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All News for September 2014

California is making it legal for self-driving vehicles to hit the road. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has started issuing permits allowing these self-driving cars to be tested on the state’s public roads so long as certain requirements are met and fees are paid. A $150 application fee is required... Read more...
Facebook has become too crowded and too mundane. With around 1.3 billion Facebook users, it’s understandable to be overwhelmed by everything and want to get away from it all. However, unlike Facebook which is looking to connect everyone to the internet, there is a new site called Netropolitan that focuses more... Read more...
For about as long as video games have existed, so too have the folks that have tried very hard to pin the blame of any increased violence on them. That's despite the fact that there's never been documented proof of such trends - but for some, reason isn't exactly their forte. Nonetheless, researchers at Villanova... Read more...
Earlier this year, Samsung made major waves with the introduction of its 850 Pro SSD and the first commercial iteration of 3D stacked flash memory. Now, Micron is striking back with lower-geometry conventional NAND -- and new drive technology it claims will accelerate performance more effectively than other competing... Read more...
Mobile Bluetooth keyboards are a dime a dozen, but mobile Bluetooth keyboards that come from Microsoft and support Android, iOS, as well as Windows, are far less common. But that's what the company gives us with its "Universal Mobile Keyboard", a very compact option that allows you to prop either a... Read more...
There's been a great deal of Windows 9-related news this past week, but now, we have what's sure to be the most interesting: September 30th will be when we get our first real preview of what's coming. According to Re/code, Microsoft will be holding an event in which it wants you to, "Join us to hear about what's next... Read more...
We already know that Uncle Sam is keeping tabs on us, or at least those of us who might trigger a red flag for one reason or another. The question is, to what degree? We might never know the full answer to that, though we can parse together bits and pieces to get an idea. For example, Google's latest transparency... Read more...
There's a lot of attention paid to the manufacturing side of devices like the iPhone, though rarely does anyone take the time to share shipping details. Sounds pretty boring, right? It would be, except that in the case of the iPhone, you're talking about shipping a highly desirable product on a mass scale. And in... Read more...
Yes folks, Atari is still around, and though it's no longer the same company that brought us the iconic Atari 2600 game console in the late 1970s, the brand is still involved in gaming. Atari's latest project is called Minimum, a third-person shooter set in a minimalistic stylized universe featuring 5-on-5 combat, and... Read more...
Many companies haven't even introduced 4K displays with their own logo on them yet, and we're already looking ahead to what's next. That's typical for the tech space, but 5K displays seem closer than most would have guessed. The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has just announced the DisplayPort 1.3... Read more...
There's a new SHIELD tablet coming to town, and this one wields 32GB of built-in storage and 4G LTE connectivity certified on AT&T's high-speed network. That's twice as much storage as the Wi-Fi version, and when you activate NVIDIA's SHIELD tablet on a qualifying LTE plan through AT&T, you'll receive a $100... Read more...
Over the weekend, there was a report from DeepDotWeb talking about users who were contacted by Comcast agents that proceeded to tell them to stop using Tor Browser or risk losing their service. This has prompted Comcast to release a statement denying these claims. DeepDotWeb reported that users were contacted about... Read more...
Motorola has a number of products launching within the next month, and it's making sure that we don't overlook any of them. The company's latest high-end smartphone, Moto X, will become available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, and as long as you're fine with going through AT&T, you'll be able to score it for... Read more...
You may have noticed that auction site eBay was down for the count or slow loading for a period of time over the weekend. Don't worry, the problem wasn't on your end -- eBay's VP of Global Platform & Infrastructure Group, Sri Shivananda, issued an apology for the recent site troubles, adding that the company... Read more...
Update, 0915 - 4:30PM - Apple is now offering iTunes users the ability to remove U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, from their library. However, the company warns that once the album has been removed users will not be able to re-download it as a previous purchase. The company also aid that the album will remain free... Read more...
We think it's fitting for Maingear to bring 3K resolution gaming to its Pulse line of laptops. Consider that playing games at full HD 1080p (1920x1080) on the desktop is nothing special these days, which is why we're seeing more and more players jump to higher resolution displays, from 2560x1440 (most 27-inch class monitors) on up to the emerging... Read more...
As expected, Apple announced a record number of day one pre-orders for its recently announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. The larger screen sizes proved popular and led to over four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, as well as a shortage of devices -- Apple says that while a "significant amount" of... Read more...
It was two years ago this month that the original developer kit for the Oculus Rift blew past its $250,000 goal on Kickstarter en router to raking in nearly $2.5 million. The headline read, "Step into the Game" with the Oculus Rift being billed as "the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games." At... Read more...
It appears that the rumors have turned out to be true. Today, both Microsoft and Mojang announced that they have reached an agreement where Microsoft will pay $2.5 billion for Mojang, which includes its Minecraft franchise and other IPs currently being developed. However, it was also revealed that the game... Read more...
Thank's to NVIDIA's legal spat with Samsung and Qualcomm over GPU technology patents, we know that HTC is building the Nexus 9 tablet for Google (more on that in a moment). We also know the Nexus 9 will come to town with a Tegra K1 System-on-Chip (SoC). The biggest mystery that we've yet to solve at this point is the... Read more...
While Google has grown into a multifaceted company with many areas of focus, connecting people remains at its core. Without people connected to the Internet, people can't connect to Google's services. And without that, there's no Google. In a bid to assist the next billion in getting connected, Google debuted Android... Read more...
The rumors keep on flying as an unnamed source “briefed on the matter” told Reuters that Microsoft is not only looking to acquire Minecraft developer Mojang, but buy it for the hefty sum of $2.5 billion. That’s $500 million more than was previously rumored last week. The same source went on to say... Read more...
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