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Thursday, May 28

MacNN Deals: Cases to make your iPhone 6 more useful

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 a cover, and two options for boosting the battery life of the iPhone via battery covers. ...

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 16: Money (and Touch ID) changes everything

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 and award-eligible MacNN Podcast was delayed by a couple of days, for which we apologize. As usual, we spent time on the weekend reviewing the top tech stories ...

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Lenovo takes on Chromecast with own Cast streaming device

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 of the content streaming functions as its competition, except it also adds in a few more items that makes it slightly more flexible to use compared to its Googl...

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Wednesday, May 27

Game Replay: Game UK Splatoon robbery, new Evolve arena mode

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, and the republishing of Iron Brigade by Double Fine. ...

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SourceForge found adding adware-laden installer to GIMP for Windows

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 installer altered to include unwanted software and advertisements, with GIMP for Windowssaid to be one of the more major software packages affected. ...

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Running on Steam: The Anticipation

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 even the Wii U. Now look a little closer, and you may find a fourth party hovering around the arguments as it has done for a number of console generations: PC G...

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Briefly: Roboto font now open source, Amazon ebook changes

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, into an open source project hosted on Github. Google has also added Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek characters found in Unicode 7.0, with the total number of glyphs ...

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Daily Deals: Toshiba 65-inch HDTV, 1TB and 2TB external drives

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 new batch including two extremely cheap external hard drives, and a 65-inch HDTV....

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CBS CEO: Discussions with Apple over streaming an 'ongoing discussion'

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 "very excited about it" with the only sticking point being licensing fees....

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Lenovo outs three entry-level notebooks shipping in June

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, while the Lenovo Z41 and Z51 are slightly more expensive notebooks with 14-inch and 15-inch, 1080p-resolution displays that offer a bit more power than the Ide...

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Crowdfunding Critic: Flare Audio headphones and earphones

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 for the attention, as we select them based on if they are interesting to us and potentially you. This time we're looking at the Flare Audio lineup of premium h...

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Twitter launches Periscope app for Android on Google Play

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 keeps the majority of the iOS app's functions and also introduces a number of other features that have yet to reach Apple's mobile devices. ...

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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 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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Hands On: Wraith Premium Wood Headphones

If there's one piece of tech we're fussy about, it's got to be our headphones. There's something so important about finding the perfect pair of headphones, ones that provide an excellent listening experience, are durable, and look great to boot. That's why we're excited to tell you about our experience with Wraith, a set of gorgeous wooden headphones by Symphonized....

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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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