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Hands on: Livescribe 3 smartpen, companion app for iOS

11/22, 9:55pm

New app serves as Evernote alternative

Livescribe recently introduced its third-generation smartpen and its first iOS app, Livescribe+, which aims to serve as an alternative to Evernote. We met the company this week in New York City, where we put the digital pen to task against our hastily scribbled notes. The concept is certainly promising, but does the new software and hardware really serve as an effective note-taking system for iPhones and iPads?

Briefly: New portable Wren V5BT and wearable Pulse Bluetooth speakers

11/22, 9:45pm

New Wren V5BT's 3-inch throw drivers and four layer voice coils produce realistic bass

American audio company, Wren Sound Systems, is now shipping its latest speaker product, the Wren V5BT portable speaker. Powered by Intersil's classic D2 50-watt DSP-controlled class D amplifier, the V5BT is able to deliver room-filling sound in a compact design.

Hands on: Acer's refreshed Aspire R7 convertible notebook

11/22, 6:45pm

Hinge enables four different modes

Acer's Aspire R7 convertible 15-inch notebook has been overhauled just in time for holiday shoppers. The refresh brings a Core i5 or i7 Haswell processor, more RAM, improved battery life and an optional active stylus, among other upgrades. The company has given us a chance to spend some hands-on time with the new build before it arrives on the market next month.

Apple to expand Reuse and Recycle program to emerging markets

11/22, 6:42pm

Apple bringing trade-in program to developing markets

Apple is looking to expand its trade-in program for iPhones to developing markets. 9to5Mac on Friday pointed to job listings on Apple's site seeking a Reuse (Trade-In) Worldwide Program Manager. Whoever fills the position, according to the description, will work on current and future "Global Reuse (Trade-In) Programs for Apple Online Store, Education, Retail and the Reseller Channel."

First Look: Dell's Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet

11/22, 5:22pm

Dell delivers a surprisingly suitable tablet so far

We've made no secret of the fact that we're fans of mobile devices with styluses, as evidenced by our raves about Samsung's Galaxy Note series. So it should come as no surprise that we were interested in checking out Dell's new Venue 8 Pro device and its active stylus. The 8-inch tablet runs Windows 8.1 - the full Windows - so we're also interested to see how well Microsoft's struggling platform works on an 8-inch slate form factor. Dell sent us a review unit, and you can check out our initial impressions by clicking on through.

2014 Honda Civic Coupe to support iOS mirroring on dash display

11/22, 3:25pm

2014 Honda Civic Coupe to support iOS mirroring

The 2014 Civic Coupe will support iOS mirroring when it becomes available on December 4th, Honda has announced. The car has a 7-inch multi-touch display built into the dash, which people will be able to use to control an iOS device without having to use a mount or reach down. Honda adds that promised Siri Eyes Free updates for its vehicles will also be available in early December.

Google teams with eyewear company for alternative Glass designs

11/22, 2:57pm

Glass eyewear steps closer to optometrists offices

Google has reportedly reached out to a traditional eyewear company to collaborate on potential alternative designs for Google Glass, according to a Wall Street Journal report (sub. required). The companies are also said to be discussing ways to showcase the devices in optometrists offices, hinting at a distribution strategy as the hardware moves beyond the invite-only "Explorer Program."

Only select US, Canadian Apple Stores opening early on Black Friday

11/22, 2:53pm

Canadian stores typically opening later than in US

Only some Apple Stores in the US and Canada will be opening early on Black Friday, reports note. In the US a portion, generally ones inside malls, will be open at 6AM. Others will be open at their regular times, and/or between 7 and 9AM. Canadian outlets will be open no earlier than 7AM, but otherwise follow a similar pattern. Apple's retail website provides details for individual store hours.

Briefly: Akvis Magnifier adds 64 bit, interior design app MyFourWalls

11/22, 2:45pm

AKVIS Magnifier 7.0 launched, a free upgrade for registered users

Image processing developer, Akvis, has announced its release of version 7 of Magnifier. Available for Windows and Mac operating systems, Magnifier provides tools to resize digital images without losing quality, and is able to not only reduce an image's resolution, but increase it by dozens of times with no halos or artifacts. Intended to be easily configurable, Magnifier can be used with its preset tools or have its parameters adjusted to one's preference. Version 7 of Magnifier includes new tools as well as native support for 64-bit for Windows.

Forums: iMovie 10 -- what the h3ll, Apple??

11/22, 2:28pm

iMovie 10: what the h3ll, Apple??

Yesterday, in the MacNN forums, one very frustrated Mac Elite lashed out at Apple's changes to iMovie, claiming that Apple "ruined it for no reason" and in a rage demanded to know "what is Apple smoking?" Others disagreed with his assessment. Also yesterday, "tadd" was concerned that their iPhone may have been infected with malware or some kind of keylogger after noticing strange behavior, another member chimed in that it is likely just the NSA conducting surveillance.

Apple deals: Mac mini and iMac

11/22, 2:27pm

Mac mini and iMac

Currently, Apple's online store has a selection of refurbished Mac mini and iMac models at low prices. A $260 price cut is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now priced at $539. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been cut by $270 to $1,229.

DealNN: tablets, HDTVs and more

11/22, 2:24pm

tablets, HDTVs and more

Amazon currently has a bundle deal that includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 seven-inch tablet with 16GB micro SDHC card, earbuds, stylus, cleaning kit and cloth. It was $260, but has been reduced to only $190. This bundle is $17 less than the lowest price we've seen anywhere else. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot, a seven-inch screen, GPS, two cameras and speakers. A one-year warranty is included from Samsung.

Motorola signs deal with 3D Systems to make modular smartphone parts

11/22, 1:56pm

3D Systems developing 3D printing line for Project Ara module construction

Motorola's modular smartphone has taken one more step into becoming a reality, thanks to a multi-year agreement with a manufacturing partner. 3D Systems has agreed to create a "continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform" for Project Ara, and ultimately creating modules as "Motorola's exclusive fulfillment partner" if it completes the platform's development.

Facebook's Sandberg denies any problems with teenage users

11/22, 1:47pm

Sandberg says teenage use stays stable

Facebook chief operations officer Sheryl Sandberg said this week that the tech media has exaggerated the company's problems with teenagers, and that reports of declining engagement among younger users are overblown. Pulse 2.0 carried a report of Sandberg's most recent comments, which came in the midst of Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference event. Asked about Facebook CFO David Ebersman's comments on teen use during the company's last earnings call, Sandberg said that those comments had been misinterpreted.

Foxconn to invest $40M in Pennsylvania connected to new factory

11/22, 12:57pm

$10 million of sum going toward research at Carnegie Mellon

Apple's main supplier, Foxconn, is planning to spend $40 million in Pennsylvania connected to a new factory, says Bloomberg. $30 million of that is going toward the factory itself, which will be based in Harrisburg and produce telecommunications equipment and Internet servers. The remaining $10 million will go toward research and development at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University.

CNBC: Comcast eyeing merger with Time Warner Cable

11/22, 12:37pm

Companies study potential antitrust hurdles

Comcast is reportedly mulling a potential takeover bid for competitor Time Warner Cable, unnamed sources have told CNBC. Although Time Warner Cable is said to be considering various buyers, the company is claimed to favor a merger with Comcast if it finalizes the decision to sell.

Amazon in talks to deliver orders to London Underground ticket offices

11/22, 12:27pm

Proposal could make use of 260 expected ticket office closures

Amazon is in discussions with Transport for London (TfL) to turn ticket offices for the London Underground system into delivery drop-off points, according to a report. Details of the talks surfaced after London mayor Boris Johnson revealed plans to make the Underground operate 24 hours per day by 2015, while also closing the majority of ticket offices in the network.

SIM-free iPhone 5s hits US; iPad mini gets regional carriers

11/22, 11:39am

Apple Stores now selling Mini to walk-in shoppers

Apple's US online storefront has begun selling SIM-free unlocked models of the iPhone 5s. Units are currently shipping in 1 to 2 weeks. T-Mobile models are also unlocked, and shipping in just 3 to 5 days, but going with the SIM-free option may save some hassle for people choosing AT&T or a pre-paid GSM carrier.

Jurors credit accountant witness for Apple victory in damages retrial

11/22, 11:01am

Sum below Apple's original demand

Two of the jurors in the Apple v. Samsung damages retrial are crediting an accountant witness, Julie Davis, for the $290 million verdict in Apple's favor. Jury forewoman Colleen Allen tells Bloomberg that Davis was a "superstar" who stayed steady even when she was being cross-examined. Allen's opinion is backed by juror Barry Goldman-Hall, who says it was Davis' testimony that helped the jury come to a precise figure. There were eight people on the jury in all, consisting of two men and six women.

Vodafone Wallet payment app out in Spain, rest of Europe to follow

11/22, 10:39am

Android app allows NFC payments, offers sticker for non-NFC devices

Vodafone has launched a mobile payments system in Spain, one which will be making its way to other areas of Europe in the future. The Vodafone Wallet, and first accompanying payment app Vodafone SmartPass, will be able to make payments using their Android smartphones, with funds being transferred from a nominated bank account.

Jonathan Ive, Marc Newson appear on Charlie Rose

11/22, 9:55am

Pair talk (Product) RED designs

Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive, is interviewed along with fellow designer Marc Newson on the latest episode of the Charlie Rose Show on PBS. The show aired last night in some parts of the US, but is only scheduled for 11PM Eastern tonight in others. It has also yet to become available on the Charlie Rose website, although Bloomberg has a short clip (below).

Deezer music service to launch in US in 2014

11/22, 8:04am

French music streaming service avoided US because of intense competition

Paris-based Deezer will finally offer its music-streaming service in the United States. The service, which has launched in a number of other countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and across Europe, will be available to use in the US sometime next year, though the company is reluctant to provide a final launch date until it can find another company to provide extra support.

FCC proposes allowing cellular connections, calls during air travel

11/22, 7:20am

Proposal comes after FAA, EASA allows device use in flights

Passengers on flights in the United States may be allowed to use the cellular connection on their smartphones and tablets while traveling in the future. New proposals from the FCC come weeks after the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) allowed device use at all stages of flight, and after the European Commission (EC) permitted 3G and 4G LTE connections during transit.

First look: Microsoft Xbox One

11/22, 6:16am

Microsoft Xbox One delivers a slick, engaging user experience

The console wars have begun in earnest with the launch of the Microsoft Xbox One. The new console promises to be a one-stop shop for all of your entertainment needs, from gaming and socializing, through to watching Blu-ray discs, TV and streaming entertainment apps. In this first look at the Microsoft Xbox One, we take a quick look at its user interface and its gaming chops. Microsoft may have had its hiccups ahead of the launch of the Xbox One, but all of that will quickly be forgotten now that it is in the hands of consumers. So how is shaping up so far?

Briefly: Google Play 'Designed for Tablets,' Amazon Coins in UK

11/22, 6:09am

Google adds Designed for Tablets section to Play Store

The Google Play Store has been updated to showcase apps "Designed for tablets," something Google announced it would do last month. Tablet users will see the tablet-aimed apps as the default view in Google Play, according to an Android Developers Google+ post, with apps that do not meet specific criteria to be "Designed for tablets" to be marked as "Designed for phones" instead.

Ouya reveals limited white edition, firmware update for original

11/22, 5:35am

White version of Android console has double internal storage

Ouya has released a limited edition version of its Android-based game console. At the same time as revealing the white edition, available just in the United States, the company released a firmware update to existing versions of the console, which introduces an updated menu system and support for USB-connected external storage.

Briefly: iBooks Author support, Dropbox restyles for iOS 7

11/22, 2:15am

Apple now offering telephone support for iBooks Author to publishers

Apple is now offering telephone support to publishers in a dozen major countries to support its iBooks Author program, that allows the easy creation of e-textbooks and e-books for all types. The move is designed to make iBooks Author more welcome among book publishers and large publishing enterprises that require high-level technical support for core applications and navigating a project from its initial stages through to publishing on the iBookstore.

New Apple page documents 'Life on iPad' case studies

11/22, 12:18am

Video from recent iPad-iPhone event used to showcase abilities

Apple has added a new page to its website showcasing the abilities of the iPad in real-world scenarios, called "Life on iPad." The page feature six stories that feature the iPad in a wide variety of usages, from how windmill power technicians use it to replace bulky repair schematics to doctors using the iPad to envisage surgical techniques that minimize risks for patients. The lead illustration, and the stories, are drawn from an iPad Air video which debuted at the latest generation's unveiling last month.

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