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  • Briefly: Flickr 3.0 for iOS, Photos+ gains Dropbox support

    17 April 2014, 9:56 pm

    Yahoo has updated the iOS client app for its Flickr photo-sharing service, giving it a more iOS 7-compatible "flat" look and navigation system that offers a noticeably more "Instagram-like" experience, where moving through photos is more free-form. The update…
  • Deals: RadioShack dropping price on iPhone 5s, Pixelmator price drop

    17 April 2014, 8:00 pm

    Although there have been a number of good deals in recent months on both the iPhone 5c and 5s, a new deal kicking off tomorrow from RadioShack may be the one iPhone 4S holdouts have been waiting for. Starting April 18, new or upgrading customers using AT&T,…
  • Michael's craft store chain hit by massive, long-running data breach

    17 April 2014, 7:59 pm

    Craft store chain Michael's Stores and affiliated Aaron Brothers has confirmed details of a massive security breach including between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014. The analysis conducted by the company shows that approximately 2.6 million cards may have…
  • FCC limiting 2015 AT&T, Verizon bandwidth auction purchases

    17 April 2014, 7:15 pm

    The US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed that he plans to limit how much spectrum that AT&T and Verizon can buy in the 2015 auction of bandwidth reclaimed from broadcasters. The chairman spoke out a day after AT&T threatened…
  • Facebook to roll out Nearby Friends option for iOS, Android apps

    17 April 2014, 4:27 pm

    Facebook has announced an upcoming feature for its iOS and Android apps, Nearby Friends. The function will notify users when friends are within a certain radius, giving a chance to meet up. For security purposes the feature will be off by default, only work if…
  • Google launching test of fiber Internet for business in Kansas City

    17 April 2014, 4:18 pm

    Google is picking select Kansas City companies to test Google Fiber prototype offerings for business. The business rollout in Kansas City is the first of its kind for the Gigabit Internet service with Google saying that it is "in the beginning of figuring out…
  • Dropbox buys out Loom photo service, Hackpad collaboration tool

    17 April 2014, 2:55 pm

    Cloud storage service Dropbox has bought out Loom, a photo storage and organization service, according to a notice on the latter company's website. Additionally acquired by the file sharing locker is collaborative document service Hackpad which will continue…
  • Briefly: Chromecast gains MLB.TV broadcasts, live YouTube

    17 April 2014, 2:41 pm

    The Google Chromecast is now supported by the MLB.com At Bat for iOS and Android. The update allows subscribers of MLB.TV's Premium Subscription to stream live, out-of-market games and on-demand events, with a choice of home or away broadcasts also available.…
  • Briefly: RunKeeper's new Breeze app, Beamer 2.0

    17 April 2014, 2:24 pm

    RunKeeper has launched a new, passive step tracking app today, entitled Breeze. By constantly tracking motion with the M7 chip found within the iPhone 5s, Breeze offers its users a personal coaching feature, in the form of push notifications and updates…
  • Apple online store begins carrying refurbished Retina iPad minis

    17 April 2014, 1:24 pm

    For the first time, Apple's online store has begun selling refurbished versions of the Retina iPad mini. The option drops the price of a 16GB Wi-Fi model to $339, $60 less than its usual cost. 32GB has been reduced $80 to $419, and 64GB models have been cut…
  • iPhone Apps: Pinnacle Studio, Figure, Tangent

    17 April 2014, 1:13 pm

  • Sonos plans software update to make speaker system completely wireless

    17 April 2014, 12:50 pm

    Sonos is testing a software update for its wireless speaker system that removes the need for a physical connection to the home network. The software would allow for the system's SonosNet network to operate with one of the speakers accessing the local Wi-Fi…
  • New Apple retail chief Ahrendts may not join until June

    17 April 2014, 12:13 pm

    Future Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts may actually remain the CEO of Burberry until June, says The Guardian. Although Ahrendts has finished a mandatory six-month wait and is technically free to switch this month, she has allegedly promised to stay with…
  • Apple to mark Earth Day 2014 at retail and on campus

    17 April 2014, 11:40 am

    On April 22nd, Apple will be holding its first real Earth Day commemorations since 2006, reports say. At retail, the company is expected to cover its logos in green, and give at least some stores special Earth Day t-shirts for workers. Back at Apple's…
  • Apple readies iOS 7.1.1, accelerates iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 testing

    17 April 2014, 10:54 am

    Apple is preparing an immediate follow-up to iOS 7.1 in the form of v7.1.1, according to web traffic data from 9to5Mac. The site says that it has received "numerous" hits from v7.1.1 devices operating in areas around Apple's Cupertino campus. It's not clear…
  • BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, Now TV iOS apps suddenly failing to stream video

    17 April 2014, 10:26 am

    Several UK-based iOS apps -- including BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, and Now TV -- have suddenly stopped streaming video, the BBC reports. The issue began last night, and is still ongoing; the source of the problem is so far unknown, as is whether other apps are also…
  • Eyefi launches cloud storage service for Mobi Wi-Fi memory cards

    17 April 2014, 8:17 am

    Eyefi is expanding the usefulness of its Wi-Fi-equipped SD memory cards, by launching its own cloud storage service. The Mobi SD card, released last year, will now not only wirelessly transfer photographs taken by a digital camera to a mobile device, but it…
  • Macworld gems: The Roost MacBook stand, iMacompanion USB port

    17 April 2014, 2:23 am

    Continuing our look at some of the more interesting devices and services we ran across at Macworld in San Francisco last month, MacNN and Electronista staffers will periodically write about items and vendors that caught our eye at the show that we thought our…
  • Briefly: Text expander Typinator 5.9, PDFpen 6.2 released

    17 April 2014, 1:27 am

    Productivity software developer Ergonis has announced the release of Typinator 5.9, a maintenance update for its text expander. Released prior to the launch of the next major version 6, Typinator v5.9 incorporates several minor bug fixes, and improves…
  • Report: Apple to partner with Shazam for song recognition in iOS 8

    16 April 2014, 10:47 pm

    Citing unnamed sources "with knowledge of the product," Bloomberg is reporting that Apple may enter into a partnership with song-identifying app Shazam to bring the music-matching feature to iOS 8. Users could, for example, ask Siri "what song is playing?" as…
  • Mayer: Yahoo should be Apple's default search engine

    16 April 2014, 9:24 pm

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who has worked diligently to turn around the veteran search engine's fortunes with some success, is planning on appealing to Apple to make Yahoo's search engine the default choice on the Mac and iOS. Currently Apple offers Yahoo as a…
  • Texas Instruments adopting Apple's iBeacon in embedded products

    16 April 2014, 7:50 pm

    Veteran embedded chip and automotive systems maker Texas Instruments has announced plans to incorporate Apple's iBeacon technology in many of the company's forthcoming Bluetooth products, saying that "there are many more applications that could benefit from…
  • Briefly: Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard, Chrome Remote Desktop

    16 April 2014, 6:05 pm

    Microsoft has launched its All-in-One Media Keyboard. Designed for use in the living room, the peripheral offers a full-size spill-resistant QWERTY keyboard, and connects to a device using a USB wireless transceiver. On the right-hand side is a multi-touch…
  • Google misses analyst profit estimates, seeing declining growth

    16 April 2014, 5:48 pm

    Google today announced financial results for the quarter that ended in March. The search engine giant reported consolidated revenues of $15.42 billion for the quarter, an increase of 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operating income in the…
  • iPad version of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft goes global

    16 April 2014, 5:38 pm

    The iPad version of Blizzard's card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available at App Stores worldwide. The app was actually released for the iPad earlier this month, but only in the form of a soft launch at the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand…
  • Review: Linksys EA6900 802.11ac router

    16 April 2014, 5:14 pm

    As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home network. One option is Linksys' EA6900, a new top-tier networking device from a long-standing name in the world of routers.…
  • Reviews: Cat B100

    16 April 2014, 5:00 pm

    Cat is primarily known for its heavy-duty machinery used in the construction industry and farming, among other areas. What may not be well known is the fact that it sells its own Cat-branded mobile phones, devices said to withstand the rigors and hard-wearing…
  • Reviews: Cat B100

    16 April 2014, 5:00 pm

    Cat is primarily known for its heavy-duty machinery used in the construction industry and farming, among other areas. What may not be well known is the fact that it sells its own Cat-branded mobile phones, devices said to withstand the rigors and hard-wearing…
  • Briefly: Anki Drive's new cars and more, Aspyr's Fantastic 3 bundle

    16 April 2014, 4:22 pm

    Anki Drive, a line of toy race cars that feature iOS compatibility, has updated its Anki Drive app, as well as released new cars and tracks. Using AI robotics, Anki Drive aims to integrate the nature of video games into a physical game context, requiring Anki…
  • Hyundai to install CarPlay in 2015-model Sonatas

    16 April 2014, 2:03 pm

    Hyundai will support Apple's CarPlay beginning with 2015-model Sonatas shipping later this year, according to an announcement. The Korean carmaker is the first since Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz to reveal specific plans for vehicles shipping in 2014. One…

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