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Wednesday, July 08

So long, and thanks for everything!

It's been a pretty good run over here at Electronista, but changing times call for refocusing of efforts. Starting very shortly, Electronista will redirect to MacNN. Don't worry -- we're still going to bring you every piece of news from the Mac side of the fence, as well as selected tidbits from the industry as a whole relevant to our favorite fruit-branded computer manufacturer. Thanks for the last decade!...

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NewerTech rolls out Kitchen Kit iPad stand, stylus for older iPads

Accessory manufacturer NewerTech has introduced the NewerTech Kitchen Kit iPad stand and stylus bundle that lets users safely use an iPad in the kitchen while maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the tablet while cooking. The Kitchen Kit includes the NewerTech NuStand 360 iPad holder that rotates 360 degrees and pivots up and down and the NewerTech NuScribe Stylus, a combination digital and traditional writing t...

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MacNN Deals: Three ways to keep your devices at full power

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three offers are all related to power, including two battery packs for your smartphone or tablet, and a bundle that will keep you stocked with rechargeable batteries for other small devices. ...

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Lizard Squad member convicted over 50,700 computer crime charges

A member of the hacking collective Lizard Squad has recently been convicted of 50,700 computer crime-related charges. Julius Kivimaki, a 17-year-old identified in the hacking group as "zeekill," will not be going to prison or facing a tough penalty, as he has been handed a two-year suspended sentence by the Finnish court, according to local media, along with an order from the court to "fight against cybercrime."...

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Briefly: Virgin America upgrades Wi-Fi, Russia wants safer selfies

Virgin America is upgrading its in-flight Wi-Fi service, claiming it will be powerful enough to stream video. Partnering with ViaSat to use its high-capacity 140-gigabit Ka-band satellite connection, it is said that Virgin America's in-flight Wi-Fi will be between eight and ten times faster than similar services on other aircraft, and close to connections available at home. Ten A320 planes will be the first to get th...

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BBC finalizes design of micro:bit computer for children

The BBC has revealed the final form of the micro:bit, a compact computer it is using to teach children how to program and use electronics. Taking a slightly more conventional form compared to its prototype, the Raspberry Pi-style computer is going to be provided to every 11 or 12-year-old child in the United Kingdom completely free, equating to approximately 1 million devices being supplied before the end of this yea...

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Tuesday, July 07

AMD ends active development of Mantle API optimizations

AMD is no longer going to be working on Mantle, its API launched in 2013 that allows developers to work with its Graphics Core Next GPUs at a low level, according to a report. The chip manufacturer isn't directly ending support for the API, but has apparently confirmed that it will no longer be producing any new optimizations for Mantle, with AMD instead seemingly concentrating on making their future cards and driver...

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Analysis: Apple Music and Home Sharing, one week later

As we typically do after major Apple releases, MacNN has gathered some of its staff to consider the implications, long-term effects, potential fallout, mis-fires, and triumphs of the new release -- this time, Cupertino's new Apple Music. Apple gave us all a lot to think about, both during launch week, as well as this week dealing with the public fallout of a launch that could be called only mostly successful. Read on...

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Daily Deals: Netgear router bundle, 55-inch 4K TV, podcast microphones

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've wiped the slate clean of all old deals, with the new batch including a router and external drive bundle, a 55-inch 4K TV from Polaroid, and some podcast-worthy microphones from Massdrop...

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Samsung warns of reduced operational profits in quarterly report

Samsung has warned it is highly likely to miss expectations in its upcoming quarterly financial report, expected to be issued towards the end of this month. The South Korean electronics giant is expecting to report that its consolidated operating profit for the quarter will be down four percent compared to the same quarter, bringing it down to 6.9 trillion won ($6.1 billion), and continuing a trend of bad luck for th...

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Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music, Video as Groove, Movies & TV

Microsoft is updating its desktop media apps in preparation for the Windows 10 launch at the end of this month, by removing the Xbox name among other alterations. Xbox Video is going to be rebranded to Movies & TV in Windows 10, with Microsoft's Xbox Music service receiving the new name Groove, with both services also going through a visual upgrade as part of the changes. ...

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MacNN Deals: Improve your web design, app development skills

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's trio of deals revolve around design, including both apps and web design, as well as a free course to help start you off in iOS game development. ...

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Microsoft offers grants to universities for HoloLens research

Microsoft is attempting to prove the usefulness of its HoloLens augmented reality headset, by offering free units and cash to researchers. The Microsoft HoloLens Academic Research project will grant five academic institutions two development kits for the device as well as up to $100,000 in grants each, if researchers make a suitable proposal that aims to "better understand the role and possible applications for holog...

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Briefly: TiVo discount for Aereo customers, Nest Cam reaches UK

Customers affected by the shutdown and bankruptcy of streaming live TV service Aereo are being offered assistance by Tivo, in the form of a small discount until the end of the month. The set-top box company is providing the TiVo Roamio OTA for use with HD antennas as well as the TiVo Stream for no upfront cost, with a monthly subscription of $20 for two years. ...

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Monday, July 06

Eddy Cue Tweet: music Home Sharing may return in iOS 9

In the fallout about music not being able to be shared with Apple's Home Sharing feature to iOS 8.4 devices, Apple's Eddy Cue has responded on Twitter. In response to the barrage of coverage about the popular feature's absence, the executive has responded with a brief, carefully constructed Tweet, saying only that "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9."...

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 22: The Sound of (Apple) Music

Time once again for another episode of The MacNN Podcast, this time episode 22! Since it was quite a notable week, this week's chat between Editor Charles, Managing Editor Mike, and staffers Michelle, Bradley, and Sanjiv is pretty jam-packed. The big story of the week was the launch of Apple Music, and we spend time on both the good and bad of that, but we talk about a lot more as well. Show notes after the jump....

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Daily Deals: Ultra HD Dell monitor, MSI notebook, Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've wiped the slate clean of all old deals, with the new batch including an Ultra HD monitor from Dell, an MSI gaming notebook, and a massive Canon EOS Rebel T5i bundle. ...

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NBA star claims iPhone related injury responsible for lower accuracy

A NBA player is blaming the screen size of Apple's iPhone 6 plus for a persistent arm injury. San Antonio Spurs player Matt Bonner is citing his own experience, as well as that of his training staff for the claim that the larger device necessitating a longer reach across the device as well as changes in use habits is responsible for his tennis elbow-like injury....

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Microsoft reportedly close to RTM Windows 10 build finalization

Microsoft is allegedly close to finalizing software included in the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 10, one that it will be providing to manufacturers to install on their computers, notebooks, and tablets. Sources of The Verge claim the RTM build of Windows 10 will be ready sometime this week, ahead of the new operating system's final release to consumers that is scheduled to take place on July 29....

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Paypal enters into agreement to buy money transfer service Xoom

Digital money transfer providers PayPal and Xoom have announced a definitive agreement under which PayPal will acquire Xoom for $25 per share in cash or an approximate $890 million enterprise value. The transaction represents a premium of 32 percent over Xoom's three-month volume-weighted average price and was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, as well as the Board of eBay, PayPal's pa...

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Mac Game Review: Lego Jurassic World

"Welcome to Jurassic Park!" -- Richard Attenborough's John Hammond beckons us to enjoy what was supposed to be, and did eventually become, Disneyland meets the zoo meets the natural history museum. Of course, all is never as it seems. Now, one of the biggest film franchises of all time finally gets the Lego treatment just in time for its return to the big screen with Lego Jurassic World, from Lego game developers ext...

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Polaroid upgrades Cube camera with Wi-Fi remote access

Polaroid is opening up a second generation of its compact Cube action camera up for preorder. The Polaroid Cube+ is another small video camera, measuring the same 35mm in each direction as the original, but this time the Plus adds in wireless connectivity to a smartphone or tablet using the companion app and Wi-Fi, providing viewfinder, remote controls, and faster sharing of captured video and images, at a range of u...

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Samsung ships 2TB 850 Pro, Evo 2.5-inch solid state drives

Samsung Electronics today expanded its retail SSD line, and has introduced the 2TB versions of its 850 Pro and 850 Evo solid state drives (SSDs). Samsung guarantees the 2TB 850 Pro for 10 years or 300TB written, and the 2TB 850 Evo for five years or 150TB written to the drive....

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GoPro rolls out Hero4 Session rugged sports camera

GoPro today announced its latest action camera, the Hero4 Session. The camera, is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than GoPro's Hero4 Black and Silver camera and benefits from a new durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a discrete housing....

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MacNN Deals: Protect your passwords, data with these three deals

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's group of offers relate to keeping your online life safe, including managing your various passwords on multiple devices, and protecting your data by backing it up online regularly. ...

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LG Display starts mass production of AIT display panels for notebooks

Upcoming notebooks with touch-sensitive displays could be lighter and thinner, if manufacturers adopt a new screen offered by LG Display. The Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) displays, previously used in smartphones and going into mass production for notebooks, are said to considerably cut down the thickness of the panel compared to other touch-enabled versions, by embedding the touch sensor technology into the LCD panel...

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Comment: An independent artist's view on Apple Music

As a music fan, I'm delighted that Apple Music is finally here. The thought of being able to access most of Apple's iTunes catalog for a low monthly fee is a mouth-watering prospect. Before services like this were available, I would routinely spend two or three times as much every month on buying new music to feed my addiction. Therein lies the problem for independent artists, but also all artists at large, as stream...

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MasterCard trials self portrait-based payment authentication

MasterCard is testing out an unusual method to verify the identity of a credit or debit card holder, by using photographs as an authentication method. The app is said to require the user to take a self portrait at the time of purchase in order to prove who they are, as MasterCard explores alternative ways for users to make mobile payments without having to provide a fingerprint or remember a PIN or password each time...

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