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Apple Mac mini update to bring Intel Haswell processors

Apple Mac mini update to bring Intel Haswell processors

Apple's Mac mini doesn't get a lot of love, at least when it comes to updates. It looks like that will change next month, if a Belgian retailer's website is accurate -- a model update is set to arrive bearing Intel Haswell processors, as well as a couple other changes. Unfortunately, no images of the next iteration are available, but the end of February appears to be its slated launch time frame.

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Moto Migrate app scores iCloud data transfer ability

Moto Migrate app scores iCloud data transfer ability

The most time consuming part of switching phones is often transferring data from the old handset to the new one, something simplified for those switching to Motorola via the Moto Migrate app. In addition to shuttling content from an Android handset to one of Motorola's phone, it can now also be used by iPhone defectors.

iOS 7.1 Beta 4 rolls out for developers

iOS 7.1 Beta 4 rolls out for developers

For the Apple developers out there, the latest beta for iOS 7.1 -- beta 4 -- has rolled out for the newest round of testing festivities. This release follows close on the heels of the beta 3 release, which hit developers' proverbial digital shelves earlier this month. Those who are registered can check out the full details in the iOS 7 release notes, and can nab the beta from the developer center or OTA.

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Mars mystery rock analysis shows unusual composition following sudden appearance

Mars mystery rock analysis shows unusual composition following sudden appearance

The NASA rover Opportunity sent back a couple of surprising images from Mars last week, both of which were taken with its Pancam, revealing the rather sudden appearance of a small rock. Researchers were surprised at the quick change, and though they offered a couple possible explanations, an investigation was kicked off to try and determine how it happened. Fast-forward through the weekend, and an analysis has offered a new surprise: the chemical composition is unlike anything previously analyzed on the Red Planet.

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Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

The latest iteration of Google's Chrome for Mobile browser -- both the iOS and Android varieties -- will be bringing some new handy features with them. Among them, and perhaps most notably, will be data compression for both of the mobile OS apps, allowing iOS and Android users to reduce the amount of data their mobile browsing habits use up, something that brings Safe Browsing with it in tow.

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Tumblr joins roster of social networks with @mentions

Tumblr joins roster of social networks with @mentions

It is no secret the Internet is a breeding ground for its own sort of language, a common amalgamation of symbols, smileys, acronyms, hashtags, and @mentions. Twitter was the breeding ground for the latter of those staples, bringing into popularity a feature that makes it easy to grab another user's attention by using an @ symbol to tag them and send a notification their way. Such functionality is available across many services -- Facebook, Disqus -- and starting today, Tumblr.

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YouTube adds comments page following user outcry

YouTube adds comments page following user outcry

YouTube revealed last fall that Google+ would be integrated into its comment system, causing a sweeping overhaul to the video service and forcing many onto Google's social network. The change went live by early November, and with the changes came a user outcry on multiple levels -- from those who resented being pushed onto Google+, and from creators who found managing comments unnecessarily difficult as a result.

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Motorola Droid Zap gets new look, Assist brings hands-free SMS replies

Motorola Droid Zap gets new look, Assist brings hands-free SMS replies

Yesterday, Motorola introduced some new enhancements to its software, a bit of New Year's kick-off for those who own one of its applicable smartphones. Among the enhancements is a change up to Motorola Assist, the company's personal assistant app that adds an element of situational intelligence to one's smartphone. Droid Zap has also been honored with a bit of improvement, this particular one being in the design department.

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Twitter rolling out refreshed web design based on mobile inspiration

Twitter rolling out refreshed web design based on mobile inspiration

Tis a mobile world we live in, one filled with apps that are, more often than not, updated frequently and a degree or two separated from their Web-based counterpart's design (should such a counterpart exist, that is). Such has been the case with Twitter up until today, with a simple announcement being fired off this afternoon ushering in a new Web design reminiscent of its latest mobile offerings.

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Snapchat spam glut is being worked on, promises company

Snapchat spam glut is being worked on, promises company

Following security warnings and the eventual massive leaking of Snapchat usernames and numbers, the disappearing-messages service has been experiencing a glut of spam, something users have been reporting in great enough numbers to prompt a blog post update today. Says the company, the onslaught of unwanted messages isn't likely the result of its Find Friends debacle, and that the issue is being worked on.

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