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Michael Crider writes primarily for Android Community and covers Windows for SlashGear. A native-born Texan, Michael's previous careers include graphic design, TV and movie blogging and technical writing. You can follow him on Twitter (@MichaelCrider ) and Google+ for geeky insights on sci-fi, detective noir and Big Band music.

Samsung buys mSpot cloud music service

Samsung buys mSpot cloud music service

Samsung may have spoiled any big CTIA reveals with the launch of the Galaxy S III last week, but that doesn't mean it can't make some corporate waves. The Korean manufacturer has announced that it's purchased mSpot, a cloud music and movie service focused on mobile apps. While Samsung didn't announce its intentions beyond tablet and smartphone integration, its desire for both media sales and cloud infrastructure services across its many device categories is well known.

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Wolfenstein 3D turns 20, goes free on the web and iOS

Wolfenstein 3D turns 20, goes free on the web and iOS

If you've played Halo, Modern Warfare or Team Fortress in the last week, take a moment to thank id Software. Twenty years ago last Saturday they published Wolfenstein 3D, forever placing a mark on first-person shooter gaming and giving a whole new generation good reason to hate Nazis. Bethesda Softworks, id's current owner and publisher, is celebrating by making the iOS game free for today (Wednesday) only, and publishing a free browser-based version for everyone.

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Google’s Andy Rubin claims no prior knowledge of Oracle patents

Google’s Andy Rubin claims no prior knowledge of Oracle patents

The legal back and forth between Oracle and Google continues as the trial begins the patent phase in earnest. When called to testify by the plaintiff, Google's Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin stated that he and his team of engineers had no knowledge of the two Sun Microsystems patents that Oracle claims Android's Dalvik virtual machine violates. Rubin founded Android, Inc., which was acquired by Google in 2005. Oracle's patents were filed by Sun, which the company bought in 2010.

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Whistleblower calls for Yahoo! CEO to be fired

Whistleblower calls for Yahoo! CEO to be fired

Despite highly publicized stories of a falsified degree listing on his resume, Yahoo!'s CEO Scott Thompson still holds his position as of early Wednesday afternoon. Despite calls from one of Yahoo's largest invested hedge funds  for his resignation and financial mogul Warren Buffet's less than flattering statements to the same effect, Thompson has given no indication that he intends to do so. The latest call comes from Daniel Loeb himself, the Third Point CEO who did the legwork and found that Thompson's claims were false.

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NVIDIA adds CUDA support to open source compiler

NVIDIA adds CUDA support to open source compiler

Hardware design companies aren't always at the forefront of the free and open source software movement, but in the last few years NVIDIA has been making an effort to give back to the software community. Their latest bit of geeky chivalry is making their CUDA software architecture compatible with the popular LLVM compiler with the contribution of open source code. This will allow LLVM to take advantage of CUDA in the same way that games and professional graphics applications already do.

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Back to Basics: How Google’s driverless car stays on the road

Back to Basics: How Google’s driverless car stays on the road

Google's self-driving cars are making headlines again, now that they've expanded testing from California into Nevada. Competitors are hot on their tail, but currently Google seems to have an undisputed spot on top of autonomous vehicular design. So how do they do it? With a combination of some incredible software and hardware engineering, using processes developed by both Google and the best and brightest of DARPA's robotic race challenges.

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US drones “accidental” surveillance can be kept for 90 days

US drones “accidental” surveillance can be kept for 90 days

Officially, the United States does not use its significant fleet of unmanned drones for surveillance on US soil. But a clause in the Air Force's policy on accidentally collected surveillance is raising eyebrows. According to the guidelines given to operators, photos and video of US citizens taken without their consent can be kept for up to 90 days, in which it will be analyzed to determine whether or not it can be kept under current domestic spying laws.

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TU Me iOS app combines VOIP, text and social for free

TU Me iOS app combines VOIP, text and social for free

There's a lot of alternatives to traditional voice communication these days, but part of the problem with them is that they're all in addition to your standard phone calls and text messages. The new TU Me app for iOS attempts to combine all your communications into a single hub, for free. It's an admirable goal, and one that's certain to get the attention of Skype and similar services, since calling other TU Me users over VOIP is free for the time being.

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HP ProBook b-series and s-series take on the boardroom

HP ProBook b-series and s-series take on the boardroom

HP's the number one maker of computers in the world, mostly thanks to their Pavilion consumer-grade notebooks. But they've got a pretty wide array of laptops tailored to business users as well, and the penny-pinchers among them will find something to like in the ProBook b-series and s-series. The two families cover a range of screen sizes from 14 inches all the way to 17.3 inches, with prices to match.

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HP gets touchy with Compaq L2206tm 21.5-inch multitouch monitor

HP gets touchy with Compaq L2206tm 21.5-inch multitouch monitor

Touch-enabled monitors still aren't easy to find, despite the proliferation of touchscreens on the mobile side of the market. HP has expanded its monitor line with the new Compaq L2206tm, a 21.5-inch LCD panel with multi-touch capabilities. The company claims that its triple sensor technology eliminates no-touch zones while staying compatible with Windows 7's touch input requirements.

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