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MacNN Deals: Homeware gadgets to wake you up, set the mood

34 minutes ago | Posted in: gadgets

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are highlighting some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's offering includes an unusual alarm clock, a cooking thermometer for your iPhone, and the ability to change the mood of a room using Bluetooth-equipped lightbulbs.

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Hands On: Vellum 1.2.5 (OS X)

2 hours ago | Posted in: software

There's reviewing and there's reviewing. You know that the tiniest single-function utility gets examined, turned upside down, poked about with and possibly even shaken a bit. You also know that doesn't take long. There are things like Microsoft Word which take a month or more of serious use with betas and previews before more serious use with the final release. Then there's Vellum 1.2.5. We've had this software for about six months, maybe seven. You can't say we're quick with the news on this one, but complete, we are.

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Giveaway: Win a Samsung 4K TV with an Apple TV, Fire TV, or Roku 3

2 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

This is your reminder that our own MacNN Deals page is giving you the opportunity to own a serious upgrade for your living room. The giveaway prize package is for a Samsung 50-inch 4K television, and to provide you with content to watch on the large high-resolution screen, your choice of a new set-top box from either an Apple TV, an Amazon Fire TV, or a Roku 3 Media Player.

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Rumor: Apple TV refresh in September includes Siri voice control

2 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

The Apple TV may be the subject of a refresh in the near future, according to another recent rumor for the streaming set-top box. The latest version claims Apple is intending to unveil a next-generation Apple TV in September, alongside the launch of new iPhones, with it this time incorporating many updates, including an update to its operating system that allows access to the App Store, as well as voice control provided by Siri.

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Hands On: Gif Me! Camera 1.11 (iPhone)

4 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, iPhone apps

The Internet is obsessed with GIFs, if you haven't noticed, but we're pretty sure you have: and for good reason -- they're small, they're animated, and usually contain some of the funniest bits of things you'll see all day. If you've ever wanted to make your own GIFs, we've got a just the app for you to check out: Gif Me! Camera.

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Hands On: Angry Birds 2 2.0.1(iOS)

4 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

At this point, we're sure that almost everyone who owns an iPhone or iPad has at least tried out an Angry Birds game, be it the original or one of the many sequels. It's hard to go a public place without coming across some sort of Angry Birds merchandise. Billionaire developers Rovio have finally made a proper sequel, Angry Birds 2, and we sat down and took a look at it to see how it holds up to the original.

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Microsoft claims 14M installations of Windows 10 in first 24 hours

5 hours ago | Posted in: software

Windows 10 has been installed on over 14 million devices in the first 24 hours of its release, Microsoft claims, suggesting it to be a success. The blog post by Yusuf Mehdi, Windows marketing chief at Microsoft, advises that Microsoft still has "many more upgrades to go" in order to catch up with Windows 10 upgrade reservations, despite the high number of installations after just one day of availability.

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Game Replay: Angry Birds 2 released, Fallout 4 mod support in 2016

14 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Bethesda reveals Fallout 4 mod support will not be ready this year, Microsoft starts charging for Solitaire in Windows 10, Angry Birds 2 ships, and Prison Architect has a date for when it will leave alpha.

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Apple releases second beta of 10.10.5 to developers

16 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

Following an earlier release of a second beta of iOS 8.4.1 for developers, Apple late on Thursday released both the second developer beta and a public beta version of the next minor update to OS X Yosemite, 10.10.5. The new build, 14F19a, comes two weeks after the first beta, and has no new information on the usual assortment of tweaks and bug fixes such releases usually entail. The final version of the update is expected ahead of the next major release, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which should appear in September.

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Briefly: Best Buy Canada Watch sale date; Smartflash case stay denied

17 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

Following the US electronics chain Best Buy's announcement that direct Apple Watch sales would begin August 7, the Canadian branch -- which recently took over the existing Futureshop chain there -- has revealed that it will begin its own sales of the device starting one week later, August 14. The company says it will offer Apple Store-like "try-on" sessions at 20 stores, and sell the product at 50 store initially, as well as on the online site.

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Hands On: Satechi Bluetooth Media Button

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, gadgets, accessories, iPad

Let's paint a scenario for you: you're driving along, letting your iPhone serenade you with favorites from your music collection, when suddenly it plays that one song that you hate more than anything. You look away from the road to grab your phone and switch the song to something else, and in that brief moment, you've drifted into the other lane. Sound familiar? If this sounds like something that you can relate to, we'd like to introduce you to the Satechi Media Button, a Bluetooth enabled media remote designed to help you avoid moments just like that.

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Dashlane offers password management for iPhone, Apple Watch

20 hours ago | Posted in: security, gadgets, iPhone apps

Dashlane, a password manager for OS X and iOS that MacNN recently reviewed, has announced that it has brought its Password Changer feature, which makes possible extensive password management on iOS devices, to the Apple Watch. The new 3.1 version for iOS includes the feature, and also offers notifications of a security breach on monitored websites, and improves Touch ID support.

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Daily Deals: Nintendo 3DS XL, Harman Kardon speaker, MacBook Air

20 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. Still-active deals from yesterday are accompanied by a new wave of offers, including $170 off a MacBook Air, a Harman Kardon Bluetooth speaker for $130, and a Nintendo 3DS XL for $150.

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T-Mobile posts $361M net profit for Q2 following subscriber increase

22 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, mobile phones

T-Mobile has managed to post a net profit of $361 million for the most recent quarter, reversing a $63 million loss from the previous quarter and almost reaching the $391 million it brought in for the same period last year. In its successful quarter, the carrier reports total revenue of $8.2 billion, up year-on-year by 14 percent, with the per-share loss of $0.09 from last quarter being switched for an earnings per share of $0.42.

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac public preview available now

22 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, upgrades/storage

Data backup and disaster recovery company Paragon Software Group has announced the release of Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac Preview -- a previously Windows-only tool to handle all disk management tasks on OS X. In closed beta testing for two months, the public preview comes with major new backup techniques, including sector and file-level backups of any partition or disk to the Paragon Virtual Hard Drive format.

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Apple office-space crunch continues with new SF SoMa lease

22 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Coming on the heels of a similar lease in Seattle, Apple has entered into an agreement to create office space out of two floors of a high-rise building in San Francisco, using a South of Market building that houses CBS Interactive and carving out some 76,000 square feet of office space, expected to accommodate around 400 to 500 engineers.

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Apple pushes second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to developers

23 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, Graphics/Web Design, Apple

While attention and development focus continue on the upcoming iOS 9 major upgrade expected to be delivered in September or early October, Apple on Thursday also updated its ongoing iOS 8-based improvement set of updates with a second beta of iOS 8.4.1, now available through an update directly on iPhones associated with developer accounts or through the iOS Developer Resource Center.

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My Stupid Fault: a trio of (avoidable) tales of hardware failure

23 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting

Yeah, I'm the guy that both made William take off his watch for a week, and made him do this column, My Stupid Fault, first. We all have tech tales of woe for sure -- the really special ones we've done to ourselves by accident or by incompetence. Mine is something I keep coming back to, time after time, after time -- and once, it almost caused a problem with Cold War-era national defense. Today, I bring you the second installment of My Stupid Fault -- a series of three tech failures at the worst possible time, with a common solution.

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Apple opens fourth retail location in Hong Kong

Thu July 30, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

Apple has opened up its latest Apple Store in China, with the Canton Road location in Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui district being the fourth outlet for the city. CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to thank the "thousands of Hong Kong customers" visiting the new location and joining in the celebration of the store launch, with the 23rd Apple Store constructed in China being part of a major retail expansion in the country for the company.

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App Update: AudioSwitcher, Invisible, MP3 Toolkit, more

Thu July 30, 2015 | Posted in: software

App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to AudioSwitcher, Invisible, MP3 Toolkit, TG Pro, Dropbox, and A Better Finder Rename.

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Review: HP 14-inch 14-x030nr Chromebook

Thu July 30, 2015 | Posted in:

We're mostly Mac users here, right? So, If you're like us, and you are, chances are you've come to realize that you need the ability to access the Internet on the go. Also, you've probably come to realize that your smartphone or tablet lacks some of the ease of use that a laptop does. If you're looking for a lightweight, portable solution without spending a lot of money on a MacBook Air, you might want to take a look at cloud-centric laptops, since iOS and OS X can access those services when you're at your main battlestation at home. We recently got our hands on an HP 14-inch 14-x030nr Chromebook and took a look at it to see how well it could meet our daily needs in the absence of OS X, check our review to see how well it worked for us.

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MacNN Deals: Three discounted productivity software packages

Thu July 30, 2015 | Posted in: software

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the highlights within our own MacNN Deals store. Today's trio of offers are discounted software packages for your Mac that can make you more productive, including low cost PDF editing, drive management, and animation tools.

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Samsung takes another beating in second quarter financial results

Thu July 30, 2015 | Posted in: Investor

Samsung has endured yet another poor showing in its latest quarterly financial results, confirming warnings the manufacturer issued earlier this month. The Korean electronics giant achieved sales of 48.54 trillion won ($4.1 billion) in the second quarter, up from the previous quarter by 1.42 trillion won or 3 percent, but a drop from the 52.35 trillion won brought in for the same period last year, a fact reflected in other areas of the results.

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D-Link launches DWA-192 spherical 802.11ac USB adapter

Thu July 30, 2015 | Posted in: computers, networking

Networking company D-Link today announced it is now shipping the spherical AC1900 Wi-Fi USB Adapter (DWA-192). Designed to bring faster speeds and extended range to laptops and desktop PCs, the DWA-192 boasts 3x3 internal antennas, operation on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and speeds of up to 1900Mbps.

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Briefly: HBO Now on Verizon FiOS, Amazon Dash Button sales

Thu July 30, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, software

Verizon has started to sell HBO's standalone streaming service, HBO Now, to its FiOS broadband customers. Following the lapsing of Apple's exclusivity period, Verizon is providing a 30-day free trial of the $15 service, which provides access to currently-broadcast programming as well as HBO's on-demand archive. Verizon Wireless customers won't be missing out for long, as HBO will apparently be included in Verizon's in-development Go90 Internet TV service.

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Windows 10 upgrades use large amounts of bandwidth, issues arise

Wed July 29, 2015 | Posted in: software

Microsoft's distribution of Windows 10 to users may be causing issues for some Internet users, due to the sheer amount of bandwidth being used. While Microsoft has apparently put a lot of effort into making the release of the free upgrade as error-free as possible, problems are still surfacing despite attempts by the software giant to minimize issues, including extremely slow download speeds for a number of updaters.

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