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Microsoft buys Beam for Xbox interactive livestreaming

Microsoft buys Beam for Xbox interactive livestreaming

While livestreaming events and news is still something that is catching on, livestreaming games is as old as Twitch.tv (formerly Justin.tv) and has already matured to the point that it has become an industry in itself. And now it seems to be taking the next big step, moving away from being simply a spectator event to an interactive one. And it seems that Microsoft will be one of those heavily investing in this new direction, especially with its acquisition of interactive livestreaming service Beam.

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Intel Atom is dead! Long live Atom for IoT, cars!

Intel Atom is dead! Long live Atom for IoT, cars!

Rumors of Intel Atom's death have been greatly exaggerated. And Intel has only itself to blame for that. Now it seems that the company is clarifying, or further muddling, its plans for its low-power processor line. Intel is, indeed, axing the Atom but that is true only as far as mobile devices, laptops, and even wearables go. It still has Atoms planned, newer ones based on its Apollo Lake architecture. Those, however, will be heading towards smart cars and smart appliances as Intel tries to make a grab for the IoT market instead.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet successor might be no more

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet successor might be no more

Although NVIDIA has a track record in keeping its Android devices up to date within a reasonable timeframe, it doesn't have much Android devices to speak of to begin with. And it looks like it might not be too keen in expanding that number just yet. The company has apparently requested the FCC to disregard its earlier filing for a SHIELD branded tablet. The reason given was that, due to business considerations, the company has decided to cancel the device, dashing hopes of a success to the popular gaming-oriented device.

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HP Elite x3 ads, Workspace app pop up to “reinvent mobility”

HP Elite x3 ads, Workspace app pop up to “reinvent mobility”

HP will soon be launching the Elite x3, probably one of the most interesting Windows 10 Mobile device so far (which is telling or damning of the platform). Naturally, it is revving up the marketing machine to convince the market, especially enterprise customers, that this huge, expensive smartphone is the smartphone to beat. And not because it has oodles of mobile apps for users to enjoy (it doesn't) but the exact opposite: it's a smartphone designed for very serious business.

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Rogue One Trailer: Yes, Darth Vader is in it

Rogue One Trailer: Yes, Darth Vader is in it

When you are one of the most iconic hero-anti-hero-villain-tragic-hero figures in entertainment history, even a one-second appearance in a two-minute trailer will be enough to have the Internet buzzing. The latest "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" trailer has just confirmed what everyone practically knows already, and still everyone is talking about it nonetheless. Yes, Darth Vader, the Jedi formerly known as Anakin Skywalker, is in the film. Because how could he not be.

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Lenovo, Moto IFA 2016 teaser: different for the sake of better

Lenovo, Moto IFA 2016 teaser: different for the sake of better

In less than a month's time, the tech world will once again be gawking at and drooling over products, gizmos, and whatnots at IFA 2016 in Berlin. It remains to be seen if Samsung still has a few aces prepared after it already unveiled its Galaxy Note 7. LG is definitely building up the hype around the LG V20. Not to be outdone, Lenovo is now also formally giving the public a tease at the latest innovations it has in store for the showroom floor. Including, of course, new Moto Mods for its very young Moto Z line.

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HTC 10 apparently dropped by T-Mobile back in July

HTC 10 apparently dropped by T-Mobile back in July

HTC just can't seem to catch a break, at least not in the smartphone industry. And it's not for the lack of trying. The HTC 10 is arguably one of the better flagship devices this year, and yet it isn't doing wonders for HTC's coffers. And not for T-Mobile either. Apparently, the carrier has stopped offering the HTC 10 almost a month ago, which means that it only carried the smartphone a little less than two months after it launched.

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Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Centers in the game are virtual oases, allowing players and their Pokemon a period of respite from the cruel, competitive world outside. In the real world, those are also known as cellphone charging stations. Now that Pokemon GO threatens to blur the boundaries between the two worlds, it only makes sense for Pokemon Centers to take real form as well. And that is exactly what a certain Spencer Kern just did, creating a DIY, and much, much smaller, version of the Pokemon Center as a charging station. Somewhat ironically, Kern happens to be an artists for Minecraft.

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Google Fiber eyes 24 US locations for high-speed tests

Google Fiber eyes 24 US locations for high-speed tests

Google Fiber is one of those Goole properties that you can't really divine its goals and future. On the one hand, it helps test Google's technical abilities as well as its clout in the Internet provider industry. On the other hand, the company seems to be doing a "two steps forward, one step back" dance and it's almost impossible to predict where lightning will strike next. Well, according to an uncovered FCC filing, lightning will actually strike 24 locations in the US where Google has requested permission to test its newer, faster wireless technologies.

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Xbox One S gets its own XBOOK ONE S laptop mod

Xbox One S gets its own XBOOK ONE S laptop mod

Well that was quick. The Xbox One S is barely just a few days old in the market and, as expected, it is already getting its first serious mod. Yes, the now famous (among avid gamers, at least) Ed Zarick is at it again, turning what is billed as the smallest Xbox ever into perhaps the most portable Xbox ever. Ed has finished designing and creating the first XBOOK ONE S laptop and is opening the doors to customers who want to enjoy console gaming without being stuck at home. Too much.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 gives Android TV some class

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 gives Android TV some class

Bang & Olufsen is a name perhaps more known for its premium, which usually also means expensive, audio equipment. But audio is really just one step removed from video. In fact, B&O did have a line of TVs way back when, with the Avant being the last one we've seen. That is, until now. Fully jumping into the smart TV scene, the BeoVision 14 comes from two distinct B&O TVs, combining the intelligence of the BeoVision 11 and the odd mobility of the BeoVision Avant.

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Microsoft Secure Boot key leak shows why backdoors are bad

Microsoft Secure Boot key leak shows why backdoors are bad

There is an oft quoted adage called "Murphy's Law" (not to be confused with Moore's Law) that, simplified, goes like this: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Well, that proverbial thing may have just hit the fan, as far as Microsoft's operating system and devices are concerned. The "golden key", that is, a key to a hallowed backdoor, to Microsoft's Secure Boot implementation has just been leaked. It's a double-edged sword that allows power users to install operating systems and software on previously locked down devices but also gives unsavory characters the power to install malware such as rootkits and bootkits.

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