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Take-Two Interactive Software acquires The Gearbox Entertainment Company

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. has announced its definitive agreement to acquire The Gearbox Entertainment Company for $460 million. The Gearbox Entertainment Company is renowned for its offerings, including the iconic Borderlands franchise.

The acquisition will be completed entirely through newly issued shares of Take-Two common stock. The number of shares will be determined based on the average closing price per share on the Nasdaq Global Select Market during the five trading days ending on the day immediately prior to the closing date. The transaction, expected to close during the first quarter of Take-Two’s Fiscal Year 2025 (ending June 30, 2024), is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

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Edifier launches QR65 desktop active monitor speakers with customizable lighting and TurboGaN fast-charging

Edifier has introduced the QR65 Desktop Active Monitor speakers. These speakers integrate Edifier's acoustic technology with features such as Lumia light effects and TurboGaN fast-charging capabilities.

The QR65 is designed to deliver quality sound, with certifications for Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless, and support for the LDAC codec. It offers preset and custom light effects, as well as USB charging ports powered by TurboGaN technology.

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Martin Scorsese comes to FOX Nation

Streaming service FOX Nation is partnering with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese for an eight-part docudrama series titled “THE SAINTS.” Announced by FOX News Media’s Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, Jason Klarman, the series is scheduled to premiere in November 2024 and will explore the compelling stories of eight individuals who exemplified the essence of faith.

“Having the greatest storyteller tell some of the greatest stories of all time is exactly the kind of exclusive content that is driving FOX Nation’s success,” said Klarman. “It’s an honor to welcome the world-renowned Martin Scorsese to the FOX Nation platform.”

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Logitech launches Signature Slim K950 and Combo

In the era of remote work, the boundaries between professional and personal lives have become increasingly blurred. Recognizing the need for tools that cater to this new reality, Logitech has launched the Signature Slim K950 Wireless Keyboard and the Signature Slim Combo, designed to help users effortlessly transition between work and leisure.

The Signature Slim Combo is particularly aimed at modern multitaskers who find themselves switching between work laptops and home desktops. It features the Signature Slim K950 keyboard, which boasts quiet typing, and the Signature Plus Mouse M750, known for its silent clicks and fast, precise scrolling. This combo ensures productivity and focus, regardless of the operating system in use.

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Canva acquires Affinity

Canva, the online design platform, has announced a significant expansion of its business. You see, the company has acquired Affinity, a popular creative software platform used by over three million creative professionals worldwide.

With over 175 million users, Canva has already made a significant impact. However, the company apparently believes there is still much more to achieve. By integrating Affinity’s award-winning suite of professional design software, Canva is aiming to address the needs of every kind of designer, from novices to seasoned professionals.

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Google rolls out Chrome for Arm-compatible Windows PCs

Google has announced the release of a new version of its Chrome browser, specifically optimized for Arm-compatible Windows PCs powered by Snapdragon processors. This update promises to deliver faster and smoother web browsing experiences for users of these devices.

The new version of Chrome has been designed to fully leverage the hardware and operating system of Arm-based Windows PCs. This optimization is expected to result in significant performance improvements, particularly with the upcoming Snapdragon X Elite platform, as noted by Cristiano Amon, President and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. He stated, "The new version of Google Chrome will help cement Snapdragon X Elite's role as the premier platform for Windows computing starting in mid-2024."

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Cooler Master unveils GA2711 monitor

Cooler Master today announced the GA2711 monitor. This new addition to the company’s lineup is designed for gamers, professionals, and everyday users. The 27-inch QHD display features a 100Hz refresh rate, perfect for work and play. It offers tailored viewing with modes such as Action, FPS, RTS, Custom, Standard, Web, Text, and Movie, along with Adaptive Sync for smoother visuals.

“In the development of the GA2711, we focused on what matters most to our customers: quality, functionality, and value. This monitor is a testament to our commitment to providing versatile solutions that meet the diverse needs of our users, whether they’re working from home, enjoying their favorite games, or watching a movie,” stated Jimmy Sha, Cooler Master CEO.

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Fedora Linux 40 Beta now available

The Fedora Project has just rolled out the Beta version of Fedora Linux 40. One of the most noteworthy aspects of the pre-release operating system is its versatility. The release comes in various editions, catering to different user preferences and needs.

Whether you’re looking for a robust workstation, a reliable server, a nimble IoT platform, a streamlined cloud experience, or the cutting-edge Fedora CoreOS, this Beta release has you covered. Additionally, Fedora Linux Spins offers a variety of desktop environments, including KDE Plasma, Xfce, and Cinnamon, for those who prefer a customized user experience.

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UGREEN enters Network Attached Storage (NAS) market with diverse Linux-based NASync lineup

UGREEN has surprisingly made its way into the Network Attached Storage (NAS) market with the launch of its NASync series. Debuting on Kickstarter today, the series aims to cater to a wide range of users, from personal to business. An early bird discount of 40 percent brings the starting price down to $239.99.

The NASync series comprises six models, each designed to meet specific user needs:

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Google Street View arrives in Kazakhstan

Starting today, the captivating landscapes and vibrant cities of Kazakhstan are just a click away, thanks to the addition of the Central Asian nation to Google Street View. Now, users can traverse the snow-capped mountains, the shores of the Caspian Sea, and the futuristic skyline of Astana from the comfort of their own homes.

Street View, available in over 100 countries, has become an indispensable tool for exploring vacation destinations, checking out new neighborhoods, or finding the best parking near favorite eateries. With its rich cultural heritage, Kazakhstan’s inclusion in Street View opens up a new avenue for tourists to dive into the region’s architectural history and contemporary offerings.

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Ubuntu Linux LTS releases get up to 12 years of support

Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu operating system, has announced a significant extension to the support lifecycle of its long-term support (LTS) releases. The new Legacy Support add-on for Ubuntu Pro subscribers will now provide security maintenance and support for an impressive 12 years, extending the previous 10-year commitment.

This enhancement is available starting with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and will benefit both enterprises and individual users who rely on the stability and security of Ubuntu for their critical systems. By default, Ubuntu LTS releases receive five years of standard security maintenance. However, with Ubuntu Pro, this is expanded to 10 years for both the main and universe repositories, offering access to a broader range of secure open-source software.

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SABRENT launches HB-3A4C 7-Port 20W USB-C powered hub with switches

Sabrent’s latest addition to its lineup of USB hubs, the Sabrent 7-Port Hub with Switches (HB-3A4C), offers an expanded solution for users needing additional USB ports for their laptops, desktops, or portable devices. This new hub is an upgrade from Sabrent’s popular 4-port switchable hubs, providing a total of seven ports for enhanced connectivity options.

The HB-3A4C features three USB-A ports with 5Gbps data transfer speeds (USB 3.2 Gen 1x1) and a power output of 5V/500mA, suitable for basic accessories. Additionally, it boasts four USB-C ports, three of which offer 5V/900mA of power, while the fourth provides a robust 20W of power delivery (PD), capable of charging devices and hosting multiple accessories simultaneously. To support this, a power adapter is included, allowing the hub to deliver up to 48W of total input power, ensuring reliable connections.

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Lenovo expands ThinkSmart portfolio with solutions for smart meeting rooms

Lenovo has announced the expansion of its ThinkSmart portfolio with two new solutions designed to transform meeting spaces into managed video conferencing spaces and Microsoft Teams Rooms. The ThinkSmart Tiny Kit and the ThinkPad Universal USB-C Smart Dock – ThinkSmart Edition aim to facilitate smart collaboration and provide IT managers with enhanced control over meeting spaces.

The ThinkSmart Tiny Kit includes the ThinkCentre M70q Gen 4 compute module and ThinkSmart Controller, enabling a Microsoft Teams meeting experience with a single front-of-room display and external audio/video. The kit is designed to transition from BYOD meeting experiences to a more managed Microsoft Teams Rooms experience. It supports features like one-touch join and Front Row, and customers can add certified peripherals like the ThinkSmart Bar 180 and ThinkSmart Cam to optimize room experiences.

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Linux 6.9-rc1 provides a glimpse into the future of the open source kernel

Linus Torvalds has officially announced the release of Linux 6.9-rc1, marking the end of the merge window for this version. As usual, the update brings a ton of changes, with a significant portion attributed to AMD GPU header files. But let's not get bogged down by the sheer volume of these updates; the real excitement lies in the core improvements that promise to enhance the kernel's performance.

Two major updates steal the spotlight in this release: the timer subsystem and the workqueue subsystem. The timer subsystem has undergone a substantial rewrite, introducing per-CPU timer wheels. This enhancement is poised to boost the performance of timers, which is especially crucial for networking operations. On the other hand, the workqueue subsystem now supports BH workqueue support, providing a much-needed alternative to the long-deprecated tasklet interface.

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Grindr and Burnett Foundation Aotearoa partner to offer free HIV self-test kits in New Zealand

Grindr, the world’s largest social network for the LGBTQ+ community, has announced a new partnership with Burnett Foundation Aotearoa to provide free HIV self-test kits to its users in New Zealand. This collaboration is part of Grindr for Equality, the company’s global social impact initiative aimed at advancing public health for the LGBTQ+ community. Starting today, Grindr users in New Zealand can easily order these kits through the Grindr app in less than a minute.

Grindr for Equality has been working with public health organizations for over a year to expand the distribution of free at-home HIV test kits. In 2023, the program distributed more than 235,000 HIV test kits, many of which went to Grindr users in the U.S. who had never been tested before. The success of this program has inspired Grindr and the Burnett Foundation to extend their efforts to New Zealand, aiming to promote HIV testing awareness and education globally.

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