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Facebook Unveils a New Messaging System with One Inbox

Imagine the kind of family you might see in a modern American sitcom: loving parents trying to maintain a family unit with a teenager engrossed in text messaging, a college-aged child who is always chatting online, and various wacky relatives who spend their days sending “funny” emails to the family. This is an admittedly exaggerated…

New Java trojan attacks Mac OS X via social networking sites

A new trojan horse has cropped up that affects Mac OS X (and Windows as well), primarily disguised as a video flitting around social networking sites. When users click an infected link, a Java applet is launched that downloads multiple files, including an installer that runs automatically without users’ knowledge. The Trojan, dubbed trojan.osx.boonana.a by security…

Check Your Mac’s Battery Health in System Profiler

We know that laptop batteries don’t last forever, but sometimes it’s hard to tell whether your battery is actually dying or whether you’re just imagining bad battery life. Here’s how to keep up with your MacBook battery’s health without extra software. Reader haxorknight explains that your battery’s health information is readily available from System Profiler: If…

Live from Apple’s ‘Back to the Mac’ event

Follow Engadget live at Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event!

Intel to spend $8 Billion on plant upgrade

In a press release today, Intel announced that it will spend $6-8 billion upgrading plants in Arizona and Oregon. The upgrade will help the company manufacture Intel’s next-generation 22-nanometer chips and will happen over “several years.” Two weeks ago, Intel said that they had generated $11.1 billion revenue in their third quarter. With that mountain of…

Hands on: Roku rocks as it slims down, adds 1080p support

Roku announced Wednesday that the company is revamping its line of three set-top boxes for streaming video. All three models come in a much smaller case, similar to the new Apple TV and about the size of two CD jewel cases. Some models also gain support for 1080p video output, while the top model can stream MPEG 4 files directly from a USB drive.

We got to spend a little time with the top-end Roku XD|S, which is competitively priced at $99.99. This model comes with all the A/V connectivity you might need, including HDMI, component video (using a special cable), composite video, digital optical audio, and analog stereo audio. For networking, it includes Ethernet and dual-band 802.11n WiFi. It supports up to 1080p video output, and also includes a USB port for hooking up a hard drive or flash drive to play back video from MP4 files (MOV support is promised in a later update).