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Tuesday, May 26

Briefly: OnePlus announcement tease, Opera Max Android app update

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. The current candidate for the announcement is a possible successor to the OnePlus One smartphone which OnePlus has previously confirmed it was working on. ...

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Hands On: iKlip Grip

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 creating products that are not only well built, but also easy to use. Most recently, the company has announced the launch of the iKlip Grip, a new multifunctio...

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Daily Deals: $150 500GB Samsung SSD, Acer monitor, GoPro bundle

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 new list, including a 500GB Samsung SSD for $150, a GoPro bundle, and an Acer monitor for $90....

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Ex-GT Advanced AZ Apple facility suffers roof fire, cause unknown

The Apple facility in Mesa, AZ, formerly owned by GT Advanced had a roof fire earlier today, over a loading dock. The fire is currently contained, and for the moment, appears to have been limited to portions of the roof and solar installation only. Firefighters from three stations were drawn to fight the fire, which required the evacuation of 12 people from inside the facility....

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Windows 10 mobile support increases, Cortana heading to iOS, Android

Microsoft will be making Windows 10 more useful to smartphone owners, by making it easier to set up their desktop and mobile device to connect together and share files. The added mobile support is also supported by a second announcement that the Cortana virtual assistant will be available to download and use on other platforms than Windows Phone, with both iOS and Android set to receive access in the future. ...

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Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer at Apple

Jony Ive has received a promotion at Apple, from his position as Senior Vice President of Design to the newly-created Chief Design Officer. The move to the company's third C-level executive, alongside CFO Luca Maestri and CEO Tim Cook, will allow Ive to delegate his existing roles to other long-standing Apple employees while still exercising creative control, without the added work of administration and management. ...

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Acronis Access Connect for OS X, mobile released; replaces ExtremeZ-IP

Acronis today unveiled Acronis Access Connect, the company's latest file and print sharing solution for SMBs and enterprises. Acronis Access Connect, formerly known as ExtremeZ-IP, adds broad support for mobile workers to securely access files using iOS, Android, and Windows Phone-based devices to and from Windows and OS X servers. ...

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Charter agrees to purchase Time Warner Cable for $55B

Time Warner Cable has become the subject of another acquisition, barely a month after the attempted merger between TWC and Comcast failed. This time, Charter is the potential suitor to the cable company, with it providing $100 in cash and half a share of the "New Charter" parent company in exchange for each TWC share, a price that effectively values Time Warner Cable at approximately $55 billion. ...

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Sony rebrands Japan's Xperia Z4 as Z3+ for global release

Sony is bringing the Xperia Z4 smartphone it launched in Japan to the rest of the world, but with a change of name. Rebranded by Sony as the Xperia Z3+, the smartphone is seemingly being marketed as a slightly upgraded version of the Xperia Z3 rather than a new generation of mobile device, and considering its specifications and physical similarity to earlier models, that may be an appropriate move to make. ...

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Monday, May 25

Editorial: FCC, lawsuits, Net Neutrality, and The Bill of Rights

AT&T and several trade organizations in the telecom and cable industry have publicly posted statements of issues they intend to raise as part of their lawsuits against the FCC's ruling mandating net neutrality. While the statements aren't in-depth rundowns of the arguments the organizations that oppose the ruling intend to make, they do seem rather familiar to anyone who remembers the successful Verizon lawsuit of 20...

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Daily Deals: Long Weekend Edition

Hello and welcome to an unusual edition of Daily Deals. Typically, the staff of MacNN and Electronista do not provide a deals post on a Saturday or Sunday, but since retailers are offering sales over this three-day weekend, we're making an exception. As well as a recap of the still-active deals from earlier this week, we've been adding new deals to the list throughout the weekend, with the most recent deals added th...

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OWC ships Accelsior S PCIe 4x card for direct installation of one SSD

Mac and PC technology company Other World Computing last week announced the the Accelsior S, a new PCIe card with direct mount support for a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s SSD. The latest addition to OWC's Accelsior line enables PC, Mac Pro tower and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis users to add additional storage which in some cases will be faster than the native SATA bus....

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Google 'smart toy' patent under fire from privacy groups

A recently published patent from Google is drawing concern from privacy groups. The patent for "Agent Interfaces for Interactive Electronics that support Social Cues" effectively describes a toy or doll that can analyze a user's speech and body language to determine if it is being communicated with directly and respond accordingly, with law-related tech company SmartUp describing it as "one of Google's creepiest pate...

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Amazon alters financial reports in UK to avoid 25-percent tax penalty

Amazon is altering its tax affairs in Europe, following pressure from governments and regulatory bodies over the way it and other tech companies attempt to shrink their tax bills. The retailer is starting to run sales it makes in the United Kingdom within the country itself, instead of funneling them through Luxembourg to minimize the amount of tax it pays, a change that is expected to bring in millions in corporatio...

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First Look: 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Force Touch, new GPU

Apple has given the 15-inch MacBook Pro a refresh, giving it a fresh lease of life. Unusually, however, it does not include an upgrade to its Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU. Due to delays with Intel's quad-core "Broadwell" parts, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro continues with a fourth-generation quad-core Core i7 part clocked at 2.5GHz. It does however, include some substantial upgrades elsewhere. This new model now feature...

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Sunday, May 24

Game Replay: NES museum exhibit, Desura payment issues

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly post where MacNN and Electronista write about some of the major stories in the wider world of gaming that developed over the last few days. In today's edition, the NES becomes a museum exhibit, hitboxes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive get some attention, and Desura payment issues...

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Amazon courts Etsy vendors for new Handmade marketplace

Over the course of several days, a number of entrepreneurs who sell on Etsy.com received an email from Amazon.com. The email contains an invitation to take a survey in preparation for a new marketplace the Internet retail giant is working on called "Handmade."...

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BlackBerry continues restructuring, new layoffs imminent

Earlier this month BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, stated he believed the company was on track to be profitable again. At the time, Chen stated that design was key in the company's efforts to continue selling handsets while capitalizing on the fact that services were the primary source of income. Possibly contrary to Chen's remarks, BlackBerry has announced plans to cut employees from the device side, primarily from the ...

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Saturday, May 23

Oculus VR, founder sued for alleged use of confidential information

The Facebook-owned Oculus VR and its founder are being sued, for allegedly using trade secrets from another company in its devices. Total Recall Technologies claims it hired Palmer Luckey in 2011 to create a prototype of a head-mounted display, confidential information that apparently formed part of the creation process of the original Kickstarter-funded Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. ...

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Apple television service held up by local programming demand?

More rumors about Apple's television service, citing unnamed sources outside of Apple, indicates the possibility that Cupertino is seeking local programming for inclusion in the upcoming steaming service for Apple TV. The service, often compared to Dish Network's Sling, will reportedly allow live broadcast shows and commercials to be viewed on any Apple device. The service has yet to be officially announced, if it ex...

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