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CyberPower PC brings Gigabyte laptops to customization service

09/16, 5:11pm

Custom upgrade service with delivery, warranty perks comes to three Gigabyte models

A new line of gaming laptops have been added to CyberPower PC's VenomX customization service today according to the company. Three of laptop and component manufacturer's machines have been brought over to the custom computer builder, giving consumers the option to bring the P25X2, P25W2 and Zeusbook Edge X4 up to their gaming standards.

Official iPhone 6, 6 Plus cases being delivered for early orders

09/16, 4:33pm

Phones still waiting for Sept. 19th

Early orders of Apple's official cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are beginning to reach customers, anecdotes indicate. While the company usually gives strict instructions to courier services that prevent them from delivering iPhones and iPads before a launch date, it doesn't do the same for accessories. The strict timing with hardware is believed to be for the sake of marketing impact as well as deterring scalpers.

Forums: Incoming iPhone!

09/16, 4:15pm

Incoming iPhone!

MacNN forum goers anxiously awaiting the delivery of their latest, greatest iPhones have converged in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone" to discuss just where in the world the tracking numbers state their precious cargo resides. Forum members who are looking for an iPad sleeve with a spot for a power adapter that doesn't cause a bulge converse about the available options in a thread started by Clinically Insane member "subego" earlier this week.

Apple deals: savings of up to $770 on 15.4-inch MBPs

09/16, 4:11pm

savings of up to $770 on 15.4-inch MBPs

Right now Apple's Online Store is offering steep price cuts on a selection of refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 500GB of storage and 8x SuperDrive has seen a discount of $690 down to $1,109. A $710 discount drops the price on the refurbished 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,489.

Microsoft unveils universal mobile keyboard, Xbox One with PC cable

09/16, 4:10pm

Keyboard works on iOS, Android, Windows, new wireless mice also on the way

Microsoft announced a slate of new accessories with wireless features today, one of which is ready for use with three of the major mobile operating systems. A universal keyboard, wireless mouse, Bluetooth mouse and a PC-ready Xbox One controller are expected to make their way to consumers starting in the fall.

DealNN: new Mac Pro for $3,199

09/16, 4:08pm

new Mac Pro for $3,199

This week at MacMall.com get the new Mac Pro for the sale price of $3,149. That's $150 off the list price of $3,299, and $100 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage, dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics and comes with OS X Mavericks pre-installed. As always, Apple's one year warranty on parts and labor applies.

iCloud.com re-institutes two-factor authentication

09/16, 3:53pm

Apple takes another step towards securing iCloud

Apple has once again enabled a two-factor authentication option for iCloud.com. It was briefly introduced in June, but then vanished for reasons unknown. Much like its equivalent for Apple IDs, the iCloud.com two-factor system requires verifying identity through SMS or Find My iPhone. Only once this is done can users load the site's apps.

Netflix comes to Germany with day-one support on many devices

09/16, 3:07pm

Includes Apple TV, Chromecast

Netflix has expanded into Germany, according to an announcement by the streaming video service. Plans start at €8 per month for basic SD streaming. Two simultaneous devices plus HD quality is €9, while four simultaneous devices with Ultra HD (when available) is €12. As elsewhere, each account can have up to four profiles, which can be age-restricted if need be.

Briefly: Lumix DMC-GH4 firmware update, XBMC Hub renamed TV Addons

09/16, 2:45pm

Panasonic announces firmware update for Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic has announced the release of a new firmware update program of its Lumix Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera, the DMC-GH4. Intended to enhance performance and controllability of the camera, the update features a new 4K Photo Mode. The 4K mode allows users to crop out a designated frame from their 4K video; recording format, picture quality setting and brightness level are automatically set to the optimal parameters for photo shooting. Post-production work time can be reduced with the new ability to mark a designated portion of video while recording, avoiding lengthy searching for the moment desired for cropping. The new firmware program is scheduled to be released with further details of its contents through Panasonic Lumix's support site, with the release due in the beginning of October.

Briefly: Chromecast app support grows, Roku hits 10M milestone

09/16, 2:19pm

Google reveals apps updated with support for Chromecast streaming

Owners of the Chromecast will have more choice of what to watch in future, as Google has revealed a new collection of supported apps for the streaming device. Watch Disney, Watch Disney Junior, and Watch Disney XD offer shows for children, with the iHeartRadio, Twitch, and DramaFever apps also joining the roster of Chromecast-compatible apps.

VirnetX's $368.2M verdict against Apple tossed on procedural grounds

09/16, 2:08pm

Virtual private networking used in FaceTime infringed VirnetX patents

Last week, the US Federal Court of Appeals in Washington DC threw out a jury award of $368.2 million to patent holder VirnetX. While the court agreed that some patents were infringed, the appeals court ruled that incorrect jury instructions were doled out by the judge, which tainted the jury when it determined the damage award.

Near-complete OS X 10.9.5 being seeded internally, sources say

09/16, 1:43pm

Hints at imminent public launch

OS X 10.9.5 is already being seeded within Apple, say several sources working for AppleCare. The step is believed to be an immediate precursor to launching the update for the public, since AppleCare staff need to be familiar with the update in order to troubleshoot it. Furthermore, iOS 8 is being released tomorrow, and Apple often clusters major software updates.

Apple updates OS X Server 3.2 developer preview

09/16, 1:03pm

Finished code will likely be last Server release for Mavericks

Apple is seeding another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers. Changes are so far unknown, but the code is listed as build 13S5179. Server 3.2 is intended for Macs running OS X Mavericks, particularly 10.9.4 or later.

Orange offers to acquire Spanish carrier Jazztel for 3.4B euro

09/16, 12:44pm

Completed acquisition of Jazztel would make Orange second-place carrier in Spain

European carrier Orange has offered to acquire another telecoms company in Spain, Jazztel. The deal, said to be worth 3.4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) or 13 euro per share in cash, would help Orange increase its standing in the country, and could help it overtake the current second-place carrier in the country, Vodafone, shortly after completion.

Chinese police arrest Foxconn worker for stealing iPhone 6 shells

09/16, 12:32pm

Police largely silent during pre-announcement era

Chinese police have arrested a 40-year-old Foxconn worker, identified only by the surname Qiao, for stealing iPhone 6 shells from a factory in Jincheng, according to the state-run Taihang Daily. The person was detained on September 4th, and is specifically accused of selling six of the shells for 6,000 yuan (about $960) to a gadget market in Shenzhen, where a number of electronics makers are located.

Nvidia Shield pre-orders begin in US, Europe for September 30 release

09/16, 11:34am

LTE Shield tablet certified for AT&T LTE network

Pre-orders for a version of the Shield gaming tablet with LTE have opened in the United States and Europe. Coming after the Wi-Fi model's release and set to ship on September 30th for both continents, the LTE version adds cellular connectivity, with the mobile device claimed to be certified for AT&T's LTE network, though the unlocked version will also work with a number of other carriers.

Apple wins patent on physics-based tablet GUI concept

09/16, 11:07am

Users could 'pour' files from one device to another

Apple has won a US patent on an unusual tablet-based graphical interface. The UI would not only make use of touch and motion, as iOS does currently, but simulated physics, including mass, gravity, friction, and/or drag. A basic example involves selecting multiple files or folders; by drawing a circle around them, users would create a selection "bubble" that could be behave like a floating ball, even bouncing off of screen edges. File and folder size could dictate mass, such that a larger file might move more slowly.

DisplayPort spec boosted to 1.3, can drive 5K on single cable

09/16, 10:40am

New version drives 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.

Amazon Kindles susceptible to malicious epub, account info at risk

09/16, 10:12am

Stored cross-site scripting attack can steal stored cookies on tablet

Security researchers have noted the resurrection of an old bug, which allowed a crafted epub e-book file to seize cookies stored on Amazon's Kindle series of tablets. When a malicious file hits the storage of the Kindle, either by USB loading or the Amazon "Send to Kindle" feature, a Javascript embedded in a fie will execute as soon as the device's browser is launched, which could result in the user's Amazon account to be compromised.

Devs will not have access to NFC APIs this year, Apple says

09/16, 9:30am

Tech initially reserved for Apple Pay

Third-party app developers won't be able to access the APIs for Apple's NFC chips this year, a company spokesperson says. That effectively limits the NFC support in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay, as well as a few other authorized uses. That may be a security measure on Apple's part, since opening up the APIs too early could make it easier for hackers to crack the payment technology.

Olympus reveals silver OM-D E-M1, incoming firmware update

09/16, 9:28am

OM-D E-M1 update adds USB tethering, extra shooting options

Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.

Review: Autodesk Smoke 2015

09/16, 8:13am

Updated Autodesk video editor is put to the test

The follow-up to Smoke 2013, Autodesk's Smoke 2015 aims to improve on the original video editing software. While it introduces a new Timeline FX workflow and integrated 3D tracker alongside other new features and performance upgrades, is it enough to make users switch to the latest edition? Read our review of Smoke 2015 to find out.

Leica increases camera range with X-E, X, V-Lux, D-Lux

09/16, 7:39am

Leica V-Lux, D-Lux rebranded versions of Panasonic FZ1000, Lumix LX100

Leica launched a number of other digital cameras at Photokina, alongside the M Edition 60. The Leica X and Leica X-E are high-end compact cameras, while the Leica V-Lux and Leica D-Lux are snappers best described as rebranded versions of Panasonic cameras, a process the manufacturer has undertaken a few times previously.

Opinion: Battery life should dictate Apple Watch release strategy

09/16, 7:29am

Battery life is critical to widespread consumer adoption of the Apple Watch

As an early adopter of all types of technology, I will be among the first to get my hands on an Apple Watch when it launches early next year. There is a lot that Apple looks to have nailed with it, including the typically elegant industrial design, advanced materials and system architecture combined with what looks to be the most evolved smartwatch OS by some margin. The multiple collections and easily swappable bands also make it highly customizable, greatly enhancing its overall appeal. However, the biggest question mark over it at this point is its battery life, which is a potential issue that could be addressed by Apple if it adopts a slightly different tact before launch.

Limited-release Leica M Edition 60 revealed without rear display

09/16, 5:53am

Anniversary version of Leica M removes electronic assistance in retro camera design

Leica has unveiled a new limited-edition M-series digital camera to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3. The Leica M Edition 60 is a classically-influenced M-P Type 240-style camera which possibly takes its retro design too far, using an old-fashioned viewfinder rather than an electronic version, and replaces the typical rear display with a single ISO selector dial.

Free iTunes U2 album now up to 'record-breaking' 33 million in 'sales'

09/16, 1:37am

Some users downloading, some streaming, averaging 5.1 million per day

Less than a week after Apple added U2's new album Songs of Innocence to iTunes' users libraries as a free gift, Apple has revealed that the album has been downloaded, streamed or played in its entirety more than 33 million times, an average "sales" figure of 5.1 million copies per day. Apple did also provide a tool for users who didn't want the gift to remove it completely if they desired.

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