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Apple publishes open-source code for OS X Yosemite

12 minutes ago | Posted in: software, Apple

Apple has published the open-source code contained in OS X Yosemite. This includes the xnu-2782.1.97 kernel, as well as numerous other system components. The parts combine into Darwin 10.10.0, an open-source OS derived from Apple, NeXTSTEP, and BSD code, among other sources.



Briefly: new Chrome bookmark manager, GrooveMaker 2, DJ Rig updates

32 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone apps

Google has publicly launched its bookmarking service for its Chrome browser, named the Chrome Bookmark Manager. Formerly named Google Stars while in development, the new extension incorporates Google Search with a new user interface. When signed in to Chrome with syncing enabled, users can bookmark a webpage with its one-click save function; this now saves an image and note to make bookmarks more efficient. Its search function looks at the bookmark's title and snippet, as well as the page's content, and bookmarks can be organized by topic. Existing bookmarks will automatically update with images and descriptions, and a folder of favorite bookmarks can be made public and be shared with whomever desired by way of a link. Chrome Bookmark Manager is free to download via the Chrome Web store.


iOS apps: 1Password, PDFen, WordPress

1 hour ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    1Password 5.1.1 (free)

    1Password is a password management app that allows users to store and organize multiple passwords. A built-in password generator can also be used to create unique passwords for every site. The latest release has moved the lock screen art so that it is no longer hidden behind the Touch ID prompt. A few tweaks have also been made to speed up the lock screen, and a bug that prevented folder contents from properly syncing via iCloud has been fixed.

  • 42.1MB

    PDFpen for iPhone 1.8.3 ($5)

    PDFpen for iPhone allows users to edit PDFs directly on an iPhone. Within the app users can add text, images and signatures, comments, page numbers, and more directly to any PDF files stored on the device. The v1.8.3 update includes various minor bug fixes.

  • 20.9MB

    WordPress 4.5 (free)

    WordPress is a tool for managing a WordPress blog or site from an iOS device. The software includes tools for moderating comments, creating or editing posts, viewing stats, and uploading images or videos. A new Today Extension for Stats has been added with this update. Numerous bugs, including one that caused some users to see blank notifications, have also been addressed.

  • 9.6MB

    Hyperlapse 1.1.2 (free)

    Hyperlapse is a new app from Instagram that can be used to create time lapse videos. When shooting video with Hyperlapse, all footage is automatically stabilized to give it a cinematic feeling. Version 1.1.2 is strictly a maintenance release that resolves some small bugs and improves overall performance.

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    Pixelmator 1.0.1 ($5)

    Pixelmator is an image editor that provides users with the tools needed to create, edit, and enhance images. Version 1.0.1 makes the Repair tool available on the iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad mini, and offers better brush parameters. Brush previews have also been improved, giving users a better idea of the stroke shape.


Outlook for Mac gets revamp, MS lays out Office for Mac roadmap

1 hour ago | Posted in: software

Microsoft has announced a new version of Outlook for Mac, incorporating several significant changes. The update includes a "modern," revamped user interface, with touches such as better scrolling and switching between Ribbon tabs. The underlying engine has been made faster and more reliable thanks to improvements to threading and database code.



New Apple Store to open in Lille, France in November

2 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple is preparing a new store in Lille, France, which barring unusual delays should open in November, reports say. A black construction facade with the company's logo has been spotted on Rue Faidherbe; such barricades usually go up in the last few weeks before a store opening. The shop should span two floors and slightly over 15,000 square feet.



Giveaway: come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista all day!

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, accessories, audio

Now that Halloween is in full swing (presumably swinging from a noose), it's time for all the little ghosts, goblins, ware-wolves and witches to come out of hiding. It's time for tricks, and it's time for treats, but most of all it's time for a little fun. So this year, come trick or treat with MacNN and Electronista, because we have a big bag full of Halloween treats (and some tricks) to give to our readers. Check back here throughout the day, as the list below will be refreshed when each new treat (or trick) is announced. Have fun everyone!



Apple adds 15-inch 2014 Retina MacBook Pros to refurb store

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple stocked its refurb store with 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on Thursday, offering discounts on the brand-new models just three months (to the day) after their debut of up to $570 off the current retail price. A wide range of configurations is available at this writing, ranging from a 2.2GHz Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage selling for $1,700 (15 percent off) up to a quad-core i7 model at 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M for $2,719, the most deeply-discounted model.



Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a box full of new Mac Pro computers!

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Last night as we were leaving work, we stumbled upon a great big box of brand new custom Mac Pro computers just sitting by the dumpster behind MacNN headquarters. We know it doesn't sound possible -- quite unbelievable really -- as a matter of fact, we hardly believe it ourselves. Since none of us need a new Mac Pro, we couldn't think of anything better to do than to give them away to our loyal readers. Instead of wasting time handing them out one at a time, we're just going to give the whole box of them to one lucky winner. Find out how you can enter to win!



Review: Tablo DVR

10 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a USB storage device. The Tablo is one such digital video recorder (DVR) that captures free, over-the-air broadcasts, allowing people to watch their favorite time-shifted shows through a tablet or browser. But is Nuvyyo's Tablo a device that does the job with minimal hassle, or are consumers better off with the attachment to cable? Find out in our review.



Hands On: Organ Trail Director's Cut (iOS and Android)

11 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, mobile phones, iPad apps

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is a nostalgic game that promises to entertain both those who loved the original classic Oregon Trail as well as players who are simply looking for a surprisingly in-depth iOS game. Don't think that this game is simply riding the coattails of retro-gaming's popularity right now -- Organ Trail is an interesting game, even without the allure of the chiptune music and cutting-edge graphics circa 1985.



Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 3 Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds!

13 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, audio

With the witching hour upon us, we have a most wicked prize up for grabs: the Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds. Gather around while we tell the spooky tale of three wicked little sets of earbuds that lost their way, and ended up being captured by MacNN staff to send off to live with strangers. Pretty scary stuff for those earbuds, but it's another treat for our readers.



Kodak PixPro SP360 action cam records 360-degree video

14 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Kodak has introduced an action camera that can take 360-degree photographs and video. The PixPro SP360 has a domed lens located on the top, allowing its imaging sensor to take pictures or capture video from all angles surrounding the camera, allowing for 1080p video to be recorded showing the front, rear, and side views from wherever it is mounted.



Briefly: BookArc Stand for Mac Pro, Spotify for iPad updated

16 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, Apple, iPad apps

Twelve South has announced the release of the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed for Mac Pro. Designed in the shape of an arc, the stand allows the compact computer to fit in spaces with half the height available, making it suitable for fitting into gear racks and studio shelves. The BookArc is composed is heavy gauge steel, which has been machined into a curve shape and coated with a chrome finish. Priced at $60, the BookArc Pro is available online through Twelve South.



Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to USB cable!

17 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, computers, peripherals, accessories, iPad

Tomorrow is Halloween, and as such MacNN and have a bag of treats to give away to our readers. We are going to be handing out prizes to lucky little ghosts and ghouls who participate. Keep an eye out for the selection of treats that we have to offer for the rest of today and tomorrow. Beware, some of the items we list will be tricks! First up, we have three JunoPower Kaebo Lightning cable connectors to give away. Read on to learn more.



Grocery chain Meijer bucks CurrentC, accepts NFC mobile wallets [u]

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

[Updated with MCX clarification] Rather than disable its NFC-compatible terminals and stop taking Apple Pay (or Google Wallet, or Softcard) mobile payments after a period of compatibility, grocery chain Meijer has said it has "no plans" to stop accepting NFC-compatible systems in its stores -- despite being a member of MCX's CurrentC program, which contractually bars competing systems. The CurrentC system, which does not formally begin until sometime next year, may try to impose fines as per its agreement with Meijers.



MPAA, national theater association take stand against wearables

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Wearing Google Glass in any movie theater in the United States could soon mean a visit from law enforcement, thanks to the efforts of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and National Association of Theatre Owners. The organizations released a joint statement this week, announcing that wearable devices are now added to official anti-piracy polices.



Seth Rogen tapped to play Steve Wozniak in upcoming Jobs biopic

19 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Actor Seth Rogen may have been cast to star as Steve Wozniak in Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, sources tell Variety. Rogen is best known for his comedy roles, starring in movies like Neighbors and This is the End, but he has also appeared in dramas such as 50/50. The sources add that Jessica Chastain is under consideration for the movie as well, but what role she might play is unknown.


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Briefly: Microsoft OneNote iOS update, Flipboard 3.0

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

Microsoft has released updates for its OneNote client, available for both iPhone and iPad. Considered a "digital notebook," OneNote documents can be shared with others and across devices. Adding support for new iOS 8 features, users can now password-protect sections of documents directly from mobile devices. Touch ID unlocking is now enabled for owners of iPhone 5s or newer, and users can insert files from a preferred cloud storage service with its new iOS 8 document picker. Pages can be reordered and moved, including subpages. OneNote is free to download, with some features requiring an Office 365 subscription.


Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak gets Cydia, will get English within 24 hours

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, hacks, iPad

The Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak tool is now being bundled with Cydia, and will get an English translation within 24 hours, its developers say. Cydia is commonly used to simplify jailbreaking, partly by offering an easy way to install unapproved apps. When the Pangu code was released earlier this month, it was only in Chinese and in a rudimentary form intended for developers.


Epson to release V800, V850 Pro photo scanners in November

20 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Epson is gearing up to release two new professional-level photo scanners in November, with the Perfection V800 Photo and Perfection V850 Pro. The scanners offer a number of scanning options, allowing users to scan photos and negatives -- including 35mm slides, medium format and film strips -- with the help of height adjustable film holders.


Judge orders GT Advanced bankruptcy document unsealed

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

The New Hampshire judge overseeing GT Advanced's bankruptcy, Henry Boroff, has ordered the unsealing of an affidavit explaining reasons for the sapphire supplier's Chapter 11 filing. Apple has fought to keep the document private, claiming it could harm not only its reputation but its relationship with other suppliers. GT's COO, Daniel Squiller, is said to chronicle attempts to meet Apple demand, claiming that the latter company made mistakes in setting up an Arizona production facility, submitting shifting product specifications, and refusing to negotiate.


Microsoft Band officially launches, available to buy now for $200

21 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Microsoft has officially announced its fitness tracker, the day after images leaked via companion apps. The Microsoft Band is able to track the wearer's vital signs and physical activities, with some included sensors not typically included in such devices, with it also providing a number of smartwatch-style interactions using its customizable display.


Hands On: Jagged Alliance -- Flashback (OS X, Windows)

21 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, software

Kickstarter has helped to revive many favorites of the past, including Reading Rainbow, Veronica Mars, and even the Jagged Alliance turn-based strategy series. Jagged Alliance: Flashback was funded on Kickstarter by developers Full Control back in May of 2013, promising to create a tactical RPG that Jagged Alliance fans new and old would enjoy.


Apple reverses course, decides to allow apps with calculator widgets

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, developer, Apple, iPad

In another sudden turnaround, Apple has reversed a decision to block apps with calculator widgets from the App Store. An Apple spokesperson says that PCalc and other similar apps will be permitted in the store without changes. It's suggested that the company simply hadn't anticipated the possibility of widgets serving as calculators, hence reviewers being confused as to whether they can give the greenlight.


Best Buy to offer gift cards with iPad Air, MacBook Air on November 8

23 hours ago | Posted in: computers, iPad

As a part of a November 8 promotional event, the US branch of Best Buy will be giving away gift cards with purchases of an iPad Air or MacBook Air. Buyers of a first- or second-generation iPad Air will get a $50 card; the card value jumps to $100 when buying a MacBook. Shoppers must go to "select" retail outlets to qualify.


Hands On: WaterField Outback Slip Case for iPad Air 2

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in: accessories, iPad

Modern iPad cases are built not only to suit a wide range of uses, but a wide range of incomes, and both of those factors come into play with one of WaterField's first products for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the Outback Slip Case. On a functional level, it's relatively straightforward: it's a cushioned sleeve that you slide an iPad into. WaterField makes four variants, split between the Air and the Mini, and whether you want one sized to accommodate a Smart Cover as well. We tested the Air 2/Smart Cover edition.


Apps: OmniOutliner, MacFamilyTree, Tower

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in apps


    OmniOutliner 4.1.4 ($50)

    OmniOutliner is a tool for collecting, creating, and organizing information. In v4.1.4 all supported font weights in each font family should be usable when running under OS X Yosemite. In addition, a few minor corrections have also been made to the apps help files.


    MacFamilyTree 7.3.1 ($50)

    MacFamilyTree is a genealogy program that can help users discover and visualize their family history. The software also features a number of built in reports and charts, and allows users share genealogical data using the GEDCOM standard. The latest release corrects a graphical glitch with display charts, along with a number of localization issues. Support for adding M4A audio files to a database has also been added.


    Tower 2.1 ($59)

    Tower is a Git client for Mac OS X that allows users to access Git features without needing to remember all of the frameworks commands and parameters. Version 2.1 features an updated design and icon for OS X Yosemite. A number of issues, including both display and scrolling problems in the commit changeset view, have also been fixed with the update.


    RapidWeaver 6.0.1 ($90)

    RapidWeaver is a web design tool that allows users to create web pages with little to no coding knowledge. The software automatically fills in XHTML and CSS coding based on a user's design. The latest release brings back the ability to right-click a page and publish only that page. A problem where the Save dialogue would default to the App Support folder has also been resolved, along with an issue that resulted in a crash when selecting or deleting a project resource.


    Arq 4.7 ($40)

    Arq is a backup utility that will make incremental backups to an online storage account. The software keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month. Support for the new AWS Frankfurt region is featured in this release. A new button for deleting all Arq-created content from a Google Drive account has also been added.


Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in new essay

Thu October 30, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay in a new essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Although the fact has been widely known for some time, Cook has never before stated it publicly. He says that he is "proud to be gay," but admits that it "wasn't an easy choice" to come out. "Privacy remains important to me, and I'd like to hold on to a small amount of it," the essay reads later on. "I've made Apple my life's work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That's what our employees deserve -- and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too."


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