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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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Project CARS delayed until March to avoid holiday season

Project CARS delayed until March to avoid holiday season

In a move that most major game studios would consider madness, the team at Slightly Mad Studios have delayed their game well past the end-of-year holiday season. Instead of releasing the game when everyone is buying massive amounts of gifts for their gift-giving friends, children, and associates, this game will be delayed. No longer a November 18th, 2014 release, Project CARS will be released on the 17th of March, 2015. While Slightly Mad Studios suggests it's not only because of the holiday season schedules of other major studios that they've moved, that certainly is part of it.

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Halo Master Chief Collection downloads begin today 20GB day one download

Halo Master Chief Collection downloads begin today 20GB day one download

In addition to the 45GB Blu-ray disk that you’ll have when you purchase The Master Chief Collection in the first place, 343 Industries have revealed that you'll need a 20GB day-one download patch. This game will be launching with no "cut corners to save disk space" - so says developer Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries. "This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in," adds Ayoub, "Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch."

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Korg Volca Sample turns iPhone into mobile studio

Korg Volca Sample turns iPhone into mobile studio

Korg has revealed a new addition to its Volca range of modular, iPhone and iPad-friendly electronic instruments, with the Korg Volca Sampler promising easier real-time recording and tweaking of sound clips and vocal snatches. The sampler can be used in conjunction with the initial three Volca units - the Keys, Bass, and Loops - or as a standalone system, with motion sequencer recording for its various physical knobs and buttons, and battery power plus a speaker for on-the-move playing.

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Samsung Chromebook 2 packs Intel chip for entry-level

Samsung Chromebook 2 packs Intel chip for entry-level

Samsung has launched a new version of its Chromebook 2, an 11.6-inch notebook running Google's Chrome OS and powered by an Intel processor rather than one of the South Korean's own Exynos ARM chips. The new notebook will drop at under $250, challenging low-cost Windows laptops in the process, while battery life will be a healthy nine hours according to Samsung's estimates. On the outside, meanwhile, there's a faux-leather finish which is likely to prove divisive among Chromebook buyers.

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Chevy shows off SEMA cars ahead of Nov 4 show opening

Chevy shows off SEMA cars ahead of Nov 4 show opening

SEMA is held each year in Las Vegas and the show brings out some of the coolest cars in the world. Some of the cars have style alone while others have style and impressive performance. Chevrolet is showing off some of its cars that will be on display at SEMA and all are performance inspired and show off accessories that are already available for the cars. SEMA kicks off November 7 in Las Vegas.

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Apple sapphire glass provider to lay off hundreds in US

Apple sapphire glass provider to lay off hundreds in US

Layoffs are nothing new in the tech world, they happen regularly as companies pare down to help maximize profits. A big round of layoffs has now been announced for a company operating out of Mesa, Arizona that provides sapphire glass to Apple for certain products. The company is called GT Advanced Technologies and it filed for bankruptcy protection last week. On Thursday, the manufacturer announced plans for massive layoffs at the factory.

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Pixelmator, Replay put iPad Air 2’s new A8X chip to the test

Pixelmator, Replay put iPad Air 2’s new A8X chip to the test

Apple didn't disappoint the tech world and has unveiled, among other things, the latest generation of its iPad tablet line. The iPad Mini 3 might have a harder time finding a warm cozy spot, but the iPad Air 2's substantial diet is sure to endear itself to many almost immediately. But while it's slim profile might be one of its most eye catching features, we mustn't forget the very thing that makes it tick. Apple's A8X processor is no weak beast, and there are two apps that are more than willing to prove it.

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