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President Obama reveals personal data taken by NSA will be in hands of 3rd party

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It looks like the NSA scandal has gotten enough attention to warrant a serious response from the US Government. President Barack Obama has announced that all of the data collected through NSA surveillance will now be viewed by a third party. He has also announced that there will be an end to the collection of data “in-bulk”.

The third party that will be handling the public’s data hasn’t been revealed. In President Obama’s speech today regarding the matter, he didn’t exactly announce that there would be an end to the NSA’s surveillance of US Citizens,but made promises as to how the agency would go about collecting said data. Read more »

Acer announces $254 million net loss for Q4 2013

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Acer announced today its last quarter financial results and they’ve turned up a lot worse than the company initially expected.

According to the financial report No.4 PC manufacturer based in Taiwan has accumulated $254 million (T$7.6 billion) net loss – twice the predicted $122.66 million (T$3.69 billion). Read more »

Intel’s Arizona factory launch gets delayed due to slowdown in the PC market

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Intel has revealed that it’s going to delay the opening of its completed chip facility in Chandler, Arizona. Called simply Fab 42, the facility lacks the robots and infrastructure to actually produce processors.

Instead of investing in Fab 42 right now, Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy has shared the company’s plans to upgrade three of is other factories. The reason behind the decision is that Intel will be able to use the existing equipment that is already present. Read more »

Nike unveils Silver edition of its FuelBand SE with $169 price tag

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Nike has officially announced a new limited edition of its FuelBand that comes with a new silver paint job. The activity tracker is now up for grabs in six color options – Black, Pink Foil, Total Crimson, Volt, Rose Gold and the newly launched Silver hue.

The Silver version of the Nike+ FuelBand SE comes with a silver plate on the clip and apart from that there are no alterations to the design. Read more »

Google Nexus Wireless Charger reaches four new countries

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Google has expanded the availability of its Nexus Wireless Charger to four new countries. The new markets include Australia, Japan, Korea and India.

Right now, in some of these countries the accessory is listed as “coming soon”, but the status is bound to change in next couple of hours. Read more »

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics get an official Samsung app

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Samsung has released an official app for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which will kick off next month. As a partner of the event, the global market leader has designed an exclusive app for the upcoming games.

The app that is named WOW for Wireless Olympic Works and offers one of the easiest ways to keep track of what’s happening at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Read more »

Sony releases official promo videos for Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual

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Sony has taken the wraps off its Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual phablets. As tradition goes on such occasions, a couple of promotional videos of the 6-inch smartphones have gone live.

The first video runs for about 90 seconds and features the single SIM variant of the Xperia T2 Ultra in action. Read more »

Twitter revamps its web client

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Twitter has completely revamped its web interface to bring it closer to the look and feel of its iOS and Android applications. The new design comes with a cool new white navigation bar at the top, replacing the dark hue.

Twitter has retained all its navigational elements such as home, connect, discover and user profile in its new tweak, but the overall design of the micro-blogging site is a lot lighter now. Read more »

Microsoft outs a duo of new Xbox One promo videos, check them out

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Microsoft released a duo of new Xbox one promo videos on YouTube. The clips are focused on the gaming prowess of the console, as well as the accolades it received from both users and the press.

The first clip is entitled “Immersive Gaming” and highlights the realistic gameplay which the Xbox One provides. Read more »

Google acquires Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash

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Google acquired the designer and manufacturer of home products Nest Labs. The search engine giant paid $3.2 billion in cash for the Palo Alto-based company.

Founded in 2010, Nest brings modern design and functionality to ubiquitous home products. Read more »

Facebook acquires Branch in a $15 million deal

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CEO of Branch, Josh Miller, has announced that the service has been bought out by Facebook. As part of the deal, Facebook will also acquire Potluck, a similar service. If you’re not familiar with Branch or Potluck, they’re link-sharing services that allow friends to share news stories and internet articles, and have conversations about said stories. This news-centric app’s intention was to move discussions away from Facebook and email and allow users an easier, more “feed-like” way to talk about the links they’re sharing.

The news doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, considering that Facebook has been moving more towards putting real news stories in your feeds along with photo albums of your best friend’s weird night in Bangkok photo album. Facebook is bringing on CEO Josh Miller to do just this, so he’ll be working for Zuckerberg in addition to being bought out. Read more »

Weekend poll results: The hots and nots of CES 2014

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This weekend we set out to get your thoughts on the hottest products from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and now that we have the results it’s time to see what you guys liked and what disappointed you.

While the overall tone remained excited there were things you guys weren’t really thrilled about. This year’s CES brought the first real non-compromises mini smartphone from the Android camp, some exciting slates from Samsung, a new take at smartwatch design by Pebble and more. Read more »

Apple outs a cool new iPad Air commercial

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Apple has released a new iPad Air TV commercial during the NFL playoffs game between the San Francisco 49′ers and the Carolina Panthers.

The new promotional video runs for about 90 seconds and features a monologue from the popular movie ‘Dead Poets Society’. Read more »

The Babolat Play Pure Drive: a smart tennis racquet

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Want to stop sucking at Tennis, but can’t afford a good instructor? Well Babolat may have something that’ll help you out: the Play Pure Drive.

Essentially a tennis racquet that is packed with sensors, Babolat’s racquet measures vibrational and gyroscopic data and displays how many forehand and backhand hits you’ve made and where exactly you hit the ball on the strings. You can then use this data to delineate your tendencies and try to correct them and improve your game.

The data is synced via Bluetooth, where all of the tennis-centric metrics are pushed to your smartphone or device of choice. You don’t need to interpret all of the data yourself though, because Babolat’s software will give you suggestions on how to improve your swing. Read more »

Kickstarter saw 3 million pledging users from all continents in 2013

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2013 was a good year for Kickstarter and that means it was good for thousands of entrepreneurs and people with good ideas needing financing.

To run the numbers, throughout 2013 Kickstarter gathered $480 million in pledges from 3 million users translating into almost 19 thousand successful projects. Read more »