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HP, Michael Bastian unveil MB Chronowing designer smartwatch

6 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

HP has revealed its attempt to take on the smartphone market, with a device it collaborated on with designer Michael Bastian. The MB Chronowing attempts to bridge the style of luxury watches with the basic functionality of a smartwatch, with the main monochrome display split into a small round clock face area with digital hands, while the rest is used to provide extra information.

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a set of A-Audio: Elite HD Earphones

8 hours ago | Posted in: audio

Ah, is that? Yes, yes, we think it is! The sweet sound of success, the sweet sound of freedom and victory over evil. The end of this journey has come. The Trick or Treat giveaway is over, but first we have one last treat to hand out. We have a set of A-Audio: Elite HD earphones to give to one lucky reader. We bet that sounds pretty sweet too.

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Samsung seeking to break patent deal with Microsoft over Nokia buy

9 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Samsung is petitioning a court to allow it to invalidate its contract with Microsoft, an agreement that it has only belatedly paid patent license fees on for the last year. A late Thursday court filing declares that once Microsoft acquired Nokia, it became a significant competitor with Samsung. The Korean manufacturer claims that the buy puts the two companies on equal footing in the smartphone market, and continuing the contract thus would induce some problems with US laws. Samsung pays royalties to Microsoft on patents it owns that are used in Android and other software.

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FCC chief considering 'hybrid' partial Title II oversight of ISPs

11 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

Reports are circulating that US Federal Communications Commission chief Tom Wheeler is evaluating a hybrid approach to Internet regulation and net neutrality proposals. One of the four proposals would apply Title II regulation to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), but would also allow them to sell "fast lane" access, breaking up applicable fees and regulations into wholesale and retail transactions.

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Virginia judge rules police can unlock smartphones with fingerprints

11 hours ago | Posted in:

A defendant can be compelled to unlock their smartphone for the police using fingerprints, a Virginia Circuit Court judge has ruled. Judge Steven C. Frucci declared that while a passcode for a smartphone cannot be demanded from a defendant, they can be forced to unlock the device using its built-in fingerprint reader instead, with the ruling calling into question the fingerprint security systems that are becoming more commonplace in mobile devices.

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Friday Deals: 65-inch LG 4K TV, Steam Halloween sale, more

12 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, software

It is time for the last Friday Deals of October! Every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As today is Halloween, don't be too surprised to see sales and deals with a spooky theme. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list.

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Giveaway: come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista all day!

13 hours ago | Posted in: computers, accessories, audio

Now that Halloween is in full swing (presumably swinging from a noose), it's time for all the little ghosts, goblins, ware-wolves and witches to come out of hiding. It's time for tricks, and it's time for treats, but most of all it's time for a little fun. So this year, come trick or treat with MacNN and Electronista, because we have a big bag full of Halloween treats (and some tricks) to give to our readers. Check back here throughout the day, as the list below will be refreshed when each new treat (or trick) is announced. Have fun everyone!

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win one of two Marshall cell phone cases!

13 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

What's Halloween without a little rockin' music? It's not really Halloween at all! I mean, think of all the great rock bands who have based their whole acts around having Halloween all year round: Black Sabbath along with Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Slayer, Gwar and of course we can't forget Kiss all bask in the glory of the eternal darkness that this day represents. You can be sure that at some point, most of these groups used Marshall equipment, and today to celebrate that we have two Marshall cell phone cases to give away to our readers.

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Trent Reznor 'fully in it' on unannounced Apple/Beats project

13 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

Trent Reznor -- the Nine Inch Nails frontman and one-time chief creative officer at Beats -- says he is "fully in it right now" on an unannounced music project for Apple and Beats. While he is unwilling to go into much detail, in a new interview, he says his work is "related" to his role with Beats Music. "Beats was bought by Apple, and they expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them," the musician notes. "I can't go into details, but I feel like I'm in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them. That does mean some compromises in terms of how much brain power goes toward music and creating. This is very creative work that's not directly making music, but it's around music."

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win one of 13 codes for A Haunted Halloween!

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

This is Halloween, everybody scream! Time to get a little spooky with our next treat. We have just received a message on our crystal ball with 13 redemption codes for Shifting Blue's app titled "A Haunted Halloween," and since it is in fact Halloween we aren't going to waste any more time getting these codes out to you. So what we are going to do is give these codes to the first 13 people that enter the giveaway. Time is ticking! So sign up now!

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Amazon executive blames bad pricing for lacking Fire Phone sales

15 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Amazon made a mistake with the launch of the Fire Phone, an executive has admitted. Pricing of the device is claimed to be a major factor in its relative failure to gain traction in the smartphone market, one which led to the retailer's Chief Technical Officer Tom Szkutak to note as part of the retailer's quarterly results that most of a $170 million charge was due to the device, with a surplus of devices worth around $83 million left unsold.

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Spanish government orders Google to pay publishers for news story use

16 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Google is being compelled to pay news publishers in Spain for showing their stories on Google News, after the Spanish government changed intellectual property laws in the country. Starting from January 1st of next year, Google and other companies can be charged by news organizations for aggregating news stories, and for showing news stories in search results.

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Briefly: Razer Naga Epic Chroma, UK gains 1,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots

18 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, networking

Razer has made an update to its Naga gaming mouse, by giving it the Chroma lighting system the company introduced in August. The Naga Epic Chroma, fitted with an 8,200 DPI 4G laser sensor with wired and wireless modes, a grid of 12 customizable buttons on the thumb grip, and a total of 19 buttons overall, can change its lighting scheme to any of 16.8 million color options, or alternately let it cycle through most of the color spectrum. Shipping in early November in the United States and Europe, Razer is pricing the Naga Epic Chroma at $130.

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Hungarian prime minister backs down from Internet tax proposals

21 hours ago | Posted in: networking

A proposed tax on Internet data transfers in Hungary has been quashed, following a vast amount of criticism and protests in the country. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has backed down from the plans, which would require companies to pay 150 forints ($0.60) per gigabyte of Internet traffic, in order to help close the national budget deficit.

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Samsung Galaxy A5, A3 introduced with metal unibody design

22 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Samsung has unveiled two smartphones with metal unibody construction, following in the footsteps of the Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 are mid-range offerings, with the A5 packing a 720p 5-inch Super AMOLED display into a case measuring 6.7mm thick, while the A3 opts for a 4.5-inch qHD screen in a 6.9mm-thick body.

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Apple adds 15-inch 2014 Retina MacBook Pros to refurb store

Fri October 31, 2014 | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple stocked its refurb store with 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on Thursday, offering discounts on the brand-new models just three months (to the day) after their debut of up to $570 off the current retail price. A wide range of configurations is available at this writing, ranging from a 2.2GHz Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage selling for $1,700 (15 percent off) up to a quad-core i7 model at 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M for $2,719, the most deeply-discounted model.

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a box full of new Mac Pro computers!

Fri October 31, 2014 | Posted in: computers, Apple

Last night as we were leaving work, we stumbled upon a great big box of brand new custom Mac Pro computers just sitting by the dumpster behind MacNN headquarters. We know it doesn't sound possible -- quite unbelievable really -- as a matter of fact, we hardly believe it ourselves. Since none of us need a new Mac Pro, we couldn't think of anything better to do than to give them away to our loyal readers. Instead of wasting time handing them out one at a time, we're just going to give the whole box of them to one lucky winner. Find out how you can enter to win!

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Review: Tablo DVR

Fri October 31, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a USB storage device. The Tablo is one such digital video recorder (DVR) that captures free, over-the-air broadcasts, allowing people to watch their favorite time-shifted shows through a tablet or browser. But is Nuvyyo's Tablo a device that does the job with minimal hassle, or are consumers better off with the attachment to cable? Find out in our review.

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Hands On: Organ Trail Director's Cut (iOS and Android)

Fri October 31, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, mobile phones, iPad apps

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is a nostalgic game that promises to entertain both those who loved the original classic Oregon Trail as well as players who are simply looking for a surprisingly in-depth iOS game. Don't think that this game is simply riding the coattails of retro-gaming's popularity right now -- Organ Trail is an interesting game, even without the allure of the chiptune music and cutting-edge graphics circa 1985.

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 3 Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds!

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in: accessories, audio

With the witching hour upon us, we have a most wicked prize up for grabs: the Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds. Gather around while we tell the spooky tale of three wicked little sets of earbuds that lost their way, and ended up being captured by MacNN staff to send off to live with strangers. Pretty scary stuff for those earbuds, but it's another treat for our readers.

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Android co-founder Rubin leaves Google to found hardware incubator

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in: industry

The co-founder of Google's Android, Andy Rubin, is leaving Google after more than nine years the company. Rubin was brought aboard in 2005 when the search giant acquired the company that is now responsible for the most widely-used mobile operating system in the world. The move comes after Rubin stepped down from the Android group in 2013, to lead the company's robotics division under Google X.

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Kodak PixPro SP360 action cam records 360-degree video

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Kodak has introduced an action camera that can take 360-degree photographs and video. The PixPro SP360 has a domed lens located on the top, allowing its imaging sensor to take pictures or capture video from all angles surrounding the camera, allowing for 1080p video to be recorded showing the front, rear, and side views from wherever it is mounted.

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Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg found guilty of hacking

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in: security

In what is said to be the "largest hacking case to date" in Denmark, The Court of Frederiksberg found Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and a 21-year-old co-defendant guilty of hacking in a case that focused on illegal server access dating back to February 2012. Warg waited two years for the trial to take place after being arrested in Cambodia in August 2012.

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Zuckerberg: Oculus needs to sell 100 million units to be 'meaningful'

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming

During the earnings call for third quarter financial results, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave further information on the expectations of the Oculus Rift, including the path he sees Oculus traveling in the future. While no exact information was stated about a consumer release, Zuckerberg said it could take years for the technology to be "meaningful."

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to USB cable!

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, computers, peripherals, accessories, iPad

Tomorrow is Halloween, and as such MacNN and have a bag of treats to give away to our readers. We are going to be handing out prizes to lucky little ghosts and ghouls who participate. Keep an eye out for the selection of treats that we have to offer for the rest of today and tomorrow. Beware, some of the items we list will be tricks! First up, we have three JunoPower Kaebo Lightning cable connectors to give away. Read on to learn more.

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Samsung Gear S heading to major US carriers from November 7

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

Samsung's Gear S will be going on sale in the United States at the start of next month, with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon all carrying the Android Wear smartwatch. The carriers are also varying the way they host the standalone smartwatch on their network, with T-Mobile introducing a new plan specifically for wearable devices.

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