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Jul 25 2014 12:33PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Chromecast 1st anniversary

Google is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its $35 Chromecast dongle by giving new and existing owners a free 90-day subscription to Google Play Music All Access, the company's all-you-can-eat streaming music buffet. The promotion kicked off Thursday and U.S. residents can take advantage of the offer through September 30 — which is right around the time OS X Yosemite could arrive on Macs, judging from today's morning report.

Yosemite Rumored for October with 4K, 12-Inch MacBook

With the OS X Yosemite public beta now in the hands of up to a million Mac owners, Apple appears to be laying the groundwork for the final release this fall. According to 9to5Mac, insider sources claim that Cupertino is eyeing a gold master around October 10, with the free update landing on the Mac App Store later the same month.

The more interesting part of this rumor is that Apple will also debut a smaller, 12-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display to coincide with the OS X Yosemite release, along with "a new desktop computer, either an iMac or a standalone monitor, with a 4K resolution screen." The mere mention of a "standalone monitor" will likely make owners of the latest Mac Pro models perk up in anticipation, along with those impatiently waiting for a followup to Apple's current Thunderbolt Display.

Paragon Debuts OS X Yosemite Preview for NTFS for Mac

Speaking of OS X Yosemite, the folks at Paragon Software have announced a preview version of their popular NTFS for Mac, which allows Apple's latest and greatest operating system to format and read Windows partitions of any kind. The OS X Yosemite preview is absolutely free for 60 days, which will then be offered as NTFS for Mac OS X 11, with full compatibility for OS X Yosemite 10.10. (How's that for confusing number schemes?)

Apple "Frustrated" with Cheapskate Casual Gamers?

Think five bucks is too much to pay for a mobile game? That sentiment is driving many developers crazy, including Stoic Studios, makers of the Steam-powered tactical adventure The Banner Saga. In an interview with Polygon (via TouchArcade), co-founder John Watson lamented about iOS owners being unwilling to pay even a few bucks for the latest and greatest mobile games — and claims Apple is even more distressed by this phenomenon.

"Apple is frustrated, along with everybody else, about the mentality that's gone rampant in mobile app markets, where people don't want to pay anything," explained Watson. "They think that four dollars is an exorbitant amount to pay for a game, which is very illogical considering most people's lifestyles. They'll spend $600 on an iPad, and $4 on a coffee, drop $20 on lunch, but when it comes to spending four or five dollars on a game, it's this life-altering decision. I'm frustrated with that too."

Coincidentally, Stoic is now putting the final touches on an iPad port of The Banner Saga, which is expected to arrive on the App Store later this summer; no word on whether it will be free to play, however.

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Jul 25 2014 12:30PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Fire Phone Teardown
Need to replace a damaged display? You're going to need a sharp knife and the cutting skills of a surgeon.

Jul 25 2014 10:35AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
DUESSELDORF Germany (Reuters) - Uber, whose smartphone app summons rides at the touch of a button, won a new lease of life in the German city of Hamburg on Friday when a court suspended a ban imposed by local regulators.

Jul 25 2014 9:24AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone reported another big quarterly drop in its main revenue measure, as weakness in South Africa and Spain offset stabilization elsewhere in Europe, and said a broader improvement is not expected until later in the year.

Jul 25 2014 9:23AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's heavy investment in new content and technology to fight off deep-pocketed rivals is proving expensive and analysts fear this will hurt operating earnings for some time.

Jul 25 2014 9:17AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Xerox Corp reported a 2 percent fall in second-quarter revenue, hurt by lower demand in its printing business.

Jul 25 2014 9:09AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd will sell Microsoft Corp's Xbox One gaming console in China from September through an exclusive contract, the country's third-largest telecommunications company said on Friday.

Jul 25 2014 12:46AM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
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Jul 24 2014 11:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd will start selling Microsoft Corp's Xbox One gaming console in China from September through an exclusive contract, the country's third-largest telecommunications company said in a statement on Friday.

Jul 24 2014 11:40PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Apple's earnings call this quarter revealed news that was very much in line with the trends we've been seeing from the Cupertino company in years past: For the most part, device sales were up, but sales of the iPad continued the downward slide we've been seeing for a while. Yet in the face of such dire news, research firm IDC (via MacRumors) shows that Apple still maintains a healthy lead over its competitors in the tablet market.

For specifics, Apple currently holds a 26.9 percent controlling share. Samsung continues to hold second place with a 17.2 share of the market based on 8.5 million shipments, but both of the tech giants have been feeling the pain as numerous other tablet manufacturers have been filling the market with inexpensive, easily obtainable models.

Consider Lenovo, for instance, which jumped from a 3.3 percent share to 4.9 percent or ASUS's impressive 13.5 percent growth from last year. "Other" tablet manufacturers who aren't big enough to make the list take up much of the rest of the slack for a full 37 percent share of the tablet market.

"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director for tablets, in the report. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."

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Jul 24 2014 11:20PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's Acer Inc saw quarter-on-quarter shipments growth that exceeded the PC industry average in the April-June period, the company's chief executive said.

Jul 24 2014 10:47PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as it continues its rapid pace of investment in new businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics.

Jul 24 2014 10:37PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WILMINGTON Del. (Reuters) - Nortel Networks Inc, the U.S. unit of defunct Canadian telecom company Nortel Networks Corp, has agreed to pay up to about $1 billion in interest that has accrued on the $3.9 billion it owes to its U.S. bondholders, a court filing showed.

Jul 24 2014 10:29PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's new "Fire" smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm Inc, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, according to repair and teardown specialists iFixit, which pried one open on Thursday.

Jul 24 2014 9:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern over a proposed $450 million settlement of claims Apple Inc conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, saying its provisions could drastically reduce money paid to consumers depending on appeals.

Jul 24 2014 9:23PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as it continues its rapid pace of investment in new businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics.

Jul 24 2014 9:21PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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In an ocean of flat slabs of glass and plastic running very similar mobile operating systems, how do you choose which one you want to own? Apple and Samsung have both answered this […]

Jul 24 2014 8:46PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Ever wish the stock Mail app could show only your unread messages? Or only messages that have attachments? It can, if you know where to look.






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