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Hands On: NC Twitter Widget for Notification Center 1.1 (iOS)

4 minutes ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Twitter is a never-ending waterfall of news, totally random information and totally spurious comments: you can't keep up with everything, and everything changes from moment to moment too. NC Twitter Widget for Notification Center 1.1 can't stop the flow, but it can let you quickly see the latest few tweets before, just as quickly, letting you back into real life. It's an iOS 8 Notification Center item, which means you can see Twitter at any time by just swiping down from the top of your screen.

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Motorola launches Moto X Play, Moto X Style, third-generation Moto X

42 minutes ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Motorola has introduced three more devices to its Moto Android smartphone range at today's media event. A 2015 edition of the entry level Moto G was shown alongside two new variants of the flagship Moto X, including the Moto X Play with a large 3,630mAh battery said to last for up to 30 hours of mixed usage, and the Moto X Style, which uses a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and improved internal specifications.

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Repair facilitator iFixit partnering with electronics recycler ERI

1 hour ago | Posted in: troubleshooting

Device repair resource and teardown mavens iFixit is partnering with the largest recycler of electronic waste in the world, Electronic Recyclers International, to to make repair possible for gadgets of all kinds. The pair will make heretofore unavailable parts purchasable through iFixit, alongside guides, and the sometimes specialty tools required to do the repairs.

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Hands On: This is My Food 1.0.0 (iOS)

1 hour ago | Posted in: education, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Educational apps for kids over the age of five are often entirely centered around reading comprehension or mathematics, and often tend to gloss over the sciences. We think that is a real shame, because kids are naturally curious about the world around them and how it works. Urbn Pockets, however, saw this opportunity and decided they'd step in, with a biology- and nutrition-themed app called This is My Food.

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App Update: ChronoSync Express, Liquid Rhythm, FilePane, more

1 hour ago | Posted in: gaming, troubleshooting, 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 ChronoSync Express, Liquid Rhythm, FilePane, NetShred X, Keep Drive Spinning, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II.

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Intel, Micron reveal 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers

Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. today unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to enhance any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. While superficially similar to HP's Memristor technology, 3D XPoint technology is a new and major breakthrough in memory process technology.

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T-Mobile adds Apple Music to Music Freedom, reveals iPhone 6 offer

2 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, mobile phones

T-Mobile is completing its Un-carrier Amped summer initiative with a pair of announcements that benefit Apple fans the most. Its Music Freedom service will include Apple Music for the first time, while customers picking up an iPhone 6 from the carrier this summer will be able to upgrade to the next generation of device for free, if the upgrade takes place before the end of this year.

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Apple debuts three new ads for Apple Watch showcasing apps

3 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software, Apple

Apple has now added three new TV spots to its collection of ads for the Apple Watch, each with an emphasis on showing what apps look like on the device, and each with a theme: music apps, travel apps, and fitness apps. The commercials showcase mostly third-party programs, and showcase the amount of clear, useful information that can be gleaned on the small screen. Shazam, Yelp, and Nike+ Running are among the apps featured.

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Hands On: Dashlane 3.0.3 (OS X, iOS)

4 hours ago | Posted in: security, software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Ask anyone who uses a password manager app, and they will evangelize about it -- but they'll also make it sound as if there's only one. We're a little guilty of this ourselves: we've regarded 1Password as synonymous with password management. Yet there are really a handful of them, and Dashlane 3.0.3 has fans who will never look at anything else. They probably don't need to.

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Apple deals: Mac minis as low as $419

4 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Today at Apple's online store today find reduced prices on a wide selection of refurbished Mac mini configurations. Starting at $419 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. A $110 price cut is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $589.

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MacNN Deals: Learn how to develop your own apps, games, web services

4 hours ago | Posted in: education, developer

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the highlights within our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items are all Pay-What-You-Want bundles that can help you become a top-notch programmer, including web development, app creation, and producing your own games for others to play, while also raising funds for Creative Commons.

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Briefly: Windows 10 pre-load, Amazon Prime Music in UK

5 hours ago | Posted in: software, audio

Microsoft is allegedly preparing for tomorrow's launch of Windows 10, by preloading the operating system on computers that have been booked in for the upgrade. According to WinBeta, users that have already reserved their free upgrade from Windows 7 or later will start to see the files being preloaded ahead of a release after midnight tonight. The report also warns upgraders they can also expect to download a day one patch for Windows 10, weighing in at over 1GB in size.

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Opinion: Yesterday's Google+ divorce -- Facebook gets the kids

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry, troubleshooting, software, developer

If you have signed up for YouTube, if you've got yourself a Gmail account, or if you have sneezed within 17 miles of a Wi-Fi hotspot, you've been given Google+. We'd say whether you wanted it or not, but did anyone actually want it? Now the service continues -- sans Google+ Photos -- but it's no longer going to be rammed in the direction of your throat. You can safely sign up for Google's more useful and popular services, and not automatically get this plastic toy in the bottom of the box.

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Hands On: Lumo Deliveries 1.4.2 (iOS)

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

Resource management games are a fairly broad genre. You've got the base builders and the simulation games, but every so often you've got games that are almost entirely about one single thing: aquiriing and reallocating resources. The most famous title we can think of is Cookie Clicker, but there are several other games in the genre. Today, we check out another game that fits this mold, Lumo Deliveries, to see how it stands against other more well known titles.

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Hands On: Stray Dog Simulator 1.1 (iOS)

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

If you've never experienced the joy of playing a game that is utterly ridiculous, we're not sure if you have even really begun living. We've checked out a lot of silly games here, and they've earned a spot in our heart. Today we add another to our growing list, Gluten Free Games' Stray Dog Simulator, a game in which you live the life of a stray dog.

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HSBC, First Direct start supporting Apple Pay transactions

7 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Two more banks have started to accept Apple Pay transactions in the United Kingdom, two weeks after it launched in the country. HSBC and First Direct have joined the growing roster of UK financial institutions supporting Apple Pay, with their customers now able to make contactless payments in stores using the Apple Watch or iPhone 6, though there are still a few notable gaps in the collection of banks.

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Apple issues fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers

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

A day earlier than expected, Apple on Monday issued a fifth developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to registered developer accounts. At present, there is no further public beta release apart from the second tester release, issued last Wednesday. The new beta 5 has the same focus areas as the previous beta.

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Leak claims Parallels 11 will allow OS X users access to Cortana

18 hours ago | Posted in: software

Users of Windows 10 on OS X may be able to use Microsoft's digital assistant, if they are using Parallels' Desktop for Mac. A leaked product page for version 11 of the virtualization software allegedly suggests that Cortana's voice commands will continue to be usable by Mac users running the Microsoft operating system on their desktop, even if Windows 10 is not the foremost application at that time.

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Rumor: 10 million signed up for Apple Music in first month

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, audio, Apple

In only its first month, some 10 million people have signed on to give the subscription-based Apple Music a try during its three-month free trial period, according to music industry sources that allegedly reflect a figure given to them by Apple itself. While the number doesn't mean much during the free trial period, if one assumed that the number of users trying it out will grow over the summer, established rivals may have reason to worry.

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Google separating Google Accounts, YouTube profiles from Google+

19 hours ago | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design

Google is making more changes to the way its services work with its social network, by starting to separate Google Accounts from Google+. In yet another move that suggests Google+ is slowly losing prominence, the search company is starting to decouple its services from the site, with YouTube comments soon to be disassociated with Google+ possibly being the biggest news from the company for today.

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Briefly: Apple joins WH climate group, announces UK bond sale

22 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

On Monday, Apple was announced to be part of 13 companies joining a White House initiative headed by Secretary of State John Kerry, taking a new pledge called the American Business Act on Climate Change plege. Apple, which has already invested extensively in renewable energy resources and other environmental initiatives, joins tech companies Google and Microsoft in the project, which aims to reduce carbon pollution by six billion tons by 2030.

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Follow-up: Apple to launch 500 new resellers in India

Mon July 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

As part of an expanded push in one of its fastest-growing markets that recently saw the company advertising for a senior government manager, the iPhone maker is now in the final stages of executing a plan to increase its available resellers to around 500 outlets. There are currently around 100 resellers already on board, and the company plans to double iPhone sales in each of the next three years.

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Daily Deals: Harman Kardon home theater, dashcam, Crucial 500GB SSD

Mon July 27, 2015 | 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 old deals from last week have been removed, because it is the start of a new week, with the new deals including a 500GB Crucial SSD for $150, a dashcam for $120, and a Harman Kardon home theater system for $300.

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Hands On: Busy Shapes 1.4.0 (iOS)

Mon July 27, 2015 | Posted in: education, gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

There's something to be said for apps that cater to the preschool and elementary crowd. Years go, most developers avoided creating apps for younger kids, because most mainstream consoles and computers had far too many buttons for little fingers. Thanks to touchscreen devices, more developers are making the leap to engage a younger audience. We checked out Busy Shapes, a cute puzzler for the under-10 set.

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App Update: Deliver, uBar, Drobo Dashboard, more

Mon July 27, 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 Deliver, uBar, Drobo Dashboard, MacFamilyTree, DetectX, and Cookie Stumbler.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 25: My Stupid Cat's Fault

Mon July 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, computers, industry, troubleshooting, Apple

Another interesting week at MacNN brings us plenty to talk about on Episode 25 of The MacNN Podcast, ranging from the FCC approval of the AT&T/DirecTV deal for no clear reason (but with a bunch of conditions), to our new column "My Stupid Fault." We also include a full report on Apple's fiscal Q3 and the uncalled-for drop in the stock, the results of our testing of Apple's new third-party SSD Trim support, and more.

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