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Twitter beats estimates with third quarter results, user growth slows

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:50
Twitter posted its third quarter results for fiscal year 2014, posting $361.2 million in revenue. Revenue was up compared to the same quarter in 2013, with quarter-on-quarter results improving by approximately $49 million. The company beat out analyst projections of $351.35 million, but posted lower than the $0.01 earnings per share (EPS) expected with a loss of $0.29 EPS....






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New Alienware 13 notebook released, optional Graphics Amplifier

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:09
On top of the new Area-51 desktop gaming PC, Alienware is taking care of mobile gamers with its new Alienware 13 notebook. While the Alienware 13 isn't as powerful as its desktop counterpart, the company hopes to solve that with an add-on device called the Alienware Graphics Amplifier that brings the power of a discrete GPU to the notebook....






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Alienware sets release, specifications for flagship Area-51 PC

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:01
Alienware announced the availability of the new Area-51, the company's flagship gaming PC that Electronista took a first-hand look at during PAX Prime 2014. The customizable PC will be available starting October 28 with Intel's gaming-focused Haswell-E processors and X99 motherboards also unveiled during the gaming convention in August....






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Hands On: Wasteland 2 (OS X, Windows)

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:58
In 2012, InXile Entertainment took to Kickstarter, aiming to raise $900,000 revive the 1988 classic role-playing game Wasteland with a sequel. Since then, and with over $2.9 million in pledges from over 61,000 backers, the team has rolled out Wasteland 2 on Steam, a successor which attempts to modernize the base game while keeping the style and gameplay of the original release....






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FCC fines TerraCom, YourTel America $10M for customer privacy failure

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:44
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has levied a total of $10 million in fines against two carriers, for improperly storing customer data. TerraCom and YourTel America have both been hit with the fines for "lax data security practices" which allegedly left the personal data of approximately 305,000 customers in public view on unsecured servers....






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Xbox head doesn't believe a Minecraft sequel 'makes the most sense'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:40
Fans holding out for a Minecraft 2 after the Microsoft acquisition of Mojang could be in for some disappointment. In a podcast recording last week, Microsoft's Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that he doesn't believe that a second version in the franchise make sense. Even though the brand has room to grow, meeting the needs for the community is currently the most important job....






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Briefly: CyberPowerPC Fangbook III HX6, Gigabyte Raptor FPS mouse

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:24
CyberPower PC is releasing a new gaming notebook next month starting at $1,100. The Fangbook III HX6 features a 15.6-inch full HD LED backlit IPS display, capability of resolutions up to 1920x1080 with anti-glare technology built-in. The Fangbook III is powered by an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics with 4GB of VRAM, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 500MB 7200RPM hard drive. While the company stated in its press release that it comes with a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, this appears to be under a Halloween promotion....






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Microsoft adds unlimited storage to OneDrive for Office 365 accounts

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:57
Microsoft is upping the ante in the cloud storage market, by offering some users unlimited OneDrive storage. Subscribers of Office 365 will soon see their allowance upgraded from their current 1TB allocation, itself raised from 20GB in June, with Home, Personal, and University customers set to receive the upgrades starting from today....






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CarPlay-ready Alpine iLX-007 receiver ships with $800 pricetag

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:21
Alpine has begun shipping the previously-announced iLX-007, its first receiver to support Apple's CarPlay platform. The device has also been given an $800 pricetag. It sports a 7-inch 800x480 touchscreen, three 2V preouts, one aux input, and an input for rear-view camera systems. Like other Alpine receivers, it uses a technology called MediaXpander to try to improve the quality of compressed digital audio....






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Amazon unveils Fire TV Stick as second media streamer

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:35
Amazon has added a second option for customers wanting to acquire its Fire TV media streamer, one which seemingly takes inspiration from the Roku Streaming Stick and the Google Chromecast. The Fire TV Stick plugs into the HDMI socket of a television, and aims to provide the same streaming experience as its set-top box stablemate....






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Apple making deals to improve utility of NFC chips in iPhones

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:40
Apple is hunting for new partnerships that will let it diversify the use of the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, a new report claims. At the moment the chip is meant exclusively for retail Apple Pay transactions, particularly since the related API hasn't been opened to third-party developers. Apple is allegedly negotiating with companies like HID Global and Cubic regarding purposes such as building security and public transit ticketing....






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Fitbit reveals Charge, Charge HR, Surge fitness trackers

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:09
Fitbit has revealed three new devices in its fitness tracker range, including one which did not leak prematurely. The Charge and Charge HR appear to be reworked versions of the Fitbit Force, while the Surge has a larger display and a built-in GPS, with the device set to provide more smartwatch-style functionality on top of its existing fitness-related data collection activities....






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Briefly: Xbox One $50 discount, Nexus Player Gamepad hits Google Play

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:47
Microsoft is cutting the price of its Xbox One game console for the holidays. Starting from November 2nd, a $50 discount will be applied on console bundles, bringing the standard version down to $349, or $449 including the Kinect, while the limited edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle with a 1TB hard drive and customized console and controller will cost $449 when it launches from November 3rd. It is unclear if similar discounts will be applied in other markets, but the $50-off promotion will end on January 3rd....






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Lenovo SW-B100 Smartband fitness tracker quietly surfaces on website

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 06:58
Lenovo has quietly launched its first fitness tracker for iOS and Android devices, one which leaked earlier this month via an FCC filing. The SW-B100 Smartband is said on the Lenovo website to possess the usual traits of a fitness tracker, though it will also apparently allow the wearer to automatically unlock and log into a PC without needing to manually type in a password....






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Weekly Game Replay: Hearthstone on smartphones, EA lawsuit dismissed

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 18:29
Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report on some of the important bits of news from the world of video games. In this week's edition we take a look at Blizzard bringing Hearthstone to smartphones, EA's Battlefield 4 lawsuit dismissal, Assassin's Creed: Unity system requirements, Carbine Studios layoffs, and more....






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T-Mobile CEO details carrier relationships with Apple SIM

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 15:50
In light of the news that AT&T is locking down the Apple SIM card if used in its network, T-Mobile CEO...






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Nest acquires Revolv, immediately halts sales of smart hub solution

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 13:59
Nest Labs is investing further into home automation market with an acquisition announced last week. Revolv, a company that makes a smart hub to tie together Internet of Things (IoT) devices, said that it was purchased by the Google-owned connected device company. As a result, the team is folded into Nest for future product development, and sales of the Revolv hub are ending....






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