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8/30/2016

Xbox Design Lab has shipped its first round of customer-designed controllers. Gamers can purchase an $80 controller and choose a color combination from more than 8 million options and can add an engraved name or message for $10 more.

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8/30/2016

Fitbit is preparing to launch its second-generation Charge band with swappable wristbands, GPS and multi-sport mode for more exercise-specific tracking. The new Flex band will have a modular design and be capable of withstanding being in water for swim workouts.

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8/30/2016

Dell has filed an SEC document touting the company's new name, Dell Technologies, ahead of its merger with EMC, expected to close in October. The intent of the change is "to convey a family of businesses and aligned capabilities," CEO Michael Dell said.

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8/30/2016

GameStop has integrated a ship-from-store capability, more than tripling its online inventory to include more items that are sold or traded on location. The company uses Radial software to track products across stores, though GameStop is still working to make the process more efficient.

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8/29/2016

Kukuo Ibe, maker of the G-Shock rugged watch, released his first tough timepiece 35 years ago. Today, the Japanese watch creator said his company will evolve to make its watches work with smartphones but not replace them, though each additional sensor and feature will always have to be shock-resistant.

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Bloomberg
8/29/2016

Microsoft is experiencing "overwhelming, unprecedented demand" for its recently launched Xbox One S 2TB console in the US and Europe, Xbox Games Marketing Chief Aaron Greenberg said. Moving ahead, the company will release a 500GB and 1TB model with "Fifa 17," bring 4K gaming to the console market with Project Scorpio and continue to push PC gaming and eSports, among other efforts, Greenberg said.

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8/29/2016

Facebook is providing its image-recognition artificial intelligence research to the public with the hopes it will continue to expand on machine vision. "The more the community is using open source code, the faster it is improved and innovated on, which helps expand expertise and adds longevity to projects we feel are very important," Facebook AI Research's Piotr Dollar said.

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USA Today
8/29/2016

Publisher 505 Games has developed a new revenue model that provides greater returns to developers when games are successful.

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8/29/2016

The growing number of internet-connected devices opens organizations up to more cybervulnerabilities. A number of reports show what the risks are, how well companies are prepared to guard against those risks and how much cybercrime could cost businesses over the next few years.

8/29/2016

Google is updating its Wallet app with an option that allows users to make automatic transfers to their bank accounts without first being required to cash out money from their Wallet balances. After choosing a bank account or debit card for transfers, money will be instantly available.

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