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Home Depot investigating possible credit card data breach

09/02, 6:39pm

Intrusion may have been performed by same team behind Target hack

Home Depot is investigating "unusual activity" with its customer data, with the retailer appearing to be the victim of a major credit card breach. The store chain confirmed it was looking into the matter earlier today, after a report claimed acquired customer data was going on sale via a number of illicit websites specializing in credit card details.

Gaems details new devices including M240, release date set for M155

09/02, 6:25pm

New partnerships in the works for branding, M155 hitting retail on November 2

At Penny Arcade Expo this year, Gaems Vice President of Marketing and co-founder John Smith and partner and former professional athlete Hank Baskett were on hand to talk about some of the new things coming from the company. While Gaems is best known for its series of Personal Gaming Environments (PGE) like the Vanguard and the Sentry, the company is branching out to new aspects of the gaming world with two brand new products for computer users, the M155 and M240.

Some AppleSeed testers gain access to new iCloud for Windows beta

09/02, 5:46pm

Includes features previously not available for Windows, such as iCloud Drive

Selected AppleSeed public testers are being contacted by Apple via email and being offered the opportunity to download and test a new beta seed of iCloud for Windows, which was announced earlier this summer at Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference. Candidates need to have a PC running Windows 7 or later, and will gain access to the forthcoming advanced features of iCloud such as iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library.

Apple opens 'Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity' scholarship

09/02, 5:07pm

Offers US minorities $10,000 towards tech education

Apple has launched a new "Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity" scholarship, according to the company's job listings page. The program is named after Apple's Product Integrity group, and offers successful minority applicants up to $10,000 towards a technology education. "To be eligible, applicants must be women, black/African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are attending an accredited U.S. university and continuing their education in Fall 2015," the company writes.

AT&T complains about unfairness of municipal broadband to FCC

09/02, 4:22pm

Letter to FCC alleges that government owned networks hold undue power

Given the opportunity to petition against the expansion of municipal broadband expansion in Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC, AT&T has taken the opportunity to remind the government of its role in the state of Internet connectivity in the US. In its filing with the US Federal Communcations Commission, the telecom giant lays out its case against why local broadband, or "Government Owned Networks" (GON), shouldn't be allowed.

Ouya reportedly receiving attention over potential acquisition

09/02, 4:09pm

Companies from US, China said to be interested in buying Ouya

Ouya may be acquired in the not-too-distant future, a report claims. The company behind the Kickstarter-funded Android game console is said to be in talks with a number of companies, both located in the United States as well as in China, though apparently discussions are at an early stage and no offers have been made by any potential suitors.

Atlanta to get Cumberland Mall Apple Store on Saturday

09/02, 3:38pm

City's third Apple outlet

Apple has announced plans to launch a new US store this Saturday, this time in Atlanta, Georgia's Cumberland Mall. The shop will open at 10AM that day, and in keeping with regular hours operate until 9PM. The only exception is on Sundays, when hours will span noon to 6PM.

Google Enterprise services rebranding as 'Google for Work'

09/02, 3:07pm

Chairman Eric Schmidt trumpets change, notes successes on blog post

Google is rebranding its efforts for enterprise. In a blog post heralding the change Chairman Eric Schmidt noted that the business focused offerings from the search engine giant will now be known as Google for Work, with no other changes made to the products other than the name. Encompassed under the new nomenclature are Gmail and Hangouts, plus Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Groups, News, Play, Sites, and Vault.

Apple: Celebrity photo leaks not result of iCloud breach

09/02, 3:06pm

Claims victims were hit by 'very targeted' attack

Apple has issued a new follow-up statement on this week's celebrity photo leaks via iCloud. "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," the company writes. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 [u]

09/02, 1:54pm

Changes so far undiscovered

(Updated with some early changes) Apple is now distributing a seventh developer preview of OS X Yosemite, as well as matching betas of Xcode 6, OS X Server 4.0, and Configurator 1.6. Any changes to Yosemite are unmentioned in release notes, but will probably be uncovered within the next few days. The last preview build of Yosemite was released roughly two weeks ago.

Office for iPad updates with support for monthly subscriptions

09/02, 1:40pm

Includes Home, Personal tiers

Microsoft has today updated the Office iPad apps -- including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- with in-app purchases of monthly Office 365 subscriptions. These are divided into Personal and Home tiers. The first costs $7 per month, and is limited to one iPad and one PC/Mac. It does however come with 1TB of cloud storage, and 60 minutes of Skype calling to cellphones and landlines.

BlackBerry invitations to three events hint at Passport launch

09/02, 1:07pm

BBOS addition BlackBerry Blend may appear alongside Passport at events

BlackBerry has sent out invitations to events held in Toronto, London, and Dubai on the 24th of September. The invite offers little in the way of clues as to what the three events will involve, but the use of a map and a plane symbol suggests the manufacturer will be formally launching the Passport smartphone, while rumors claim it could potentially include a software update allowing for the usage of BlackBerry Messenger from a desktop rather than a smartphone.

Native Instruments announces Komplete 10 bundles, new keyboards

09/02, 12:49pm

Komplete gets new Rounds, Kontour, Polyplex instruments

Native Instruments has announced Komplete 10, the next version of its audio production suite bundling together all its instruments with some extra perks. This version adds several new instruments, including Rounds, Kontour, and Polyplex. Rounds combines sound design and sequencing functions, while Kontour is a synthesizer with "organic" textures. Polyplex designs drumkits, combining up to four samples per slot; randomization can be applied on a global, sound, or sample level.

Briefly: PDF Forms 3.0, SWISS Airlines to use iPad in cockpit

09/02, 12:40pm

PDF Forms 3.0 released, adds signature scanner

PDF Forms has released a new version of its PDF processor app for iOS. Allowing users to fill forms, add remarks and notes to the ready document, PDF Forms also facilitates adding hand-written signatures that can be reused if saved. Access to documents and signatures can be password protected, and new files can be created from previously generated forms with reordered pages or split filled documents. PDF Forms v3.0 includes a built-in signature scanner, simplifying digitizing signatures. A new annotation toolbar has been added, as well as minor bug fixes. Priced at $9, PDF Forms requires iOS 6.0 or later.

Forums: new channels on Apple TV and more

09/02, 12:09pm

new channels on Apple TV and more

With the long holiday weekend, and kids heading back-to-school, the last few days have been rather quiet in the MacNN forums. Forum members continue to discuss price differences between SSDs and HDDs in the thread titled "Hard Drive Ripoffs" started by "reader50" late last week. Moderator "P" noticed new Apple TV channels appearing in Sweden, and wonders if there have been more channels added in other regions as well.

Apple deals: Mac desktops from $929

09/02, 12:08pm

Mac desktops from $929

Apple's Online Store has a selection of refurbished Mac desktop models priced as low as $929. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage is currently priced at $929. Also priced at $929, after a $170 discount, is the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive.

DealNN: iPad mini for $200

09/02, 12:07pm

iPad mini for $200

Right now at BestBuy.com get the 16GB iPad mini in Space Gray on sale for $200. That is $100 off the list price of $300, and about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This iPad features a Retina display, 1GHz A5 dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, iSight camera and FaceTime front facing camera. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

Sonos software update adds home Wi-Fi support to speaker system

09/02, 11:49am

Update eliminates requirement for physical network connection, Sonos Bridge

Sonos has started to implement a change to the wireless networking used by its speaker system, eliminating the need for a physical connection. The previously-announced update will now allow for speakers to connect to an existing Wi-Fi network, instead of the wireless mesh network created between the speakers.

AMD ships three eight core FX processors based on Piledriver

09/02, 11:46am

New chips have no GPU, boast low price and light thermal load

Chip manufacturer AMD has launched a trio of new eight core FX processors, based on the older Piledriver architecture. Released today are the FX-8370 and FX-8370E which peak at 4.3GHz, as well as the 4GHz FX-8320E. All three chips buck industry trends and don't have an onboard graphical processing unit.

European anti-trust regulators probing Facebook's WhatsApp deal

09/02, 10:50am

Questionnaire sent by European Commission gaging impact of merger

The European Commission, the EU's antitrust agency, is seeking input from companies that may be impacted by Facebook's acquisition of messenger developer WhatsApp. The questionnaire is asking if queried companies are foreseeing any business issues with the merger, or if customers will be negatively impacted by the $19 billion deal.

Video shows alleged rear shell for 5.5-inch iPhone [u]

09/02, 10:33am

Unit similar in design to 4.7-inch iPhone 6

(Updated with accompanying battery information) A video (below) from French site Nowhereelse shows what is said to be a rear shell for Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone. The part appears to use the same design adopted by the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, simply scaled up. That includes an all-metal back, rounded edges, an embedded Apple logo, and differently-colored bands sectioning off the top and bottom.

Attorney Danny Marti nominated for US intellectual property czar

09/02, 10:16am

Patent attorney faces approval by Senate before taking helm

The White House has named a new federal head of intellectual property enforcement. Attorney Danny Marti was named as the next Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for the executive office of the President, a position that has laid fallow for the last year after the departure of the previous head to lead the Business Software Alliance.

Sony QX1 Smart Lens leaks with E-Mount lens compatibility

09/02, 9:55am

Smartphone-controlled Sony QX1 can use existing E-Mount lens range

Sony's QX Smart Lens line of combined sensors and lenses controlled by smartphone may be joined by a third device. Leaked images show what is rumored to be called the QX1, a replacement camera for smartphones which allows for the use of E-Mount lenses, rather than the 3.6x and 10x optical lenses used in the QX10 and QX100.

iWatch still in engineering verification phase, rumor claims

09/02, 9:47am

May support accessory not shipping until 2015

Even though some components are beginning to enter production, the iWatch is still in an engineering verification testing (EVT) stage and yet to undergo production verification testing (PVT), supply chain sources claim. The latter is needed before going into mass production, and the sources point out that Apple could theoretically change the design of the iWatch beforehand. In any case, it's argued that this supports the idea that the iWatch may not ship until 2015.

Uber Germany facing shutdown country wide, appealing order

09/02, 9:26am

New court order issued last week held in abeyance until appeal heard

Ridesharing app Uber is facing yet another shutdown order in Germany, this time, encompassing the entire country. A preliminary injunction to stop service nationwide has been applied against the company since the end of last week over what the court calls a lack of appropriate permits and insurance carried by the drivers. Uber is appealing, and will not shut down while it waits for a hearing.

Samsung invites media to Photokina event for possible NX1 launch

09/02, 8:21am

Premiere invitation images allegedly show Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera

Samsung has started to tease a "Premiere" event Photokina later this month, one which could be for the launch of a new device in Samsung's NX camera range. The rumored Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera, shown in brief glimpses on the invitation, will allegedly include a 28-megapixel APS-C CMOS ISOCELL sensor combined with a DRIMe image signal processor.

Elgato launches trio of HomeKit compatible home automation devices

09/02, 8:01am

Eve sensors for condition monitoring, Avea smartbulb, and Smart Power revealed

Elgato will be showcasing a new line of app-powered accessory products at the IFA trade show. The new products will enable iPhone and iPad users to control and monitor the home, modify the lighting atmosphere, and recharge mobile devices when away from a plug. Elgato Eve, allows users the capability to monitor conditions in the home. The intelligent LED bulb Avea, gives dynamic mood lighting at home. The intelligent battery Smart Power offers self-monitoring capabilities of charge and other parameters to make sure it is always ready to refill mobile devices.

Microsoft mistakenly teases Windows 9 in China

09/02, 6:57am

Weibo posting about Windows 9 Start Menu quickly pulled from view

Microsoft's Chinese business arm may have jumped the gun, by mistakenly promoting Windows 9 too early. The company's regional Weibo account reportedly put an image up promoting the next iteration of Microsoft's operating system along with a question hinting at the Start Menu, a posting which has since been removed from view.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact images, Z3 specifications surface before IFA

09/02, 5:49am

Xperia Z3 Compact shown in range of colors, usual Xperia styling

Details for two of Sony's IFA launches may have leaked before the company's event on Wednesday. Photographs of a smartphone believed to be the Xperia Z3 compact have surfaced, showing a range of color options for the device, while another image claims to show the complete specifications list for the larger Xperia Z3.

Briefly: LinkedIn retires InMaps, BBC's kids' coding, computing shows

09/02, 1:00am

LinkedIn retires visualization tool InMaps

Professional networking platform LinkedIn has discontinued its InMaps visualization tool. Citing the need to focus on new ways to visualize users' professional network, InMaps officially retired September 1. The feature was first launched in January 2011, and allowed for viewing different clusters in one's network and color code them as to see where crossovers and separations appeared.

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