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  • HomeKit support present in latest Apple TV firmware, source says

    22 September 2014, 12:40 pm

    The latest Apple TV firmware also includes support for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8, a source for Forbes notes. Apple hasn't promoted the fact, and the source suggests this is because there's little reason to do so until other…
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus sales topped 10 million in three days, Apple says

    22 September 2014, 10:48 am

    During their launch weekend, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus achieved 10 million in unit sales, Apple says. The number bests the company's previous iPhone record, some 9 million achieved by the 5s and 5c last year. The 6 and 6 Plus are currently available in…
  • Tim Cook to speak at Climate Week NYC at 12PM Eastern

    22 September 2014, 10:06 am

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is due to speak at the Climate Week NYC conference at 12PM Eastern time, or 9AM Pacific. The conference is an annual gathering themed around sustainability, and for 2014 there is a special emphasis on lowering carbon emissions. Cook will be…
  • Briefly: Bluetooth blood pressure monitor, Pantera case for iPhone 6

    22 September 2014, 12:13 am

    Pyle Audio has announced the introduction of its new Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). The monitor and its accompanying integrated app are designed to provide users' pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures. Users insert their arm into the…
  • Review: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB 3.0 drive

    21 September 2014, 10:45 pm

    USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files…
  • Reviews: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB drive

    21 September 2014, 9:00 pm

    USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files…
  • Turtle Beach releases Ear Force Z60 gaming headset for PC, Mac

    21 September 2014, 5:32 pm

    Turtle Beach released the Ear Force Z60 headset last week, a pair of gaming headphones that the company first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Made to handle the surround-sound needs for video games, music and movies, the headphones…
  • Google easing up on mandatory Google+ signups for new Gmail accounts

    21 September 2014, 2:18 pm

    Google is no longer forcing users to create a Google+ profile when setting up a new Gmail account, according to a report from marketing blog Wordstream. By easing up on the mandatory setup of the social media arm of the search company, Google is continuing to…
  • Briefly: Wi-Fi Smart Plug now shipping, Google Search for iOS update

    21 September 2014, 11:40 am

    Network accessories company D-Link has announced that its new Wi-Fi Smart Plug is now shipping. Originally introduced in the spring, the device allows users to turn devices on and off from anywhere using the free Mydlink Home app, available for iOS as well as…
  • Google petitions FCC for NM desert testing of broadcast-capable drones

    20 September 2014, 5:39 pm

    Google has filed a plan to test broadcast drones in the skies of New Mexico. A filing with the US Federal Communications Commission, one of the regulatory agencies that needs to be involved with such an endeavor, points to a test site south of Santa Fe, New…
  • Home Depot transaction security reportedly ramshackle since 2008

    20 September 2014, 4:08 pm

    Following the revelation that 56 million credit card transactions were stolen by miscreants, more information is coming out about the hack and The Home Depot's reportedly long-term lackadaisical security. According to employees familiar with the situation, the…
  • Former NBA star arrested for $14,000 theft through Apple EasyPay

    20 September 2014, 3:41 pm

    Former Phoenix Suns professional basketball player Rex Chapman was arrested on Friday, and accused of shoplifting $14,000 in Apple merchandise using Apple's EasyPay self-checkout system. Apple store employees reported the player, after recognizing him "based…
  • New Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' headset shown, 'massive leap' over DK2

    20 September 2014, 3:25 pm

    Today at the Oculus Connect conference, Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell not only showed the third version of the Oculus Rift, the "Crescent Bay," but also revealed that the nascent platform is now a Unity 5 build target, opening up the device to a wide…
  • Apple, HP slam patent troll with $3.6 million each in attorney fees

    20 September 2014, 1:37 pm

    Northern District of California Court Judge Claudia Wilken has ruled that non-practicing entity Linex Technologies must pay Apple, Aruba, Meru, Ruckus, and HP millions in attorney fees after pursuing a patent case that it knew was destined for failure. Apple…
  • Briefly: Modbook Pro X Last Call campaign, Twitter for iPhone update

    20 September 2014, 12:48 pm

    Modbook has extended its Kickstarter fundraising campaign for its Modbook Pro X tablet, allowing those interested to still make a pledge until September 30. The Mac-based 15.4-inch Retina display tablet utilizes the original hardware of a MacBook Pro system,…
  • Monkey Parking fires up service in southern CA, meets resistance

    20 September 2014, 12:14 pm

    Parking spot resale service Monkey Parking has quietly relaunched in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, California. While not currently illegal in the cities, city attorneys have taken note of the launch, met with representatives from the service, and are…
  • Sony Video Unlimited service migrates to OS X, Windows through browser

    20 September 2014, 11:52 am

    Sony has shifted delivery of its Video Unlimited service for computers away from a discrete application, and onto a web-based player. In allowing browsers to play back video for the first time, Sony has opened up the service for OS X as well as a wider array…
  • Microsoft: 15GB free OneDrive bonus to mobile with 'camera backup'

    20 September 2014, 11:20 am

    Microsoft has increased the free space offering on its file storage system OneDrive. Users on Android, Windows Phone, or iOS who switch on "camera backup" to the online storage locker will get a 15GB space bonus, increasing the amount of free space from 15GB…
  • Apple raises prices on out-of-warranty iPhone 6 repairs

    20 September 2014, 2:53 am

    In a new note on its repairs webpage, Apple has raised prices on out-of-warranty repair costs for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple has not, however, increased prices on its $99 AppleCare+ warranty, which adds a second year of coverage and allows two…
  • Verizon achieves 'holy grail' with voice over LTE support rollout

    19 September 2014, 10:18 pm

    Beginning today, Verizon customers across the US who buy the new iPhone 6 models or one of a pair of other smartphones that support Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) will finally be able to do something AT&T has bragged about for years: simultaneously talk on the phone…
  • Record crowds outside stores worldwide for iPhone 6, 6 Plus debut

    19 September 2014, 8:25 pm

    In some locations on Friday, it seemed like the whole world took off work Friday to stand in line for an iPhone 6. Mass reports of "thousands" of customers standing in line for hours at flagship Apple stores around the globe have been received since MacNN…
  • Tim Cook to be interviewed at first WSDJLive conference in October

    19 September 2014, 6:05 pm

    Apple CEO Tim Cook will be interviewed at the first WSJDLive technology conference being hosted by the Wall Street Journal, according to an announcement. The event is scheduled for October 27 through the 29 at the Montage in Laguna Beach, California. Some…
  • Prescheduled social media posts from Joan Rivers promote iPhone 6

    19 September 2014, 5:01 pm

    In an unusual gaffe, the official Instagram and Facebook accounts for comedian Joan Rivers -- who died on September 4 -- today briefly displayed identical, prescheduled posts about the iPhone 6. "This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one),"…
  • Forums: new iPhone and iOS 8 first impressions

    19 September 2014, 4:49 pm

    As the long lines outside of Apple stores world-wide finally start to move, and new iPhones start landing in the hands of Mac fans everywhere, MacNN forum-goers with phones in-hand begin to post their first impressions in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone"…
  • Apple: bargain-priced MacBook Pros from $929

    19 September 2014, 4:47 pm

    Save big on refurbished MacBook Pro models at Apple's online refurb store, with prices starting as low as $929. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and 8x SuperDrive has been reduced to…
  • DealNN: Sony cameras, 3D TVs, Harman Kardon earbuds and more

    19 September 2014, 4:45 pm

    Right now at Amazon, save 44 percent on the Sony NEX-6L/B compact interchangeable lens digital camera in black. It was $898, but has been reduced to $500 and is eligible for free two-day shipping. That discount makes this the best price we have seen anywhere…
  • Google Maps extends navigation, adds 'Missing Places' to apps

    19 September 2014, 2:17 pm

    Google has made two changes to its Google Maps mobile apps. The app now provides navigational instructions in an additional 19 countries, bringing the total number of countries with the function enabled to 96, while users finding issues with local maps are…
  • Cook appears at Palo Alto Apple Store, Ahrendts shows in Sydney

    19 September 2014, 1:58 pm

    For today's iPhone 6 launch, Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the Palo Alto Apple Store, while retail head Angela Ahrendts helped launch the phone in Sydney, Australia -- one of the first places in the world to get the device. Cook is said to have…
  • Friday Deals: 240GB SSD, touchscreen monitor, $15 iTunes card for $10

    19 September 2014, 1:31 pm

    Standing in line at the Apple store? We aren't, so this afternoon we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All…
  • SACOM protests labor abuses during Hong Kong iPhone 6 launch

    19 September 2014, 12:49 pm

    The launch of the iPhone 6 at Apple's Hong Kong store has been tumultuous, accounts say. Police were brought in to disperse people waiting in line without reservations, and a regional activist group -- Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, or…

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