Windows 10’s first month shows the value of free upgrades and the challenge ahead

If the market share were reversed—if it were Windows 10 with about 60 percent of the desktop market, and the rest split between 7, 8, and yes, probably still some XP zombies that will never die—then that calculus may very well change, with the Store a much better target for the building and promoting of software. The free upgrade is designed to stimulate that switch, and in its first month, it appears that it's doing the right thing; Windows 7 and 8.1 both saw declines in usage that matched Windows 10's gains. Windows XP, which isn't eligible for the upgrade, didn't appear to shift at all. One might argue that it may have been worth extending the upgrade even to those users, but if the end of support didn't stimulate upgrades, it's hard to imagine that a whole new operating system would.

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Google is reportedly announcing new Nexus phones on September 29th

According to CNet , Google will announce the oft-leaked two new Nexus phones at an event on September 29th in San Francisco. Based on multiple leaks, we're expecting two new phones, one made by LG and another by Huawei. The  LG phone should be smaller , with a polycarbonate shell reminiscent of the old HTC One X and featuring a fingerprint sensor on the back. Of course, in 2015 "smaller" is a relative term: we're expecting it to have a 5.2-inch screen.  Huawei's Nexus is potentially more interesting . It should have a 5.7-inch screen and a largish camera module on the back. It also is expected to have a fingerprint sensor. It would be Huawei's first Nexus phone, something that honestly has been a long time coming for a company that's been making huge strides in China and India lately.

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Intel Overhauls Chips in Bid to Revive PC Sales

Intel Corp. is overhauling its flagship line of computer chips, in a high-stakes bid to revive personal-computer sales.

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Chrome 45 launches with new developer features, automatically pauses less important Flash content, like ads

Here’s how the feature works. Chrome will automatically pause Flash content that isn’t “central to the webpage,” while keeping central content playing without interruption. For example, the video you’re watching will be unaffected, while animations on the side will be paused. If Chrome pauses something you’re interested in, you can resume playback by just clicking on it.

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ClearLock (Android) is the easiest way to avoid distracting apps

My innate fear of boredom has driven me to load up my phone with as many games, reading and video apps as it can fit. While that’s great for long queues and airport layovers, it can wreak havoc on my productivity.

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Tumblr is making comments more readable for mobile, but it's losing a touch of charm

Tumblr’s reblogging feature is getting an overhaul. Now, users will see in-line comments rather than a tree of shares and blockquote indents.

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Hulu finally gets rid of commercials with new $12 subscription

As for why it took so long, Hulu explains that it simply was difficult for the company to get the appropriate rights. So difficult, in fact, that it couldn’t secure ad-free playback for seven shows: ‘New Girl,’ ‘Scandal,’ ‘How to Get Away With Murder,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Agents of Shield’ and ‘Grimm.’

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Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla will drop RC4 encryption in Chrome, Edge, IE, and Firefox next year

Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla all made the same announcement today: They will drop support for the RC4 cipher in their respective browsers. Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Firefox will all stop using the outdated security technology next year.

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Motorola drops 3 Moto 360 collections: Flat tire's here to stay, so you can just deal with it

Motorola also confirmed a Moto 360 Sport collection, featuring a unibody silicone build that’s sweat-resistant. It’s got built-in GPS and a better heart rate sensor to help fitness users track their performance throughout the day. Motorola’s still working out the details of the Sport edition, so stay tuned for more update.

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Google’s New Logo Is Trying Really Hard to Look Friendly

“It’s all about organic, round shapes, like your fingertip, which is more circular,” he says. “It makes it feel like there’s some DNA, or molecules, or building blocks.” There’s an emotional component to the new look, too. Google’s old logo was often dubbed “quirky,” but this new identity is more youthful and exuberant. On the logo’s announcement page, Alex Cook, Jonathan Jarvis, and Jonathan Lee say more than once that the new typeface and look took cues from schoolhouse lettering. Likewise, the Google Doodle used to unveil the logo features a Shel Silverstein-like sketch of a hand drawing in sidewalk chalk.

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It's Hard To Believe This Gorgeous 9-Minute Robot Animation Is a Student Thesis

Beyond the matter of how this situation plays out, the film is a wonder to behold, the product of literally thousands of hours of toil. According to the creator, it took roughly 30 minutes a frame on average, or a month for every minute of the nearly 9-minute film. All that labor-intensive, almost you might say mechanical effort paid off, though, in a robot story with an undeniable pulse.

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Avril Lavigne and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger are divorcing

It is with heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today. Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we've created many unforgettable moments. We are still, and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support.

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Someone finally made a drone that's safe for me to headbutt

The average consumer drone has become much cheaper and easier to use over the last three years. But it's still bulky and dangerous when compared to a smartphone on a selfie stick. Snap, a new drone from Vantage Robotics, has a lot of interesting ideas about how to solve these problems. The prototype we played with is a little rough around the edges, but if it can iron out the kinks before shipping, the Snap could greatly expand the potential audience for aerial robots.

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Huawei’s first Android Wear watch is up for pre-order now and works with iOS

The device has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display (400 x 400 pixels) and comes with a choice of strap – leather, stainless steel link strap or stainless steel mesh strap – that will dictate the overall weight. The heaviest (the link strap) comes in at 131 grams, but the leather weighs less than half of that at 61 grams.

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Lenovo announces powerful new Skylake-based ThinkPads

The 14-inch E460 and the 15.6-inch E560 feature Intel Skylake processors coupled with discrete AMD Radeon graphics cards, extensive memory and storage options, and your choice of HD or Full HD displays.

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$399 Moto X Pure Edition is now available for pre-order

Motorola says the new Moto X is its fastest charging phone to date, boosting up to 10 hours of use in a 15-minute charge. A turbo charger will be included with the device, and it’s expected to ship in mid-September. You can also find the Moto X Pure Edition on Amazon, Play Store and Best Buy later this month.

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The Best Cheap Mini Laptop Just Got Some Competition

Oh, we can’t say for sure till we’ve put them both through their paces, but the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S is definitely shooting for the same budget notebook audience—and I wouldn’t be surprised if it hits the mark. For just $190, this Windows 10 machine is thinner at 0.69 inches, notably lighter at 2.2 pounds, and comes equipped with a surprisingly decent matte 1366 x 768 screen and a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor.

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Sony's Xperia Z5 family includes the world's first 4K smartphone

Sony says that, thanks to the phase-detection pixels, the Z5 family can autofocus in as little as 0.03 second, claiming it's the "world's fastest autofocus in a smartphone." All we can say is it's very quick. The actuator helps with this by swiftly moving the lens to focus, and because it's closed-loop, it'll also offer better image stabilization, especially for video. As you'd expect, all three will shoot movies in 4K, although evidently the Z5 Premium is the only one capable of playing footage back natively on the phone itself. Sony says the new sensor is capable of oversampling images (PureView style) for digital zoom "without loss of image quality." Take that claim with an ocean's worth of salt, of course, but the zoomed images definitely seemed good enough for a Facebook or Twitter share.

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Google Docs gets Google search integration, speech recognition, and automatic chart generation

Google is introducing today several nifty features for its widely used Google Docs suite of web services. Most importantly, you’ll now be able to search for information and photos with Google search and easily add it into documents right from within the apps on Android. Also, you’ll now be able to use Google’s speech recognition system to dictate words and put them into your documents.

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Own a historic NASA manual featuring 'the worm' - CNET

It won't teach you how to build a rocket or fly to Pluto, but this manual is a fascinating part of NASA's history, and it's seeking funding on Kickstarter now.

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Making a stock photo your own

Searching for the right stock photo can be rewarding when you find the perfect one that fits your design needs. Often, however, designers are interested in making the stock photo their own by adding unique techniques or styles to add personality or keep within an organization’s visual identity guidelines.

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Google revamps Search and Now cards for mobile with new gestures and categories

Starting today on mobile, users will see a simplified way of searching. What will happen now is that when you come across images, videos, news stories, and other content, you can swipe and tap to access it. No longer will you have to specify a filter to pull up the information. Conduct a search of the Mars Curiosity rover and you’ll see the results page segmented by categories — news, tweets, apps, images, etc. — with most of them allowing you to swipe to view more.

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The wires behind wireless

Engineers from companies around the globe are aware of the power of the smartphone and its influence on multiple technologies and industries. When pursuing this work, engineers must develop the wired interfaces for their components quickly to be early to market with their innovative designs. They should keep in mind that success in wireless ultimately comes down to the wires inside the device and the interface specifications that interconnect the components. They should use interfaces that meet the specific performance goals for their components and end products—a complex endeavor, without a doubt.

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We’re at Cyberwar: A Global Guide to Nation-State Digital Attacks

Every month, it seems, a mammoth cyberattack sponsored by a nation-state comes to light. In recent years, more than 20 countries have announced their intent to launch or beef up their offensive cyber capabilities. The result is a burgeoning digital arms race that presents a major threat to the security of our data. Here’s a look at the countries that have garnered the most headlines in the past few years and a comparison of how their cyber-offensive capabilities stack up. Our assessment is, of course, based only on known attacks. And attribution is often tricky. It’s difficult, forensically, to distinguish nation-state attacks from those of independent groups—even more so when China and Russia use state hackers and also pay freelancers when they gain access to useful systems. Amid the intrigue and mystery, one thing is clear—the online world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place.

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Learn the fundamentals of professional IT with this bundle

The tuition starts with a look at how to set up new laptops and PCs, and the basics of networking. The second course focuses on how to configure desktop operating systems and commonly used features on mobile devices. Both of these courses work toward professionally recognized CompTIA A+ certification.

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Lenovo's Surface Pro Alternative Looks Like One Sweet Tablet

The Lenovo Miix 700, hitting shelves this November for $700 and up, might not be the perfection I’m looking for, but it certainly looks like a great start. Just like the Surface Pro 3, it’s got a gorgeous 12-inch, 2160 x 1440 touchscreen with a remarkable 3:2 aspect ratio which is more totable and lets you see more of your favorite webpages than your standard 16:9 tablets and laptops.

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Apple Adds More Publishers for Its News App, Which Will Launch Soon

That doesn’t mean Apple isn’t interested in getting the word out about the app, which it has been fixing up since debuting a rough-around-the-edges beta a few months ago. It has also signed up more publishers for the launch, which will likely be in the next few weeks. When it announced News at WWDC in June, Apple had 18 publishers on board; now it says it has more than 50.*

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Internet-connected baby monitors are vulnerable to attacks

Rapid7 warns that it's not just pervs with lots of time on their hands parents should be worried about. Industrial spies could also take advantage of the devices' flaws to steal secrets or keep an eye on high-profile execs who use their phones or computers to connect to their kids' internet baby monitors. You can read the full report on the firm's website, containing a list of products they tested and their corresponding weaknesses.

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How agile development is bringing a new, responsive era of marketing

Finally, in what almost seems like a borrowing from marketing, agile software development involves the creation of user stories to both focus development and measure success. In software development, these take the form of “As a [role], I want to [task], so that I can [goal or benefit],” with acceptance criteria for the user listed out. In marketing, Ewel suggests substituting in the traditional marketing personas for [role], but otherwise it works quite similarly. As he puts it, “The goal or benefit reminds us that all good marketing should answer a single question for the customer: What’s In It For Me (WIIFM).”

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Easter Eggs - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Wiki Guide - IGN

This page contains information on the easter eggs and secrets found in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. It's one part of IGN's guide showing you the strategies, collectibles, and locations you need to know to beat every MGS 5 mission. Check our more of our Metal Gear 5 Walkthrough for more Cheats , Easter Eggs , and Tips and Tricks .

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Moto X Pure Edition review: the upper middle class of phones

The ideal Android smartphone looks like this: it has good design, fast performance, clean software, and it doesn’t cost as much as an iPhone. Motorola’s been chasing that ideal since 2013 with its Moto X phones, which have always had an attractive ergonomic design, an unencumbered Android experience, and pricing well below flagship smartphones from Apple and Samsung. But at the same time, the Moto X has also represented what many consider to be the worst of Android: lousy cameras and mediocre battery life.

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Acer's coolest new PC lets you build a computer like Lego bricks

In addition to its Aspire V laptops, Acer is introducing several new Windows 10 machines with more interesting form factors. The Aspire R 13 is a convertible with a display that can be flipped over the keyboard so that it can be used like a tablet. It has a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, a 1080p or Quad HD display, and up to 8GB of RAM. The R 13 also includes the same connectivity features as the Aspire V machines. Additionally, there's the Aspire Switch 10 V and 10 E, two convertible Windows 10 machines that can work as a laptop or break free from their keyboard to become a tablet. These are low-power systems with 10-inch displays, Atom processors, and 2GB of RAM. The R 13 will go on sale in October for $899, but Acer gave no pricing or availability for the Switch line.

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Twitter expands its self-service ads platform to more than 200 countries

Twitter is bringing its self-service ads platform to more people around the world. The company announced that small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in more than 200 countries and territories can now advertise and reach their target audience on Twitter in 15 languages.

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What to expect at Apple's September 9 event: iPhone 6S, Apple TV, and more (roundup) | ZDNet

Along with the new iPhone, the company's mobile operating system iOS 9 is also expected to land at the event. The software, first announced at Apple's developer conference in June, comes with a familiar look and feel, but with a wealth of new features.

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Steven Spielberg says superhero movies will die like Westerns - CNET

Spielberg, though, sees it like this: "These cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us."

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The FDA May Add a Life-Saving Vitamin to Tortillas

About six months have passed since mixing day, and Dunn says the stability results so far are encouraging. Midway through the test, he and his students took over an industrial kitchen to make tortillas and corn chips from the fortified corn masa flour, checking to see how the folic acid fared. “The one thing that did surprise us is the tortilla chips,” he says. “That’s pretty harsh, with wet dough going into super hot frying oil. We thought we’d see a hefty loss and we didn’t.” They’re collecting the last of the data to submit to the FDA, but a final decision from the FDA will at the very least take months more.

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Twitter CEO Search Gains Urgency as Stock Slips, Executives Exit

The company is working on plans to fix that, including a new feature that will aggregate the best content on Twitter around live events, making it available to people who aren’t logged in. That may be a bigger challenge after the recent exits of executives such as Todd Jackson, who left for Dropbox Inc. after helping Twitter debut its Highlights product, and Christian Oestlien, who helped drive growth and is now with Google Inc.’s YouTube. Trevor O’Brien, another product leader, also departed.

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You won't believe what Sony named its new $200 Hi-Res Audio headphone - CNET

But Sony says the h.ear on "headband-style" headphones have Hi-Res Audio chops, with 40mm HD drivers that reproduce sounds up to 60 kHz, augmented bass that's "complemented by lightweight CCAW voice coils which yield high-linearity responses in high-pitched sounds" and domes of the acoustic diaphragms have been titanium-coated to minimize unwanted vibrations. Additionally, a ground separated cable "reduces cross talk and is balanced compatible for balance output supported equipment."

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The Russian Town Where Startling Pollution Is a Way of Life

Pierpaolo Mittica has spent four years photographing some of the planet’s most polluted locales, and even he was surprised by what he found in this town about 100 miles north of Kazakhstan. “I’ve never in my life seen a place like Karabash, where the pollution is so evident and visible all around you,” he says. “It looks like a post-apocalyptic movie.”

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Royal Jelly Isn’t What Makes a Queen Bee a Queen Bee

We’ve known for a while that bees’ diet is involved in building different kinds of bee bodies. Science is still figuring out just how that happens. Queen larvae are surrounded by royal jelly; they float on a sea of sugary bee gland snot in enlarged cells. Worker bees eat beebread (a type of fermented pollen) and honey. Nurse bees mash this into a “worker jelly” and add glandular secretions as a garnish. Workers don’t get the special stuff in queen jelly, and their ovaries shrivel.

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Samsung launches SleepSense, a smart sleep-tracker that connects to your home appliances

With the burgeoning Internet of Things economy, where personal gadgets and home appliances can talk to each other, Samsung is looking to tie together these numerous strands to build a more holistic picture. However, in its presentation at IFA, the company made no mention of how it plans to tie this data in with activities outside the home — those walks to work, runs around the park, and trips to the gym. We can only assume there will be a way to integrate with third-party activity tracking tools, perhaps with RunKeeper, Fitbit, or Withings, though details of any such tie-ups have not been revealed.

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GamesBeat 2015 snares Magic Leap’s Graeme Devine as a new speaker

Michael Pachter, research analyst at Wedbush Securities . He is an oft-quoted video game, social media, digital media, and electronics analyst with Wedbush Securities. He is also the head of research for the Private Shares Group, a Wedbush division that focuses on companies that have not yet gone public, such as Facebook and Twitter before their IPOs. He is regularly cited by national publications in the United States, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Pachter was the emcee at our GamesBeat 2014 event, and he was able to step in as a substitute speaker to talk about the state of the video game business. You can never catch him off-guard when it comes to talking about the game industry.

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Nextbit Phone Uses the Cloud to Free Up Storage Space | MIT Technology Review

The phone, called Robin, is Nextbit’s attempt to shake up the mobile industry by focusing largely on storage, which it thinks is a big problem for consumers. It runs on Google’s Android operating software, but also has an extra layer of software that monitors things like how often you use apps and look at photos. This way, it can remove and remotely store stuff you don’t use much—a travel app you haven’t opened in six months, for instance—to preserve space. You can get that app back later on by tapping on a gray icon left behind on the handset; Robin will re-download it in the same state you last used it.

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Millions Affected By The U.S. Government Hack Haven't Been Told Yet

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

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The Transporter Refueled Review - IGN

Producer Luc Besson is hoping that this reboot will be the first entry in a new trilogy, and he might just get his way. The new movie fills in some blanks about the character, builds on the mythology, and gives Frank a likeable partner-in-crime in the shape of his wise-cracking Dad. The result is a film that’s as good as its predecessors, and suggests that Refueled isn’t the last that we’ll see of this particular incarnation of the Transporter.

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It’s Now Possible to 3-D Print Transparent Glass | MIT Technology Review

To achieve this, the printer needs separate heating systems for each stage of the manufacturing process. The molten glass ink is housed in a crucible above the nozzle, where heating coils maintain the desired temperature. The glass flows from the crucible into a custom nozzle, where separate heating coils keep it hot enough to flow and without sticking to the inside. Finally, objects are built inside a third heating chamber, which is kept just above the temperature at which the glass turns solid. This allows the printed objects to be cooled in a gradual, controlled way so that they don’t break.

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Hand-Drawn Map Captures the Frenetic Energy of London

The images above are details from a new map of London drawn by Fuller (aka Gareth Wood), a British map artist. The goal, Wood says, was to capture his relationship with the city over the past 10 years. “It’s about documenting a particular time and experience,” he says. “Our existence is so inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, that in a way what I feel like I’m doing is creating an artifact, something I can leave behind. There’s a certain romanticism to it.”

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PayPal.me makes it easier to request money from your friends

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

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Traditional looking Huawei Watch on sale September 17, priced from $350 to $800

Huawei today announced the U.S. availability and pricing of its Huawei Watch, a large-ish metal smartwatch that runs on Android Wear. The watch will go on sale September 17 and will come in models ranging from $350 to $800.

51 HackChat
52 Humans Made Chickens Look Ridiculous. Really Ridiculous
53 Apple TV 4 hardware revealed: A8 chip, black remote, 8/16GB storage, same ports, no 4K
54 Samsung launches next-gen SmartThings smart home hub
55 Hulu is introducing an ad-free subscription tier
56 Acer Revo Build (M1-601) Preview - CNET
57 Net-A-Porter founder leaves abruptly ahead of merger
58 Shaken Markets Bring Down Public Tech Shares As Some Recent IPOs Set New Record Lows
59 Sony, former workers in deal to settle lawsuit over 'Interview' hacking
60 Sony Xperia Z5 Compact puts high-end camera tech in a tiny frame (pictures) - CNET
61 IBM And Chip Designer ARM Want To Monitor Every Device They Can
62 Huawei just weighed an orange on stage with its new smartphone
63 Andreessen-Backed Tanium Lands $120 Million in Round Led by TPG and IVP
64 Scaleway Now Provides Crazy Cheap VPS-Like Servers For $3.40 Per Month
65 FTC settles with Machinima for paying YouTube influencers to endorse Xbox One
66 How to buy an Apple Watch: The Apple Watch may launch in Austria, India, and Denmark this month
67 Hands on with the new Sony Xperia Z5 family
68 Hands On With the Huawei Mate S
69 The right way to tackle Amazon
70 Super Mario Maker pulls the curtain back on game design’s promise and peril
71 Asus Previews Water-Cooled Gaming Laptop, More at IFA
72 Daily App Deals: Grab these limited time discounts on ReadQuick, Car Club:Tuning Storm and more (September 2)
73 Panasonic is reviving Technics' legendary DJ turntables
74 I Lived With The Amazon Dash Button--Here's What I Discovered
75 Machinima settles FTC charges over paid Xbox One 'reviews'
76 What's New On Netflix In September 2015?
77 iPhone 6s Plus display leaks out with built-in Force Touch
78 Valve's testing a new look for Steam on TVs
79 Theo Rossi and Rosario Dawson join the cast of Marvel’s Netflix series Luke Cage
80 DJI software update brings new tricks to its drones
81 Mozilla Relaunches Its Thimble Online Code Editor For Teaching HTML, CSS And JavaScript
82 The latest ROG laptop comes with a giant water cooler
83 Rival traffic app PhantomAlert wants to shut Waze down after alleged theft
84 A Look At Open Bionics’ 3D-Printed Robotic Hands For Amputees
85 Canyon's Smart Bike Computer puts Android Wear on your handlebars
86 How Rock Band Shaped Best Coast’s Power Chords
87 Sony's Xperia Z5 family includes the world's first 4K smartphone
88 Android's Google Now redesign helps make sense of your info
89 Flaws in Baby Monitors Open Door For Hackers
90 Nextbit’s Robin Is Another Pretty Phone—But With Infinite Storage
91 On Steam, Windows 10 adoption is already ahead of Windows 8, Vista, XP, Mac, and Linux
92 Instagram Direct gets a huge update focused on messaging your friends
93 This Ebola Documentary Shows VR Film’s Radical Potential
94 Everything we think we know about the new Apple TV
95 Clerky - Lead Front-End Engineer
96 An open letter to the enterprise file sync and share market
97 Toshiba’s Satellite Radius 12 combines a 4K display with a Windows Hello camera
98 5 IT experts reveal their Windows 10 upgrade strategies
99 Watch Out, Netflix: Apple Has Plans To Launch Its Own Original Programming
100 Essential starting tips for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain