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Opinion: Is Microsoft Continuum a game changer for Windows phones?

05/06, 7:05am

Although Microsoft is lagging as very distant third in the smartphone space, it has not yet given up on the hope that it can eventually gain some market traction. At its Build developers conference last week, the Redmond software giant revealed the shape of things to come from its smartphones in the near future. The most intriguing features demonstrated for Windows 10 on smartphones was Continuum, its new desktop mode for a smartphone connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Although it hasn't been revealed in its final form, Continuum promises to reconfigure a Windows 10 smartphone interface on-the-fly so that users can interact with its apps in a desktop environment much as they would do with a PC. Is it a game changer?

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Home Depot to support Apple Pay across entire 2,000-store chain

05/05, 4:47pm

Contrary to earlier media reports that suggested Home Depot would drop the mobile payments service, in fact the company has announced that it formally plans to support Apple Pay throughout its entire US operation, making it the largest retailer thus far to support Apple's mobile-payments platform. The announcement comes alongside, and will not replace, stores' acceptance of payment rival PayPal, and the chain says it may continue to add other payment forms.

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Apple TV gains new channels in US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia

05/05, 4:14pm

Apple has added a handful of new channels to Apple TV units in the US, Canada, the UK, French- and German-speaking regions in Europe, and Australia today. Starting immediately, US owners can now watch CBS Sports (which does not require a cable subscription login) or USA Now, which does require a login. In Canada, viewers will now see either CraveTV (if they are Bell subscribers) or Showmi (for Rogers or Shaw cable customers). Other countries have also received different new channels.

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Apple Game Roundup: EVE Online charity effort, GOG Galaxy beta

05/05, 3:01pm

On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at the GOG Galaxy front-end public beta, an EVE Online charity effort for Nepal, the top 10 strategy games according to Mac Gamer HQ, and a possible mod for Grand Theft Auto V to use an iPhone to control the in-game phone.

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Forums: Mac is slow, iTunes questions and more

05/05, 2:35pm

Today in the MacNN forums, members attempt to assist Junior Member "donaldkepler" with trying to figure out why his Mac is slow. Games Meister "The Final Dakar" noticed that non-downloaded podcasts are marked as "played" in iTunes, and wonders "what's up with that?" but no one has responded.

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Apple deals: Mac minis and Mac Pros

05/05, 2:33pm

Right now at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Mac minis and Mac Pros. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $80 down to $419. For $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage.

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Daily Deals: Lenovo Windows tablet, Sony NEX, Bluetooth car stereo

05/05, 1:06pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl online retailers for offers, sales, discounts, and more for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals from yesterday follows after today's new batch, which includes a $100 Lenovo Windows tablet, a refurbished Sony NEX camera, and a Bluetooth car stereo receiver.

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Hands On: Gravilon (Windows, OS X)

05/05, 12:57pm

We love platformers. What started out as a simple concept has now expanded, with thousands of titles for avid gamers to enjoy with something geared toward everyone. Because there are so many out there, traversing this diverse genre can be a little daunting. We're here to show you a neat title we recently checked out, called Gravilon, a platformer with an interesting twist.

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Apple Pay gains another 24 financial institutions as growth continues

05/05, 12:40pm

Apple has again updated its list of Apple Pay partners by adding another 24 credit unions and banks, with a strong emphasis on credit unions in the latest additions. Personal and branded cards from the financial institutions can be added to Apple Pay in most cases, though small-business and sub-branded speciality cards may not always be compatible. Since its launch last fall, Apple Pay has nearly instantly become the most popular of the various mobile-payment services, despite only being available on the iPhone 6 (and now, Apple Watch).

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Samsung reveals Pro Plus, Evo Plus SD card lines with faster speeds

05/05, 12:16pm

Samsung today introduced its latest memory card lineups the Pro Plus and Evo Plus. The new Pro Plus is equipped to handle storing and transferring professional-grade photos and 4K UHD video. The Evo Plus is tailored towards content creation and storage demands of smartphone, tablet, compact camera and Full HD camcorder users.

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European Commission Apple, Amazon anti-trust ruling will miss deadline

05/05, 11:08am

Europe's anti-trust agency, the European Commission (EC) will miss its own internal deadline for a ruling on the tax probe it has underway against Apple, Starbucks, and Amazon. Citing the need for justice and accuracy in its ruling, EC chief Margrethe Vestager said that "we will not sacrifice the rule of law or the quality of our work to speed up the process."

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Brother debuts pair of all-in-one inkjet printers, new high-volume ink

05/05, 10:43am

Printer manufacturer Brother yesterday introduced an expansion to its Business Smart Series color inkjet all-in-ones that the company says will serve as the flagships to the Business Smart Plus and Business Smart Pro lineups. Using Brother's new INKvestment Super High Yield ink cartridges, the MFC-J5920DW Business Smart Plus and MFC-J6925DW Business Smart Pro provide less than $0.01 black cost per page and less than $0.05 color cost per page according to the company.

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Hands On: Bang, The Official Video Game 2.1.6 (iOS)

05/05, 10:34am

Hey now, steady down there, Slim. Got no beef with you today. Just moseyed on in to town to wait for the stagecoach that's a-bringin' me my Apple Watch. Think I might take a pew here and play myself some cards. Barkeep! Quit polishin' that glass and fill it with some firewater. I got me a copy of Bang, The Official Video Game version 2.1.6 and I mean to have me some fun.

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Briefly: Apple Maps Connect expands again, Apple RAW support updated

05/05, 8:30am

The expansion of Apple Maps Connect, a service that allows developers and business owners to manage and expand current Apple Maps listings, continues. Yesterday, the company added five more countries to its list of European nations able to use the service: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Sweden. The Maps Connect feature adds business and indoor information drawn from Apple Maps' iBeacon-based Indoor Mapping initiative to help businesses offer a more complete profile on themselves.

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Apple Watch: 'Made for' program launches, Interface Guidelines updated

05/05, 7:51am

Apple has officially expanded the "Made for i" program that already covers authorized accessories for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to include the Apple Watch. While the program mostly focuses on allowing third-party bands to correctly work with the new device, accessory makers will soon be able to create other accessories such as USB chargers, protective cases, charging stands, and other items with the "Made for Apple Watch" designation that confers Apple's approval.

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