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Claim: compromising celebrity photos due to iCloud hack

2 hours ago | 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

6 hours ago | 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

10 hours ago | Posted in: industry

In addition to its fight with publisher Hachette, 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 to the seller, and to other 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]

15 hours ago | 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 various 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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Review: Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, peripherals

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with something new that gamers can't resist. Logitech Gaming recently released the Hyperion Fury, a mouse created fit the needs of demanding FPS players. But does the Hyperion Fury have what it takes to lure gamers in, or is it just another device on the shelves? Find out in our review.

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Briefly: RHA T10i headphones, 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 48TB shipping

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: upgrades/storage, audio

British headphone producer RHA has announced the upcoming release of its latest in-ear headphones, the T10i. Featuring handmade dynamic drivers, the noise-cancelling headphones possess a custom tuning filter system that allows for frequency response adjustment. Filter adjustments are also included for bass and treble response. Each high fidelity driver is encased in an ergonomic stainless steel housing; other features include a multi-core, 1.35m oxygen-free copper cable with 3-button remote and microphone (suitable for Apple devices) and mouldable over-ear hooks. Priced at $200, the T10i headphones will be available for purchase in Apple stores worldwide starting September 5, 2014.

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Developer finds evidence supporting 3x resolution coming to iPhone

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, developer, Apple

It has been speculated for some time that if Apple does decide to make larger iPhone screens as it now appears to be doing, that resolution would have to increase dramatically, which could cause headaches for developers. However, new testing by Dragthing creator James Thompson has revealed that Apple may instead rely on pixel-tripling, asking developers only to provide assets at 1x, 2x, and 3x the logical screen resolution. This could yield Retina-quality images on devices with larger displays.

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Company compiles Apple's Swift for use with Android, Windows .NET

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: developer, Apple

A compiler company called RemObjects has created a new front end for its own Elements compiler called Silver that allows developers to write code hooking into APIs and frameworks outside iOS, letting them write native apps for iOS and Android. The project has also been made to work with both the Fire IDE and .NET, allowing Windows Phone developers to use Swift through the Visual Studio IDE. While not a universal write-once-run-anywhere solution, Silver could prove to be a boon for small developers who want to create Android and Windows Phone versions of their iOS apps written in Swift.

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Apple to appeal blocked injunction against Samsung products

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple will appeal a recent court decision which denied a permanent injunction against a variety of Samsung products, according to the New York Times. If imposed, an injunction would prevent several devices -- like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II -- from being sold in the US. The financial impact on Samsung would be minor, since the products in question are outdated and/or no longer being sold.

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T-Mobile 'uncarrier' event scheduled for September 10

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

US wireless carrier T-Mobile and mercurial CEO John Legere have scheduled a new "Uncarrier" event for September 10. It is unknown what will be discussed at the event that the company has tagged with "this time it's personal," but formal introductions of new services and other carrier initiatives are probable.

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Friday Deals: MacBook Air, iPad Air, Kindle Fire HDX, iTunes, more

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, gadgets, digital imaging, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! As this is a big back-to-school sale week (plus PAX!), we're expecting more deals on things -- check back often over the weekend!

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Leaked iPhone 6 logic board shows NFC chip, 16GB of storage [u]

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

(Updated with video showing powered-on device) A new set of photos from Feld & Volk and well-known leak source Sonny Dickson show what appears to be a complete logic board for the iPhone 6. Significantly, the board contains both an NXP-made NFC chip and what's believed to be 16GB of Toshiba flash memory. Plans for NFC are now widely reported, and the photos may back a claim that Apple will retain 16GB as an option.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air as low as $779

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week at Apple's online store, find discounts on refurbished MacBook Air models with prices starting as low as $779. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $420 to $779. A $180 discount is available on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $869.

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Forums: Hard Drive ripoffs, new Apple TV channels and more

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, upgrades/storage, Apple

This week in the MacNN forums, Administrator "reader50" started a conversation about hard drive prices after making an observation about how generic hard drive prices haven't dropped in price the way they should have over the last 4 years. Yesterday Junior Member "anselm" had a few questions about using FileVault in OS X 10.9.

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DealNN: iPads, iMacs and curved HDTVs

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, peripherals, Apple, iPad

Staples.com is currently offering a $30 price cut on the 32GB iPad Air in Space Gray, which drops the cost from $599 down to $569. Use coupon code '11605' at checkout to drop the price down to $469, beating the next lowest price by more than $65. This iPad features 32GB of storage space, a 9.7-inch Retina display, A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor, built-in Wi-Fi, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera and a battery that lasts for up to 10 hours. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apple iWatch to be teased at Sept. 9 event, may not ship until 2015

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

While Apple may show off the iWatch at its September 9 event, the product won't ship for several months, sources tell Re/code's John Paczkowski. He suggests that the product could ship as late as early 2015, missing the critical holiday season. The delay is likened to the first iPhone, which was announced in January 2007 but didn't ship until that summer, although Paczkowski comments that the delay won't necessarily be that long.

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Chrome 38 beta for Mac makes jump to 64-bit code

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: software

For Mac users, the latest beta channel release of Chrome -- Chrome 38 -- makes the switch to a 64-bit codebase, Google has announced. The primary benefit is said to be speed, since it grants access to "a superior instruction set, more registers, and a more efficient function calling convention," according to Google. The company points out that in some cases Chrome can be the only 32-bit app that's running, forcing OS X to load 32-bit system libraries that consume extra memory and launch time.

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Photos show what may be near-complete rear shell for iPhone 6

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

Photos obtained by French site Nowhereelse show what may be a finished rear shell for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Unlike ones in previous leaks, the new shell -- all silver -- appears to have had the bands between sections colored in to better match their surroundings. Similar touches could be applied to the gold and space gray versions of the phone.

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NFC chips in iPhone 6 coming from Netherlands' NXP, report says

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

Apple is indeed planning to incorporate NFC into the iPhone 6, using chips from Dutch firm NXP Semiconductor, say sources for the Financial Times. The technology is mainly expected to be used for mobile payments and ticketing, but might enable functions in an "Internet of things" (home automation) context. Both Apple and NXP have refused to comment on the matter.

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Apps: Capo, Cloud, WiFi Scanner

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in apps

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    Capo 3.1.3 ($30)

    Capo is a tool for slowing down audio tracks, which can help musicians learn how to play difficult parts of songs. A built-in tab editor is featured, allowing users to place transcriptions right beside the spectrogram. A problem with count-ins done near the beginning of a song has been fixed in this release, and diminished major 7 chords have been added to the database. In addition, when opening a document the song will now automatically scroll to where the playhead is.

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    Cloud 3.0 (free)

    Cloud is a small tool that can help users share images, links, music, videos, and files across the internet. Any file can be uploaded to an account by dragging it to the software's menubar icon. Version 3.0 introduces a new audio and video player for all drops, improved end-to-end security, and numerous API performance improvements. In addition, Pro users also gain access to larger drop sizes, high bandwidth drop support, and a private branded drop landing page.

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    WiFi Scanner 2.5 ($4)

    WiFi Scanner allows users to scan for networks in their area and view a variety of information related to each. Along with the strength of the wireless signal, the app also provides users with the channel band, channel width, security mode, and max data rate. The v2.5 release includes a number of bug fixes as well as an updated OUI database.

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    Dropshare 3.4 ($5)

    Dropshare is a menu bar app that files can be dragged to for instant uploads to a personal server. The update adds support for multiple connections, giving users the ability to create different connections and switch between them with the preferences menu or keyboard shortcuts. Markdown files containing spaces (in the filename) or umlauts (in the content) will also now correctly convert to HTML.

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    Dupin 2.8 ($15)

    Dupin is a utility capable of finding a removing duplicate tracks in an iTunes library. When performing a search users can set up a number of filters that help the software determine which file among a group of duplicates will be kept. Version 2.8 offers improved memory management, as well as preliminary support for OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12. Meanwhile, support for OS X 1-.7 and earlier has been dropped.

 

Briefly: Quora for iPad, OneDrive's new Photos view

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in:

Quora query-based platform has released an update for its iOS app, now supporting use on iPad. Quora provides space for users to ask questions and receive great answers about anything. Experts on particular topics are accessible as they share their knowledge, including "insider" participants such as those who produce popular TV shows. In addition to adding support for iPad, Quora v4.0 features improved loading speeds. Its new visual design aims to offer a more immersive read, and the format for asking questions has been restructured as well. Quora's new rich-text editor includes more options for how one's text appears on the social platform. Free to download, Quora for iOS requires iOS 7.0 or later.

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Review: Life n Soul BM211 Bluetooth speaker

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: audio

Bluetooth speakers aren't only for listening to some music at the park or on a long bus ride, but can also be built with tablets in mind. While some manufacturers craft speakers with a shape that is specifically molded to hold a tablet and offer little use otherwise, others have caught on to a better design. Life n Soul have attempted such a configuration with the BM211 Virtual Surround Sound Bluetooth speaker. Would it give consumers flexibility to have a speaker suited for tablets and everyday use, or would they be left with another single-use sound device? Find out in our review.

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