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  • Spotify introduces multi-user discounts in Family subscriptions

    20 October 2014, 8:19 am

    Spotify is adding a new subscription option to its plan roster, one which covers multiple users. Spotify Family will provide access to the premium version of the music streaming service to up to five nominated users, with the group plan being discounted…
  • Microsoft smartwatch touted for launch within weeks, sale soon after

    20 October 2014, 7:05 am

    Microsoft could introduce its own wearable device in the next few weeks, a report claims. According to sources of Forbes, Microsoft's rumored smartwatch will attempt to beat its counterparts, such as the Samsung Gear range and the Moto 360, by offering a…
  • Weekly Game Replay: Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Halo 20GB download

    19 October 2014, 7:12 pm

    Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report some of the important news from the gaming industry across the past week. During this week's edition, we look at Final Fantasy XIV's first expansion, the download requirements for Halo: The Master Chief Collection,…
  • Crowdfunding Critic: Mad Genius motion controller

    19 October 2014, 4:49 pm

    Electronista and MacNN's article series Crowdfunding Critic brings readers projects from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo that the team believes are interesting or potentially useful. However, be aware that the articles aren't an endorsement of any given…
  • MasterCard prepares credit card with fingerprint sensor for 2015

    19 October 2014, 2:59 pm

    At a press event last week, MasterCard and Zwipe announced a new type of payment card dubbed the Zwipe MasterCard. Where the new card is different from the the standard credit or debit card is in the payment process, looking to biometrics to approve purchases.…
  • Retina iMac teardown by iFixit demonstrates moderate repairability

    18 October 2014, 2:08 pm

    Apple repair purveyors iFixit have given their regular disassembly treatment to Apple's new 27-inch 5K iMac. As the machine has re-used the chassis from the last generation of iMac, and has only minor changes to the internals apart from the display, the…
  • Anonabox project killed by Kickstarter over security, hardware issues

    18 October 2014, 11:35 am

    Following allegations casting doubt on the project, the TOR-based Anonabox Kickstarter project has been terminated. Since the launch of the security-minded Anonabox, and nearly instant completion of funding goals, commenters and other figures questioned the…
  • Google's Nexus Player lacks FCC approval, pre-orders stopped

    18 October 2014, 9:55 am

    Google has temporarily suspended sales of its recently-announced Nexus Player. After a few hours of preorders had been taken, the company abruptly ceased sales of the device, noting that since the device had not yet been approved by the US Federal…
  • Opinion: iPad Air 2 demo highlights power of 64-bit mobile computing

    18 October 2014, 1:56 am

    Apple's demo for the iPad Air 2 during its latest keynote event was hugely impressive. As the company often does during its live presentations, it invited two developers on stage to highlight not only their apps, but also the power of the new iPad Air 2.…
  • Halloween Giveaway: Free Collage Maker software for all!

    17 October 2014, 8:19 pm

    With Halloween fast approaching, there will undoubtedly be countless new memories being captured of all the scary costumes, silly face paint, jack-o-lanterns and good times filling up the storage space of millions of Americans and Canadians. MacNN and…
  • WSJ: Google management changes point to Chrome, Android convergence

    17 October 2014, 7:37 pm

    A change in management at Google suggests the search company is still planning to combine Android and Chrome OS, a report suggests. The Wall Street Journal claims Linus Upson, the head engineer of Chrome OS, has left the role and has been replaced by Hiroshi…
  • Apple pulls Bose products from online store

    17 October 2014, 5:47 pm

    In spite of the two companies settling a lawsuit over noise cancellation patents, Apple has gone ahead and removed Bose headphones and speakers from its online store, visitors note. Rumors surfaced a week ago that Apple was planning to remove Bose products…
  • Friday Deals: Filemaker Pro BOGO, 2K up to 85 percent off, more!

    17 October 2014, 3:25 pm

    Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check…
  • FBI director warns Apple, Google away from encrypting devices

    17 October 2014, 2:32 pm

    The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has asked for companies to back away from encrypting consumer devices by default. Echoing similar comments made last month, Director James Comey spoke to the Brookings Institute yesterday about the issue,…
  • Updated iTunes 12 goes live for Windows users

    17 October 2014, 1:58 pm

    Following its debut for the Mac alongside OS X Yosemite, Apple has released the Windows version of iTunes 12. The software brings with it a radically different look, borrowing design cues from Yosemite. One of the major interface changes is the relocation of…
  • Apple opens up online preorders for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

    17 October 2014, 12:26 pm

    Apple has officially opened up preorders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at its online store. In the US, Apple is currently promising delivery sometime between October 23rd and the 27th. Delivery in fact appears to be the only option, as in-store pickup is…
  • Samsung adds Intel Celeron processor option to Chromebook 2 line

    17 October 2014, 12:14 pm

    Samsung has added an extra option to its Chromebook 2 line of budget notebooks. The new addition with an 11.6-inch 1366x768-resolution display replaces the Exynos 5 Octa processors from the original two notebooks with a 2.58GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor…
  • VirnetX files for rehearing of tossed Apple verdict

    17 October 2014, 11:11 am

    Patent holding firm VirnetX has filed a motion with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing of a September decision tossing a $368.2 million verdict against Apple, and asking it to reinstate a District Court's damages award in…
  • We're hiring: paid mobile app reviewer position available

    17 October 2014, 11:05 am

    MacNN and Electronista are hiring paid app reviewers! We're looking for writers who have a familiarity with and own iOS and OS X devices, with Windows and Android gear a bonus. The ideal candidate has four hours free per day, and is available five days a week…
  • TwitPic acquisition failed, image hosting service closing October 25th

    17 October 2014, 9:04 am

    Twitter image hosting site TwitPic has failed in its efforts to be acquired, and will be shutting down after all. Discussions over the last-minute acquisition failed, with the company announcing on its blog that it will wind up operations and take the service…
  • City council votes against license transfer from Charter to Comcast

    17 October 2014, 8:32 am

    A city council has declared it does not want Comcast to provide service to its residents. The council of Worcester, MA has voted against the transfer of the city's cable license from Charter to Comcast over the cable giant's "substandard consumer service…
  • Nvidia, Sony, HTC detail devices set to receive Android Lollipop

    17 October 2014, 6:59 am

    More manufacturers have revealed which of its devices will be getting the upgrade to Android Lollipop in the future. Nvidia, HTC, and Sony have all confirmed their support for Android 5.0, though a rumor suggests that Google's own Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and Nexus 10…
  • AMD posts $1.43B revenue in third quarter, cut 7 percent of workforce

    17 October 2014, 1:00 am

    AMD missed analyst estimates for the third quarter of 2014 according to the results released by the company on Thursday. Thomson Reuters had estimated that the computer processor and graphics card manufacturer would see $0.04 earnings per share on $1.47…
  • HP dropping remaining support for webOS, cloud services ending 2015

    16 October 2014, 11:38 pm

    Remaining cloud services for webOS are coming to an end, more than three years after HP announced that it was winding down the operating system. Back in August 2011, Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it would no longer be developing products that featured the…
  • Editorial: Analysis of Apple's October device announcements

    16 October 2014, 9:18 pm

    Chatter between the staff of MacNN and Electronista is always occurring behind the scenes, but it ramps up when special events or live reveals happen in the tech world. Excitement was amplified this week as Apple took to the stage barely a month after its last…
  • Linksys launches two new routers for families, high-demand users

    16 October 2014, 6:30 pm

    Linksys announced two new routers today, both of which are aimed at households with multiple Internet users or have a high-demand on bandwidth. The company is releasing the AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi router (EA9200) and the AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi…
  • Google profits continue to climb despite decreasing cost-per-click

    16 October 2014, 5:45 pm

    Google today reported consolidated revenues of $16.52 billion for the quarter that ended September 30, an increase of 20 percent compared to the third quarter of 2013. In the third quarter of 2014, total acquisition costs totaled $3.35 billion, or 23 percent…
  • Apple debuts Apple SIM, Smart Covers and Cases for new iPads

    16 October 2014, 5:40 pm

    The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both announced today, will also come with a new SIM card dubbed the Apple SIM. Previously, people ordering a cellular iPad had to choose their carrier in advance. The Apple SIM will let buyers pick a single iPad and quickly…
  • Canon debuts Realis WUX6000 presentation projector, medical variant

    16 October 2014, 5:11 pm

    Canon announced a new projector today for professionals looking for a device with a variety of display options for presentations. The Realis WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector delivers native WUXGA 1920x1200 display resolution, brightness of 6,000 lumens and…
  • Apple unveils new Retina iMac, featuring 5K display

    16 October 2014, 3:23 pm

    At its iPad event, Apple also unveiled a new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, featuring an all-new display that offers 5K (5120x2880) resolution, 67 percent more pixels than found in a new 4K HDTV. Although previously rumored, the new iMac still managed to surprise…

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