Sunset Overdrive gameplay streams arrive in excess

Sunset Overdrive gameplay streams arrive in excess

This morning the folks behind Sunset Overdrive have let loose the first wave of gameplay authorizations. This means we’re not exactly allowed to talk about how awesome it is or isn’t, but we ARE allowed to share our first live stream of the game with you right this minute. Have a peek at what the first few minutes are like right here and now - and don’t get lost in the orange goo. That won’t be too pretty - and watch out for the masses of zombified beasts crawling the streets, of course.

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Pre-order your Nexus 9 from Google, Best Buy, or HTC

Pre-order your Nexus 9 from Google, Best Buy, or HTC

Ready for the Nexus 9? Google’s answer to the iPad mini is now available for pre-order! Branded as one “for mover’s and makers”, the Nexus 9 has arrived on the Play Store, with all options listed. The full compliment of official accessories — the keyboard folio and various “origami” stands — are also listed, but are noted as “coming soon”. If you’re not interested in add-ons, you might be able to find the Nexus 9 you want, but some options are missing.

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Report: new Chrome OS boss means “Android is the future”

Report: new Chrome OS boss means “Android is the future”

When Chrome boss Sundar Pichai took over the reigns of Android in addition to his normal duties, the synergy between the two programs began inside Google. Overseeing Google’s two major platforms requires a lot of support, and The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Pichai has appointed Android engineer Hiroshi Lockheimer to head up the engineering team for Chrome. His focus is said to be Chrome OS, which makes its home on several computers as a lightweight, web-based operating system.

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Want Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7? Here you go

Want Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7? Here you go

This morning with the release scheduled for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 in the Google Play store, Google has prepared Android 5.0 Lollipop for developers everywhere. If you own the LG Nexus 5 or the ASUS Nexus 7 - either year - you’re in luck. You’ll have only to get prepped with the Developer Preview and update. If you want to shoot this process into super-speed, you’ll have only to tap Google’s downloads directly.

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Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

We see it a lot lately — some hacker makes a big data grab, then dumps the info in a dark corner of the web. The most recent victim of polarizing headlines about compromised data has been Dropbox. While claiming the username/password combinations taken were dated, they still faced a lot of furrowed brows at the data grab. Securing your own servers is a smart measure, but Facebook — perhaps the biggest data fish in the sea — is taking it a step further, and has taken to hunting in the deep waters.

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Apple’s getting personal to push iPad Air 2 upgrades

Apple’s getting personal to push iPad Air 2 upgrades

It's no great surprise that Apple would like you to upgrade your old iPad for a new one, but the company is getting personal as it pushes the new iPad Air 2, pointing out exactly why existing owners of earlier models should probably wade in and buy a fresh one. Open up the Apple Store app on your older iPad and head over to the iPad Air 2 page, and there's a direct side-by-side comparison of just how the updated model measures up. Unsurprisingly, size and weight are the main focus, with Apple emphasizing just what a difference a 6.1mm tablet can make in your bag or in your hand.

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Nexus 9 vs iPad Air 2 vs Mini 3: Release Day

Nexus 9 vs iPad Air 2 vs Mini 3: Release Day

There’s a collection of tablets appearing on the market today - two from Apple, the other from Google and manufactured by HTC. These tablets are amongst the thinnest, highest-powered, and finest tablets ever made. But supposing you’re going to get one of them - which one do you choose? We’re not going to make it that easy for you - but we will tell you the differences between the three. And there's a tablet made by NVIDIA in the mix as well - released previously, but still very much in this competition.

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USPTO’s new chief may be former Google lawyer

USPTO’s new chief may be former Google lawyer

All the talk of patent reform is necessary, and often spot-on, but one thing goes unsaid: there’s no one leading the charge. The US Patent Office lacks leadership, and the Director chair has sat empty for over 18 months. The Obama administration is now trying to fill that seat, and have nominated Michelle Lee to helm the post. Lee is the current Deputy Director of the USPTO, but also has a lineage in tech as a former patent counsel at Google.

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Could a thumb-scanning MasterCard sideline Apple Pay?

Could a thumb-scanning MasterCard sideline Apple Pay?

Apple Pay isn't the only next-gen payments system hoping to use your thumbprint to authorize spending, with MasterCard and Zwipe teaming up on a new credit or debit card that has an integrated fingerprint scanner for more security contactless payments. Set to launch in 2015, the Zwipe MasterCard looks at first glance like a regular slice of plastic as you probably already have in your wallet, but rather than demanding you punch in a PIN code or even do something so archaic as put your signature on a receipt, the system instead automatically scans your fingerprint and uses that to authenticate that the right person is making a purchase.

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You can order Apple’s new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now

You can order Apple’s new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now

Apple has opened its virtual store doors for preorders of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, beginning pre-sales of the two new tablets ahead of their availability at retail from next week. The two iOS tablets were announced yesterday at Apple's Cupertino event, running iOS 8.1, and each updated with Touch ID sensors for easier unlocking and payment support with Apple Pay. The biggest changes, however, have been saved for the iPad Air 2, which comes with a new processor as well as an even sleeker design.

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