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Friday, August 01

WSJ: Beats Music head Ian Rogers to take charge of iTunes Radio

Beats Music head Ian Rogers will also take charge of iTunes Radio as a part of Apple's acquisition of Beats, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The people add that having Rogers in charge of both units is intended to generate cohesion in Apple's streaming music options. How exactly that might manifest is unclear, but the Journal speculates that Apple may implement new subscription options....

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President signs DMCA exemption bill, cellphone unlocking legal again

President Barack Obama has signed the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," making cellphone unlocking by individuals or businesses legal again, at least temporarily. The bill reauthorizes an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which allowed unlocking. The matter will come up for debate before the Library of Congress in 2015, so the bill signature today isn't a permanent fix....

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MakerBot expands into Europe with German reseller acquisition

MakerBot is making an expansion into Europe, by acquiring its largest reselling partner. A seller of MakerBot products in Germany for a number of years, Hafner's Büro has been rebranded as MakerBot Europe and will manage resellers of its 3D printer range across Central and Eastern Europe, with a view to covering more markets within the continent in the future. ...

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Aereo files for emergency aid, company is 'bleeding to death'

Aereo is "figuratively bleeding to death" according to a court filing made last night by the Supreme Court-impacted Internet video service. The filing cites "staggering costs" that it is still paying to stay alive as a business entity while the and US Copyright Office debate if it should be treated like a cable company, like the Supreme Court alluded in its ruling against Aereo....

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No layoffs at Beats yet, source claims

Although layoffs may be coming, no one at Beats has lost their job yet as a result of Apple's takeover, a source tells Billboard. "Every single person is going through Apple orientation, they're signing up for healthcare," the person comments, noting that everyone has been offered a full-time job at Apple, although as confirmed by the company some people are only being offered work for a limited time. Specifically,...

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Core i3, Core i7 models of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 available today

Microsoft has put the Core i3 and Core i5 versions of the Surface Pro 3 on sale in the United States. Coming over a month after the Core i5 models became available through the Microsoft Store, the three new additions to the Surface Pro 3 collection provide not only a new cheapest option, but also two models at the higher-specification end of the range. ...

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Leak claims redesigned home buttons for 4.7-, 5.5-inch iPhones

Photos obtained by a French site show what are claimed to be home buttons and connected flex cables for Apple's 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, sometimes dubbed the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air, respectively. Both differ not only from the iPhone 5s, but each other, with the 4.7-inch phone for instance having a straight cable, and the 5.5-inch device having a slightly bent one. The buttons themselves are also visibly differen...

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Friday Deals: iPad Air, Readdle apps, OWC Garage Sale, more

Once again, it's time for the MacNN and Electronista Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, our faithful readers. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We...

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Time Warner Cable rolls out TWC Maxx in Austin, future cities named

Time Warner Cable is expanding the TWC Maxx initiative it launched earlier this year in Los Angeles and New York City, by upgrading its network in Austin, Texas, along with seven other markets at a later time. Subscriber speed increases for its Internet service are touted, for both consumer and business customers, alongside an expansion of the TWC Wi-Fi network into the greater Austin area, and a new "all-digital" TV...

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Vivendi/UMG transfers Beats stake over to Apple in $404M deal [u]

(Updated with Apple welcoming page) Vivendi's Universal Music Group has completed a sale of its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple, in a deal worth $404 million, according to an official statement. The company hasn't released any other details. In all, Apple is paying about $3 billion to acquire Beats. ...

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Fired Nokia workers protest Microsoft 'violent' layoffs in China

Chinese Nokia employees staged a protest today, decrying mass layoffs coming as a result of the company's acquisition by Microsoft. Protestors decried "Microsoft's hostile takeover" of the company, and called the layoffs to come "violent" and disrespectful for over five hours. The protesters claim that they will be giving demands to Microsoft later this afternoon....

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Casio G-Shock GBA-400 includes SoundHound-powered music recognition

Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe nearby music to the smartphone for recognition by SoundHound, displaying the track information on the watch's digital display. ...

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HP plans Michael Bastian luxury smartwatch launch for this fall

HP will be joining the race to produce smartwatches, by working on a high-end wrist-based device. Working with American fashion designer Michael Bastian, HP will apparently concentrate on the engineering aspects of the timepiece, and though relatively few details about the item have been leaked, it is believed the device will take the form of a typical wristwatch rather than the screen-based design the majority of on...

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OnePlus OneWatch leaks with round OLED screen, sapphire protection

OnePlus, the manufacturers of the CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One smartphone, may be making its own smartwatch. Leaked images suggest the company is working on a round-faced smartwatch in a similar vein to Motorola's Moto 360, with a screenshot of the OnePlus website seemingly suggesting the OneWatch will be launching sometime in the near future. ...

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LG 65-inch curved OLED Ultra HD television rumored to cost $9,000

Just days after LG put its 105-inch curved Ultra HD television up for pre-order, it appears the electronics producer is preparing to do the same with a smaller model. The 65EC9700, a 65-inch Ultra HD curved television using OLED will apparently start shipping sometime in September, with a price tag far below its 105-inch counterpart. ...

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Briefly: Wunderlist, Indiegogo apps; Typo 2 keyboard in pre-order

To-do app Wunderlist has reached version 3.0, and is celebrating with fresh, iOS 7-inspired look, among other changes. The biggest changes users would immediately notice are the design, the real-time sync and a new option to make a list public. Users can also share lists with selected other Wunderlist users (such as family) across nearly any mobile or desktop platform, with instant updating....

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Briefly: Roam Mobility's new low rate plans, iKlip Stage app

Roam Mobility, a Canadian independent roaming SIM replacement provider, has announced its new unlimited roaming plans for travellers while in the US. Upon purchasing a one-time upgrade to the network ($2), users with one of the company's SIMs and an unlocked device can access Roam Mobility's new Text+Data plan ($2 per day) offering unlimited texting and 2G data; plans that include 4G LTE data, flex scheduling, a Sno...

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Review: SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear wireless headphones

When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with sweat or the ear cups not holding onto the user's head tightly enough, there are a bunch of inconveniences that occur. This isn't even considering the cords that can get in the way, resulting in headphones flying off someone's head or a plug being yanked from a device. Is there a set of h...

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Thursday, July 31

Nintendo witnesses another rough quarter, posts $92 million loss

After a less-than-optimal performance at the end of the 2014 fiscal year, Nintendo is looking at a rough start to the beginning of its new fiscal year. The game console manufacturer reported that it posted an operating income loss of more than $92 million (9.47 billion yen) during its first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. Weak console sales and fixed expenses are largely to blame for the loss....

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Square announces expansion into EMV chip card readers for business

Square, a company that helped open mobile payments up to the masses, released news today that it would be expanding its device offerings with a reader for chip-based credit cards, now frequently used outside the US. While the company states that typical Europay, Master Card and Visa (EMV) solutions are costly, it will release an affordable model to enable sellers to accept the secure payments....

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BitTorrent announces Bleep, pre-alpha decentralized chat application

BitTorrent is making an attempt to diversify its offerings even more. While the company has said it was adding pay options to its Bundles early in the month, it has now launched a server-less chat client called Bleep. BitTorrent says that the app is created in a way that the experience is decentralized, only exposing messages and phone calls to people users choose to trust....

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Judge upholds warrant, orders Microsoft to produce overseas emails

A United States District Court judge ruled today that a warrant issued to Microsoft requesting emails stored in Dublin, Ireland is valid. The judge stated that the company must follow the order to produce emails involved in a criminal investigation, in spite of foreign law. The order was temporarily stayed to give Microsoft the opportunity to appeal through the Second United States Circuit Court of Appeals....

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Sony launches PlayStation Now game streaming service in US, Canada

Sony has launched its PlayStation Now game streaming service in the United States and Canada. Previously only available as a private beta, all PlayStation 4 owners in the two countries are able to access the service in an open beta, with users able to rent PlayStation 3 titles and stream them to their console without downloading the entire game beforehand. ...

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Briefly: Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 3, Blood Bowl on tablets

During last week's San Diego Comic Con, Telltale Games, the developer of narrative-based adventure games like The Wolf Among Us, announced that it would be producing a third season of its popular The Walking Dead game. Details on the next season of the title are scarce, as it was only mentioned during a panel for Skybound Entertainment, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's imprint. The game likely won't be out a...

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NFL teams up with Zebra Technologies for real-time player stats

The National Football League (NFL) is embracing additional technology in the upcoming season, with a deal that allows real-time player statistics reporting. The data, which is being called "Next Gen Stats," is made possible by an agreement with Zebra Technologies. Through the Zebra MotionWorks system, fans, players and coaches will have future access to data generated from location measurements during play....

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CIA blames employees, apologizes to Senate for searching computers

It turns out that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) did in fact access Senate computers in an improper fashion, as they have been accused of earlier this year. Back in March, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) claimed that the intelligence agency had accessed the computers of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, searching for a document relating to research into the agency's detention and interrogation progra...

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Crowdfunding Critic: Oaxis InkCase Plus

It's time for Thursday's edition of Crowdfunding Critic. Every Tuesday and Thursday here on MacNN and Electronista, we're going to look at crowd-funded projects that we find interesting. Keep in mind that we aren't specifically endorsing anything, or telling you that there aren't any risks in funding a prospective project, we're just pointing out projects we found that we like. Please do your research before investin...

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Apple CDN now live in US and Europe, analyst says

Apple's proprietary content delivery network is now operational in the US and Europe, says Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. Its status was determined by conducting traceroutes for OS X downloads, which show that files are being shuttled directly from Apple to ISPs. The network is estimated to be capable of delivering multiple terabits per second. ...

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BlackBerry Messenger for Windows Phone launches publicly

BlackBerry has made its BlackBerry Messenger app available to download in the Windows Phone store. Previously only available as a closed beta on the platform, and already out on iOS and Android, the version offered is still in beta, though BlackBerry has taken the time to make BBM fit in with the Windows Phone user interface styling, and some features don't appear to have been included. ...

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Sky Mobile wireless service launches in US on Sprint frequencies

Sky Communications has launched a new wireless provider, Sky Mobile, across the US. The new carrier offers several options for mobile users, with basic users still being able to purchase flip phones, while smartphone users are able to choose from devices from Apple, LG, Samsung, and Kyocera....

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Apple confirms Beats layoffs; 200 people expected to lose jobs

Apple has confirmed reports of job losses at Beats as a part of its $3 billion acquisition. "We're excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee," says Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr. "Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we'll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permane...

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T-Mobile Q2 financials claim $391M profit, 50M total subscribers

T-Mobile is continuing to enjoy high customer growth in the United States, with the carrier receiving more than 1 million total branded net customer additions in the last quarter, according to its latest quarterly financial report. Taking into account unbranded net customer additions as well, T-Mobile now has just over 50 million subscribers using its network. ...

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AMD ships trio of Kaveri-based desktop processors for system builders

AMD today introduced the new "Kaveri" A10-7800 processor to the market for system builders. This fourth-generation A-Series APU, with four CPU cores and eight GPU processors, implements AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, and includes AMD Radeon R7 Series graphics to enhance performance across applications. Also released today are the six-core (two CPU and four GPU) A6-7400K, and the A8-7600 with ...

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Researchers: USB firmware exploitable for computer malware install

A pair of researchers are going to discuss a giant security flaw that illustrates how the Universal Serial Bus (USB) firmware can be exploited. Security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell have developed "BadUSB," a malware package resident in USB firmware that can be used as an attack vector to install any manner of software on a PC, with little or no warning to the user, and - as of now -- no effective way to s...

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Internet.org app reveals app for Zambia providing free online services

The Facebook-spearheaded Internet.org initiative is making progress in providing low-cost or free Internet access in developing countries, by launching a smartphone app. Initially available to Airtel subscribers in Zambia, the Internet.org app will provide basic access to a number of essential online services, with customers not being charged for the use of data at all. ...

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Sony posts rare quarterly profit, 5000 layoffs still coming

Electronics manufacturer Sony has posted its first profit in some time. The company reported sales of 1.8 trillion yen ($17.9 billion), an increase of 5.8 percent compared to the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, primarily from contributions made by the PlayStation 4. As a result, Sony ended its first quarter pulling down a profit of $265 million....

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Verizon launches LG VG Vista, sapphire-protected Kyocera Brigadier

Verizon has quietly launched two smartphones on its network, with both available to buy today. The LG G Vista is a previously-rumored 5.7-inch smartphone with a qHD resolution, while the Kyocera Brigadier is a ruggedized smartphone with a 4.5-inch 720p display, a screen which is unusually protected by a front panel made from sapphire glass. ...

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KDDI launches Butterfly J in Japan with HTC One internals, 13MP camera

A new version of the HTC One M8 for the Japanese market has been announced by local carrier KDDI. The HTC J Butterfly manages to hold on to the majority of the One M8's specifications, including its five-inch 1080p display, but stems down the same route as the One E8 in having a plastic body, with the Japan-specific smartphone also having a few more minor changes. ...

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Samsung bendable television pre-orders start tomorrow in South Korea

A television capable of moving from a flat display to a curved screen is being made available for pre-orders in South Korea. Samsung's Bendable Ultra HD TV is able it switch between flat and curved on its own, with motors on each side of the television pushing the edges out to create the concave shape, as well as pulling the display back to its flat form. ...

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Samsung reports 15 percent revenue drop from previous quarter

Results for Samsung's second quarter of the 2014 fiscal year were posted today, showing declining revenues for the third straight quarter. Samsung warned investors at the beginning of the month that it expected a drop of 24 percent from 2013, missing projections in the area of $1 billion. The second quarter, which ended June 30, saw net income of only $6.1 billion (6.25 trillion won)....

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