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Google to integrate Chromebooks with Intel Haswell chips for improved battery life

Google to integrate Chromebooks with Intel Haswell chips for improved battery life

Google may be putting Intel's new Haswell chips into its future Chromebooks. The new Haswell chip is intended to be used by ultrabooks, and it promises battery life of up to 24 hours on a single charge. Through some digging, GigaOM was able to uncover the name, Haswell, throughout various code for a device codenamed Slippy. The implementation of Haswell chips would make Chromebooks much more appealing as an alternative to a traditional laptop.

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Vine upgraded with mentions and front-facing camera support

Vine upgraded with mentions and front-facing camera support

An update for Vine is rolling out today that brings a few new features to the social app as well as various bug fixes. One of the major updates included is the added support for front-facing cameras. By pressing the button located on the bottom left corner of your phone, you can switch over to your front-facing camera and send 6 second messages that way. We're expecting many users to abuse this new feature with selfies and whatnot.

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Blackberry CEO claims the Q10 will sell “tens of millions of units”

Blackberry CEO claims the Q10 will sell “tens of millions of units”

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins believes that the Blackberry Q10 will be the company's saving grace, moreso than the Blackberry Z10. First day Blackberry Q10 sales in the UK has surpassed the company's expectations with Carphone Warehouse's outlet, Selfridges, saying that the device sold thousands of units per hour. Within 6 hours, the retailer sold out its entire stock of Blackberry Q10 devices in every one of its stores.

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Jony Ive set to flatten out Apple’s iOS 7 software

Jony Ive set to flatten out Apple’s iOS 7 software

Jony Ive, Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, will be redesigning Apple's iOS software and the new design is said to be more metro-like. According to several of 9 to 5 Mac's sources, Ive is set to flatten out the user-interface in iOS, getting rid of all of the glossiness and skeuomorphic designs and going for a more flat look slightly resembling the flatness of Windows Phone's interface.

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Pirates suggest Copyright Alert System inefficient with crowdsource tests

Pirates suggest Copyright Alert System inefficient with crowdsource tests

On February 25th, several United States ISPs got together and decided to launch the Copyright Alert System (CAS) in order to stop online piracy. With the CAS, ISPs would be able to detect when one of their users downloaded files illegally, and they would issue a warning to the user. The ISPs call it the "6 strikes" program, where the user would be warned up to 6 times, with each consecutive warning being more aggressive than the previous. Pirates from all around wanted to test out just how efficient the new CAS system was.

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Syrian Electronic Army targets The Guardian’s Twitter accounts

Syrian Electronic Army targets The Guardian’s Twitter accounts

The Syrian Electronic Army has struck again, and this time they decided to hack into several accounts belonging to The Guardian. A couple of the accounts hacked were @GuardianBusiness and @GuardianFilm, and they were used to send out tweets promoting the Syrian Electronic Army. This is the latest attack coming from the SEA, and is most likely not their last. This recent hit should speed up Twitter's process of implementing a two-factor authentication system.

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Undercover cops sell iPhones in black market scheme

Undercover cops sell iPhones in black market scheme

Undercover cops in San Francisco are looking to cut down the amount of iPhone thefts there are in their city. However, these cops are taking a different approach than just running after iPhone robbers and cuffing them. Instead, they are going after the buyers of the stolen products, in a scheme that they call "cutting the head off the snake". San Francisco Police Captain Joe Garrity says that if the iPhone thieves aren't able to sell their goods, there's no market for them.

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Dead Island project dubbed “Hellraid” for slasher game officiality

Dead Island project dubbed “Hellraid” for slasher game officiality

Techland, the developer of the popular PC titles Dead Island and Call of Juarez, has officially confirmed that the next title they're working on will be called Hellraid. The game will be a first-person perspective slasher that you can choose play solo or play with your friends. Techland began work on the game last year under the codename "Project Hell", but they decided that they needed to give their child a real name.

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Xbox 720 integration tipped by Ubisoft in Watch Dogs push

Xbox 720 integration tipped by Ubisoft in Watch Dogs push

While Ubisoft already made it clear that it would be releasing its next open world action-adventure game for the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U, and the Xbox 360, it still didn't confirm whether or not Watch Dogs would be released for the next-gen Xbox (although then again, why would it leave it out?). In the official Watch Dogs world premiere gameplay trailer released today, Ubisoft tips that Watch Dogs will most likely head to the Xbox 720.

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