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Briefly: Text expander Typinator 5.9, PDFpen 6.2 released

24 minutes ago | Posted in: software

Productivity software developer Ergonis has announced the release of Typinator 5.9, a maintenance update for its text expander. Released prior to the launch of the next major version 6, Typinator v 5.9 incorporates several minor bug fixes and improves compatibility with third-party applications, such as Aperture, MacGiro, Mellel and more. Requiring OS X 10.5.8 or later, Typinator 5.9 is available for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5.

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Report: Apple to partner with Shazam for song recognition in iOS 8

3 hours ago | Posted in: developer, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Citing unnamed sources "with knowledge of the product," Bloomberg is reporting that Apple may enter into a partnership with song-identifying app Shazam to bring the music-matching feature to iOS 8. Users could, for example, ask Siri "what song is playing?" as they listen to iTunes Radio or other streaming music services, with the voice assistant enlisting Shazam's services to return an answer after a short identifying pause. This in turn would produce a link to the song on iTunes.

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Mayer: Yahoo should be Apple's default search engine

4 hours ago | Posted in: developer, Apple

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who has worked diligently to turn around the veteran search engine's fortunes with some success, is planning on appealing to Apple to make Yahoo's search engine the default choice on the Mac and iOS. Currently Apple offers Yahoo as a option for search, but uses Google as a default (and Bing to power Siri inquiries). Mayer may seen an opportunity to advance Yahoo's already-friendly relationship with Apple, given its fight with Google over Android and patents.

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Texas Instruments adopting Apple's iBeacon in embedded products

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry, enterprise, developer, Apple

Veteran embedded chip and automotive systems maker Texas Instruments has announced plans to incorporate Apple's iBeacon technology in many of the company's forthcoming Bluetooth products, saying that "there are many more applications that could benefit from the technology" beyond its presence popular use in retail shops, restaurants and stadiums. TI will be adding iBeacons to its SimpleLink line of automotive micro-controllers, and it WiLink navigation systems.

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Briefly: Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard, Chrome Remote Desktop

7 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, software

Microsoft has launched its All-in-One Media Keyboard. Designed for use in the living room, the peripheral offers a full-size spill-resistant QWERTY keyboard, and connects to a device using a USB wireless transceiver. On the right-hand side is a multi-touch trackpad that supports gestures, and a row of three buttons above which can be customized for quick access to specific apps. Shipping tomorrow, the All-in-One Media Keyboard is priced at $40.

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Google misses analyst profit estimates, seeing declining growth

8 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

Google today announced financial results for the quarter that ended in March. The search engine giant reported reported consolidated revenues of $15.42 billion for the quarter , an increase of 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operating income in the first quarter of 2014 was $4.12 billion, or 27 percent of revenues.

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iPad version of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft goes global

8 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPad, iPad apps

The iPad version of Blizzard's card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available at App Stores worldwide. The app was actually released for the iPad earlier this month, but only in the form of a soft launch at the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand App Stores. Mac and PC versions of Hearthstone have been available for some time.

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Review: Linksys EA6900 802.11ac router

8 hours ago | Posted in: networking

As AC networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home network. One option is Linksys' EA6900, a new top-tier networking devices from a long-standing name in the world of routers. Broadly, the EA6900 is a compelling option that offers a router that is not only fast and reliable, but also extremely simple to set up. How do we feel about the new 802.11ac router? Read our review and find out.

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Briefly: Anki Drive's new cars and more, Aspyr's Fantastic 3 Bundle

9 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, upgrades/storage

Anki Drive, a line of toy race cars that feature iOS compatibility, has updated its Anki Drive app, as well as released new cars and tracks. Using AI robotics, Anki Drive aims to integrate the nature of video games into a physical game context, requiring Anki cars, a physical track, and at least on compatible iOS device to play. The new cars, Corax and Hadion ($70 each), are the newest "characters" for Anki Drive, with Hadion featuring Turbo Boost speeds capabilities and Corax, which has the option to mount multiple weapons. The new tracks ($100 each), Crossroads and Bottleneck, let players race and battle in new and more complex scenarios. Crossroads combines sharp corners with an intersection obstacle, and Bottleneck features narrow passages that require focused timing in order to pass by opponents successfully. The newly added cars are available for purchase today, and the tracks will be available May 6.

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Hyundai to install CarPlay in 2015-model Sonatas

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

Hyundai will support Apple's CarPlay beginning with 2015-model Sonatas shipping later this year, according to an announcement. The Korean carmaker is the first since Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz to reveal specific plans for vehicles shipping in 2014. One more, Honda, has yet to say which car models it will fit with CarPlay. Other brands -- such as Ford, BMW, and Toyota -- may not have CarPlay-ready vehicles until 2015 arrives.

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Corel intros Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, reboots iPad app

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

Corel has brought its previously iPad-only mobile video editing app, Pinnacle Studio, to the iPhone. The app allows for complex editing, including the ability to trim individual frames and insert elements like transitions, stills, titles, graphics, fast/slow-motion, and picture-in-picture effects. Quick clip arrangement can be done with the Storyboard, while the Timeline allows for more precise manipulation and trimming.

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Samsung seized on death of Steve Jobs to launch anti-Apple ads

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Samsung decided to launch its "Next Big Thing" campaign -- parodying Apple -- in the wake of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, according to an email trail exposed during the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial. Samsung America's VP of US sales, Mike Pennington, described Jobs' death as "the best opportunity" to run a campaign targeting Apple, since people would be worried about whether Apple could continue to come up with great ideas minus Jobs' influence. "Sorry to continue to push this issue, but I have seen this far too long and I know this is our best opportunity to attack iPhone," Pennington is quoted as saying.

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Apps: Typinator, Sibelius, Dropbox

14 hours ago | Posted in apps

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    Typinator 5.9 ($35)

    Typinator can be used to automatically fill in repeating text and/or pictures. Users can set a list of commonly used words or images, and then define text fragments that trigger each item. Version 5.9 fixes a problem that resulted in overlapping labels in input fields, as well as an expansion problem with SecureCRT. In addition, a work around for a cursor positioning error in Mellel has been included.

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    Sibelius 7.5 ($600)

    Sibelius is a music notation app that allows users to create and edit musical scores. Version 7.5 introduces a redesigned Espressivo feature, which gives users control over the rhythmic feel of any individual part. A new Timeline window has also been added to provide a quick view of an entire score, and new export options let users save a video file of the score to share with others.

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    Dropbox 2.6.29 (free)

    Dropbox is a desktop utility that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs with an online web storage account. This can be used to backup files to the cloud, or to quickly synchronize files between multiple computers. An issue where the second account would get unlinked if the e-mail associated with the account was changed. Several modifications have also been made to the camera upload splash screen.

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    Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1 ($36)

    Keyboard Maestro is a utility meant to improve the convenience of Mac OS X by enabling macro shortcuts, which can be activated at any time. Version 6.4.1 fixes a typo in the Get File Attribute editor, as well as an issue where simulated text could activate Typed String triggers. A number of potential crashes have also been resolved with the update.

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    Camtasia 2.7.2 ($100)

    Camtasia is a screen recording and production tool that allows users to record onscreen activity, Keynote slides, camera video and microphone or system audio. The latest release fixes a number of crashes, including one that could occur when a large number of media files are placed in the bin.

 
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8GB iPhone 5c reaches 14 more countries

15 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

The 8GB iPhone 5c is now on sale in 14 more countries, checks show. When the 8GB option first became available last month, it launched in just a handful of regions. The model is newly available in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Switzerland.

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Apple vs Samsung, Day Seven: You can't infringe an invalid patent

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, software, developer, mobile phones, Apple

Not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's patents, a parade of witnesses for Samsung told the jury today in the Apple-Samsung trial, those patents aren't valid even if Samsung did copy them. With some help from Apple's very light cross-examination, Samsung again flew through a lengthy list of experts who testified on the relative worthlessness of Apple's patents for "data detectors" (also referred to as "quick links"), universal search, autocorrection and the "slide to unlock" concept.

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Apple iAd director spotted in London; UK iTunes Radio launch soon?

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: industry, audio, Apple

Fueling speculation that Apple may be planning to expand iTunes Radio to selected countries in the near future, tweets on Twitter have revealed that Apple's director of iAd services, Paul Wright, has been making the rounds of London media marketing and ad agencies where he is based. This follows claims by online radio service Bloom, which would be a competitor to iTunes Radio in the UK, that it was rebuffed from advertising on iAd, and a report of iTunes Radio briefly functioning in Ecuador.

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Cote rules against Apple again; no dismissal on states' e-book suit

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry, Apple

For observers in Apple's battle against the US Department of Justice over alleged e-book "price fixing," it will come as no shock whatsoever that Judge Denise Cote has ruled against the company on a connected legal matter -- but the fact that she actually cited a reasoning based in law this time may surprise some. The US District Court judge has refuted Apple's filing for a dismissal in the lawsuits brought by 33 states and territories based on the DOJ case ruling.

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Briefly: Google Helpouts for iPhone, Borderlands 2 DLC

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps

Google debuted its Hangouts-based video support service Google Helpouts last fall; today an app version for iPhone has been released. Users can connect over Google's Hangouts service to experts who are knowledgable in a specific subject for tutoring. The iOS app offers the ability to find, schedule, give or start a "Helpout," read reviews and listing details, receive text-message and mobile reminders, and more.

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Apple seeds seventh 10.9.3 beta to developers

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

Just shy of a week after the last release, Apple has issued its seventh beta of the forthcoming maintenance release, 10.9.3, to developers. As before, the new version lists no known issues, and asks testers to focus on any remaining issues with graphics drivers, audio, Mail, Safari, and the re-introduced feature of local syncing of Contacts and Calendar data through iTunes to local devices. The new build, 13D43, also includes preliminary support for pixel doubling on 4K displays.

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Apple, Samsung, others sign on to wireless industry anti-theft plan

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, among others, have joined with the top five US wireless carriers to create an industry group dedicated to fighting smartphone theft and implementing multi-platform technology to aid that cause by next summer. HTC, Huawei, Motorola and Nokia are also part of the group, which is aiming to create a "baseline anti-theft tool" similar to the steps Apple has already taken in its own iPhone security software, particularly with regards to preventing reactivation.

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Intel posts $1.9B net income; sees large drops in mobile, PC divisions

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, computers, industry

Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and earnings per share of 38 cents. This is a dramatic drop from the company's fourth quarter results, with a drop of 26 percent in net income, with a drop of eight percent of the company's revenue.

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Alpine confirms plans to launch aftermarket CarPlay-ready receivers

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, peripherals, audio

Following a Nikkei report to the effect earlier this week, Alpine has officially confirmed plans to ship aftermarket receivers compatible with Apple's CarPlay. The units will roll out in the US and Europe towards the end of 2014, but apart from a concept image, no other details are available. The Nikkei account suggested prices would fall between $500 and $700.

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Briefly: Deus Ex Director's Cut, Grovemade's new walnut accessories

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, accessories

Feral Interactive has announced today that Deus Ex: Human Revolution -- Director's Cut has been released for OS X, available exclusively through Steam. A player performs as an ex-SWAT specialist who has been hired to oversee the security of an experimental biotechnology firm. Adam Jensen discovers there is more to the company than previously thought when a black ops team breaks in and kills scientists.

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Ricoh deploys new medium format Pentax 645Z DSLR with HD video

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging

Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation has revealed the new Pentax 645Z magnesium alloy-bodied, medium-format DSLR. The new camera features a 51.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor, tiltable LCD, and is the only camera so far in the medium-format category to offer video recording capabilities. The new camera has a shutter speed of up to 1/4000th of a second, and has an top ISO of 204,800.

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A&E, History iOS apps update with live TV support

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

A&E has updated two of its iOS apps -- History, and the network's namesake -- with support for watching live TV. Previously users were able to watch clips and full episodes, but only after the fact. Like some other TV apps, gaining access to the live streams requires a cable subscription.

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Microsoft creates Office 365 Personal subscription for individuals

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Microsoft has launched a new cheaper tier of its Office 365 subscription service, aimed at individuals wanting to use the productivity suite. Hinted at last month, Office 365 Personal allows for the software to be installed and used on one PC or Mac and one tablet, including the iPad version, rather than the five computers and five tablets provided in the more expensive Office 365 Home Premium, renamed to Home, subscription plan.

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Pioneer to join list of aftermarket CarPlay upgrade makers

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, peripherals, audio

Audio specialist Pioneer has announced plans to ship five Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers this summer. The new models in the NEX series will all have large LCD displays, but come in at very different price points. The cheapest model, the AVH-4000NEX, is set to cost $700. Higher-end models will ship for $750, $900, $1,200, and $1,400. Pioneer is also promising various non-CarPlay related improvements; the units are expected to have more responsive interfaces, for example, and better sound and safety features.

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