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Hands On: Tailor v1.0.3 (iOS)

51 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone apps

Taking a screen shot on your iPhone is easy enough to do, right? Well, provided it's not a long document, web page, text conversation or Facebook thread, that is. But what if you do need to take a screenshot of a whole web page, or conversation in Messages? You can always take multiple screenshots and meticulously organize them, or you can just try out Tailor, an app that creates continuous screenshots for you.

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Tidal relaunches as artist-owned high-fidelity music streaming service

1 hour ago | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps

Music streaming service Tidal has relaunched as an artist-owned company. At a star-studded launch event streamed live, the musical artists owning part of the service gathered together for the announcement, with the overall message offered being Tidal's push to benefit musical artists more than its competitors, such as Spotify and its allegedly low royalty payments.

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Apple issues sixth OS X 10.10.3 beta with minor changes

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

On Monday, Apple issued a sixth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to developers, and an identical third beta to registered public testers. The new build, numbered 14D127a, is said to be mostly a security, compatibility, and stability bugfix release, though the company has added a request that testers focus on screen-sharing features as well as Hebrew and Arabic localizations, on top of the ongoing focus on Wi-Fi "captive portal" networks (such as hotels or coffeeshops).

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Hands On: SuperDuper! 2.7.5 (OS X)

4 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

Apple did a great thing in bringing Time Machine to the rest of us: it made backups a more familiar idea, and it made them far easier to understand as well. Something that is easy and familiar is something that you're going to do, and Apple was right that we really, really needed to back up our work. Now Apple is more focused on cloud storage than it is hard drives -- and there are several cloud backup services -- but the humble hard disk has a lot of advantages. It also has SuperDuper 2.7.5, which is a capable, albeit slightly technical, application for copying your data, and for creating a hard drive that you can run your Mac from in emergencies.

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Daily Deals: Sony headphones, Canon printer, 30-inch Monoprice display

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

Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post when the staff of MacNN and Electronista take a moment to search retailers for offers, discounts, and other items for you, our beloved readers. Today, we wipe the slate clean of older deals, with the new deals including hefty discounts on Sony noise-cancelling headphones, a $65 Canon multifunction laser printer, and a sub-$400 30-inch display.

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Apple stores in US, Europe now accepting non-iPhone trade-ins

6 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

As reported previously, Apple has now expanded its "reuse and recycling" program in the US and Europe to include now taking selected models of non-iPhone smartphones as trade-in towards a new iPhone. The program is now operating throughout the US, Canada, the UK, France, and Italy, and may be operating in other countries as well. Only specific recent models are eligible, but customers can being the process either online or in person at an Apple Store.

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Hands On: Crazy Gears v1.0.1 (iOS)

7 hours ago | Posted in: education, gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

It's in a child's nature to be interested about the world around them, and as parents and teachers, there's a certain obligation you have to encourage that. Starting from age two, kids just seem to become more and more inquisitive, and while the "why?" phase is never fun, watching a child develop a genuine interest in the way the world works is one of the best things a parent gets to witness. Finding games that can help foster those interests isn't always easy, but we think that Crazy Gears is a good place to start.

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Briefly: Jobs movie filming, Reno data center doubles

8 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

The Universal movie about Steve Jobs is continuing its principle photography, and over the weekend filmed scenes revolving around the May 6, 1998 original iMac unveiling. One of three key scenes in the film that cover product launches, the film used extras to show attendees of the keynote from 1998 holding signs and banners welcoming back Steve Jobs, and others to film interior scenes of the original presentation.

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Hands On: Toca Builders v1.0.3 (iOS)

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

We're quite familiar with Toca Boca apps over here, and we've loved every app we've gotten our hands on. Between the fantastic free-play atmosphere, the well designed graphics, and the fun game play mechanics, we've come to expect greatness from them. When we found out about Toca Builders, we knew we had to check it out immediately.

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Pointers: Better Links in Mail (OS X)

11 hours ago | Posted in: software

URLs are ugly – and they are also very daunting if you're new to the web. So long as they're up there in the browser and you just got to the site by clicking a heading in Google, nobody cares. Yet when you send them to someone, that's when you can put them off or you can make their life easier. It's also where you can demonstrate that you know your stuff. There is one important caveat to this but otherwise this Pointers will show you how to make emails with links that simply look better than sending someone a five-foot-long string of dots and slashes. The specific steps in this tutorial are all for Mail in OS X Yosemite.

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Sony launches Spotify-powered PlayStation Music in 41 countries

13 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, audio

The replacement for Sony Music Unlimited is going live on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 today, powered by Spotify. Launching in 41 countries, PlayStation Music provides gamers with access to streaming music, allowing users to play their choice of soundtrack as a background to whatever game they are playing on the Sony game consoles.

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Weekly Game Replay: Zelda delayed until 2016, Hearthstone, Half-Life 2

21 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista spend some time covering a few of the stories from the wide world of gaming that wasn't mentioned earlier this week. In today's Weekly Game Replay: the next Legend of Zelda has been delayed, a community patch for Half-Life 2 gives the game a visual overhaul, Blackrock Mountain heading to Hearthstone this week, and Microsoft is offering double the games to Xbox Live Gold members.

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Hands On: Clips 1.1.3 (iOS)

Sun March 29, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, software, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

If you don't happen to know what a clipboard manager is, you need one. If you do and you've also tried out a couple, you know why you need it and you know just how hard it will be to make you give them up. Not to rub it in if you haven't tried one yet but they have been around for a very long time – or at least they have on Macs. With iPhone and iPads, it's really taken until iOS 8 for them to be possible. Clips is a free clipboard manager for iOS and it is just about as good as Apple allows it to be.

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Slack reveals intrusion, adds extra security options to accounts

Sun March 29, 2015 | Posted in: security, software

Work-focused messaging service Slack has increased the security of its accounts, following an intrusion to company servers. The company admits on its blog that its servers were accessed by unauthorized users over a four day period in February, and though it only revealed the intrusion on Friday, it claims to have been working hard on improving the service's overall security.

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Hands On: Dragon Dictate 4.0.6 (OS X, Windows)

Sun March 29, 2015 | Posted in: software

Do not ever give voice recognition software to a writer who's a keyboard junkie. Do not ever give Dragon Dictate to any one who saw how rubbish dictation software was in the 1980s, 1990s and probably 2000s but they didn't check. For a few minutes sitting in front of Dragon Dictate will destroy their worldview like a politician discovering that encryption makes monitoring computers hard. Dragon Dictate works and it works extremely, just extremely well. It also does more than dictation: this is powerful software for word processing by voice command.

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Pebble Time completes Kickstarter campaign with $20.3M in pledges

Sun March 29, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Pebble has finished its second crowdfunding campaign for its second generation of smartwatch, with the Pebble Time bringing in more than $20.3 million in funding from over 78,000 backers on Kickstarter. The final total makes the Pebble Time the most-funded Kickstarter campaign ever, eclipsing the original device's $13.4 million haul from two years ago.

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Apple CEO asks Arkansas governor to veto 'right to discriminate' law

Sun March 29, 2015 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Amidst strong critical and economic reaction to an anti-LGBT law signed by Republican Governor Mike Pence in Indiana, Apple CEO Tim Cook -- recently named as the "World's Greatest [Business] Leader" by Fortune magazine -- has posted on Twitter expressing "deep" disappointment with the move and urging another Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, not to sign a similar measure.

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Hands On: Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 (OS X)

Sat March 28, 2015 | Posted in: software

The very name Nisus may bring you back to the 1990s and if it doesn't, then one look at the software possibly will. That's cruel: it is nothing less than fantastic that Nisus has survived where so many other word processors have died, crushed under the force of Microsoft Word. So this version, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 should be celebrated. It's just that there is something a tiny bit old about how it looks and feels.

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Best Buy completes assimilation of Future Shop brand, 66 stores closed

Sat March 28, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Canadian technology retailer Future Shop has essentially been absorbed into parent company Best Buy overnight. While 66 locations were completely shut down overnight, 65 locations will be reborn as Best Buy stores on April 4. Reports scattered across Canada are seeing employees being notified of the closure and their future employment status as they arrive for a Saturday shift at the store.

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Hands On: Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.6 (OS X)

Sat March 28, 2015 | Posted in: peripherals, troubleshooting, software, upgrades/storage

Nothing digital really exists unless it exists twice. For all that we have these great interconnected cloud services, there is still a hard drive holding on to our data somewhere and all hard drives fail eventually. They're like politicians in that respect: they go on until they fail. Carbon Copy Cloner is a way to make failures annoying rather than fatal to your work. It backs up any or all of your files and it also optionally creates a separate and bootable hard drive.

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Hands On: Zoidtrip 1.3 (iOS, Android)

Fri March 27, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Zoidtrip by Arthur Guibert is a game about a squid-like sentient kite ... or something. It's a simple arcade-style scrolling game of avoiding walls for as long as you possibly can. It's free-to-play with advertisements, though an in-app purchase unlocks all the possible Zoids and removes the ads. Long story short, we found it to be a cheerful time-waster with a boppy soundtrack, and we're really bad at it.

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NBC denies ever having television streaming discussions with Apple

Fri March 27, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

Throwing some doubt on the veracity of earlier reports by the Wall Street Journal NBCUniversal has said in a letter to the US Federal Communications Commission that not only is it not keeping back content from any prospective Apple television network, it has not even been launched discussions with Apple in the first place. The revelation was made as part of an information request fulfilled by the programmer, answering questions about the prospective Time Warner Cable and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast's merger.

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Apple game roundup: Pillars of Eternity, Mr. Jump explodes, Broken Age

Fri March 27, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, software, Apple

We've had some emails about our Sunday game roundup -- it turns out that some of you want Apple-specific gaming news, as sources for that seem to be in short supply these days. Today launches the first installation of a twice-weekly column, published on MacNN on Tuesdays and Fridays rounding up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at an interview with the developers of This War of Mine, an iOS game boosted by Apple that we reviewed earlier in the week, and the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate released as the fruit of a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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Hands On: Blink 1.0 (iOS)

Fri March 27, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

There is an argument that Blink is a single-use app for a very specific and therefore limited market: it helps you quickly make App Store links with a code in to get you some money. If you don't happen to know how affiliate links work, you just sat up. If you do, you didn't. It is not a road to making a lot of money but when it's done in a way that benefits your website audience then then it is a good thing all round.

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Forums: how to erase and reinstall OS X and more

Fri March 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple

One Forum Regular turned to the MacNN Forums this week looking for advice on how to erase and reinstall OS X, and found some useful information which might be helpful to anyone else who is trying to do this. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is looking for help trying to access data in an administrator account after their computer froze and was forced to shut down.

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Apple deals: up to 24 percent off 13-inch MacBook Pros

Fri March 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week at Apple's online store, chose from a wide selection of refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro models and save up to 24 percent off. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive is now available for $829 after a $270 discount. For $929, upgrade to a 13.3-inch MBP with Retina display, 2.4GHz intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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