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Intel roadmap reveals plans for 5nm chips

Intel roadmap reveals plans for 5nm chips

Slides were released during Intel's annual Investor Meeting that revealed an ambitious roadmap for the chip maker. Intel plans to shrink its chip fabrication process down to a mere 5nm, with a 10nm process set to release in 2015 and work having already begun for the 7nm and 5nm processes. The company's latest Ivy Bridge chips are 22nm and the next iteration for 2013 will jump down to 14nm.

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Windows 8 offers new parental controls with weekly reports

Windows 8 offers new parental controls with weekly reports

Microsoft has announced a new parental control feature for Windows 8 that will debut with the upcoming preview build expected to launch next month. The new feature is called Family Safety and will allow parents to monitor what their children do on the computer, including the web pages they've visited, their latest searches, and their most used apps and games.

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Yahoo pressured to fire CEO by Monday

Yahoo pressured to fire CEO by Monday

Yahoo shareholders are pressuring the company to fire its CEO Scott Thompson after it was discovered that he lied about his resume. Daniel S. Loeb, chief of hedge fund Third Point, Yahoo's largest institutional shareholder, has shot a letter to Yahoo's board today demanding that they fire Thompson and dismiss Patti Hart, the director of the hiring committee, by noon on Monday.

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Nintendo patent app reveals DS tracking system

Nintendo patent app reveals DS tracking system

A new Nintendo patent application uncovered from the USPTO reveals that the company plans to further extend the use of its gaming consoles in tour guiding. Nintendo had previously outfitted the Louvre so that its 3DS could guide tourists through the museum and now this new patent application shows plans to use the DS with an overhead tracking system to provide more extensive guiding functions.

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Spotify appears in Stonehenge crop circles

Spotify appears in Stonehenge crop circles

The wet weather in Wiltshire this past month hasn't stopped extraterrestrial forces from laying down the first crop circles of the year near Stonehenge. Crop circles are an annual event for the fields in Wiltshire, a phenomenon that attracts plenty of attention and tourists to the area. The first crop circle this year was reported on April 15 at Hill Barn, near East Kennett in an oil seed rape, or canola, field.

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Walmart selling iPhone 4S as low as $114

Walmart selling iPhone 4S as low as $114

Select Walmart stores are offering a major discount on the iPhone 4S, perhaps just in time for a nice Mother's Day present. Earlier this morning, Cult of Mac reported that a Walmart location in Edmond, Oklahoma had listed the 16GB iPhone 4S for only $114. The Verge then found that another Walmart location in Austin, Texas was also offering the same deal.

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Apple, Samsung earn 99% of global mobile profits

Apple, Samsung earn 99% of global mobile profits

Apple and Samsung have completely dominated the global smartphone market when it comes to operating profits. According to Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, the combined profit of the two phone giants accounted for 99 percent of all global mobile phone profits in the first quarter of 2012. Dediu's report looks at the top eight phone vendors, revealing Apple, Samsung, and HTC as the only ones to have turned a profit in this last quarter.

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Galaxy S III set for May 29th release

Galaxy S III set for May 29th release

Samsung has just unveiled this morning its highly anticipated new flagship device, the Galaxy S III, packed with all the latest and most impressive specs. But what most of us really want to know now is when we can get our hands on the device. Well, Samsung has confirmed that the device will first be released on May 29th in Europe with a worldwide launch following soon after. However, it has not revealed any pricing information just yet.

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RIM confirms Scalado tech in BlackBerry 10 camera

RIM confirms Scalado tech in BlackBerry 10 camera

RIM has confirmed that it is licensing Scalado's imaging technology for the new BlackBerry 10 camera. When RIM unveiled BlackBerry 10 this week, it showed off an impressive new camera app boasting features very similar to those introduced previously by Scalado, including the ability to remove unwanted background objects and isolate faces in a sequence of shots to select the best ones to merge together.

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Gaikai partners with WikiPad for “World’s First Gaming Tablet”

Gaikai partners with WikiPad for “World’s First Gaming Tablet”

Gaikai, an OnLive competitor in the cloud gaming space, has announced that it is partnering with WikiPad to make the world's first gaming tablet. We've seen the WikiPad back at CES as a concept Android tablet designed to work with a hardware attachment for full ergonomic gaming controls on the go. It seemed like vaporware at the time, but now with a partnership with Gaikai, the gaming tablet may actually materialize.

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BlackBerrys account for 80% of NFC phones in UK

BlackBerrys account for 80% of NFC phones in UK

Despite facing a continued decline, RIM remains optimistic with its recent BlackBerry 10 debut and even points out that its handsets have an edge over others when it comes to mobile payments. According to the Canadian phone maker, BlackBerry devices account for 80 percent of NFC phones in the UK. What sort of lead RIM might have in the US, however, was not discussed.

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