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Review: Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

2 hours ago | Posted in: audio

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Bluetooth speakers are good in a large number of situations, in some place they just aren't practical. This leaves consumers to look away from speakers and toward their counterparts for sonic deliver, Bluetooth headphones. But not all headphones are created equal, especially when the boutique market for headphones is examined. One company, Life n Soul, hopes to grab attention with its 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones. Do the headphones warrant some attention, or are they just another set in the middle of the pack? Find out in our review.



Briefly: Winter Solider shows up early, Yosemite added to Flyover

4 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

On Tuesday, Apple further improved its Maps application by adding Flyover and other map data for Wellington, New Zealand and -- ahead of its debut as the namesake for the next OS X upgrade -- Yosemite National Park in California. The company also added new photos of Yosemite's Half Dome mountain as wallpapers in the current developer beta, DP6, which was released on Monday. The addition of Wellington marks the third New Zealand city added to Flyover, joining the capitol Auckland and the city of Christchurch.



AAPL closes at 52-week high, approaches all-time record

6 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, Apple, iPad

Apple's stock closed on Tuesday with a new 52-week high, and at one point in the day threatened to top its all-time highest stock price (based on straight split-adjustment). It officially closed at $100.53, not far from its all-time split-adjusted high of $100.72, though it hit $100.68 in intra-day trading. The company's valuation also rose to a market cap of $602 billion.



Briefly: Genius HS-920BT headphones, Tylt Syncable-Duo cable

7 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, audio

Genius announced a new set of stereo headphones today, giving consumers another option in the world of Bluetooth listening devices. The HS-920BT on-ear headphones feature 40mm drivers with a sensitivity of 116dB, an impedance of 32ohms and a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Controls are placed on right ear cup, giving users control over volume, tracks and receiving phone calls. Power is provided by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.



RootMetrics: Verizon top carrier in performance, speed, reliability

8 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

A new study of wireless carriers for the first half emerged today, putting Verizon at the top of the pile in five categories, marking it as the best overall carrier in the United States. Market research firm RootMetrics announced its findings, showing that Verizon was the best carrier in reliability, speed, data performance and call performance.



Briefly: Zinio adds batch downloading, Lensbaby LM-10 for iOS

9 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Zinio, a digital magazine newsstand platform, has released an update for its iOS app. Users can read magazine issues as soon as they are available, and sync their library offline and across devices. Zinio v2.8 features batch downloading, meaning that multiple magazines can be queued to download. Magazine thumbnails now appear larger in one's Library, and featured articles from Explore can be shared more easily via Facebook, Twitter or by email. Offline access has also been improved. Free to download, Zinio for iOS can be found through iTunes. Free content is available alongside paid issues and subscriptions.



Rightscorp wants to halt Internet browsing for repeat piracy culprits

9 hours ago | Posted in: industry

It appears that the piracy enforcement group Rightscorp has been looking into a new strategy when it comes to repeat infringers of its client's intellectual property. In an earnings conference call last week, the company revealed a new strategy that it was considering for the future that includes working with Internet service providers (ISP) to block Internet browsing until a payment is made to the group.



Apple VP Eddy Cue puts Los Altos home up for sale

10 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, recently featured in an Apple diversity video, has listed his four-bedroom home in Los Altos, California for sale. The 3,721-square-foot home sits on an 18,295-square-foot lot, and is being listed by Realtor Ethel Green with an asking price of $3.895 million.



Mailbox makes leap from mobile to Mac as public beta

11 hours ago | Posted in: software

Dropbox has released the first Mac version of Mailbox, its gesture-enabled email client, previously limited to iOS and Android. The Mac software is currently only in public beta, and people must sign up to a waiting list in order to gain access. It does however keep all of the iOS app's features, while adding two more.



Latest Xcode 6 SDKs hint at possible iPhone 6 resolutions

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

A PLIST file in the past two Xcode 6 beta SDKs may point at more possible resolutions for the iPhone 6. Specifically the file is connected to the iOS 8 homescreen, and refers to a 16:9 resolution of 414x736. Because the iPhone SDK handles hardware resolutions through point values, actual Retina resolutions should be two to three times greater. That suggests that 828x1472 and 1242x2208 are possibilities, both of which would have enough pixel density on 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens to maintain Retina status.



Gatekeeper changes unconnected to Dev Center hack, sources say

12 hours ago | Posted in: security, developer

Despite recent claims, a Dev Center security breach may not be why developers are being asked to re-sign Mac apps using OS X Mavericks, sources say. An alternative reason for the switch hasn't been mentioned, but unnamed sources are countering reports yesterday from other unnamed sources. In the earlier rumors, it was claimed that one or more hackers had managed to obtain not only Gatekeeper keys but "virtually every key Apple used for everything."



Apple seeds fourth beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, AppleSeed

13 hours ago | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, software, Apple

Apple has posted a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 for developers and AppleSeed participants, identified as build 13F18. Testing areas remain largely the same -- including Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt, and USB/USB smart cards -- but with the addition of Gatekeeper, Apple's app-signing security measure. "Signatures created with OS X version 10.8.5 or earlier ('v1 signatures') are obsoleted and will no longer be recognized by Gatekeeper," Apple reminds the developer audience. "To ensure your apps will run on updated versions of OS X they must be signed using the codesign tool on OS X version 10.9 or later ('v2 signatures')."



Apple deals: Macs for $1,019 or less

14 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Right now at Apple's online store, find bargain prices on refurbished Macs with many priced at $1,019 or less. The refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced to $1,019, for a savings of $180. A $170 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $979.



DealNN: Retina MacBook Pros, 4K HDTVs and more

14 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, Apple

Amazon this week cuts the cost on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro from $2,599 down to $2,250 with free delivery. That $350 discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this by $150. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.



LG Display picked as main display supplier for iPhone 6

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, digital imaging

Apple has picked LG Display as its primary supplier of display panels for the iPhone 6, according to supply chain sources cited by The firm is said to have beat out Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display for the bulk of orders. Otherwise, however, it's not specified what the balance will be. The implication is also that Sharp is indeed in the supply chain, despite a May report claiming it had been dropped in favor of Innolux due to quality control problems.



Volvo, Mercedes-Benz delay CarPlay support into 2015

15 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

Two of the core automakers supporting Apple's CarPlay -- Volvo and Mercedes-Benz -- have both confirmed that they won't have vehicles with the technology in 2014, despite earlier promises. "As of now, we do not support CarPlay in our series production cars," the latter party says. "We are working on a highly sophisticated head-unit based solution, which will enable CarPlay as well as other systems (e.g. MirrorLink)… we are not quite sure if we will feature an aftermarket solution. CarPlay won't be available by the end of this year, but in 2015."


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AMD officially launches OCZ partnership with Radeon R7 SSD line

16 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage

AMD today announced its previously rumored technology partnership with Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions for AMD Radeon-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Launching the range is the AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB or 480GB capacities.


iOS 8 beta 6 exclusive to testing partners, report says

16 hours ago | Posted in: developer

A sixth beta of iOS 8 has been issued, but only to Apple's testing partners, BGR says it has learned. The firmware is allegedly being withheld from developers because Apple is so close to the gold master stage. Testing partners must approve or reject beta 6 by September 5th, just four days before Apple is expected to announce new iPhones as well as iOS 8's launch date.


Parallels Desktop 9 failing to load under latest Yosemite preview

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

Yesterday's Developer Preview 6 release of OS X Yosemite is breaking Parallels Desktop 9, users complain. After DP6 is installed, Desktop 9 is simply refusing to run. The issue appears to involve the dispatcher service failing to load, as a temporary solution involves forcing the service to start via a Terminal command.


Brother unveils six new monochrome laser printers for SOHO

17 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Printer manufacturer Brother today introduced a new line of monochrome laser printers and all-in-ones for the Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) market. Introduced today are the HL-L2320D, HL-L2360DW, and HL-L2380DW stand-alone black and white laser printers. New multifunction devices include the MFC-L2700DW, MFC-L2720DW, and MFC-L2740DW laser printers.


iTunes Festival London adds 21 more acts to lineup

18 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple has added another 21 acts to the list performing at next month's iTunes Festival in London. Some of the better-known additions include Jenny Lewis, Elbow, Paolo Nutini, David Gray, The Script, Jessie Ware, Ryan Adams, First Aid Kit, and Lenny Kravitz. Over 60 acts will be playing in total -- previously-announced performers include Beck, Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, and Robert Plant.


iPhone 6 may support 150Mbps LTE-A, rumor claims

18 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, networking

Continuing a series of rumors, Chinese repair firm GeekBar is claiming that the iPhone 6 will also use a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which supports LTE-A, but only up to 150Mbps. That would be an improvement over the 100Mbps in the iPhone 5s, but half the full potential of LTE-A, which is 300Mbps. Carriers across the world are only just beginning to deploy LTE-A-compatible networks, so Apple may not be worried about maximizing speeds.


Epson launches SOHO EX7235 and EX7230 Pro projectors

19 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Projector manufacturer Epson today introduced two new EX Pro series projectors, delivering high brightness and advanced connectivity options, including built-in wireless projection and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) support. The new EX7235 Pro and EX7230 Pro are designed for meeting rooms with ambient light and deliver WXGA resolution for widescreen HD presentations, 3,000 lumens of color light output and 3,000 lumens of white light output.


Apps: PDFpen, PopChar X, Tablatures

20 hours ago | Posted in apps


    PDFpen 6.3.2 ($60)

    PDFPen provides users with tools for adding text, images, and signatures to PDF files. The software can also be used to replace original text with editable text blocks, as well as move, resize, and delete images. A potential crash due to Yosemite’s more particular Unicode decoding has been fixed in this update, along with an issue where documents could not be opened. Additionally, a case where page links could be discarded during a save has also been resolved.


    PopChar X 6.6 ($40)

    PopChar X allows users to add special characters without the need to remember a keystroke combination. Version 6.6 introduces preliminary support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, as well an updated menu icon that is more visible in Yosemtie’s dark theme. Among a host of bug fixes, the update also includes Unicode 7.0 support and an improved “Scripts and Symbols” layout.


    Tablatures 2.13 ($35)

    Tablatures is a PowerTab editor designed for the Mac. With support for the PowerTab and GuitarPro format, Tablatures can open and edit most tab files available on the internet. The latest release gains a new option for disabling the screensaver while documents are open. Configurable keyboard shortcuts for extending the selection to the left or right are also new to this update.


    Artboard 2.6 ($30)

    Artboard is a simple and direct vector drawing application that includes more than 20 unique tools for creating digital art. The v1.9.4 update resolves a crash that occurred when moving a document to a second screen, or when entering the Versions Browser in 10.9. A problem that caused a high-resolution image to drop to 72dpi during editing has also been resolved, along with several other minor issues and typos.


    BackupLoupe 2.6 ($5)

    BackupLoupe allows users to browse Time Machine backups and find frequently copied items. The software shows users how many versions of a specific item are available within the backups, along with the date that each was created. Several new commands, such as “Reveal original in Finder” and “Reveal original in Path Finder,” have been added with this update. A few of the error messages have also been changed to debug messages, and the preferences for non-standard backup locations have been removed.


Briefly: Nguyen's Swing Copter, Dr. Dre accepts ALS challenge

Tue August 19, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Apple employee and Beats CEO Dr. Dre took time out from the filming of a biopic on his original band, entitled Straight Outta Compton, to answer the challenge of Apple CEO Tim Cook and get a bucket of ice water poured on his head as part of a fundraising drive by the ALS Association to fight ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." The YouTube video, posted to the Beats channel, also features director Gary Gray pouring the water.


Report: Dev Portal security breach prompted Gatekeeper change

Mon August 18, 2014 | Posted in: security, software, developer, hacks, Apple

An unidentified Twitter user is claiming that recent changes to Gatekeeper in OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite which has forced developers to re-sign their app credentials is actually the result of a security breach that successfully pilfered the Gatekeeper keys and possibly "many other keys for many other things," according to the user. A corraborating source was located by TUAW that has allegedly confirmed the breach and tied it to the recent alleged Activation Lock hack.


Sprint releasing Family Share Pack, offers special pricing, data caps

Mon August 18, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

On top of a new single line plan from Verizon today, Sprint has announced its new Family Share Pack offering adjustable data caps to share across 10 lines in a single plan. Sprint's new plan also comes with a bonus for its 20GB tier, as the company is offering an additional 2GB per line on the plan as a part of its "new day for data" campaign.


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