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Hyundai to install CarPlay in 2015-model Sonatas

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone

Hyundai will support Apple's CarPlay beginning with 2015-model Sonatas shipping later this year, according to an announcement. The Korean carmaker is the first since Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz to reveal specific plans for vehicles shipping in 2014. One more, Honda, has yet to say which car models it will fit with CarPlay. Other brands -- such as Ford, BMW, and Toyota -- may not have CarPlay-ready vehicles until 2015 arrives.

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Corel intros Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, reboots iPad app

2 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

Corel has brought its previously iPad-only mobile video editing app, Pinnacle Studio, to the iPhone. The app allows for complex editing, including the ability to trim individual frames and insert elements like transitions, stills, titles, graphics, fast/slow-motion, and picture-in-picture effects. Quick clip arrangement can be done with the Storyboard, while the Timeline allows for more precise manipulation and trimming.

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Samsung seized on death of Steve Jobs to launch anti-Apple ads

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Samsung decided to launch its "Next Big Thing" campaign -- parodying Apple -- in the wake of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, according to an email trail exposed during the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial. Samsung America's VP of US sales, Mike Pennington, described Jobs' death as "the best opportunity" to run a campaign targeting Apple, since people would be worried about whether Apple could continue to come up with great ideas minus Jobs' influence. "Sorry to continue to push this issue, but I have seen this far too long and I know this is our best opportunity to attack iPhone," Pennington is quoted as saying.

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Apps: Typinator, Sibelius, Dropbox

3 hours ago | Posted in apps

    5.9MB

    Typinator 5.9 ($35)

    Typinator can be used to automatically fill in repeating text and/or pictures. Users can set a list of commonly used words or images, and then define text fragments that trigger each item. Version 5.9 fixes a problem that resulted in overlapping labels in input fields, as well as an expansion problem with SecureCRT. In addition, a work around for a cursor positioning error in Mellel has been included.

    781.7MB

    Sibelius 7.5 ($600)

    Sibelius is a music notation app that allows users to create and edit musical scores. Version 7.5 introduces a redesigned Espressivo feature, which gives users control over the rhythmic feel of any individual part. A new Timeline window has also been added to provide a quick view of an entire score, and new export options let users save a video file of the score to share with others.

    34.5MB

    Dropbox 2.6.29 (free)

    Dropbox is a desktop utility that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs with an online web storage account. This can be used to backup files to the cloud, or to quickly synchronize files between multiple computers. An issue where the second account would get unlinked if the e-mail associated with the account was changed. Several modifications have also been made to the camera upload splash screen.

    25.6MB

    Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1 ($36)

    Keyboard Maestro is a utility meant to improve the convenience of Mac OS X by enabling macro shortcuts, which can be activated at any time. Version 6.4.1 fixes a typo in the Get File Attribute editor, as well as an issue where simulated text could activate Typed String triggers. A number of potential crashes have also been resolved with the update.

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    Camtasia 2.7.2 ($100)

    Camtasia is a screen recording and production tool that allows users to record onscreen activity, Keynote slides, camera video and microphone or system audio. The latest release fixes a number of crashes, including one that could occur when a large number of media files are placed in the bin.

 
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8GB iPhone 5c reaches 14 more countries

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

The 8GB iPhone 5c is now on sale in 14 more countries, checks show. When the 8GB option first became available last month, it launched in just a handful of regions. The model is newly available in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Switzerland.

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Apple vs Samsung, Day Seven: You can't infringe an invalid patent

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, software, developer, mobile phones, Apple

Not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's patents, a parade of witnesses for Samsung told the jury today in the Apple-Samsung trial, those patents aren't valid even if Samsung did copy them. With some help from Apple's very light cross-examination, Samsung again flew through a lengthy list of experts who testified on the relative worthlessness of Apple's patents for "data detectors" (also referred to as "quick links"), universal search, autocorrection and the "slide to unlock" concept.

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Apple iAd director spotted in London; UK iTunes Radio launch soon?

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

Fueling speculation that Apple may be planning to expand iTunes Radio to selected countries in the near future, tweets on Twitter have revealed that Apple's director of iAd services, Paul Wright, has been making the rounds of London media marketing and ad agencies where he is based. This follows claims by online radio service Bloom, which would be a competitor to iTunes Radio in the UK, that it was rebuffed from advertising on iAd, and a report of iTunes Radio briefly functioning in Ecuador.

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Cote rules against Apple again; no dismissal on states' e-book suit

16 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, Apple

For observers in Apple's battle against the US Department of Justice over alleged e-book "price fixing," it will come as no shock whatsoever that Judge Denise Cote has ruled against the company on a connected legal matter -- but the fact that she actually cited a reasoning based in law this time may surprise some. The US District Court judge has refuted Apple's filing for a dismissal in the lawsuits brought by 33 states and territories based on the DOJ case ruling.

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Briefly: Google Helpouts for iPhone, Borderlands 2 DLC

17 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps

Google debuted its Hangouts-based video support service Google Helpouts last fall; today an app version for iPhone has been released. Users can connect over Google's Hangouts service to experts who are knowledgable in a specific subject for tutoring. The iOS app offers the ability to find, schedule, give or start a "Helpout," read reviews and listing details, receive text-message and mobile reminders, and more.

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Apple seeds seventh 10.9.3 beta to developers

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

Just shy of a week after the last release, Apple has issued its seventh beta of the forthcoming maintenance release, 10.9.3, to developers. As before, the new version lists no known issues, and asks testers to focus on any remaining issues with graphics drivers, audio, Mail, Safari, and the re-introduced feature of local syncing of Contacts and Calendar data through iTunes to local devices. The new build, 13D43, also includes preliminary support for pixel doubling on 4K displays.

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Apple, Samsung, others sign on to wireless industry anti-theft plan

19 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, among others, have joined with the top five US wireless carriers to create an industry group dedicated to fighting smartphone theft and implementing multi-platform technology to aid that cause by next summer. HTC, Huawei, Motorola and Nokia are also part of the group, which is aiming to create a "baseline anti-theft tool" similar to the steps Apple has already taken in its own iPhone security software, particularly with regards to preventing reactivation.

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Intel posts $1.9B net income; sees large drops in mobile, PC divisions

20 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, computers, industry

Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and earnings per share of 38 cents. This is a dramatic drop from the company's fourth quarter results, with a drop of 26 percent in net income, with a drop of eight percent of the company's revenue.

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Alpine confirms plans to launch aftermarket CarPlay-ready receivers

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, peripherals, audio

Following a Nikkei report to the effect earlier this week, Alpine has officially confirmed plans to ship aftermarket receivers compatible with Apple's CarPlay. The units will roll out in the US and Europe towards the end of 2014, but apart from a concept image, no other details are available. The Nikkei account suggested prices would fall between $500 and $700.

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Briefly: Deus Ex Director's Cut, Grovemade's new walnut accessories

22 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, accessories

Feral Interactive has announced today that Deus Ex: Human Revolution -- Director's Cut has been released for OS X, available exclusively through Steam. A player performs as an ex-SWAT specialist who has been hired to oversee the security of an experimental biotechnology firm. Adam Jensen discovers there is more to the company than previously thought when a black ops team breaks in and kills scientists.

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Ricoh deploys new medium format Pentax 645Z DSLR with HD video

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging

Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation has revealed the new Pentax 645Z magnesium alloy-bodied, medium-format DSLR. The new camera features a 51.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor, tiltable LCD, and is the only camera so far in the medium-format category to offer video recording capabilities. The new camera has a shutter speed of up to 1/4000th of a second, and has an top ISO of 204,800.

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A&E, History iOS apps update with live TV support

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

A&E has updated two of its iOS apps -- History, and the network's namesake -- with support for watching live TV. Previously users were able to watch clips and full episodes, but only after the fact. Like some other TV apps, gaining access to the live streams requires a cable subscription.

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Microsoft creates Office 365 Personal subscription for individuals

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Microsoft has launched a new cheaper tier of its Office 365 subscription service, aimed at individuals wanting to use the productivity suite. Hinted at last month, Office 365 Personal allows for the software to be installed and used on one PC or Mac and one tablet, including the iPad version, rather than the five computers and five tablets provided in the more expensive Office 365 Home Premium, renamed to Home, subscription plan.

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Pioneer to join list of aftermarket CarPlay upgrade makers

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, peripherals, audio

Audio specialist Pioneer has announced plans to ship five Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers this summer. The new models in the NEX series will all have large LCD displays, but come in at very different price points. The cheapest model, the AVH-4000NEX, is set to cost $700. Higher-end models will ship for $750, $900, $1,200, and $1,400. Pioneer is also promising various non-CarPlay related improvements; the units are expected to have more responsive interfaces, for example, and better sound and safety features.

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Forums: audio problems, Logic X questions and more

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, Apple

This week in the MacNN forums, members help other long-time users and Fresh-Faced Recruits resolve problems. Forum members are assisting one Fresh-Faced Recruit with an iMac that is unable to recognize audio inputs or outputs after a power failure, but so far have been unsuccessful in their attempts. Yesterday, Junior Member "phkc070408" was trying to determine if there was a way to assign a specific key or series of keys to type a pre-programmed set of text.

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Apple deals: iPads and iPods

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, computers, Apple, iPad

This week, Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPad and iPod models on sale. Right now, the refurbished 16GB iPad mini can be had for just $249 after a $50 discount. A $120 discount slashes the cost of the second-generation 16GB iPad 2 down to $279.

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DealNN: $400 off 27-inch iMac

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: computers, peripherals, digital imaging, Apple

MacMall.com has dropped the price on the 27-inch iMac from $1,800 down to $1,400. Until April 30, a $100 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price even further to $1,300. That is about $200 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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iOS apps: Calendars 5, Morning, SlingPlayer for iPhone

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in iOS apps

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    Calendars 5 5.4 ($3)

    Calendars 5 is a mobile calendar app that features a built-in task manager for tracking a list of things that need to get done. Natural language input can be used to quickly enter tasks and events, while syncing functionality can keep calendars aligned across multiple devices. The latest release includes an updated iPad interface, as well as Smart Input support for French, Italian, and Spanish.

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    Morning 1.5.1 ($4)

    Morning is an iOS app that has been designed to allow users to organize all of the information they need to start their day off. Within the app users can pick from an array of information modules that includes weather, reminders, commute time, news, calendar, news, and a clock. A bug where theme previews would not show up in certain languages has been fixed with this update. A crash in News where a removed news source would try to reload has also been addressed.

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    SlingPlayer for iPhone 3.7.34 ($15)

    SlingPlayer for iPhone allows users to watch and control their home TV and DVR over a 3G, 4G, or WiFi connection. In this release users can now watch TV programs on a big screen anywhere with SlingPlayer and a Roku streaming device. With the latest release, AirPlay streams run to an Apple TV will now stay active when SlingPlayer is put into the background. Roku connection performance has also been improved, and the abilityy to add a Roku box via IP has been added to the settings.

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    Movies by Flixster 6.11 (free)

    Movies provides users with reviews, trailers, and showtimes for all of the movies currently in theaters. Users can also find information on upcoming movies and titles recently released on DVD. Version 6.11 offers an improved iPad search feature, as well as a better photo browsing experience, and a fix for an issue that was leading to an empty list in the BoxOffice tab.

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    Showtimes 5.1 (free)

    Showtimes can be used to find movies playing in nearby theaters. The app uses a users location to determine where the closest theaters are, and then allows showtimes to be sorted by times, critic ratings, box office sales, and more. Version 5.1 includes an updated interface for movie profiles, as well as updated ticket purchasing interactions. Overall performance and stability has also been improved.

 

Photos show supposed front panel, batteries for iPhone 6

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

New photos may have revealed more components for the next-generation iPhone, usually nicknamed the iPhone 6. An image from Chinese site Sina Weibo shows what's claimed to be a front panel for the device. Next to it for comparison is an iPhone 5s; while the panel has similar cutouts, it's also considerably larger, and sports thinner side bezels. This is consistent with most reports about the new iPhone. Apple is also believed to be working a on 5.5-inch model, though, whereas the panel seems closer to the anticipated 4.7-inch size.

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Apple vs. Samsung, Day 6: It's not copying, it's 'benchmarking'

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: industry, mobile phones, Apple

Over the weekend, Judge Lucy Koh turned down Samsung's request for a summary judgement in the Samsung-Apple second patent trial, claiming that Apple had failed to prove its case during its presentation. Judge Koh rebuffed the claims and thus the trial continued on Monday, with Samsung still presenting its defense. Continuing its strategy of saying the case is about a dispute between Apple and Google rather than Samsung, the Galaxy smartphone maker put on a stunning seven witnesses -- most of them from the search and advertising giant.

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Apple's iTunes Radio pops up in Ecuador, suggests Latin America tests

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: audio, Apple

Users in Ecuador have provided evidence that iTunes Radio is now sporadically available in the South American country, suggesting that Apple is testing the service in preparation for international rollouts there and elsewhere. The news comes on the heels of previous reports in both the UK and Canada that saw testing of the service in those place, which may hint that Apple plans to announce a big expansion of the service in the near future. Officially, it is only available in the US and Australia currently.

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Bromwich says 'new relationship' with Apple more productive

Mon April 14, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Michael Bromwich, the court-appointed monitor for Apple's anti-trust compliance policies, demonstrated a marked change in attitude towards the company in his latest report, the first since a Court of Appeals and the DOJ significantly scaled back his powers of investigation and range of allowable duties following Apple complaints in February. A change of "point of contact" with the company has resulted in Apple being "more cooperative" than previously, Bromwich said.

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Hands On: Sim City 4 re-release for OS X 10.8.5

Mon April 14, 2014 | Posted in: gaming

Sim City 4's original release on OS X had a bum rap, mostly as a virtue of timing. The first release, in 2003, was aimed at the PowerPC architecture, and games often got short shrift when Apple migrated to Intel. The title worked on Rosetta, but not well. In 2007, Aspyr released an Intel patch for the game, but it ran poorly, and crashed often. Surprisingly, last week, Aspyr re-released the game with more burly hardware requirements, but this time, Intel-optimized.

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'Social Network' director out as helmer for Sony's Jobs biopic

Mon April 14, 2014 | Posted in: industry

Those hoping for a reunion of the team that made The Social Network into a critical and commercial success will be disappointed to learn that -- at least for now -- that film's director, David Fincher, is off the Sony Pictures "Steve Jobs" project, according to industry trade reports. Fincher, along with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, was set to tackle Sony's big-budget interpretation of Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, but has pulled out over the issue of fees and marketing control, sources claim.

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