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August 21, 2014
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Without the physical Barnes & Noble stores, Nook Media doesn't have a shot -- it all comes back to other bigger and better players in the space. Instead of being an anchor stuck in the mud to the Barnes & Noble boat, the new Nook has the potential to become a paddle to build a richer everywhere experience -- but it seems as if Barnes & Noble is getting ready to toss the paddle overboard, too. [More...]

August 21, 2014
Oculix, a mashup of the Oculus Rift and the Netflix UI, gave users a heady experience at Netflix Hack Day, but don't expect to experience it yourself any time soon. Hack Day is mainly an opportunity for engineers to show off a bunch of blue-sky technology possibilities. Still, virtual reality immersiveness is bound to play a bigger role in gaming and entertainment in the not-too-distant future. [More...]

August 21, 2014
In a move influenced by Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's email snooping, Yahoo and Google last week announced that they were cooperating on end-to-end encrypting their webmail products. While the open source approach has proven its value over and over again, the idea of opening up the code for security features to anyone with eyeballs still creates anxiety in some circles. [More...]

August 21, 2014
Blink home monitor
As if recording motion-triggered HD video weren't enough, Blink also will sense the temperature in your home and send you alerts if you want them. It uses an LED illuminator with low-light video capture capabilities to ensure that you can see what's happening day or night. Plus, there's a built-in microphone so you can hear what's happening. Priced at just $69, Blink is a no-brainer. [More...]

August 20, 2014
Barnes & Noble can't go it alone against Amazon, so it's getting a little help from its friends. Whether it will be enough for the company to get by is another story. Teaming up with Samsung "brings Barnes & Noble the brand equity Samsung has built up, and gives it a lot more credibility on the hardware side," said Gartner analyst Brian Blau, "and it probably saves B&N a lot of money." [More...]

August 20, 2014
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SparkyLinux GameOver Edition brings access to games compiled for the Linux platform. It adds access to games available from the Steam and Desura platforms. It also has preconfigured access to games created for the Microsoft Windows platform Wine, and PlayOnLinux. It even provides access to classic games created for discontinued machines and systems via emulators. [More...]

August 20, 2014
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HTC and Microsoft are pals again, and the reunion could be advantageous for both. HTC could get a break on licensing fees, for example, and having a single phone that's versatile enough to run different OS and software sets could differentiate it in the market. As for Microsoft, it gets to show off its Windows chops on a flagship phone that's won considerable respect. [More...]

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