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Secret Service expands investigation of Target, UPS PoS malware

23 minutes ago | Posted in: security

Target isn't the only US retailer affected by the "Backoff" point of sale malware. Following forensic analysis of the intrusion software, researchers for US government law enforcement have claimed that more than 1,000 businesses have been infected by the same strain that assaulted the big-box retailer, and now UPS storefronts.

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Briefly: Satechi Bluetooth smart keyboard, Spotify's listening map

13 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, audio

Satechi has announced the release of its new Bluetooth Wireless Smart Keyboard, suitable for Mac or PC systems. Measuring 0.7 inches thick, the keyboard's wireless functionality allows users to have an extra USB port available to them, and can use the keyboard from up to 33 feet away. Its multimedia keys provide access to controlling video and audio content, including play/pause, volume, forward/backtrack and activating functions on other mobile devices. The white version of the keyboard features specific keys mapped for use with OS X and iOS, and the black version mapped for PC and Android features. Priced at $55, Satechi's smart keyboard is available through Amazon and the company's own online store.

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Apple announces iPhone 5 battery replacement program

13 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple

On Friday, Apple announced that it had discovered that "a very small percentage" of first-run iPhone 5 units -- those sold between September of 2012 and January of 2013 -- have a defect that results in unusually short battery life, and have instituted a program to replace the battery. Users will need to bring the units to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or retail Apple Store; however, customers should be aware that Apple will send the unit off to a facility to be inspected.

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AAPL hits all-time closing high at $101.32

15 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

Apple's stock closed on Friday at an all-time record high, on a straight split-adjusted basis, cracking $101 per share. The 74-cent rise on Friday rang down the curtain on a week that saw the stock gain just over $3 per share, culminating in the record-breaking performance weeks ahead of anticipated new product announcements, and months before the start of the holiday buying season, which is again expected to favor Apple over its primary rivals. Thus far in 2014, AAPL is up 27.29 percent.

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Briefly: Kaebo cloth Lightning cable, bike mount case for iPhone

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, peripherals, accessories

Portable power solutions company Juno Power has announced its newest line of Lightning adaptor cables, named Kaebo. An Apple certified charge and sync cable, the Kaebo features high strength cloth that is resistant to rips or tears. Its aluminum build is designed to withstand most accidental damage. The cable is equipped with an aluminum connector and USB head for optimal performance, and is available in silver, light gold, and slate gray. Measuring at one meter long, the Kaebo is priced at $22 through Juno Power and Amazon.

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Judge rebuffs Samsung attempt to invalidate Apple patents

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones, Apple

US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh has denied Samsung's post-trial request to invalidate two Apple patents, both of which were used successfully to convict Samsung of copying the iPhone maker's technology yet again in the second federal Apple-Samsung trial, held earlier this year. Samsung had filed the motion in early July, based on a recent Supreme Court decision, Alice vs. CLS Banks, which stated that software ideas that were just abstract representations of real-world concepts (such as turning a doorknob) were not patentable.

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Judge: BlackBerry-esque Typo case will face contempt of court charge

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo, manufacturer of physical keyboard cases for the iPhone has run into more legal trouble. BlackBerry has been allowed to proceed with contempt of court charges, alleging that Typo has been selling its keyboards which have been ruled to violate BlackBerry intellectual property, contravening a court order to stop doing so.

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Forums: encryption, crashes and hot Macs

22 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple

This week, MacNN forum-goers discuss a wide range of topics including encryption software, consistent crashes, and how to cool down a hot Mac. One Fresh-Faced Recruit was wondering if there was some kind of one-click encryption solution that could encrypt a file before it is uploaded to cloud storage, and decrypt it when it is needed again. Moderator "Rumor" reported their third crash in one day, and was hoping fellow forum goers could help troubleshoot and get to the root cause of this problem.

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Apple deals: MacBook Pro configurations from $929

22 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Right now at Apple's online store, chose from a wide selection of refurbished MacBook Pro models with prices as low as $929. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and a 8x SuperDrive has been reduced by $170 to $929. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $180 to $1,019.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, iMac, HDTVs and more

22 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, Apple

BestBuy.com this week is offering a $150 discount on the current-generation 13.3-inch MacBook Air, dropping the price from $999 down to $849. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by about $50. This MacBook Air features a 1.4GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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BlackBerry claims no spam, attacks Apple's iMessage service

22 hours ago | Posted in: software

BlackBerry has attacked iMessage in a blog post, as it attempts to try and convert more users to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The post, written by head of product and brand marketing for BBM Jeff Gadway, latches on to recent reports about spam messages on iMessage, and lists off ways the service allegedly beats Apple's messaging platform.

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Digital credit card replacement Coin calls for 10,000 more testers

23 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Payment startup Coin is expanding its base of testers for its digital credit card replacement from 1,000 to 11,000 people. The crowd-funded project, which consists of a plastic card with a screen capable of storing various payment card details and can be swiped at ATMs and payment terminals, is attempting to fix as many issues as possible before it makes the card publicly available.

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Friday Deals: 3TB hard drive, BoinxTV, HDTVs with gift card, more!

23 hours ago | Posted in: computers, software, upgrades/storage, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!

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Huawei, NTT Docomo research proposes LTE supported by Wi-Fi bands

Fri August 22, 2014 | Posted in: networking

Carriers could use Wi-Fi spectrum to extend capacity for its LTE service in the future, if new research is adopted. Researchers from Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and Huawei have managed to use the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum, typically used for Wi-Fi, to operate an LTE network, with the extra bandwidth having the potential to enhance existing LTE cellular networks.

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iOS apps: Afterlight, Papers 3, Vine

Fri August 22, 2014 | Posted in iOS apps

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    Afterlight 2.5 ($1)

    Afterlight is a photography app that includes a number of filters and effects for editing images on iOS devices. Version 2.5 introduces a brand new filter section called Fusion. This group of filters allows users to create their own filters by combining different adjustment tools, filters, and textures. A crash that occurred when an image is sent to Afterlight from another app has also been fixed.

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    Papers 3 3.2.2 ($10)

    Papers 3 can be used to find, read, organize, and sync research papers. The update has significantly improved app launch time, as well as sped up the syncing process. The app will also now use less memory and will no longer have issues syncing a library after unlinking from Dropbox.

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    Vine 2.5.1 (free)

    Vine can be used to create short looping videos. These videos can be shared directly on Vine, as well as through Twitter sand Facebook. The v2.5.1 update includes a new camera that gives users the ability to create a Vine in new ways. New camera tools offer additional ways to edit videos, as well as import existing videos from the camera roll. Users will also find new settings for controlling which notifications they received.

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    MediaFire 2.0.1 (free)

    MediaFire is an online storage service that lets users store, organize, and share up to 50GB of data. The app includes a built-in file viewer that can display documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, as well as play video and audio files. The latest release offers faster background uploading, improved Facebook sign-in, and fixes or a number of reported bugs.

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    Instacast 4 4.7.2 ($2)

    Instacast is a podcast management app that can be used to track, download, and listen to podcasts. Within the app users can find all of their podcast subscriptions and organize episodes into lists for sequential playback. Version 4.7.2 includes an improved Skipping Control setting, as well as better integration with Instacast Cloud. Issues with creating iCloud Backups have also been addressed with this update.

 
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Purported Foxconn images confirm iPhone 6 lens protrusion, case info

Fri August 22, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

A French Apple enthusiast site has published some photos from a screen, alleging that they come from Foxconn, detailing construction details and dimensions of Apple's new iPhone line. The screenshots dating in some cases back to February confirm the raised camera lens detail demonstrated in leaks a few days ago.

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Backlight redesign reportedly hampered iPhone builds in June, July

Fri August 22, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

Adding to the mystery of the iPhone 6 and its shipment date, reports are circulating that Apple's suppliers were "scrambling" to source enough screens for the new device because of a shift in design. Not known is if the problem, linked to the backlight, will lead to shipping delays or extremely tight sales constraints on launch.

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Briefly: ESPN Scores Pebble app released, Chromecast price cut in UK

Fri August 22, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, software

ESPN has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, providing results for various sporting events. The Scores app includes results from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, and college basketball, and will vibrate to notify the wearer about game updates. The app is now available to download from the Pebble App Store for iOS and Android.

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Leica M-P 24MP rangefinder camera doubles memory buffer of Leica M

Fri August 22, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging

Premium camera producer Leica has revealed an upgraded version of its Leica M rangefinder. The Leica M-P houses a full-frame 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, accompanied by a 2-gigabyte memory buffer double the size of the Leica M version, allowing it to be not only twice as fast, but also capable of up to 24 images in a burst mode at a speed of 3 fps.

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Briefly: Otterbox's Alpha Glass protectors, Booq's Cobra Brief

Fri August 22, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

Rugged accessories producer Otterbox has announced its introduction of a new screen protection product for iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Alpha Glass consists of fortified glass that features reactive touch and anti-shatter properties. Suitable for standalone use as a screen protector, Alpha Glass is installed by lightly coating the protector with its accompanied alcohol wipe, clean with the microfiber cloth and align it against the screen. Gentle pressure secures the protector, pushing out air that can create bubbles. Alpha Glass is removable with no leftover residue. Priced at $30, the new screen protectors can be purchased online through Otterbox.

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Sprint takes a jab at carriers with $60 single-line unlimited plan

Fri August 22, 2014 | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

With the exit of Dan Hesse and the appointment of CEO Marcelo Claure earlier in the month, Sprint is kicking into a new gear with a bunch of new offerings. Following on a new family plan structure, including a $100 plan with up to 10 lines and 40 GB of date, Sprint announced a new single line plan that offers unlimited text, talk and data for only $60 per month. The new plan follows on previous reports that a similar plan was in the works for $50 a month.

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Apple removes anonymous Secret app from Brazilian App Store

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: industry, software, iPhone apps, mobile phones, Apple, iPad apps

Following a ruling by a Brazilian judge that anonymous social apps such as Secret violate the Brazilian constitution, Apple has removed the program from the App Store in that country, citing that its own guidelines require that apps comply with local laws in the country they're sold in. In addition to Apple, the judge ordered Google and Microsoft to also remove the app or similar apps. There has not, however, been any reports of Apple or the other companies remotely deleting the app from users' devices.

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Apple CEO Cook visits iPad-using VA hospital in Palo Alto

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: Apple, iPad

One day after US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald called the Palo Alto Veterans Administration hospital one of the "crown jewels" of the VA healthcare system," the facility received a visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who tweeted that he was "honored" to meet doctors alongside California legislator Anna Eshoo, noting that the facility is "now using iPads to help treat vets and families." The message was accompanied by a photo of Cook with an iPad-using staffer.

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Briefly: Google Play Music iOS update, N3twork personal TV network

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Google Play Music has updated its app for iOS devices, featuring improved library management and additional functionality. Google Play Music is a music streaming subscription service, featuring access to millions of songs and custom radio stations. The latest version (1.3.2.2559) allows users to remove content from their library. The "Thumbs Up" playlist can now be sorted in reverse chronological order, and overall library management has been improved to include fewer duplicates and better playback to avoid skipping audio. Additional accessibility features are also included. The app is free to download, with music subscription priced at $10 monthly.

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Apple issues minor updates to OS X iMovie, iWork suite

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: software, Apple

On Thursday, Apple issued minor updates to its OS X versions of iMovie, Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The most significant of the updates appears to be for iMovie, updated to version 10.0.5 that offers iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater, though there is still no fix for the program under the Yosemite Public Beta. Also updated were Keynote (to v6.2.2), Pages (to 5.2.2), and Numbers (to version 3.2.2).

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Twitter details how it fights off spam with BotMaker anti-spam tool

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: software, developer

Twitter offered details on how it battles with spam on the service, showing off a specialized tool that the company made in the process. BotMaker was built by the team, which has so far been responsible for a reduction of 40-percent "in key spam metrics" since its launch. The company went into spill some of the specifics of its creation, something it needed to make since it offers real-time interactions and an exposed developer API.

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Apple in talks with insurance companies about HealthKit

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple is talking with at least two insurance companies about its HealthKit platform in iOS 8, according to Bloomberg. These include Humana, and UnitedHealth, the US' biggest such firm. It's not clear, though, what the parties might have in mind.

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