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Amazon changes KDP Select royalty payments to 'per page' system

06/24, 8:23am

Amazon is making a change to the way it pays authors for allowing their books to be included in Amazon Prime's Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited. Starting from July 1, rule alterations to the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program will now pay authors based on the number of pages read in their ebooks by users of both services, instead of the previous method which counted the number of times books were downloaded by subscribers.

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Meizu MX4 running Ubuntu launching in Europe tomorrow for €300

06/24, 6:56am

A smartphone running Ubuntu is being made available to potential users in Europe, on an invitation-only basis. The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, a repackaged version of the existing Meizu MX4 running the titular operating system, is a device with a 5.36-inch, 1920x1152-resolution, Gorilla Glass 3-protected display, backed by a customized octa-core Mediatek processor with PowerVR G6200 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

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Free advertising-supported playlists added to Google Play Music

06/23, 10:31pm

Google is attempting to increase its user numbers for its Google Play Music service, barely a week before Apple is scheduled to launch its own streaming music service. A free version of the service is now available in the United States, one that matches Spotify by providing periodic advertising during music playback, though unlike the main Google Play Music All Access subscription, it doesn't provide a high level of customizable music playback options.

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Apple becomes voting member of Bluetooth design and spec group

06/23, 2:56pm

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced today that Apple, Inc. has become a Promoter member of the Bluetooth SIG. Promoter members are the sole voting class on Bluetooth group's corporate matters and hold a continual seat on the Board of Directors. Current Promoter members Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia, and Toshiba unanimously welcomed Apple to the highest membership level of the organization.

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Review: iHome iBT74 Color Changing Bluetooth Speaker

06/23, 2:33pm

There's no reason why your tech can't look good while doing what it was designed to do. That's the reason that sports cars look good and drive fast, after all. That's why we're here to show you the iHome iBT74, an attractive Bluetooth speaker with built in LED lights, designed to help brighten up your corner. Check our full review to find out what we thought about it.

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Lenovo reveals ideacentre Stick 300 as compact HDMI dongle-based PC

06/23, 12:43pm

Lenovo has revealed it's own take on the Compute Stick concept, with the ideacentre Stick 300. Just as with other attempts by Dell, Intel, Asus, and others, the ideacentre Stick 300 is a complete PC packed into a compact device that can plug directly into an HDMI port on the back of a monitor or television, effectively turning it into a highly-portable computer system that can be set up anywhere there is a compatible display.

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MacNN Deals: iPhone 5 on FreedomPop and two Bluetooth speakers

06/23, 12:22pm

After a brief technical-issue-related hiatus, MacNN Deals is back, and so is our daily look at three items you can pick up from the store pretty cheaply. For the first featured items to herald its return, we have selected deals involving an iPhone 5 and two Bluetooth speakers: one with classic looks, the other opting for a more unusual appearance.

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Primera Trio portable printer, scanner launched

06/23, 11:25am

Specialty printer manufacturer Primera Technology today announced the availability of the Primera Trio, what the company calls "the world's smallest and lightest portable all-in-one printer." Primera Trio prints, copies and scans in full color or black monochrome from a unit that weighs 2.6 pounds, is about the size of a hardcover book, and fits easily into computer bags, backpacks and briefcases.

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Amazon makes Echo speaker available to all US customers

06/23, 10:24am

Amazon has finally made its Echo network-connected speaker available for purchase by anyone, seven months after the company initially launched the device. Previously only sold to Amazon Prime subscribers and on an invitation-only basis, the Echo can now be bought by all customers in the United States without requiring an invitation, with the retailer expecting to start shipments of the device on July 14.

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Epson adds stereo cameras to Moverio Pro BT-2000 smart glasses

06/23, 8:28am

Epson is continuing to work on its own attempt at Google Glass-style eyewear, with an update to its Moverio headset. The Moverio Pro BT-2000 improves upon last year's model, with the device now including a five-megapixel stereo camera with depth sensing, as well as a new inertial measurement unit, allowing the headset to create more accurate augmented reality images than earlier models were capable of.

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Kickstarter-funded CST-01 e-ink watch project fails

06/23, 6:42am

A million-dollar Kickstarter project for an e-ink watch is highly unlikely to provide backers with a finished product, its creators has revealed. Central Standard Timing has admitted that, despite raising over $1.02 million from over 7,600 backers and working on the project for over two years, it is not expecting to complete any of its orders, and is instead looking to sell itself off or publishing its designs or, failing that, publish its designs for use by others.

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Review: Logitech Gaming Daedalus Prime mouse

06/22, 4:06pm

Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Building from a few simple gamepads to keyboards utilizing fresh, new technologies, Logitech continues to focus on its gaming arm with impressive results. After the previous release of two excellent mouses from the company, could the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Daedalus Prime mouse bring something unexpected, or would it be a step backwards from the professional gaming-grade devices created thus far? Find out in our review.

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Acer reveals Chromebase all-in-one computer with Tegra K1 processor

06/22, 3:47pm

Acer is taking its own Acer is having a go at the desktop Chrome OS device market, with a computer it is releasing in the United States in the coming weeks. The Chromebase is an all-in-one system that hides all the main components behind a 21.5-inch 1080p display, one that offers viewing ables of up to 178 degrees, optional ten-point multitouch, and can be tilted from 15 degrees to 75 degrees.

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Daily Deals: iPad Air 2, 1TB portable hard drive, V-Moda headphones

06/22, 2:41pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for sales, discounts, offers, and bundles on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it's the start of a new week, we've wiped the deals slate clean, with the new batch including the iPad Air 2, a 1TB Toshiba Canvio Basics portable hard drive, and some V-Moda Crossfade LP headphones for $70.

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Hands On: HooToo TripMate Elite travel router and external battery

06/22, 11:09am

We tend to travel, we like to go camping, and we also enjoy using our technology while we're out and about. As such, we have a deep and abiding interest in external charging devices; if they do something useful besides charge our phones and tablets, so much the better. On a related note, we've often had not-so-great experiences with hotel Internet access. That's where the HooToo TripMate Elite travel router comes in.

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