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Grandview, MO officially added to list of Google Fiber cities

05/07, 11:57pm

Aldermen voted, approved proposal to bring Gigabit Fiber to area

Google has officially announced that Grandview, Missouri is next in line for the search engine-provided Gigabit Fiber Internet service. No timetable for deployment has been announced, with the company saying that "it will still be a while" before the fiber deployment begins and customers can subscribe to the services.

Google continues iOS subterfuge with Chrome API for iOS

05/07, 9:53pm

Lets devs bypass Safari and use Chrome as default in-app browser

Shortly after updating its GMail iOS app to allow it to link directly to Chrome and other Google apps as needed, the search and ad giant is now offering Chrome for iOS integration tools to developers that allow them to specify Chrome as the browser to use for in-app web interaction, bypassing Safari unless Chrome is not already installed. The tools can give developers the option of using Chrome or asking the user if they would like to open a link in Chrome rather than Safari. It's not yet clear if the changes represent any breach of Apple's iOS guidelines.

OS X-only LightSpeed point-of-sale software updated

05/07, 9:05pm

New version brings better mobile integration, enhanced reporting

Retail technologist LightSpeed today announced the launch of StoreMaster, enabling Macintosh users to track real-time data across all sales channels, manage inventory levels, and process invoices and shipments from one control panel. Its new customizable Dashboard delivers up-to-the-minute metrics in easy-to-read graphs, assisting stores in reaching sales goals and performance monitoring.

Microsoft updates Office 2011, adds Office365 compatibility

05/07, 7:30pm

Patch fixes numerous bugs, requires OS X 10.5.8 or higher

A new update is available for Microsoft Office 2011, the most recent version of the widely-used office suite. Version 14.3.4 addresses numerous issues and bugs, adds a needed font for sharing documents, and most importantly further refines the interoperability of the Office 365 initiative, allowing the option for users to jump to the subscription version of Office if they want. In addition, the new version adds the built-in option of saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word.

Greenlight CEO Einhorn grows stake in Apple stock, cites buyback

05/07, 6:18pm

CEO filed suit against apple in February for 'iPref' stock

In Greenlight Capital Investor's quarterly earnings conference call, Chairman David Einhorn revealed that he has grown his stake in the company. The move was made in reaction to Apple's announcement of the $100 billion share repurchase, and record-breaking dividend program which he called "a major step forward" for the Cupertino manufacturer.

Briefly: Rhapsody, Scosche headphones, Humble Double Fine Bundle

05/07, 6:04pm

Rhapsody adds 'liner notes,' technical info to music files

Music service Rhapsody has implemented a new "liner notes" feature, implementing the RIAA's "Give Fans the Credit" plan for including detailed production information with each digital song, including songwriters, background performers, producers and engineers involved in the production. The rollout, scheduled to take place over the next few months, would allow fans to search for music in new ways, such as tracking songs a specific producer was involved in, or for example finding out which songs featured a specific group of sidemen. The service has already started curating collections of tunes grouped by notable names of either producers, engineers or composers.

BitTorrent shows new transfer protocol, enables paid content

05/07, 5:30pm

First transfer with new protocol requires only an email to unlock

File-sharing network BitTorrent has revealed a "direct-to-fan" collaboration with music label Ultra. Using a new protocol called the BitTorrent Bundle, an interaction by the downloader -- such as providing information or even paying for the content -- is required before unlocking restricted content. The mechanism for secure distribution is embedded within the protocol, and compatible with existing BitTorrent clients.

Electronista's 2013 Mother's Day tech gift guide

05/07, 5:22pm

Gadget gifts to get for the woman that gave you life

Mother's Day is a special sort of day where we get to give back to the woman that gave us life. This special day is right around the corner -- but you knew that already, right? Of course, the reason you haven't gotten a gift yet is because you're looking for just the perfect one. Ah, but what's the thing to get for such a woman? Electronista took a look at the latest and greatest in consumer tech to figure out what you should get good ol' Mom in order to one-up all your siblings -- who went the flowers-and-chocolate route.

Viber releases Mac, Windows versions of VoIP client

05/07, 4:43pm

Carries over features of mobile apps

VoIP service Viber has released new Mac and Windows versions of its client software. Previously the app was only available for mobile platforms, such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone. The Desktop software incorporates all the features of the iOS app, such as instant messaging, contact sync, group chats, and shared histories.

Aaron Greenspan sues most of Silicon Valley over money transfer laws

05/07, 4:21pm

Facebook, Square, Dwolla, AirBnb, Mt Gox, hundreds of others named

Frequent litigant Aaron Greenspan, one-time claimant to Facebook co-foundership has filed a lawsuit against the vast majority of Silicon Valley's largest investors, and many Internet companies offering "money services businesses" with cash transfers as a primary product. The list of corporate defendants include frequent Greenspan target Facebook, Airbnb, Dwolla, and Square, troubled BitCoin exchange Mt. Gox, and many others. Individuals named in the suit inlude Paypal founder Max Levchin, Airbnb creator Brian Chesky, billionaire Yuri Milner, and Reddit CEO Yishan Wong.

Microsoft extends revenue-per-search guarantee to Yahoo for one year

05/07, 4:10pm

Analyst increases Yahoo gross revenue estimate by $60M

Microsoft has extended its revenue guarantee with Yahoo, according to an SEC filing. The revenue-per-search guarantee, part of the ten-year deal the two companies struck in 2009, will be extended by one additional year, allowing Yahoo to earn more revenue than it otherwise would have if the guarantee fully elapsed.

Chromium for Mac gets early version of notification center

05/07, 4:00pm

Should pave way for Google Now on OS X

The Chrome OS notification center -- already in the Windows releases of Chromium and Chrome Canary -- is in the process of being ported to the Mac version of Chromium, says Google's François Beaufort. The Chromium evangelist points to a logged Chromium issue titled "[Mac][MC] Implement notification updates and relayouts." He comments that the Mac version of the notification center is still "under heavy development," but that it can already be toggled on by running Chrome with an "--enable-rich-notifications" switch.

Forums: dead pixels, blown usb ports and more

05/07, 3:25pm

Dead pixels, blown usb ports and more

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, members tried to help one concerned Fresh-Faced Recruit figure out reasons why white and black lines might show up across the screen of their iPhone 3GS. Also yesterday, one Forum Regular was having some trouble with a flickering external monitor attached to their 15-inch rMBP with a mini-display port cable, and they turned to the forums for some advice.

Apple deals: Mac mini and Mac Pro

05/07, 3:24pm

Mac mini and Mac Pro at low prices

This week, Apple's online store has lowered prices on a range of Mac mini and Mac Pro models. The refurb'd Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 500GB hard drives has been reduced by $240, bringing the cost down to $759. For $1,099 is the refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage.

DealNN: Retina MBP cut to $1,599

05/07, 3:22pm

Retina MBP cut to $1,599

At MacMall.com this week, save 27 percent on the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro which has been reduced by $600 -- from $2,200 down to $1,600. This MacBook Pro features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage along with a Retina display, Intel HD graphics, and built-in FaceTime Camera. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.

Briefly: YouTube Trends Map, YouTube app update for Windows Phone

05/07, 3:09pm

YouTube Trends Map shows popular videos in areas of US

Google has created a new map that shows videos trending on YouTube by area. The Trends Map displays the most popular videos being viewed in major markets across the US, with the added option of viewing the top videos in areas by age band and gender. While it is covering the United States initially, the YouTube Trends blog states that there are updates due in future, which could include providing data on regional viewing habits in other countries.

Toshiba first to have range of DivX Plus Streaming-certified TVs in UK

05/07, 3:05pm

Extra DivX features provide multi-language subtitles, audio, chapters

Rovi has revealed that Toshiba will be the first television manufacturer to launch a range of DivX Plus Streaming-certified HDTVs. The addition of DivX Plus Streaming to the televisions will allow users to watch streaming content with typical features found in DVD and Blu-ray Disc usage, such as support for multi-language subtitles and audio tracks.

iOS 6 security gets FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification

05/07, 2:33pm

iOS 6 security gets FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification

A cryptographic component in iOS 6 has received FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 Level 1 security certification from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, says TUAW. In particular, the NIST says that when running in FIPS mode, iOS 6's CoreCrypto Kernel Module 3.0 "generates cryptographic keys whose strengths are modified by available entropy." The module is identified as "a software cryptographic module running on a multi-chip standalone mobile device and provides services intended to protect data in transit and at rest."

Rumor: Camera test, specifications of Sony C1905 smartphone surface

05/07, 12:58pm

Uses 5-megapixel camera, unnamed Snapdragon processor

Details of a new mid-ranged smartphone from Sony has appeared online, complete with an alleged test of its 5-megapixel camera. The C1905 is said to be an Android Jelly Bean-based phone that will form part of the Xperia range, and will sit alongside the Xperia L in the company's product catalog, with the leak coming shortly after claimed specifications of the camera-oriented Xperia i1 Honami were reported.

German court rules against Apple data privacy terms

05/07, 12:07pm

Apple can't ask for 'global consent' for data use, court finds

A Berlin court has struck down eight provisions in Apple's terms of use for data because they violate German law, Bloomberg reports, citing local consumer group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV). The ruling states that Apple can't ask for "global consent" to use personal data, including location information. Previous to the decision, Apple had already signed a binding agreement that it wouldn't use seven of the 15 provisions VZBV objected to prior to the lawsuit. Today's judgment invalidates the remaining eight, although Apple can appeal if it chooses.

Briefly: Google Drive desktop sharing, Rovio game progress syncing

05/07, 11:36am

Google Drive simplifies sharing from desktop

Google has expanded the functionality of its Google Drive desktop app to simplify the process of sharing documents. Thanks to the most recent update, Google Drive files can now be shared with others directly from a Mac or PC's file system by right clicking on the file. The update is currently being rolled out to all users and may not show up immediately.

WD uses SanDisk iSSD flash in 5mm-thick solid state hybrid drives

05/07, 11:34am

Uses iSSD to cache data for faster transfers

Western Digital has revealed it is working with SanDisk for its 5mm (0.2-inches) thick solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) that it revealed last month. The WD Black SSHD storage, aimed at notebook manufacturers aiming to create thinner devices, uses SanDisk's flash memory technology for the solid-state portion, which works alongside the WD-created hard disk.

iOS grows gap over Android in US mobile web traffic

05/07, 10:48am

Apple pulls share from Android, smaller platforms

iOS made significant gains in US mobile web traffic during April, according to Investing Analytics data obtained by Piper Jaffray. The platform reached a 69 percent share, up from 66.4 percent in March. The growth primarily at the expense of Android, which declined from 28.7 percent in March to 26.5.

Leak: Huawei P6-U06 photographs show 6.18mm thickness, metal trim

05/07, 10:03am

Device in images matches photos in Chinese regulator filing

Huawei is preparing an extremely thin smartphone for release, according to recently-surfaced photographs. Three shots of a device alleged to be the Huawei P6-U06 have appeared, showing a minimalist front display without physical buttons, and a metal edging on the sides that bears a passing resemblance to that of the iPhone 5.

NPD anticipates Retina iPad mini display production in June or July

05/07, 9:36am

Claims new Minis in Q3 2013, Q1 2014

Production of Retina displays for a new iPad mini should start in June or July, says NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim. Elaborating, Shim claims that LG Display will be the parts' major producer, and that Samsung will continue to be omitted from the Mini display chain. "Samsung is currently not in the iPad mini and they won't be in the next generation. LGD is becoming a much bigger supplier than before," he says.

AT&T Beam USB modem offers 4G LTE connectivity, built-in LCD screen

05/07, 7:47am

Included display provides usage statistics, remaining allowance

AT&T has added to its range of 4G LTE connectivity devices with a built-in display. The AT&T Beam from Sierra Wireless is a USB modem that connects to the carrier's 4G LTE network, and like the MiFi Liberate, it comes with its own LCD panel to provide important details, such as the strength of the signal and how much data is remaining in the monthly allowance.

Sony Japan reveals new Vaio Fit notebook range, due mid-May in US

05/07, 7:43am

Sony revamps 2013 notebook line with new Vaio Fit 14, 15-inch models

Sony Japan has revealed a new lineup of notebooks for 2013 that also carry new branding. The new 'Fit' series encompasses a wide range of notebooks that the company is targeting at "students and business users who are looking for a step up and want more of a premium design but still at an entry-level price point." The 14- and 15-inch touchscreen notebooks also span a wide price range, starting at $550 with the high end models topping out at $2,210.

SoftBank CEO promotes 4G expertise ahead of Sprint shareholder vote

05/07, 7:14am

Knowledge of TD-LTE spectrum to help Sprint in rollout

SoftBank's CEO is continuing to talk-up his company's $20.1 billion offer to buy out Sprint, by claiming SoftBank's experience with 4G will help the US carrier. Network enhancements, such as SoftBank's single frequency network technology for reducing interference, will help Sprint in the long run alongside other benefits, according to CEO Masayoshi Son.

Windows 8 sales pass 100M, MS talks Windows Blue

05/07, 6:46am

Windows 8 passes 100 million licenses, Windows Blue due by holidays

Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller has revealed that Windows 8 licenses sold has now passed the 100 million mark, six months after its launch. This is said to include installations on new PCs and tablets, as well as upgrades to Windows 8. Reller didn't reveal the breakdown of Windows 8 licenses, which includes Windows RT sales, but did say that there are now 2,400 devices certified to run its controversial new operating system.

Nokia Lumia 928 confirmed via Vanity Fair ad, Lumia 925 rumored

05/07, 6:30am

London launch to feature two phones, including aluminum-coated Catwalk

Another confirmation for the existence of the Nokia Lumia 928 has surfaced, in the guise of a magazine advertisement. The promotion in Vanity Fair and accompanying product page arrives at the same time as rumors that the Lumia 928 will not be the only device launched at a Nokia media event being held in London on May 14th.

Rumor: Apple plans more than one low-cost iPhone model

05/07, 2:00am

Samsung fighting back with staggering advertising budget

A parts supplier with a good track record of providing advance information on smartphones is now saying that it has heard that Apple is planning more than just a single model of the so-called "low-cost" iPhone. The rumored phone, which has been speculated on for over a year, is said to be aimed at developing markets where pre-paid phones and plans dominate and is thought to be largely plastic-based, but have most of the same functionality as current iPhone models -- but cost around $330-$400, as much as 50 percent less than the off-contract price of a current iPhone.

Report: iOS app has accidental malware, but not a threat to users

05/07, 12:04am

Trojan horse points to non-functional webpage, part of sound file

A bit of malware -- a Trojan horse file that tries to redirect to a website -- has been found inside an iOS app, but the code has turned out to be harmless. The app in question is called Simply Find It ($2) and comes from a legitimate developer that has produced a number of legitimate games -- suggesting that the malware was probably inserted into the app accidentally. The bigger issue (since there is no direct threat posed by the bad code) is how Apple's testing procedure missed it -- and how two well-known anti-malware scanners couldn't pick up on it either.

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