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Google Nexus 6 versus iPhone 6 Plus

02/01, 1:14am

The Nexus 6 is the latest flagship Android smartphone from Google that is designed for developers and Android fans who prefer Google's stock iteration of its popular Android operating system. The massive six-inch device is meant to stand as a testament to the Android platform, its capabilities, and where the technology is currently heading. In the other corner, we have Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, the first "phablet" from Apple, which has famously resisted pushing into this segment in the recent past. Like the Nexus 6, the iPhone 6 Plus represents all that is currently state-of-the-art when it comes to iOS-powered smartphones. The two devices are undoubtedly two of the leading heavyweights in this segment, but which stands tall over the other in a head-to-head fight?

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

01/31, 8:19pm

[Updated with more deals on Saturday] 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.

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Hands On: Typed (OS X, iOS)

01/31, 5:45pm

There was a time, in the early days of computing, when word processors either had by default -- or were expected to implement -- a minimalist mode, that stripped away controls and formatting windows to let you see just your text. We've become so used to over-complex application interfaces, though, that we've even forgotten to expect that minimalist option. Realmac's Typed has nothing but that, and along with a deftly chosen default font, it makes a startling difference to the whole writing experience.

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Whistle into phone, make a song with Casio's Chordana Composer for iOS

01/31, 3:58pm

Casio Computer has announced the release of Chordana Composer, an iPhone app that automatically composes a musical piece, based on a two-bar melody created by the user. The user records singing or whistling for two musical bars, and the app automatically composes an entire piece of music based on that melody.

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Hands On: Orderly (iOS)

01/31, 1:09pm

With umpteen billion different "To Do" apps available, Orderly immediately scores by having a good name. True, to find it on the App Store you may have to use its fuller title: Orderly -- Reminders, Tasks & To Do Lists. Yet the fact that the makers gave it a new, smart and memorable name is a little detail that immediately tells you that what it does isn't just clever. It's indicative of the care, thought, and we think talent that has gone in to this.

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Cablevision sues Verizon, claims Wi-Fi ad boasts misleading consumers

01/31, 11:30am

Cablevision Systems Corporation has filed a lawsuit in federal court for the Eastern District of New York against Verizon Communications, seeking an end to what it calls "its false, misleading and deceptive advertising claims about Wi-Fi service" related to Verizon's new 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, which has yet to see wide rollout. Cablevision's premise is that few customers would actually be in a position to achieve speeds faster than Cablevision's offerings, and it would cost them much more.

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Hands On: Samson Go Mic Direct

01/31, 10:52am

Laptop sound, especially on el-cheapo computers, is generally terrible. Compounding this, the diminutive microphone installed is about the same quality. Fortunately, we all have USB -- and thus Samson has introduced the Go Mic Direct to supplant the built-in microphone. At two by two inches, with no boom, how does the compact package stack up, and is it a worthwhile addition to your on-the-go tech bag?

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Acemile debuts wireless Bluetooth surround sound with Theatre Box

01/31, 10:35am

Consumer electronics manufacturer Acemile has introduced the Theatre Box, a portable wireless speaker that delivers a 360-degree surround sound audio experience to everyone in the room, no matter the orientation to the speaker. The company claims that the speaker fills a 2,000-square-foot room, using four two-inch full range drivers, and one three-inch active bass driver.

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Hands On: 1Password 5.2 (iOS)

01/31, 2:09am

Admit it: if you've already got 1Password, then you use it for creating superbly strong passwords for any site you use -- but the password you use to unlock the app itself is rubbish. That's partly because you've used this password since the dawn of time, and it's ingrained in you, but it's also because changing it across your Mac, iPhone and iPad is a pain. Not anymore. The new update is to the iOS version, but now if you change you password on your Mac, it will automatically change on your iOS devices.

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Apple to developers: Watch apps ready by mid-February

01/30, 10:04pm

Recent reports have suggested that Apple is notifying its highest-profile developers who are known to be working on Apple Watch apps to be sure the programs are ready for launch by mid-February, about a month earlier than expected. Similarly, Apple is asking Apple Pay partners who will be creating iOS apps with Watch support to have them ready by specifically the 12th of February. Apple CEO Tim Cook has already announced that the Apple Watch will ship in April.

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Hands On: iRemocon Smartphone-based home electronics controller

01/30, 8:12pm

The iRemocon is an Internet-connected device, intended to allow the user to control multiple home electronics from an app on their smartphone. This is intended to simplify wireless control of one's "appliances" either at home or while out and about. Unfortunately, the device relies heavily on infrared signals, which offer some severe limitations regarding placement and reliability.

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Chongqing Apple Store revealed ahead of opening

01/30, 6:10pm

Apple is opening its latest Chinese Apple Store -- this time a new, standalone store in Chongqing, the second Apple store for the city. Local media were allowed access to the interior as the previously-reported cityscape mural was removed to reveal an all-glass cylinder shape, similar to the store in Shanghai, with a glass staircase leading below ground to the actual store. This will be the third of five stores Apple has promised to open in China by the start of the Lunar New Year.

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MacNN Forums: wireless docking is the future

01/30, 2:59pm

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.

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Apple deals: expanded Mac Pro selection

01/30, 2:58pm

Apple has added a boatload of refurbished current 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.

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DealNN: curved monitors, MacBook Airs and more

01/30, 2:57pm

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, an 8ms response time, and includes HDMI, MHL, Mini DisplayPort and DisplayPort connectivity options. It is backed by a three-year warranty on parts and labor from Dell.

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