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China allegedly using iCloud to spy on its own citizens

China allegedly using iCloud to spy on its own citizens

While Apple fans, both around the globe and in China, might be celebrating the availability of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in the country, they should probably start rethinking their merry thoughts, depending on their beliefs on how much the government should be able to access about their personal lives. A report is now surfacing that the Chinese regime is using its famous (or infamous) "Great Firewall of China" to compromise the security and privacy of iCloud users using an age-old man-in -the-middle attack.

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Google Glass update doesn’t play nice with Android Wear

Google Glass update doesn’t play nice with Android Wear

Google has just released updates to both its MyGlass companion app and the Google Glass XE22 firmware itself that adds the most requested feature of mirroring your phone's notifications. While it is a welcome change that makes the smart eyepiece a lot more useful for some people, it seems that the implementation hit a little snag. Aside from disabling notifications on an Android Wear smartwatch paired with the same phone, which is an explicit "feature", it apparently, hopefully accidentally, cuts off most, if not all, communication between the smartwatch and the smartphone as well.

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Nexus Player gets FCC stamp of approval, still out of stock

Nexus Player gets FCC stamp of approval, still out of stock

The Nexus Player was the surprise newcomer that Google unloaded when it announced the expected next generation of Nexus devices. The rather quirky multimedia set-top box, or circle rather, wasn't apparently done surprising us. As quick as it had come to pre-order availability in Google Play Store, it was quickly marked as out of stock, speculated to be due to FCC regulation issues. Now, however, the Nexus Player has been spotted in FCC's database, paving the way for its return and, hopefully, its eventual launch.

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Zotac ZBOX PI320 delivers Windows 8.1 in a tiny box

Zotac ZBOX PI320 delivers Windows 8.1 in a tiny box

Zotac is on a roll with its Windows-powered "pico" desktop computers. Popular for delivering small computers, some of which run Linux or are powered by ARM processors, Zotac has lately been delving into tiny boxes that run Windows 8.1 right out of the box, pardon the pun. Last month saw the rise of the BI320, its first Windows 8.1 mini box. Now we have the ZBOX PI320, with an even more powerful processor and a price tag that matches its extremely portable body.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop: when and where to get your sugar fix

Android 5.0 Lollipop: when and where to get your sugar fix

With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has answered the biggest question of what the next Android version will be named. Now the next biggest question is when will the sugary treat roll out and to which devices. Of course, the answer to that varies for manufacturer to manufacturer, some of which are being coy about their plans. Here we will try to round up what we know and have heard so far, both official and leaked, starting, of course, from Google's own blessed device line.

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Fitbit Surge leak reveals “superwatch” aspirations

Fitbit Surge leak reveals “superwatch” aspirations

After a disastrous and embarrassing episode with the recalled Force wristband, Fitbit is unsurprisingly going to make a bigger, in a positive way, splash. Early last week we saw leaks that pointed to two new products coming soon, the Flex lookalike Charge and Charge HR. Apparently, Fitbit isn't done yet. The latest word is that the fitness company actually has a third member in the new batch, equally ambiguously named the Fitbit Surge. This "superwatch", as the leaks claim Fitbit calls it, throws in everything except the kitchen sink.

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Dyson Humidifier employs UV light to keep air germ-free

Dyson Humidifier employs UV light to keep air germ-free

Dyson is really spreading its wings as far as its product lineup goes. Just last month it introduced to the world its first robot vacumm cleaner, the 360 Eye. Now, it is doing so again but with a humidifier. It doesn't have an ominous sounding name and is simply called the Dyson Humidifier. That doesn't mean, however, that it is any less interesting. This humidifier, which resembles and doubles as a bladeless fan, not only keeps your air cozily humid, it also kills germs before it distributes those water particles as well.

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Lenovo tipped to make a bid for BlackBerry this week

Lenovo tipped to make a bid for BlackBerry this week

Either Lenovo is very serious about stepping up its mobile phone business or it is getting very desperate. Aside from setting up a third mobile business to target China specifically, rumors are resurfacing that Lenovo is eying to buy BlackBerry out of its woes. Or perhaps the two moves are one and the same, which doesn't make sense either. Whatever Lenovo has planned, we might very well know this week as sources close to the matter tip that Lenovo will be making an offer to buy BlackBerry sometime this week.

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DROID Turbo outed again with more photos, name confirmation

DROID Turbo outed again with more photos, name confirmation

With the Nexus devices already out of the way, we can now turn our focus again on the next big thing, at least as far as Verizon's customers are concerned. It is still a bit more than a week before the next DROID, the Motorola DROID Turbo, is unveiled to the public, but much of the smartphone's features has already been leaked. Today we get another set of leaks, this time of press photos for the device, but we are also getting a more solid piece of information: the smartphone's official name.

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Pixelmator, Replay put iPad Air 2’s new A8X chip to the test

Pixelmator, Replay put iPad Air 2’s new A8X chip to the test

Apple didn't disappoint the tech world and has unveiled, among other things, the latest generation of its iPad tablet line. The iPad Mini 3 might have a harder time finding a warm cozy spot, but the iPad Air 2's substantial diet is sure to endear itself to many almost immediately. But while it's slim profile might be one of its most eye catching features, we mustn't forget the very thing that makes it tick. Apple's A8X processor is no weak beast, and there are two apps that are more than willing to prove it.

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