If you look for Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X cards at Newegg today, chances are you'll see offerings with reference coolers. The more time passes, though, the more R9 290-series variants with custom, dual-fan coolers are starting to crop up....

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Ars readers see potential for smartwatches, if they can escape their niche
One thing is clear: smartwatches like the Pebble still have plenty to prove.
Jason Inofuentes

Maybe it's all of the CES pitch e-mails that are flying around at this time of the year, or maybe it's something in the water up here in the Orbiting HQ, but it seems like we have smartwatches on the brain. Sandwiched in between our review of Qualcomm's longevous-but-mediocre Toq and a check-in with the Pebble and Basis wearables , we posted a list of criteria we thought a good smartwatch needed to meet to be successful.

Many of you had alternate suggestions about what you'd like to see in smartphones, some more involved than others. Reader tjhenn  stated that the Pebble watch comes awfully close to clearing the bar—many of you agreed and expressed hope for an improved second-generation product. "In my experience the Pebble meets most of the criteria listed in the article. It's

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On Wednesday, the Nikkei news agency cited unnamed sources who said that SoftBank, the company that owns a majority of Sprint, was “in the final stages of talks with T-Mobile's German parent, Deutsche Telekom.” News of a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile hit in early December , with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Sprint’s parent company was wary of trying to merge with T-Mobile like AT&T had years earlier, only to see its efforts thwarted by the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.

Nikkei’s sources went on to say that SoftBank is estimated to offer over $19 billion for a 60 to 70 percent stake in T-Mobile through its US subsidiary Sprint. AT&T, on the other hand, had offered Deutsche Telekom $39 billion for the carrier back in 2011 . If Sprint and T-Mobile join, the two companies would have a combined 53 million postpaid subscribers, compared

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Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company formed from the bankrupt Canadian telecom company Nortel,

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Snapchat exploit may let hackers connect names and phone numbers in bulk
A chunk of the code that would run through a list of phone numbers and pull out the Snapchat accounts that match them.

Exploits of Snapchat’s API allow for a script to associate phone numbers with Snapchat users’ display names, user names, and account privacy level, according to a report from ZDNet citing a collective called Gibson Security . Users of the exploit could take that data and resell it for cash, as well as scam or stalk the Snapchat accounts they’ve identified.

Gibson Security claims it’s known about this exploit, as well as one that would let a hacker bulk-register thousands of accounts on the service, since August. Snapchat failed to acknowledge Gibson Security’s attempts to contact it about these exploits, Gibson Security writes , so it published the API and exploits on Tuesday.

The phone numbers and names can be connected even if the Snapchat user’s

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Yeah, so, it's still pretty slow out there. Happily, though, Steam's...

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