News Fuse for October 8, 2013

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Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for October 08, 2013:

  1. HP unveiled the HP Chromebook 11, with an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 screen weighing only 2.3 pounds and carrying a Samsung dual core Exynos 520 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 16GB flash drive. It also has a very cell phone like micro-USB charger. The white plastic case comes with blue, red, yellow or green accents. Chromebook 11 is available now for $280 in the US and £229 in the UK. Read more at thenextweb.com.

  2. hipster thermostat maker Nest is adding a new product to its lineup this November: the Nest Protect smoke detector, priced at $129. the company is also releasing version 4.0 of its app for Web, iOS, and Android. you can receive Notifications for low-battery alerts, Heads Up if smoke or carbon monoxide levels are rising, and emergency alarms on your iDevice. It’s also WiFi enabled, so in theory you'll connect it with your smart thermostat and other Internet-supported devices. Read more at thenextweb.com.

  3. WSJ reports that an NSA data center in Utah has suffered 10 meltdowns in the past 13 months. These meltdowns were due "chronic electric surges." Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment were destroyed due to these issues. The Utah data center is expected to be the NSA's main facility for storing and decrypting all that data it collects. Read more at pcworld.com.

  4. Gold paint on a phone? HA! A new HTC One in 18-carat gold will be available October 19th in Glasgow for five people. It's a special phone for the MOBO awards, one of which will go to the winner of Best Newcomer. In slightly more attainable news, the WSJ reports a 5.9-inch HTC One Max with a fingerprint scanner will come out October 16th at an event in Hong Kong. That makes it October 15th here in North America in case you see conflicting reports. Read more at mobileburn.com.

  5. after announcing in august that he would be stepping down as CEO within the next 12 months, Steve Ballmer's final shareholder letter is full of optimism about the future. Ballmer notes i2013 is a pivotal year as Microsoft shifts from being just a software company to also being a hardware business, to buying Nokia's Devices and Services business as a "signature event" in the company's transformation, sounds like everything's coming up roses! ....once a replacement is found who can carry out Microsoft's new vision. Read more at cnet.com.

  6. The U.S. executive branch declined to veto an import ban on certain Samsung products. The International Trade Commission had issued an import ban on some Samsung products due to patent infringement. Samsung asked the for a veto of the ban on public policy grounds, which was declined. Now, Samsung can seek a delay of the ban from a U.S. appeals court. Read more at bloomberg.com.

  7. AMD announced new Radeon graphics cards officially today. At the low end the Radeon R7 240, the R7 250, and the R7 260X will be targeted at everyday gamers. Serious gamers are supposed to go for AMD Radeon R9 270X and R9 280X with 4K resolution and AMD's Eyefinity multimonitor technology. The 280X 3GB card is almost twice as fast as the previous 6970 and supposedly 39% faster than the Nvidia GTX 760 with 2GB main memory. The R240 starts in $69 cards and the prices range up to the R9 280X in $299 cards. All will be available October 11. Read more at stageselect.com.

  8. PayPal has announced a new feature called The Payment Code that will allow PayPal users to pay for things in physical retail stores by scanning a QR code generated in the app, or by using a one-time four digit code in stores that use PIN codes but don’t have a scanner. Customers check into a store using the PayPal app, receive their PIN or QR code, and purchases will be debited normally from the PayPal account. The Payment code is set to roll out until early next year. Read more at thenextweb.com.

  9. Android Police feels pretty confident that Google + hangouts is going to get SMS and MMS integration. AP's sources also say Hangouts version 1.3 will allow sharing of videos through the Hangout protocol. Will it replace your messaging app on your Android phone? Reply hazy try again. Read more at androidpolice.com.

  10. Starting today, Yahoo is launching a new version of Yahoo Mail. You'll get 1TB of space for free. Yahoo also made previously pay-only features like POP mail and email forwarding available for free. There's also a face lift thanks to themes from Flickr images. Read more at theverge.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for October 08, 2013.