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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge just as susceptible to bending as iPhone

04/03, 11:22am

Warranty firm Square Trade has put the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge on its testing bench, and has found the device just as susceptible to bending as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Additionally, the phone has a further flaw, with the bend testing finding that the screen on the new device is more likely to shatter under the force than the Apple iPhone did, leaving the user with "a pocket full of broken glass."

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Rithm launches as combined music streaming, messaging app

04/02, 7:23pm

A new music streaming service is aiming to pull in potential subscribers, by severely undercutting the competition. Rithm is a combined music streaming and messaging app that allows users to not only share songs with friends, but also provides the ability to stream full tracks through Rithm Gold for $4 per month, a significant reduction in price compared to Spotify, Tidal, and other services.

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Comcast launching 2Gbps fiber service in Atlanta next month

04/02, 3:27pm

Comcast is attempting to trump Google Fiber's 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) connection speed, by offering residential customers a faster service. Starting from next month, the cable company will be selling Gigabit Pro, an Internet service that promises 2Gbps connections both for downloads and uploads, with Atlanta set to be the first market to receive it.

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Daily Deals: 4TB Seagate NAS, Acer Chromebook, Slingbox 350

04/02, 1:27pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts and offers for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. The usual list of still-active deals from earlier in the week are joined today by a refurbished Slingbox 350, an Acer touchscreen Chromebook, and a 4TB Seagate NAS for $130, along with other new offers.

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HTC One M8s shares M8 appearance, uses octa-core processor

04/02, 7:57am

HTC is giving potential owners of the One M9 smartphone an alternative option, by offering an altered version of its predecessor. Meant as a cheaper mid-range device, the One M8s is very similar to the One M8 in appearance, complete with a five-inch 1080p display and an aluminum unibody design, with the majority of changes not being immediately apparent.

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Briefly: HBO on Sling TV, Microsoft updates Outlook mobile apps

04/02, 6:17am

Sling TV will be getting HBO before the new series of Game of Thrones is set to begin on April 12. Confirming a Wall Street Journal report to Slashgear, the Dish-owned service will offer HBO to subscribers of its "Best of Live TV" core package as a $15 per month add-on, bringing the total monthly cost to $35. While there will be only one of HBO's channels available to watch, subscribers will still have access to the broadcaster's on-demand catalog.

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Facebook Riff lets users create collaborative videos with friends

04/01, 4:49pm

Facebook has launched an app for collaborative video creation with friends on the social network. Riff, a new app from Facebook's Creative Labs and initially created as an employee side-project, lets users film a video on a topic of their choice, and then allows friends to add their own contribution, with the video extending with each new participant's video clip.

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Microsoft drops Xbox branding from Windows 10 Music, Video apps

04/01, 2:56pm

Microsoft has released preview versions of two universal apps that will ship along with Windows 10, providing access to the user's media. The new Music and Video apps are available to download from the Windows Store beta within the Windows 10 Technical Preview, with Microsoft notably dropping the Xbox branding from the front of both app names.

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UK Diverted Profits Tax in effect today; $1B to flow into UK coffers

04/01, 2:23pm

As previously reported, the Diverted Profits Tax, also known as the "Google Tax," has come into effect in the United Kingdom today with very few changes to the proposed law. The tax law requires companies to list revenue and profit from other countries, aiding officials to determine if profits are being transferred elsewhere against UK tax code and making them subject to the tax.

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Daily Deals: Pixelmator, 1080p Acer projector, 128GB PNY flash drive

04/01, 1:22pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, our usual look at the discounts and offers retailers hold in their online and offline stores, where we list the better deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista readers. As well as a recap of this week's still-active deals, the new list includes 50 percent off Pixelmator, a 128GB flash drive, and a 1080p Acer projector.

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AT&T bid to kill FTC lawsuit based on common carrier status denied

04/01, 12:25pm

Judge Edward Chen from the Northern California District Court has rejected AT&T's argument that its new status as a common carrier exempts itself from US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) actions, and shut the door for further interpretation. In the ruling, the Judge called out AT&T for both throttling as well as maintaining unlimited "grandfathered" plans for company benefit, as well as affirming that the new Title II oversight doesn't strip the FTC of any of its regulatory powers.

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Intel quietly unveils Braswell chip family for entry-level notebooks

04/01, 11:06am

Intel has surprisingly launched its 14nm Braswell chip family this week, with relatively little in the way of promotion compared to other chip launches. Surfacing briefly during a report about its NUC 2.0 device last year, more details have been revealed for some of the processors in the Bay Trail-D replacement, primarily concerning processors destined for use in entry-level notebooks and desktop computers.

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Briefly: Google Maps Pac-Man, Facebook introduces Scrapbook tool

04/01, 7:55am

Continuing a long tradition of April Fools' Day treats, Google has turned Google Maps into a playable version of Pac-Man. On computers, selecting the Pac-Man view in the bottom left of the screen turns part of the currently-viewed map into the game board, while mobile users will have to navigate to specific locations and select the Pac-Man map pin before playing.

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Remaining RadioShack stores to receive Sprint co-branding treatment

04/01, 7:45am

A plan to co-brand the majority of remaining RadioShack stores with Sprint has been approved by a US bankruptcy court. The approval will give the carrier a large number of extra outlets, with its brand appearing on the signage of a number of the 1,740 remaining RadioShack locations, as part of a wider plan to try and keep the stores open and to safeguard approximately 7,500 jobs.

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Amazon Dash Button with one-press ordering of supplies introduced

03/31, 8:58pm

Amazon is testing out a way to simplify the ordering process for consumable and perishable consumer goods, by providing customers with single-purpose buttons. A follow up to the Amazon Dash ordering device from last year, the Amazon Dash Button is a compact unit with a single button, which can be pressed to request an order for a variety of household goods, such as washing powder, coffee, or batteries.

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