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  • Best Buy completes assimilation of Future Shop brand, 66 stores closed

    28 March 2015, 11:35 am

    Canadian technology retailer Future Shop has essentially been absorbed into parent company Best Buy overnight. While 66 locations were completely shut down overnight, 65 locations will be reborn as Best Buy stores on April 4. Reports scattered across Canada…
  • NBC denies ever having television streaming discussions with Apple

    27 March 2015, 6:10 pm

    Throwing some doubt on the veracity of earlier reports by the Wall Street Journal NBCUniversal has said in a letter to the US Federal Communications Commission that not only is it not keeping back content from any prospective Apple television network, it has…
  • Windows 10 may not be free to new customers, virtualization users

    27 March 2015, 3:20 pm

    Microsoft has made a passing attempt to clarify some of its policy on free upgrades to Windows 10. In an interview, senior director of product marketing at Microsoft Aaron Woodman detailed what the company has decided about the offering -- and an alarming…
  • Daily Deals: 3TB WD Red, Xbox One, Disney Infinity Toy Box

    27 March 2015, 1:25 pm

    Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items,…
  • Blackberry posts $28 million quarterly profit, falling revenue

    27 March 2015, 12:57 pm

    BlackBerry is declaring a win on restructuring efforts, despite plummeting revenue. The company today reported a profit of $28 million for the last quarter despite currency exchange issues, and still falling sales. Wall Street was expecting a $5 million loss…
  • Micron, Intel roll out new NAND tech allowing for future 10TB SSDs

    27 March 2015, 12:02 pm

    Micron Technology and Intel today revealed the availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory. This new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by Intel and Micron, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically with…
  • Google to face trial in UK over ignoring Safari cookie setting

    27 March 2015, 11:12 am

    The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has dismissed an attempt by Google to prevent British computer users from being able to sue it in England. The landmark hearing followed an earlier defeat for Google in the English High Court in which it was…
  • Fortune names Apple CEO Tim Cook 'World's Greatest Leader'

    27 March 2015, 1:02 am

    On Thursday, Fortune magazine named Apple CEO Tim Cook to the top spot of its "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," which largely refers to business and industry leaders rather than government officials. The honor came with a new interview with Cook as well as some…
  • Google adding IE Pointer Events API to Chrome, releases Data Saver

    27 March 2015, 12:43 am

    Google is going to be leaning on some Internet Explorer technology to fix scrolling and touch support in its Chrome browser. At the same time, Google has launched an extension for the desktop versions of Chrome which aims to reduce the amount of data used to…
  • LG Watch Urbane LTE shipping in South Korea this week for $590

    26 March 2015, 6:12 pm

    LG is going to be putting the LTE-equipped version of the Watch Urbane on sale in its native South Korea later this week. The stylish smartwatch, initially revealed by the manufacturer last month, is able to run as a standalone device thanks to its cellular…
  • Daily Deals: Sol Republic headphones, Linksys router, OCZ SSDs

    26 March 2015, 4:25 pm

    Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items,…
  • Twitter unveils Periscope live video broadcasting app

    26 March 2015, 2:22 pm

    Twitter has added another video service to its roster, alongside Vine, one which provides live video streaming to the microblogging platform. A rebranding of an app Twitter acquired in January, Periscope lets users instantly stream from their smartphone to…
  • Amazon Cloud Drive adds unlimited storage tier for $60 per year

    26 March 2015, 12:17 pm

    Amazon is going after Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, by offering customers unlimited cloud storage at a very low cost. The retailer is upgrading its existing Cloud Drive service by adding two more tiers for non-Prime subscribers, each providing unlimited…
  • Apple, Google coalition demands Patriot Act changes prior to renewal

    26 March 2015, 11:43 am

    Nearly all of the tech industry, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and LinkedIn have co-signed a letter to the US government, calling for reform of Section 215 of the Patriot Act before it expires and is likely renewed in May. The coalition is seeking…
  • BT becomes a carrier again, offers discounted SIM-only contracts

    26 March 2015, 10:30 am

    British telecommunications giant BT has started its return to the mobile phone market earlier than expected, by offering its customers cellular connections. Becoming a carrier once again, after spinning off what would become O2 in 2001, BT is providing modest…
  • Briefly: Amazon Prime Now Dallas, Channel 4 rebrands 4oD as All4

    26 March 2015, 9:02 am

    Amazon Prime Now, the retailer's high-speed delivery service, is opening up in Dallas. Just as with its other Prime Now locations, Prime subscribers in the fourth location will be able to use a mobile app on iOS and Android to place orders for groceries and…
  • Razer OSVR headset to have optional Leap Motion-embedded faceplate

    25 March 2015, 9:35 pm

    Razer's virtual reality headset will include the ability to track the motion of the wearer's hands. The OSVR Hacker Dev Kit from Razer will include an optional faceplate with Leap Motion hardware embedded inside it, allowing for developers to create apps that…
  • Daily Deals: iPad Air 2, 750GB WD Elements, LG 49-inch 4K TV

    25 March 2015, 6:48 pm

    Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we, the staff of MacNN and Electronista, search online retailers for discounts and savings on general tech, gadgets, and software, for our discerning readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier…
  • Logitech Harmony gains voice control from Ubi, Ivee smart home devices

    25 March 2015, 4:21 pm

    Owners of Logitech Harmony devices will soon be able to perform various automated home commands using their voice. Ubi and Ivee are both using Logitech's Harmony API to communicate directly with smart home devices and appliances, allowing both systems to take…
  • Google reportedly planning YouTube game streaming service

    25 March 2015, 3:09 pm

    Google may be planning to boost its live streaming functions in YouTube by taking on Twitch. A report claims YouTube will soon launch a game streaming service on the video site, one that is set to directly compete against the Amazon-owned service, by providing…
  • FAA speeds up drone authorizations, Amazon complains over slow process

    25 March 2015, 1:32 pm

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is speeding up the process for commercial drone operators to be provided exemptions allowing them to fly. The change in policy comes amid complaints from Amazon over the application process, which it claims is so slow…
  • Google bringing Fiber to Salt Lake City, Oregon law change backfires

    25 March 2015, 11:09 am

    Google has revealed Salt Lake City, Utah will be joining the roster of seven other cities as Google Fiber locations. The announcement of the eighth Google Fiber location comes alongside news that Google is unlikely to bring its high-speed fiber Internet…
  • Telefonica agrees to sell O2 UK to Hutchison Whampoa for £10.25B

    25 March 2015, 9:00 am

    The owner of British carrier O2 has agreed to sell the company to Hutchison Whampoa, the result of negotiations between the two owners which started in January. Telefonica, the owner of O2, has confirmed it will be handing over the carrier for £10.25 billion…
  • Logitech MX Master unveiled as high-performance sculpted mouse

    24 March 2015, 6:15 pm

    Logitech has released a high-specification mouse that effectively follows on from the Performance Mouse MX with a sculpted ergonomic design. The Logitech MX Master is billed as the peripheral producer's "most advanced wireless mouse," which is apparently meant…
  • Amazon updates Fire TV streamers, ships Fire TV Stick to UK

    24 March 2015, 4:17 pm

    Amazon has made a number of changes to its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick media streamers, as part of a software update. Changes to the devices, including the notable addition of support for external USB drives for extra local storage, come just in time before the…
  • Review: Seagate Wireless

    24 March 2015, 2:34 pm

    It seems like no matter how much internal storage is included today's mobile devices, we, as users, will always find a way to fill them up. This is where Seagate's Wireless can come in handy, especially now that more devices are making the move away from…
  • Daily Deals: iTunes gift cards, Intel NUC, SSDs galore

    24 March 2015, 2:25 pm

    Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we search for offers, discounts, promotions, and other money-saving schemes on hardware and software for you, the glorious MacNN and Electronista reader. Along with our regular recap of still-active deals from yesterday,…
  • HyperX Predator PCIe SSD delivers up to 1.4GB/s read speed to desktop

    24 March 2015, 2:22 pm

    HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, today announced the immediate availability of the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD. The HyperX Predator PCIe SSD pushes up to 1400MB/s read speeds, and comes in a M.2 version, with a half-height half-length standard…
  • HP drops Beats, mixes in Bang & Olufsen for future audio tech provider

    24 March 2015, 1:57 pm

    HP and Bang & Olufsen today announced a collaboration that brings the sound and engineering of Bang & Olufsen and B&O Play to HP's PCs, tablets and accessories. The move was made necessary by Apple's purchase and cessation of nearly all licensing programs of…
  • Briefly: Twitter tests autoplay videos, UK stolen phone charges capped

    24 March 2015, 12:30 pm

    Twitter is starting to test automatically-playing videos in its apps. According to Ad Age, the service will autoplay promoted video ads to some Twitter users in the United States using the official iOS app. While the videos will play muted, some users will see…

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