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9/30/2016

Best Buy will open 350 of its stores at midnight Oct. 13 to let gamers nab PlayStation VR headsets the minute they become available. A limited number of headsets will hit shelves the next morning at all Best Buy locations.

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9/30/2016

Arduino aims to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter for its ESLOV IoT Invention Kit, which lets user turn hardware into an internet of things device by attaching sensors. The kit comes with a Wi-Fi hub and a set of sensors -- button, buzzer, LED, GPS and more -- for $99 for the entry-level version.

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Arduino, Wi-Fi
9/30/2016

Qualcomm is in talks to acquire rival chipmaker NXP Semiconductors in a deal that could be valued at more than $30 billion, a person briefed on the matter said. NXP shares closed up 16.9% Thursday, while Qualcomm's stock was up 6.3%.

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Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductors
9/30/2016

Ransomware attacks against educational organizations now outpace those targeting the health care sector, states a report from security analyst BitSight. The report found that 13% of education institutions it surveyed had been hit with ransomware in the past year, compared with 3.5% of health care companies.

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CampusTechnology.com
9/30/2016

Up to 15 million people, 1 in 5 voters, may choose not to cast a ballot in this year's election due to cybersecurity concerns, a survey from Carbon Black indicates. The report shows 56% of respondents believe the election could be affected by hackers and 36% fear their personal information is at risk.

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9/30/2016

Responding to the popularity of glossy new Jet Black iPhone 7, Apple may be preparing an iPhone 8 for next year with a glass front and back. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the coming iPhone will also sport either a stainless steel or aluminum metal casing.

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9to5Mac
9/29/2016

Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have come together to form "Partnership on AI," a group that aims to be inclusive of businesses of all sizes and to openly share research on AI topics such as privacy and ethics.

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AI, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft
9/29/2016

The cyberattack on Yahoo that led to 500 million accounts being stolen was the result of a criminal effort and not a state-sponsored attack, InfoArmor says. Intel experts say that the focus should be on finding and catching criminals, rather than punishing the companies that fall victim to hacking attempts and data breaches.

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Yahoo, Intel, InfoArmor
9/29/2016

Amazon's voice-activated assistant is appearing on more devices both in and outside of Amazon's branded device lineup. Alexa will be loaded on Jam Audio's forthcoming $70 smart speaker, which hits shelves Oct. 30 at Best Buy, and on Amazon's new $40 Fire TV stick, which will ship Oct. 20.

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9/29/2016

Fitbits are still the most popular wearable, data from a Raymond James survey indicate. Of 500 respondents, 14% owned a Fitbit and 16% planned to purchase one, though Apple is gaining in popularity, with only 2% ownership but 9% planning on purchasing an Apple Watch.

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Apple, Raymond James, Fitbit, Fitbits