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  • Memo shows Rite-Aid's disabling of Apple Pay, NFC systems deliberate

    24 October 2014, 8:16 pm

    Following reader complaints of Rite-Aid stores no longer accepting Apple Pay or Google Wallet payments (following a brief period where both worked properly) and a "cone of silence" from PR representatives, leaked documents have revealed that the reversal by…
  • Sprint adds 12-month option to 'iPhone for Life' leasing plan

    24 October 2014, 5:58 pm

    Sprint is making changes to its iPhone for Life rental plan, just over a month after launch. The carrier is adjusting the plan to allow customers the ability to lease an iPhone and upgrade it after 12 months, though the existing 24-month period between…
  • Friday Deals: iOS Grand Theft Auto, 240GB SSD, 1TB external, more

    24 October 2014, 5:25 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…
  • AT&T locking Apple SIMs in new iPad models, buyers complain

    24 October 2014, 4:52 pm

    The new Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is being locked to AT&T if data subscribers choose that carrier, according to complaints. The problem is confirmed by a new Apple support document, which says that when buyers "choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and…
  • MetroPCS adds data plans for tablets, sells Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7

    24 October 2014, 4:21 pm

    MetroPCS is offering tablets on its service for the first time, and has introduced a new set of data-only price plans for the mobile devices at the same time. The first tablet offered by T-Mobile's prepaid brand, usable on the new tariffs, is the Alcatel…
  • WSJ says iTunes Stores sales down 13-14 percent in 2014

    24 October 2014, 3:56 pm

    Sales at Apple's iTunes Store have fallen between 13 and 14 percent in 2014 so far, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. That represents a steepening decline, coming in the wake of a 2.1 percent dip in 2013. The trend is believed to be connected to the music…
  • Giveaway: Tomb Raider

    24 October 2014, 3:10 pm

    For nearly two decades, the Tomb Raider franchise has been keeping adventure-seekers entertained for countless hours all around the world. Since the release of the first game in 1996, there have been a number of sequels to the game, a series of box office…
  • Hands On: Tomb Raider (OS X, Windows)

    24 October 2014, 3:00 pm

    Last year, Square Enix published a new take on a fan favorite character that made a debut on the PlayStation back in 1996. Under the development of Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider was rebooted to reintroduce the origins of Lara Croft. Rather than rely on some of…
  • Editorial: In defense of the new $499 Mac mini

    24 October 2014, 2:58 pm

    After its release, we came out pretty strongly against Apple's new $499 Mac mini. We thought it to be underpowered, and despite some minor improvements, generally a step backwards. Time has passed, tempers have cooled a bit, and we've given it a second…
  • Deezer acquires Stitcher, will keep iOS, Android apps alive

    24 October 2014, 2:42 pm

    Paris-based streaming music service Deezer has acquired Stitcher, the company has announced. The purchase, for an undisclosed amount, will allow Deezer to take control of the personalized Internet talk radio service, which currently provides access to eight…
  • Ransomware found on online advertising networks used by major sites

    24 October 2014, 12:41 pm

    A new ransomware attack has been taking place, infecting victims by spreading malware via advertising networks on major sites, a report claims. Appearing on a number of high-profile websites, the malicious advertising pushed the CryptoWall 2.0 ransomware using…
  • Samsung's Knox Android security suite under fire from new researcher

    24 October 2014, 9:59 am

    Reports have begun to circulate about a pervasive flaw in Samsung's Knox security software for Android phones. The technology, which is the foundation of Android 5.0 Lollipop's enhanced protections, has come under fire by a lone, previously-unknown researcher,…
  • Sprint increases Family Share Pack range with 1GB plan for $20

    24 October 2014, 9:08 am

    Sprint is attempting to beat Verizon and AT&T by offering more data to customers on a low-cost subscription. In a continuation of earlier "double data" promotional plans, Sprint has introduced a new $20 Family Share Pack which is claimed to offer double the…
  • Briefly: More Inbox invitations sent, LG G Watch R rollout details

    24 October 2014, 8:04 am

    Google has started to send out more invitations to its recently-announced Inbox email app. The search company has advised on Twitter that the second round of invitations has been dispatched to some of the Gmail users who have requested access by sending an…
  • LG reveals Nuclun octa-core processor, confirms G3 Screen smartphone

    24 October 2014, 7:32 am

    LG has finally unveiled its first self-produced processor for smartphones, one which has been rumored for some time under the "Odin" codename. Called Nuclun, the chip will be making its first appearance in a variant of the G3 called the G3 Screen, a smartphone…
  • Review: Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

    24 October 2014, 5:00 am

    There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringing a heap of features for music enjoyment to a powerful speaker, the company introduced the Roar earlier this year. With the…
  • Former Apple execs Johnson, McDougal form new retail startup, Enjoy

    23 October 2014, 11:51 pm

    Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson, along with his former Apple colleague Jerry McDougal and former Apple creative director Tom Suiter have teamed up in a new retail-oriented startup endeavor called Enjoy, promising to help consumers spend more wisely…
  • Court sides with broadcasters, shuts down Aereo live broadcasting

    23 October 2014, 10:39 pm

    Aereo was dealt another blow in its battle to survive today thanks to a New York court. US District Judge Alison Nathan ruled in favor of broadcasters in a 17-page decision, putting a nationwide preliminary injunction in place against the startup. As a result,…
  • Facebook unleashes Rooms, brings communities back to chat rooms

    23 October 2014, 8:55 pm

    Facebook's Creative Labs team is bringing a new, yet old way to socialize over the Internet to users through its application Rooms. The free iOS app lets users create custom chat rooms on a topic, without requiring any special log in or connection to a…
  • Microsoft reports $23.20B for first quarter, beats projections

    23 October 2014, 6:50 pm

    Microsoft beat analyst expectations for the first quarter of 2015 today, posting $23.20 billion in revenue with a diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.54. Analysts expected the company to post EPS of $0.50 on $22.02 billion in revenue. Strong sales in…
  • Google adds GPS support, music storage option to Android Wear

    23 October 2014, 6:35 pm

    Google's first major update to Android Wear will be preparing the operating system for use on standalone smartwatches. The software update adds support for GPS sensors built into devices, as well as the ability to store music on a smartwatch instead of a…
  • Amazon posts massive quarterly loss, misses Wall Street predictions

    23 October 2014, 5:34 pm

    Amazon.com today announced financial results for its third quarter that ended on September¬†30. Net sales increased 20 percent to $20.58 billion in the third quarter, compared with $17.09 billion in the third quarter of 2013. Despite the increase, Amazon's net…
  • Briefly: Lian Li PC-Q26 chassis, Toshiba ships Satellite Radius 11

    23 October 2014, 5:31 pm

    Lian Li announced a new chassis aimed at consumers looking for custom built network-attached storage (NAS) options and system integrators. The new PC-Q26 brushed aluminum chassis grants ample room for storage options, while promoting the use of smaller…
  • Xiaomi moves international user data out of China during expansion

    23 October 2014, 4:34 pm

    Xiaomi announced this week that it's taking steps to strengthen its services across the globe after an expanded server infrastructure effort started earlier in the year. As a part of the server expansion, the company said that data from international users of…
  • Hungarian government proposes data transfer tax for Internet providers

    23 October 2014, 2:18 pm

    Internet providers in Hungary may find their costs will increase, as the government mulls a possible tax on Internet traffic. A draft tax bill for 2015 has been submitted to the country's parliament, one which would require companies to pay for data transfers,…
  • VisionTek unveils USB 3.0 Pocket SSD external drive

    23 October 2014, 1:40 pm

    Accessory manufacturer VisionTek today announced the new VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. The USB 3.0 drive can be used with nearly any Windows, OS X, and Linux based system, with performance of up to 455MB/s read and 440MB/s write in a…
  • Sonos sues Denon for alleged infringement of four patents

    23 October 2014, 12:58 pm

    Sonos is suing Denon for patent infringement over a set of wireless speakers it released earlier this summer. The Denon Heos range is apparently violating four patents owned by Sonos relating to wireless audio products, prompting Sonos to file a lawsuit in its…
  • Foxconn looking to build $5.7B factory to win iPhone display orders

    23 October 2014, 12:41 pm

    Apple's chief assembly partner, Foxconn, is hoping to gain orders for iPhone displays by building a new factory in Zhengzhou, China, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The company is allegedly in talks with Zhengzhou's government about getting financial…
  • GT Advanced confirms split with Apple, will repay $439 million [u]

    23 October 2014, 11:44 am

    (Updated with Apple response, hints at future initiatives) GT has confirmed its split with Apple via a press release, offering further details on the terms. "GT will be released from all exclusivity obligations under its various agreements with Apple," the…
  • Windows Update driver bricks counterfeit FTDI USB-to-serial chips

    23 October 2014, 10:39 am

    A recent Windows Update is causing trouble for people working with Arduino microcontrollers and other similar projects, by making some hardware inoperable. A driver update for FTDI chips as part of the Windows Update is apparently damaging the software on some…

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