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  • Sony reveals four sound bars, two receivers shipping this summer

    20 April 2015, 8:56 pm

    Sony has revealed a collection of four new sound bars and two A/V receivers to its home cinema audio range. The HT-ST9, HT-NT3, HT-CT780, and HT-CT380 sound bars and STR-DN860 and STR-DN1060 receivers will be going on sale in the United States starting in May,…
  • Apple now charging cards, preparing to ship first Apple Watch orders

    20 April 2015, 6:30 pm

    Some of the estimated 2.3 million who were able to order an Apple Watch on the first day of availability before the global inventory sold out in mere hours may soon be getting their order. Reader reports of cards being charged and emails that report the Apple…
  • Daily Deals: iPad Air 2 Retina, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge, Kindle Fire HD 7

    20 April 2015, 4:22 pm

    Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for discounts, offers, and sales on electronic goods for you, the discerning reader. Since it is the start of a new week, all old deals have been removed from the…
  • Review: Neurio Intelligent Home Monitor

    20 April 2015, 4:03 pm

    Neurio Home Intelligence is a piece of hardware that, when integrated into a home's breaker box, monitors electricity usage and allows the homeowner to see at a glance if they left the oven on, and what their electric bill might be. While the installation…
  • Android Wear update will include app, Wi-Fi, emoji changes

    20 April 2015, 2:33 pm

    The next update to Android Wear will extend the capabilities of wearable devices using the operating system, making them more useful as standalone devices. Just as previously rumored, the update will allow smartwatches with Wi-Fi connectivity to work over a…
  • Nokia reportedly planning return of branded mobile phones for 2016

    20 April 2015, 10:05 am

    Nokia may re-enter the mobile phone industry next year by creating new smartphones, a report claims. While the company has previously put its name to an Android tablet called the Nokia N1 allowing it to remain visible in the mobile device industry, the…
  • Sony unveils Xperia Z4, prepares to ship in Japan this summer

    20 April 2015, 7:53 am

    Sony has quietly launched the latest in its flagship Xperia smartphone line, in Japan. Just like the Xperia Z3 in comparison to the Xperia Z2, the new Xperia Z4 is very similar to its predecessors in terms of design and functionality, with slight improvements…
  • Game Replay: Star Wars Battlefront, Steam security, World of Warcraft

    20 April 2015, 12:01 am

    The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look by MacNN and Electronista on the wider gaming landscape, highlighting some of the more notable stories from the last few days. Today's list includes improvements to security on Steam, "Timewalking" in World of Warcraft,…
  • Briefly: Comcast 2 gigabit in California, Norway shutting down FM

    19 April 2015, 10:10 pm

    Comcast will be bringing its 2 gigabit Internet service to California, following the "Gigabit Pro" initial announcement for the service in Atlanta. Part of a number of upgrades to service speed for customers in the area starting from May, including free speed…
  • Google Wallet balances now have FDIC protection

    19 April 2015, 9:43 pm

    Google has taken a step to protect the users of Google Wallet, by making funds stored on their accounts FDIC-insured. Confirmed to Yahoo Finance, Google is now storing funds of its users in multiple banking institutions that are protected by the Federal…
  • Oregon 'fixes' recent tax law changes to encourage Google Fiber

    19 April 2015, 5:31 pm

    Oregon has amended recently-altered state tax laws designed to help Internet services, correcting mistakes in the legislature. A second bill has been signed, correcting "wording issues" in an earlier bill that would have excluded Google Fiber from the very tax…
  • Wink Hub smart home devices suffer outage caused by software update

    19 April 2015, 1:19 pm

    Owners of the Wink Hub smart home device have endured a major service outage yesterday, following a software update. The outage, which lasted from 12:40pm eastern until 11pm, prevented the hubs from being able to perform general smart home functions, and…
  • Report: Apple improves revenue for devs over Android in 2015

    17 April 2015, 7:30 pm

    A new report by analytics firm App Annie has revealed that Apple and Google, as the progenitors of iOS and Android respectively, are locked in a roughly stalemated battle when it comes to revenues from apps versus app downloads. Google's Android enjoys the…
  • Briefly: Scribd audio book expansion, Cocktail upgrades to 8.3

    17 April 2015, 1:23 pm

    Subscription reading service Scribd announced that it is expanding its audiobook offering to include more than 9,000 audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio, increasing Scribd's audiobook selection to more than 45,000 titles. New titles include fiction and…
  • Daily Deals: waterproof cellphone bag, smart TV, velcro ties, more!

    17 April 2015, 12:52 pm

    Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers to find discounts, offers, and sales for you, our discerning readers. A recap of still-active deals from the rest of the week follows the new deals batch, which…
  • AMD posts terrible quarterly results, exiting micro server market

    17 April 2015, 9:20 am

    Chip manufacturer AMD continues its financial slide. AMD yesterday announced revenue for the first quarter of 2015 of $1.03 billion, an operating loss of $137 million and net loss of $180 million, or $0.23 per share. AMD's results fell far short of Wall Street…
  • Jawbone launches Up2 fitness tracker, Up4 with payment facility

    16 April 2015, 9:58 pm

    Jawbone has launched two new fitness wearables, with one hinted at by a report yesterday. The Up2 is the successor to the Up24, taking the form of a more modest fitness tracker compared to the delayed Up3, while the Up4 is a more advanced device that will be…
  • Netflix passes 60M paid subscriber milestone in quarterly results

    16 April 2015, 6:22 pm

    Netflix has crossed the 60 million members barrier, the streaming service revealed in its latest quarterly results. Globally, it now has 62.27 million members in total, 59.62 million of which are paid, and reflects a quarterly increase of 4.88 million users.…
  • Apple Watch: new videos, accessibility features, Lagerfeld gold band

    16 April 2015, 5:44 pm

    Yesterday, Apple posted four new videos to its site and YouTube channel showcasing additional tent-pole features of the Apple Watch, including handling phone calls, interacting with Siri, music playback, and Maps usage. Last week the company had posted a…
  • Daily Deals: Belkin WeMo, Dell laser printers, Garmin Vivofit

    16 April 2015, 3:14 pm

    Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we find great offers, discounts, sales, and deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of still-active deals from earlier this week comes alongside new items including the…
  • Microsoft apps bundled with Cyanogen ROM under new partnership

    16 April 2015, 1:10 pm

    Users of CyanogenMod will soon find more Microsoft apps on their devices. Cyanogen and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership between the two companies, which will see the Android ROM producer adding Microsoft-created apps to Cyanogen OS, including…
  • Meerkat starts testing of streaming app on Android

    16 April 2015, 11:13 am

    Meerkat, the live-streaming mobile app, has beaten the Twitter-owned Periscope to Android, albeit in beta. While both apps are similar and available on iOS devices, Meerkat is the first of the competing services to make the transition to Android, with the…
  • Briefly: Google 'Find my Phone' search, handwriting tool for Android

    16 April 2015, 8:44 am

    Owners of Android devices have a simple way of finding their misplaced smartphone, by performing a Google search. Similar to Android Device Manager's tool for finding a lost device, a search for the phrase "Find My Phone" with the owner logged in to their…
  • Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM launches with 8MP, 5MP cameras

    16 April 2015, 7:42 am

    Microsoft has unveiled a Windows-based smartphone that seems to be a slightly improved version of the recent Lumia 640 for emerging markets. The new Lumia 540 Dual SIM shares much of its specifications with last month's smartphone launch, but it does include a…
  • WSJ: American Express, Jawbone planning mobile payments announcement

    15 April 2015, 10:46 pm

    Yet another wearable device will be offering alternative payments in the future, according to a report. According to the Wall Street Journal, American Express and Jawbone are planning to announce a new system that will allow AmEx card owners to use the…
  • Huawei launches Ascend P8 smartphone, P8max phablet

    15 April 2015, 8:21 pm

    Huawei has launched two smartphones as successors to last years' slimline Ascend P7. The Ascend P8 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display held inside a unibody casing measuring just 6.4mm thick and weighing 144 grams (5 ounces), and is flanked by the phablet-sized P8max…
  • Huawei launches Ascend P8 smartphone, P8max phablet

    15 April 2015, 8:21 pm

    Huawei has launched two smartphones as successors to last years' slimline Ascend P7. The Ascend P8 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display held inside a unibody casing measuring just 6.4mm thick and weighing 144 grams (5 ounces), and is flanked by the phablet-sized P8max…
  • Game Replay: GTA V on PC, Guitar Hero Live, homebrew OnLive

    15 April 2015, 4:19 pm

    The Weekly Game Replay is no more, because there will be more posts than just once a week, due to popular demand. Rebranded the Game Replay and published every Sunday and Wednesday, the staff of MacNN and Electronista provide a look at the wider gaming…
  • Retina 12-inch MacBook teardowns reveal low repairability

    15 April 2015, 3:39 pm

    A pair of new teardowns from iFixit and Laptopultra have revealed few surprises, and conclude that while the machines are easily openable, they are not easily repairable -- a factor that is likely to be very low-priority among potential buyers, given that the…
  • Google draws antitrust ire from European regulator for search, Android

    15 April 2015, 1:04 pm

    Google's relationship with the European Commission (EC) has worsened, after the regulator made two antitrust-related announcements. It has formally objected to the way Google gives more prominence in search results to its own shopping comparison services than…

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