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Report: Apple improves revenue for devs over Android in 2015

Fri April 17, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, developer, mobile phones, Apple

A new report by analytics firm App Annie has revealed that Apple and Google, as the progenitors of iOS and Android respectively, are locked in a roughly stalemated battle when it comes to revenues from apps versus app downloads. Google's Android enjoys the majority of app downloads, as it has for some time -- but continues to be unable to catch Apple in terms of being able to reward developers for their work. In a set of charts from the analytics firm, Apple's revenue from app sales is about 70 percent higher than Google Play, while Google's downloads outpaced Apple's by 70 percent.

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Briefly: Scribd audio book expansion, Cocktail upgrades to 8.3

Fri April 17, 2015 | Posted in: computers, software

Subscription reading service Scribd announced that it is expanding its audiobook offering to include more than 9,000 audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio, increasing Scribd's audiobook selection to more than 45,000 titles. New titles include fiction and non-fiction by internationally renowned authors such as Alice Munro, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Anne Rice, Sue Grafton, Deepak Chopra, Danielle Steele and more. The monthly subscription fee remains at $9 per month, with a free one month trial available.

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Daily Deals: waterproof cellphone bag, smart TV, velcro ties, more!

Fri April 17, 2015 | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, audio

Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers to find discounts, offers, and sales for you, our discerning readers. A recap of still-active deals from the rest of the week follows the new deals batch, which includes an inexpensive hybrid hard drive/SSD for the desktop, a great deal on the 850 evo SSD, and a good price on a smart TV.

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AMD posts terrible quarterly results, exiting micro server market

Fri April 17, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Chip manufacturer AMD continues its financial slide. AMD yesterday announced revenue for the first quarter of 2015 of $1.03 billion, an operating loss of $137 million and net loss of $180 million, or $0.23 per share. AMD's results fell far short of Wall Street estimates for the company, which is attempting to maintain consistent profitability.

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Jawbone launches Up2 fitness tracker, Up4 with payment facility

Thu April 16, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Jawbone has launched two new fitness wearables, with one hinted at by a report yesterday. The Up2 is the successor to the Up24, taking the form of a more modest fitness tracker compared to the delayed Up3, while the Up4 is a more advanced device that will be able to make payments in retail stores via a partnership with American Express and an NFC chip.

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Netflix passes 60M paid subscriber milestone in quarterly results

Thu April 16, 2015 | Posted in: Investor

Netflix has crossed the 60 million members barrier, the streaming service revealed in its latest quarterly results. Globally, it now has 62.27 million members in total, 59.62 million of which are paid, and reflects a quarterly increase of 4.88 million users. In the United States, total members reached 41.4 million, with paid subscribers nudging past another milestone, with 40.32 million subscribers.

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Apple Watch: new videos, accessibility features, Lagerfeld gold band

Thu April 16, 2015 | Posted in: education, gadgets, Apple

Yesterday, Apple posted four new videos to its site and YouTube channel showcasing additional tent-pole features of the Apple Watch, including handling phone calls, interacting with Siri, music playback, and Maps usage. Last week the company had posted a general overview tutorial video, along with shorter ones focusing on Digital Touch, messaging, and customizing the watch face. The videos reveal minor details of the various operations previously not publicized.

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Daily Deals: Belkin WeMo, Dell laser printers, Garmin Vivofit

Thu April 16, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we find great offers, discounts, sales, and deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of still-active deals from earlier this week comes alongside new items including the Belkin WeMo Wi-Fi enabled light switch, an all-in-one laser printer from Dell, and the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band.

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Microsoft apps bundled with Cyanogen ROM under new partnership

Thu April 16, 2015 | Posted in: industry, software

Users of CyanogenMod will soon find more Microsoft apps on their devices. Cyanogen and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership between the two companies, which will see the Android ROM producer adding Microsoft-created apps to Cyanogen OS, including Bing services, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Microsoft Office, and Skype.

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Meerkat starts testing of streaming app on Android

Thu April 16, 2015 | Posted in: software

Meerkat, the live-streaming mobile app, has beaten the Twitter-owned Periscope to Android, albeit in beta. While both apps are similar and available on iOS devices, Meerkat is the first of the competing services to make the transition to Android, with the startup asking for external beta testers to sign up and try out the app on the mobile platform.

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Briefly: Google 'Find my Phone' search, handwriting tool for Android

Thu April 16, 2015 | Posted in: software, mobile phones

Owners of Android devices have a simple way of finding their misplaced smartphone, by performing a Google search. Similar to Android Device Manager's tool for finding a lost device, a search for the phrase "Find My Phone" with the owner logged in to their Google account will load up a card showing the device's location on a map, with the added option of setting the phone to ring at its loudest setting to help with finding it nearby.

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Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM launches with 8MP, 5MP cameras

Thu April 16, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones

Microsoft has unveiled a Windows-based smartphone that seems to be a slightly improved version of the recent Lumia 640 for emerging markets. The new Lumia 540 Dual SIM shares much of its specifications with last month's smartphone launch, but it does include a few useful changes, such as a higher-resolution front-facing camera and, as the name suggests, the ability to use two SIM cards.

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WSJ: American Express, Jawbone planning mobile payments announcement

Wed April 15, 2015 | Posted in: industry, gadgets

Yet another wearable device will be offering alternative payments in the future, according to a report. According to the Wall Street Journal, American Express and Jawbone are planning to announce a new system that will allow AmEx card owners to use the manufacturer's fitness bands to make payments at a number of retailers in the United States.

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Huawei launches Ascend P8 smartphone, P8max phablet

Wed April 15, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones

Huawei has launched two smartphones as successors to last years' slimline Ascend P7. The Ascend P8 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display held inside a unibody casing measuring just 6.4mm thick and weighing 144 grams (5 ounces), and is flanked by the phablet-sized P8max with a larger 6.8-inch 1080p screen and a set of similar specifications, but with a thicker 6.8mm and heavier 228g (8 ounces) body.

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Game Replay: GTA V on PC, Guitar Hero Live, homebrew OnLive

Wed April 15, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, software

The Weekly Game Replay is no more, because there will be more posts than just once a week, due to popular demand. Rebranded the Game Replay and published every Sunday and Wednesday, the staff of MacNN and Electronista provide a look at the wider gaming landscape. Today's list of noteworthy gaming items include the launch of Grand Theft Auto on PC, the return of Guitar Hero, and one gamer's attempt to recreate the ill-fated OnLive using Amazon Web Services.

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Retina 12-inch MacBook teardowns reveal low repairability

Wed April 15, 2015 | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple

A pair of new teardowns from iFixit and Laptopultra have revealed few surprises, and conclude that while the machines are easily openable, they are not easily repairable -- a factor that is likely to be very low-priority among potential buyers, given that the lack of moving parts in the unit also greatly improves reliability. While the new MacBook is completely un-upgradeable internally, the included USB Type C port will offer growing flexibility for any needed external connectivity or expandability.

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Google draws antitrust ire from European regulator for search, Android

Wed April 15, 2015 | Posted in: industry

Google's relationship with the European Commission (EC) has worsened, after the regulator made two antitrust-related announcements. It has formally objected to the way Google gives more prominence in search results to its own shopping comparison services than competitors, and has also opened up a separate formal investigation over Android and its bundling of Google apps.

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Daily Deals: driveless QNAP NAS, Titanfall, daVinci 2.0 3d printer

Wed April 15, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers to find discounts, offers, and sales for you, our discerning readers. A recap of still-active deals from the rest of the week follows the new deals batch, which includes one of the cheapest 3d printers we've seen, a great gaming monitor from Monoprice, and a six-pack of LED lightbulbs to save even more money!

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Nokia acquiring Alcatel-Lucent for $16.5 billion

Wed April 15, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Nokia has confirmed rumors it was interested in acquiring Alcatel-Lucent to increase its network technology holdings, by announcing it will do just that. Subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, the boards of the two companies have agreed to a purchase price of 15.6 billion euros ($16.5 billion) in stock, more than double the cost of what Microsoft paid for Nokia's mobile business.

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Apple Watch: Italian appearance, first sales stats, scratch test

Wed April 15, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

While nobody who sees it will be able to get one before next month at the absolute earliest, the Apple Watch will be exhibited in a rare non-Apple appearance at the furniture-oriented Salone del Mobile fair in Milan, Italy, in a special event celebrating design and art on April 17. The event has a history of spotlighting outstanding design, and attracts designers from around the world. Sir Jonathan Ive, the leader of the team that designed the Apple Watch, will be in attendance.

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Panasonic HX-A1 action camera includes 'wireless twin camera' mode

Wed April 15, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Panasonic has introduced its own action camera that is designed to be worn for point-of-view videos. The HX-A1 is a cylindrical HD camera that weighs a light 45 grams (1.5 ounces) and is capable of surviving a few knocks and elemental challenges without an extra housing case, including being shockproof from drops at a height of 5 feet, waterproof to a similar depth, dustproof, and able to work at temperatures as low as 14F (-10C).

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First Look: All-new 12-inch Apple MacBook

Tue April 14, 2015 | Posted in: computers, Apple

The all-new 12-inch Apple MacBook is here and MacNN and Electronista have our hands on it! It is Apple's definitive statement on the future of notebooks, but it is available right now to customers who want to go along for the ride. If you're in the market for an ultraportable notebook made for the mobility age, the MacBook has to be on the top of your shopping list. There is nothing else quite like it on the market, with the device boasting several firsts for Apple and the industry.

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Briefly: Netflix adds audio descriptions, Office Delve for mobile

Tue April 14, 2015 | Posted in: software, audio, iPhone apps

Netflix is making some of its content more accessible to the visually impaired, by adding an alternate "Audio Description" track to shows. Starting with the recently-released Daredevil today and reaching other Netflix-produced shows in the coming weeks, the extra option provides a narration track that describes scenes and important character attributes, such as costumes, facial expressions, and actions.

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Kaspersky, Netherlands police collaborate on CoinVault decryption tool

Tue April 14, 2015 | Posted in: security

Victims of one strain of "ransomware" may be able to get their data back. A collaboration between the Netherlands Police's National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) and security company Kaspersky, a tool has been created that can be used to decrypt data encrypted by the CoinVault malware, potentially saving many users from paying a random or having to rebuild their data if backups failed.

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Apple buys Israel-based camera sensor maker LinX

Tue April 14, 2015 | Posted in: digital imaging, Apple

CNBC is reporting that Apple has acquired camera technology company LinX, which creates camera sensors utilizing multi-aperture imaging alongside image processing tech to improve general performance in cameras, including low-light capture, color fidelity and more. The Israel-based firm has been successful at creating sensors that can pack more information into images (allowing for some refocusing, similar to the technology used in Lytro's "light field imaging") in smaller cameras.

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Daily Deals: Alienware Alpha, Seagate external storage, Lytro camera

Tue April 14, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, mobile phones, Apple, iPad

Hello and welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers to find discounts, offers, and sales for you, our discerning readers. A recap of still-active deals from Monday follows the new deals batch, which includes $100 off the Alienware Alpha, a triple-pack of Seagate storage drives, and a heavily-discounted Lytro camera.

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