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Hands On: Reeder 2.5.3 (OS X, iOS)

11 minutes ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Even when we praised the RSS newsreader Unread back in January, we said we personally lean toward using one of its main rivals, Reeder for Mac and for iOS. Software is a hugely personal thing and while Reeder has specific features we rate, we also just like using it. Now a minor new update to version 2.5.3 has fixed just about our only key criticism of Reeder so we want to enthuse at you about it.

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Ikea launching line of Qi based wireless charging home accessories

12 minutes ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories

Global home furnishings retailer Ikea today announced a product launch of powered bedside tables, lamps, and desks that implement a wireless charging standard. Ikea has adopted the QI standard, and will sell cases in-store that use the standard for phones that do not have the technology integrated, like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5.

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HTC partners with Under Armour for Grip fitness tracker

39 minutes ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories

HTC revealed a third device at its Utopia in Progress event, alongside the One M9 and the Vive VR headset, a rumored fitness tracker which marks the company's first foray into wearable devices. The HTC Grip has been designed in partnership with sports clothing manufacturer Under Armour, with the tracker sending data to Under Armour Record for monitoring the wearer's progress.

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Huawei TalkBand B2 doubles as a Bluetooth earpiece

57 minutes ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, audio

Huawei has introduced a new fitness tracker, the TalkBand B2, that made its debut alongside the company's new smartwatch at Mobile World Congress. Serving as a successor to the TalkBand B1, the B2 edition again doubles as a fitness wristband and a Bluetooth earpiece.

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Huawei Watch pairs traditional design with Android Wear

1 hour ago | Posted in: gadgets

Huawei has introduced its flagship Android Wear device, simply known as the Watch. The company has called on traditional timepiece designers to help with industrial design. The result resembles a typical wristwatch, until the display flips from a clock face to an app interface.

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Hands On: FilePane 1.8.1 (OS X)

2 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Back in the day, the first thing we learnt on Macs was to point and click. Then it was how to drag and drop. We've never gone back: even the most keyboard-obsessed of us still end up clicking on a file and clicking or dragging to do something with it. FilePane just watches for the click and drag before stepping in with options.

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Highly Reliable Systems shows Mpac-G2 RAID backup media cartridge

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Highly Reliable Systems has announced the immediate availability of its new 2.5-inch MPac-G2 RAID backup media at the XChange Solution Provider event in Dallas, TX. High-Rely's portable second-generation MPac enclosure features an integrated RAID-0/1/JBOD controller with field-accessible SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s connections.

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Review: Moshi iVisor AG and XT for iPad Air 2

3 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, iPad

Have you ever tried to put in a screen protector that relies on static to cling to the screen? How many bubbles and wrinkles does it have in it? How many times did you have to start over trying to apply it, only to end up with less-than-perfect results? If you've ever found that process maddening, or just want a hassle-free screen protector for your iOS device, I found one for you: the Moshi iVisor.

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Hands On: VLC 2.4.1 (iOS)

23 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

VLC has famously been on and off the iOS App Store for various reasons -- but it's back now and looks likely to stay, because the developer is promising another major update besides this week's update, coming in the near future. Nonetheless, don't wait: grab this video player while you definitely can.

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New Jersey man hospitalized by exploded iPhone 5c battery

Sat February 28, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

An iPhone has reportedly exploded in a Long Island, New York man's pocket, sending him to the burn ward for 10 days. Erik Johnson was given a swath of third-degree burns on his left thigh after he bent over to get keys, when he heard a pop and, according to Johnson's claims, the battery burst and caught on fire, burning the man severely. An iPhone 5c belonging to a MacNN editor isn't seeing any bulging or any signs of problem, nor have we heard any previous claims for this model, but Johnson has photographic proof of the explosion.

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Hands On: Hero Keyboard (iOS)

Sat February 28, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, iPhone apps

Hero Keyboard by Corey Stone is a keyboard app that arranges the letters based on the frequency of use in the English language, to make it easier for the user to type with both of their thumbs. The keyboard consists of three concentric rings surrounding a circular "space" button. More frequently-used letters displayed larger and more centrally than less popular letters. As a result of this configuration, the letters at the top of the first ring spell out "HERO," hence the name of the keyboard.

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Swiss venture founded to generate smartwatch reference technology

Sat February 28, 2015 | Posted in: industry, gadgets

Precision watch manufacturers are combining forces to combat Silicon Valley's surge into the space. Manufacture Modules Technologies (MMT) is a new Swiss joint venture formed by Fullpower Technologies of Silicon Valley and Union Horlogere Holdings. Its declared mission is to bring the MotionX Horological Smartwatch Open Platform to the Swiss watch industry.

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Sonic.net CEO praises Title II, Ex-FCC head lambastes it [u]

Sat February 28, 2015 | Posted in: industry

[Updated with comments from Republican ex-FCC head Michael Powell] While the debate about this week's Federal Communications Commission Title II regulation and net neutrality vote rages on publicly and privately. Sonic.net CEO Dane Jasper welcomes Title II, and has said so publicly, joining a chorus of ISPs that welcome the enforcement. Additionally, the FCC has clarified in no uncertain terms what it will do if claims that fees to use existing telephone poles will rise turn out to be true. A former FCC chair, however, remains opposed to the measure.

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Hands On: RemindMeAt (iOS)

Sat February 28, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, iPhone apps

Deep in the recesses of Southern California is a path, in a park, that splits to the left and the right. The left path leads to a duck pond, and the right does not. Once upon a time there was a child, who would always get her family lost in the park, because every time she would forget they had to go left to get to the duck pond. Every. Single. Time. She would think, "this time, I'll get it right. This time we go right!" And every time, she was wrong. If only smartphones existed back then, she could have used RemindMeAt to set up a note that would appear when she arrived at the park, reminding her to go left.

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Hands On: Airy (OS X, Windows)

Sat February 28, 2015 | Posted in: software

The newly-updated Airy - YouTube Downloader for Mac does what almost every word in its title says. It downloads YouTube videos, it runs on a Mac. Run this, grab a YouTube video, and save it to your Mac to watch later. It's so simple, you'll be surprised YouTube itself doesn't come with this functionality.

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Hands On: Apples vs Robots (iOS)

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Just when you thought the platform wars were over ... okay, maybe you didn't. Either way, Apples vs. Robots by umetec is a very simple tower defense-type game, where the player protects a group of technology enthusiasts from an oncoming horde of robots by chucking apples. Unsurprisingly, this pay-once-and-play game is an iOS exclusive.

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Briefly: VLC updates for iOS, OS X; MLB gets spring refitting

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Video playing and translation app VLC has received a major new update today, including a return to an iOS version of the app. The latter has actually been available for a while now, but was only offered to those who had originally "purchased" the official iOS app. The new version today is a minor bump from the "buyers only" v2.4.0, now at 2.4.1 for iOS and available to all. The desktop version for various platforms is 2.2.0, with a v1.1.0 final for Android and a beta of the same version for Android TV also being released.

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Cook: Apple launching full-on assault on wallet-carrying

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, gadgets, Apple

In a new interview with the UK newspaper the Telegraph, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed a few new tidbits about the forthcoming Apple Watch, as well as some of the larger vision behind such innovations as the watch, and Apple Pay, and Touch ID -- an all-out attempt to reduce the ephemera people need to carry with them, from wallets to car keys. In the same report, Cook also confirmed that Apple will "tweak" its retail look to accommodate Apple Watch buyers, who are likely to be even more upscale than average Apple customers.

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Hands On: AG Drive (iOS)

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, gaming, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

Fittingly enough for a racing game, let's get this out front: AG Drive ($4) is a Wipeout clone. That isn't a strike against it – the developer admits it, the Wipeout series has plenty of fans, and many worthy titles have followed the same template. But a game can hew close to that template or build a unique identity, and execution, ultimately, is everything.

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Forums: trouble pasting text into mail, cleaning App cookies and more

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, upgrades/storage, Apple

Recently one Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the MacNN forums looking for help figuring out why they were having trouble pasting text into Mail. A solution has yet to be found. A discussion about how to clear out cookies that are generated by iPhone Apps is under way in the thread titled "cleaning iPhone App cookies" that was started last week.

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Apple deals: retina MacBook Pros from $999

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, Apple

At Apple's online store today, take advantage of discounts on refurbished MacBook Pro models that start as low as $999 for the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A $290 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage, now $1,409.

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Hands On: Magnifico (iOS)

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

When boardgames make the leap from physical to digital, there's often a lot of anticipation about how well they'll translate from one medium to the next. There's something lost between the physical world and the digital, but the convenience of carrying a game wherever you wish to play without lengthy setup times is often enough of an advantage. Games like Small World have seen considerable success when making the leap to digital, proving that they can provide tons of fun if they are done well. We took a look at Magnifico, by Slitherine, a digital adaptation of a board game of the same name.

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Apple may release iOS 8.2 as early as Monday, report claims

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

Ending an unusual scenario where two iOS betas were being tested by developers simultaneously, a new report suggests that iOS 8.2 is likely to be released next week, possibly as early as Monday. Apple has been testing both iOS 8.2 and the forthcoming iOS 8.3, the latter of which is now on its own second beta version. While Apple released a total of five betas for iOS 8.2, the same report claims that iOS 8.3 will only have a maximum of four betas.

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Weekly Deals: OWC Garage Sale, Rosetta Stone, WD Black 4TB HD

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, iPad

Welcome to Daily Deals, the time when we search for deals, offers, discounts, and sales on hardware, software, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our usual recap of still-active deals, the new batch of offers include an omnibus deal on Rosetta Stone, a battery case for the iPhone 6, and a heads-up on the OWC garage sale.

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Hands On: Bricks (iOS)

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

In 1952, the first video game was invented at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Tennis for Two was played on an oscilloscope screen, it involved a side view of a simulated game of tennis using two controllable lines and a dot created by an algorithm that was intended to predict the movement of ballistic missiles. Twenty years later came Pong, and four years after that, Breakout! for the Atari 2600 was released. It's been 63 years since the invention of the video game, but Bricks by Konstantin Gonikman proves that, in spite of all the advancements in hardware and graphics, all anybody really wants to do is make a dot move around on a screen by bouncing it off a line.

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Pointers: TextExpander

Fri February 27, 2015 | Posted in: software

Previously on Pointers, we talked about how OS X comes with text shortcuts, a way for you to write a couple of characters and then have your Mac expand those out into words and whole sentences. This is true, and if it weren't fantastically useful, we wouldn't have told you about it. However, all the way through that Pointers column, we frequently pointed out that TextExpander is better.

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