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Mobile credit reader for iOS devices brings Apple Pay to small retailers

Missing from the ranks of businesses that accept Apple Pay are small retailers like food trucks and local coffee shops that may lack the capital to invest in sales terminals for accepting mobile payments.

But a partnership between Apple and credit card processing company North American Bancard could soon bring mobile wallet transactions to neighborhood vendors.

Starting in September, Apple will start selling an updated version of the PayAnywhere mobile credit card reader, developed byNorth American Bancard. The device plugs into iPhones and iPads and will allow retailers to accept payments made with Apple Pay as well as other mobile wallets that use near field communication (NFC) technology to carry out transactions.

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Facebook to crack down on pirated videos

Facebook is improving its technology to better identify videos uploaded to its site without the permission of copyright holders.

The move comes amid an explosion in the amount of video viewed on Facebook, posted by regular users, publishers and advertisers alike.

Alongside the uptick in video content, copyright holders have complained about videos posted without their permission. A recent report by video marketing and social media consulting companies Tubular and Social@Ogilvy estimated that a majority of the most popular videos on Facebook were pirated.

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The Wrap: Intel drone investment, faster in-flight WiFi, IFA preview

Intel has invested millions of dollars in a Chinese drone maker as it hopes to catch up to Google and Amazon.

In-flight WiFi will speed up now that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared in-flight Internet provider Gogo to roll out updated technology later this year.

The IFA consumer electronics show kicks off next week in Berlin. We expect Samsung to debut its Gear S2 smartwatch. High dynamic range (HDR) televisions will be the latest gimmick from TV manufacturers.

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Acer founder Shih says company would 'welcome' a takeover

Acer would ?welcome? a corporate takeover, Acer founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih said when asked whether the company was open to the possibility.

In fact, that was the word that Shih reportedly used to respond when reporters asked about the possibility of a takeover, according to Reuters. But he didn?t seem thrilled about the idea, warning that a potential buyer would receive an ?empty shell.?

Acer representatives in the United States referred comment to Acer representatives in Taiwan, who had yet to respond.

Acer is still the fifth-largest PC company worldwide, selling 4.56 million PCs during the second quarter, according to Gartner. That was good enough for a 6.7 percent share of the market, down from 7.6 percent the year before. Acer, Asus and Apple are really in the second tier of worldwide PC makers from a volume perspective, following Lenovo, HP, and Dell, all of whom have over 14 percent of the market.

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AMD quietly launches new Radeon R9 370X graphics card, but not in the U.S?yet

While the world?s attention was captured by the full reveal of the radical Radeon R9 Nano early Thursday morning, AMD quietly released another new graphics card at the same time: The Radeon R9 370X. Just not in the United States.

The new Radeon R9 370X appears based around the same graphics processor as the older Radeon R9 270X, packing the same 1,280 stream processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and either 2GB or 4GB of memory with a 256-bit bus. TechPowerUp was the first to report on the launch, spotting a Sapphire Vapor-X variant overclocked to 1,200MHz. (Pictured above courtesy of TechPowerUp.)

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Next Moto 360 may come in two different models, according to leaked pics

There may not be one, but two new versions of the Moto 360 coming your way.

Two leaked pictures show off what could be the next version of Motorola?s Android Wearsmartwatch.

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A slimmed-down Moto 360 is shown next to the current model.

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Comcast adds fantasy stats and eye candy to its Xfinity X1 sports app
More statistics are available for individual players and teams, just in time for the start of the NFL season and MLB playoffs.
Valve bundles free copy of Rocket League with Steam Machine preorders

If you?re part of the presumably large Venn Diagram overlap of ?People who would love Rocket League? (a.k.a. everyone on the planet) and ?People who love Steam Machines? (the jury is out) then Valve has a deal for you: A free copy of Rocket League for anyone who preorders or has preordered either Steam Link, a Steam Controller, or a Steam Machine.

Haven?t played Rocket League yet? It?s pretty much like soccer, except played by rocket-powered cars. And sure, it?s easy as an American to write off everything soccer-related?but don?t. Rocket League is the breakout hit of the summer, largely thanks to the fact PlayStation Plus members got it for free. And the fact it?s awesome.

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Logitech's gaming headsets rock 16.8m color LEDs, surround sound options galore

After years of stagnation, Logitech?s been working its ass off in recent months to win gamers back to its suite of peripherals. All the hard work has already resulted in theG502 Proteus Core mouse,a.k.a. absolutely the best gaming mouse I?ve ever used. Now, the company is revamping its relatively ancient G930 headset with not one, but two new variants: the G933 and G633 Artemis Spectrum headsets.

Announced today, Logitech?s taking some real shots at the competition. The press release I received has Logitech?s Ujesh Desai on-record saying, ?We saw that no one was really building a pair of high quality headphones for gamers, so we challenged our audio team to see if they could do it.?

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Google calls European Union antitrust charges 'unfounded'

Google has finally responded to antitrust charges brought against it by the European Commission over how it presents search results, and its pugnacious reply potentially sets up a lengthy legal battle between the company and the regulator.

In the spring, the EU charged Google with stifling competition and harming consumers by favoring its comparison shopping services over those of its rivals. Google faces the possibility of billions of Euros worth of fines in the case.

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BitTorrent patches flaw that could amplify distributed denial-of-service attacks

BitTorrent fixed a vulnerability that would have allowed attackers to hijack BitTorrent applications used by hundreds of millions of users in order to amplify distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

The vulnerability was located in libuTP, a reference implementation of the Micro Transport Protocol (uTP) that's used by many popular BitTorrent clients including uTorrent, Vuze, Transmission and the BitTorrent mainline client.

The flaw was disclosed earlier this month in a paper presented at the 9th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies by four researchers from City University London, Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences in Friedberg, Germany and cloud networking firm PLUMgrid.

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Hey Siri, give us a hint: Apple's iPhone event is Sept. 9

Apple just sent out press invitations to its annual iPhone event, to no one?s surprise. The date: Sept. 9. Time: 10 a.m. Pacific. Location: The spacious Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Cupertino continues its tradition of teasing what?s to come in its event invites, this time with the tagline, ?Hey Siri, give us a hint.?

As usual, the phrasing is coy and vague, but based on Apple events of yore, we know a few things: There will be new iPhones, and we will see final updates to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, which will be released in the fall.

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Ex-Apple CEO Sculley's new firm preps stylish budget phones for Asia

A company founded by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley has launched a set of low-cost yet stylish smartphones aimed for emerging wireless markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The Obi Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5 models both start at under $199 but offer capabilities found in more expensive smartphones.

The phones use a customized interface, called Obi Lifespeed, which runs on the Android operating system, version Lollipop.

With these phones, Obi wants to reach the billion or so users who market analyst firm Creative Strategies predicts will upgrade in the next three years from low-end smartphones to ones with greater functionality.

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Samsung Pay beta is now open for testers

Samsung Pay is here in beta form, and you can sign up for a trial as long as you meet meet specific banking and network requirements.

If you have a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Note 5 you can head to the Samsung Pay site and sign up to be a tester.

Along with the right hardware, you need to have a Samsung account and a Visa or MasterCard issued by Bank of America, U.S. Bank, Merrill Lynch, U.S. Trust, or Elan Financial. Verizon still isn?t on board, as the only supported carriers are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular.

Once you sign up, Samsung says you?ll get an email notification if you?re in the program. Then you?ll get further instructions about getting going with Samsung Pay on your device.

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Sling TV apologizes after botching another big streaming event

So much for Sling TV having worked out its growing pains.

After the streaming video service buckled under pressure from the series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, Sling has acknowledged the problems and apologized to affected users. ?We?re aware some of you have been experiencing issues with our service,? Sling wrote in a blog post. ?Our apologies to those of you who have had interruptions.

While TV Sling didn?t explain what went wrong, or tie the issues to a specific event, the problems with streaming Fear the Walking Dead were well-documented by Phillip Swann at TVPredictions. During the premiere, many users complained on Twitter of black screens, error messages, and other glitches. Sling?s customer service Twitter account eventually confirmed the problems, and directed users to watch the premiere on demand instead.

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