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Some Safari users experiencing severe YouTube playback problems

6 minutes ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple

Users are starting to chime on on Google and Apple's support forums about a sudden incompatibility with video hosting service YouTube. Some users of OS X 10.10.1 are complaining that YouTube videos with leading advertisements either fail to load, play a discordant sound and not play, or crash Safari itself. Firefox and Chrome are not affected by whatever is causing the problem.

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Forums: Siri fails and iOS 8.1.1 comments

13 minutes ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, Apple, iPad

This week in the MacNN forums, members share amusing tales of times that Siri has failed them, providing examples of how Siri doesn't always understand what is really going on. Comments are piling up faster than the snow in Buffalo about the latest update to iOS 8 with some saying it made things better while others aren't so sure it has helped much at all.

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Apple deals: bargain priced Macs from $769

20 minutes ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

At Apple's online store today find low prices on a selection of refurbished Mac models. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage is now $769 after a $130 discount. Priced at $849 after a $150 discount is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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DealNN: iPads, storage and more

22 minutes ago | Posted in: computers, Apple, iPad

At BestBuy.com this week find low prices on brand new iPad Air configurations. The iPad Air with Wi-Fi and 64GB of storage has seen an $85 price break dropping the cost from $500 down to $415. That makes this around $115 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iPad features a 9.5-inch multi-touch display with a A7 processor, 1.2MP front facing camera, 5.0MP rear facing camera, built-in Wi-Fi, and 64GB of storage space. It is backed by Apple's one year limited warranty on parts and labor.

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AirParrot 2 adds Chromecast mirroring, media server functions

1 hour ago | Posted in: software

Squirrels has released AirParrot 2, a major upgrade to its AirPlay-based screen- and media-sharing software. The new version enables full-screen mirroring to Chromecasts, including audio. Full-screen mirroring was previously limited to a rough beta in Google's Cast plugin for Chrome.

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Hands On: Hungry Squid (iOS)

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

It's not unusual for everyone to be looking for the next popular iOS game. We've seen it with the many clones of Angry Birds, FlappyBird, and 2048. While no one will deny that these games are fun, sometimes a user might crave something with a little more thought and care behind the design. That's where Hungry Squid by Michal Malewicz comes in, promising to enchant those who play it.

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Apps: Evernote, Airmail, Firetask

3 hours ago | Posted in apps

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    Evernote 6.0.1 (free)

    Evernote is a documentation tool that allows users to create notes that contain both audio and text. Web and application content can also be clipped directly into Evernote, and all notes are automatically synced across all of a user's devices. The update includes a new Work Chat feature that offers a new way to share and collaborate within Evernote. Users can share any of their notes or notebooks, as well as chat with individuals or groups they are working with.

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    Airmail 2.0.1 ($10)

    Airmail is a mail client that has been designed to provide a simple experience to all users. With the app users can track multiple e-mail accounts, with support for all major e-mail services and the ability to quickly switch between accounts. Performance on OS X Yosemite has been improved with this release. Integration with Box has also been added, and numerous crashes and other small bugs have been fixed.

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    Firetask 3.7 ($40)

    Firetask helps users organize and prioritize all of their daily tasks. Version 3.7 has been optimized for OS X Yosemite and now features a more modern design for the toolbar. In addition, the new version allows users to unarchive completed and cancelled projects and improves searching by always issuing prefix-queries.

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    iSale 5.9.6 ($25)

    iSale is an online auction manager that can help a user track items on eBay. The software includes tools for finding items on eBay, as well as for creating personal auction pages. The latest release resolves an issue with loading eBay categories.

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    Cyberduck 4.6 (free)

    CyberDuck is an open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser licensed under the GPL. The application features integration with external editors, as well as support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain, and AppleScript. The v4.6 update now supports PAC files for proxy configuration, and offers improved performance when downloading and mirroring files. The software will also now remember the last selected directory per bookmark in the upload and save panel.

 
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(Black) Friday Deals: And so it begins!

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, software, iPad

Black Friday is just one week away, and veteran shoppers are probably dreading the prospect of facing off against a deal-seeking mob shouting at each other over discounted electronics in the near future. Today's Friday Deals post, just as with previous Fridays and now every Monday until the end of the year, aims to provide you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, early deals from retailers from the comfort of your home, without going near the intimidating (and likely plague-ridden) mass of shoppers. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at a later time. We're going to update this post many, many times over the next three days. Check back often!

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Streaming TV service Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

4 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, following the high-profile shutdown of the service via a ruling from a New York court. The cloud-based TV rebroadcasting and DVR service made the filing just under two weeks after it was forced to lay off a large number of employees at its Boston New York offices, with little chance of resurrection.

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iWork for iCloud gets new languages, minor feature additions

5 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

The iCloud edition of iWork has received a number of updates, primarily the addition of new languages. Pages is now usable in Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and simplified Chinese; Arabic and Hebrew are bidirectional. Keynote and Numbers, meanwhile, have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and simplified Chinese.

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Hands On: Neato (iOS)

6 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

At this point, there's a good chance that most iPhone users are using their devices to quickly jot down notes and reminders on the fly. It's extremely convenient, especially since most people keep their phones on them nearly all the time. However, there are times when a user has so little time to take notes, that going through the process of unlocking their phone and digging for the app they need is simply too cumbersome. That's the exact problem that Neato, by Mohammad Khoman, is trying to remedy.

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Piper Jaffray, Morgan Stanley, others raise AAPL targets

12 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, Apple

Two leading investment and analysis firms have joined with others in raising AAPL target prices recently, in part because the stock has already outperformed most expectations on its most recent bull run. Longtime Apple analyst Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray has raised his target from $120 to $135 on the strength of iPhone 6 demand, while Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty raised her view to $126 per share from the previous $115, which the stock has already surpassed. The two join a growing list of AAPL bulls.

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Hands On: Thesaurus Rex (iOS)

13 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Are you a budding wordsmith? Then Thesaurus Rex is your new best friend! Thesauruses used to be big, clunky books, that were often found covered in dust at the back of any public or academic library reference section. But as more and more people write, these useful books have managed to find a way into the pockets of millions of people. One such entry is Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com, an app which promises to help users find the perfect word for any occasion.

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Apple pushes Adobe Flash update to users due to security flaws

14 hours ago | Posted in: security, developer, Apple

Apple is trying a different tack in the struggle to keep Macs secure by encouraging users to either disable the Flash browser plug-in outright, or to keep up-to-date with the latest version, which routinely fixes serious security issues found in the multi-platform media player. The latest maneuver by the iPhone maker, which debuted today, is a direct pop-up prompt to update to the latest version when users visit a page that requires Flash Player. The dialogue box takes users directly to Adobe's own page for updating Flash.

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Ship times for iPhone 6 models now dropping in time for holidays

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

The US online Apple Store has recently revised the wait time for an online-ordered iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, just in time for the holiday buying season. The units are still very constrained, but are slowly catching up with demand, based on changes to ship times on Apple's website. The two higher-end iPhone 6 models now have a US ship time of seven to 10 days, while the 16GB model now has a five-to-seven day wait time. The larger iPhone 6 Plus has dropped to a seven-to-10 day shipping window for the 16GB model, but still has longer times on larger-capacity units.

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Billboard, Nielsen tipped to track streaming music, video services

16 hours ago | Posted in: audio

The way the popularity of content is measured may be seeing some changes in the coming weeks, both for audio and video. Billboard will start to include streaming and digital track sales as part of the Billboard 200 albums chart, while Nielsen is said to be preparing to track content watched through streaming services starting from next month.

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Apple issues first 10.10.2 beta to developers and testers

18 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, developer, Apple

Just days after issuing the OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update that has reportedly fixed a raft of Wi-Fi and Mail issues (but not all of them), the company has seeded the first beta of 10.10.2 for developer. The new build, 14C68k, is now available through the Yosemite Software Update mechanism or Apple's developer portal. The release notes for the beta curiously do not mention any focus areas, but do warn testers of a known flaw in opening documents from iCloud Drive.

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Google, Rockstar Consortium submit filing to end legal battle

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Google's legal battle with the Rockstar Consortium over claims that the search company infringes upon seven patents with the Android operating system appears to be coming to an end. According to a filing submitted to the US District Court of the Eastern District of Texas on November 17, both parties have agreed to settle their dispute.

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Briefly: Carousel by Dropbox for iPad, new iPhone cases

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, iPad apps

Photo gallery and sharing app Carousel has received an update, now supporting iPad users. The Dropbox-made app provides a private way to share, store and organize image and video content, and instantly back up files to one's Dropbox account. In addition to now being iPad-compatible, the latest version of Carousel also supports integration with Instagram and Whatsapp. Free to download, Carousel requires iOS 7 or later.

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Uber hires former IBM Chief Privacy Officer to review privacy policies

21 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Uber is forming a privacy team by bringing onboard a number of experts, as it attempts to secure its customer's data. The hiring of a team, including former IBM Chief Privacy Officer Harriet Pearson, comes shortly after reports claimed one of the app-based cab company's executives had tracked a ride of a journalist without their permission.

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Moleskine takes hand-drawn sketches digital with new notebook, app

22 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Where other companies are shifting drawing focuses to tablets or digital-capture methods, Moleskine is trying to keep the drawing experience analog. However, instead of foregoing digital workflows entirely, the company is offering a new notebook and app that works with Adobe Creative Cloud to convert hand-drawn sketches into digital files.

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Google Contributor lets public pay to remove ads from select websites

22 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Graphics/Web Design

Google has launched a new service called Contributor, allowing people to pay to remove ads from participating websites. At the service's portal, visitors can pick which sites they want to contribute to, and whether to donate $1, $2, or $3 per month. Once a subscription is active, visiting those sites will display thank-you messages and/or pixel patterns in place of the ads.

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Hands On: Splot (iOS)

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

While more commonly known for its full-scale action-puzzler series Trine, Frozenbyte recently made its first foray into the mobile game space with the release of Splot ($2). A charming platformer designed to be played in short, sporadic bursts, Splot carries a fairly simple story, which is presented at the beginning as a short series of comic panels. Two groups of aliens -- the Splots and the Blobs -- are struck by an asteroid, and then marooned on a foreign planet populated by the Birdlings. The Blobs look to take advantage of this situation by making a quick lunch out of these little birds, while the Splots vow to protect the Birdlings.

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Corning launches Gorilla Glass 4 with improved drop protection

Thu November 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry

Corning has introduced the fourth generation of its hard-wearing glass, used by a large proportion of smartphone and mobile devices. Gorilla Glass 4 is said to be twice as resistant to damage compared to its competitors, and with initial shipments of the new glass already being sent to manufacturers, could make an appearance in new smartphones from early next year.

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America First Credit Union begins offering Apple Pay support

Thu November 20, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry

Another bank, America First Credit Union, has announced support for Apple Pay. Beginning today, customers will be able to register AFCU's Visa card, and use it to make mobile payments. Apple Pay requires an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus at retail; for app-based payments, people can also use an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 3. Early next year, the Apple Watch will become another retail option.

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Foxconn's Innolux to build $2.6B factory to supply displays

Thu November 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry, digital imaging, Apple

Foxconn's display unit, Innolux, will be spending about NT$80 billion ($2.6 billion US) during the next two years on a new Taiwanese factory meant to supply an exclusive but unnamed client, says Innolux PR representative Sophia Cheng. The statement was in reference to comments made by Innolux President Wang Jyh-chau at a press conference earlier today. Although Cheng says she isn't aware if such a deal has been signed, the client is elsewhere believed to be Apple, one of Foxconn's biggest contracts and possibly one of the few that could justify such an expenditure or demand such secrecy.

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Basis Peak fitness tracker adds smartwatch notifications, more straps

Thu November 20, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, software

The Basis Peak, a fitness tracker launched in September, will soon gain some extra smartwatch-style functionality. The tracker from the Intel-owned company will be able to show notifications from a connected smartphone on its monochrome display, while another change will let the wearable device pass heart rate data to other fitness-related mobile apps.

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