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Apple plans to appeal blocked injunction against Samsung products

08/29, 4:02pm

Impact of injunction would likely be minor

Apple will appeal a recent court decision which denied a permanent injunction against a variety of Samsung products, according to the New York Times. If imposed, an injunction would prevent several devices -- like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II -- from being sold in the US. The financial impact on Samsung would be minor, since the products in question are outdated and/or no longer being sold.

Intel launches Core i7 Extreme Edition processors with 6, 8 cores

08/29, 3:15pm

Enthusiast Intel Core i7 processors accompanied by X99 Express chipset

Intel has formally unveiled an octa-core processor for desktop computers, as part of the Core i7 Extreme Edition range . Previously under the name Haswell-E, the first three from the range will consist of one processor with eight cores flanked by two six-core chips, with Intel also launching the X99 Express chipset alongside the enthusiast processor collection.

T-Mobile 'uncarrier' event scheduled for September 10

08/29, 3:12pm

Content of third event in three weeks unknown

US wireless carrier T-Mobile and mercurial CEO John Legere have scheduled a new "Uncarrier" event for September 10. It is unknown what will be discussed at the event that the company has tagged with "this time it's personal," but formal introductions of new services and other carrier initiatives are probable.

Friday Deals: MacBook Air, iPad Air, Kindle Fire HDX, iTunes, more

08/29, 2:43pm

Electronista and MacNN Weekly deals for August 29, 2014

Once again, its time for 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, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. 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! As this is a big back-to-school sale week (plus PAX!) we're expecting more deals on things -- check back often over the weekend!

Leaked iPhone 6 logic board shows NFC chip, 16GB of storage

08/29, 2:30pm

May confirm two important points

A new set of photos from Feld & Volk and well-known leak source Sonny Dickson show what appears to be a complete logic board for the iPhone 6. Significantly, the board contains both an NXP-made NFC chip and what's believed to be 16GB of Toshiba flash memory. Plans for NFC are now widely reported, and the photos may back a claim that Apple will retain 16GB as an option.

Nokia Here maps app heading to Samsung Galaxy phones, Gear S

08/29, 1:29pm

Here mapping app for Android exclusive to Samsung

Nokia has made a deal with Samsung to provide Here Maps to its Android devices, as well as items running Tizen. Here for Android will be exclusive to Samsung's Galaxy smartphone line as a free download, while Tizen devices such as the Gear S smartwatch will be able to display maps on their small displays, as well as providing turn-by-turn navigation.

iWatch only being teased at Sept. 9th event, may not ship until 2015

08/29, 1:00pm

Delay said to be analogous to launch of first-gen iPhone

While Apple may show off the iWatch at its September 9th event, the product won't ship for several months, sources tell Re/code's John Paczkowski. He suggests that the product could ship as late as early 2015, missing the critical holiday season. The delay is likened to the first iPhone, which was announced in January 2007 but didn't ship until that summer, although Paczkowski comments that the delay won't necessarily be that long.

MSN Messenger shuttering in China by end of October

08/29, 11:47am

Chinese MSN Messenger service closure marks end of app's 15-year life

Microsoft is ready to close the last remnants of MSN Messenger, also known as Windows Live Messenger, on October 31st. Chinese users have reportedly received a notification of its shutdown via e-mail, encouraging users to migrate over to Microsoft's other messaging service, Skype, before the service is terminated in the country.

Photos show what may be near-complete rear shell for iPhone 6

08/29, 10:27am

Bands may be colored to better blend in

Photos obtained by French site Nowhereelse show what may be a finished rear shell for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Unlike ones in previous leaks, the new shell -- all silver -- appears to have had the bands between sections colored in to better match their surroundings. Similar touches could be applied to the gold and space gray versions of the phone.

iPhone 6 NFC chips coming from Netherlands' NXP, report says

08/29, 9:45am

Evidence mounting that NFC may happen

Apple is indeed planning to incorporate NFC into the iPhone 6, using chips from a Dutch firm, NXP Semiconductor, say sources for the Financial Times. The technology is mainly expected to be used for mobile payments and ticketing, but might enable functions in an "Internet of things" (home automation) context. Both Apple and NXP have refused to comment on the matter.

Nintendo reveals 'New' 3DS, 3DS LL with second analog stick

08/29, 9:36am

Updated handheld Nintendo consoles shipping to US, Europe next year

Nintendo is updating its existing 3DS handheld game console, by producing two new versions. Called the New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS LL, the dual-screen gaming systems offer few in the way of major changes to the existing formula, though both notably add a second analog "C-stick" on the right-hand side, next to Super Nintendo-colored buttons.

T-Mobile lays out minimum $35 per share bid for acquisition

08/29, 8:42am

Sprint merger appears dead; Dish and France's Iliad expected to bid

Parent company of T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, has reportedly put a price to a possible acquisition. According to industry sources familiar with the matter, the company entertain offers and begin discussions of a potential merger for a bid between $35 and $40 per share, more than $5 per share than its current offering price of $29.84.

Sprint Wi-Fi calling update adds free calls to US when roaming

08/29, 7:56am

Wi-Fi calling international update added to Samsung Galaxy S4 with Sprint Spark

Sprint is updating its Wi-Fi calling service so that it can be used abroad at no charge. The carrier is allowing users of specific smartphones compatible with the service to make calls over Wi-Fi instead of a local mobile phone network while roaming, with calls made to the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico provided at no extra charge, and without using any call allowances.

LG reportedly plans exit from plasma television market

08/29, 6:58am

LG expected to announce suspension of plasma display production in future

LG may be preparing to exit the plasma television market, a report claims. The manufacturer is said to be experiencing a reduced demand for its plasma display panel (PDP) televisions, with LG expected to announce its suspension of production in the near future as it moves its focus onto other display technologies, such as OLED panels.

Google reveals two-year results of Project Wing drone testing

08/29, 5:44am

Secret Google X project revealed as drone-based delivery system

Amazon is not the only company looking to use drones for deliveries, as Google has reportedly been testing its own version for the last two years. Tested in Australia due to more "progressive" drone rules, Google's Project Wing appears to be more for creating autonomous flying machines destined for disaster relief than for detail deliveries.

Review: Life n Soul BM211 Bluetooth speaker

08/29, 1:15am

Speaker doubles as a tablet stand, but offers weak bass, one control button

Bluetooth speakers aren't only for listening to some music at the park or on a long bus ride, but can also be built with tablets in mind. While some manufacturers craft speakers with a shape that is specifically molded to hold a tablet and offer little use otherwise, others have caught on to a better design. Life n Soul attempted such a configuration with the BM211 Virtual Surround Sound Bluetooth speaker. Would the BM211 give consumers flexibility to have a speaker suited for tablets and every day use, or would they be left with another single use sound device? Find out in our review.

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