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Do-or-die time for Acer as it hunts for winning strategy

Best known for its low-cost laptops, Acer doesn't really inspire thoughts of premium products. But building high-end hardware could be the Taiwanese vendor's best shot as it looks for a way to rescue its struggling business. With consumers flocking to tablets and smartphones, Acer's once-thriving PC business has been left in the dust. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom's 'Mega' storage service dumps its beta tag, picks up some new features

Almost a year after its debut, is still standing. With nary a law enforcement raid blemishing its record, Mega recently announced it was out of its beta phase, and to celebrate, it gave the service a fresh coat of paint. The...Show More Summary

Astro A40 Headset and MixAmp Pro review: The all-encompassing headset option

The 2013 edition of the Astro A40 headset is an audiophile’s dream and will serve you well no matter what your gaming preference may be. Astro doesn’t want you checking out other headsets, whether you happen to be sitting at your desk, gaming on the couch, or walking down the street listening to music. Show More Summary

SteelSeries Siberia Elite review: Great sound never looked so cool

The biggest problem with the new Siberia Elite headset by SteelSeries ($200) is that you’ll want to show it off to everyone. The Siberia Elite, like a lot of recent SteelSeries hardware, focuses heavily on LED lighting. Color catches the eye here. Show More Summary

Silk Road online drug marketplace resurfaces

The Silk Road online marketplace has resurfaced about a month after U.S. officials shut down the website that was only accessible through the Tor anonymity service, and arrested among others a man named Ross William Ulbricht, who was alleged to be the site's owner and operator. Show More Summary

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review: Unapologetically content-driven

If you dismiss it as "not as good as the iPad Air," you're missing an important point.

Microsoft expands Office Web Apps functionality

Microsoft has declared Thursday, Nov. 7, to be “Get It Done Day,” and in that spirit it’s rolling out significant changes for Office Web Apps, the free Web-based complements of the core Microsoft Office applications. Traditionally, Microsoft...Show More Summary

Twitter sets IPO price at $26

Twitter has set its IPO price at US$26 per share, a dollar above the top end of the price range it predicted earlier this week. The company said Wednesday that it plans to sell 70 million shares to the public starting Thursday. Underwriters have the option to sell an additional 10.5 million shares during the first 30 days. Show More Summary

Apple discloses what it's sharing with governments

We've been hearing a lot lately about the US government secretly gathering information from Google, Yahoo, and other tech giants. But what about Apple? The Cupertino-based corporation, not yet caught up in the NSA scandals, has decided to take disclosure into its own hands. Show More Summary

Blockbuster's last U.S. stores to close in January

Parent company Dish Network says it will use the Blockbuster brand for other video services.

Google's secret proposals leaked as dismay over EU antitrust inquiry grows

Google's latest proposals aimed at avoiding an antitrust fine from European authorities have been leaked amid growing anger over the secrecy surrounding the case. The documents, seen by IDG News Service on Wednesday and verified by sources...Show More Summary

iPad Air review: The best tablet gets better

It’s right there in the name: The most important trait of the iPad Air is that it only weighs a pound. For a company that obsesses over making devices thinner and lighter, it must have been torture for Apple to spend nearly three years making a series of iPads that were better than their predecessors, but not smaller. Show More Summary

EMC sues startup for stealing trade secrets through staff hires

EMC has sued Pure Storage for allegedly colluding with some of the storage giant's former employees to misappropriate and bring to the startup confidential EMC information and trade secrets, including lists and notes on current and potential customers. Show More Summary

AMD's new $399 R9 290 GPU continues premium graphics price-drop trend

Guess it pays to wait. A little more than a week ago, AMD launched the Radeon R9 290X graphics card for $550. On Tuesday, AMD unveiled the $399 Radeon R9 290, a bit slower on the performance front but much, much, cheaper. AMD’s new offering is based on the “Hawaii” architecture that AMD just unveiled at the end of September. Show More Summary

Google is understandably upset with the NSA

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has reason to be angry. Last week, the Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on Google and Yahoo servers without telling the Internet giants. Schmidt expressed...Show More Summary

BlackBerry gets ready to announce new bidder or seal deal with Fairfax

BlackBerry is expected to announce a definitive merger agreement with Fairfax Financial Holdings on Monday -- or present an alternative bidder to help get the company back on track, with the latter group including the likes of Qualcomm. Show More Summary

iPad trade-in interest jumps

Long before Apple started selling its iPad Air, more than double the number of consumers asked for price quotes on their older tablets than last year, a pair of buyback companies said. The trade-in activity hints at strong early sales...Show More Summary

Amazon introduces Kindle First to offer books before they're released

Hey, book face! Only $2 for early access to one pre-selected title, free for Prime members.

Google's Chrome will automatically block malware

A developer version of Google’s Chrome browser will automatically flag and block malware that the user’s anti-malware system wouldn’t otherwise detect, Google said. The “Canary” version of Chrome, designed for early testing by developers...Show More Summary

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