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

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

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

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.

Apple and Nokia involved in an international patent scuffle

On Wednesday, Finland-based mobile network vendor Nokia filed five patent-infringement lawsuits against US tech biggie Apple, accusing it of violation of 32 Nokia patents.

The lawsuits against Apple were filed by Nokia in Germany and the US. The lawsuits basically pertain to Nokia's licensing terms for the widely used H.264 video codec and other technologies.

Amazon.com sold out of its voice-activated Echo speakers

According to online retail giant Amazon's latest product listings, the company has sold out of its voice-activated Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot speakers. Amazon had recently announced heavy discounts on both the speakers, to pose a challenge to the newly launched 'Google Home' product with similar functions.

Apple AirPods deliveries start in Australia, New Zealand

Recent posts on social networks Twitter and Instagram have revealed that the first Australia and New Zealand customers who had ordered Apple's AirPods wireless headphones started receiving their devices a few hours back, on Monday morning in the two countries.

According to the posts, the AirPods are currently being delivered to the early buyers of the device across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Apple retail stores in Australia have also commenced the sales of the AirPods to customers.

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