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Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

The Security Key is not something you probably have in your pocket right this minute. It’s a newer sort of verification system made in partnership with the FIDO Alliance, now working with Google and Google Chrome for an added layer of security for Google websites. With this system you’ll never need worry about being scammed by a website pretending to be Google - not even once. You will need an official U2F Security Key to make it all work to Google's satisfaction.

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Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Following the iMac teardown late last week comes the folks at iFixit again, who have this time gotten down and dirty with the newest Mac Mini. You'd expect from the look of things that it would largely rate the same as the previous model, but sometimes appearances can be deceitful, as was apparently the case this time. Said iFixit, "Apple took one of their most-fixable, most-upgradable products and broke it." How, you ask? We've got all the details -- and a few pictures -- for you after the jump.

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2014 Apple Mac Mini confirmed with non-user replaceable RAM

2014 Apple Mac Mini confirmed with non-user replaceable RAM

Apple announced, and subsequently began selling, its new Mac Mini on Thursday, marking the desktop's first update in two years. While fans of the small machine are all-around pleased Apple hasn't abandoned the Mac Mini, this year's model doesn't come without a few disappointments. Alongside discontinuing the upgrade options of a quad-core processor, as well as storage options beyond 1TB, the new Mac Mini has soldered RAM, meaning users will not be able to change or upgrade the memory after purchase.

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New Retina iMac teardown reveals moderate repairability

New Retina iMac teardown reveals moderate repairability

Apple took the wraps off its new iMac with 5K Retina display yesterday, and now a single day later the handy folks over at iFixit have already cracked it open (gently) to see what lies beneath its alluring surface. The question was posed: will the new ultra-high-resolution display make the new iMac's repairability more troublesome? The end result reveals a lot of favorable points for the machine, but there are a couple big hassles that knocked the final score down a few notches.

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Linksys EA9200 and E8350 routers target demanding users

Linksys EA9200 and E8350 routers target demanding users

Linksys has taken the wraps off a pair of new routers, one of which is available now and the other that will be launching in a couple of days: the E8350 and the EA9200. Both are targeted at demanding users, though the EA9200 is the higher-end of the two, bringing with it features like dual-band operation and 6 antennas. That doesn't mean the E8350 isn't notable for its own reasons: it brings four antennas, which will meet most users' needs, and the same dual-band operation.

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Mac mini 2014 released at $599

Mac mini 2014 released at $599

This week details have sprung up on the next generation Mac mini, a device which brings the Apple OS X desktop world to monitors of all sizes. This device works with 4th-gen Intel Core processors, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. It looks rather similar to the Mac mini we know from the most recent generation - slim, small, simple, and gray. This device will sit alongside the newest iMac model with Retina display as the two desktop titans in Apple's range.

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Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition with Lollipop release imminent

Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition with Lollipop release imminent

While we did, honestly, expect the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition to be launched several months ago at this point, it would seem that they’re finally ready to roll. With the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the official preview we saw courtesy of Samsung itself earlier this month, there can’t be much time between now and the GPE. What with Google’s update of their Android homepage still including the elusive Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S5 alongside the new Nexus family, we have only to ask - what’s the holdup?

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Nexus 9 detailed for Android Lollipop release

Nexus 9 detailed for Android Lollipop release

This week the folks at Google have made a sly deal of releasing their next wave of devices, starting with the Nexus 9 tablet from HTC. This device works with an 8.9-inch display with IPS LCD technology, an 8-megapixel camera at its back, a 1.6-megapixel camera up front, and an NVIDIA Tegra K1 (64-bit) processor under the hood. This tablet will be released in three colors and two different internal storage sizes.

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Nexus 9 incoming: Nexus 5, 7, 10 leave Play store

Nexus 9 incoming: Nexus 5, 7, 10 leave Play store

This morning it’s become clear that Google means to move some inventory in a very short time. As they’ve done in the past immediately preceding the release of a new product, they’ve taken out the Buy button from several of their main products - Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 - to make way for the next wave. What that’ll mean for you is a new Nexus 9, at least, and perhaps a new Nexus 6 to go along with it. The release of these devices to the play store will likely occur this afternoon.

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iPad Air keyboards revealed by Belkin, a tad early

iPad Air keyboards revealed by Belkin, a tad early

While we’re expecting more than one update to the mobile Apple universe on Thursday of this week, Belkin appears to be preparing for the incoming wave. They’ve released information on two new iPad Air keyboards - "QODE Keyboards for iPad Air," they say - before the Apple event where it’s expected that an iPad Air 2 (or just second-generation iPad Air) will be revealed. We’ll just have to wait and see for Apple - but for now, these keyboards will work with the iPad Air model that's already on the market.

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