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Lenovo ThinkPad E Series targets SMBs and road warriors

Lenovo ThinkPad E Series targets SMBs and road warriors

Kicking off Lenovo’s IFA announcements is its new ThinkPad E Series PCs for small and medium businesses. The laptops, says Lenovo, are for businesses that want to “reduce IT headaches and increase efficiency”, among other things; they're for workers who are on the road and in the office. The new E Series machines include 14 inch and 15.6 inch models, a variety of productivity and security features, and more.

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Curiosity’s latest Mars discovery: a floating ‘spoon’

Curiosity’s latest Mars discovery: a floating ‘spoon’

NASA's Curiosity rover keeps snapping pictures of things that look like other things, and some people insist it's all proof of a grand conspiracy and/or aliens. We haven't actually stumbled upon an alien yet (at least as far as we've been told), but we have come across rocks that look like rats, crabs, a woman, a pyramid, pieces of old houses, and whatever other images your brain forms from the rumble. And now, a spoon...but not just any ol' spoon.

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Federal agent pleads guilty to stealing Silk Road bitcoins

Federal agent pleads guilty to stealing Silk Road bitcoins

In March, two federal agents involved with the operation against former online underground market Silk Road were charged with nefarious activities allegedly committed during the investigation. A criminal complaint released at the time by the Department of Justice alleged that former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges and former DEA agent Carl Force IV had committed various offenses, including money laundering.

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New protein creates slow melting luxury ice cream

New protein creates slow melting luxury ice cream

Summer’s dialing down in some places, but the hot days aren’t behind us (in fact, they’re becoming something of a problem), and that means there’ll probably be another rapidly melting ice cream cone in your immediately future. Melted ice cream is a disappointment, as you likely know — you can pretend it’s a milkshake all you want, but deep down inside you know it’s a poor excuse. Future generation may not be able to sympathize with this issue, though, as researchers have recently discovered a protein that slows down how quickly ice cream melts.

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Moto X Pure Edition U.S. preorders start tomorrow

Moto X Pure Edition U.S. preorders start tomorrow

Motorola has announced the Moto X Pure Edition will be going up for preorder tomorrow in the United States. The Pure Edition will have a starting price of $399.99 USD, and will be available this coming fall, according to Motorola’s website. The Moto X Pure Edition brings with it all the stylings of the Moto X, but with a “pure Android experience,” says Motorola, as well as being unlocked, giving users the freedom to toggle between carriers.

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Deadpool game arrives for Xbox One, PS4 in November

Deadpool game arrives for Xbox One, PS4 in November

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers will be getting the Deadpool game that was released back in June 2013, and it’ll be available starting November 17. This will be an adaption of that aforementioned game, and will be priced at $49.99 USD for both next-gen gaming consoles. GameStop made the official announcement on its Twitter page earlier today, and already has both games up for pre-order on its website.

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Adobe’s newest tech finds and removes distractions from photos

Adobe’s newest tech finds and removes distractions from photos

Researchers with Adobe and Princeton University have revealed new technology that automatically identifies distracting objects in photographs and removes them. Such abilities are nothing new -- photographers can manually edit photographs to remove objects using, for example, Adobe Photoshop. That's not always a simple process, however, and may require technical skill the user doesn't possess. Thusly enters this new one-click technology.

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R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

Can't get enough of Star Wars' most lovable blue-clad droid? We recently detailed the new R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker, which is a realistic replica of R2-D2's head. Now there's a new companion to add to your R2-D2 fondness, and this one comes in the form of a car charger. The charger hails from ThinkGeek, which designed the product itself. As always, it is officially licensed, and even better -- it's available as of now.

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Hulu strikes mega-deal with EPIX, will add hit movies soon

Hulu strikes mega-deal with EPIX, will add hit movies soon

Hulu has announced a new “landmark” deal with EPIX, giving it streaming video on demand rights to a roster of movies from MGM, Paramount, Lionsgate, and more. Starting October 1, Hulu will provide a wide range of hit movies for streaming, including things like World War Z, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Anchorman 2, and more. Some of the movies destined for Hulu, such as Interstellar, haven’t been available for streaming online previously, making this a big score for Hulu.

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New Nintendo 3DS launches in U.S. on September 25

New Nintendo 3DS launches in U.S. on September 25

After questions and speculation and outcries and impatient waiting, Nintendo fans located in the U.S. will be able to get ahold of the smaller New Nintendo 3DS starting next month. Earlier this year, Nintendo announced the larger of the two new models in the US, but was careful to avoid giving any explicit statement either way about whether the smaller unit would be arriving in North America. Now the video game company has made an official statement, saying the device will be available starting September 25.

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Six teenagers arrested in UK for alleged cyberattacks

Six teenagers arrested in UK for alleged cyberattacks

Law enforcement officials in the United Kingdom have arrested half a dozen teenagers who are said to have used a tool from Lizard Squad to carry out cyberattacks against online retailers, a school, a newspaper, and more. The teenagers, who range in age from 15 to 18, have been released on bail; the collective allegedly used Bitcoin to purchase the Lizard Stresser tool in a bid for anonymity, but none are part of Lizard Squad. The arrests were made as part of a larger operation codenamed “Vivarium”.

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Wii U’s Netflix app gets complete overhaul, more features

Wii U’s Netflix app gets complete overhaul, more features

Disappointed by the slow, often poor experience of using Netflix on the Wii U? Then today brings good news: users are reporting that the Netflix for Wii U app has been updated and the update brings a complete overhaul, including new features and improved performance. Netflix hasn't issued any official statement about the update, but users are reporting that the interface has changed, profiles are available, and more.

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