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MacNN Deals: Upgrade your audio with these accessories

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all audio accessories, including a compact Bluetooth speaker, a way to make Apple's EarPods fit more securely, a gadget that can make your wired headphones run off Bluetooth, and a pair of stylish headphones crafted from solid wood.

Posted in: accessories, audio
0 4 hours ago

Apple security certificate expiration forcing Aspyr, web updates

A series of soon to arrive Apple security certificate expirations will cause some problems, if users and developers do not take some steps to rectify the situation. A November-issued series of certificates, scheduled to expire on February 13 is affecting both game developer Aspyr. Additionally, Apple is mandating developers applications that generate passes for Apple Wallet, use Safari Push Notifications, or extend the functionality of Safari must use a renewed Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Intermediate certificate starting on February 14.

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Apple Pay, other services, not able to add new Visa card to wallet

Starting early this morning, Apple Pay users have been experiencing problems adding Visa cards to the wallet. The issue is limited to addition of new Visa debit or credit cards only, and is not impacting payments with existing Visa cards, or the addition and use of competing company cards.

Posted in: industry, Apple
1 6 hours ago

Bluetooth SIG delivers new Internet Gateway IoT connectivity protocol

The Bluetooth standard governing body, Bluetooth SIG, has introduced a new architecture and supporting set of educational tools that enables developers to quickly create Internet gateways for Bluetooth products. The new Bluetooth gateways allow any Bluetooth sensor to send and receive data to the cloud allowing for potential "Internet of Things" functionality such as the ability to monitor and control fixed Bluetooth sensors from a remote location.

Posted in: gadgets, networking
0 6 hours ago

The Big Deal: The multipurpose Beyond Ink Pen for $49

Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deal lists, we occasionally find items that are interesting enough to have their own Big Deals post. Today's selection is the Beyond Ink Pen from our own MacNN Deals store, a writing tool that has far more technological functionality than a typical ball point pen usually offers.

Posted in: accessories
2 7 hours ago

Vulnerability in Sparkle update framework puts Mac apps at risk

A framework used by developers to perform software updates in Mac apps has potentially put the users of some popular tools at risk, via a recently discovered flaw. A vulnerability in the Sparkle framework makes apps including Camtasia, uTorrent, and Sequel Pro susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, which could lead to the installation of malicious code on the Mac desktop, all without the knowledge of the user.

Posted in: security, developer

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Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4

Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.


Google given NHTSA SDS waivers

In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR


Dropshare 4 for Mac now available

Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q


Google starting phase-out of Flash ads

Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc


Sonos now works with Apple Music

Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko

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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces

An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI

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Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog

Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ

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