2 3 hours ago

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 Debut or Credit cards only, and is not impacting payments with existing Visa cards, or addition and use of competing company cards.

Posted in: industry, Apple
1 4 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 4 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 5 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
0 5 hours ago

Living with: Due 2.2

It feels wrong using more than one To Do app: it's actually against the ideas of Getting Things Done. That's for a good reason, too, as when you have what it calls one "trusted system," you always know when you're done. If you have two, you have to keep checking two; and good luck deciding what goes in what. Yet, that's what we're doing now, and it's because of Due 2.2. You can think of Due as a basic, but loud, To Do app. Its function is to make sure you do something when it has to be done. So if I've got a phone call to make at a certain time, I'll put it in Due instead of OmniFocus.

4 Tue Feb 9, 2016

Game Replay: Mad Catz reveals job cuts, blames poor Rock Band sales

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Rock Band 4 hardware sales prompt job cuts at peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz, Final Fantasy IX quietly ships on mobile devices, Firewatch arrives on Mac and PC, and Rocket League finally reaches the Xbox One.

Posted in: gaming

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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

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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

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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

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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

Software  9h

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

Gadgets  19h

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

Software  21h

Office for Mac v15.18 released

Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW

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