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Spot.me Apple Pay to Android app can pose a security risk

Spot.me Apple Pay to Android app can pose a security risk

For all their advertised benefits, these rising mobile payment systems are pretty much walled gardens of their own. But what if you wanted to use that fancy new wireless system to pay, not just a merchant, but a friend? There's a new app on Android that proposes to do just that and it even lets Apple Pay users join the game. But while Spot.me sounds like a really neat and social thing, it might actually be more trouble than it's worth from a security point of view.

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Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

We've seen accessories that turn your mobile device or computer into a makeshift recording studio, but what about one that lets you play almost any instrument? And one that actually feels like it has real strings? That's the almost unbelievable promise that the Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1 is making on Kickstarter, to deliver a strange looking contraption that can be played as a guitar, violin, keyboard, drum, or, thanks to software, any other instrument or sound known to man as well as those still unknown to man.

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Spartan browser, Cortana play nice in leaked Windows 10 vid

Spartan browser, Cortana play nice in leaked Windows 10 vid

In Windows 10, Microsoft will be breaking from the past. Somewhat. And at least when it comes to web browsers. It will still ship with Internet Explorer "for legacy reasons", but it wants people to know that it is working on the next big thing, presently codenamed "Spartan". Unlike the bloat that is usually associated with IE, Spartan is absolutely minimal. It doesn't even have visible window borders! But more than just its looks, Spartan has a few talents to show, including a special friendship with Cortana.

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Here be dragons: HBO Go finally lands on the PS4

Here be dragons: HBO Go finally lands on the PS4

It might almost be over in the real world, but winter is coming to your current gen PlayStation console today. Almost a year in the making, Sony has announced that, finally, the intersection of PlayStation 4 owners and HBO subscribers will be able to get access to the HBO Go streaming service. This further transforms the gaming device into an all purpose home entertainment system. And just in time for the next season of everyone TV guessing game "Who Will GRRM Kill Next"!

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Fujitsu Stylistic V535 business tablet is ready for tough love

Fujitsu Stylistic V535 business tablet is ready for tough love

While most enterprise tablets and laptops require power and flexibility more than anything else, there are a range of use cases where survivability is just as important. For the amalgamation of these two concerns, Fujitsu is coming out with a handy business tablet that also exudes an air of ruggedness. The Stylistic V535 Mini Tablet has all the trappings of a powerful mobile device yet it has also been built to weather the elements and survive most accidental falls and bumps when working in the field.

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Unity 5 launches with free Personal Edition: make games now!

Unity 5 launches with free Personal Edition: make games now!

The indie game dev scene might just get a little bit hotter. On the heels of Epic making its Unreal Engine 4 free for personal use, popular game engine Unity is following suit. Along side the release of version 5 of the software, Unity is also launching a new business model that embraces even more types of developers and studios. The new Personal Edition gives the same engine and the same tools all for free and without limitations, though of course it comes with a few caveats.

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90s US “weaker encryption” policy comes back to haunt it

90s US “weaker encryption” policy comes back to haunt it

The US government has been fighting against recent efforts in the tech industry to strengthen security measures, especially against government snooping. In essence, it wants a backdoor into services and devices in order to get access to crucial information it needs to fight crime and terrorism. Apparently, this has been done before and looks like the government needs to take heed from that. A security policy enacted decades ago has found its way back to the US and is compromising the security of secure websites, including some of the government's own.

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Valve’s GDC 2015 loot bag: Steam Link, SteamVR, Source 2

Valve’s GDC 2015 loot bag: Steam Link, SteamVR, Source 2

It's GDC time again and PC gamers are in for a treat. As expected, Valve is making a big splash but it has more than just virtual reality in mind. To push the PC gaming industry even further, Valve is announcing the availability of the Source 2 engine, which any content creator can get their hands on. It has also disclosed a new hardware product called Steam Link for streaming any and all Steam content. Of course, there's also the SteamVR platform and, surprise surprise, Steam Machines.

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Hungry? No problem with Domino’s pizza on your smartwatch

Hungry? No problem with Domino’s pizza on your smartwatch

The idea behind smartwatches is that they become your bridge to your smartphone for instances when you can't dig out your mobile device from your bag or pocket. That is why they have mostly been relegated to simple, one off tasks like notifications, quick replies, reminders, or accepting/rejecting voice calls. They're not usually meant to replace your smartphone, but that might just be what Domino's is aiming for by letting you order a pizza right from the convenience of your Pebble or Android Wear smartwatch.

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Sony Mobile head disputes prophecies of doom

Sony Mobile head disputes prophecies of doom

Last month, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai was quoted to have said that the company is not ruling out an exit strategy with regards to its mobile device and TV businesses to focus more on its more profitable markets, like the PlayStation and camera sensors. This inspired many a speculation about the company selling off its smartphone and tablet arm in the near future. After all, it already sold off its VAIO PCs. Things, however, aren't as clear cut as we might think, at least according to Sony Mobile division chief Hiroki Totoki.

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