Microsoft to Shield Linux Developers From Patent Battles

From PC Mag: Microsoft is making peace with Linux developers by shelving a weapon it used to assault them with: the company's massive patent portfolio.

On Wednesday, Microsoft effectively pledged 60,000 company patents to Linux's open source development by joining the Open Invention Network (OIN), an industry trade group. Founded back in 2005, OIN's mission has been to shield Linux developers from patent lawsuits — a legal tactic Microsoft has used time and time again to extract royalties from industry vendors.

Razer Raiju Mobile is a new gaming controller for Android

From CNET: In a Hollywood event loft saturated in green light, Razer launched a must-have accessory for serious Android gamers on Wednesday.

The Razer Raiju Mobile gaming controller is more accurate than onscreen controls and it adds more functionality than they can provide.

"When playing games on your phone, switching to the Raiju almost feels like cheating," said Michael Weitz Razer product marketing manager. "But it's not cheating. It's just a having a good controller."

Leaked pictures of Galaxy A9 reveal Samsung really did stick four cameras on the back

From The Verge: Remember when Huawei and LG put three cameras on the back of their phones? How young and foolish we all were, not knowing that wonders like Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A9 — with its four total cameras — would soon come into our lives.

Rumors have been circling that Samsung will release the A9 with four rear lenses for a while, but today marks the first time that we’ve actually seen renders of the impressive array, courtesy of Evan Blass.

Google's New Pixel Slate Is a Hybrid Chrome OS Tablet

From PC Mag: Google's successor to the Pixelbook is the the $599 Pixel Slate, available later this year as a lightweight hybrid tablet that doubles as both a workstation and a home theater.

The powerful Chrome OS device comes with a high-res touch screen. For $199, add the Google Pixel Slate Keyboard, which doubles as a protective case. Complete the set with the $99 Google Pixelbook Pen.

Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL start at $799, come with bigger screens and wide-angle selfie camera

From CNET: No more leaks! Google's new Pixel phones have finally been unveiled. The Pixel 3 will start at $799 and £739 while the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899 and £869. The Pixel Stand, a wireless charger that works with the phones, will sell for $79 and £69. US residents can preorder the phones now with shipping starting on Oct. 17. People in the UK can preorder now with phones arriving Nov. 1. More markets will be added Nov. 1.

ASUS Republic of Gamers to Launch ROG Phone in the United States on October 18th

From ASUS Press Release: Fremont, California (October 9, 2018) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announces launch details for the ROG Phone, a game-changing 6-inch smartphone designed specifically for high-performance mobile gaming. The ROG Phone will be available for pre-order on October 18th, during a launch event at the Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Attendees will be able to learn all about the new ROG Phone, pre-order one in-store, take part in a unique ROG Phone mobile challenge, and join teams to game with special guests Nick Eh 30 and Landon.

Phanteks introduces the Revolt Pro 850W and 1000W Power Supplies

From Phanteks Press Release: Phanteks today announced the new addition to the Revolt Series Power Supplies, the Revolt PRO. Available in 850 and 1000 watt power configurations, the Revolt PRO brings server-like features to everyone.

Instagram is using AI to detect bullying in photos and captions

From The Verge: Last year, Instagram introduced an enhanced comment filter that uses machine learning to spot offensive words and phrases in challenging contexts. Now, the company is expanding similar coverage to photos and captions. Today, it announced that it will use AI to “proactively detect bullying” before sending content to human moderators for review.

Google+ to Shut Down Following Bug That Exposed 500K Profiles

From PC Mag: Google today announced that it will shut down the consumer version of Google+ following the discovery of a bug that it opted to keep secret.

In a blog post, the search giant framed the decision as one that makes sense given that very few people actively use Google+—"90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds," writes Ben Smith, a Google Fellow and VP of Engineering—and it doesn't warrant the work required to keep tabs on developers.

Sony says PlayStation 4 successor is coming, but doesn't call it PS5 yet

From CNET: Sony's president reportedly has confirmed that the company is working on the next PlayStation, but stopped short of calling it "PlayStation 5."

"At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a next-generation hardware," Kenichiro Yoshida told the Financial Times on Monday.

He didn't give a sense of the form the next PlayStation might take, but FT sources suggested that it wouldn't be a major departure from the PS4 and that its fundamental architecture would be pretty similar.

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