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Review: Griffin Twenty

Griffin Twenty brings wireless streaming to passive speakers

A few years ago Griffin launched the original Twenty, a small digital amp that used an AirPort Express to turn any set of passive speakers into a wireless system for streaming music. Unfortunately for Griffin, shortly after the launch of the Twenty, Apple updated the design of the AirPort Express, which instantly antiquated the digital amp. Now, thanks to advancements in Bluetooth technology, Griffin no longer needs to lean on Apple's AirPlay technology for streaming, and is back with a new and improved version of the Twenty Digital Amp . We have spent some time with the updated digital amp -- see what we thought about it in our full review .

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Microsoft unveils Surface 3, exchanges Windows RT for full Windows 8.1

Surface 3 has 10.8-inch 1080p display, Intel Atom processor

Microsoft has unexpectedly launched a new item in its Surface line. The Surface 3 , originally expected to be launched alongside the Surface Pro 3 and previously believed to be scrapped by Microsoft altogether in favor of a smaller device , is a mix between the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 3, though in a notable change from the Windows RT-based range, it will instead run a full 64-bit version of Windows 8.1.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode eight: Steve Jobs, Windows 10, more

Staffers discuss new book, new gaming column, new apps

We're now at episode eight of The MacNN Podcast , which this week welcomes our new Apple Gaming column, as well as reminding listeners about our weekly game news roundup. We also discuss the book Becoming Steve Jobs , and Tim Cook's latest honor from the business world. More confusion about Windows 10 pricing outside China has come to light, and tech companies are asking for changes in the Patriot Act.

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Tidal relaunches as artist-owned high-fidelity music streaming service

Jay-Z, Daft Punk, other musical artists now owners of Tidal

Music streaming service Tidal has relaunched as an artist-owned company. At a star-studded launch event streamed live, the musical artists owning part of the service gathered together for the announcement, with the overall message offered being Tidal's push to benefit musical artists more than its competitors, such as Spotify and its allegedly low royalty payments.

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Apple stores in US, Europe now accepting non-iPhone trade-ins

Program expected to encourage more switchers, add to iPhone 6 sales

As reported previously , Apple has now expanded its "reuse and recycling" program in the US and Europe to include now taking selected models of non-iPhone smartphones as trade-in towards a new iPhone. The program is now operating throughout the US, Canada, the UK, France, and Italy, and may be operating in other countries as well. Only specific recent models are eligible, but customers can being the process either online or in person at an Apple Store.

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Fortune names Apple CEO Tim Cook 'World's Greatest Leader'

New interview discusses pressures of leadership, higher profile of colleagues

On Thursday, Fortune magazine named Apple CEO Tim Cook to the top spot of its "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," which largely refers to business and industry leaders rather than government officials. The honor came with a new interview with Cook as well as some of those who work with him, and addresses many of Cook's and the company's successes (and a few missteps) in the lengthy profile.

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Google bringing Fiber to Salt Lake City, Oregon law change backfires

Bill giving tech companies tax incentives seemingly excludes Google Fiber

Google has revealed Salt Lake City, Utah will be joining the roster of seven other cities as Google Fiber locations. The announcement of the eighth Google Fiber location comes alongside news that Google is unlikely to bring its high-speed fiber Internet service to Portland, Oregon anytime soon, as a bill designed to draw the service to the city has seemingly backfired.

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Legal barrage launched over FCC Open Internet regulation in DC courts

As expected, ISPs banding together under common trade group

The battle in the US court system to scuttle the new Open Internet regulation as approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun. Filed yesterday in Washington DC, trade group US Telecom has petitioned the courts on behalf of AT&T, Verizon, and a few others to block the Title II and net neutrality imposition, calling it "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion."

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First Look: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro (with Force Touch trackpad)

Apple quietly revolutionizes the trackpad with Force Touch

The new 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display looks exactly like the model that it replaces, though it remains comfortably the most beautifully designed and finished full-power 13-inch notebook on the market. Beneath the hood, however, it has been substantially reengineered with Intel's new 5th-generation Core i5 or i7 dual-core processors, also known by their "Broadwell" codename as well as flash storage that is twice as fast as the previous model. Nice. As an unexpected bonus, Apple has also included its brand new Force Touch trackpad to the equation, which is in many ways the real star of the show.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode seven: Apple TV rumors, Windows 10, more

Disrupting industries is the new black, great apps and fair app prices, bad jokes

The MacNN Podcast episode seven is now available, and this week we looked at the rumor that Apple is preparing to revamp the Apple TV and sweeten the pot with an optional package of channel offerings that don't require a cable subscription; Google's entry into the MVNO space; the recent Microsoft announcements about Windows 10; Facebook getting into inter-site payments; the return of Launcher to the App Store, and the removal of so-called "anti-virus" iOS apps; our latest "Living With" column; and our favorite apps of the week.

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FAA gives Amazon approval for outdoor drone delivery testing

Restrictions of FAA certificate only for local testing of Amazon Prime Air drones

Amazon's plan to bring drone-based deliveries to the United States has taken another step to becoming reality, thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The regulator has examined Amazon's request to test its potential service, and has granted the online retailer with an "experimental airworthiness certificate," allowing it to perform testing outdoors.

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PlayStation Vue Internet TV launches in NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 works with PlayStation Vue, iPad app incoming

Sony has launched its PlayStation-based Internet television service, just as the company hinted last week. PlayStation Vue has gone live in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia, with subscribers able to watch live channels and on-demand shows from their PlayStation game consoles, without requiring an accompanying cable or satellite subscription.

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Nvidia details GeForce GTX Titan X GPU, Quadro M6000

High-end graphics cards formally revealed at GTC

Nvidia has revealed more details for two high-end graphics cards at the GPU Technology Conference earlier today. The GeForce GTX Titan X , initially unveiled as the company's new flagship card for PC gaming at the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, was joined by a new professional card in the Quadro range called the Quadro M6000.

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MacNN Podcast, episode six: New MacBook, ResearchKit, Title II, more

Our panel still talking about 'Spring Forward' event ramifications

The MacNN Podcast episode six is now available (later than normal -- sorry about that), and this week we looked at the new MacBook and weigh up its pros and cons; talk about Apple Watch pricing and some new details that have come out since last Monday; delve into ResearchKit, which is already making big waves in the medical community; discuss Samsung's Galaxy S6 and the line's fading status as an "iPhone killer" (though still likely to be a very successful competitor); and get into the actual meat of the FCC's net neutrality and Title II proposal.

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Title II, net neutrality 'Open Internet' FCC order published in full

No surprises; Title II a light touch, debate terms bandied about defined finally

The US Federal Communications Commission has published its new Open Internet order, also known as net neutrality and Title II order, in full. The document spells out specifically which aspects of the 80-year-old Title II concept will be applied to Internet Service Providers, as well as specifics of the net neutrality order.

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Google reveals second-generation $1,000 Chromebook Pixel

Two Chromebook Pixels models packing Core i5, i7 processors available to buy today

Google has unveiled its second attempt at a high-specification Chromebook , one that leaked last month in a video . The second-generation Chromebook Pixel looks similar to the original, complete with an aluminum chassis and a 12.85-inch 2,560x1,700 display but this time Google has upped some of the internal components, and is using USB Type-C connections for the first time.

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Olympus adds night photography modes to Stylus SH-2 compact camera

Stylus SH-2 has same five-axis stabilization, 16MP sensor as SH-1

Olympus has launched an update to the Stylus SH-1 it revealed last year, with relatively few changes. The Stylus SH-2 compact camera has the same classic retro stylings as its predecessor, as well as a similar 16-megapixel sensor combined with the TruePic VII image processor and a 24x optical zoom providing a 35mm equivalent of 25mm to 600mm, but this time Olympus has added more functions related to night photography.

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Google introduces Android 5.1, starts rollout to Nexus devices

Dual SIM, HD Voice support, improved device protection in latest Android update

Google has launched its update to Android Lollipop, officially introducing version 5.1 of the mobile operating system. At the same time as announcing the update, which is more a minor improvement than a completely new version, Google has started to roll out the update to devices today, with Nexus smartphones and tablets being the first in line to receive it.

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Apple Watch arrives at press event; has 18-hour 'typical use' battery

CEO Tim Cook reveals details, apps for Apple's latest hardware category

On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives spent the majority of their time during the press event held today talking about the forthcoming Apple Watch. The company finally iterated pricing for the device, one of the biggest mysteries concerning the debut, by saying the Sport version would start at $349 ($399 for the men's model), while the regular model would begin at $549 to $1,040 ($50 more for the 42mm men's watch size), and the deluxe Edition version, which features a solid 18-karat gold body, would be available from $10,000. The Apple Watch will officially open for pre-orders at retail on April 10, and demos are available at Apple Stores. It will debut on April 24 at retail.

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Apple surprises with new MacBook

Most extreme and efficient notebook ever, says Schiller

Apple on Monday surprised observers with the unveiling of a new MacBook , featuring a 12-inch Retina display, a motherboard that is 67 percent smaller than even the MacBook Air, a new fanless design that is even thinner than the Air, but retains the all-day battery life. The new MacBook comes in at two pounds even, and also features an all-new keyboard and trackpad, with a a new single USB-C port for most connections. It will be available in three colors, matching the current iPhone line.

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Apple Watch: plethora of details leak as public debut nears

Code name, new features, availability outside of US comes to light

As the publicity machine shifts into high gear in preparation for the public debut of the Apple Watch on March 9, new details and additional features, applications and other bits of information are making their way into the press. The codename for the project, for example, was "Gizmo," reports The New York Times . Among other revelations are the role that former Adobe Flash chief Kevin Lynch played, power-saving and style details, and the news that the watch will also launch abroad in its first month.

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Google+ to split into Photos, Hangouts

The rebranding will focus on two popular features

Google's largely-failed social media experiment, Google+, is reportedly approaching a transformation, with a renewed focus on Photos and Hangouts. The two popular features appear to be splitting apart from the central service , marking the first step in an apparent rebranding effort that is likely aimed at revitalizing -- or quietly killing -- the stagnate social network.

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Panasonic Nubo camera surveils via LTE

Standalone monitoring camera does not require Wi-Fi

Panasonic has introduced the Nubo, a new surveillance camera that is claimed to be the first with built-in LTE connectivity. Buyers can already choose from a wide range of cameras connected via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, however the Nubo taps into an unaddressed niche market for monitoring in places where a Wi-Fi connection is not available.

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Android Pay to serve as Google's answer to Apple Pay

Pay API will be used for app integration

Google is finally ready to enter the mobile payment arena, today introducing a payment platform known as Android Pay. The platform will be available via an API framework, with support for NFC and biometric authentication, allowing developers to creatively integrate the feature into a wide range of third-party apps. Android Pay appears to offer many of the same capabilities as Google Wallet, but without relying solely on Google's own app and implementation scheme.

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Google confirms plans for MVNO wireless service

MVNO promises not to take on the big three carriers

Google has confirmed plans to offer its own wireless service in the US market. The company will establish itself as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) using existing carrier networks, according to a plan outlined by product chief Sundar Pichai today at Mobile World Congress. The company claims it does not aim to engage in direct competition with the big three US carriers, instead focusing on small-scale operations that provide flexibility to experiment with hardware and software.

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Silent Circle intros secure Blackphone 2, Blackphone Plus tablet

Second-gen phone improves enterprise integration

Privacy company Silent Circle has revealed the second-generation Blackphone and announced plans for a security-focused Blackphone Plus tablet. The Blackphone 2 features a range of hardware upgrades, but many business buyers will also welcome expanded support for enterprise mobile-device management systems, such as Citrix.

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MacNN Podcast Episode 4: Net Neutrality, Leonard Nimoy, Apple Watch

The MacNN Podcast for March 2, 2015

The MacNN Podcast hits its fourth airing and touches on the hot button issues in the tech world! Join this week's hosts, MacNN Editor Charles Martin, alongside staff writer Michelle Elbert, and Managing Editor Mike Wuerthele as they discuss the events that got our attention, needed further discussion, or just plain tickled our fancy.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua targets midrange smartphone market

Sony style with an accessible price point

Sony has expanded its Xperia smartphone lineup, adding the M4 Aqua this week at Mobile World Congress. The company is not shy about labelling it a midrange Android device, promising that all of the popular features and capabilities remain mostly intact, despite its lower price tag.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 takes calls upside down

The slim phone is available two screen sizes

Alcatel has introduced the latest model in its OneTouch smartphone lineup, the Idol 3 , which will be available in two screen sizes. Making its debut at Mobile World Congress, the Idol 3 features a unique 'reversible' function that allows users to take phone calls or navigate the interface when the device is upside down.

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Huawei's seven-inch MediaPad X2 brings dual-SIM, octa-core

The tablet supports 300Mbps LTE

Huawei has introduced the seven-inch MediaPad X2 tablet at Mobile World Congress. The company promotes the MediaPad X1's successor as suitable for use as a phone, with dual SIM slots and a thin-bezel housing that measures just 7.3mm thick. The second generation promises to deliver improved call quality, enhanced software, and better camera and video features.

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