Microsoft gets a lot of attention, praise and applause when it pre-announces products it's going to release one day and that somehow represent a golden future of the technology industry. Apple goes the other way and gets the opposite reaction: it prefers to announce products that actually are the future of the industry but you can buy them now. Maybe it's just that they casually drop in the words "available today" a little bit too smugly but for whatever reason you can put money on any Apple product being mocked, derided and decried at launch time. Later? Not so much.
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9 minutes ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging
Wacom has made a slight departure from its usual graphics tablets, by using its knowledge to create a note-taking device built into a folio. The Bamboo Spark uses Wacom's stylus input technology to allow the folio to capture the movement of the pen, allowing it to record images drawn by the user the pen and paper, effectively creating a digital copy of the drawing or other data as an image file for safe keeping or later editing.
1 hour ago | 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 Posterino, Acorn, Haskell, CrossOver, and Deliveries.
1 hour ago | Posted in: audio
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three selections are all for listening to music privately, including two stylish headphones for more relaxed listening, and one pair of earbuds for those who like to exercise with some musical accompaniment.
1 hour ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Oliver Schusser, an Apple vice president for iTunes International, was recently interviewed by the UK's The Guardian newspaper and admitted that the company is getting "a lot of feedback" on issues ranging from the design of the iOS Music app to sometimes-severe problems with iTunes 12.2 on Macs, as well as both compliments and brickbats on the overall Apple Music paid subscription service and the free features that accompany it.
2 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, iPad apps
At today's Samsung press event at the IFA conference, the company released a new new SmartThings Hub. The new hub is equipped with a more powerful processor that enables video monitoring, and a battery backup that lasts up to 10 hours in case of a power outage. The Hub is also able to process some automations locally without an Internet connection. Alongside the release is also a new iOS and Android app for organization and control of the system.
2 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging
Wacom has used IFA to launch a new range of Intuos graphics tablets. The new tablets are being brought out in four different models with two different sizes, with the Art, Comic and Photo tablets including Pen and Touch capabilities while the Draw version just has pen input, with also including optional wireless connectivity, 1,024 pen pressure sensitivity levels, and four customizable ExpressKeys in the top corners.
The latest version of the adware toolbar malware known as Genieo now has the ability to access the OS X Keychain without user knowledge, thanks to privileges gained during the initial install where the user willingly uses their admin password. Though the program itself does not use the technique to cause any malicious harm on its own, the trick will likely be copied and used by others to possibly compromise the security of the OS X password manager. The technique exploits no hack or flaw, but abuses existing privileges.
I did the original review here of the iPhone 5c -- it was an upgrade for me from the iPhone 4, a game changer in its own regard. Our review was one of very few positive ones, and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe reviewers compared it to the significantly more expensive (without contract) 5s, which released at the same time, and maybe not. But, other than the original "game changing" original iPhone that gave us the full Internet on mobile, it has been my favorite Cupertino-built phone so far.
3 hours ago | Posted in: software
If you want to make improvements to the way your Mac operates cheaply, you haven't got long to pick up a software package from MacNN Deals. The Supercharge Your Mac Bundle contains nine apps that can help make you work more efficiently and keep your files in order, but the deal is only going to be active until tonight, so if you want it you had better be quick.
A settlement proposal by major tech companies to end a multi-year lawsuit over anti-poaching policies has been accepted on the second attempt. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has approved the settlement, proposed in January by co-defendants Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe, with the joint settlement figure of $415 million being a significant increase from the settlement figure of $324.5 million originally proposed by the companies.
4 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Are you a big fan of number-based puzzle games? Do you ever feel like there aren't enough games that cater to your insatiable urge for addition and subtraction? Maybe 2048 isn't a challenge anymore. It's been known to happen. People get so good at combining tiles that it no longer becomes anything more than muscle memory. Well, we're going to show you a game that is plenty challenging, even fore the most adept math whiz -- a fast paced subtraction game called Nozoku Rush.
4 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, accessories
Accessory manufacturer Logitech today introduced the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse. As opposed to setting configurations for the device with software drivers, the K380 will recognize your connected device and automatically map keys to supported functions and shortcuts.
5 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets
Sony has created a smartwatch that offers some advanced functionality while keeping the appearance of a traditional wristwatch, unlike its existing smartwatch efforts. The Wena, said to stand for "Wear Electronics Naturally," uses a normal dial-based face instead of a screen, though despite the appearance, it is able to provide notifications using a customizable LED light on the watch band and through vibration, with the watch also connecting to a companion app for iOS for more advanced functionality.
Those of you who follow the MacNN Podcast will know that I got an Apple Watch (finally) a little over two weeks ago. I have been enjoying it, thanks, but a day or two ago it started misbehaving: specifically, the "hey Siri" function would not complete once I had told it what I wanted. It would just hang there, like a needy groupie. So I needed to figure out how to troubleshoot it.
16 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Here we are again, dragging out the soapbox on mobile platformers. We've found a few gems in the series, but largely have remained somewhat unimpressed. Today, though, we've got another title that we think console platformer players should find palatable. We sunk our teeth into Nihilumbra to see if it stood out in the genre.
CBS has revealed that it will stream this year's Super Bowl contest, along with the AFC playoff games and two regular-season football games on a number of "laptops, desktops, and tablets" and other devices, including Apple TV, free of charge without a need for cable account authentication. The two games will be the New York Jets versus the Miami Dolphins in London on October 4 at 9:30AM ET, and a US Thanksgiving Day game between the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys on November 26 at 4:30PM ET.
19 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories
On Wednesday, Motorola announced a second-gen version of its Moto 360 smartwatch, and also introduced a new fitness-oriented model called the 360 Sport. The two devices are mostly identical in terms of features, but the Sport will use silicon materials to protect it from heat and sweat, include independent GPS that will work without a connection to a smartphone, and offers both traditional LED backlighting and limited front-side illumination for better outdoor reading.
22 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, audio
Look away. Look away. You don't need this, you really do not -- but you're going to want it. Here's how smitten we are with the Griffin Powermate Bluetooth: it's on our desk, it's connected to our Mac and we're using it constantly yet we still lust after it as if it were something Apple had just announced. That's a bit of a turnaround given that when we picked it up we expected it to be spectacularly pointless. It's only a knob, a round aluminium control that sits on your desk and does things like turn the volume up or down.
23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, peripherals, developer, accessories, Apple, iPad
A pair of new "confirmed" rumors regarding accessories and devices that might be revealed at the September 9 Apple event are based on either previous leaked images or an "echo chamber" of cross-reported stories on the next Apple TV, though they may or may not come to pass. As widely predicted, the first of the reports says that Apple will debut new bands for the Apple Watch. While not unexpected, the report is based on a leaked image of new Sport colors shown by Sir Jonathan Ive at a show in Italy last April.
23 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, 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. The new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include the Toshiba Canvio Desk 5TB external drive for $130, a Samsung multifunction printer for $100, and Twelve South iPad cases starting from $30.
The California-based Machinima Network has agreed to settle US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it engaged in deceptive advertising by paying "influencers" to post YouTube videos endorsing Microsoft's Xbox One system and several games. Under the proposed settlement, Machinima is prohibited from similar deceptive conduct in the future, and the company is required to ensure its influencers clearly disclose when they have been compensated in exchange for their endorsements.
Wed September 2, 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 OmniFocus, Scrapbook, Notefile, Chromium, Microsoft Remote Desktop, and Carbon Copy Cloner.
Wed September 2, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Hulu has implemented it's rumored advertising-free subscription option to its streaming service. Priced at $12 per month, the new tier offers the same content as its standard $8 subscription but users will be able to watch shows without interruptions from commercials during the show itself, though TechCrunch notes pre-roll advertising for some shows will continue due to licensing agreements. The service advises that the existing $8 service will continue to show "fewer commercials than scheduled television."
Wed September 2, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
On Wednesday, Apple added another 18 US banks and credit unions to the list of institutions now supporting Apple Pay with their issued credit and debit cards. The total number of US partners has now reached 457, up from the last update that also added 18 institutions in mid-August, with all major American banks and CU's now supporting the mobile payment service. The latest announcement comes on the heels of rumors that Apple will announce expansion into another country, such as Canada, at its September 9 media event.
Wed September 2, 2015 | Posted in: networking
Comcast is testing out an extra fee that will help Internet customers avoid paying out excess bandwidth-related charges on their monthly bill, in areas where a cap is enforced. The cable company is allowing customers in areas of Florida to pay $30 extra per month for unlimited data through the fiber network, letting subscribers go above their monthly usage allowance without worrying about receiving a higher than expected bill the following month.
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