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Freelance Journalist and Writer — PC World, TechHive
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Weekend news writer @pcworld. Tips writer @agreenbot. Writer/editor @macgasm. Bitter Oakland A's fan. Not a cat. #CatChat. Contact: nmediati at gmail dot com

Boeing, BlackBerry working on a smartphone that would 'self-destruct' — It seems like something out of an old episode of Mission Impossible or Inspector Gadget-an ultra-secure phone that self destructs. But such a phone might be close to reality, courtesy of Boeing and BlackBerry. According to Reuters (via Recode), Boeing and BlackBerry are currently jointly developing a super-secure smartphone geared toward governments and other groups or individuals who require high security standards.

New Windows 10 screenshots surface as Build 9901 leaks — If you've ever tested a prerelease operating system, you know that each new build brings with it a whole host of changes. And if screenshots of the upcoming-and apparently leaked-Build 9901 of Windows 10 are any indication, beta testers are about to get a sizable haul of new features and improvements.

Double Fine announces Grim Fandango Remastered release date, Day of the Tentacle revival — It's a busy weekend for the folks at Double Fine. On Saturday, the game developer made two big announcements at this year's PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas: a release date for Grim Fandango Remastered and the comeback of another classic LucasArts game.

Portland comes down hard on Uber drivers, threatens large fines — Uber just launched in Portland, Oregon on Friday, and it's already raising the ire of local officials. Ars Technica reports that the City of Portland plans to levy hefty fines against Uber drivers operating within the city without a valid taxi permit.

How to set up battery saver mode on Android 5.0 Lollipop — If your phone's battery runs dry a little too quickly for your tastes, Android Lollipop's battery saver is for you. It can help boost your phone's run time, and it only takes a few minutes to set up.

How to use Android Lollipop's new notifications settings — Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with a cadre of features that let you take better control of the notifications you see on your phone-and set times for when you don't want to be inundated with notifications at all. We'll show you how to take advantage of these features, so you never again get woken up at 1am just because someone mentioned you on Twitter.

Sony's e-paper smartwatch prototype has been hiding in plain sight — On Wednesday, word broke that Sony was working on a smartwatch that eschews the typical LCD screen and instead uses a wrap-around e-paper display. But this wasn't a hush-hush secret project like what you'd expect from Apple: The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony's Fashion Entertainments group did little to keep its smartwatch prototype under wraps.

You can now get AMD's Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card for $800 — The GPU wars between AMD and Nvidia are heating up, and as a result, prices are coming down. If Newegg listings are any indication, AMD has slashed prices for its top-of-the-line Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card to around $800.

Samsung wants the ITC to block Nvidia chips in the US — In the latest round of a patent battle between Nvidia and Samsung, Samsung petitioned the US International Trade Commission to block the sale of Nvidia's graphics processors in the US, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

Microsoft turns to robotic security guards to watch for trouble — OK, so the robot apocalypse probably won't happen any time soon, but the new robot sentries guarding Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus seem like something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. According to ExtremeTech, each of the K5 security guard robots from robotics company Knightscope stands 5 feet tall and weighs 300 pounds, so you probably don't want to mess with one.
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Dec 21, 2014

@quaylow Steve Jobs would've been pleased to see this tweet.

Dec 21, 2014

@jfkooan @caseyhellman I will never forget the Grieve/Becker/Stairs outfield alignment.

Dec 21, 2014

@jfkooan @caseyhellman Considering this org. tried Callaspo at first, I wouldn't be shocked if they gave it a go.

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