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Weekly Deals: OWC Garage Sale, Rosetta Stone, WD Black 4TB HD

7 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, iPad

Welcome to Daily Deals, the time when we search for deals, offers, discounts, and sales on hardware, software, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our usual recap of still-active deals, the new batch of offers include an omnibus deal on Rosetta Stone, a battery case for the iPhone 6, and a heads-up on the OWC garage sale.

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PayPal cuts off payments to Mega file locker, citing unique encryption

8 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security, networking

File storage locker Mega has experienced a major setback. Effective immediately, and at the alleged exhortation of the US government, Paypal has ceased processing payments for the service, despite PayPal's reported confirmation that Mega is a legitimate business. PayPal has since said that the company's "unique encryption model" securing its files presents an insurmountable difficulty to confirm legal compliance.

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Aereo bankruptcy auction concludes badly, generating only $2M

9 hours ago | Posted in: industry

The last chapter of Aereo has nearly been written, with the conclusion of its bankruptcy sale. Falling far short of a peak $34 million expected, the company's asset auction concluded at $2 million. TiVO was the main winner, capturing the trademark, the customer list, and other assets. Patent aggregator RPX purchased the company's patents, with equipment being scattered amongst many bidders.

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More lawsuits, ITC complaint filed in Apple vs. Ericsson FRAND fight

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, software, Apple, iPad

On February 26, Ericsson filed two complaints with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and seven complaints in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Apple, asserting 41 patents covering many aspects of Apple's iPhones and iPads. The patents include standards-essential patents related to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards, as well as other patents that are critical to features and functionality of Apple devices, such as the design of semiconductor components, user interface software, location services and applications, as well as the iOS operating system.

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Briefly: Pebble SDK 3.0 preview released, Twitter security update

21 hours ago | Posted in: security, developer

Pebble has released a new version of its smartwatch SDK, in preview. Version 3.0 is built with the Pebble Time in mind, including support for 64 colors in apps, a new animation framework, PNG and Animated PNG support, and automatic detection of which platforms the developer wants to build for when compiling. According to the company, developers looking to make apps for the new SDK will need to make relatively few changes to the application to get it to work.

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Android loses share to iOS in mobile enterprise arena

21 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, enterprise, mobile phones, Apple, iPad

The latest Good Technology Mobility Index Report on the mobile enterprise space, based on a survey of Good's customer base for its own enterprise-level email services, shows iOS gaining ground by taking away share from Android in calendar Q4 2014, with the former growing by four percentage points to hit 73 percent share of global enterprise activations. Android fell by the same amount to 25 percent, while Windows Phone held steady at one percent.

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Facebook adds reporting tools to help in suicide prevention

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design

Facebook is introducing new tools to help prevent suicides. Working with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Now Matters Now, and other mental health organizations, users of the social network can report any posts they see where the author expresses suicidal thoughts or indicates they may be self-harming, with the possibility of a response from Facebook to the affected individual designed to help them.

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Opponents, supporters of FCC Net Neutrality, Title II vote speak out

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: security, networking

As expected, the Federal Communication Commission's votes today have not gone unnoticed by the telecommunications and Internet industry. There are no surprises in the commentary generated by the vote, with posturing and veiled threats being delivered by those impacted negatively by the vote.

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Daily Deals: Samsung 4K monitor, Vizio smart TV, Fujifilm bundle

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, upgrades/storage, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Welcome to Daily Deals, the time when we search for deals, offers, discounts, and sales on hardware, software, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our usual recap of still-active deals, the new batch of offers include a 28-inch 4K-resolution monitor, a cheap 42-inch Vizio TV, and a digital camera bundle featuring the Fujifilm FinePix S9250.

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Google warns cities to lower bureaucracy if they want Google Fiber

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: industry

Cities wanting to have Google Fiber's Gigabit Internet service will need to simplify the bureaucratic process as much as possible before it will be considered, the search company has warned. Vice President of Access Services at Google Fiber Milo Medin advised to an audience earlier this week that "If you make it easy, we will come. If you make it hard, enjoy your Time Warner Cable."

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Apple media event scheduled for March 9, likely to discuss Apple Watch

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

Apple has today invited the media to an event on March 9. The "Spring Forward" event is taking place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and is likely discussing firm release dates, and details of the final shipping version of the Apple Watch. The title of the event makes reference to time, suggesting the upcoming change in most first-world nations that sees clocks moved forward an hour -- in effect, a brief leap into the future.

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FCC approves net neutrality, Title II proposal in 3-2 vote

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: industry, networking

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the net neutrality rules, including Title II regulation of Internet Service Providers as proposed by FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, with minor modifications. The vote wasn't unanimous, nor was it expected to be, and predictably split across party lines. The two Democratic members and the Chair voted to approve the contentious policy, and the two Republican members voted against it.

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Android Pay reportedly launching at Google I/O in May

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: industry, software, developer

Google will be launching a new payments API at its Google I/O developer conference in May, a report claims, potentially giving Apple Pay some stiff competition. Android Pay will allow developers to not only add mobile payments to their apps, but to also facilitate in-store purchases via smartphone over NFC. The news comes as Softcard reveals it is starting to pull support for its apps, following the purchase of its intellectual property by the search company.

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FCC net neutrality vote today, last minute changes made to proposal

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: security

On the eve of the net neutrality vote at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), chairman Tom Wheeler has reportedly made some changes to the proposal. Reportedly extracted by request of Google and some other public interest groups is a clause that could allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to charge websites for delivered content.

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LG adds LTE to second Urbane smartwatch, removes Android Wear

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Not content with giving its Android Wear smartwatch range a facelift, LG is making a version of its recently-announced premium Watch Urbane that can be used as a standalone device. The Watch Urbane LTE has, as its name suggests, built in cellular connectivity that can let it be used to make and receive calls, all without attaching it to a smartphone.

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WD grows My Cloud line with two Expert, two Business models

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage, networking

Storage company WD, today expanded its suite of network attached storage (NAS) solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses. Released today are the My Cloud Expert two-bay My Cloud EX2100, and four-bay EX4100. In the My Cloud Business lineup are the two-bay My Cloud DL2100, and four-drive DL-4100.

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China regulators block governmental purchases of Apple, Intel hardware

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry, security, Apple

A weekend move by China has stricken Apple, Intel, Cisco, Citrix, and McAfee from approved vendors for governmental purchase. Ostentibly to protect national security interests, the move appears to be more about giving state run and other Chinese companies a leg up on procurements in the country, similar to regulations inside the US government that does the same.

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Google launches Android for Work with separate work, personal profiles

Thu February 26, 2015 | Posted in: enterprise

Google is attempting to make Android more relevant to enterprise and business users, by launching Android for Work. The initiative centers around allowing employees to use the same device for business purposes as well as personal, with Android for Work keeping the profiles and data completely separate, theoretically improving security on mobile devices.

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Briefly: Google Play Music expansion, Netflix adds more kids content

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: industry, audio

Google Play Music has received an upgrade to its music storage component, allowing customers to keep more songs on its servers for streaming to computers and mobile devices. The music locker has increased its upper limit of 20,000 tracks to 50,000, double that of the paid iTunes Match service. Despite vastly increasing its storage capacity, the digital locker is still a completely free service.

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IDC: iOS, Android control 96.3 percent of entire smartphone market

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

Based on shipment data, analyst firm IDC has determined that Apple and Samsung have effectively gained full control of the smartphone market, splitting 96.3 percent of all smartphones shipped -- up nearly a full percentage point from the same period last year. All Android phones combined account for 81.5 percent in 2014, a slight increase from 2013. The percentages flip, however, when talking about money rather than units -- with Apple said to get 90 percent of the profits in the industry.

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Rumor: Galaxy S6 images leak, curved edition may have supply issues

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones

Images of what is believed to be one of the Samsung Galaxy S6 variants have leaked, giving what could be an early look at the smartphone before its expected launch on Sunday. Reports are also coming in that Samsung could also be having some trouble manufacturing one of its new flagship devices, with the curved-screen version apparently having yield issues with the display.

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Daily Deals: MSI gaming notebook, 512GB Crucial SSD, Classic rock

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where we scour the Internet for offers, discounts, and deals on computer hardware, gadgets, games, and other items for you, the glorious MacNN and Electronista reader. A recap follows a selection of new deals, including an MSI GP Series gaming notebook, a 512GB Crucial SSD, and a sale of classic rock on iTunes.

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Nyrius ships HDMI Aries Home+, wireless HDMI extender

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Video accessory manufacturer Nyrius has updated the Aries Home+, a wireless HD audio and video transmitter for users in need of a simple and efficient solution for streaming media. Updated with a pair of HDMI inputs and loop-through HDMI, the new ARIES Home+ brings pass-through streaming, allowing its receiver to watch the same content that is being displayed on another source.

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Comcast may be planning to start own mobile carrier

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: industry

Comcast may be exploring the possibility of creating its own wireless service, using its collection of Wi-Fi hotspots. While comments made during a conference call with analysts may hint at the cable company's potential mobile phone service, a report claims Comcast has placed multiple job advertisements, looking for staff to create the mobile service.

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Motorola upgrades Moto E with quad-core processor, LTE connectivity

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones

Motorola has made some updates to its entry-level Moto E smartphone, the Lenovo-owned manufacturer has announced. The new Moto E will have a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with an Adreno 306 GPU, an update from the dual-core version the original had, with Motorola also preparing two variants of the device, giving consumers the option of a 3G-only model or one with LTE connectivity.

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Kazam reveals MWC launches of six Android, two Windows smartphones

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, mobile phones

British smartphone producer Kazam has introduced a number of new devices ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress. The Trooper range of Android smartphones has been bolstered with six new models, with the company also preparing to show off three Windows tablets and two Windows Phone devices at the Barcelona-based tradeshow.

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