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Apple hits Qualcomm with two more antitrust lawsuits

REUTERS/Charles Platiau Just days after hitting Qualcomm with a $1 billion lawsuit, Apple is doubling down with two more antitrust lawsuits against the chipmaker. As Reuters reports Wednesday, the latest pair of suits were filed by Apple’s subsidiary in China, alleging Qualcomm “abused its clout” in the industry and that the company never made good on its promise to cheaply ...

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Apple’s ‘single sign-on’ feature now works with HBO Go

Apple TV Apple’s “single sign-on” feature has only been live since mid-December but it’s already attracted some impressive services. In addition to A&E, Bravo, NBC, Syfy and USA, which launched with the feature, WatchESPN added the functionality in January and, on Thursday, HBO announced that its HBOGo app will now support it as well. While it does now sport some ...

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Acer penalized $115k for leaving credit card info unprotected

Pichi Chuang / REUTERS It wasn’t nearly as bad as Yahoo leaking 500 million users’ data, but Acer had its own hacking scare last year. Back in June, the Taiwanese computer manufacturer admitted that somebody stole credit card information for nearly 35,000 individuals who bought from the company’s online store. The electronics giant finally settled with the New York Attorney ...

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Pioneer Releases First 4K-Ready Blu-Ray Drives for PCs

While we are seeing streaming services get more and more coverage every day, we haven’t got to the point where we can stream 4K movies on our slow internet connections. Here’s where Pioneer comes in. The company has released two new Blu-ray optical drives for PCs. The new BDR-S11J-X and BDR-S11J-BK measure 5.25” in height, fitting in those unused slots near the ...

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Super-fast camera records light-based ‘sonic booms’

Jinyang Liang, Lihong V. Wang Scientists have suspected that light can create its own conical wakes, like a sonic boom, but how do you capture something that happens so quickly? With a very fast camera, naturally. Washington University in St. Louis has recorded these photonic shockwaves using a “streak camera” that measures both the image and temporal data at 100 ...

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Every Chromebook released in 2017 will support Android apps

You currently have to be picky about your choice of Chrome OS devices if you want to run Android apps, but you won’t have to be quite so choosy going forward. Google has quietly mentioned that all Chromebooks arriving in 2017 or later will support Android software — you won’t have to spring for premium models just to run your ...

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Xioami Releases the World’s First 4K 60 FPS Action Camera

Xiaomi is expanding its reach in categories other than mobile phones and it is not playing catch-up either. Its new 4K+ action camera is the first in the world to record 4K videos at 60fps. That has been made possible through a brand new 14nm Ambarella H2 chipset (rather than A9 before) with its 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Accompanying it ...

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Intel just announced a perfect way to upgrade smart gadgets

If you really think about it, “smart” devices today can also count as computers. They have processors, memory and other hardware similar to what you’d find in a PC. But the problem with embedding computing hardware in devices like TVs and refrigerators is that they’ll quickly grow obsolete. Simply put: to get a faster TV, you have to buy a ...

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Check out the first Windows VR headsets from Dell, HP and Acer

Just a few days after Lenovo unveiled its Windows 10 VR headset, Microsoft showed off what HP, Dell and Acer are working on at a CES media event. Unfortunately, they were all under glass, so all we could do was ogle at the hardware. Still, the designs look interesting. Acer’s looks like it comes straight from the company’s gaming team, ...

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Kingston’s 2TB USB is the Highest Capacity Flash Drive Ever

Imagine a USB flash drive containing 70 hours of 4K video in your pocket. Does that not sound fascinating? Well, Kingston has made it possible with its new 2TB USB flash drive. The new DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT) is the world’s highest capacity USB flash drive. For those looking to carry large amounts of data without relying on hard disks ...

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