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FCC raises $44.9B in AWS-3 auction, including $18.2B from AT&T bids

01/30, 3:33pm

Dish Network spends $13.3B on spectrum licenses, Verizon $10.4B

The latest spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has raised $44.9 billion. Of the bidders looking to acquire what has been termed AWS-3 spectrum, the FCC revealed AT&T spent more than any other carrier or organization, using $18.2 billion to acquire almost half the total number of licenses up for grabs in the auction.

MacNN Forums: wireless docking is the future

01/30, 2:59pm

wireless docking is the future

This week the MacNN forums have been abuzz with talk of everything from wireless docking to favorite apps. Yesterday, Moderator "P" shared an article about Broadwell vPro processors and wireless docking then goes on to explain how he thinks Apple will use this technology. Yesterday, "jeff k" was trying to figure out a problem he was having with Sophos security software and Time Machine, so far a solution hasn't been found.

Apple deals: expanded Mac Pro selection

01/30, 2:58pm

expanded Mac Pro selection

Apple has added a boatload of refurbished Mac Pro configurations to their lineup this week at Apple's online store. Starting at $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics. For $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage.

DealNN: curved monitors, MacBook Airs and more

01/30, 2:57pm

curved monitors, MacBook Airs and more

Right now at MacMall.com take advantage of a $211 price cut on the Dell UltraSharp 34-inch WQHD curved LED monitor. It was $1,200, but has been discounted to $988. That discount makes this the best price we have seen by roughly $160. This monitor offers a resolution of 3440x1440, an aspect ratio of 21:9, 8ms response time and includes HDMI, MHL, Mini DisplayPort and Display port connectivity options. It is backed by a 3-year warranty on parts and labor from Dell.

Twitter launches Vine Kids app for iPhone

01/30, 1:26pm

Strips out recording options, potentially offensive material

Twitter has released a new iPhone app linked to its Vine video-sharing network, Vine Kids. The app offers a curated selection of videos "appropriate for a young audience," and further removes the core client's ability to record new material. Animated characters guide kids through clips.

Google changing unified privacy policy to appease UK data regulator

01/30, 1:19pm

Unified privacy policy to be made clearer for users of Google's services

Google will be making some changes to its unified privacy policy in the United Kingdom, after settling a complaint from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The search company has signed a formal undertaking that it will make its unified privacy policy clearer for users to understand, as well as bringing it in line with UK data laws.

Amazon, Apple, Google reach deal with Italy on 'free-to-play' apps

01/30, 12:07pm

Companies agree to make in-app purchase systems more visible

Major app store operators Amazon, Apple, and Google -- as well as French publisher Gameloft -- have reached a deal with Italy's Antitrust and Competition Authority that will let them avoid fines for misleading people about so-called "free-to-play" or "freemium" apps. The Wall Street Journal reports that the companies have agreed to remove the word "free" from apps that may require in-app payments to be useful. The parties have also committed to making it clearer when a person is about to make an in-app purchase. All of the changes will be applied across the European Union.

Friday Deals: 60-inch LG TV, Silicon Power SSDs, PlayStation TV

01/30, 11:19am

MacNN and Electronista Deals for January 30, 2015

It's the end of the working week, and that means it is just two days until a major sporting event involving football. It's also the time we publish Friday Deals, the post where we collect together deals and offers from around the Internet for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Just as always, deals may change or end in the future, but are correct at the time of posting, so check beforehand, and come back over the weekend as more deals will be posted later.

Hands On: Tengami (OS X, Windows)

01/30, 10:38am

Beautiful, relaxed, point-and-click adventure game

When it comes to video games, the puzzle genre may very well be the most varied kind. There are the match-3s, the codebreakers, the word games, and the classic puzzle-adventure. Popularized by games like Myst and Monkey Island, the genre has been a long standing fixture of gaming. We took a look at newcomer Tengami, a point-and-click adventure game by developer Nyamyam.

TUAW, Joystiq to close and fold into Engadget [u]

01/30, 10:17am

AOL expected to fire some 150 people

(Updated with UK rumors) Later today, AOL will announce the closure of two of its best-known websites, Joystiq and TUAW, reports say. Both publications are expected to be folded into Engadget. Another site, AOL Autos, is being merged into Autoblog. In the process AOL will allegedly fire some 150 people, most of them in sales.

Jay Z looks to join streaming music industry by acquiring Aspiro

01/30, 9:57am

Parent company of Tidal, WiMP agrees to $56M acquisition by rapper

Rapper Jay Z is moving into the streaming music business, by attempting to acquire the parent company of two services. A press release and local media reports claim management of Swedish company Aspiro AB has agreed to the takeover by Jay Z's own companies, with the acquisition deal said to be worth approximately 464 million krona ($56 million).

Briefly: RunKeeper adds Spotify, Nickelodeon streaming service inbound

01/30, 7:32am

RunKeeper adds Spotify integration to iOS app

RunKeeper has added Spotify integration to its iOS app. The fitness app will now offer access to Spotify playlists, created both by the user and by Spotify, and stream music while a workout is underway. Both Spotify and Runkeeper have to be installed on the same device with RunKeeper connected to the Spotify account in order to function, and though it is only on iOS for the moment, a similar update to the Android app may also happen in the future.

Jolla Tablet returns to crowdfunding with 64GB storage capacity

01/30, 6:28am

Extra funding requested in exchange for more storage, other Jolla Tablet upgrades

Jolla has returned to crowdfunding for its tablet, offering an extra option to backers. The second appearance on IndieGoGo for the Jolla Tablet lists a new higher-capacity device with 64GB of storage, double the original's 32GB capacity, and while new backers can buy the larger-capacity tablet for $249, existing backers can pay $25 to upgrade their 32GB model to the new version.

Hands On: Mail Designer 2 and Mail Designer Pro 2 (OS X)

01/30, 4:29am

Create and send graphically designed email newsletters

If you just send a lot of ordinary emails, you can skip this. If you're in a company that already has designers in-house crafting gorgeous and on-message email newsletter designs, you can skip this. If you're in the middle, though, such as a small company sending out newsletters or HTML updates to a few thousand people, or even just the newsletter editor for a club with a few dozen scattered members, Mail Designer 2 and Mail Designer Pro 2 are worth looking at.

Data caps and preferred traffic get shot down in Canadian ruling

01/30, 2:52am

CRTC rules data caps can't be used to give an unfair advantage to carriers' own services

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a decision on Thursday, acting on a complaint regarding data caps and preferred traffic. Wireless carriers Bell Mobility and Videotron both have their own subscription mobile television services, neither of which count towards the data caps written into subscribers' contracts, while competitor's services -- such as Netflix -- do, providing the carriers with incentive to sell larger data plans or favor their own offerings. With today's ruling, that practice must end.

Repatriation bill offers tax break for US return of foreign profits

01/30, 2:00am

Invest in Transportation Act seeks to raise money for US Highway fund

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer from California, Barbra Boxer, and Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky have jointly announced a proposed bi-partisan bill titled the "Invest in Transportation Act of 2015" in Washington today. The bill would provide funds for the US Highway Trust Fund by encouraging the "repatriation" of funds held by US businesses overseas.

CIRP: majority of Android switchers are outside US

01/30, 1:17am

Largest switch rate in company's record-keeping happened for iPhone 6

During its conference call with analysts on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook noted that "the current iPhone lineup experienced the highest Android switcher rate in any of the last three launches," which he later clarified was how long the company has been measuring the metric rather than that switching rates were higher in 2011. Further analysis by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners suggests that most of the switching is happening overseas rather in the US.

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