Arkansas police seeks data from Amazon Echo device for murder case

Arkansas police seeks data from Amazon Echo device for murder case

In a development which marks a new era of sorts for the Internet of Things (IoT) category of connected devices, detectives in an Arkansas murder case have sought a search warrant asking bigwig online retailer Amazon to hand over data -- audio or records -- from an Echo device belonging to the suspected murderer.

Gionee’s new premium handset - M2017 - is now available for preorder in China

Gionee’s new premium handset - M2017 - is now available for preorder in China

In a recent announcement, Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has said that it has launched a new metal-and-leather handset called the M2017. The handset is now available for preorder in China, though Gionee has not yet officially disclosed whether or when the handset will be launched in other markets across the world.

Jaunt partners with Xiaomi to help in app and content development for Mi VR headset

Jaunt partners with Xiaomi to help in app and content development for Mi VR head

In a recent announcement, Jaunt China - an earlier-this-year launched cinematic content provider that shoots, edits, and distributes VR-centric videos - said that it has partnered with Chinese consumer electronic firm Xiaomi.

According to an NDTV report, Jaunt China's partnership with Xiaomi hints at Xiaomi's apparent interest in gaining a foothold in the virtual reality (VR) arena.

Cyanogen will cease all operations by the end of 2016

Cyanogen will cease all operations by the end of 2016

In a recent announcement, Cyanogen, Inc. has disclosed that it will shut down all its operations by the end of 2016. The announcement implies that services and servers related to Cyanogen's nightly builds will soon be shuttered, and no security updates will be rolled out in the future.

Cyanogen is the company responsible for the commercialization of the open-source CyanogenMod project.

Hacking groups issue numerous threats of Christmas Day attacks

Hacking groups issue numerous threats of Christmas Day attacks

Two shadowy hacking groups - Lizard Squad and Phantom Squad - have issued a number of threats of attacks on Christmas Day, to shut down PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live.

The threats of Christmas Day attacks, evidently to ruin the holidays for gamers, have been issued by the infamous Lizard Squad and Phantom Squad hacking groups via several Twitter accounts affiliated with the two groups.

Australian court fines Valve USD$2.2M over Steam refunds

Australian court fines Valve USD$2.2M over Steam refunds

The Sydney Morning Herald has revealed in a recent report that a fine of AUD$3 million (USD$2.2 million) has been imposed on Valve by Australia's federal court, over Steam refunds.

According to the report, US-based Valve has been ordered by an Australian court to pay AUD$3 million in fine, after the company's lost a legal battle against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) earlier this year.

Two new smartwatches will be launched by Google in 2017 Q1

Two new smartwatches will be launched by Google in 2017 Q1

During the course of a recent interview with The Verge, Google executive Jeff Chang - the company's product manager of Android Wear - said that two new flagship smartwatches will be launched by the company in the 2017 first quarter.

According to the details shared by Chang in the interview, the two new smartwatches to be launched by Google will be the company's flagship Android Wear 2.0 devices. The smartwatches will be the first devices to be launched with the updated Android Wear platform.

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