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Native Instruments announces Komplete 10 bundles, new keyboards

20 minutes ago | Posted in: peripherals, software, audio

Native Instruments has announced Komplete 10, the next version of its audio production suite bundling together all its instruments with some extra perks. This version adds several new instruments, including Rounds, Kontour, and Polyplex. Rounds combines sound design and sequencing functions, while Kontour is a synthesizer with "organic" textures. Polyplex designs drumkits, combining up to four samples per slot; randomization can be applied on a global, sound, or sample level.

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Briefly: PDF Forms 3.0, SWISS Airlines to use iPad in cockpit

29 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

PDF Forms has released a new version of its PDF processor app for iOS. Allowing users to fill forms, add remarks and notes to the ready document, PDF Forms also facilitates adding hand-written signatures that can be reused if saved. Access to documents and signatures can be password protected, and new files can be created from previously generated forms with reordered pages or split filled documents. PDF Forms v3.0 includes a built-in signature scanner, simplifying digitizing signatures. A new annotation toolbar has been added, as well as minor bug fixes. Priced at $9, PDF Forms requires iOS 6.0 or later.

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Forums: new channels on Apple TV and more

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple

With the long holiday weekend, and kids heading back-to-school, the last few days have been rather quiet in the MacNN forums. Forum members continue to discuss price differences between SSDs and HDDs in the thread titled "Hard Drive Ripoffs" started by "reader50" late last week. Moderator "P" noticed new Apple TV channels appearing in Sweden, and wonders if there have been more channels added in other regions as well.

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Apple deals: Mac desktops from $929

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple's Online Store has a selection of refurbished Mac desktop models priced as low as $929. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage is currently priced at $929. Also priced at $929, after a $170 discount, is the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive.

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DealNN: iPad mini for $200

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, Apple, iPad

Right now at BestBuy.com get the 16GB iPad mini in Space Gray on sale for $200. That is $100 off the list price of $300, and about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This iPad features a Retina display, 1GHz A5 dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, iSight camera and FaceTime front facing camera. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apps: Path Finder, VueScan, NetShade

1 hour ago | Posted in apps

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    Path Finder 7.0 ($40)

    Path Finder is a file management utility that offers an interface similar to Finder, but adds extra features, including a dual pane file browser, and tab management. Version 7.0 introduces Dropbox integration, now allowing the software to automatically detect an installed Dropbox folder. Users also have the option of manually linking or unlinking a Dropbox account in the preferences. Other changes include a new FolderSync feature, an updated copy/move/delete engine, and a faster terminal.

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    VueScan 9.4.42 ($40)

    VueScan is a scanning utility that includes support for most flatbed and film scanners. The software uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration to ensure accurate colors, and features a number of advanced features for tweaking scans. The latest release fixes a problem with the document feeder on the Epson WF-7610/WF-7620, as well as an issue with loading DNG files larger than 2GB. Support has also been added for four new HP scanners, the Laserjet Pro MFP M435nw, Scanjet 200, Scanjet 300, and Scanjet 3000.

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    NetShade 6.0.2 ($29)

    NetShade is a tool for routing an Internet connection through either a public anonymous proxy server, or through NetShades own dedicated proxy. This allows users to mask their IP address and improve security while browsing the web. Issues with KeyShade syncing have been resolved with this update, along with a display issue in which buttons could become invisible on certain OS X versions. In addition, files have also been made localizable in preparation for an upcoming multi-lingual release.

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    Soulver 2.4.6 ($20)

    Soulver is a calculator utility that can be used for performing quick calculations. The software solves problems as they are entered, and allows words to be used alongside calculations to help users keep track of what is being calculated. The v2.4.6 update makes a switch to BitcoinAverage for Bitcoin rates, and fixes an issue where undo would not work correctly when using line references. Percentages are also no longer added with regular numbers in the total.

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    Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.2 ($32)

    Audio Hijack Pro allows users to record any app's audio signal, as well as improve audio signals with a number of VST and AudioUnit effects. The v2.11.2 update includes a number of improves that limit the latency of processed audio during long audio device capture sessions. An issue preventing the “Quit Source” checkbox from functioning as expected has also been fixed, and the software’s AppleScript controls now better support the Cocoa standard suite.

 
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Sonos software update adds home Wi-Fi support to speaker system

1 hour ago | Posted in: networking, audio

Sonos has started to implement a change to the wireless networking used by its speaker system, eliminating the need for a physical connection. The previously-announced update will now allow for speakers to connect to an existing Wi-Fi network, instead of the wireless mesh network created between the speakers.

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Video shows alleged rear shell for 5.5-inch iPhone [u]

2 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

(Updated with accompanying battery information) A video (below) from French site Nowhereelse shows what is said to be a rear shell for Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone. The part appears to use the same design adopted by the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, simply scaled up. That includes an all-metal back, rounded edges, an embedded Apple logo, and differently-colored bands sectioning off the top and bottom.

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Sony QX1 Smart Lens leaks with E-Mount lens compatibility

3 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Sony's QX Smart Lens line of combined sensors and lenses controlled by smartphone may be joined by a third device. Leaked images show what is rumored to be called the QX1, a replacement camera for smartphones which allows for the use of E-Mount lenses, rather than the 3.6x and 10x optical lenses used in the QX10 and QX100.

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iWatch still in engineering verification phase, rumor claims

3 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Even though some components are beginning to enter production, the iWatch is still in an engineering verification testing (EVT) stage and yet to undergo production verification testing (PVT), supply chain sources claim. The latter is needed before going into mass production, and the sources point out that Apple could theoretically change the design of the iWatch beforehand. In any case, it's argued that this supports the idea that the iWatch may not ship until 2015.

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Uber Germany facing shutdown country wide, appealing order

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

Ridesharing app Uber is facing yet another shutdown order in Germany, this time, encompassing the entire country. A preliminary injunction to stop service nationwide has been applied against the company since the end of last week over what the court calls a lack of appropriate permits and insurance carried by the drivers. Uber is appealing, and will not shut down while it waits for a hearing.

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Elgato launches trio of HomeKit compatible home automation devices

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

Elgato will be showcasing a new line of app-powered accessory products at the IFA trade show. The new products will enable iPhone and iPad users to control and monitor the home, modify the lighting atmosphere, and recharge mobile devices when away from a plug. Elgato Eve, allows users the capability to monitor conditions in the home. The intelligent LED bulb Avea, gives dynamic mood lighting at home. The intelligent battery Smart Power offers self-monitoring capabilities of charge and other parameters to make sure it is always ready to refill mobile devices. 

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Briefly: LinkedIn retires InMaps, BBC's kids' coding, computing shows

12 hours ago | Posted in: education

Professional networking platform LinkedIn has discontinued its InMaps visualization tool. Citing the need to focus on new ways to visualize users' professional network, InMaps officially retired September 1. The feature was first launched in January 2011, and allowed for viewing different clusters in one's network and color code them as to see where crossovers and separations appeared.

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Progress picks up pace in new Apple Campus video

15 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Significant progress has been made in the construction of Apple's Campus 2 project since the last set of traffic-reported helicopter pictures were released. A new HD video shot with a GoPro camera attached to a drone plane have flown over the construction site (a legally murky move) and shown detailed images of the outer and inner retaining walls for the future headquarters of the company.

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Apple completes iTunes Festival lineup with final 20 performers

17 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

The iTunes Festival is now underway in London, having kicked off the first night of the month-long concert series with headliner Deadmau5 and opening acts Friends Within and Kate Simko & the London Electronic Orchestra. Performances are streamed live through the official iOS app, iTunes on the Mac or Windows, or via the dedicated Apple TV channel, with selected acts available for repeat or later viewing.

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Apple 'investigating' if leaked celebrity pics came from iCloud

19 hours ago | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, digital imaging, Apple

Even as Apple on Monday issued a terse statement saying only that "we take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," concerning the leak of compromising images from 101 celebrities, the 4chan poster who released the compromising images and video has now admitted that the pictures come from a variety of sources. In the meantime, Apple has patched a potential security flaw that could have allowed attackers to brute-force their way into obtaining weak iCloud passwords.

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Python script attacking Find My iPhone may be behind celebrity leaks

23 hours ago | Posted in: security, digital imaging, Apple

A script which allowed access to iCloud servers may have been behind the recent celebrity photo leaks, a report suggests. A Python script which discovered the password of an iCloud account has surfaced, with an apparent vulnerability in Find My iPhone potentially allowing attackers to "brute force" attack an account without any lockout or warning to the account owner.

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Chinese SAIC claims Microsoft anti-piracy measures are monopolistic

Mon September 1, 2014 | Posted in: industry, software

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has questioned Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi regarding allegations of abuse of Microsoft's monopoly on operating systems, productivity software, and browsers in the country. As part of the questioning, Microsoft has been given 20 days to respond to complaints alleging that Microsoft's use of serialization of software may have violated China's anti-monopoly laws.

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Claim: Compromising celebrity photos due to iCloud hack

Mon September 1, 2014 | Posted in: security, digital imaging

A plethora of new celebrity nude images have surfaced on the Internet, along with claims that the photos and videos are the result of a hack of iCloud accounts. At least one of the victims of the leak has confirmed the images, but did not confirm the leak came from iCloud and added that the images now circulating were "deleted long ago," saying it would take a lot of "creepy effort" to obtain them.

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Tech reviewer Anand Lal Shimpi hired by Apple; Anandtech to continue

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

On Saturday night, well-regarded technology analyst and reviewer Anand Lal Shimpi, creator and owner of AnandTech, surprised readers with an announcement that he was retiring from the site and the tech publishing world. On Sunday, Apple confirmed that it had hired Shimpi, though it did not reveal what is job there would be. Shimpi, 32, originally started the site that became AnandTech on Geocities when he was 14 years old, and said that the site would continue without him.

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Amazon battling on multiple fronts, Japanese publishers now protesting

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: industry

In addition to its fight with publisher Hachette and UK booksellers, Amazon is also battling a series of Japanese publishers. In the process of launching a new ranking system in the country, Amazon Japan is alienating publishers, giving higher rankings to sellers that pay a larger percentage of income back to Amazon, and also boosting search results of publishers that hold larger back catalogs for sale on the service.

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Apple and AmEx rumored to team up for iPhone payments [u]

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

[Updated with claims of Visa, Mastercard deals] According to financial industry sources, credit card company American Express is teaming up with Apple on an iPhone payments system. The new offering is said to allow holders of an iPhone 6 to use the upcoming device in lieu of a physical card in retail shops with compatible hardware. It is not known if the feature will debut with the iPhone 6, or with a future software rollout.

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Briefly: IMDb, THX Tune-Up apps for iOS updated

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has released an updated version of its app for iOS, adding new features and removing some existing ones. The app allows users to find showtimes, watch trailers, and browse photos and celebrity information. IMDb v4.4 adds new showtimes refinements, improving its search function, and its updates to instant watch, "on disc" and TV listings aim to make it easier for users to easily find content they are seeking to view. The "On DVD/Blu-ray" pages are being retired, with IMDb citing that its data source was not adequate. Free to download, IMDb is available for devices running iOS 7.0 or later.

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Microsoft Ireland data warrant upheld, stay on data turnover lifted

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: security

A stay giving Microsoft permission to deny a warrant ordering email release from a user whose data is stored in Ireland has been lifted by Judge Loretta Preska. As a result of the order, issued on August 29, Microsoft has until September 5 to coordinate with the US Department of Justice and inform the court how it will comply with the original court order, demanding Microsoft surrender the data. Microsoft promises to fight the order, and does not intend to hand over the data.

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Review: Kanex KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage

Apple has never been shy about funky ports -- first it was Apple Desktop Bus, and its own DIN-8 serial port. Following that came FireWire and the first widespread implementation of USB. USB and FireWire still exist in faster versions that the original incarnations, but now Apple's got Thunderbolt -- yet another fast speed peripheral connection protocol. While eSATA isn't a wide-spread Mac connectivity protocol, inexpensive cases abound for the connector, which modern Macs without PCI-e slots can't handle. Connectivity specialists Kanex has a solution with the KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter. Adapters can be problematic, as any computer user knows by now. How well does the small Kanex box suit the bill? Check our review to find out.

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Briefly: Wipeout 2 for iOS and Android, Spotify Connect updates

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Activision Publishing has released its action platforming game Wipeout 2, available for iOS and Android devices, as well as for Kindle Fire. Based on the competition TV series "Wipeout," players dodge environmental hazards and challenge to complete each level as fast as possible. Players can choose from 10 playable characters, including Zombie, Pirate and Popstar, with 150 themed obstacles and 135 new levels. Free to download, Wipeout 2 is available on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

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AT&T files patent suit against Cox over years of unlicensed patent use

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

After what AT&T calls "years of protracted negotiations," it has filed suit against Cox Communications, alleging that the cable company has violated seven patents covering general networking, digital video recorders (DVR), and packet loss mitigation. In a change from "normal" patent suits, AT&T is not seeking sales embargoes, but instead looks for a "compulsory ongoing royalty" for products that use the patents in question.

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