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Thursday, March 26

LG Watch Urbane LTE shipping in South Korea this week for $590

LG is going to be putting the LTE-equipped version of the Watch Urbane on sale in its native South Korea later this week. The stylish smartwatch, initially revealed by the manufacturer last month, is able to run as a standalone device thanks to its cellular connection, allowing it to make and receive calls and messages, and also receive app notifications, all without being connected to a smartphone. ...

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Daily Deals: Sol Republic headphones, Linksys router, OCZ SSDs

Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items, including Sol Republic Master Tracks headphones, a $40 Linksys router, and OCZ Vertex SSD storage....

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Twitter unveils Periscope live video broadcasting app

Twitter has added another video service to its roster, alongside Vine, one which provides live video streaming to the microblogging platform. A rebranding of an app Twitter acquired in January, Periscope lets users instantly stream from their smartphone to their Twitter feed, with viewers able to provide feedback to the broadcaster in real time. ...

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Amazon Cloud Drive adds unlimited storage tier for $60 per year

Amazon is going after Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, by offering customers unlimited cloud storage at a very low cost. The retailer is upgrading its existing Cloud Drive service by adding two more tiers for non-Prime subscribers, each providing unlimited storage of files and photographs, but with subscription prices that severely undercut the same offerings by its competitors. ...

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Apple, Google coalition demands Patriot Act changes prior to renewal

Nearly all of the tech industry, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and LinkedIn have co-signed a letter to the US government, calling for reform of Section 215 of the Patriot Act before it expires and is likely renewed in May. The coalition is seeking an "effective end to bulk collection" of user metadata, "transparency and accountability mechanisms" for federal and industry reporting, and eased declassifica...

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BT becomes a carrier again, offers discounted SIM-only contracts

British telecommunications giant BT has started its return to the mobile phone market earlier than expected, by offering its customers cellular connections. Becoming a carrier once again, after spinning off what would become O2 in 2001, BT is providing modest SIM-only contracts to consumers, with existing home broadband customers getting a monthly discount on their plan. ...

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Briefly: Amazon Prime Now Dallas, Channel 4 rebrands 4oD as All4

Amazon Prime Now, the retailer's high-speed delivery service, is opening up in Dallas. Just as with its other Prime Now locations, Prime subscribers in the fourth location will be able to use a mobile app on iOS and Android to place orders for groceries and household goods, between 8am and 10pm seven days a week, with TechCrunch reporting it still costs $8 for one-hour deliveries, while two-hour deliveries are free....

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Wednesday, March 25

Razer OSVR headset to have optional Leap Motion-embedded faceplate

Razer's virtual reality headset will include the ability to track the motion of the wearer's hands. The OSVR Hacker Dev Kit from Razer will include an optional faceplate with Leap Motion hardware embedded inside it, allowing for developers to create apps that take into account the wearer's hands, and potentially allowing for a more intuitive and realistic virtual reality experience for users. ...

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Daily Deals: iPad Air 2, 750GB WD Elements, LG 49-inch 4K TV

Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we, the staff of MacNN and Electronista, search online retailers for discounts and savings on general tech, gadgets, and software, for our discerning readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new deals including $100 off the iPad Air 2, an external 750GB drive for $35, and a 49-inch LG 4K TV for less than half price. ...

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Logitech Harmony gains voice control from Ubi, Ivee smart home devices

Owners of Logitech Harmony devices will soon be able to perform various automated home commands using their voice. Ubi and Ivee are both using Logitech's Harmony API to communicate directly with smart home devices and appliances, allowing both systems to take control and change settings for various connected items around the house. ...

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Google reportedly planning YouTube game streaming service

Google may be planning to boost its live streaming functions in YouTube by taking on Twitch. A report claims YouTube will soon launch a game streaming service on the video site, one that is set to directly compete against the Amazon-owned service, by providing viewers access to live streams of esports and other similar content in a refreshed YouTube Live. ...

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FAA speeds up drone authorizations, Amazon complains over slow process

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is speeding up the process for commercial drone operators to be provided exemptions allowing them to fly. The change in policy comes amid complaints from Amazon over the application process, which it claims is so slow that its recent FAA approval it received was for a drone that has since become obsolete. ...

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Google bringing Fiber to Salt Lake City, Oregon law change backfires

Google has revealed Salt Lake City, Utah will be joining the roster of seven other cities as Google Fiber locations. The announcement of the eighth Google Fiber location comes alongside news that Google is unlikely to bring its high-speed fiber Internet service to Portland, Oregon anytime soon, as a bill designed to draw the service to the city has seemingly backfired. ...

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Telefonica agrees to sell O2 UK to Hutchison Whampoa for £10.25B

The owner of British carrier O2 has agreed to sell the company to Hutchison Whampoa, the result of negotiations between the two owners which started in January. Telefonica, the owner of O2, has confirmed it will be handing over the carrier for £10.25 billion ($1.53 billion), with the deal still to receive regulatory approval before it can close completely. ...

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Tuesday, March 24

Logitech MX Master unveiled as high-performance sculpted mouse

Logitech has released a high-specification mouse that effectively follows on from the Performance Mouse MX with a sculpted ergonomic design. The Logitech MX Master is billed as the peripheral producer's "most advanced wireless mouse," which is apparently meant for people working between "multiple screens, devices, and operating systems," by letting users quickly switch between systems the mouse controls. ...

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Amazon updates Fire TV streamers, ships Fire TV Stick to UK

Amazon has made a number of changes to its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick media streamers, as part of a software update. Changes to the devices, including the notable addition of support for external USB drives for extra local storage, come just in time before the retailer releases the Fire TV Stick in the United Kingdom, six months after the Fire TV shipped in the country. ...

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Review: Seagate Wireless

It seems like no matter how much internal storage is included today's mobile devices, we, as users, will always find a way to fill them up. This is where Seagate's Wireless can come in handy, especially now that more devices are making the move away from removable media. The 500GB drive can be accessed wirelessly, meaning users can store photos, videos, and music that would normally take up precious space off of thei...

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Daily Deals: iTunes gift cards, Intel NUC, SSDs galore

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we search for offers, discounts, promotions, and other money-saving schemes on hardware and software for you, the glorious MacNN and Electronista reader. Along with our regular recap of still-active deals from yesterday, today's deals include discounted iTunes gift cards, the Intel NUC, and a large collection of SSDs...

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HyperX Predator PCIe SSD delivers up to 1.4GB/s read speed to desktop

HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, today announced the immediate availability of the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD. The HyperX Predator PCIe SSD pushes up to 1400MB/s read speeds, and comes in a M.2 version, with a half-height half-length standard PCI-E adapter available....

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HP drops Beats, mixes in Bang & Olufsen for future audio tech provider

HP and Bang & Olufsen today announced a collaboration that brings the sound and engineering of Bang & Olufsen and B&O Play to HP's PCs, tablets and accessories. The move was made necessary by Apple's purchase and cessation of nearly all licensing programs of the Beats brand, previously found on a wide array of HP products....

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Briefly: Twitter tests autoplay videos, UK stolen phone charges capped

Twitter is starting to test automatically-playing videos in its apps. According to Ad Age, the service will autoplay promoted video ads to some Twitter users in the United States using the official iOS app. While the videos will play muted, some users will see a looping six-second preview while others will see the the full video in a loop, with both groups able to select the video to view it full screen and with soun...

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Deezer Elite lossless FLAC music streaming service available globally

Deezer is expanding the reach of its high-quality music streaming service to other regions. Initially part of the launch of Deezer in the United States, the Deezer Elite subscription is now available in more than 150 countries, allowing subscribers to listen to the company's collection of 35 million lossless FLAC-encoded tracks whenever they want. ...

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Twitch account compromise prompts password resets for all users

Twitch has warned users that their account information may have been compromised in a breach. The game streaming service has attempted to protect its users from any further potential security issues arising from the possible intrusion, by reseting the passwords and stream keys for all accounts, as well as disassociating them from linked YouTube accounts. ...

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Legal barrage launched over FCC Open Internet regulation in DC courts

The battle in the US court system to scuttle the new Open Internet regulation as approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun. Filed yesterday in Washington DC, trade group US Telecom has petitioned the courts on behalf of AT&T, Verizon, and a few others to block the Title II and net neutrality imposition, calling it "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion."...

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