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House Judiciary Committee writes FCC; threatens anti Title-II law

59 minutes ago | Posted in: industry

The US House Judiciary Committee has sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler, claiming that the new net neutrality proposal is the "most oppressive and backward regulatory option possible." The committee is claiming to pass a Congressional Review Act to refute the net neutrality proposal as voted on by the FCC, and also to strip the ability to impose Title II regulation on US Internet Service Providers.

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Pebble adds Time Steel to Kickstarter, introduces smartstraps

1 hour ago | Posted in: gadgets, developer

Pebble has given backers of its wildly-successful Pebble Time Kickstarter a difficult decision, by adding an alternative device to purchase. Similar to the Pebble Steel compared to the original, the Pebble Time Steel is a metal-clad version of the smartwatch, containing the majority of internal components as the updated wearable device, but with a few slight changes to match the more mature design.

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Judge Koh accepts $415M Silicon Valley employee poaching settlement

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California offered little opinion on a revised settlement, which would end the Silicon Valley worker poaching class-action suit. The $415 million counter-offer is $90 million more than the older deal, and exceeds what the judge asked for to approve the deal. Focusing dissent on what attorneys and a objector asked for individually, Judge Koh has set the next hearing for July 9, which should end the case once and for all.

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Burg 31 smart watch includes kid-tracking GPS, phone features

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Burg announced today the new Burg 31, the first standalone phone and safety smartwatch for kids and senior citizens. The new smartwatch has a Miyota watch movement with traditional analog hands, a GPS tracker, and is a standalone phone to make and receive calls and texts without a tethered smartphone.

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Review: Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer

2 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, digital imaging

When it comes to selecting a printer, it's not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often touted as fragile, fickle devices that break at the drop of the hat - and in our personal experience, most home printers are this way. But what if someone owns a business and is looking to replace their small, slow printer with something a little more substantial? That's the moment the market suddenly becomes quite a bit more intimidating. We're here to help, though, as we offer up our thoughts on the Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer, a laser printer that promises to change your opinion about printers as a whole. Did it change ours? Check our review to find out.

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Living With: Evernote 6.0.6

3 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

It's one year since I was given a premium subscription to Evernote for OS X as a present, it's probably three years since I started using the service and its generous free version. Naturally, when you've used something for a while you get familiar with it and you know it's good and bad points. However, the kind of long-term test that Living With entails feels especially vital with Evernote. At first it feels like a handy note-taking app or convenient syncing service but if that is enough for you to carry on using it, there suddenly comes a moment when it changes. At some point Evernote becomes a ubiquitous part of your working life.

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SanDisk reveals 200GB microSD card, upgraded iXpand flash drive

4 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage

Memory producer SanDisk has set the bar high for mobile device storage, by revealing its first 200GB microSD card. At the same time, the company unveiled two more items for transferring data between computers and devices, including its first USB deive using a Type C connector, and the 128GB iXpand Flash Drive designed for use with the iPhone and iPad.

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New biography 'Becoming Steve Jobs' due out March 24

11 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Although there is an official biography of Steve Jobs, made with Jobs' cooperation before he died in 2011, another tome on the life and thoughts of the mercurial Apple co-founder will be published later this month, titled Becoming Steve Jobs. The book is noteworthy due to Jobs' posthumous involvement, along with new interviews with Jobs' family, Apple CEO Tim Cook, design chief Sir Jonathan Ive, and former Apple and Pixar colleagues galore.

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Apple Watch: plethora of details leak as public debut nears

13 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets, Apple

As the publicity machine shifts into high gear in preparation for the public debut of the Apple Watch on March 9, new details and additional features, applications and other bits of information are making their way into the press. The codename for the project, for example, was "Gizmo," reports The New York Times. Among other revelations are the role that former Adobe Flash chief Kevin Lynch played, power-saving and style details, and the news that the watch will also launch abroad in its first month.

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Epic removes $19 monthly fee for access to Unreal Engine 4

13 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, developer

Epic Games is making it easier for would-be developers to gain access to its powerful Unreal Engine 4 software, by getting rid of the monthly subscription. Previously costing $19 per month per user, Epic has removed the charge entirely, allowing anyone with an interest to register, download, and use the game engine in the production of their own games and apps.

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Back to the Mac: taking 'ctrl' of 'cmd' and other habit-shifting

16 hours ago | Posted in: computers, software, Apple

Recently, staff writer and long-time Windows user Malcolm Owen returned to the Mac following a five-year absence. Back to the Mac is a series of posts where he charts his progress in introducing Apple to his computing environment again. In this installment, Malcolm recounts his first full working week with on the Mac mini.

Switching between two different ways of using an item or working can be tough to do. Long-established patterns are difficult to break, and altering the way you navigate a computer in the short term could, for people resistant to change, be akin to giving up an addiction. I hate change.

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Analysis: The state of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay in 2015

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

At yesterday's keynote to the Mobile World Congress, alongside the Galaxy S6 family of phones, Samsung revealed Samsung Pay, a competitor to the Apple Pay service. Not much was said about the new offering, derived almost entirely from the recent purchase of LoopPay -- but more information has come to light, including why Samsung noted in press materials that the phone could be remotely wiped to secure Samsung Pay information if lost.

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Apple releases public beta of 10.10.3, including new Photos app

19 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, developer, Apple

A little over a week after the second developer beta of OS X 10.10.3, which includes the first public peek at the forthcoming Photos app, Apple has made a new version public for pre-registered beta testers. Build 14D87p is the first public beta of 10.10.3, and includes the Photos app for public testing for the first time (developers had been able to to use the application in the previous two betas). The public version appears to be identical to the second developer beta, numbered 14D87h.

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Daily Deals: Viewsonic monitor, 16MP Fujifilm camera, 6TB hard drive

19 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers to find discounts and offers on gadgets, hardware, games, and other items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it is the start of a new week, we have wiped the slate clean, with the new collection of deals including a Fujifilm 16MP compact camera, a 6TB Seagate desktop hard drive for $200, and a 24-inch Viewsonic monitor.

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Hands On: Sentinel 4 Dark Star (iOS)

19 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Tower defense is hardly a new genre, especially on mobile platforms. For those unfamiliar with the idea behind tower defense, it generally follows a relatively simple formula: a player is given a base (or bases) to defend from oncoming waves of enemies. For every enemy that the player defeats, they are awarded some form of resource, usually money, which can then be used to buy more units to defend your base from larger waves of enemies. The genre is one of the more stressful and challenging ones, attracting tactical gamers and stress junkies alike. We checked out Sentinel 4: Dark Star, the fourth installation in Origin8's tower defense series.

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Cintiq bolsters drawing pad line with Cintiq 13HD touch model

19 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Earlier today, drawing tablet manufacturer Wacom announced the latest in its line of artists' peripherals, the Cintiq 13HD touch. The Cintiq 13HD touch is designed to offer a natural pen and touch experience. Wacom's pen display offers characteristic touch and pen capabilities, providing a digital workflow that emulates drawing or painting on paper or canvas.

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Briefly: Jackson promotion, shuttle drivers, supplier merger

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a reply to a London Apple Store worker who asked about increased accessibility in the company's latest projects, reportedly said that Apple Environmental Vice President Lisa Jackson has been tasked with helping Apple increase its focus on accessibility. "In every product we do, we want it to be accessible for everyone," Cook said, adding that the Apple Watch will gain some accessibility features over time in addition to the ones it has now.

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Apple, IBM reveal three more 'MobileFirst for iOS' enterprise apps

20 hours ago | Posted in: enterprise, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

IBM and Apple have used their partnership to release three more iOS apps for enterprise, under the IBM MobileFirst for iOS initiative. The new apps, called Advisor Alerts, Passenger Care, and Dynamic Buy, will join the existing 11 apps already brought out under the partnership, with more enterprise-specific apps expected to launch in the coming years.

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Apple adds 'vehicles' to corporate documents in Swiss filing

21 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets, software, developer, accessories, Apple

According to a Swiss enthusiast site, Apple has amended the corporate document filings it maintains with the government in that country to include "vehicles" among its activities. The statement, added to official documents that classify the company for tax and licensing purposes, is incredibly broad -- covering any sort of product for any sort of moving vehicle, from wheelchairs to airplanes -- but is notable in light of recent speculation that Apple is developing a car of some type.

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Hands On: Rapid Reader (iOS)

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

The human brain is an incredible organ. It's said that every human brain contains something comparable to 2.5 petrabytes (or about 2.5 million gigabytes) worth of "space" for knowledge and memories. That equals somewhere just over 300 million hours worth of video, which we find phenomenally impressive. What better way to start filling up that storage than with a little light reading? What if you could do a lot of light reading -- to the tune of 600 words a minute or more? That's why we checked out Rapid Reader by Wasdesign, an app that helps you speed read all of your favorite content on the Internet.

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MacNN Podcast Episode 4: Net Neutrality, Leonard Nimoy, Apple Watch

Mon March 2, 2015 | Posted in: industry, gaming, Apple

The MacNN Podcast hits its fourth airing and touches on the hot button issues in the tech world! Join this week's hosts, MacNN Editor Charles Martin, alongside staff writer Michelle Elbert, and Managing Editor Mike Wuerthele as they discuss the events that got our attention, needed further discussion, or just plain tickled our fancy.

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Nikon bolsters DSLR line with new 24.2MP D7200

Mon March 2, 2015 | Posted in: digital imaging

Nikon today expanded its DSLR range with the D7200. The new model, aimed at the enthusiast market, has a 24.2MP CMOS, boasting no optical low-pass filter. Due to improvements in hardware and software, the company claims 30 percent faster image processing with the new model over the now replaced D7100.

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Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard works on iOS, Windows, Android

Mon March 2, 2015 | Posted in: peripherals

Microsoft has made a second version of its multi-platform keyboard, this time in a more-portable form. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress alongside new Lumia devices, the Universal Foldable Keyboard is a full QWERTY keyboard which can be paired with two iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or Windows devices, with the user able to switch between the two with a press of a button.

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BlackBerry shows full Experience Suite for Android, iOS, Windows

Mon March 2, 2015 | Posted in: security, software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

BlackBerry today unveiled a package of software and services to bring the platform's security features to smartphone and tablets running iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems. Coming to all platforms are the BlackBerry Productivity Suite, BlackBerry Communication and Collaboration Suite, and the BlackBerry Security Suite. The Productivity Suite allows users to manage work and personal messages, and edit documents across all devices. Additionally, all personal and work messages can be monitored one place, including email, text messages, and social networking accounts.

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Hands On: A Druid's Duel (Cross Platform)

Mon March 2, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, software

Digital board games are becoming more common these days, especially those that boast the chance for online multiplayer. We've tried out several for various platforms, from Magnifico for the iPad to Small World 2 for the PC, and we have enjoyed what they have brought to the digital table, so to speak. We sat down with A Druid's Duel by Thoughtshelter Games, a tactical tile-control based board game that has been released on Steam.

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Pointers: Pages 5.5.2, 2.5.2 (OS X, iOS)

Mon March 2, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

You probably own Apple's Pages, and you may even have opened it. If you did, what you think depends on what you're used to: new users just dive right in and start typing, while we've heard Word users complain that it simply isn't powerful enough for them. This is an odd one: they are actually right, but not in the ways they expect. Pages does lack some of the very heavy-lifting word processor functions that Word has, but few people use those. What Word fans think is missing from Pages is the more general day-to-day features that in fact it has, and has very well.

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