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MacNN Deals: Protect yourself from losing your smartphone data

50 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone, software, mobile phones

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing a few of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we're looking into ways to protect your precious data stored on your smartphone, including backing up your data, recovering it if things get accidentally deleted, and minimizing physical damage to the iPhone while also providing more photography options for the camera.

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Hands On: HTML Studio 3.5 (iOS)

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

If you're a web designer, a big part of your job is being chained to your computer, typing away endless amounts of code. But what if you wanted the option to travel lighter? What if you didn't want to tote around a laptop or sit at home? That was the reasoning behind HTML Studio, an iOS-based HTML coding program.

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Jawbone sues Fitbit over claims it stole confidential information

2 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Fitness tracker producer Jawbone has sued Fitbit for acquiring confidential documents, shortly before its competitor holds its initial public offering of stock. Filed in a California State Court on Wednesday, Jawbone accuses Fitbit of "systematically plundering" confidential commercial information from it by hiring Jawbone employees, some of which acquired the secret data before departing to the competition.

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Man fined $120 for using Apple Watch while driving

14 hours ago | Posted in: education, gadgets, Apple

A man in Quebec, Canada has been ticketed with a potential fine of $120 for using his Apple Watch to manually change songs remotely on his nearby iPhone, sparking a debate about whether the Watch can be as distracting as the smartphone it ostensibly replaces in such situations, and opening a discussion about the nature of "no handheld devices while driving" laws which are widespread throughout North America. Defendant Jeffrey Macesin, who admits the case will clarify the existing law, is contesting the citation.

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Google I/O: Google Cardboard upgraded, brought to iOS

14 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer

Google spent some time during its Google I/O keynote talking about its virtual reality efforts. Google Cardboard has received an update, with the budget VR headset now able to work with iOS devices, while its other video-related efforts involve a new design of camera system that has the support of camera producer GoPro, and the incoming addition of true stereoscopic VR video to YouTube.

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Appeals court slams Bromwich, but denies Apple request for replacement

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals handed Apple a minor defeat on Thursday in its fight to both get rid of the antitrust "watchdog" a biased lower court had appointed for it, as well as overturn the earlier court ruling entirely. In a decision on the fate of Michael Bromwich, a personal friend of the original trial judge Denise Cote who Apple has argued is not qualified in antitrust and who has attempted to conduct investigations outside his remit, the court decided that while there was evidence of abuse, Bromwich can stay in place until the court decides on Apple's overall appeal.

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Apple buys German augmented-reality firm Metaio

16 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, developer, Apple

Apple has bought out the assets and technology of Volkswagen-created augmented reality (AR) firm Metaio, which developed AR-enhanced business and product-oriented interactive software for websites and companies. The acquisition is not the first of Apple's buyouts of AR firms, which use live video from cameras and overlay graphics or information to supplement what can be seen -- from instantly translating a sign into one's native language to noting the business hours and ratings of a business.

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Hands On: Final Draft Writer 2.0 (iOS)

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

Now that Final Draft has come to the iPhone –– in form of Final Draft Writer 2.0 –– you could in theory write the next Hollywood blockbuster on your phone. You won't. Nobody will. What you could well do is make changes and as any screenwriter would tell you, there are always changes to be made.

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Daily Deals: iPad Air 2, Xbox One Assassins Creed Bundle, Monitors

19 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, where we search the Internet to find sales, discounts, bundles, and offers on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. The usual recap of still-active deals comes after the new wave of deals, including savings on USB battery packs for smartphones and tablets, noise-cancelling Beats headphones, a travel router, savings on an iPad Air 2, and much more.

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Google I/O: Brillo, Weave revealed as Internet of Things projects

19 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer

Google has unveiled its attempt to help development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, by launching Project Brillo. Based on core components of Android, the IoT operating system is designed to run on low-powered devices, and includes native support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and other Android functions in order to make communications between devices as simple as possible.

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Google I/O: Google Photos available now on Android, iOS [u]

19 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Updated with iOS version availability. At today's Google I/O keynote, the search giant unveiled Google Photos. The new service by the company allows Web-based users, as well as Android and iOS device owners a file repository and discovery utility for unlimited 16MP photos, and 1080p videos, for free. Included in the service is automatic video tagging, advanced search, privacy measures for shared pictures, and album creation.

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Hands On: Transcriptions 1.1 (OS X)

20 hours ago | Posted in:

We start the day thankful. We're running this Summer Project about researching, writing and publishing books and in looking up a link for you in it, we found that one of our favorite software tools has been seriously updated. We've no clue how we missed it, but we have transcribed so many countless, countless interviews using Transcriptions 0.8.0.1 that we've worn it out. Now we've found Transcriptions 1.1. So thank you for that, and we'll keep a better eye out in future.

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Amazon same-day delivery adds free option for Amazon Prime members

22 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Amazon has modified its same-day delivery service, expanding the utility for Amazon Prime members. Starting today, Amazon Prime members in select areas will be able to order from a million-strong catalog, and receive free same-day delivery if the order exceeds $35. The previous $6 charge still applies to items not on the million-item list, or if the order falls beneath the $35 threshold.

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Apps: PopChar, iFFmpeg, Picasa

22 hours ago | Posted in apps

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    PopChar 7.1 ($33)

    PopChar allows users to add special characters without the need to remember a keystroke combination. In v7.1, the Registration window now contains information regarding the issue date of the registered license key. The software will also now provide users with a notification whenever a new version is released. This will include information on all of the new features included, as well as whether the new version is free or paid. A range of bugs, including a FileMaker issue that prevented certain characters from being inserted, have also been resolved.

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    iFFmpeg 5.5.4 ($20)

    iFFmpeg is a graphical interface for the FFmpeg, a command line tool for converting between multimedia formats. Version 5.5.4 updates all of the ME compare functions, and resolves an issue that could occur after enabling “Always encode all available streams.” In addition, the latest release also improves encoding to WMV, offers better AVCHD support, and addresses some OS X 10.10.4 problems.

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    Picasa 3.9.139 (free)

    Picasa can be used to organized, edit, and upload photos to the Web. The latest release fixes several potential security flaws in handling of TIFF files. This has been done to avoid the possible exploitation should users obtain corrupt TIFF files from an online source and attempt to process them with either Picasa or Auto Backup.

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    Little Snitch 3.5.3 ($35)

    Little Snitch is an internet traffic monitoring and management utility. The software informs a user when a program attempts to establish an outgoing internet connection and provides options for allowing or denying the connection. Version 3.5.3 significantly reduces the CPU load of the menu bar item, and has also improved compatibility with OS X 10.10.4. Searching for denied connections in the Network Monitor has been improved, along with various other stability improvements and bug fixes.

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    CrossOver 14.1.3 ($40)

    CrossOver can be used to run many popular Windows programs on a Mac. Windows software can be installed using the CrossTie feature, and will then run without the need to open any additional virtual machine software. This minor release revolves a graphics issue with character models in the game Banished on certain Mac hardware.

 
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Hands On: D3lta 2.0.1 (iOS)

23 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Geometric designs are "in" right now, and being popularized in clothing styles, jewelery, website designs, artwork, and more. Just about everything that can feature geometric designs can and will, and it's the benchmark of being on the forefront of trendy. We came across an app called D3lta which takes an unlikely candidate, photography, and juxtaposes it with the inherent "hipness" of geometric design.

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Avago buys chip supplier Broadcom in $37 billion deal

23 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion. Upon completion of the acquisition, the combined company is expecting to generate combined annual revenues of approximately $15 billion.

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MacKeeper developers facing class action suit, $2M payout proposed

23 hours ago | Posted in: security, software

ZeoBit, the developers of MacKeeper are facing a class action suit, alleging that not only did the "utility" not function as advertised, but was deceptively marketed. Under a proposed settlement, the company will deposit $2 million into a fund to reimburse customers and pay attorney fees, but admit no fault in wrongdoing in distributing the software.

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MacNN Deals: Cases to make your iPhone 6 more useful

Thu May 28, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

Every day, along with our regular Daily Deals post, we are going to showcase some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals site. Today, we're discussing cases for iPhones that add more than just protection, including the ability to replace a wallet with a cover, and two options for boosting the battery life of the iPhone via battery covers.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 16: Money (and Touch ID) changes everything

Thu May 28, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, gaming, gadgets, software, audio, mobile phones, Apple

Thanks to a combination of the Memorial Day weekend in the US (and bank holiday long weekend in the UK) along with continent-spanning long travel days for your MacNN editor, the process of putting the final touches on this week's episode of the growing-nicely and award-eligible MacNN Podcast was delayed by a couple of days, for which we apologize. As usual, we spent time on the weekend reviewing the top tech stories of the week, and bringing you our analysis.

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Hands On: Pixelmator for iPhone 2.0.1

Thu May 28, 2015 | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Where was this yesterday? We were in our car –– properly and correctly in a car park, we would never edit photographs on the Interstate –– and needed to do a tiny bit of work on an image that we'd forgotten to do earlier. Sometimes it's very handy getting to hide behind the third person: we were daft forgetting to do that image, we were daft forgetting to bring our iPads. If this were just about 18 hours later, we could've used the new Pixelmator 2.0.1 on our iPhones.

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Hands On: Til Morning's Light 1.0.1 (iOS, Android)

Thu May 28, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

So, unlike our game from Amazon Game Studios (Lost Within), we didn't call Todd and ask him to keep us company as we played Til Morning's Light, but the story here is still pretty horrific. The game sits firmly in the classic survival horror genre of exploring a spooky old house, solving puzzles and occasionally being attacked by monsters. The puzzles aren't terribly difficult, although there's a very real danger of overlooking something important. We also enjoyed the production quality, and the quick-time combat system held our interest.

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Lenovo takes on Chromecast with own Cast streaming device

Thu May 28, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Lenovo has revealed it is taking on the Google Chromecast with its own media sharing device. The Lenovo Cast is a compact round disc measuring 70mm (2.8 inches) in diameter and 15mm (0.6 inches) high, making it larger than Google's device, and it offers a few of the content streaming functions as its competition, except it also adds in a few more items that makes it slightly more flexible to use compared to its Google counterpart.

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Game Replay: Game UK Splatoon robbery, new Evolve arena mode

Wed May 27, 2015 | Posted in: gaming

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, a robbery of a game retailer causes issues for Nintendo's UK Splatoon launch, a new arena mode has been added to Evolve, and the republishing of Iron Brigade by Double Fine.

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Pointers: Summer Project E-publishing -- part one, introduction

Wed May 27, 2015 | Posted in: education, software

Self-publishing -- once known as the "vanity press" -- has been around for decades. If you had a burning desire to be a published author, but mysteriously the conventional literary "mafia" couldn't see the value in your heartbreaking work of staggering genius, you could pay to have books created for you in the hopes that this would lead to your "discovery." It rarely worked out that way (until 50 Shades of Gray took that path). With the advent of desktop publishing in the late 1980s and the emergence of e-books into the mainstream more recently, authors can now take much more control over their literary fate. In this new Summer Project, MacNN is going to show you what we mean, by putting out a book ourselves over the next eight weeks. Read on to find out more.

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Briefly: Roboto font now open source, Amazon ebook changes

Wed May 27, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Roboto, the font used throughout Android, Chrome OS, and a number of other Google products has been made open source. Originally released under the Apache license as part of Android 4.0 in 2011, Google has now made it, and the toolchain used for its creation, into an open source project hosted on Github. Google has also added Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek characters found in Unicode 7.0, with the total number of glyphs increased from approximately 13,000 to more than 40,000 as part of the effort.

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OWC adds 8TB Ultrastar He8 hard drive to iMac upgrade stable

Wed May 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage

Mac upgrade vendor OWC announced today that Apple iMac owners can now upgrade their iMac to 8.0TB of storage while maintaining correct system fan control with the OWC in-line digital thermal sensor. The new drive option extends the iMac upgrade path and provides increased storage capacity with 23 percent lower energy consumption.

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Daily Deals: Toshiba 65-inch HDTV, 1TB and 2TB external drives

Wed May 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for offers, sales, discounts, and bundles on hardware and software for you, the discerning reader. A mid-week recap of still-active deals follows, along with a new batch including two extremely cheap external hard drives, and a 65-inch HDTV.

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