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  • 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, NM and…
  • 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 company'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 on…
  • New Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' headset shown, 'massive leap' over DK2

    20 September 2014, 3:25 pm

    Today at the Oculus Connect conference, Oculus 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…
  • 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 can do so until September 30. The Mac-based 15.4-inch Retina display tablet utilizes the original hardware of a MacBook Pro…
  • 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, CA. While not currently illegal in the cities, city attorneys have taken note of the launch, met with representatives from the service, and are claiming that…
  • 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 a web 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 of…
  • Microsoft: 15GB free OneDrive bonus to mobile with 'camera backup'

    20 September 2014, 11:20 am

    Microsoft has increased its 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 outsides 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…
  • Fifth Avenue iPhone 6 line spans 12 blocks; 6 Plus in low US supply

    19 September 2014, 11:26 am

    While other Apple Stores saw large lines for this morning's iPhone 6 launch, the Fifth Avenue outlet in New York City saw a lineup stretching 12 city blocks, according to Business Insider. By 6AM, it had extended from 59th and 5th to 71st and 5th, despite…
  • iPhone Apps: Instapaper, 1Password, Dropbox

    19 September 2014, 11:09 am

  • Apple uses iOS 8 as first large-scale use of its new CDN, firm says

    19 September 2014, 10:30 am

    The deployment of iOS 8 on Wednesday was Apple's first large-scale test of its new content delivery network, or CDN, says research firm DeepField. At its high point, iOS 8 downloads reportedly consumed 3Tbps, compareable to about 25 HD movies being downloaded…
  • Virgin Atlantic to offer Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on entire plane fleet

    19 September 2014, 8:51 am

    In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo is expanding to Europe, with Virgin Atlantic set to become the first airline operating in the region to offer the service to passengers. The airline will reportedly retrofit its entire fleet to work with the Internet service as…
  • Briefly: Pebble firmware update, Netflix out in two more countries

    19 September 2014, 7:43 am

    A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch range adds iOS 8 support to the device, among other new additions. Version 2.5 of the firmware also activates its compass features using its magnetometer, allowing developers access to the component, as well as…
  • First look: iPhone 6, 6 Plus

    19 September 2014, 4:02 am

    The wait is finally over as the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally start landing in the hands of customers. As has been suggested, the iPhone 6 Plus is indeed in relatively short supply at launch with greater stock availability of the new 4.7-inch model.…
  • Wozniak on the iPhone 6: 'I've gotten rid of my Android phones'

    19 September 2014, 2:42 am

    Approached by a stalking TMZ.com producer fresh off a flight, Apple co-founder and member of the Inventor Hall of Fame Steve Wozniak spoke briefly about his enthusiasm for Apple's latest products, including the iPhone 6. While he didn't specify which model he…
  • Teardown of iPhone 6 Plus posted by iFixit, reveals 2915mAh battery

    19 September 2014, 12:30 am

    The Australian branch of repair specialists iFixit has obtained an iPhone 6 Plus, and has naturally opted to risk destroying it in the name of doing a teardown for the benefit of its users and gadget fans. The biggest discovery is the confirmation that the…
  • Featured iPhone 6 apps Epic Zen Garden, CNN now available

    18 September 2014, 10:30 pm

    Two programs demonstrated during the iPhone 6 event in Cupertino last week are now available for download. CNN's updated news app for the iPhone and newly optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including a two-column landscape view that makes better use…

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