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  • Nvidia creates high-resolution screen using two low-resolution panels

    29 July 2014, 5:36 pm

    High-resolution, low-cost displays for virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift could become a reality sooner than first thought, if recently-revealed research from Nvidia is adopted. Researchers working for the graphics chip producer realized that…
  • London Police replacing advertisements on illegal download sites

    29 July 2014, 5:15 pm

    The City of London Police is taking a new approach when it comes to curbing piracy. The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) recently started replacing advertising banners on websites involved with copyright infringement warning users that the site…
  • 2014 Mac mini appears on Apple support page

    29 July 2014, 5:11 pm

    A "mid 2014" Mac mini is now listed on an Apple support document for Boot Camp. The page makes no mention of other details about the computer, other than it only supporting 64-bit Windows 7 and 8 versions of the Boot Camp utility, which allows Macs to run…
  • Rhapsody International nabs two million premum service subscribers

    29 July 2014, 4:36 pm

    Rhapsody International announced today that it hit a significant milestone for its business. The company announced that it reached two million subscribers for its premium services, including Rhapsody, Napster and the joint venture with T-Mobile called unRadio.…
  • Microsoft reportedly plans two more imminent Lumia launches

    29 July 2014, 3:18 pm

    Two more smartphones may launch from Microsoft's phone division in the near future, according to a report. Two Windows Phone devices were allegedly revealed during an internal meeting chaired by Microsoft devices head Stephen Elop, with one smartphone…
  • Sapphire production insufficient for iPhone 6 displays, analysts say

    29 July 2014, 2:43 pm

    Supply chain orders so far don't support the idea of the iPhone 6 using sapphire for its display, except perhaps in limited numbers, according to analysts with Trendforce. "Analysis of the iPhone 6 supply chain indicates related component suppliers need to…
  • Electronic Arts deploying EA Access Xbox One game subscription program

    29 July 2014, 2:21 pm

    Electronic Arts has rolled out a new subscription service for some of its games for Xbox One owners. For either a $5 monthly or $30 annual fee, gamers on Microsoft's new console will soon be able to sign up for EA Access, allowing them to play FIFA 14, Madden…
  • Chen's BlackBerry acquires German security firm Secusmart

    29 July 2014, 1:48 pm

    At its annual BlackBerry summit, the beleagured smartphone manufacturer has announced a deal that will see it acquire Germany's Secusmart to enhance its own security offerings. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said of the deal that it "creates that much more distance…
  • Trouble at TPK may hint at iWatch production issues

    29 July 2014, 1:35 pm

    Changes in profit forecasts at TPK may signal delays in iWatch production, reports suggest. Taiwanese publication UDN notes that TPK -- thought to be making touch modules for the iWatch -- has pushed back a predicted third-quarter profit surge into the next…
  • MOTU ships trio of Thunderbolt audio interfaces, AVB Ethernet switch

    29 July 2014, 1:04 pm

    Audio device manufacturer MOTU has announced three new Thunderbolt audio interfaces with 48-channel mixing, DSP effects and AVB Ethernet audio networking for system expansion. Based on a new, shared technology platform, the 1248, 8M and 16a use ESS Sabre32…
  • LG commences pre-orders for 105-inch curved Ultra HD television

    29 July 2014, 1:02 pm

    LG has opened pre-orders for the 105-inch curved Ultra HD television it demonstrated at CES, one week after Samsung did the same for its own large-screened television. The 105UC9 LG display has a relatively similar specifications list to the Samsung screen,…
  • UK police at all traffic accidents seizing cellphones, seeking fault

    29 July 2014, 12:59 pm

    UK police have launched a new initiative, that will authorize police responding to a car accident to seize drivers' mobile phones even in the case of a minor incident. The program will help police assess if any of the individuals involved in the accident were…
  • Microsoft opens pre-orders for Sharks Cove Windows development board

    29 July 2014, 11:49 am

    Microsoft has worked with Intel and CircuitCo to create a Windows development board in a similar vein to the Raspberry Pi. Available to pre-order, the Sharks Cove is a System-on-Chip "Windows compatible hardware development board" meant to help developers work…
  • China regulators launch anti-trust investigation against Microsoft

    29 July 2014, 11:19 am

    Following yesterday's raid on Microsoft offices in China, China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) has officially launched an anti-monopoly investigation into the company's ubiquitous Windows operating system. SAIC claims to have data…
  • Long-standing Android 'Fake ID' bug gives malware root access

    29 July 2014, 10:10 am

    Mobile device researchers Bluebox Security have discovered a serious flaw in Google's Android operating system, that dates back to version 2.1, and is still present, albeit weakened, in the new 5.0 preview. The "Fake ID" security flaw allows a fake app to…
  • Drobo Mini ships with included SSD storage for portable storage

    29 July 2014, 10:01 am

    Connected Data, creators of the Drobo range of storage appliances, has launched a version of its most portable device with built-in storage. The Drobo Mini, first revealed two years ago, will include four SSD drives pre-installed into its four 2.5-inch drive…
  • Apple updates MacBook pro line with faster processors, more RAM

    29 July 2014, 9:30 am

    As predicted, Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with Retina display product line. Both sizes of the model have an unchanged external design, but now boast faster processors, with some models seeing a doubling of RAM as standard. Surviving the upgrade is the…
  • LG shows Tab Book hybrid notebook running Android instead of Windows

    29 July 2014, 8:09 am

    LG has revealed a version of its Tab Book, a combined tablet and notebook, running on Android instead of Windows 8.1. The new Tab Book 11TA740 uses an 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display which can slide up and uncover a physical keyboard, with the Android device…
  • Canon unveils PowerShot SX520 HS, SX400 IS bridge cameras

    29 July 2014, 6:57 am

    Canon has increased its range of versatile PowerShot digital cameras with two new additions. The new PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS are both bridge cameras with DSLR physical styling, with the two touting extended-range zoom lenses capable of…
  • Apple Stores gearing up to allow early-upgrade carrier program buying?

    29 July 2014, 1:43 am

    Traditionally, iPhones bought from Apple Stores come in two varieties: locked to an individual carrier with a two-year contract, or completely unlocked but at full retail price. Last month, the company began allowing sales of iPhones on pre-paid plans, and now…
  • Apple drops cross-appeal against Samsung, gives up injunction

    28 July 2014, 9:48 pm

    Two years after the first Apple-Samsung patent trial, the big winner in that case -- Apple -- has dropped a motion to cross-appeal a portion of Judge Lucy Koh's final verdict. The action means that the company has officially given up hope of seeing any product…
  • HTC rumored to prepare Windows Phone version of One M8 for release

    28 July 2014, 8:48 pm

    HTC may be preparing to release a version of the One M8 smartphone running Windows Phone instead of Android, according to rumors. Report sources claim the smartphone producer will be returning to Windows Phone again, effectively re-purposing the One M8's…
  • Microsoft debuts new Halo 2 footage from The Master Chief Collection

    28 July 2014, 7:58 pm

    During a panel at San Diego Comic Con last week, new footage from Halo: The Master Chief Collection was shown off by a number of people involved with the Microsoft project, including Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor. A new video was released by…
  • HBC department stores Lord & Taylor, Hudson's Bay to use iBeacons

    28 July 2014, 7:28 pm

    HBC Department Store Group, which owns both the Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay department store chain, has announced it will be using indoor iBeacons leveraging Apple technology, manufactured by Motorola Solutions and powered by software from Swirl Networks…
  • OkCupid defends Facebook, admits to running its own experiments

    28 July 2014, 6:47 pm

    Dating site OkCupid took to its blog today in a small defense of the outrage over Facebook's study involving manipulation of users' emotional states through data on its news feed for "psychological research." In a post titled "We Experiment on Human Beings,"…
  • Bitcoin app Blockchain allowed to return to App Store

    28 July 2014, 5:46 pm

    A Bitcoin trading app, Blockchain, has been allowed to return to the iOS App Store, reports note. The title was one of several removed from the App Store early this year during an Apple crackdown. The company's policy is normally to prohibit apps allowing…
  • Chinese officials make surprise visits to four Microsoft offices

    28 July 2014, 5:13 pm

    Officials from the China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) showed up at four Microsoft offices in the country unannounced earlier today. Offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai received the sudden visits, that could be tied to…
  • Briefly: Hilton enables phone-based room keys, new NPR One app

    28 July 2014, 4:12 pm

    Hilton Worldwide has announced that its guests will now be able to use their iOS or Android device to control most elements of a guest's hotel stay. Due to roll out this summer, the upcoming Hilton app will soon allows users to choose a preferred room, make…
  • Samsung's Gear VR Manager surfaces, shows off setup, use information

    28 July 2014, 3:49 pm

    On top of getting their hands on a render photo and a name for Samsung's upcoming virtual reality (VR) device earlier this month, Sammobile was able to spend some time with an early version of the software responsible for controlling the Gear VR. Called Gear…
  • FISA Court judges ruling on surveillance reportedly own Verizon stock

    28 July 2014, 3:35 pm

    Judges sitting on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) may not be entirely impartial, according to a report. A number of judges on FISA Court allegedly own stock in Verizon, one of the companies subject to NSA bulk surveillance orders…

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