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Sunday, October 19

Weekly Game Replay: Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Halo 20GB download

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report some of the important pieces of news the gaming industry from the past week. During this week's edition, we look at Final Fantasy XIV's first expansion, the download requirements for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, NPD numbers for video game hardware sales, and console updates for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4....

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Crowdfunding Critic: Mad Genius motion controller

Electronista and MacNN's article series Crowdfunding Critic brings readers projects from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo that the team believes are interesting or potentially useful. However, be aware that the articles aren't an endorsement of the project. All crowdfunding campaigns come with risks, so we ask our readers to carefully research the items they are pledging to as they are investments. In this editio...

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MasterCard prepares credit card with fingerprint sensor for 2015

At a press event last week, MasterCard and Zwipe announced a new type of payment card dubbed the Zwipe MasterCard. Where the new card is different from the the standard credit or debit card is in the payment process, looking to biometrics to approve purchases. The Zwipe MasterCard uses authentication via fingerprint for MasterCard contactless payment terminals, while retaining Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) chips...

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Saturday, October 18

Retina iMac tear apart by iFixit demonstrates moderate repairability

Apple repair purveyors iFixit have given their regular disassembly treatment to Apple's new 27-inch 5K iMac. As the machine has re-used the chassis from the last generation of iMac, and have made only minor changes to the internals, the repairability score remains the same at a five out of 10. Notably, the company has found a larger display data connector, with the fused LCD and taped-down display hindering repair ef...

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Anonabox project killed by Kickstarter over security, hardware issues

Following allegations casting doubt on the project, the TOR-based security project Anonabox Kickstarter project has been terminated. Since the launch of Anonabox, and nearly instant completion of funding goals, commenters and other figures questioned the source of the hardware, the actual security of the device, and criticized the lack of a promised and compete open sourcing of the code....

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Google's Nexus Player lacks FCC approval, pre-orders stopped

Google has temporarily suspended sales of its recently announced Nexus Player. After a few hours of preorders had been taken, the company abruptly ceased sales of the device, noting that since the device had not yet been approved by the US Federal Communications Commission, that it is not for sale....

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Opinion: iPad Air 2 demo highlights power of 64-bit mobile computing

Apple's demo for the iPad Air 2 during its latest keynote event was hugely impressive. As the company often does during its live presentations, it invited two developers on stage to highlight not only their apps, but also the power of the new iPad Air 2. Although all the technical details are not yet fully known about the powerful new custom 64-bit A8X chip, Apple did reveal some impressive numbers. But numbers aside...

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Friday, October 17

Halloween Giveaway: Free Collage Maker software for all!

With Halloween fast approaching, there will undoubtedly be countless new memories being captured of all the scary costumes, silly face paint, jack-o-lanterns and good times filling up the storage space of millions of Americans and Canadians. MacNN and Electronista want you to have some fun with those memories, so we have teamed up with PearlMountain software to give away free copies of Picture Collage Maker Pro and P...

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WSJ: Google management changes point to Chrome, Android convergence

A change in management at Google suggests the search company is still planning to combine Android and Chrome OS, a report suggests. The Wall Street Journal claims Linus Upson, the head engineer of Chrome OS, has left the role and has been replaced by Hiroshi Lockheimer, the vice president of engineering for Android....

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Apple pulls Bose products from online store

In spite of the two companies settling a lawsuit over noise cancellation patents, Apple has gone ahead and removed Bose headphones and speakers from its online store, visitors note. Rumors surfaced a week ago that Apple was planning to remove Bose products from its stores. Why it would want to was uncertain, but one point of speculation was animosity because of the lawsuit....

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Friday Deals: Filemaker Pro BOGO, 2K up to 85 percent off, more!

Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying. Check back frequently over the weekend, we like to add stuff!...

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FBI director warns Apple, Google away from encrypting devices

The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has asked for companies to back away from encrypting consumer devices by default. Echoing similar comments made last month, Director James Comey spoke to the Brookings Institute yesterday about the issue, which is claimed will make it difficult for law enforcement officials to collect evidence from mobile devices. ...

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Updated iTunes 12 goes live for Windows users

Following its debut for the Mac alongside OS X Yosemite, Apple has released the Windows version of iTunes 12. The software brings with it a radically different look, borrowing design cues from Yosemite. One of the major interface changes is the relocation of categories like Music, Apps, Podcasts, and Movies to buttons in a new menu bar, where a second set of fluctuating options makes it easier to jump to associated i...

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Apple opens up online preorders for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

Apple has officially opened up preorders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at its online store. In the US, Apple is currently promising delivery sometime between October 23rd and the 27th. Delivery in fact appears to be the only option, as in-store pickup is quoted as "coming soon."...

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Samsung adds Intel Celeron processor option to Chromebook 2 line

Samsung has added an extra option to its Chromebook 2 line of budget notebooks. The new addition with an 11.6-inch 1366x768-resolution display replaces the Exynos 5 Octa processors from the original two notebooks with a 2.58GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor and Intel HD graphics, while at the same time downgrading the amount of RAM from 4GB to just 2GB. ...

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VirnetX files for rehearing of tossed Apple verdict

Patent holding firm VirnetX has filed a motion with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing of a September decision tossing a $368.2 million verdict against Apple, and asking it to reinstate a District Court's damages award in full. In a press release, VirnetX says the decision was "contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent." It also asserts that it should receive dama...

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We're hiring: paid mobile app reviewer position available

MacNN and Electronista are hiring paid app reviewers! We're looking for writers who have a familiarity with and own iOS and OS X devices, with Windows and Android gear a bonus. The ideal candidate has four hours free per day, and is available five days a week of your choosing. Applicants will be expected to write two reviews of software we would provide, of approximately 400 words in length, in a daily shift. Interes...

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TwitPic acquisition failed, image hosting service closing October 25th

Twitter image hosting site TwitPic has failed in its efforts to be acquired, and will be shutting down after all. Discussions over the last-minute acquisition failed, with the company announcing on its blog that it will wind up operations and take the service entirely offline on October 25th, one month after its original closure date, giving users just over a week to back up images stored on TwitPic servers. ...

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City council votes against license transfer from Charter to Comcast

A city council has declared it does not want Comcast to provide service to its residents. The council of Worcester, MA has voted against the transfer of the city's cable license from Charter to Comcast over the cable giant's "substandard consumer service practices," as well as believing it lacks the management experience to maintain the service for the region. ...

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Nvidia, Sony, HTC detail devices set to receive Android Lollipop

More manufacturers have revealed which of its devices will be getting the upgrade to Android Lollipop in the future. Nvidia, HTC, and Sony have all confirmed their support for Android 5.0, though a rumor suggests that Google's own Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and Nexus 10 will be the earliest existing Nexus devices to gain the software update. ...

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AMD posts $1.43B revenue in third quarter, cut 7 percent of workforce

AMD missed analyst estimates for the third quarter of 2014 according to the results released by the company on Thursday. Thomson Reuters had estimated that the computer processor and graphics card manufacturer would see $0.04 earnings per share on $1.47 billion in revenue for the quarter. Posted financial results show that AMD saw only $1.43 billion in revenue and $0.02 earnings per share. ...

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