Apple's latest addition to the App Store family, the Apple TV App Store, is growing again. On Tuesday, the company added five new categories to the store, including Games, Education, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, News, and Sports. The entire concept of categories in the store are new as of the beginning of this month, and are organized in the same manner as similar categories in the App Store or Mac App Store.
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5 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
The pre-Black Friday sales are well underway, and we're seeing some all-time low prices on tech favorites! We're continuing to curate the best deals on technology for you in this busy time, and hope you've saved a few bucks this year. Most of yesterday's deals are dead, but we've moved the very few intact ones to today. They join new additions for today including up to $100 off the Apple Watch, an iPad mini 2 for $200, and an improvement on yesterday's 960GB SSD offer.
5 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, upgrades/storage
Sonnet has finally started shipping the Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, which if first announced more than two years ago. In part, the delay was due to the announcement of Thunderbolt 2 shortly after Sonnet began accepting pre-orders, pushing the breakout box into 2014. From there, production issues have keep the unit off shelves until now, and the now-shipping dock offers four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, a FireWire 800 port, two 6Gb/s eSATA ports, and more.
5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Apple may be working on an app to help users self-diagnose problems with their iOS devices, before attempting to get help from employees. Supposed leaked images claim to show an app that will suggest to customers ways to fix their iPhone or iPad themselves using online guides and other support documents, before helping with contacting relevant support staff, organizing a repair, or a visit to the Genius Bar at the user's nearest Apple Store.
7 hours ago | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we bring you MacUpdate's deal on web capture utility Web Snapper, and also highlight updates to Unicode browser Codepoints, PDF software PDF Shrink, iTunes controller Now Playing, FFmpeg interface iFFmpeg, batch file renamer Name Changer, and web design tool RapidWeaver.
7 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, Apple
On the heels of teardowns of both the iPad Pro and its Apple Pencil accessory, iFixit has done a teardown of the Apple Smart Keyboard intended to go with the iPad Pro as well. The keyboard cover uses conductive fabric to cover the keys, and Retina MacBook-style dome switches under the keys. Among the minor discoveries was that the company uses the fabric for both power and data, and that the unit cannot be opened with breaking it.
8 hours ago | Posted in: accessories
Sure, you still take your laptop out on the road with you, and of course you're writing on it in meetings, coffee shops, airports and anywhere you can hold you knees out roughly horizontally. Yet just as we call them laptops while rarely daring to leave them on top of our laps for very long, so these most portable of computers is often left plugged in at one single place. MacBooks have replaced Macs for many, and when you are using them as your sole machine, it does help to have something like the Kit Aluminium Notebook Stand, which is currently only available in the UK.
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Passengers of JetBlue will soon be able to stream from Amazon's Prime services during flights, as the airline makes it available via its Fly-Fi in-flight Wi-Fi service. Originally announced in May, the program will provide access to TV shows and movies on Prime Instant Video, as well as the option of renting or buying titles from the Amazon Video store for instant viewing, and listening to Prime Music, with non-Prime members able to sign up for a free trial during the flight itself.
8 hours ago | Posted in: security
Amazon in the US and the UK has sent out emails to some users saying that the company has reset their account password after discovering that "your [Amazon] password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party," and thus has been resetting some accounts, though it said it is doing so out of "an abundance of caution" without any evidence of a direct breach.
9 hours ago | Posted in: gaming
If you are a fan of sports but don't want to head out into the cold winter weather to practice, why not stay inside and play them virtually instead? The latest competition on MacNN Deals is giving you the chance to do just that, with a giveaway consisting of the Sony PlayStation 4 and a collection of sports games, providing you with the sporting entertainment you want but while safely tucked up in front of the TV.
11 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets
Fitbit has released software updates for some of its activity trackers, enabling them to automatically detect the kind of activities the wearer is performing. SmartTrack for the Charge HR and Surge trackers is capable of recognizing movements typically associated with certain sports or exercises, and will record the amount of time spent performing the identified activity in the Fitbit companion app, among other new features.
12 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals
It may seem peculiar to have a favorite electrical plug -- it's the Mu -- but if you don't happen to travel to the UK much then you may not know. The domestic mains electrical system in Britain is practically industrial. Where a typical US mains socket provides 110V, the regular UK one pumps out 230-240V. It's why our kettles boil so very much faster, and it's why you can die if you hold wires that you stick into a British socket, despite the relatively safer 50Hz frequency. So, you know, there are pluses and minuses.
12 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today, four accessories for use with your Mac and MacBook are offered for your perusal, including a way to increase the storage capacity of a MacBook Pro, backing up your Mac, and increasing its connectivity with other devices.
13 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets
So, you've got a student in your life and you're not quite sure what to get them. It happens to the best of us, but fortunately we've got some pretty solid ideas for the ideal gift. Whether you've got a picky teen or a broke college student to buy for, we've got some of the most needed and wanted products that can help your favorite student through the school year.
13 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
Apple is considering a launch of Apple Pay in China by February next year, according to reports. It is claimed Apple has signed deals with the four major state-run banks in the country, in theory allowing Apple Pay to be linked to user bank accounts, though it is suggested there may still be a number of regulatory hurdles Apple needs to overcome before being able to offer the payment platform in one of the world's most important markets.
14 hours ago | Posted in: software
You should probably get some coffee: this may take a while. We've previously reviewed Curio Express 9.4.7 and found it so swimming in features that it was hard to really grasp all that it can do and we ended up inadequately summarising it as a notetaking app. However, the Express one is like a Lite, cutdown edition and now there's the full-blown Curio 10. It has so many features it can't contain them all and needs to spill out into an extra, free Curiota 1.0.
14 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets
Pebble has added the ability to respond to text messages on an iPhone via the Pebble Time smartwatch range, but only to a limited number of users. US-based owners with a post-paid AT&T account are able to beta test iOS Text Reply, a feature that lets users either select a pre-defined text reply to incoming messages appearing within the iOS Messages app, or respond with a voice reply by speaking directly into the smartwatch.
22 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, Investor, computers, industry, security, gadgets, troubleshooting, software, developer, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps
Episode 42 is, first and foremost, a gorgeous-sounding episode. It features Mike and Charles, a good connection, and a fair amount to talk about even in a slow news week. As is the norm with these two, they wander around to various topics, but among the things that are for sure discussed in the repairability (or rather, the lack of it) in the Apple Pencil (and whether anyone should care), what's up with MacUpdate.com, and more.
Mon November 23, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones
T-Mobile subscribers are being offered free unlimited LTE data, as part of a month of promotions dubbed "Uncarrier Unwrapped." Current users of the postpaid Simple Choice plan, including business customers, as of the end November 23 will receive unlimited access to the LTE network free for a three-month period, starting from December 1 until March 1, regardless of the data allowance they have on their price plan.
Mon November 23, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps
It used to be that all you needed to know about making YouTube videos was to forget every lesson you should've learned from years of watching broadcast-quality television –– and to be certain to begin every video with the words "Hey, guys, what's up" or similar. Get that licked and you were away in the wild west that was YouTube. It's still pretty crazy on the now-Alphabet video service, but the service wants to give you some solid tools for getting things right. You're on your own with video framing and audio but for managing your work like a pro, there is YouTube Creator Studio 1.6.21 for iOS.
Mon November 23, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
The pre-Black Friday sales have commenced! We're curating the best deals on technology for you, our faithful reader. We've started this week fresh, and have wiped the slate clean! Highlights for today include a new $200 low on a 960GB SanDisk SSD, a Bose Solo 15 TV Sound System for $300, and a refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T5 with an 18-55mm kit lens for $200.
Mon November 23, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, enterprise
Square has revealed its updated mobile card reader with support for contactless payments and transactions from mobile payment platforms. The new reader is an NFC-equipped device that supports Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other similar payment platforms, as well as allowing retailers to offer payment via credit and debit cards equipped with 'Chip and PIN' (EMV) security, giving retailers two new ways to accept payment for goods and services.
Mon November 23, 2015 | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we bring you the final day of our Web Designer's Essential Mac App Bundle, and also highlight recent updates to media player Audirvana Plus, blu-ray software Macgo Blu-ray Player, markdown editor TextNut, HDR tool Aurora HDR Pro, window manager Amethyst, and audio manager AudioFinder.
Mon November 23, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
On the heels of a new promotion from Mastercard that allows Apple Pay users to ride free on the London Underground, Visa Europe is kicking off a two-month ad campaign that intends to show users why using Apple Pay in the UK is safer, faster, and easier than the current EMV (chip and PIN) card-based payment system. Titled "Anticipation," the first ad very elegantly communicates the ease, speed and yes, thrill of using Apple Pay.
Mon November 23, 2015 | Posted in: accessories, audio
Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a modest tube about the size of your typical energy-drink can, that puts out sufficient volume to provide a wireless soundtrack of music for an intimate gathering, or double as an on-the-fly conference call speaker. Sometimes, however, you need to go large, and for that the company offers the Megaboom, a bigger speaker that offers even more volume for when you need more people to hear the music. How big is too big for a speaker like this? How loud is too loud? We had a listen to the Megaboom and rated its highs and lows in our review.
Mon November 23, 2015 | Posted in: peripherals, Apple
It's not the cheapest thing you can buy, but Apple's new Magic Trackpad 2 is a superb device with, so far as we can see, just one tiny niggle which you'll see the first time you try to drag something. Try dragging anything, anywhere, and it doesn't budge: instead, you find yourself looking at a preview of the document or whatever it is. There's a reason for this, and there are solutions which, as so often with Pointers, we're telling you because we want to make a note of it for ourselves.
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