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Friday, September 19

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, offerings a number of new features over its Kepler predecessor, including new technologies like multi-frame sample anti-aliasing (MFAA) and dynamic...

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Thursday, September 18

China denies hacking involvement uncovered in US committee report

In a press conference today Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei responded to the government sponsored hacking allegations from the United States. In an unclassified report from the Senate Committee on Armed Services, the body accused the Chinese military of being responsible for at least 20 successful attacks on US Transportation Command (Transcom) contractors....

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TwitPic staves off impending shutdown with acquisition announcement

It turns out that TwitPic won't be forced to shut down after all, according to a tweet sent out on the official TwitPic Twitter account. Apparently, an interested party came to the rescue by acquiring the company, allowing it to fight off its recent conflict with Twitter, at least for now. TwitPic was previously said to be winding down on September 25 as a result of a trademark dispute with Twitter. ...

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Home Depot reveals more details on breach, 56M credit cards at risk

More information on the breach of home improvement retailer Home Depot was announced today. While the company still states only stores in North America are affected by the breach, it adds that the information from 56 million unique payment cards was at risk. The company provided further insight into the steps taken, including adding stronger encryption, after the malware from terminals was completely removed....

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Australia opens iPhone 6 sales to 'massive' crowds

While buyers in North America must wait until tomorrow for the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6 lineup, Australia -- by dint of being on the other side of the international date line -- becomes the first country in the world to launch the new iPhones. A MacNN staffer visiting the Penrith Apple Store in New South Wales near Sydney has reported a "massive" lineup, consisting of hundreds of buyers outside the store....

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Briefly: Tylt iPhone 6 Energi case, protector, Booq Taipan shock bag

Ahead of the release of the new family of iPhone 6 smartphones, Tylt has announced that it's coming out with three new products by the end of the year for the devices. Two different screen protectors are rolling out, including a new version of the Alin screen protector. While the standard plastic version will be available most likely for around $20, Tylt is offering a glass version for the first time for $35. Both co...

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Briefly: Tesoro Shrike mouse update, New Lian Li case options

Tesoro officially announced the update to the Shrike laser gaming mouse today, a new version that the company had on display at Penny Arcade Expo earlier this month. The mouse retains the same styling and some of the features of the original Shrike, including the adjustable weight system, eight programmable buttons and 128KB memory. The sensor in the mouse has been updated, bumping the DPI from 5,600DPI to 8,200DPI. ...

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Larry Ellison steps down as CEO of Oracle, retains board chairman spot

Surprisingly, Oracle has announced that founder and CEO Larry Ellison will be stepping down, effective immediately. The outgoing CEO will be replaced by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, who will both be named CEO of the company, but not be named co-CEOs. Ellison is remaining on the board as executive chairman, and in a business capacity as chief technology officer for the company....

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Virtually 'no chance' of finding iPhone 6 Plus at retail on Friday

People trying to buy an iPhone 6 Plus at a third-party retailer tomorrow may be out of luck, sources at carrier stores and Apple's retail partners say. Although outlets are said to be receiving shipments all day today, only 2 to 3 percent of iPhone 6 units are said to be the Plus, and even then only in one color. There's almost "no chance" of finding a Plus on Friday, the people claim, adding that the 16GB version ...

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Microsoft sheds 2,100 jobs in second wave of employee layoffs

Microsoft moved into phase two of its previous announcement to part ways with 18,000 employees. Today the company released an additional 2,100 employees in order to move closer to the July 2015 deadline that's been laid out. It's unknown which sections of the company are seeing the layoffs, but the job cuts are happening on a global scale....

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Apple 'warrant canary' gone from transparency report

Apple's transparency report on governmental information requests has had a minor change, but a significant one. Language saying that "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us" has been completely removed from the document, suggesting that Apple has now received a Patriot Act request and is subject to a secret Foreign Intelli...

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Toshiba cuts 900 jobs as part of PC business restructuring effort

Toshiba is preparing to eliminate a chunk of its workforce as part of its PC business restructuring, the manufacturer has advised. Approximately 900 positions will be culled globally, representing more than 20 percent of its computer production arm, excluding manufacturing, with the effort expected to cut fixed costs by more than 20 billion yen ($184 million). ...

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Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders begin tomorrow, sales start October 17

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is being made available for pre-order in the United States tomorrow, with shipments expected to start on October 17th, though AT&T plans to ship the smartphone earlier on October 14th. In the United Kingdom, pre-orders also begin tomorrow, though the stylus-equipped phablet will be on sale from October 10th. ...

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iOS 8 no longer stores encryption keys, Apple document says

Part of Apple's new approach to privacy involves stricter encryption in iOS 8, according to the Washington Post, as well as an Apple PDF document. The latter notes that Apple no longer stores encryption keys for devices as of iOS 8, meaning that even if a government agency has a search warrant, the company is unable to break past the security on a passcoded device. That should protect locally-stored content....

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Netropolitan social network launches with $9,000 sign-up fee

A new social network for affluent individuals has launched, with an unusual membership strategy. Netropolitan is billed as the "world's most exclusive online community," with new users looking to sign up to the service required to pay $9,000 for the first year's membership fees, followed by annual fees of $3,000 in subsequent years. ...

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Apple, U2 collaborating on 'new digital music format'

Irish band U2 is collaborating with Apple on a "new digital music format" designed to entice people into buying more recorded music, according to Time. The band claims that the point isn't just to help its own sales, but artists that can't make money from live performances. "Songwriters aren't touring people," says frontman Bono. "Cole Porter wouldn't have sold t-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium nea...

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Alibaba commences trading Friday, shares worth up to $25 billion

Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba will officially launch its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange under symbol "BABA" Friday morning at commencement of trading. Executive chairman of the company Jack Ma will be on hand to ring the opening bell on the start of trading, which is expected to reach between $20 and $25 billion....

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China issues one of two required approvals for iPhone 6 sale

Apple has obtained one approval for use of the new line of iPhones in China, moving closer to being able to sell the coveted device in the market. Another critical approval for network access is still needed, which led to concerns last week about the handset not being available for some time in the country....

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Briefly: Google Glass iOS update, Chromecast out in more countries

An update to MyGlass, the iOS Google Glass companion app, has been updated to allow users faster access to images shot using the headwear. The Next Web writes that photographs will now appear on an iPhone or iPad for editing when Photo Sync is enabled, viewable both via the app and a separate MyGlass album. The Android version of the app reportedly already has the function built in. ...

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ICANN gTLD auction sees Amazon acquire .buy domains for $4.6M

A number of notable Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) have been acquired, as part of an auction by ICANN. The auction, which took place as multiple companies applied for the same or similar gTLDs could not agree on ownership, saw three domain suffixes being sold for millions of dollars, with Amazon being the winner of the .buy domains. ...

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BlackBerry reveals Porsche Design P'9983 premium smartphone

BlackBerry has unveiled a smartphone coming out next month, this time under the Porsche Design brand. The P'9983 follows on from the P'9982 of last year, with the smartphone taking the functionality of typical BlackBerry devices, such as the Q20, and combining them with a striking design which uses premium materials. ...

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Accountability Office finds government health care site isn't secure

In a report set to be delivered to Congress this week, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Healthcare.gov website has a number of security issues yet to be addressed. While a number of steps have been taken to secure the health care portal since its troubled release, the complexity of the system and lack of security protocols in some instances still continue to plague the system....

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