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Thursday, April 17

Macworld gems: The Roost MacBook stand, iMacompanion USB port

Continuing our look at some of the more interesting devices and services we ran across at Macworld in San Francisco last month, MacNN and Electronista staffers will periodically write about items and vendors that caught our eye at the show that we thought our readers would like to know about. Today's focus is on two successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns: The Roost stand for notebooks, and the iMacompanion USB por...

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Wednesday, April 16

Briefly: Frontback selfie app for Android, Bing's personalized cards

Frontback, a "selfie"-focused photo capturing app originally released for iPhone, is now available for Android users. The app captures two shots: one of the subject with the rear camera, and one of the user's face, a second later, with the front-facing camera (though varying combinations of shots can be paired). The second photo intends to add context much like a caption, and both images can be posted to Facebook, Tw...

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Briefly: WordPress 3.9, Android camera app updated

Today WordPress.org announced an update to its blog management tool of the same name. Aiming to provides its users with a clearer understanding of how content will appear once published, WordPress v 3.9.0 features improved editing. Its new visual editor includes increased speed, accessibility, and mobile support. Speedier access to crop and rotation tools allows for faster image editing, and images can now be uploade...

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Review: Cat B100 feature phone

Mobile communications are an important part of any business, but most smartphones and mobile devices are not able to withstand the rigors of some environments. The Cat B100 feature phone attempts to fill this role by providing basic phone services in a device that can be dropped in dirt and survive an encounter with water. Is it suitable for use in construction sites, just like the vehicles it is named after? Our rev...

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 subject to 'fake finger' hack as well

The Samsung Galaxy S 5 is subject to the same fake fingerprint technique that the Apple iPhone 5s was, with an added danger -- users can attempt the fake finger on the fingerprint sensor as many times as possible for a success, with no passcode or two-factor authentication needed....

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Texas Instruments adopting Apple's iBeacon in embedded products

Veteran embedded chip and automotive systems maker Texas Instruments has announced plans to incorporate Apple's iBeacon technology in many of the company's forthcoming Bluetooth products, saying that "there are many more applications that could benefit from the technology" beyond its presence popular use in retail shops, restaurants and stadiums. TI will be adding iBeacons to its SimpleLink line of automotive micro-c...

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Briefly: Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard, Chrome Remote Desktop

Microsoft has launched its All-in-One Media Keyboard. Designed for use in the living room, the peripheral offers a full-size spill-resistant QWERTY keyboard, and connects to a device using a USB wireless transceiver. On the right-hand side is a multi-touch trackpad that supports gestures, and a row of three buttons above which can be customized for quick access to specific apps. Shipping tomorrow, the All-in-One Medi...

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Google misses analyst profit estimates, seeing declining growth

Google today announced financial results for the quarter that ended in March. The search engine giant reported reported consolidated revenues of $15.42 billion for the quarter , an increase of 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operating income in the first quarter of 2014 was $4.12 billion, or 27 percent of revenues....

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Review: Linksys EA6900 802.11ac router

As AC networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home network. One option is Linksys' EA6900, a new top-tier networking devices from a long-standing name in the world of routers. Broadly, the EA6900 is a compelling option that offers a router that is not only fast and reliable, but also extremely simple to set up. How do we feel about the new 80...

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Mt. Gox filing for liquidation in Japan, CEO not coming to US courts

Bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has apparently abandoned its goal of rebuilding itself, and now is asking a Japan court to allow complete liqudation. Should the Japanese court approve of the move, it will appoint a trustee which will assume control of all Mt. Gox assets from CEO Mark Karpeles. Additionally, US courts overseeing the Chapter 15 bankruptcy have been informed that regardless of judicial decree, Karpele...

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OnePlus One smartphone launch set for April 23rd, pricing revealed

OnePlus has revealed it will be launching its first Android smartphone next week, at the same time as a photograph surfaces allegedly showing the rear of the device. The OnePlus One, running a customized version of CyanogenMod's Android ROM, will be available to buy in 16 countries and will be priced at under $400, under 350 Euro, or the local equivalent, with the device set to be revealed on April 23rd. ...

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Hyundai to install CarPlay in 2015-model Sonatas

Hyundai will support Apple's CarPlay beginning with 2015-model Sonatas shipping later this year, according to an announcement. The Korean carmaker is the first since Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz to reveal specific plans for vehicles shipping in 2014. One more, Honda, has yet to say which car models it will fit with CarPlay. Other brands -- such as Ford, BMW, and Toyota -- may not have CarPlay-ready vehicles u...

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Google denies plans for Fiber in New York after job listing discovery

A Google Fiber job listing located in New York was thought to be a possible sign the search company is looking to open the service in the market, though Google has denied the possibility. The listings for a Google Fiber Regional Sales Manager in the city is said by a company spokesperson to be a job role that has existed for some time, and not to "read into the job listing." ...

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Lenovo reveals Flex 2 notebooks with 300-degree hinge mechanism

Lenovo has extended its Flex notebook family, by introducing two new updated versions. The Flex 2 are dual-mode notebooks that can flip the 14-inch and 15.6-inch touch-enabled displays around 300 degrees, allowing it to work similar to a tablet being used in a stand with the keyboard-equipped section face down on the surface behind the screen....

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Samsung seized on death of Steve Jobs to launch anti-Apple ads

Samsung decided to launch its "Next Big Thing" campaign -- parodying Apple -- in the wake of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, according to an email trail exposed during the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial. Samsung America's VP of US sales, Mike Pennington, described Jobs' death as "the best opportunity" to run a campaign targeting Apple, since people would be worried about whether Apple could continue...

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8GB iPhone 5c reaches 14 more countries

The 8GB iPhone 5c is now on sale in 14 more countries, checks show. When the 8GB option first became available last month, it launched in just a handful of regions. The model is newly available in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Switzerland....

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Sony plans June release for 4K Bravia televisions in United States

Sony has outlined the pricing and availability for its range of Bravia 4K Ultra HD televisions, sets it originally revealed at CES in January. The high-resolution televisions, including one high-priced model measuring 85 inches diagonally priced at $24,999, are detailed at the same time as an updated version of the company's 4K media player....

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Samsung executive claims Tizen smartphone launching in second quarter

Samsung is preparing to launch at least one Tizen-powered smartphone before the end of this year, according to an executive. Speaking in an interview about the Galaxy S5's sales figures, senior vice president for Samsung's product strategy team Yoon Han-kil advised that the first would be a "high-end model" launching around the end of the second quarter....

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Samsung extends Gear 2, Neo, Gear Fit compatibility to 20 devices

Samsung has added more devices to the list that will work with the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit smart devices. A total of 20 Samsung mobile devices are now compatible with the smart watches, with the list of eight tablets and 12 smartphones including a large number of recent releases, as well as some of the more prominent best-sellers from the last few years. ...

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Apple vs Samsung, Day Seven: You can't infringe an invalid patent

Not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's patents, a parade of witnesses for Samsung told the jury today in the Apple-Samsung trial, those patents aren't valid even if Samsung did copy them. With some help from Apple's very light cross-examination, Samsung again flew through a lengthy list of experts who testified on the relative worthlessness of Apple's patents for "data detectors" (also referred to as "quick lin...

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