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Apple, Google offering game developers incentives for mobile

4 minutes ago | Posted in: industry, gaming, developer, Apple

Apple and Google are each offering game developers special incentives to prefer their app store over their rival's, according to sources for the Wall Street Journal. The prime example given is EA's Plants vs. Zombies 2, which Apple promised to advertise prominently at the App Store. In return, EA was expected to keep the game an iOS exclusive for two months, which pushed the Android release into October. Another developer, ZeptoLab, agreed to three-month App Store exclusivity for Cut the Rope 2 in order to get better advertising. Asphalt creator Gameloft says it was offered exclusivity, but decided that a simultaneous iOS/Android release made more financial sense.

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Apple to end support of AIM iChat logins for pre-Lion OS X users

1 hour ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple

As of June 30th, Apple will be discontinuing AIM iChat login support for users of OS X below v10.7.2, according to a new support document. The decision specifically affects people using a mac.com or me.com address as an AIM ID to sign into iChat. To get around the issue, people must either create a new AIM ID -- which will also require reentering contacts -- or upgrade to a later version of OS X.

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Review: Penclic Bluetooth 'mouse'

3 hours ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for years. Trackballs, trackpads, and touch screens have entered the fray, but the staple has continued to be the mouse even as it evolved from using mouse balls to lasers. So what might the next evolution be? How about combining a Bluetooth mouse with an everyday writing utensil like a pencil? Penclic released a mouse that combines the familiarity of holding a writing instrument with the maneuverability of a Bluetooth mouse in the Penclic Mouse B2. Check our review to see how we liked it.

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Briefly: Beats Music updates iOS app, Optimizely launches

11 hours ago | Posted in: developer, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Beats Music's streaming service app for iOS has received an update. Users can now subscribe to the streaming service from within the app, meaning that once the trial period is over, the transition to paid service is that much easier. Also included is the ability to find Facebook friends who use Beats, improved social network linking and new tracks in the Sentence playlist generator. The Beat Music app can be downloaded from the iTunes Store.

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Briefly: Facebook's Paper, Skitch for iOS updated

Sat April 19, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Facebook's Paper for iOS app has received its first major update since its release, adding notifications for birthdays and events. Paper allows users to view their Facebook News Feed as well as other content in a simplistic layout format. Users can tap on the globe icon to check notifications that now include important dates. Photo comments are also now featured, meaning that images can be inserted as part of a comment thread, with or without text. Other features within v1.1.0 are new story buttons, more article covers, accessibility features, and group updates. Paper is free to download for devices running iOS 7.0 or later, and is available through the App Store.

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Apple vs. Samsung, day eight: Pushing the judge's boundaries

Sat April 19, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, software, mobile phones, Apple

The eighth full day of the Samsung-Apple patent trial went through another raft of witnesses as Samsung struggles to make its case inside its allotted limit of 25 hours -- a problem that hounded the company in the last trial as well. Lead attorney for Samsung John Quinn was forced to read transcripts of declarations to save time, hustle through witnesses and plead with Judge Lucy Koh for more time. An expert that the Galaxy S5 maker paid $1,000 an hour for refuted a colleagues' studies as "kind of biased."

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Nike fires entire wearables division, cuts planned FuelBand revision

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, gadgets, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

In an unexpected move, Nike has opted to fire as many as 70 members of its Digital Sport division who were focused on hardware development and will not release a now-cancelled new version of the FuelBand fitness tracker that was expected this fall. The company will continue to support the existing FuelBand SE, but is otherwise planning to exit the wearables market just as it is gaining mainstream traction. The company plans to focus on software going forward -- possibly signalling a partnership with a hardware maker.

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Apple now offering unclaimed WWDC tickets to developers

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: developer, Apple

Following the lapse of the deadline for Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery winners to pay for their entry, Apple has begun emailing other developers with a chance to purchase unclaimed tickets. The emails are likely also determined by lottery, though the company hasn't said. Reserved slots from the original lottery were held until April 14 at 5pm Pacific time, and it is thought that most of the lottery winners accepted the invitation to attend, which costs $1,600.

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Apple adds 3D Flyovers of San Francisco East Bay, Berkeley to Maps app

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: education, software, developer, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Apple has again expanded its Maps program for both iOS and OS X by adding 3D "Flyover" support for the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the city of Berkeley and its University of California campus, which by happenstance is the birthplace of the original UNIX used as the foundation of both OS X and iOS. The 3d Flyover feature has generally been regarded as one of Maps' best features, alongside turn-by-turn driving navigation.

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Review: Booqpad for iPad Air

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: accessories, iPad

Before we get rolling, I'll confess: I've never understood the purpose of cases like the Booqpad. If you've got a tablet, surely part of the point is being able to ditch paper entirely. In practice of course, there are times when a pen and paper are handy -- but can that justify building an entire case around the concept? I suppose we'll have to put the Booqpad to the test.

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Briefly: VLC 2.3.0 for iOS, DevonTechnologies' updates

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Free media player VLC has updated its iOS ported app today, offering various fixes and new features. Users can play most video file formats, and do so without the need for conversion. File synchronization with Dropbox, GDrive, iTunes, direct download and through an embedded web upload is also permitted by the app.

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Plaintiffs ask to use Steve Jobs evidence in anti-poaching lawsuit

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Plaintiffs' attorneys in a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google, and two other companies are asking that evidence related to Apple CEO Steve Jobs be included in the case, Reuters reports. The case revolves around the anti-poaching agreements Apple and Google -- and later, other high-tech businesses -- forged to keep salaries low and talent in place. The accused parties settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, agreeing to end barriers to competitive hiring.

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Hands On: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

Samsung has been standing atop the hill of Android phones for some time now with its Galaxy line. Other manufacturers like HTC and Motorola have briefly held the crown, but Samsung always seems to find a way to yank it back with new features, ease of use and simple design. The newest in the line, the Galaxy S5, looks to push Samsung towards the top of the pile again. But what kind of features can you look forward to in the new Galaxy S5, and is it capable of competing head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 5s?

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Photos depict alleged front panel for second-generation iPad Air

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: iPad

Newly-leaked photos show a front panel claimed to be for the second-generation iPad Air. The photos were obtained by a Dutch website, One More Thing. While the panel is similar to its equivalent for the first-gen Air, it appears to have switched to an integrated display. That could allow a second-gen tablet to become even thinner, or maintain the same size and improve battery life.

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Analysts call for year-over-year decline in iPad sales

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, Apple, iPad

Almost half of a group of 34 analysts tracked by Fortune are expecting Apple to report a slight decline in iPad sales year-over-year during its Q2 2014 results, due to be announced April 23rd. The overall consensus currently sits at 19.3 million units, which would be a 0.7 percent dip. Polling among the professional analysts in the group is somewhat more positive, calling for a 19.4 million consensus versus the amateurs' 19.2 million.

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Apps: Tweetbot for Mac, Monolingual, Radium

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in apps

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    Tweetbot for Mac 1.5.1 ($20)

    Tweetbot for Mac is a desktop Twitter client that offers support for multiple timelines, multiple windows and columns, Mountain Lion's Notification Center, and Retina displays. Version 1.5.1 has fixed an issue where large thumbnails could display blurry, along with a problem where clicking on users names in links in a status detail or direct message would not work.

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    Monolingual 1.5.10 (free)

    Monolingual is a tool that can be used to remove unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X. The software provides a list of every installed language and lets users choose which ones to keep and which to delete. A code-signing issue has been fixed with this update.

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    Radium 3.0.7 ($10)

    Radium allows users to access a wide variety of internet radio stations from their desktop. The latest release can now access Location Services in order to provide better search results, and includes fixes for some streaming issues, sleep presentation errors, crashes, and more.

    9.1MB

    Beamer 2.0 ($15)

    Beamer is a tool for wirelessly streaming movie files to an Apple TV. Support is offered for most major video formats, such as AVI, MOV and MKV, but subtitle support is still in the works. The v2.0 update now requires OS X 10.9 or later and features a completely redesigned interface. Users can also now play multiple files in a row thanks to new playlist functionality.

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    Calcline 4.1 ($2)

    Calcline is an alternative to the OS X calculator, adding extra features for solving more advanced mathematical expressions. Expressions can be solved in a step by step process that shows all the calculations needed to find the final answer. In v4.1 the import function variables and constants now have the ability to auto=detect the file encode format. Additionally, the app will now accept new file encode formats for text files as well as CSV-S files.

 
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Rockstar Consortium denied motion to transfer Google case to Texas

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

US District Court Judge Claudia Wilken has denied a motion by the Apple-led Rockstar Consortium to transfer a patent invalidation countersuit by Google from California to the Eastern District of Texas, Reuters says. The Eastern District of Texas is infamous for leaning towards patent holders in its court rulings. Wilken ruled, however, that Google was able to provide enough evidence to keep the case in California.

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Briefly: Rogers 700MHz LTE rolls out, Toshiba UHS-II microSD cards

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, accessories

Rogers is expanding the available spectrum for its LTE service in Canada, by turning on its 700MHz network. Engadget reports that areas of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver will see the benefits of 700MHz at first, with subscribers and AT&T customers roaming in the region able to see Rogers LTE in indoor areas where the signal was previously inaccessible. While it does not offer specific timing, Rogers plans to roll out the extra spectrum bands across the country.

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Pandora hit by new copyright lawuits over songs from pre-1972

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, audio

Following a similar lawsuits against Sirius XM radio, a group of record companies has filed suit in a New York court against Pandora, the top streaming subscription music service in the US. While songs made before February 15, 1972 are not subject to federal copyright protections, the labels argue that Pandora, like Sirius, should pay royalties to the tune of tens of millions of dollars because the songs are still protected under state laws.

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Briefly: Facebook 9.0 for iOS, cross-platform Farmville 2

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Version 9.0 has been released for Facebook's app for iOS, adding new features. Though a minor update, the biggest addition to the app is the ability for users to reply to comments on pages that have enabled it. Administrators can now review and review posts by group members, and all users will be able to view trending topic posts in the iPad's version of News Feed. Facebook's app for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded for free from iTunes.

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Analysts: Low iPhone growth now, but good times ahead in 2014

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, Apple

Historically, investment and Wall Street analysts have had a poor track record predicting Apple's fortunes ahead of time. However, as Apple's guidance has gotten more accurate, and as supplier leaks and blatant manipulation of the market grow, predictions are getting more accurate. As it traditionally does, Fortune magazine has rounded up the predictions of various investment houses and independent analysts, which show slow growth in iPhones this quarter, but expectations of boosts ahead.

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Briefly: Flickr 3.0 for iOS, Photos+ gains Dropbox support

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Yahoo has updated the iOS client app for its Flickr photo-sharing service, giving it a more iOS 7-compatible "flat" look and navigation system that offers a noticeably more "Instagram-like" experience, where moving through photos is more free-form. The update now allows users to post up to 30 seconds' worth of HD video to the service, with live filters and adjustment tools available for both video and photos. Version 3.0 now sports certain kinds of object recognition beyond just faces, among other changes.

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Briefly: OWC updates Hard Drive DIY Kit, PDFpen Scan+ 1.3

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: software

Other World Computing today introduced its new DIY Kit for all 2011 iMac and 27-inch 2012 iMac models, enabling owners to replace the factory-installed internal hard drive with up to a 6TB hard drive for expanded storage and back-up capacity. The kits feature a custom power cable with an in-line digital thermal sensor, ensuring proper factory fan operation and full compliance with Apple diagnostic testing.

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Deals: RadioShack dropping price on iPhone 5s, Pixelmator price drop

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, software, Graphics/Web Design, Apple

Although there have been a number of good deals in recent months on both the iPhone 5c and 5s, a new deal kicking off tomorrow from RadioShack may be the one iPhone 4S holdouts have been waiting for. Starting April 18, new or upgrading customers using AT&T, Verizon or Sprint can buy the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for $99, half of its usual $199 up-front cost. The deal, which is available both online and in stores, gets sweeter if users trade in a working iPhone 4S or newer.

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Michael's craft store chain hit by massive, long-running data breach

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: security

Craft store chain Michael's Stores and affiliated Aaron Brothers has confirmed details of a massive security breach between May 8, 2013 and January 27 of this year. The analysis conducted by the company shows that approximately 2.6 million cards may have been impacted, which represents about seven percent of payment cards used at Michael's stores in the US during the time period.

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FCC limiting 2015 AT&T, Verizon bandwidth auction purchases

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed that he plans to limit how much spectrum AT&T and Verizon can buy in the 2015 auction of bandwidth reclaimed from TV broadcasters. The chairman spoke out a day after AT&T threatened to boycott the auction, possibly slashing the reimbursement that the government would get from the auction.

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Facebook to roll out Nearby Friends option for iOS, Android apps

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, security, iPhone apps, mobile phones

Facebook has announced an upcoming feature for its iOS and Android apps, Nearby Friends. The function will notify users when friends are within a certain radius, giving a chance to meet up. For security purposes the feature will be off by default, only work if both parties have it enabled, and allow restricting notifications to specific groups -- close friends, for example, or a custom list.

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