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Apple stops code-signing for iOS 8.2, blocking downgrade possibilities

1 hour ago | Posted in: security, software, developer, Apple

Continuing with recent custom, Apple has stopped "code-signing" iOS 8.2 for security reasons. The move, intended to protect users, does make downgrading back to earlier versions impossible, and prevents users with jailbroken devices in iOS 8.2 from updating. The code-signing procedure, which applies to both Apple and iOS or OS X developers, is designed to prevent malicious apps from masquerading as legit ones, or for outside parties to inject code into applications.

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Hands On: TextGrabber + Translator v4.5 (iOS)

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

Apps that promise to help you snag pictures of real-life documents aren't new, and we've checked out several in the past. Typically, the apps tend to scan a document and convert the image into a PDF, which is useful if you're planning on reading the document digitally. However, if you're looking to edit the text you're reading, you're out of luck. That is, until we checked out TextGrabber + Translator, by ABBYY.

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Briefly: YouTube vanishes from older Apple TVs, Ford adding CarPlay

4 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets, accessories, Apple

Owners of second-generation Apple TV units -- the last of the larger, gray-colored models -- have reported that YouTube has vanished from the devices starting last night, with both the dedicated channel and references to the feature being removed. As reported previously, the change is due to alterations Google announced last month in the YouTube Data API to allow for new features that various older devices, including some of Google's own, cannot support. Also affected in the cutoff are YouTube app support for older iOS devices running obsolete versions of iOS.

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GE shows HomeKit-compatible LED light bulbs with GE Align

4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, iPad apps

GE Business Innovations today debuted color-changing LED lighting compatible with Apple's HomeKit during GE's Connected Future event, unveiling LED-enabled Intelligent Environments capabilities for cities, buildings and homes. The new HomeKit-enabled LED bulb will utilize GE Align technology, automating lighting according to the body's natural sleep cycle, tracked by HomeKit and Apple's iOS-based HomeKit..

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Hands On: Meditate Plus 1.01 (iOS)

5 hours ago | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Whether you take meditation as an essential part of your life, or see it as just being able to shut up and stop thinking for a minute, there are an awful lot of meditation apps for iOS. Seriously. There are more of these than there are notepad apps, and we didn't think that was possible. Normally we'd examine them all, but it just seems somehow wrong to stress-test meditation apps. We've come to Meditate Plus after anecdotal recommendations, which also said you can see this app as a model for how they all work.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 13: Powerwall to the People

7 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

Welcome, comrades, to episode 13 of The MacNN Podcast as we celebrate the glorious people's revolution and salute labor everywhere this May Day through (mostly) home electronics! In the latest episode, various citizens of MacNN parade like troops on review through a number of Apple- and non-Apple topics under the watchful eye of our Dear Readers! Truly it is worker's playtime with the Apple Watch now arriving, plus Tesla's Powerwall battery reveal.

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Daily Deals: Sony 40-inch TV, Turtle Beach headset, Star Wars Kindle

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day where we search online for discounts, offers, and sales for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it's the start of a new week, we've wiped the slate clean of old deals, with the new list including a 40-inch Sony TV, Turtle Beach gaming headphones, and because of today's date, discounted Star Wars books on Kindle.

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Hands On: Stickman Rush v1.1 (iOS)

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

We dig games. We spend a lot of time playing them around here, and we've become somewhat adept at picking out games that we think are particularly good examples of both enjoyable and challenging mechanics. We took a look at a fun, albeit strange title that we think you'll like, called Stickman Rush.

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Mac Game Review: The Spatials 2.7

10 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

In space, no one can hear you having fun. But that's precisely what you will be doing soon after starting a game of The Spatials, a new strategy building game from first-time developers Weird and Wry. In The Spatials, you are the commander of a space station on a distant asteroid. Or, at least you will be once you build it. Using your strategic skills and the credits provided, you plan, build, explore, produce, and exploit to make your station the most popular tourist location in the galaxy.

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Meerkat switches to Facebook to avoid Twitter restrictions

11 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Meerkat, the video streaming startup, is adding Facebook integration following Twitter's actions to restrict the app's popularity. The latest update, rolling out on iOS now with an update to the Android beta likely to follow, effectively frees the live video broadcasting service from Twitter entirely, making the linking of a Twitter name to an account an extra social networking option rather than core to its operation.

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Review: Jorno Bluetooth Keyboard

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, iPad

The Jorno Bluetooth keyboard and stand for tablets certainly looks nice. The gunmetal grey shell of the keyboard looks great while the unit is folded up. That's right -- the keyboard folds with two hinges into a swank-looking brick when not in use. There's also a nice case with a magnetic closure that transforms into a tablet stand. This keyboard and its care are ideal for travel -- it's lightweight and compact when not in use. There were some things we didn't like about it, but the designers were certainly on the right track when they came up with this one. Check our review to see what we thought about it.


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MacNN Deals launches with 10 percent discount offer

12 hours ago | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design

Regular readers of our Daily Deals posts may have noticed a paragraph near the top of the list for the last few weeks promoting a dedicated deals page. Today, we've officially launched MacNN Deals over at deals.macnn.com, offering discounts on a wide range of items you will probably find useful, including sections for gadgets and gear, eLearning packages, and even one for drones.

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Pointers: Missed Notifications on Apple Watch

13 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Your Apple Watch keeps telling you about different notifications, but you're deep in conversation, you're driving, or you're just someone with vast self-control. Whatever the reason, you are going to start piling up notifications on your Watch, and they won't seem to be there when you finally get to look. Here's where they are and how to see them -- because you're not checking them when you're driving, are you?

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Hands On: Bean Dreams -- Bean's Quest 2.0 (iOS)

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

Bean Dreams: Bean's Quest 2 by Kumobius is a 2D platformer starring ... you guessed it, a jumping bean. Currently, there are 13 "dreams" with six stages each, to be played through as the hat-wearing bean bouncing around collecting fruit and finding adorable pink axolotls sequestered away in difficult-to-get-to nooks of each level.

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Amazon Echo gains extra abilities with new IFTTT channel

14 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software, developer

Amazon Echo network-connected speaker and Alexa virtual assistant has been updated with the ability to make and receive commands through If This Then That (IFTTT). The new Amazon Alexa IFTTT Channel allows users to set new commands or "recipes" for the device to follow, expanding its functionality to work with a large number of well-known online services.

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Game Replay: Minecraft for HoloLens, Yooka-Laylee, Destiny Nepal drive

22 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming from the last few days. Today's edition includes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealing a reason behind the purchase of Mojang, a bomb threat at a GamerGate meeting, Yooka-Laylee exceeding expectations on Kickstarter, and Bungie using Destiny's community to help a charitable effort.

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ISPs request stay of Title II classification while suing to end it

Sun May 3, 2015 | Posted in: industry

Groups comprised of America's largest Internet providers have opted to file legal requests to suspend any enforcement of the FCC's recent reclassification of broadband providers as common carriers, as defined by Title II of the Communications Act, until the lawsuits to repeal that decision can be settled. Requests were filed by four trade associations with the FCC, with at least one of the requests indicating that an answer is requested by May 8, in time for requests for a stay to be filed with the courts.

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USA Freedom Act reintroduced, passes House Judiciary Committee

Sun May 3, 2015 | Posted in: industry, troubleshooting

The USA Freedom Act (PDF file) was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives recently. It proposes to curtail the mass collection of the telephone records of US citizens under section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, , and force intelligence agencies to justify selective acquisition -- more in accordance with the principles laid out in the US Constitution. The bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee with a vote of 25-2.

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Hands On: Tunable v1.2 (iOS)

Sun May 3, 2015 | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Being a musician today certainly has its perks. Between the accessibility of starter instruments and the wide variety of sounds available to musicians, it's a great time to start playing, regardless of skill or previous experience. Of course, there's also the added bonus of the wide variety of apps available to musicians, which can do everything from teach you how to play, to recording, to keeping everything working just the way it should. Today we checked out Tunable, an easy to use app for both the iPhone and the iPad that lets musicians tune their instruments on the go.

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Hands On: Give It Up! 1.3 (iOS, Android)

Sat May 2, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

We enjoy rhythm games, particularly when the music is catchy -- and if there's a character that makes adorable squeaky noises, so much the better. There's a lot to be said for the satisfaction inherent in getting into a groove and becoming one with the music. If the groove is elusive, than finding it becomes so much sweeter. One such app is Give It Up! by Invictus, and we really wanted to like it. The music is fun, and the little character is an adorable blob of ink that bounces and squeaks when the player is doing well, and even its death animation is cute. Unfortunately, we followed the advice given in the app's title.

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Hands On: Split v1.0.2 (iOS)

Sat May 2, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Switching back and forth between web pages in Safari on the iPad is a massive pain. Trying to compare any sort of information becomes tedious and frustrating, and more often than not, we find ourselves bolting to the nearest desktop or notebook computer to do our research instead. That's where Split comes in, a simple little browser that allows you to compare two webpages, side by side, at the same time.

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Hands On: Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones

Sat May 2, 2015 | Posted in: audio

The Beats Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones is the latest product to emerge from the now wholly Apple-owned subsidiary. While it is unlikely Apple's engineering and design teams have had much, if any, influence on its latest products, most agree that the second generation of Beats headphones is much improved over its first generation of products. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the asking price for a set of Beats headphones. This new wireless model will run you $299, putting them on roughly on par with high-end competition from Bose and Sennheiser. So -- are they worth it?

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Briefly: More BBC Radio 1 Beats hires, iMovie update, App Analytics

Fri May 1, 2015 | Posted in: industry, troubleshooting, developer, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Following the hiring of influential former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe in February as part of both iTunes Radio and a speculated revamp of the Beats Music service, a trade magazine for the music industry has reported that as many as four other top producers for Radio 1 are leaving to join Lowe to work on the revamped subscription service at Apple, which could be announced as early as June's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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Hands On: Debate Time 1.0 (iOS)

Fri May 1, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

You've got 18 months of hard political campaigning left before your Presidential elections: here in the UK we have less than a week. Next Thursday, 7 May, is our General Election and while take very seriously the job of choosing the least worst candidate available to us, it is fair to say that we are ready for some relief. Debate Time is an iOS game that intends to do exactly that by switching our attention from the political party leaders to cartoon images of the same people.

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Hands Off: This is My Apple Watch, not yours!

Fri May 1, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

My wife Angela is classy, elegant, charming and considerate -- but she can afford to be, she's just got an Apple Watch. I bought it for her at the precise same second I bought one for myself yet while hers just raced through the Preparing to Ship and on to Dispatched and is today on her wrist, mine is stuck on Processing, with as far as I can tell two million others'. You can call me romantic for buying her one and actually I'd like it if you did, it would help me feel better that mine is nowhere in sight yet.

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Apple Game Roundup: Shadowrun, Frozen Cortex patch, DOS in Twitter

Fri May 1, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming

On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at the release of Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown, a big patch for This War of Mine, the ability to embed classic DOS games on Twitter, and a major renovation to leagues and players in Frozen Cortex.

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