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Adobe Comp CC for iPad makes concept creation mobile

Adobe Comp CC for iPad makes concept creation mobile

Adobe has announced the launch of Adobe Comp CC for the iPad, allowing such users to put together concepts for projects using their tablet. Those concepts can be for the Web, for mobile, or for printed projects, and are made using various layout and design tools that allow for a relatively refined creation. The resulting project can then be further refined using other Adobe CC tools, such as Photoshop CC and InDesign CC, to produce a final product. Adobe previewed Comp CC back in October 2014 as "Project LayUp", and as of today it is available for free on the App Store.

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Blackberry made a (small) profit in Q4, but revenue nosedived

Blackberry made a (small) profit in Q4, but revenue nosedived

BlackBerry's financial struggles and long-running business troubles are no secret, but that hasn't stopped it from trying to remain above water, and now it looks like that effort has paid off. The company announced its last quarterly financial numbers on Friday, and to the surprise of many it brought in a small profit. Not all was good news, however, with the company also experiencing a big drop in revenue that it wasn't expecting, making the fourth quarter an overall bittersweet financial period.

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Windows 10: latest preview build brings Spartan browser

Windows 10: latest preview build brings Spartan browser

Microsoft has pushed out the latest Windows 10 Preview Build (10049), and with it comes the long-coveted Project Spartan browser. That's just about the only notable addition to the latest build, which follows the release of Build 10041 we recently discussed. Some of the issues brought on by the last build are fixed in this latest one, as well, such as getting stuck when locking the PC. Project Spartan is the big focus this time around, however, something Microsoft likewise detailed today to get users up-to-date on what all it has to offer.

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Amazon takes its delivery drone testing to Canada

Amazon takes its delivery drone testing to Canada

Amazon is dreaming of a world where its drones deliver products, and the FAA is publicly cringing at the prospect. The FAA did get around to granting Amazon an element of permission for testing its drones, but it was a matter of too little too late. Amazon isn't waiting for the FAA to speed things up, and has instead simply crossed the border into Canada, where it is testing its delivery drones without the harsh restrictions imposed by the US government.

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Federal agents charged with fraud involving Silk Road bitcoins

Federal agents charged with fraud involving Silk Road bitcoins

Two of the federal agents working to shut down the former underground market known as "Silk Road" have been charged with stealing or otherwise illicitly handling bitcoins during the investigation. The Department of Justice released a copy of the criminal complaint today, which says that both former DEA agent Carl Mark Force IV and former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges have committed wire fraud and money laundering, while Force is also charged with theft of government property and a conflict of interest.

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PlayStation Vue expands with AMC Networks addition

PlayStation Vue expands with AMC Networks addition

Sony's new PlayStation Vue service serves to compete with Dish Network's Sling TV and somewhat with the upcoming HBO NOW service, though Vue costs more than both and is in some ways superior (depending on your needs). On Friday, Sony announced that the service has expanded to include a few more channels, all of them being part of AMC Networks' lineup. This includes the AMC channel itself, as well as IFC, Sundance, and WEtv. Not all of them are available in every subscription package, however, a limitation that will be familiar to any cable subscriber.

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New Jersey swatting victims tricked into escalating situation

New Jersey swatting victims tricked into escalating situation

Swatting is a "prank" that involves calling in a threat or something of that nature to a local police department, with the goal being to get SWAT teams and law enforcement deployed. Such a prank happened recently in New Jersey, but on a larger scale than we typically see, and with a plot twist: the prankster called the unwitting victims and tricked them into escalating the situation. Fortunately they realized that something was wrong before doing anything drastic and that lead to the situation being resolved without anyone getting harmed.

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Fear the Walking Dead: watch the first trailer

Fear the Walking Dead: watch the first trailer

If you watched The Walking Dead's season 5 finale last night (fret not, there are no spoilers here), you were among the first round of people to see the series sequel's very first trailer. It aired halfway through the episode, and during its brief time lent a glimpse into the zombie virus's origins...and in doing so, it suggested that we might finally learn more about how the outbreak took place. The sequel, as we've previously noted, is called Fear the Walking Dead, and it'll be making its debut this summer, bringing us closer to having year-round Walking Dead entertainment.

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Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota and Lexus have announced plans to roll out low-cost automated braking systems, with the goal being to introduce the advanced safety-centric technology to the mass market without being cost prohibitive. Both auto makers will be kicking this off by introducing new models at the New York Auto Show in the near future that includes such technology, as well as other integrated safety packages. Costs won't be revealed for those particular models (the RAV4 Hybrid and 4th-generation Lexus RX) until their debut, but the finer details on Lexus and Toyota's planned braking packages have been given, including a rollout timeline: by the end of 2017.

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UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

Huawei, along with ZTE, has previously been a source of concern for western governments, many of whom have expressed worry that the Chinese company could be performing surveillance for the Chinese government. That has led to use of its hardware being banned in some places, and probes into whether Huawei hardware has been compromised. Back in 2013, Huawei revealed that it would be launching an R&D facility in the United Kingdom, and that resulted in an investigation into the matter. It has been quite a while since then, and the result is in Huawei's favor.

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