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Synology unable to aid decryption of SynoLocker afflicted devices

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:40
Synology users affected by the SynoLocker attack may have lost their files to the cryptoware. Representatives from Synology have informed Electronista that at this time, they are unable to provide assistance recovering data that has been forcibly encrypted by the malware....






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Analyst claims iPhone 6 may have 2100mAh battery

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:02
The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 may have a 2100mAh battery, claims a Chinese analyst, Sun Chang Xu. That figure would be a 45.8 percent leap over the 1440mAh of the iPhone 5s. A recent report indicated that the iPhone 6 will have a 1810mAh battery....






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Security firms provide free decryption keys to CryptoLocker victims

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:59
Victims of the CryptoLocker ransomware may be able to unlock their files without having to pay. Security experts from FireEye and Fox IT are hosting Decrypt CryptoLocker, a site dedicated to providing keys for affected systems, allowing for encrypted files to become available to users who chose not to pay the malware creator's ransom demand....






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Moto 360 image leak shows wireless charging dock

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:05
Motorola's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, has allegedly been spotted being used with its charging station. The leaked photographs appear to show the smartwatch attached a charging dock for the first time, with the leak also providing a considerable number of close-up views of the Moto 360's sides and back, and demonstrates its size when worn and in comparison to the LG G Watch....






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China excludes Apple products from government procurements [u]

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:31
[Updated with Chinese government denial] The Chinese government has excluded 10 Apple products from its latest procurement list dictating which products can be bought using public funds, according to officials cited by Bloomberg. Among the banned products are all variations of the MacBook and the iPad, but not the iPhone or other Mac models. The products were on a June version of the list, but are said to have been left out as of July due to security worries, though another report quotes government officials as denying this....






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Brother debuts two models in new line of small business printers

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:23
Printer manufacturer Brother today announced the MFC-J5620DW and the MFC-J5720DW, the first two model from its new line of color inkjet all-in-ones for small businesses, the Business Smart Plus Series. The new model offers printing up to 11x17, with print speeds of up to 22ppm black and 20ppm color....






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Microsoft expanding Surface Pro 3 availability on August 28

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:17
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet will soon be available to purchase in 25 more countries later this month. The software giant has confirmed the street date for the latest in its tablet range will be August 28th in the new markets, with the original Core i5 and the newly-added Core i3 and Core i7 variants all shipping at the same time....






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Microsoft offices in China burdened by new anti-trust raids

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:57
New raids by the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce against Microsoft have taken place related to the ongoing antitrust investigation against the software giant. Raids on Microsoft took place yesterday in Beijing, Liaoning, Fujian, and Hubei, with a related event happening in Microsoft financial firm Accenture in Dalian....






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MSI launches WS60 notebook workstation with 2880x1620 display option

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:57
Computer hardware manufacturer MSI has unveiled a new work-focused notebook running Windows 7 Professional, which it touts as being thin and light for a portable workstation. Spiritual successor to the GS60 gaming notebook and weighing in 4.36 pounds and measuring under 0.8 inches thick, the WS60 boasts an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 3.4GHz, with a choice of 15.6-inch 16:9 displays including a 2880x1620 resolution option and a 1080p version with eDP Wide View Angle technology....






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Uber starts private beta testing of UberPool car pooling option

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:55
Cab-hailing service Uber is looking to lower the cost of rides for its customers, by offering the option to car-pool with other users. Rolling out as a private beta, UberPool will allow customers to hail a car as normal, but it will attempt to find others requesting a similar journey so the car can be shared, with the cost significantly reduced for each UberPool participant....






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Samsung, Apple agree to end all non-US legal disputes

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:06
In a joint email sent to the press, Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all patent lawsuits against each other in all countries except the US, without any settlement, cross-license agreement or any other consideration. The US court system will be the sole arbiter of the numerous patent disputes the two companies have brought against each other, and comes on the heels of a series of moves to de-escalate the standoffs between them. Samsung and Apple agreed to drop appeals of an ITC case in June....






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Report: Sprint no longer pursuing deal to acquire T-Mobile, CEO out

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:17
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that T-Mobile's possible purchase by Sprint may no longer be on the table. Sources tell the publication that Sprint's parent company, SoftBank, no longer believes that it would be able to convince regulators that the merger of the two companies would be favorable to the wireless industry. It's believed that officials had given enough of a signal that it would oppose any change in the current wireless market....






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Nokia executive confirms possible return to consumer hardware business

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:45
Nokia may be re-entering the consumer device business, despite selling its Devices and Services arm to Microsoft. Senior Vice President of Strategy Sebastian Nyström revealed on Twitter that the company is looking again at producing hardware for consumers, confirming earlier job postings which hinted at Nokia creating new devices, though it is unclear exactly what these could be....






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LinkedIn pays out almost $6 million in wages, damages in labor issue

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:54
Professional networking site LinkedIn agreed on Monday to pay out nearly $6 million in overtime wages and damages, after a probe by the United States Department of Labor. The job networking service company was found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by not properly keeping records in regard to time worked, as well as violating overtime laws....






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Xiaomi now China's leading smartphone brand, beats Samsung shipments

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:53
Research firm Canalys ushered in some less-than-welcome news for Samsung this week, as the firm indicates that the Korean electronics manufacturer has lost the leading smartphone spot in China. Xiaomi, a Chinese manufacturer that has rapidly risen in popularity, has claimed the top spot for market share in the country, dethroning Samsung on the back of weak quarterly results....






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Briefly: Catalyst's waterproof sleeves, Ooloo live voice assistant

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:49
Rugged tech accessories producer, Catalyst, has introduced a new line of protective waterproof sleeves for use with tablets, laptops and even documents. Suitable for commuters and students, the Catalyst Waterproof Sleeve aims to offer a minimalist design with an IP66 waterproof rating. The sleeves feature a double-lock watertight closure that is capable of completely sealing out rain, snow, dirt, spills and brief submersions underwater. Its strap system can be adjusted for use as a backpack, a single-shoulder sling bag, or the sleeve can be used simply as a protective case layer....






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Rupert Murdoch, 21st Century Fox retract Time Warner buyout offer

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:58
Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox has rescinded its offer for its consolidation deal for Time Warner. Murdoch himself took to the airwaves, blaming Time Warner for the breakdown. He said that "Time Warner management and its board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling."...






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Justin.tv shutting down immediately, claims Twitch is the focus

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:39
The online streaming video site that spawned Twitch has announced that it is closing down, effective today. Justin.tv, which was launched in 2007 by Justin Kan, Emmett Shear, Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt, changed its website to a goodbye video and answered some questions about the future of the company and its users. The streaming service was touted as a "life streaming" platform that allowed a look into the everyday lives of the users, and its founders....






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Crowdfunding Critic: Airfy Beacon

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:32
Welcome to Tuesday's edition of the Crowdfunding Critic. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the staff at Electronista and MacNN take a look at a few crowdfunding requests to offer up a project that we find interesting to our readers. It's important that this isn't taken as an endorsement of the project, but rather a neat find that we think people could have an interest in. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, the ones we talk about come with risk, even if the project reaches its funding threshold. With that word of warning out of the way to encourage smart investing, this time we'll be talking about a...






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