10fps burst shooting, Full HD video, interchangeable e-mount lenses, fast hybrid auto focus, Wi...

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Vodafone plans takeover of 140 Phones 4U stores, save 900 jobs

European carrier Vodafone is going to attempt to help some of the employees affected by UK retailer Phones 4U's administration proceedings. The mobile phone network will step in and acquire 140 of the chain's stores across the country, and in the process take on approximately 900 of the affected 5,596 staff at the saved locations. ...

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Google Maps extends navigation, adds 'Missing Places' to apps

Google has made two changes to its Google Maps mobile apps. The app now provides navigational instructions in an additional 19 countries, bringing the total number of countries with the function enabled to 96, while users finding issues with local maps are able to notify Google of new places of interest from within the app, with corrections added to the public version of the maps at a later time. ...

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Friday Deals: 240GB SSD, touchscreen monitor, $15 iTunes card for $10

Standing in line at the Apple store? We aren't, so this afternoon we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals 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. ...

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Nokia.com visitors in United Kingdom redirected to Microsoft site

Microsoft is slowly migrating away from the Nokia branding it has used since it bought the phone manufacturer's Devices and Services division. Visitors to Nokia.com located within the United Kingdom are now being pointed towards the mobile sections of Microsoft.com, with the Microsoft Mobile Devices site also receiving a refresh in the process. ...

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Apple uses iOS 8 as first large-scale use of its new CDN, firm says

The deployment of iOS 8 on Wednesday was Apple's first large-scale test of its new content delivery network, or CDN, says research firm DeepField. At its high point, iOS 8 downloads reportedly consumed 3Tbps, compareable to about 25 HD movies being downloaded simultaneously by as many users. DeepField notes that at least in North America, the launch was almost entirely dependent on Apple CDN servers....

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Virgin Atlantic to offer Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on entire plane fleet

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo is expanding to Europe, with Virgin Atlantic set to become the first airline operating in the region to offer the service to passengers. The airline will reportedly retrofit its entire fleet to work with the Internet service as part of the deal, and while the two sides are still discussing the finer points of the agreement, the principal terms have already been settled. ...

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Briefly: Pebble firmware update, Netflix out in two more countries

A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch range adds iOS 8 support to the device, among other new additions. Version 2.5 of the firmware also activates its compass features using its magnetometer, allowing developers access to the component, as well as reintroducing the Domo watch face and adding the ability to display emoji within notifications and messages. ...

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Sony reveals SmartEyeglass headset prototype, releases SDK

The Project Morpheus virtual reality headset is not the only head-mounted device under development by Sony. The manufacturer has revealed a prototype of a headset similar to Google Glass called SmartEyeglass, though while Google's effort relies on a small screen off to the side, Sony is opting for something more ambitious, and less discrete in terms of design. ...

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First look: iPhone 6, 6 Plus

The wait is finally over as the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally start landing in the hands of customers. As has been suggested, the iPhone 6 Plus is indeed in relatively short supply at launch with greater stock availability of the new 4.7-inch model. We have got our hands on a 64GB iPhone 6 in Space Grey and a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in Silver, and both are stunning devices to behold. So how are they shaping up...

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Nvidia announces GTX 970, 980 cards with Maxwell GPU architecture

During the company's Game24 livestream event, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage to announce> the next generation of GPU technology to be found in the 900 series of graphics cards. Nvidia's Maxwell, the tenth GPU architecture to be released from the graphics company, offers a number of new features over its Kepler predecessor, including new technologies like multi-frame sample anti-aliasing (MFAA) and dynamic s...

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