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Opinion: iPad Air + Logitech Folio + Office for iPad = Productivity?

1 hour ago | Posted in: Apple, iPad

The question of how much productivity you can get done on the Apple iPad is one that has persisted since its introduction. Even if the question is not an easy one to answer, it seems almost irrelevant to even ask when one looks at how massively successful the iPad has been since its introduction. The question also depends on what one defines as being 'productivity,' when it has been clear for some time that plenty of people can and do use iPads for getting work done, particularly in creative endeavors. The recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM in enterprise, coupled with the arrival of Microsoft Office for iPad suggests that the iPad's capability in the workplace will be properly tested given that IBM also becomes an official Apple reseller and will help to shift many more units into the workplace.

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Review: Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker

6 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, audio

Finding a speaker purpose-built for a specific need is challenging. Even when a Bluetooth speaker can be paired with a mobile device, it doesn't mean that it's the right speaker for the job. When it comes to tablets, a speaker that can be kept to the side may not be the best purchase for something that's meant to be as portable as possible. So why not look for a device that can attach to an iPad or Android tablet, like the Adesso Xtream S3B speaker? Does the Adesso speaker provide enough of a boost to sound while retaining the original portability? Find out in our review.

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Microsoft rolls out major update of OneNote for iPad, iPhone, Mac

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

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a significant update of its free note-taking application, OneNote. The new version, 2.3, adds a number of user-requested features, including the ability to insert files into notes, add PDF printouts to any notebook page alongside a users' own notes, copy and paste formatted text and more -- as well as lock or unlock password-protected sections created in OneNote for Windows. The update affects all versions of the app, including iPhone, iPad and Mac.

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IDC: Chinese smartphone makers inching up in shipments

9 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones, Apple

On the release of its first set of statistics following last month's report of a two percent drop in Mac sales (that turned out to be a 16 percent gain), IDC has made the term "shipments" more prominent in its latest report on smartphone share worldwide. Although its reports have always been based on shipment data rather than on sales to end-users, the company emphasized the term in its latest set of numbers, and noted that both Apple and Samsung lost share to smaller Chinese smartphone makers.

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Twitter beats expected second quarter revenue with $312 million

9 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

Twitter released its quarterly results today, showing a strong surge in business during the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year. The company posted revenues of $312 million, compared to only $139 million during the year-ago quarter. The increase represents a 129 percent increase year-over-year. The social media company also saw an increase in users compared to the results from the previous year.

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Amazon reveals motives in Hachette war: forcing lower e-book prices

10 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Painting itself in an altruistic, pro-consumer light, Amazon in a post posing as an "update" on the Hachette standoff -- that has prevented customers from buying print or e-book editions from the publisher because Amazon refuses to fill orders -- explains that it is putting pressure on Hachette (and other publishers soon to follow) to lower the wholesale price of e-books to where Amazon can make a profit on them selling them at $10 or less. Amazon argues that e-books "must stay competitive" against all other forms of media.

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Netflix to give customers better speeds through AT&T peering deal

11 hours ago | Posted in: industry

In the quest to give its users a better streaming experience, Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T to gain a direct network connection. The two companies revealed that they entered into a peering deal after news broke from anonymous sources that the movie service reached another streaming arrangement. Previously, Netflix had worked out similar deals with Verizon and Comcast.

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Sonnet Technologies releases rackmount enclosure, xMac Pro Server

12 hours ago | Posted in: enterprise

Sonnet Technologies announced that its rackmount system for the newest version of the Mac Pro is available starting today. The xMac Pro Server, features a Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express expansion system housed inside a custom 4U enclosure. A mobile expansion unit has also created, to allow additional options to be installed without taking up any more rack space.

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FCC opens comments on request to preempt state laws for broadband

13 hours ago | Posted in: industry

After receiving petitions from the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tennessee and the City of Wilson in North Carolina, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is opening comments on the subject of preempting state laws. Based on Chairman Tom Wheeler's previous comments on municipal broadband, the FCC would get involved in the battle if it meant better serving consumers.

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Briefly: Grovemade's metal iPhone docks, Kindle for iOS 4.4

13 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Accessories producer Grovemade has announced the introduction of a limited edition run of iPhone docks comprised of metal. Called the Black Dock, the new product is available with a solid steel or brass base, combined with an aluminium cap that is protected with a matte black coating. The Black Dock is designed for iPhone 5/5s/5c and the 4/4s, and weighs 3 pounds.

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Ford Motors to replace BlackBerry with iPhones for over 9,300 workers

13 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, enterprise, Apple

Automaker Ford has announced that it will transition at least 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry models and flip phones to iPhones over the next two years. The change, which will cost the company nothing above the normal cost of a replacement cycle, is a blow to BlackBerry, but the Canadian smartphone maker can take solace in the fact that Ford chose BlackBerry's QNX for its next-generation Sync infotainment system, replacing a previous Microsoft-based one.

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Apple confirms buyout of radio/podcast app Swell

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

As rumored yesterday, Apple has indeed bought Swell, a spokesperson tells the Wall Street Journal's Daisuke Wakabayashi. The company has refused to provide any other information, issuing a standard statement that "we buy smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Monday's claims put the value of the takeover at $30 million.

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2014 Mac mini appears on Apple support page

15 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

A "mid 2014" Mac mini is now listed on an Apple support document for Boot Camp. The page makes no mention of other details about the computer, other than it only supporting 64-bit Windows 7 and 8 versions of the Boot Camp utility, which allows Macs to run Windows on a separate partition. The Mac mini has been one of Apple's most neglected products, having last been updated in late 2012. Even the Mac Pro was refreshed in December 2013.

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Rhapsody International reaches 2M premum service subscribers

15 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Rhapsody International announced today that it hit a significant milestone for its business. The company revealed that it reached two million subscribers for its premium services, including Rhapsody, Napster and the joint venture with T-Mobile called unRadio. On the success of unRadio, the company announced plans to extend the service to other parts of the world.

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iOS apps: Minecraft Pocket Edition, Monument Valley, Forza Football

15 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.9.5 ($7)

    Minecraft Pocket Edition is a portable version of the popular survival game that gives players to create a range of tools and items with the proper materials. The 0.9.5 update is strictly a maintenance release that fixes some bugs and improves overall stability. A crash that could occur when playing in multiplayer as a client has been fixed, and the game should no longer get stuck at the “Looking for Server” screen if the server is full.

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    Monument Valley 1.0.6 ($4)

    In Monument Valley players must guide a silent princess through a number of impossible architecture structures. Version 1.0.6 fixes a number of bugs and offers improvements to the camera share interface. In addition, fan art and merchandise links can now be found on the Info screen.

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    Forza Football 3.1.2 (free)

    Forza Football provides users with up-to-the-minute scores and video highlights for more than 420 soccer leagues and cups from around the world. The ability to like and dislike transfers has been added in this update. Accessibility features have also been improved, and various bugs have been resolved.

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    Swarm by Foursquare 1.0.7 (free)

    Swarm is a tool that can be used to see which friends are out nearby, and who is looking to hang out later. The latest release features greatly improved location information, providing users with locations much faster and more accurately. The profile page has also been moved to the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen and the process for adding photos to a check-in has been simplified.

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    Plants vs. Zombies 2 2.5.1 (free)

    Plants vs. Zombies is a spin on tower defence style games where players must defend their home from invading zombies. The v2.5.1 update introduces a new chapter, the Dark Ages Part 2, which includes 10 new levels and 2 new plants. Players will also need to watch out for the Wizard Zombie and King Zombie, as well as defeat a new Zomboss.

 
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Durham NC Apple Store hit in smash-and-grab robbery

16 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

A smash-and-grab robbery took place at the Southpoint Apple Store in Durham, North Carolina on Monday night, a report notes. The thieves smashed their way in via one of the store's glass panels, then proceeded to take an unknown number of MacBooks on display. The outlet has been closed on Tuesday as a result.

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Forums: Yosemite Beta pros and cons

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, software, upgrades/storage, Apple, iPad

This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss the things they like and dislike about Yosemite now that the beta version has been released to the public in a thread started last week by one Mac Elite who wondered why no one seemed excited about this update to the OS. "Does anyone know how much amperage the iPhone 6 will require?" asks one Fresh-Faced Recruit to the forums.

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Apple deals: Up to $710 off refurbished rMBPs

16 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Right now at Apple's online store, find new lower prices on refurbished Retina MacBook Air models. The refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has seen a whopping $640 discount down to $1,059. A $500 discount drops the price on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,599.

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DealNN: Mac mini for $490

16 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, Apple

Currently, BestBuy.com is offering a $110 discount on the Mac mini, dropping the price from $600 down to $490. That discount makes this around $60 less than buying it anywhere else, and it's nearly $10 less than what Apple charges for a refurbished model. They also have it in open-box condition from $465. This Mac mini features a 2.5GHz Intel core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Sapphire production insufficient for iPhone 6 displays, analysts say

17 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

Supply chain orders so far don't support the idea of the iPhone 6 using sapphire for its display, except perhaps in limited numbers, according to analysts with Trendforce. "Analysis of the iPhone 6 supply chain indicates related component suppliers need to ship products to OEMs for assembly in June 2014 to meet the September launch date. Yet, the research institute did not discover demands for smartphone cover glass," the firm writes. "The sapphire glass version new iPhone will be issued in limited volumes this year, mostly because sapphire ingot manufacturers yield rates were lower than forecasts and [because of] issues involved in sapphire glass processing."

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Trouble at TPK may hint at iWatch production issues

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets

Changes in profit forecasts at TPK may signal delays in iWatch production, reports suggest. Taiwanese publication UDN notes that TPK -- thought to be making touch modules for the iWatch -- has pushed back a predicted third-quarter profit surge into the next quarter. Since suppliers often experience such surges in association with Apple orders, it could mean that iWatch production has suffered setbacks. TPK also provides touch components for devices like the iPhone and iPad, however.

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MOTU ships trio of Thunderbolt audio interfaces, AVB Ethernet switch

19 hours ago | Posted in: computers, audio

Audio device manufacturer MOTU has announced three new Thunderbolt audio interfaces with 48-channel mixing, DSP effects and AVB Ethernet audio networking for system expansion. Based on a new shared technology platform, the 1248, 8M and 16a use ESS Sabre32 Ultra converters, and provide low analog latency, with round-trip performance of only 32 samples (0.66 ms) at 48 kHz.

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CNBC, Fox Now added to US Apple TV lineup

19 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, Apple

Apple has added a pair of new app channels to the Apple TV, CNBC and Fox Now. The former is NBC's business network, while the latter offers access to shows like Glee, Family Guy, and The Following. In both cases, viewers must have a cable subscription to unlock the full range of content. Otherwise, people are limited to a much smaller selection of clips and episodes.

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Briefly: Total War: Shogun 2, SilhouetteFX 5.2

20 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software

Feral Interactive has announced that historical strategy game, Total War: Shogun 2 for Mac is due for release in the coming weeks. Total War: Shogun 2 features real-time battle tactics and turn-based political strategy, set in 16th century Japan. Players play as the leader of one of nine competing clans, attempting to dominate Japan and become shogun.

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Refurbished Retina MacBook Pros drop below $1,000 mark

20 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

In addition to launching new MacBook Pros, Apple has also updated prices for refurbished models. The cheapest Retina option is now a $999 October 2012 system, with a 13.3-inch screen and a 2.5GHz dual-core Core i5 processor. That signals the first time a refurbished Retina machine has been below $1,000.

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AppleCare+ plans for iPhone, iPad come to Mexico and Sweden

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple, iPad

In keeping with expansion efforts made during the past year, Apple has brought its AppleCare+ plans for the iPhone and iPad to Mexico and Sweden. Mexican plans cost 1,599 pesos, or about $123. Swedish plans are 799 kronor, or $117. In the US AppleCare+ coverage is $99.

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Drobo Mini ships with included SSD storage for portable storage

22 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage

Connected Data, creators of the Drobo range of storage appliances, has launched a version of its most portable device with built-in storage. The Drobo Mini, first revealed two years ago, will include four SSD drives pre-installed into its four 2.5-inch drive bays, giving users such as photographers and film makers a fast storage option without needing to buy drives separately.

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