Braven Fuse Bluetooth Audio Mixer

Debuting at CES 2015, the Braven Fuse was claimed to be a portable, party-starting music mixer. As an entry-level product, just about anyone can pick it up and use it. Add a rechargeable battery to the mix as well as both Bluetooth inputs and outputs, and it looks on paper to be a pretty solid product. We got our hands on t ...

Mon Jan 11

Foscam C2 Indoor HD Wireless Camera

If you're not sold on whole-home security systems, but you're looking for a good way to help protect your home when you can't be there to do it, you've got an array of choices to pick from. Today, we add another WiFi security camera to our collection that we've reviewed, the Foscam C2 Indoor HD Wireless Camera.Why Both ...

Mon Jan 4

Lola headphones by Blue

A little over a year ago, I wrote a rave review of Blue Microphones' first-ever headphones, called the Mo-Fi. A year later, I am still loving them. They are amplified headphones of the sort that has since become very popular with music lovers, and what I liked best about them was that they had a great fit and a very "flat ...

Mon Jan 4

Booq Boa Saddle bag

As the Traveler-in-Chief of the MacNN staff, I spend a ridiculous amount of time on ferries, busses, trains, airplanes, taxis and Uber vehicles, and my own car. From thrice-weekly lunch meetings to month-long Fringe tours, not only do I log tens of thousands of miles every year, but my notebook computer comes with me nearly ...

Thu Dec 31

KitSound Hive 2 Bluetooth Speaker

The Bluetooth speaker market is heavily saturated at the moment. Considered by many to be an ideal accessory to gift someone, high sales of the popular audio devices have prompted manufacturers to come out with cheaper, smaller models to try and take the sale away from a more-expensive, higher-quality device. The KitSound H ...

Thu Dec 24

Penclic Mk1 Mechanical Keyboard

If you're an extremely fast typist, chances are your keyboard can't keep up with you. It's a fact that most keyboards aren't engineered for especially fast typists and those of us who type particularly fast run into a battery of problems. These can include missing letters or duplicating letters due to lack of tactile fe ...

Wed Dec 23

Electrohome Archer Classic Turntable

Vinyl is big again, with many bands now releasing their music to vinyl and digital instead of CD and digital. Because of this, tons of people are looking for the perfect beginner record player, and as people with a sizable record collection, we don't blame them. Today, we're here to show you a nice portable turntable, Ele ...

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Apple to open R&D center in India

A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership.


Google killing Picasa starting May 1

Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1.


Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store

In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB]


FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google

After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate."


iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?

Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements.


Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal

Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court.


AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s

Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale.