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Google to face trial in UK over ignoring Safari cookie setting

03/27, 10:12am

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has dismissed an attempt by Google to prevent British computer users from being able to sue it in England. The landmark hearing followed an earlier defeat for Google in the English High Court in which it was unsuccessful in preventing three British computer users from having the right to sue it for breach of privacy, after the computer giant ignored users wishes not to have tracking cookies placed on their computers.

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Google adding IE Pointer Events API to Chrome, releases Data Saver

03/26, 11:43pm

Google is going to be leaning on some Internet Explorer technology to fix scrolling and touch support in its Chrome browser. At the same time, Google has launched an extension for the desktop versions of Chrome which aims to reduce the amount of data used to surf the Internet, a feature that has already made an appearance on iOS and Android versions of the browser.

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

03/26, 3:25pm

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

03/26, 1:22pm

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

03/26, 11:17am

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

03/26, 9:30am

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

03/26, 8:02am

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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Razer OSVR headset to have optional Leap Motion-embedded faceplate

03/25, 8:35pm

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

03/25, 5:48pm

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

03/25, 3:21pm

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

03/25, 2:09pm

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

03/25, 12:32pm

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

03/25, 8:00am

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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Logitech MX Master unveiled as high-performance sculpted mouse

03/24, 5:15pm

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

03/24, 3:17pm

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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