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Apple, Google, and Others Offer Increased $415M Settlement in Class Action Anti-Poaching Lawsuit

Wednesday January 14, 2015 5:34 am PST by
After a judge had rejected an earlier settlement deal, Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe today offered a higher settlement that may end an anti-poaching lawsuit filed on behalf of technology workers, reports Reuters. Citing a source close to the negotiations, The New York Times claims the companies are offering a combined payment of $415 million to settle the case. The suit asserts that the...
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InvenSense Faces Investor Lawsuit for Not Disclosing 'Sweetheart' Sensor Deal With Apple

Tuesday January 13, 2015 8:42 am PST by
Apple sensor supplier InvenSense is facing a class-action lawsuit filed by investors accusing the company of defrauding investors by not revealing the true terms of its deals with Apple and Samsung, reports Silicon Beat. InvenSense recently joined Apple's supply chain, producing gyroscopes and accelerometers for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In the lawsuit, investors accuse InvenSense CEO Alan...
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AllCast Lands on iOS With Streaming Media Support for Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, and Fire TV

Tuesday January 13, 2015 7:11 am PST by
The popular Android-only AllCast media streaming app has now made its way to the iOS App Store. The app allows users to stream media to a variety of smart TVs and standalone set-top devices such as the Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, and Amazon Fire TV. The app uses DLNA to stream media and requires only minimal configuration before users can stream to any media device on the same wireless network as ...
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Chevrolet's Upcoming 2016 Volt Plug-in Hybrid Spotted With CarPlay Integration

Monday January 12, 2015 8:49 am PST by
GM today at Detroit's North American International Auto Show showcased the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and as spotted by The Verge, the latest Volt model includes an option for CarPlay as well as MirrorLink in the vehicle's entertainment system settings. 2016 Chevy Volt in-dash entertainment system by The Verge GM was listed as a CarPlay partner when the technology was...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket Launching First iBeacon Platform for Apple's Upcoming Watch

Monday January 12, 2015 7:11 am PST by
Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket today are announcing the launch of a new iBeacon platform throughout Marsh's 75 supermarket locations that will enable Apple Watch users to receive interactive alerts and other content on their devices based on their proximity to Marsh's beacons. The program is the first integration of iBeacon technology with Apple's wearable product, which is expected to launch to ...
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OS X Spotlight Glitch Exposes IP Addresses and Other System Details to Spammers

Friday January 9, 2015 7:05 am PST by
A privacy glitch in Spotlight search for OS X may leak private details, including IP addresses, to email spammers. The flaw was first reported by German tech news site Heise and replicated in tests performed by IDG News Service. The issue affects OS X mail users who have followed conventional security recommendations to turn off the "load remote content in messages" option in the Mail app....
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California Judge Dismisses Notebook Logic Board Lawsuit Against Apple

Friday January 9, 2015 6:19 am PST by
U.S. District Judge William Alsup this week dismissed a lawsuit filed against Apple over allegedly defective Apple notebooks, reports Reuters. Filed on behalf of Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles with class action status, the suit accused Apple of deliberately selling notebooks with logic boards the company knew were faulty. The plaintiffs claim Apple in May 2010 stated selling defective...
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Evernote Offering Automatic Document Scanning With New 'Scannable' iOS App

Thursday January 8, 2015 9:33 am PST by
Evernote today released a new iPhone and iPad app that adds scanning to its repertoire of available services. The new Evernote Scannable app debuted last year as a beta service and is now publicly available in the iOS App Store. Similar to competing scanning apps, Evernote Scannable includes an automatic scanning feature that allows users to scan a document simply by launching the app. Upon...
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Upcoming Plex Update to Add One-Click iTunes Library Import, New Music Features

Thursday January 8, 2015 7:44 am PST by
Plex this week announced changes to its media software that will move the service beyond its video roots. Following updates that added online movie trailers and a recommendation engine, the next version of Plex will bring several new music features that Plex Chief Product Officer Scott Olechowski says will challenge iTunes in the music department. As reported by Gigaom and PCMag, Plex users ...
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Philips Unveils Lightning-Based Fidelio NC1L Noise Canceling Headphones With No Need for Batteries

Thursday January 8, 2015 5:43 am PST by
Philips today added to its lineup of Lightning-equipped headphones with the new Fidelio NC1L. Similar to its predecessor the Fidelio M2L, the NC1L headphones use a 24-bit digital to analog converter to provide high-quality audio playback. As detailed by The Verge, the Fidelio NC1L headphones plug directly into the Lightning port, providing a direct digital connection to the phone and a power...
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CES 2015: OWC's Transwarp Software Combines Traditional Hard Drive With SSD Cache

Wednesday January 7, 2015 8:48 am PST by
Other World Computing (OWC) today announced a new software solution that allows users to combine the speed of a solid state drive with the increased storage space of a traditional hard drive. The new Transwarp technology was previewed for the first time this week at CES 2015. While SSD caching is not new, OWC's Transwarp solutions aims to make it easy for Mac owners to combine a removable...

AT&T Announces New Limited Data Rollover Feature for Mobile Share Value Customers

Wednesday January 7, 2015 7:11 am PST by
Following T-Mobile's recently announced "Data Stash" program allowing customers to roll over unused data to subsequent months, AT&T today announced it will launch a similar data program later this month. The new feature will be available at no additional charge to the 50 million users on the carrier's Mobile Share Value plans. "Rollover Data is an added benefit of being an AT&T Mobile Share Value ...
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CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration

Tuesday January 6, 2015 1:01 pm PST by
Apple's CarPlay technology continues its expansion with both Kenwood and Pioneer announcing new CarPlay receivers at CES 2015. Kenwood and Pioneer's releases follow earlier CarPlay announcements from automobile manufacturer Volkswagen and car audio accessory maker Parrot. Following statements from early last year that it was "looking at" CarPlay, Kenwood today announced its first car audio...
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CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb

Tuesday January 6, 2015 8:40 am PST by
As a followup to its Swarovski Shine fitness tracker, Misfit today announced its new Bolt wirelessly-connected light bulb. Similar to the Philips Hue, the $50 Bolt light bulb allows users to adjust the light intensity and color of the bulb using an iOS device. The Bolt light bulb is powered by CREE LED technology, providing the equivalent of a standard 60-watt light bulb. It connects...
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CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support

Tuesday January 6, 2015 8:01 am PST by
Apple's HomeKit technology is being featured heavily at CES this year, with the introduction of home automation products from Schlage, iDevices and Elgato previously making news. Joining that group with their own new HomeKit products are mobile accessory maker Incipio and home automation company Insteon. Moving beyond cases and chargers, Incipio has introduced its first home automation...
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Fitbit Now Shipping Charge HR and Surge Fitness Bands

Tuesday January 6, 2015 6:25 am PST by
Fitbit today announced it has started selling the Surge and Charge HR, the company's latest activity trackers. Unveiled in October, the two wearables join the Charge and Flex in Fitbit's popular fitness band lineup. Fitbit Surge Advertised as a Fitness "Super Watch", the Surge includes a continuous heart rate monitor and an onboard GPS module for distance, route, and elevation tracking....
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CES 2015: AT&T Announces 4G LTE Smartcase With MicroSD Slot for Wi-Fi iPads

Tuesday January 6, 2015 5:59 am PST by
AT&T today announced the upcoming availability of its new Modio smartcase that will add 4G LTE connectivity to a Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPad mini. The Modio smartcase will be compatible with the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini. The Modio will allow Wi-Fi iPad owners to connect to AT&T's 4G LTE network using the data available on the customers' Mobile Share plans....
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CES 2015: Belkin and Elgato Announce New Home Automation Sensors for Windows, Doors, and More

Monday January 5, 2015 9:56 am PST by
Belkin and Elgato today used CES as a platform to expand their home automation lineup of products. Belkin is showing off five new WeMo products at CES, while Elgato is presenting two products from its previously announced line of "Eve" connected home sensors. Belkin today announced an expansion to its WeMo line with the new WeMo Door and Window Sensor, the Keychain sensor, and an Alarm...
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CES 2015: Bandstand Dock Leads Accessory Makers' Apple Watch Push

Monday January 5, 2015 8:31 am PST by
The Apple Watch may not be launching for a few more months, but that hasn't stopped accessory makers from showing off their ideas at CES this week. iOS device stand and accessory maker Standzout is one of the early entrants, announcing its upcoming Bandstand docking station and showing off prototypes of the accessory at CES. The new Bandstand dock was designed from the ground up for Apple's...
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CES 2015: Toshiba Announces TransferJet Wireless File Transfer Dongle for iOS Devices

Monday January 5, 2015 7:06 am PST by
Toshiba today at CES 2015 announced the launch of the company's first TransferJet file transfer dongle with support for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The new TJM35420LT dongle includes a Lightning adapter for iOS devices and allows for the transfer of files between compatible devices using Sony's TransferJet close proximity wireless transfer technology. The low-power TransferJet dongle...