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Apple publishes guide for Android data transfer to iOS devices

31 minutes ago | Posted in: education, iPhone, security, Apple

With its combination of more and better apps, better security and now large-screen mobile devices, Apple is expecting the new iPhone and iOS 8 to help persuade more Android users to move up to iOS, and to that end has published a document on its website guiding switchers on how to move content from their Android device to the iPhone. The expectation isn't based on hubris: surveys have shown that at least a third of Android users would consider switching to the iPhone 6 family.

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Briefly: Spotify on Amazon Fire TV, Chrome OS to cast Drive videos

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging

Spotify announced this week that the music streaming service has made it to one of the products under Amazon's expanding lineup. Amazon Fire TV owners will now be able to use Spotify Connect to access the millions of songs the service offers. The company notes that users can navigate Spotify Connect using a smartphone or a tablet as the remote, also seamlessly handing off the sound to the Fire TV. Spotify notes that a premium subscription is required to use the service on the Fire TV, which runs $10 a month.

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CyberPower PC brings Gigabyte laptops to customization service

2 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming

A new line of gaming laptops have been added to CyberPower PC's VenomX customization service today according to the company. Three of laptop and component manufacturer's machines have been brought over to the custom computer builder, giving consumers the option to bring the P25X2, P25W2 and Zeusbook Edge X4 up to their gaming standards.

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Microsoft unveils universal mobile keyboard, Xbox One with PC cable

3 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, accessories

Microsoft announced a slate of new accessories with wireless features today, one of which is ready for use with three of the major mobile operating systems. A universal keyboard, wireless mouse, Bluetooth mouse and a PC-ready Xbox One controller are expected to make their way to consumers starting in the fall.

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Netflix comes to Germany with day-one support on many devices

4 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Netflix has expanded into Germany, according to an announcement by the streaming video service. Plans start at €8 per month for basic SD streaming. Two simultaneous devices plus HD quality is €9, while four simultaneous devices with Ultra HD (when available) is €12. As elsewhere, each account can have up to four profiles, which can be age-restricted if need be.

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Briefly: Lumix DMC-GH4 firmware update, XBMC Hub renamed TV Addons

4 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging

Panasonic has announced the release of a new firmware update program of its Lumix Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera, the DMC-GH4. Intended to enhance performance and controllability of the camera, the update features a new 4K Photo Mode. The 4K mode allows users to crop out a designated frame from their 4K video; recording format, picture quality setting and brightness level are automatically set to the optimal parameters for photo shooting. Post-production work time can be reduced with the new ability to mark a designated portion of video while recording, avoiding lengthy searching for the moment desired for cropping. The new firmware program is scheduled to be released with further details of its contents through Panasonic Lumix's support site, with the release due in the beginning of October.

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Briefly: Chromecast app support grows, Roku hits 10M milestone

5 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Owners of the Chromecast will have more choice of what to watch in future, as Google has revealed a new collection of supported apps for the streaming device. Watch Disney, Watch Disney Junior, and Watch Disney XD offer shows for children, with the iHeartRadio, Twitch, and DramaFever apps also joining the roster of Chromecast-compatible apps.

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VirnetX's $368.2M verdict against Apple tossed on procedural grounds

5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, networking, Apple

Last week, the US Federal Court of Appeals in Washington DC threw out a jury award of $368.2 million to patent holder VirnetX. While the court agreed that some patents were infringed, the appeals court ruled that incorrect jury instructions were doled out by the judge, which tainted the jury when it determined the damage award.

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Orange offers to acquire Spanish carrier Jazztel for 3.4B euro

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry

European carrier Orange has offered to acquire another telecoms company in Spain, Jazztel. The deal, said to be worth 3.4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) or 13 euro per share in cash, would help Orange increase its standing in the country, and could help it overtake the current second-place carrier in the country, Vodafone, shortly after completion.

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Chinese police arrest Foxconn worker for stealing iPhone 6 shells

7 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, security

Chinese police have arrested a 40-year-old Foxconn worker, identified only by the surname Qiao, for stealing iPhone 6 shells from a factory in Jincheng, according to the state-run Taihang Daily. The person was detained on September 4th, and is specifically accused of selling six of the shells for 6,000 yuan (about $960) to a gadget market in Shenzhen, where a number of electronics makers are located.

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Nvidia Shield pre-orders begin in US, Europe for September 30 release

8 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Pre-orders for a version of the Shield gaming tablet with LTE have opened in the United States and Europe. Coming after the Wi-Fi model's release and set to ship on September 30th for both continents, the LTE version adds cellular connectivity, with the mobile device claimed to be certified for AT&T's LTE network, though the unlocked version will also work with a number of other carriers.

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DisplayPort spec boosted to 1.3, can drive 5K on single cable

8 hours ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.

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Amazon Kindles susceptible to malicious epub, account info at risk

9 hours ago | Posted in: security

Security researchers have noted the resurrection of an old bug, which allowed a crafted epub e-book file to seize cookies stored on Amazon's Kindle series of tablets. When a malicious file hits the storage of the Kindle, either by USB loading or the Amazon "Send to Kindle" feature, a Javascript embedded in a fie will execute as soon as the device's browser is launched, which could result in the user's Amazon account to be compromised.

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Devs will not have access to NFC APIs this year, Apple says

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, developer, networking, Apple

Third-party app developers won't be able to access the APIs for Apple's NFC chips this year, a company spokesperson says. That effectively limits the NFC support in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay, as well as a few other authorized uses. That may be a security measure on Apple's part, since opening up the APIs too early could make it easier for hackers to crack the payment technology.

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Olympus reveals silver OM-D E-M1, incoming firmware update

10 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.

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Leica increases camera range with X-E, X, V-Lux, D-Lux

11 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Leica launched a number of other digital cameras at Photokina, alongside the M Edition 60. The Leica X and Leica X-E are high-end compact cameras, while the Leica V-Lux and Leica D-Lux are snappers best described as rebranded versions of Panasonic cameras, a process the manufacturer has undertaken a few times previously.

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Opinion: Battery life should dictate Apple Watch release strategy

12 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

As an early adopter of all types of technology, I will be among the first to get my hands on an Apple Watch when it launches early next year. There is a lot that Apple looks to have nailed with it, including the typically elegant industrial design, advanced materials and system architecture combined with what looks to be the most evolved smartwatch OS by some margin. The multiple collections and easily swappable bands also make it highly customizable, greatly enhancing its overall appeal. However, the biggest question mark over it at this point is its battery life, which is a potential issue that could be addressed by Apple if it adopts a slightly different tact before launch.

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Limited-release Leica M Edition 60 revealed without rear display

13 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Leica has unveiled a new limited-edition M-series digital camera to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3. The Leica M Edition 60 is a classically-influenced M-P Type 240-style camera which possibly takes its retro design too far, using an old-fashioned viewfinder rather than an electronic version, and replaces the typical rear display with a single ISO selector dial.

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Epson debuts new PowerLite Home Cinema, Pro Cinema 3LCD projectors

21 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Epson announced two new projectors at the CEDIA Expo 2014 last week, adding entries to the Home and Pro Cinema lines. Pro Cinema entries include the LS9600e and LS10000, both utilizing Epson's 3LCD reflective laser technology. Three entries are now available in the PowerLite Home Cinema line, with the 3600e, 3500 and 3000 covering a range of prices above $1,000.

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T-Mobile confirms it will upgrade 'Test Drive' iPhones to iOS 8

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, upgrades/storage, Apple

US carrier T-Mobile is still running its "Test Drive" promotion, which offers to send a no-obligation iPhone 5s and a week's worth of access to non-customers to help them evaluate if they want to switch networks. On Monday, the carrier acknowledged that it will be upgrading the "test drive" iPhones to iOS 8 beginning just days after its debut on September 17. The company also said it will eventually move to the iPhone 6 as its default model for the "test drive" promotion, pending sufficient availability.

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Sprint revamps prepaid program, now available in three data tiers

22 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Today, a new series of tiered offerings for prepaid cellular plans were announced by Sprint. Inspired by the changing needs of wireless consumers and the need to be competitive against AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is offering plans in a different way than was announce earlier in the year. Plans have been simplified to three different base plans, giving consumers the amount of data they need.

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Crowdfunding Critic: Mass Fidelity Core wireless speaker system

23 hours ago | Posted in: audio

Welcome to another edition of the Crowdfunding Critic, an article series where Electronista and MacNN staff look at some interesting projects being crowdfunded through sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. While we believe these devices to be appealing or useful at some level, please note that the article isn't an endorsement of the project or campaign. With any crowdfunding campaign, there are inherent risks involved. As such, we ask our readers to research the items they may be contributing to since it's an investment. In this week's edition, we take a look at The Core wireless speaker system from Mass Fidelity.

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Panasonic Lumix GM5 unveiled sporting electronic viewfinder

Mon September 15, 2014 | Posted in:

Panasonic's third Photokina camera launch is another addition to the company's collection of compact mirrorless Micro Four Thirds devices. The Lumix GM5 is a small 16-megapixel interchangeable lens camera similar to the Lumix GM1 launched last year, except the biggest change is the introduction of a 1.16M-dot electronic viewfinder.

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Microsoft sending out invites for September 30 Windows event

Mon September 15, 2014 | Posted in: software, enterprise

Microsoft started circling invites today for an event that it's holding later this month. The September 30 event plans to give attendees a chance to see what is coming down the pipe for enterprise and Windows, but offers no specific information on what the event will entail. The Verge previously reported that a press event on the announced date would be used to unveil Windows 9 according to sources close to the matter.

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Apple likely using six-core GPU in A8 SoC for iPhone 6, reports say

Mon September 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Graphics/Web Design, Apple

An analysis of the claims of Apple and leaked benchmarks with regards to the graphics performance and technologies in the new A8 chip that powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus indicates that Apple has likely moved to a new PowerVR GPU. The most likely candidate is the six-core PowerVR Series6XT GX6650 made by Imagination. Apple is also likely using a revised version of the Cyclone architecture, first used in the A7, to manage graphics processing.

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New SX60 HS, N2 PowerShot digital cameras added to Canon lineup

Mon September 15, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging

Canon continues its release wave of new digital cameras at Photokina, bringing two additional cameras to the PowerShot SX and N series. The PowerShot SX60 HS brings a large built-in zoom lens featuring some of Canon's advanced technology. The pocket-sized PowerShot N2 looks to give consumers a camera an easy to use camera with creative features, photo sharing and a "selfie" mode.

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