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Hornetgeddon! Authorities swat deadly swarm of giant bugs - Behind The Wall

At least 1,600 people in China have been injured and 42 killed by giant Asian hornets alongside a smaller but equally lethal species. NBC's Ian Williams reports.<p>By Ed Flanagan,, NBC News Producer<p>ANKANG, SHAANXI PROVINCE, China – A winged menace has killed 42 people and injured at least 1,600 since …

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iOS 7 downloads causing network outages at several school campuses, activation server failures

As noticed by BusinessInsider, Apple’s release of iOS 7 today is causing havoc for the networks of several college campuses and other schools where a large number of iOS device users are attempting to download the new OS. Some schools, including Ohio University, is even urging students to delay …

Microsoft Buyback Program: $350 for Apple, Android, BlackBerry Devices

Last week, Microsoft launched a retail trade-in program offering to buy your iPad for up to $200 towards the purchase of a Surface tablet. Forget about that. The company is now offering a deal that encompasses not just the iPad, but the iPhone, BlackBerry devices, as well as Android phones and …

Kogan debuts second Agora smartphone: 5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, Jelly Bean, $189

Kogan's Agora brand may not drive techies wild like Galaxies or iThings do, but its motto is clear: try to deliver reasonable hardware at the lowest possible price. The company's first bid for a piece of the smartphone pie launched earlier this year, and today we're learning of its sequel. …

Apple expected to sell 5-6M iPhone 5S, 5Cs this weekend

Apple could pull in equal to or slightly better opening sales than it did last year, according to a new analyst estimate.<p>Apple could be on track to sell more iPhones than it did last year, but not by much, says a new report.<p>Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note Wednesday afternoon saying …

Ouya Rewrites Its Troubled Kickstarter Contest’s Rules After Another Game Flames Out

Ouya has heavily revised its rules for the Free the Games Fund, a contest aimed at encouraging high-quality exclusive titles for the Android gaming …

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Nearly 70 Percent of Dell Shareholders Voted to Go Private

The vote in favor of taking Dell private in a $25 billion leveraged buyout wasn’t terribly close, a new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange …

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'Grand Theft Auto V' sales top $800 million on first day

Boy, does crime ever pay.<p>Sales of Rockstar Games criminal epic <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> have topped $800 million worldwide during its first day of launch, says publisher Take-Two Interactive. The sales figures do not include Brazil and Japan, where the game has yet to make its debut.<p>"We are incredibly …

Mark Zuckerberg's Advice to the NSA: Communicate

Facebook learned the power of transparency the hard way. Now, it wants the government to benefit from its education.<p>Last week, Facebook sued the government. "We are joining others in the industry," Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch wrote in a post on the company's website, "in petitioning the …

Verizon speaks out on Nexus 7 LTE activation, expects it will be certified 'shortly'

Despite the wide LTE support featured on the Nexus 7 2013's cellular modem-equipped model, early buyers have found Verizon won't activate it for a new line on the Big Red Network. The company responded officially on the matter today, explaining that its 4 - 6 week certification process must be …

Should You Upgrade to iOS 7? A Guide

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For those of you opting out of buying one of the two new iPhones coming out this week, there's still …

Chrome 30 for iOS is Out: Requires iOS 6 or Higher, New iOS 7 Design

That was fast. Google released Chrome 29 for iOS just six days ago, and today it has released version 30 just 30 minutes after iOS 7’s debut. You can download the latest version now directly from Apple’s App Store.<p>First and foremost, you should note that Chrome 30 raises the minimum iOS requirement …

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Windows 8.1 to bring back Start Menu in free download

Windows 8.1 will be free from 17 October for Windows 8 users, but pricey for everyone else and cannot be used to upgrade Windows XP or Windows Vista.<p>Microsoft will release its Windows 8.1 update on 17 October, bringing back the Start Menu among other bug fixes and feature enhancements.<p>The update, …

Amazon's Kindle app for iOS 7 lets users group books into 'Collections'

The redesigned app includes a feature that allows customers to easily organize their e-book libraries.<p>Amazon launched a redesign for its Kindle app for iOS 7 on Wednesday, designed to give consumers the ability to easily organize their e-book libraries.<p>The feature, known as "Collections," allows …

‘Angry Birds Star Wars II’ adds physical toys, but you won’t have to buy them

The first <i>Angry Birds Star Wars</i> was a surprise: what on the surface looked to be an incredibly cynical marketing ploy turned out to be a really fun game. At first glance, the sequel seems even more cynical. Not only does it combine two of the most over-marketed properties in all of pop culture, but …

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Twitter updates app for iOS 7

The new version of the app wasn't fully redesigned, as expected. But it does incorporate some of the design elements of iOS 7, and could be a stepping stone to a bigger update later.<p>As expected, Twitter has updated its iOS app to coincide with Apple's release on Wednesday of iOS 7.<p>The new version …

Grand Theft Auto V bags a record $800 million in first-day sales

Grand Theft Auto V sales added up to more than $800 million during its first 24 hours, making it the best-selling video game of all time for first-day sales. [And more than $1 billion after three days.]<p>Take-Two Interactive Software, parent of game developer Rockstar Games, said today that the title …

The easiest way for Priceline to get rid of competition from Kayak was to buy it

Right around the time that Priceline closed on its $1.8 billion acquisition of Kayak in May, Kayak sort of went away.<p>Or at least its digital ad spending in the US apparently did as the travel metasearch player turned off its SEM (search engine marketing) spigots stateside.<p>Competitors have noticed, …

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Despite Google's protests, the MPAA still says Search is a pirate's paradise

The MPAA isn't buying Google's argument that search isn't keeping pirate sites in business, and now it says it has the data to prove it. Today, the organization published a report analyzing how people got to a series of infringing sites. According to its metrics, 19.2 percent of visits to the …

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Leaked photos show 'space gray' iPad Mini model

New photos show what appear to be a darker gray-colored iPad Mini model, likely replacing last year's black iPad Mini.<p>French tech site NowhereElse, which has been a source of several Apple leaks in the past, has posted even more photos of what appears to be Apple's next iPad Mini model.<p>The latest …

Google Glass is shattering: 6 months after launch, multiple reports of breakage and breakdowns

Google Glass appears to be living up to its name. At least, the latter half of it.<p>The sexy prototype augmented reality devices are unexpectedly fragile, breaking down with some degree of regularity after just a few months of use.<p>“First, a few weeks ago the side of the prism started to delaminate,” …

BlackBerry Z30 official: 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2,880mAh battery and BB 10.2

If you were paying attention to the late summer leaks, then the BlackBerry above won't strike you as a surprise. That's because it's the newly announced BlackBerry Z30, the official successor to the all-touch Z10, and it matches up quite closely to what we've already seen. The Z30 is the company's …

Cyanogen Mod Raises $7M To Find A Direct-To-Consumer Route For Android Firmware

While it’s been obvious for the last few years that Android and iOS have created a two-horse race in the world of smartphone OSs, is it possible that a third could emerge?<p>Microsoft, especially with its recent deal to acquire Nokia’s mobile hardware business, has tried.<p>But perhaps that third horse …

Facebook 'likes' are protected free speech, says court

In 2009, Sheriff BJ Roberts was struggling for re-election. Adding insult to injury, when he went to his opponent's page on Facebook, he found that six of his deputies had "liked" the page, signing on to the campaign to remove him from office. After he won reelection, he held a grudge and fired all …

BlackBerry will reportedly cut workforce by up to 40 percent

More bloodletting may be around the corner for the troubled smartphone manufacturer.<p>BlackBerry may cut up to 40 percent of its workforce, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>The company will look to cut across different departments and the trimming may occur in different phases, the Journal …

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iOS 7 now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

iOS 7, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, is now available for download. The update can be installed on any compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by visiting your device's settings menu, choosing "general," and then selecting the software update option. iOS 7 can also be …

What You Should and Shouldn't Expect from Apple Today

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Today, Apple is holding another one of their keynotes, where they will probably announcing some new …