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Fire concern forces Apple to recall Beats Pill XL speaker

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 8:35 pm

Apple is recalling more than 220,000 Beats Pill XL portable wireless speakers in the United States, following a fire risk, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). So far, eight suspected cases of overheating speakers have been reported, though Apple didn't offer a statement on how many complaints it has received.

 

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"Because customer safety is the company's top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using their Beats Pill XL speakers," according to a public notice from Apple. "Customers who purchased a Beats Pill XL speaker should visit http://www.apple.com/support/beats-pillxl-recall for details about how to return their product to Apple, and how to receive an Apple Store credit or electronic payment of $325."

 

Beats first introduced the speaker in November 2013, and Apple purchased the company in May 2014 for around $3 billion.

Yahoo will stream NFL football games starting next season

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 7:46 pm

The NFL is broadening its horizons a bit by expanding to live streaming, and will partner with Yahoo to get the job done. Yahoo won a bidding process and the first live streamed game will be the Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, scheduled for Oct. 25 in London. It's unknown which companies Yahoo outbid, but it's likely Google's YouTube service was one of them.

 

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Even though cord cutting has become more prevalent in recent years, many subscribers don't abandon their cable or satellite service due to live sports. However, sports leagues in the United States are beginning to embrace online video - but the NFL is notorious for blacking out local teams from streaming services, forcing football fans to keep some type of subscription.

 

"We're thrilled that the NFL has chosen Yahoo for this historic opportunity," said Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, in a public statement. "It marks a significant change in the way users can access this amazing content."

IDC: 40% of wearables available for $100 or less

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 7:05 pm

Do you want an affordable wearable? Forty percent of wearable devices are priced at less than $100, as the market quickly evolves.

 

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The top five wearable manufacturers based on Q1 2015 market share: Fitbit (34.2 percent), Xiaomi (24.6 percent), Garmin (6.1 percent), Samsung (5.3 percent), and Jawbone (4.4 percent).

 

"As with any young market, price erosion has been quite drastic," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst of Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers at IDC. "We now see over 40 percent of the devices priced under $100, and that's one reason why the top 5 vendors have been able to grow their dominance from two thirds of the market in the first quarter of last year to three quarters this quarter."

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MSI shows off its elite GAMING line of video cards

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 6:56 pm

Computex 2015 - MSI was at Computex 2015 to showcase its elite line of GAMING video cards, which included the GTX 980 GAMING 4G and MSI GTX980 Ti GAMING 6G.

 

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The MSI GTX980 Ti GAMING 6G features 6GB of VRAM, powered by the Twin Frozr V cooler, with the LED illuminated MSI GAMING Dragon controllable via MSI Gaming App. Both MSI models include a unique back plate that carves out dragon insignias, with the GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G promised to deliver a silent and cool gaming experience.

 

In addition, MSI also showed off its SLI bridges which support 2-way and 3-way spaced SLI setups, which is being promoted as the "ideal link for a true MSI GAMING SLI setup."

G.SKILL shows off killer DDR4 configurations in multiple setups

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 6:44 pm

Computex 2015 - G.SKILL is using Computex 2015 as a showcase for the highest frequency DDR4 3800MHz kit and largest DDR4 128GB kit. The company showed off the G.SKILL DDR4 3800MHz 16GB (4x4GB) kit on two live demos systems featuring GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC-Champion and the ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer motherboards.

 

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First look at Fallout 4, announced by Bethesda this morning

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 6:29 pm

Fallout 4 will take place in post-apocalyptic Boston, with all of us starting out trying to escape Vault 111. Bethesda Softworks teased Fallout by launching a website with a countdown clock on Tuesday, and hasn't disappointed. Here is Fallout 4's first new trailer:

 

 

Fallout 4 will be available for the PC, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One. Interested gamers can pre-order the game, and some rumors predict the game available in time for Christmas this year.

 

Bethesda promised additional details during its showcase at E3 later this month.

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Save Nearly 50% on the HTC Desire 510 and a Year of Wireless Service

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 2:28 pm

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The HTC Desire 510 is lightning-fast, with easy switching between apps, and smooth gaming and video streaming. Plus, customize your preferences so that you can see all of your important updates, favorite blogs, and social media notifications right on the home screen.

 

Together, the phone and year are service are valued at $475. Now's your chance to get them both for 47% off at TweakTown Deals.

MSI shows off the compact Nightblade MI gaming PC

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 10:36 am

Computex 2015 - MSI has added to its popular Nightblade series, introducing the Nightblade MI at Computex 2015.

 

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Even though the Nigthblade MI may look like a smaller form factor than a regular gaming PC, don't let its modest looks fool you.

 

Powered by the Intel Core i7 CPU and running full NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 video cards, the Nightblade MI has serious gaming hardware in a compact form. The system has been designed for gaming, though the company didn't reveal full system specifications for the Nightblade MI.

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Dell introduces Inspiron 20 & 24 3000 Series all-in-one PCs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 9:31 am

Computex 2015 - PC manufacturer Dell has introduced the new Inspiron 20 and 24 3000 Series All-in-One desktop PCs during Computex 2015. Both systems include USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, 4-in-1 MCR and Ethernet capabilities, and a pop-up easel stand with one-cord set up.

 

The Inspiron has a 19.5" HD+ display features the Intel Braswell processors, and consumers can choose a touchscreen to further complement the units.

 

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Meanwhile, the Inspiron 24 has 23.8" Full HD wide-angle display with IPS technology with Intel processors. The all-in-one has a streamlined design so it can fit comfortably in the living room or a crowded office.

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Report: Estimated 10 million self-driving cars on our streets by 2020

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 9:20 am

There could be more than 10 million self-driving vehicles on the road by 2020, with significant breakthroughs expected starting in 2019, according to a new report from Business Insider Intelligence.

 

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In its recent report, the company outlines growth of semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles, as driverless technology continues to accelerate. Companies such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Ford, Toyota, and others are investing more money and research time into autonomous vehicles, though most interested drivers will have to likely wait until 2025 - if not later - for prices to drop.

 

The idea that autonomous cars are no longer something from a science fiction story is impressive, though the realization that it's just a few years away could scare drivers. However, automakers and technology companies plan to continue market the booming technology to skeptical drivers.

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