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  • FCC proposes addition of broadband, modernization of Lifeline scheme

    29 May 2015, 11:58 am

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed plans to modernize an existing communications program to help low-income families have subsidized high-speed Internet access. Chairman Tom Wheeler shared the proposals to bring the FCC's Lifeline…
  • MacNN Deals: Protect yourself from losing your smartphone data

    29 May 2015, 9:30 am

    Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing a few of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we're looking into ways to protect your precious data stored on your smartphone, including backing up your data, recovering it…
  • Jawbone sues Fitbit over claims it stole confidential information

    29 May 2015, 8:12 am

    Fitness tracker producer Jawbone has sued Fitbit for acquiring confidential documents, shortly before its competitor holds its initial public offering of stock. Filed in a California State Court on Wednesday, Jawbone accuses Fitbit of "systematically…
  • Google I/O Briefly: Chromecast updates, HBO Now, offline app modes

    28 May 2015, 10:05 pm

    Google is giving developers even more ways to create content that works with Google Cast and the Chromecast streaming dongle. A new set of Remote Display APIs released in beta for Android and iOS will allow for developers to set up a better second screen…
  • Man fined $120 for using Apple Watch while driving

    28 May 2015, 8:00 pm

    A man in Quebec, Canada has been ticketed with a potential fine of $120 for using his Apple Watch to manually change songs remotely on his nearby iPhone, sparking a debate about whether the Watch can be as distracting as the smartphone it ostensibly replaces…
  • Google I/O: Google Cardboard upgraded, brought to iOS

    28 May 2015, 7:47 pm

    Google spent some time during its Google I/O keynote talking about its virtual reality efforts. Google Cardboard has received an update, with the budget VR headset now able to work with iOS devices, while its other video-related efforts involve a new design of…
  • Google I/O: Google Now on Tap to provide context-aware suggestions

    28 May 2015, 4:52 pm

    Google Now is receiving a hefty upgrade in Android M, allowing it to understand more context-sensitive queries, as well as being more generally available to users. Now on Tap will allow users to trigger the Google Now voice prompt by tapping the home button…
  • Daily Deals: iPad Air 2, Xbox One Assassins Creed Bundle, Monitors

    28 May 2015, 3:17 pm

    Welcome to Daily Deals, where we search the Internet to find sales, discounts, bundles, and offers on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. The usual recap of still-active deals comes after the new wave…
  • Google I/O: Brillo, Weave revealed as Internet of Things projects

    28 May 2015, 3:06 pm

    Google has unveiled its attempt to help development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, by launching Project Brillo. Based on core components of Android, the IoT operating system is designed to run on low-powered devices, and includes native support for…
  • Google I/O: Google Photos available now on Android, iOS [u]

    28 May 2015, 2:57 pm

    Updated with iOS version availability. At today's Google I/O keynote, the search giant unveiled Google Photos. The new service by the company allows Web-based users, as well as Android and iOS device owners a file repository and discovery utility for unlimited…
  • Google I/O: Android M previewed with Android Pay, other improvements

    28 May 2015, 2:16 pm

    Google has introduced a number of changes it is introducing to the next version of Android at Google I/O today. The developer preview of Android M this time is said to be focused on "improving the core user experience," taking some of the functions introduced…
  • Lenovo updates ThinkPad 10 tablet with new Atom processors

    28 May 2015, 12:48 pm

    Lenovo has introduced an upgraded version of its ThinkPad 10 from last year, one which takes aim at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The new ThinkPad 10 retains many of the characteristics of the original, including a 10.1-inch 1920x1200-resolution display, but…
  • Amazon same-day delivery adds free option for Amazon Prime members

    28 May 2015, 12:12 pm

    Amazon has modified its same-day delivery service, expanding the utility for Amazon Prime members. Starting today, Amazon Prime members in select areas will be able to order from a million-strong catalog, and receive free same-day delivery if the order exceeds…
  • Avago buys chip supplier Broadcom in $37 billion deal

    28 May 2015, 11:04 am

    Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion. Upon completion of the…
  • Lenovo shows off concepts for dual-display smartwatch, projector phone

    28 May 2015, 10:51 am

    Lenovo used its TechWorld event to show two concept devices it has been working on. A smartphone with a built-in projector was revealed, complete with a mode that offered alternative ways to interact with the device, while a smartwatch was shown with a…
  • MacNN Deals: Cases to make your iPhone 6 more useful

    28 May 2015, 9:47 am

    Every day, along with our regular Daily Deals post, we are going to showcase some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals site. Today, we're discussing cases for iPhones that add more than just protection, including the ability to replace a wallet with…
  • The MacNN Podcast, episode 16: Money (and Touch ID) changes everything

    28 May 2015, 8:20 am

    Thanks to a combination of the Memorial Day weekend in the US (and bank holiday long weekend in the UK) along with continent-spanning long travel days for your MacNN editor, the process of putting the final touches on this week's episode of the growing-nicely…
  • Lenovo takes on Chromecast with own Cast streaming device

    28 May 2015, 7:50 am

    Lenovo has revealed it is taking on the Google Chromecast with its own media sharing device. The Lenovo Cast is a compact round disc measuring 70mm (2.8 inches) in diameter and 15mm (0.6 inches) high, making it larger than Google's device, and it offers a few…
  • Game Replay: Game UK Splatoon robbery, new Evolve arena mode

    27 May 2015, 11:58 pm

    Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, a robbery of a game retailer causes issues for Nintendo's UK Splatoon launch, a new arena mode has been added to Evolve,…
  • SourceForge found adding adware-laden installer to GIMP for Windows

    27 May 2015, 9:49 pm

    A code repository is allegedly taking control of accounts of some open source projects, changing the installers to offer adware to users. Some projects offered through SourceForge have apparently been taken over by a SourceForge-owned account, with the…
  • Running on Steam: The Anticipation

    27 May 2015, 7:00 pm

    Over the last few years many gamers have been wrapped up in, what the press has dubbed, the console wars. Wade into any gaming Internet forum and you will surely find a host of people arguing between the dominance of the Xbox One, PS4, or in some cases, maybe…
  • Briefly: Roboto font now open source, Amazon ebook changes

    27 May 2015, 5:36 pm

    Roboto, the font used throughout Android, Chrome OS, and a number of other Google products has been made open source. Originally released under the Apache license as part of Android 4.0 in 2011, Google has now made it, and the toolchain used for its creation,…
  • Daily Deals: Toshiba 65-inch HDTV, 1TB and 2TB external drives

    27 May 2015, 3:25 pm

    Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for offers, sales, discounts, and bundles on hardware and software for you, the discerning reader. A mid-week recap of still-active deals follows, along with a…
  • CBS CEO: Discussions with Apple over streaming an 'ongoing discussion'

    27 May 2015, 2:46 pm

    CBS CEO Les Moonves, speaking at the Code Conference, all but confirmed Apple's television service. Citing a meeting held with Apple media chairman Eddy Cue, the broadcast TV executive said that CBS would "probably" sign a deal with Cupertino, as they are…
  • Lenovo outs three entry-level notebooks shipping in June

    27 May 2015, 1:48 pm

    Lenovo has unveiled a trio of notebooks aimed at the budget end of the computer market, ahead of the manufacturer's Lenovo Tech World global technology conference in Beijing. The Ideapad 100 is a basic 1366x768-resolution notebook that takes after Chromebooks,…
  • Crowdfunding Critic: Flare Audio headphones and earphones

    27 May 2015, 8:52 am

    Welcome to Crowdfunding Critic, an occasional post that arises every so often, whenever we find something on one of the many crowdfunding efforts that may be worth your time, and possibly your money. None of the projects featured in this series of posts pay us…
  • Twitter launches Periscope app for Android on Google Play

    27 May 2015, 7:13 am

    Periscope, the live-streaming video app from Twitter, is now available to download on Android. Arriving two months after the iOS version, and almost a month after competitor Meerkat made its own Android app available to the public, Periscope's Android variant…
  • Briefly: OnePlus announcement tease, Opera Max Android app update

    26 May 2015, 7:31 pm

    OnePlus has revealed it will be making an announcement on June 1, with a cryptic tweet hinting the company is "looking for ways to change the tech industry," that it is "time for change," and posting an image of a smartphone on a sheet of paper being erased.…
  • Hands On: iKlip Grip

    26 May 2015, 6:28 pm

    While IK Multimedia is perhaps better known for the audio software it creates, the past few years has seen the company growing more and more into the mobile accessory space. Products like the iRig, iRig Mic HD, and iLoud have given the company a reputation for…
  • Daily Deals: $150 500GB Samsung SSD, Acer monitor, GoPro bundle

    26 May 2015, 4:37 pm

    Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where we search for discounts, offers, sales, and bundles on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. A recap of the still-active three-day weekend's deals follows after the…

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