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Briefly: Pebble announcement countdown, Google Now fuel cards

02/22, 8:50am

Pebble has updated its website with a countdown timer to an unknown event, with the timer set to run out on Tuesday morning. Expected to be another device announcement, sources of 9to5mac claim it will be a major update featuring a color e-paper display and a thinner case design, complete with a microphone for voice recognition and a backlight. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky has previously suggested there would be some changes to the smartwatch's software, with a new "interaction model," but the CEO kept quiet when asked about hardware changes.

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Editorial: iCar or Apple moonshot?

02/22, 1:17am

There are a lot of rumors floating around that Apple is working on a car. While on one hand it may seem far-fetched, it is not beyond the realm of possibility. Apple works on lots of projects, many of which never see the light of day. There are a litany of Apple patents that have emerged over the years - of products or ideas that have not materialized as shipping products - that testify to this.

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Hands On: Magnetic by Nature (Linux, OS X, Windows)

02/21, 10:30am

One of staples of independent gaming is the 2-D platformer, a side-scrolling genre that appeals to developers for myriad reasons. However, with so many developers trying to create the next hit in a flooded space, what do they need to do to set themselves apart from the pack? Team Tripleslash had the idea of bringing in magnet mechanics, using the power of attraction and repulsion to navigate each stage in Magnetic by Nature. Will this new dynamic be enough?

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Daily Deals: LG ultra QHD display, networking combo, HD four-pack

02/20, 11:47am

Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where we find the best online deals on hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Aside from a recap of still-active deals, the new deals added today include a 802.11n router and switch combo, a SSD and RAM deal, plus a ultra QHD display.

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B&O Play launches Beolit 15 premium Bluetooth speaker

02/20, 10:30am

Yesterday, B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen unveiled the Beolit 15 -- a portable Bluetooth speaker with "True360 omni-directional sound, up to 24 hours of continuous playtime from a single battery charge, the Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound, and premium quality materials such as anodized aluminum and full grain leather," according to the company.

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T-Mobile CEO urges FCC to change spectrum auction rules

02/19, 8:05pm

The Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) needs to improve its auction rules ahead of another 600MHz spectrum auction set to take place next year, the CEO of T-Mobile has urged. John Legere warns that the next auction could be dominated by larger carriers AT&T and Verizon, and that "If the government wants a competitive wireless market, they need to establish action rules to reflect that."

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Lenovo shipped PCs with adware pre-installed at the factory

02/19, 12:15pm

Lenovo has been shipping PCs from its factory with adware pre-installed, according to reports. Notebooks from the manufacturer have been found to have Superfish software already installed without user intervention nor permission, with the software being used to inject extra advertising into websites, as well as being a potential security risk for end users.

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Report from House of Lords asks for Internet to be a public utility

02/19, 9:17am

Internet access must be classified as a public utility, a report from the upper house of the United Kingdom parliament has declared, with speeds and the teaching of "digital skills" also a priority. Echoing the similar Title II discussion in the United States, the UK's House of Lords calls for the government to "define the Internet as a utility service, available for all to access and use," citing the prevalence of the Internet in everyday life.

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YouTube reportedly launching ad-free subscriptions in coming months

02/19, 7:01am

YouTube will soon be launching a subscription service that will allow users to turn off advertising, a report claims. Working as a separate offering to the current Music Key subscription, which removes ads from music videos and also includes access to Google Play Music All Access, the new subscription would apply to all videos on the YouTube service.

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Briefly: Google Docs app update, Xbox One changes outlined

02/19, 6:03am

Google Docs for Android has been updated to provide more from its Office Compatibility Mode. The latest version allows for the cutting, copying, and pasting of text, images, tables, and charts in the mode, according to the Google Apps Updates blog, with the app also introducing the ability to insert links into Google documents. The updated app is available to download now from Google Play.

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Samsung acquires LoopPay, main Apple Pay competitor

02/18, 4:13pm

Samsung Electronics today confirmed that it has agreed to acquire LoopPay, the mobile wallet solutions provider that turns existing magnetic stripe readers into contactless receivers. LoopPay's technology has the potential to work in approximately 90 percent of existing point-of-sale (POS) terminals, according to Samsung research, with no investment in new infrastructure required by merchants.

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Amazon expands Prime Now one-hour deliveries to all of Manhattan

02/18, 2:29pm

Amazon is making its Prime Now one-hour delivery service available to more people in New York City. The retailer's initial service, launched in December, will now expand from its original small single-ZIP-code operating area to cover all of Manhattan, bringing the high-speed online delivery service to all Prime subscribers located within the borough.

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Daily Deals: Mac mini, Qnap NAS, Audio-Technica headphones

02/18, 1:13pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, where we search for low-cost gadgets and tech for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we are recapping still-active deals from earlier this week, but on top of those, look out for a cut-price Mac mini, $75 off a two-bay SOHO NAS server from Qnap, and some Audio-Technica studio headphones at almost half price.

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Facebook confirms development of virtual reality apps

02/18, 8:58am

Facebook is working on apps that will work with virtual reality devices, the social network has confirmed. Capitalizing on its $2 billion acquisition on virtual reality headset producer Oculus VR, the company is apparently producing apps, not just for the consumption of VR content, but also allowing people to easily make and share content for VR systems.

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Samsung loses patent infringement lawsuit against Rembrandt

02/18, 8:22am

Samsung has lost a patent infringement lawsuit over Bluetooth 2.0, to a non-practicing entity called Rembrandt IP. A jury in an East Texas federal court ruled the manufacturer had infringed three claims on two patents, numbers 8,457,228 and 8,023,580, relating to modem compatibility, with Rembrandt being given $15.7 million in compensation and royalties on future Samsung devices using Bluetooth.

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