Razer brings Robin phone into its nest with Nextbit acquisition

Mergers and acquisitions are nothing new in the tech world, but every now and again, one comes along that makes us raise our eyebrows. The news that gaming company Razer was purchasing Android phone maker Nextbit certainly falls into that category. While the exact terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, Nextbit will continue to…

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Chrome’s next release will make DRM mandatory

An interesting problem has come to light for Google Chrome users, revolving around the browser’s built-in DRM scheme for accessing content on services such as Netflix. With Chrome 57, the next major Chrome release, Google will disable the plugin settings page chrome://plugins. That means anyone who wants to disable any built-in plugins, including the DRM…

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Google pushes out 7.1.2 beta, but Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t get it

While many Android phones are still waiting for the first taste of Nougat, Google is pushing ahead on the latest version of Android for its Nexus and Pixel devices. Or rather, most of them. Available for users enrolled in the Android Beta Program, the next release is, according to Google’s blog description, “an incremental maintenance…

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Slack finally launches its enterprise edition

After a long wait, Slack has announced the version of its popular work chat application that is designed for enterprises. On Tuesday in San Francisco, the company unveiled its new Enterprise Grid product, aimed at helping companies administer and connect multiple chat instances. Grid allows business administrators to set up each team inside their organization…

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Gmail will push users further away for XP and Vista

Google quietly announced Tuesday that Gmail will stop supporting older versions of its Chrome browser soon, in a move that will put another nail in the coffins of Windows XP and Windows Vista. Users of Chrome version 53 and older editions of the browser could start being redirected to the basic HTML version of Gmail…

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In treason case, Russia alleges security experts aided U.S.

Two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and a cybercrime investigator from Kaspersky Lab have reportedly been charged with treason for helping U.S. intelligence services. The arrests of Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of the computer incidents investigation team at Kaspersky, and Sergei Mikhailov, the deputy head of the Information Security Center at the…

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Oculus cleared of stealing VR secrets in ZeniMax lawsuit, but still must pay $500 million

Nearly three years after ZeniMax first filed suit against Oculus for “illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology,” the case has finally drawn to a close—though likely not to ZeniMax’s satisfaction. Oculus is cleared of any charges related to stolen assets and expertise, and thus can presumably continue to sell its Oculus…

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