Google To Drop Chrome Support For 32-bit Linux

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prisoninmate writes: Google announces that its Google Chrome web browser will no longer be available for 32-bit hardware platforms. Additionally, Google Chrome will no longer be supported on the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and Debian GNU/Linux 7 (Wheezy) operating systems. Users are urged to update to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) release and Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie) respectively. Google will continue to support the 32-bit build configurations for those who want to build the open-source Chromium web browser on various Linux kernel-based operating systems. Reader SmartAboutThings writes, on a similar note, that: Microsoft is tolling the death knell for Internet Explorer with an announcement that it will end support for all older versions next year. Microsoft says that all versions older than the latest one will no longer be supported starting Jan. 12, 2016. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older Internet Explorer versions. Furthermore, Internet Explorer 11 will be the last version of Internet Explorer as Microsoft shifts its focus on its next web browser, Microsoft Edge.

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Why I’ve been playing nothing but Fallout 4: an explainer for concerned loved ones

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On a recent Sunday afternoon, you may have noticed Cleatus — Fox’s robotic NFL mascot — wearing a new set of protective armor. This costume wasn’t promoting a nonprofit initiative meant to distract from professional football’s abundance of PR debacles, nor was it celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas. It was an ad for a video game: Fallout 4.

As your pupils dilated and the molten cheese dribbled from your pizza roll, you likely found yourself in one of two camps: the camp that recognizes the Fallout brand and feels the sudden, stinging pang to buy this video game; or the camp more or less unfamiliar with the brand, but probably hears it referenced in sentences like, “You know, I haven’t seen my girlfriend since she bought Fallout 4,”…

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Sony is cutting the price on two PS4 bundles for the holidays

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If you missed out on all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, you still have a chance to get a PlayStation 4 for a good deal. Sony has announced that two PS4 bundles — one packed with Star Wars Battlefront, the other with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection — will be $299.99 starting December 6th, saving you $50 off the regular price. Each bundle includes the standard black, 500GB version of the console (no Darth Vader-edition PS4s here). The deals last until December 19th — perfect for last-minute Christmas shoppers.

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The Judges For The Disrupt London 2015 Startup Battlefield Next Week

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startup-battlefield1600 TechCrunch Disrupt London is next week! (December 7th-8th, Agenda, Tickets). The conference will see our now traditional set-up of a single stage and a Startup Alley. TechCrunch is excited to announce the judges of the next round of Startup Battlefield. They pick the finalists and winner of the startup competition held at Disrupt London. The judges come from all walks of life. Some are… Read More

The Amazon Echo was the best-selling $100+ item on Amazon.com during Black Friday

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Amazon’s Black Friday sales have a not-so-surprising winner: Amazon. Of course, a retailer is always going to benefit from a holiday devoted to shopping, but in this case, the tech giant is also celebrating the success of its own products. The company says that the top-selling device on Black Friday across the whole site was the Fire tablet (although this presumably includes different models), followed in second place by the Fire TV streaming stick. Surprisingly, though, Amazon’s Echo smart speaker was also a hit, becoming the best-selling product over $100 on the whole site on Black Friday. That’s remarkable considering what a wide range of deals were available and the novelty of the Echo.

Amazon’s 7-inch Fire Tablet was selling for…

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AppDynamics Update Helps Track Business Transaction From User To Server

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Virtual image of a Business man touching the process of triggering a software development process, which it connects the various systems globally through a single touch in a network and coding phase. In a week when a major retail website went down under the pressure of Cyber Monday, AppDynamics, a company that helps monitor apps and websites in order to prevent those types of outages (or at least understand why they happened and recover as quickly as possible) announced a major update today. The latest version helps identify those big problems that take down a website, but also see… Read More

Residential Real Estate Platform Nestio Lands A $8M Series A Round

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real estate Nestio, the NY-based leasing and marketing platform for residential landlords, announced today that is has raised $8M in Series A funding. The round was led by Trinity Ventures, and had participation from previous investors including Freestyle Capital, Joanne Wilson, and David Cohen. The platform, which originally launched as a tool for renters to find apartments, has now grown into a… Read More

Lenovo’s Zuk Z1 is a cheap smartphone with more battery than bite

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The Zuk Z1 has a goofy name and feels pretty goofy, too. It’s the first smartphone from Lenovo’s Zuk sub-brand and joins a growing roster of cheap but well-specced Android handsets like the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 and Asus ZenFone 2. The Z1 was unveiled in China back in August, and although there’s no US release date planned, it’s available now in Europe for as little as €319.99 (around $340). For that price you get a 5.5-inch full HD display, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel camera, dual-SIM support, a fingerprint scanner, and a fairly dated Snapdragon 801 processor. And, as I said, a bit of goofiness as well.

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The weirdest Windows phone in years comes from Japan

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Microsoft’s first Lumia smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile have just landed, but we’re yet to see much in the way of third-party support for the new OS. That might not be much of a surprise; big-hitter Android OEMs like Samsung and HTC haven’t paid Windows Phone much attention in years, and they were some of its bigger supporters.

That’s not to say there won’t be any offerings beside Microsoft’s own, however, and the past week has seen some emerge from the unlikeliest of countries — Japan. Microsoft’s failure with Windows Phone here almost makes its local Xbox efforts look like a success; after a single Windows Phone 7 handset from Toshiba and Fujitsu flopped, the entire platform has been dead on arrival. But two Windows Mobile 10…

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J.J. Abrams wrote new Star Wars cantina music with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda

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With less than three weeks until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits movie theaters, director J.J. Abrams is still danging tidbits of information over our heads. In his latest tease, casually mentioned on last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Abrams let slip that he has collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda — the creator of hit musical Hamilton — to produce new cantina music for Episode VII.

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