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FBI tipped to have raided second leaker’s home

FBI tipped to have raided second leaker’s home

Edward Snowden will likely be leaker extraordinaire in the public's eyes for a long while, but rumor that a second leaker is out there following in his footsteps has been around for a while. We previously detailed this alleged second leaker, which came to the forefront after a report published by The Intercept, but details were slight and nothing was confirmed. Apparently that leaker does exist and has been identified, with the FBI raiding a government contractor's house in Virginia.

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Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier: merging the powerful and portable

Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier: merging the powerful and portable

Alienware is targeting gamers who want the best of both worlds: a portable gaming machine that is powerful enough for when they're out and about (or just chilling in the recliner), and a powerful machine for when they need all the performance they can get. In comes the Alienware 13 laptop and the Graphics Amplifier, which complements the laptop by boosting its performance to desktop levels via graphics card innards. The company has also dropped some details about its Area-51 flagship gaming rig.

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Virtual Pong replaces the ball with an orb of light

Virtual Pong replaces the ball with an orb of light

Pong has aged nicely over the years, growing from that game you played with two bland paddles to its latest virtual iteration, Virtual Pong. Dubbed such by Shaper Image, this real-world version of the game ushers in a digital projected ball and two wireless paddles for hitting it, allowing players to get off the couch and compete face to face without the hassle of losing the ball or compensating for gravity. Essentially, and somewhat futuristically, it is indoor tennis played with light.

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Netflix reveals “F is for Family” animated series inbound

Netflix reveals “F is for Family” animated series inbound

Did you expect anything less? Netflix has announced yet another upcoming show, this one being Bill Burr's animated series "F is for Family." The show is said to revolve around Burr's comedy, taking place in the 70s when all sorts of things banned today were commonplace ("a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport," Netflix points out). Each episode will be 30 minutes long, and The Simpsons writer Michael Price is on-board.

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Google nabs six office buildings in California

Google nabs six office buildings in California

Google has grabbed a bunch of new real estate in Redwood City, California, according to Bloomberg, which spoke to a couple of people "with knowledge of the matter". According to the two sources, the Internet giant nabbed half a dozen office buildings for a total of $585 million, all of them located about 11 miles from the company's Mountain View office. This information falls in line with Google's newly filed quarterly report, which included a brief mention of purchasing property for the aforementioned amount.

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Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet arrives at MetroPCS

Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet arrives at MetroPCS

MetroPCS users have gotten a new prepaid tablet option, with T-Mobile announcing that the budget-range Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 slate has arrived at its prepaid stores. This brings a prepaid option for those who want a tablet with a data plan sans contract, and is a direct jab at competing services, with T-Mobile's John Legere saying, "We are blazing trails again – this time with tablets for the prepaid market through MetroPCS. Want a tablet from Boost or Cricket? They've got nothing."

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Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Connected technology largely focuses on the average consumer, being used with devices that monitor homes, keep track of kids, locate lost pets, wake us up and lull us to sleep. Some companies are looking outside of those typical realms into other areas that can benefit from the technology, however, and among them is law enforcement and its related entities. One startup in particular called Yardarm has developed a sensor that will bring real-time monitoring to police firearms, offering up information on things like when a gun was drawn and which way it was pointing.

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Elon Musk warns artificial intelligence is “summoning the demon”

Elon Musk warns artificial intelligence is “summoning the demon”

Elon Musk is all about keeping the human race alive, even if that means abandoning Earth at some point. He went into details about this not long ago when discussing Mars colonies and things of an existential nature. Any number of technologies could prove a threat to that survival, with artificial intelligence being counted among them, necessitating plans to prevent possible bad outcomes. Google reportedly formed an ethics board after acquiring AI startup DeepMind, for example, but things like that might not be enough to keep the technology from spiraling out of control.

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B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, marking its entrance into yet another segment of the audio industry. Called the BeoPlay A2, this new speaker is a stylish, relatively compact offering that is -- as those familiar with the brand would expect -- hailed as offering superb audio quality. This is despite being a Bluetooth device, which is often criticized for its compressed, lackluster performance. Even better, for those located in the United States the device has already launched at $399 USD.

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Oculus Rift’s first feature film is now available

Oculus Rift’s first feature film is now available

Halloween is upon us, and so many people are pulling out their favorite scary movies for a night or two of frights. Those who own an Oculus Rift will be able to take this to a whole new level, however, with the device's first feature length movie launching today -- and it's not for the faint of heart. The movie is a horror flick called Banshee Chapter, and the Oculus Rift edition is adapted specifically to the VR device. The movie first came out in 2013, and enjoys a healthy 5.5 stars on IMDB.

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