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HP to hold off on ARM-based Windows tablet

HP to hold off on ARM-based Windows tablet

HP has confirmed that it is canceling plans to launch an ARM-based Windows RT tablet and will instead focus solely on Intel-based Windows 8 tablets for debut this fall. The company explains that the decision was influenced by customer feedback, which indicated that the ecosystem of x86 applications would offer the best customer experience.

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Google secures Jelly Bean’s Face Unlock feature with Liveness Check

Google secures Jelly Bean’s Face Unlock feature with Liveness Check

Google has improved the security of its Face Unlock feature for the upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release. The feature was first introduced with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as a way to unlock your phone through face recognition. However, it was quickly discovered that it could be tricked by a using a photo of the person.

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Chrome for iOS already top free app in iTunes

Chrome for iOS already top free app in iTunes

Google's Chrome browser for iOS has already hit the top spot for most popular free apps in iTunes. Chrome for iOS was released just yesterday after Google announced at its I/O developer conference that it would be bringing its browser and cloud drive to the iPad and iPhone.

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Point Grey unveils world’s smallest 4K USB 3.0 camera

Point Grey unveils world’s smallest 4K USB 3.0 camera

Point Grey, makers of industrial digital cameras, has released a new model in its Flea3 USB 3.0 camera lineup that supports 4K resolution and is being touted as the world's smallest 4K camera. It uses the bandwidth capabilities of USB 3.0 to deliver 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution color images at 21 frames per second. All this is stuffed into a tiny ice-cube sized package.

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Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft is reportedly planning to make a big push in its music service to rival that of Apple's iTunes as well as popular music streaming service Spotify. According to Bloomberg, citing inside sources, the new Xbox Music will combine the best features of both rival services so that customers can purchase songs and sign up for music streaming.

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Scientists develop spray-on battery, turns any object into electrical storage

Scientists develop spray-on battery, turns any object into electrical storage

Scientists at Rice University in Houston, Texas have developed a spray paint that can store and deliver electrical power. This spray-on battery breaks down the elements of a traditional battery and incorporates them into a liquid that can be spray painted in layers onto almost any surface. This means that most objects can be turned into an electrical storing device, such as the ceramic mug shown below.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 upgrade path

Microsoft details Windows 8 upgrade path

Microsoft has revealed to select partners the details on upgrading to Windows 8 from older Windows releases. There are some limitations as to which of the latest Windows 8 versions older generation Windows releases can upgrade to and whether those upgrades will be able to retain personal data and system settings.

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Atari offers 100 iOS games free for 40th anniversary

Atari offers 100 iOS games free for 40th anniversary

Atari is celebrating its 40th anniversary by giving away 100 of its most popular retro games for free on iTunes. Each iOS version pays homage to the original and is designed to mimic the gameplay that Atari fans remember. The games are in an app called Atari's Greatest Hits, which normally costs $9.99.

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Google+ Events brings Party Mode, real-time photo stream

Google+ Events brings Party Mode, real-time photo stream

Google has just announced a new Google+ feature called Events that aims to offer a more comprehensive service when it comes to planning events. Rather than just sending out invitations and getting RSVPs, the feature addresses the needs that come before, during, and after an event.

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Google Play to get movie purchasing and magazines

Google Play to get movie purchasing and magazines

Among the myriad of announcements today from the Google I/O keynote are some updates to Google Play that include the addition of movies and magazines. You can now purchase movies directly on Google Play or even purchase episodes or entire seasons of TV shows.

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Google unveils Nexus Q Android-powered computer

Google unveils Nexus Q Android-powered computer

Google has just pulled the wraps off its mysterious Project Tungsten, now unveiled as the Nexus Q. What's the Nexus Q? It's a small Android-powered computer taking the form of a small orb designed to sit in your home as a central entertainment system that can interact with any Android smartphone or tablet.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean available in July, SDK today

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean available in July, SDK today

Google has been detailing its next-gen Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform at the I/O keynote today. But when can we expect this latest update to arrive? The company has announced that Jelly Bean will be arriving on the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and Motorola XOOM in mid-July with the SDK available to developers starting today.

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