Google Twitch Acquisition

Google reportedly acquires streaming video giant Twitch for $1 billion

Google reportedly acquires streaming video giant Twitch for $1 billion

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Following several reports that the two were in talks, Google has reportedly reached a deal to acquire streaming video giant Twitch for approximately $1 billion. With more than 50 million monthly active users, Twitch is a wildly popular service that allows gamers to stream live video of themselves as well as live feeds of whatever video games they might be playing. Venturebeat reports that Google’s YouTube division is in charge of the deal and will presumably oversee Twitch in some capacity moving forward. Google has not yet confirmed the acquisition.

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Apple iTime Smartwatch

Jimmy Kimmel pranks strangers with a fake Apple iTime smartwatch

By about 1 hour ago.

Jimmy Kimmel pranks strangers with a fake Apple iTime smartwatch

Jimmy Kimmel is the best in the business when it comes to making unsuspecting passersby look like complete morons. On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel’s crew took to Hollywood Blvd. with Apple’s unreleased iTime smartwatch, first revealed in a patent application earlier this week, to gauge the public reaction. The only problem was that the watch in question was actually a $20 Casio watch with an Apple logo stuck to the back. As you can probably guess, a lot of people didn’t catch on, and the resulting video is pretty hysterical. More →

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Hit List

India Exclusive Apple Stores

Apple is building stores in India just for iPhones and iPads

By about 2 hours ago.

Apple is building stores in India just for iPhones and iPads

Apple is planning to open stores in India which will only sell iOS devices following significant growth in sales of the iPhone and iPad over the past several years. Our sister site BGR India reports that the exclusive stores will contain three weeks worth of supply once they’re up and running and should require just 3-4 employees to operate, including a store manager, an iOS promoter and one or two sales managers. Apple will also take on 50% of the cost for the 10-15 demo units required to appear at each location. More →

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BBM Download

BlackBerry stock is up 100% since Christmas, even as BBM grows weaker

By about 2 hours ago.

BlackBerry stock is up 100% since Christmas, even as BBM grows weaker

BlackBerry is up more than 5% on Thursday, buoyed by the CEO’s comments about partnerships that might mirror the recent Apple-IBM pact. That Apple-IBM alliance was seen by some as a fatal blow to BlackBerry, since it gives iOS another boost in the enterprise market. But BlackBerry has recently started resembling a mythical Canadian beast that absorbs fatal blows with polite disinterest, growing only stronger as its prospects weaken. More →

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Game Changers

Drone Footage

Incredible new map is like Google Street View, but with drone footage

By about 2 hours ago.

Incredible new map is like Google Street View, but with drone footage

Google Street View is one of the greatest things about Google Maps. With it, users can see actual 3D imagery of locations they plan to visit, giving people a way to see exactly where they’re headed before they trek out to a new destination. Beyond that, it gives users a way to explore places around the world, albeit virtually, that they might otherwise never have had the opportunity to see. A new website called TravelByDrone takes things a step further, however, providing users with videos containing drone-filmed aerial footage from all over the world that is just a click away. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Release Date

Galaxy Note 4′s release timeframe may have just been revealed

By about 3 hours ago.

Galaxy Note 4′s release timeframe may have just been revealed

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is primed to be one of the highest quality smartphones the company has ever produced, and now reports are coming in that it might see a release shortly before the iPhone 6. According to ET News, the Galaxy Note 4 was rushed into production after the Galaxy S5 underperformed during its launch window, forcing Samsung to rethink its strategy for the rest of the year. More →

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iPhone 6 Processor Supplier

iPhone 6 makes Apple the biggest client of the world’s top chip supplier

By about 3 hours ago.

iPhone 6 makes Apple the biggest client of the world’s top chip supplier

We’ve seen a good number of conflicting reports regarding the iPhone 6, but most publications agree that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is going to be a major supplier for the new smartphone’s processor when it launches later this year. Digitimes reported on Wednesday that Apple was primed to become TSMC’s biggest client as the foundry ramps up production of the A8 processors for the iPhone 6. More →

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Canvas Fingerprinting What Sites Use It

Here are over 5,000 sites that track you with canvas fingerprinting

By about 4 hours ago.

Here are over 5,000 sites that track you with canvas fingerprinting

Internet users looking to better guard their online privacy are probably aware of a new tracking trick certain sites are experimenting with in order to offer better targeted ads even to those people who block other tracking measures. Called canvas fingerprinting, the new tool tells your browser to create a unique fingerprint for your computer, by retrieving certain details about how the browser is rendering text on your system. The fingerprint then can be used to track users across websites, and it looks like at least 5,619 website have used the technology during May 1-5, 2014, according to researches that looked into how canvas fingerprinting works. More →

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Apple Future

WTF of the week: Apple could be ‘obsolete’ in 2-3 years

By about 4 hours ago.

WTF of the week: Apple could be ‘obsolete’ in 2-3 years

At some point in the future, Apple will no longer be the consumer technology giant it is today. It will become obsolete. Its products will no longer be trendy. Other companies will innovate and drive Apple out of markets it had once dominated. It’s inevitable. It might happen in 10 years or it might happen in 100 years, but it will happen. One of the few things we can safely assume, however is that it will not happen in the next 2-3 years — unless you’re Pedro de Noronha, managing partner at Noster Capital. More →

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Yosemite: Download and Install Instructions

Here’s how to download and install Yosemite beta right now

By about 5 hours ago.

Here’s how to download and install Yosemite beta right now

As previously revealed, Apple on Thursday rolled out the public OS X Yosemite beta version, which is available to up to 1 million Mac owners interested in running the company’s latest operating system as soon as possible. More →

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4 Awesome iPhone Camera Apps

4 awesome iPhone camera apps you really need to try

By about 5 hours ago.

4 awesome iPhone camera apps you really need to try

Your iPhone is a pretty formidable camera on its own, but there are plenty of affordable ways to make it even better without attaching any additional hardware. Forbes contributor Amadou Diallo has concocted a list of the four best camera apps for the iPhone, all of which you can download for less than $10 to make your photos look better than ever. More →

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Conan O'Brien iPhone 6 Video

Watch Conan O’Brien bash the iPhone 6 in this hilarious video

By about 5 hours ago.

Watch Conan O’Brien bash the iPhone 6 in this hilarious video

The iPhone 6 isn’t even out yet and Samsung is already making fun of the device in TV ads, while inadvertently reminding potential smartphone buyers that a bigger iPhone is coming. Following Samsung, Conan O’Brien was next to take shots at the unreleased iPhone 6 smartphone during a monologue on Tuesday. More →

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Google Now Easter Eggs

11 cool Google Now easter eggs you have to check out

By about 6 hours ago.

11 cool Google Now easter eggs you have to check out

There is really no question that Google Now is one of the best things to happen to mobile devices in the past few years. Google’s intelligent personal assistant service gives you important information before you even realize you need it, and it is constantly improving as Google adds more great functionality to the service. Of course, Google Now isn’t all business — it can also have some fun from time to time just like Apple’s Siri, and there are some cool Google Now easter eggs that you really have to check out. More →

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