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Vivendi/UMG transfers Beats stake over to Apple in $404M deal [u]

08/01, 11:15am

Acquisition proceeds while still waiting for final US approval

(Updated with Apple welcoming page) Vivendi's Universal Music Group has completed a sale of its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple, in a deal worth $404 million, according to an official statement. The company hasn't released any other details. In all, Apple is paying about $3 billion to acquire Beats.

Casio G-Shock GBA-400 includes SoundHound-powered music recognition

08/01, 10:43am

Music control, recognition added to Casio G-Shock GBA-400

Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe nearby music to the smartphone for recognition by SoundHound, displaying the track information on the watch's digital display.

Fired Nokia workers protest Microsoft 'violent' layoffs in China

08/01, 10:43am

Crowd of over 500 protest 'disrespectful' layoffs, calls acquisition hostile

Chinese Nokia employees staged a protest today, decrying mass layoffs coming as a result of the company's acquisition by Microsoft. Protestors decried "Microsoft's hostile takeover" of the company, and called the layoffs to come "violent" and disrespectful for over five hours. The protesters claim that they will be giving demands to Microsoft later this afternoon.

NetShade 6 adds KeyShade password manager, UI improvements

08/01, 9:57am

Adds AppleScript, TCP-over-HTTPS support

Rayner Software has released Netshade 6, an update of its proxy/VPN client for the Mac. The main addition is actually KeyShade, a tool for storing passwords, notes, and bank and credit card info. Data is encrypted using AES-256, and synced across devices. Rayner says that a standalone version of KeyShade will be "coming soon" to Mac and iOS, but that for now it's tied to NetShade.

HP plans Michael Bastian luxury smartwatch launch for this fall

08/01, 8:14am

Designer HP smartwatch said to have interchangeable straps, stainless steel casing

HP will be joining the race to produce smartwatches, by working on a high-end wrist-based device. Working with American fashion designer Michael Bastian, HP will apparently concentrate on the engineering aspects of the timepiece, and though relatively few details about the item have been leaked, it is believed the device will take the form of a typical wristwatch rather than the screen-based design the majority of on-the-market smartwatches have taken.

OnePlus OneWatch leaks with round OLED screen, sapphire protection

08/01, 6:58am

Design sketches, website render of OneWatch hint at OnePlus smartwatch design

OnePlus, the manufacturers of the CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One smartphone, may be making its own smartwatch. Leaked images suggest the company is working on a round-faced smartwatch in a similar vein to Motorola's Moto 360, with a screenshot of the OnePlus website seemingly suggesting the OneWatch will be launching sometime in the near future.

LG 65-inch curved OLED Ultra HD television rumored to cost $9,000

08/01, 5:57am

Curved LG OLED 4K television apparently shipping in September

Just days after LG put its 105-inch curved Ultra HD television up for pre-order, it appears the electronics producer is preparing to do the same with a smaller model. The 65EC9700, a 65-inch Ultra HD curved television using OLED will apparently start shipping sometime in September, with a price tag far below its 105-inch counterpart.

Briefly: Wunderlist, Indiegogo apps; Typo 2 keyboard in pre-order

08/01, 2:02am

Wunderlist 3 gets design revamp, real-time sync, public lists, more

To-do app Wunderlist has reached version 3.0, and is celebrating with fresh, iOS 7-inspired look, among other changes. The biggest changes users would immediately notice are the design, the real-time sync and a new option to make a list public. Users can also share lists with selected other Wunderlist users (such as family) across nearly any mobile or desktop platform, with instant updating.

Briefly: Roam Mobility's new low rate plans, iKlip Stage app

08/01, 1:10am

Roam Mobility announces new unlimited talk, text and data roaming plans

Roam Mobility, a Canadian independent roaming SIM replacement provider, has announced its new unlimited roaming plans for travellers while in the US. Upon purchasing a one-time upgrade to the network ($2), users with one of the company's SIMs and an unlocked device can access Roam Mobility's new Text+Data plan ($2 per day) offering unlimited texting and 2G data; plans that include 4G LTE data, flex scheduling, a Snowbird incremental option, and more are also available at generally lower rates than before. Roam Mobility can be purchased from major retailers across Canada, such as London Drugs, Staples, 7-Eleven, and more.

Review: SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear wireless headphones

08/01, 12:00am

Bass-heavy headphones provide sweat resistance during workout, lackluster sound

When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with sweat or the ear cups not holding onto the user's head tightly enough, there are a bunch of inconveniences that occur. This isn't even considering the cords that can get in the way, resulting in headphones flying off someone's head or a plug being yanked from a device. Is there a set of headphones that can put active people at ease when wearing them? Perhaps, as SMS Audio, the company led by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, has released an active version of its Sync on-ear wireless headphones. Do the SMS Audio Sync Sports give users everything they want, while delivering great audio? Find out in our review.

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