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Razer Naga Epic Chroma Mouse targets MMO gamers

Razer Naga Epic Chroma Mouse targets MMO gamers

Razer, which recently introduced a new speaker system targeted at gamers, has unveiled a new gaming mouse designed specifically for use with MMOs. The maker brags its newest device has a hearty number of buttons at 19, and that it brings with it millions of color options. "The new Naga Epic Chroma gives MMO gamers more freedom than ever before," brags the company's CEO. Sound exciting? The Naga Epic Chroma mouse will be making it official debut on November 7 at BlizzCon.

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Movie watching just got easier with “What Is On Netflix”

Movie watching just got easier with “What Is On Netflix”

It's a common plight: you fire up Netflix and start scrolling, and scrolling, and scrolling...and you can't find anything decent to watch. It seems like most of the shows have disappointing ratings, and you've already binged on the latest releases. This usually leads to a bunch of other websites, where you hunt down "Top Ten" lists and similar charts in search of a movie worthy of taking up your free time. That ends up being a huge waste of time, sometimes returning something decent, somethings not.

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Russian lawmaker wants Tim Cook banned from nation

Russian lawmaker wants Tim Cook banned from nation

Yesterday Apple's Tim Cook made the brave decision to bring a piece of his personal life into the public light. He went into details about his decision, saying in part, "If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone ... then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy." As expected, Cook's comments about his sexuality were met with a lot of commentary -- some good and, unfortunately, some bad. Counted among the bad is a Russian official's statement that Cook should now be banned from entering the nation.

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Angry Birds Transformers arrives for mobile gamers

Angry Birds Transformers arrives for mobile gamers

Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, revealed this past summer that a new blockbuster would be assimilated into the game's bird-flinging world: Transformers. The thing is, you won't be flinging angry birds in this version of the series -- you'll be running on mechanical legs and using your robot arms to bring all sorts of blasting chaos instead. Such is the magic of the transforming suits and angry birds, which hold firm in their one and true mission in life: to destroy their enemies.

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Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

There are many ways to protect your smartphone: password, pin, pattern, and more recently, a fingerprint. While legally you can't be compelled as part of an investigation to reveal any of the first three, a judge has ruled that you can be forced to relinquish your fingerprint to investigators seeking access to your device. The reason, says the judge, is that the fingerprint isn't knowledge like a password, but is instead a physical object of sorts, like a key or a DNA sample.

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TiVo adds Walmart’s VUDU video service

TiVo adds Walmart’s VUDU video service

Netflix and Hulu Plus might be the two best known video streaming services at the moment, but many competitors exist, not the least of which is Walmart's VUDU. Like some other services, VUDU allows its customers to rent and buy digital movies and TV shows, including things like flat-rate season bundles for entire series seasons. The service has long been available on many set top box devices, including various Roku models, and now it has finally arrived for those using TiVo.

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Scientists develop “decoder” that transcribes thoughts

Scientists develop “decoder” that transcribes thoughts

Not much in this world is private any more, but your thoughts -- specifically the ones you think but don't speak -- are the one thing you can be certain stays private. That certainty mightn't be so strong in the future, however, with a team a researchers revealing that they've successfully decoded volunteers' unspoken thoughts. The work was done by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, who hope the technology can one day be used to give a voice to individuals who aren't able to speak.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 arrive with svelte all-metal unibody

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 arrive with svelte all-metal unibody

Rumors can be put to rest, with Samsung introducing the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 handsets tonight. The phones come in a rainbow of colors, each sporting a full metal unibody and the design we saw leak earlier this month. The two handsets are largely the same, differing the most with their displays (5-inches and 4.5-inches, respectively) and their cameras, though the A5 does pack an additional gig of RAM. Selfies have been given some special attention by Samsung, as well, which packed the handsets with several features aiding in snapping the best shots of yourself.

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Google Street View cleavage snap leads to penalty

Google Street View cleavage snap leads to penalty

Google's Street View has caught some interesting things over the years, some of them fueling conspiracy theories, others being less fun but no less notable. Sometimes it catches things inappropriate, however, as was the case with Maria Pia Grillo of Montreal, who was sitting on her porch when the Google mobile drove by. It caught her in a picture leaning forward with elbows on knees and a fair bit of cleavage exposed. Google blurred her face but not her chest, and that led to a legal tussle.

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Fireside digital frame shows only the photos you want to see

Fireside digital frame shows only the photos you want to see

Have you grown weary of the static picture frames dotting your home's various planar surfaces? Digital picture frames have been a thing for many years, but have only recently been getting a modern tech upgrade, with things like Canviz adding a welcomed twist to the products. Latest among these is the Fireside SmartFrame, which includes a cloud service and promises to only display the photos you want to see. The product recently hit Kickstarter, where it is enjoying relatively substantial success.

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