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CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

This week the folks behind CyanogenMod have released their version 12.1 with an added bonus of a Stagefright fix. This update is something you're going to WANT to get as fast as possible to protect yourself from the potential evils of Stagefright and - if you're not already on Android 5.1 - an update to the perks of that bit of software. This update will not be available for all CyanogenMod-covered devices immediately, but there ARE a whole lot of devices ready to roll from the get-go.

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Halo 5 opening cinematic: watch now

Halo 5 opening cinematic: watch now

This morning the opening cinematic video for Halo 5 has been released for the public. This cinematic was created by a collection of the top minds in the video game industry, including leaders from AXIS Animation, Profile Studios, and Warner Bros. Video FX have been done by AXIS Animation while audio was handled by Warner Bros. Post Production Services and the 343 Industries Audio Team. This cinematic comes from Halo 5: Guardians, a game that'll be available on October 27th, 2015 for Xbox One.

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Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google just recently launched YouTube Gaming, and with it a new generation, not to mention new market, of video streaming users. But while that's well and good from a business perspective, it poses a technological problem for the future when video streaming has become as common as, say, simply loading web pages. Add to that the growing number of 2K, and even some 4K, video content that will soon snake its way online. Good thing then, that Google is already developing the next gen VP10 technology to face those situations head on.

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Toshiba announces new SSD, SATA HD options

Toshiba announces new SSD, SATA HD options

Toshiba has just debuted a handful of new PC storage options in the form of solid state drives (SSD) and traditional SATA hard drives (HDD). The Q300 SSDs are the flagship offerings, boasting of speed and performance improvements. The SATA HDDs are targeted for a number of purposes, including high performance, low energy usage, and mobile laptop users. With the new hard drives available in a number of size configurations, those looking for extra storage for their computer will easily be able to find one that fits their needs.

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Pugz earbuds are wireless and charge from your phone

Pugz earbuds are wireless and charge from your phone

Many of the headphones and earbuds on the market today are big and bulky items that look like something a DJ would wear during a show. If you are the sort of person who wants their audio gear to be as small as possible the Pugz earbuds might be just what you are looking for. These earbuds have a minimal size and shape and are designed to fit in the ear comfortably.

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Amazon launches Nintendo Digital Downloads page

Amazon launches Nintendo Digital Downloads page

Nintendo Wii U and 3DS gamers in the US now have a new option when it comes to paying for digital game downloads: Amazon.com The internet shopping giant has just launched a digital download store dedicated to Nintendo's platforms, but it's much better than paying for a game, getting a redeemable code via email, and then entering it on a console's eShop. Users can make their purchase on Amazon, check-out, and then click on a link to the Nintendo Network that will automatically register the content as purchased for their system.

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Nest 3rd Gen detailed with larger, sharper display

Nest 3rd Gen detailed with larger, sharper display

The third generation Nest Learning Thermostat has been revealed with a new physical design and Farsight. So-called for its ability to see further than previous Nest devices, Farsight is a feature that "takes advantage of the new high-res screen", allowing users to glimpse information on the thermostat from distances much further than the previous 3-foot requirement. This new Nest will be made available today at a variety of online retailers.

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PayPal.me offers personal URL for collecting quick payments

PayPal.me offers personal URL for collecting quick payments

PayPal has just launched a new feature aiming to both simplify and quicken online payments from person to person. Dubbed PayPal.me, the service provides users with a personalized URL that they can provide to people who need to send them a payment. Both parties still need to have their own PayPal accounts, but those making a payment no longer have to log in, navigate to the payment menu, and enter someone's email address. They can simply visit a PayPal.me link, sign in, choose the amount to pay, and hit send.

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Neato Botvac Connected aims for “a new standard for robot vacuums”

Neato Botvac Connected aims for “a new standard for robot vacuums”

The Neato brand robot vacuum Botvac Connected has been revealed this week to take on the smart home with a Wi-fi-connected cleaner. This machine connects with a home Wi-fi network so that the user can connect with the machine's Neato app. This app allows users to set schedules and start the vacuum up to clean a house on the spot. This app also sends the user instant notifications on where the vacuum is on its cleaning run.

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3.2 Gigapixel digital camera is a go

3.2 Gigapixel digital camera is a go

If you aren't impressed with the 23 megapixel camera sensors on some of the highest end smartphones, then this one might just knock you off your feet. Of course, it isn't going to be used on a smartphone, or any small device for that matter. This 3.2 gigapixel camera will be the digital eye of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) on top of the Cerro Pachón mountain in Chile. And it has just received the Department of Energy's thumbs up to start its construction in order to give scientists deeper insight into the mysteries of the universe.

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