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  • Briefly: Apple expands Maps info, Visa takes tokens to Europe

    12:25am
    Apple has added GreatSchools and GasBuddy to its list of sources for data in its Maps program. The latter company is said to be supplying Apple with gas station locations, exact business names and what major gasoline producer they are affiliated with, rather…
  • Briefly: Pebble SDK 3.0 preview released, Twitter security update

    Thu 10:22pm
    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…
  • Android loses share to iOS in mobile enterprise arena

    Thu 10:08pm
    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…
  • Hands On: CoconutBattery 3.2 (OS X, iOS)

    Thu 8:24pm
    The curiously-named CoconutBattery 3.2 is a free app that examines the batteries in your MacBooks and your iOS devices. One click and you know everything: it gives you the skinny on every possible scintilla of information about the state your battery is in....
  • Apple Pay now accepted at more than 860 Firehouse Subs locations in US

    Thu 6:03pm
    In addition to sandwich chain Panera Bread and Subway, and fast food king McDonald's, some 860 branch locations of sub sandwich chain Firehouse Subs will now officially begin accepting Apple Pay starting today. Apple Pay allows users to pay for food by simply…
  • Apple brings iWork apps out of beta on iCloud.com; free access to all

    Thu 4:31pm
    PC users that have been curious to try out Apple's suite of productivity programs, formerly known collectively as iWork, are now able to do so from the main iCloud.com website, the feature having been taken out of Apple's beta.icloud.com lab. Earlier this…
  • Opponents, supporters of FCC Net Neutrality, Title II vote speak out

    Thu 2:46pm
    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…
  • Daily Deals: Samsung 4K monitor, Vizio smart TV, Fujifilm bundle

    Thu 1:53pm
    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…
  • Apple media event scheduled for March 9, likely to discuss Apple Watch

    Thu 12:10pm
    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…
  • FCC approves net neutrality, Title II proposal in 3-2 vote

    Thu 11:52am
    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…
  • Brikk luxes out Apple watch, will ship $70k diamond encrusted model

    Thu 10:38am
    Despite the Apple Watch not yet shipping, design company Brikk has unveiled the Lux Watch product line. Their new collection includes 30 precious metal-plated, diamond encrusted luxury models across three lines of the upcoming wearable from Cupertino....
  • FCC net neutrality vote today, last minute changes made to proposal

    Thu 9:45am
    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…
  • Hands On: Tube Map Pro (iOS)

    Thu 8:59am
    We truly do not appreciate how good apps are -- until we hit a problem. You join us now live as we head in to London by train, and have had to go hunting for new apps. We've ended up buying Tube Map Pro to help us get around, and we're very happy with it --…
  • WD grows My Cloud line with two Expert, two Business models

    Thu 8:53am
    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…
  • Hands On: Weather Clock Pro (iOS)

    Thu 8:29am
    Bedside alarm apps are hardly new by any stretch of the imagination, and we'd be willing to bet that most iPhone users have tried one at some point. Often times these apps tend to be fairly simple, providing the user with little more than a clock and an alarm,…
  • China regulators block governmental purchases of Apple, Intel hardware

    Thu 8:15am
    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…
  • Hands On: WireShare (iOS)

    Wed 11:31pm
    Apple's iPads and iPhones are great, but there are a few drawbacks to using them versus using a full-fledged computer. Generally, we tend to hit snags when it comes to being able to easily access a wide variety of file types. Sure, there are workarounds, and…
  • Briefly: Google Play Music expansion, Netflix adds more kids content

    Wed 10:17pm
    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…
  • Pointers: introducing Siri to your family

    Wed 8:24pm
    This week's Pointers tip is short and sweet, and one of those head-slapping "of course!" moments. It's a far simpler way of adding your family into Siri so that she (or he) will understand who you mean when you say "send a text to my wife" or "read me the last…
  • IDC: iOS, Android control 96.3 percent of entire smartphone market

    Wed 7:11pm
    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.…
  • Apple Watch stars in 12-page Vogue spread; Cook spills details

    Wed 4:31pm
    While the Apple Watch will make its first US cover debut in the March issue of lifestyle and health magazine Self, the US edition of fashion magazine Vogue features a 12-page ad for the Apple Watch in the current March issue -- and a video version of the ad…
  • Hands On: Notebook Wars Saga Pro (iOS)

    Wed 4:08pm
    Popularized in the 1980s, shoot 'em up's, or shmups for short, dominated the arcade scene. From Space Invaders through Ikaruga, the genre has a diverse set of titles across almost every platform. The games are generally categorized as shooter games in which a…
  • Daily Deals: MSI gaming notebook, 512GB Crucial SSD, Classic rock

    Wed 2:53pm
    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…
  • Cook, Srugi arrive in Israel after meetings in Germany

    Wed 1:53pm
    Fresh from his trip to Germany, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple VP of Hardware Technology Johny Srugi -- the latter a graduate of Israel's Technion Institute of Technology -- have made their way to Israel for meetings and to attend the opening of a new set of…
  • Comcast may be planning to start own mobile carrier

    Wed 1:08pm
    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…
  • Hands On: Footpath (iOS)

    Wed 10:54am
    Footpath – usually $1 but at time of review free on the App Store – is a route map app for walkers and runners that does one thing very well. We would like it to do just a little more for the ambulatory but it's one of those apps you'll play with just to…
  • Apple on the hook for $533M lawsuit payout over in-app purchase tech

    Wed 7:34am
    Apple has been handed a rare loss in a patent licensing trial. The Cupertino manufacturer has been ordered to pay patent aggregation company Smartflash, a non-practicing entity, $532.9 million for willful infringement of the company's patents in iTunes and…
  • Hands On: And Then It Rained (iOS)

    Wed 7:32am
    And Then It Rained by Megagon Industries is one of the most tranquil games we've come across. It's a colorful one-touch game that involves sliding different colored "towers" across the bottom of the screen, to catch droplets of corresponding colors falling…
  • Briefly: Microsoft Office 365 in Education, Pingit pays Twitter names

    Wed 6:58am
    Microsoft is offering a simpler way for students around the world to check their eligibility for a free Office 365 license. While free subscriptions have been around for a while, it typically involved a lengthy process to check for eligibility. Now, students…
  • Hands On: YouTube Kids (iOS, Android)

    Tue 11:59pm
    YouTube is a wonderful place. The sheer amount of content uploaded to it every day is almost enough to entertain and educate us for a lifetime. That being said, YouTube is far from being child-friendly, even though a lot of children's programming winds up on…
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