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The Apple Power Mac G5 was a classic computer of the early millennium, but for all of its strengths — besides its gorgeous design, it was the fastest Mac in Apple's lineup when it was released in 2003 — it didn't last: the G5 family was retired in 2006 for the Mac Pro. The rest is recent history.

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Dionysus Technology Concepts launches a crowdfunding campaign for the Sonic Decanter, which promises to use ultrasonic energy to improve your wine in 15 minutes.>

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed, and third-quarter results missed Wall Street's targets, sending the online retailer's shares 9 percent lower. Some analysts fear that the U.S. holiday shopping season, the biggest quarter for most retailers, might turn out weaker than anticipated. The company projected on Thursday net sales of between $27.3 billion and $30.3 billion for the holiday quarter, lagging the $30.89 billion analysts had expected on average. ...

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By Nick Brown (Reuters) - Shareholders of GT Advanced Technologies are lobbying regulators to form a committee to vouch for their interests in the sapphire maker's bankruptcy, believing their shares may still have value. GT Advanced, which supplied sapphire to Apple Inc , filed for Chapter 11 protection this month under mysterious circumstances, sending shares plummeting. The case boggled the minds of market analysts when GT refused to explain why it had imploded, citing confidentiality clauses in its Apple contracts. ...

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(Reuters) - Qlik Technologies Inc reported a 26 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by demand for its business analytics software and an increase in license and maintenance deals. The company reported a net loss of $14.4 million, or 16 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from a profit of $3 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier as expenses rose by a about a third Excluding items, the company earned 1 cent per share. Analysts were expecting the company to breakeven on a per share basis, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Total revenue rose to $131. ...

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Google’s modular smartphone isn’t just an interesting concept anymore, as Google is very interested in offering such devices to users next year. Project Ara phones will let users build whatever smartphone they desire — provided they have access to the appropriate modules — and Google will create a special, Google Play Store-like storefront where modules developers will be able to sell their creations. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “By following the Android model, we are creating a free and open platform…” Google’s Paul Eremenko said in an interview at Purdue University. ”The Ara MDK is free and open and available to everybody, so everybody could create a module per

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Amazon posted its third quarter earnings results today and they were not pretty: the company said it had a net loss of $437 million dollars, more than ten times what is lost for the same period in 2013 and four times its losses from last quarter. Its revenues grew to $20.84 billion, an increase of 20 percent over the same period last year, but less than what investors were expecting. In its projections for next quarter, Amazon said it expects the red ink to keep spreading, with losses growing to $570 million.

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Microsoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Microsoft's drop in profits is largely related to $1.14 billion of integration and restructuring expenses following the Nokia phone business acquisition. With the launch of the Surface Pro 3 in late June, we’ve finally got a full quarter of Surface revenue that includes Microsoft’s latest tablet.

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Samsung isn’t shy about using rhetorical excess to describe its devices — recall that it once described the Galaxy S4 as “a precious stone glittering in the dark or countless stars sparkling in the night sky,” while it said the Galaxy S III “opens up new horizons and allows you to live your life extraordinarily” by being “enhanced with nature and human emotion.” You’ll be happy to know that Samsung hasn’t toned down its approach when it comes to marketing the Galaxy Note 4, as the company has just written an explanation for its new device’s design that explains why it’s the epitome of “modern sleek.” RELATED: Samsung execs explain why the Galaxy S4 is a ‘life companion’ more than a

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If you use Facebook, Apple Maps, or Google Maps, it’s pretty easy to find where you are on a map with GPS. But what about when you want others to know where you are at any given time? Imagine if you’re in a car wreck and no one knows where you are. Or if a loved one is picking you up and they don’t know the exact address where you’re standing. It would be helpful for friends, family and the police to be able to find you with a location-sharing option for your iPhone, and luckily iOS 8 does just that. RELATED: Hero cop uses Find My iPhone to save a woman’s life This particular feature isn’t obvious when you’re just playing around on your iPhone,

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will contribute "at least" $100 million to fight the spread of Ebola, he announced Thursday. In a tweet, Allen revealed the new donation amount and urged others to make their own contributions — big or small. "Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me," Allen told The New York Times. "We’re up against an extremely tough opponent here. Join me in helping those responding to this outbreak at http://t.co/6Nd1JWfPEF — Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) October 23, 2014

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This week the CraveCast crew took up the task of remaking democracy in the image of nerds and geeks everywhere, and learned the best way to fight zombies: Make friends with a bear...and hope it doesn't get infected.>

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The Vergecast is back after two weeks of big news from Apple and Google, so we're going to definitely talk about the two weeks of big news from Apple and Google. Also, Twitter wants to convince developers that it this time it won't pull the football away. Really, it promises. Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce at 4:30 ET, which is in the future. A future where the only thing missing will be hoverboards — oh wait, we're getting those too.

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Yesterday, actress, gamer, and geek icon Felicia Day wrote a piece called "Crossing the Street," about how the Gamergate campaign had made her hesitant to engage with a culture she loves, knowing that anything she says could provoke a flood of angry, condescending abuse. At best. At worst, she could become one of the string of women who have left home, temporarily or semi-permanently, due to threats from people who "doxxed" them and found their home addresses. Day explained why she was particularly worried about this:

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NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service.

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It’s an exciting time to be an Android user, but the latest update isn’t available for your phone quite yet. In fact, most smartphones won’t be receiving Android 5.0 for at least another few months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start to experience some of what Material Design has to offer. SwiftKey revealed on Thursday two new Material Design themes for its keyboard app, both of which are available right now. PREVIOUSLY: Fantastic video tells you everything you need to know about Android L’s beautiful new design The Material Dark and Material Light themes, as seen above, were designed “in the spirit of the upcoming Android L keyboard.” Of course, both themes still include a few of the features that make

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees imported from India were being treated like they were in an overseas sweat shop while they were working on a special project in the U.S.

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A Connecticut man really doesn't like ice, so he tweaked his refrigerator's ice machine to dispense something a lot sweeter.>

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Facebook on Thursday released an application that lets people create virtual "rooms" to chat about whatever they wish using any name they would like. "Rooms" software introduced in the US and Britain for iPhone made its debut as Facebook tries to make peace with people unhappy that real identities are mandated for profiles at the world's leading social network. "One of the things our team loves most about the Internet is its potential to let us be whoever we want to be," said a blog post from Facebook's Creative Labs. "Forums, message boards and chatrooms were meeting places for people who didn't necessarily share geographies or social connections, but had something in common," the Creative Labs message noted.

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Gulf Coast residents have reported a huge, hairy hominid stalking their property. Crave's Eric Mack questions the man leading the hunt to kill a Sasquatch to prove the legend is real.>

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Over the past few years, the Internet of Things has become a major topic of conversation in the world of technology. Within the next decade or so, everything in our homes might be connected to the Internet, from our phones and televisions to our kitchen appliances and our smoke detectors. Before too long, we may even connect ourselves to this ever-expanding network, as Robert Nelson recently did. Writing for Connectedly, Nelson explains why he decided to inject an NFC chip into his left hand, and the subsequent effects of latent connectivity. The process of acquiring an injectable NFC chip is surprisingly simple: direct your browser to the Dangerous Things website, pay $99 for a 13.56MHz ISO14443A & NFC Type 2 NTAG216 RFID

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