Back in the System 7 and Mac OS 8 (and 9) days, the word "extensions" brought a love-hate relationship to mind. Those extensions (small "e") or QuarkXpress' Xtensions (no "e") added powerful new abilities to the OS, but also brought with it the aggravating (and highly likely) possibility of "extension conflicts," due to the bolt-on nature of the extensions back in the day. Hurray for the wonderful world of the future, where Extensions are still add-ons that bring new abilities, only they are much better behaved now.
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1 hour ago | Posted in: developer
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today, we're listing a few offers that can help you occupy your time over the next few days, if you want to avoid the Thanksgiving festivities, including app development courses, tuition on photography, and some light entertainment.
1 hour ago | Posted in: digital imaging, iPad apps
We're back with another art app for those of you who are still Goldilocksing their way to the perfect tool, trying to find the perfect balance between enough options and not too many options, one that has great tools, and works with the type of artist you are. Today, we're here to show you the illustrator-centric Medibang Paint, an app that attempts to give you the feel of a full art program in your iPad.
2 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones
T-Mobile is offering Sprint customers an extra $200 on their account if they switch carriers. The second "gift" announcement in the Un-Carrier Unwrapped campaign, T-Mobile claims it will provide a credit of $200 per line switched over to a Simple Choice postpaid plan from any Sprint number, including prepaid and postpaid plans, as well as those on Boost and Virgin Mobile, with the limited-time promotion starting from tomorrow.
2 hours ago | Posted in: software
We have had rubbish smackdowns before. Really rubbish ones where if we didn't end up recommending every single thing in the fight, it was very close to every single one. It's not that we're too nice, though: it's that we pick excellent hardware and software for these smackdowns. This time, it's one on one. Mano a mano between two apps that have a lot in common and of which neither is so cheap that you'd buy them on a whim. It's Keyboard Maestro 7.0 versus TextExpander 5, both for OS X.
3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone
We've been checking our lists twice, chiefly because of syncing issues, and you know how it is. Christmas expands to fill the space you have and nature abhors a news vacuum so in what continues to be a quiet week, One More Thing decks some halls. Wait, is that Christmas or Thanksgiving? It's some holiday or other and we're after celebrating all of them because it's a Grade A excuse to discuss some of the finest technology around.
4 hours ago | Posted in: software
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. Today's highlight is the Premium Mac App Bundle from Parallels, which offers seven apps or premium services for free when customers buy or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac.
It surprises me that a lot of people have been quick to highlight what they think are apparently major shortcomings with the iPad Pro, seemingly writing it off before most of them have even seen one in person. While it may or may not be another hit product from Apple, there are a couple of aspects about it that have been widely misunderstood. One centers around the question of whether or not it is a genuine notebook replacement, and the other centers around its "inability" to run full desktop versions of apps, like Adobe Photoshop, for example. Have people learnt nothing from Apple's recent history?
5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
You do spend far too long on Facebook -- hang on, we've just had a friend request -- and Twitter, and we have absolutely no problem with that. Well, time spent reading what your friends are up to is great, it's far quicker than phoning them up, or actually going to see them. Equally, reading the news on Twitter, or writing some brilliantly witty tweets, that's great. It's all the other faffing about, getting oneself to read and to write, that bothers us -- and that is where Hootsuite 2.9.2 comes in.
Apple has confirmed it has acquired a Swiss facial motion tracking startup, a purchase that was rumored to have taken place in September. FaceShift, a Zurich-based company responsible for some of the motion capture technology used for visual effects in the latest Star Wars movie, was purchased for an undisclosed amount, with several of the startup's employees now working for Apple on the technology while remaining in Europe.
6 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, software, upgrades/storage, Apple, iPad
This week in the MacNN forums, members discussed topics ranging from using the iPad with the Paper app to problems importing photos to an iPhone. This week the conversation continued in a thread titled "How to use Paper on iPad" which delves into the topic of using the iPad to create digital art.
At Apple's online store today save big on refurbished Macs. Prices start at $419 for the refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $419 after an $80 price cut. A $140 price cut is available on the refurbished MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 158GB hard drive, now $759.
13 hours ago | Posted in: gaming
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Thief makes its way to Mac, a developer creates an unauthorized PlayStation 4 Remote Play app for PC, Futurama: Release The Drones is announced for mobile devices, and Microsoft reveals its Games with Gold titles for December.
Apple's latest addition to the App Store family, the Apple TV App Store, is growing again. On Tuesday, the company added five new categories to the store, including Games, Education, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, News, and Sports. The entire concept of categories in the store are new as of the beginning of this month, and are organized in the same manner as similar categories in the App Store or Mac App Store.
20 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
The pre-Black Friday sales are well underway, and we're seeing some all-time low prices on tech favorites! We're continuing to curate the best deals on technology for you in this busy time, and hope you've saved a few bucks this year. Most of yesterday's deals are dead, but we've moved the very few intact ones to today. They join new additions for today including up to $100 off the Apple Watch, an iPad mini 2 for $200, and an improvement on yesterday's 960GB SSD offer.
20 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, upgrades/storage
Sonnet has finally started shipping the Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, which if first announced more than two years ago. In part, the delay was due to the announcement of Thunderbolt 2 shortly after Sonnet began accepting pre-orders, pushing the breakout box into 2014. From there, production issues have keep the unit off shelves until now, and the now-shipping dock offers four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, a FireWire 800 port, two 6Gb/s eSATA ports, and more.
20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Apple may be working on an app to help users self-diagnose problems with their iOS devices, before attempting to get help from employees. Supposed leaked images claim to show an app that will suggest to customers ways to fix their iPhone or iPad themselves using online guides and other support documents, before helping with contacting relevant support staff, organizing a repair, or a visit to the Genius Bar at the user's nearest Apple Store.
22 hours ago | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we bring you MacUpdate's deal on web capture utility Web Snapper, and also highlight updates to Unicode browser Codepoints, PDF software PDF Shrink, iTunes controller Now Playing, FFmpeg interface iFFmpeg, batch file renamer Name Changer, and web design tool RapidWeaver.
22 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, Apple
On the heels of teardowns of both the iPad Pro and its Apple Pencil accessory, iFixit has done a teardown of the Apple Smart Keyboard intended to go with the iPad Pro as well. The keyboard cover uses conductive fabric to cover the keys, and Retina MacBook-style dome switches under the keys. Among the minor discoveries was that the company uses the fabric for both power and data, and that the unit cannot be opened with breaking it.
23 hours ago | Posted in: accessories
UPDATE: MacNN has been contacted by TwelveSouth which alleges that the stand reviewed here is a copy of their Parcslope product. We're investigating.
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Passengers of JetBlue will soon be able to stream from Amazon's Prime services during flights, as the airline makes it available via its Fly-Fi in-flight Wi-Fi service. Originally announced in May, the program will provide access to TV shows and movies on Prime Instant Video, as well as the option of renting or buying titles from the Amazon Video store for instant viewing, and listening to Prime Music, with non-Prime members able to sign up for a free trial during the flight itself.
23 hours ago | Posted in: security
Amazon in the US and the UK has sent out emails to some users saying that the company has reset their account password after discovering that "your [Amazon] password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party," and thus has been resetting some accounts, though it said it is doing so out of "an abundance of caution" without any evidence of a direct breach.
Tue November 24, 2015 | Posted in: gaming
If you are a fan of sports but don't want to head out into the cold winter weather to practice, why not stay inside and play them virtually instead? The latest competition on MacNN Deals is giving you the chance to do just that, with a giveaway consisting of the Sony PlayStation 4 and a collection of sports games, providing you with the sporting entertainment you want but while safely tucked up in front of the TV.
Tue November 24, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets
Fitbit has released software updates for some of its activity trackers, enabling them to automatically detect the kind of activities the wearer is performing. SmartTrack for the Charge HR and Surge trackers is capable of recognizing movements typically associated with certain sports or exercises, and will record the amount of time spent performing the identified activity in the Fitbit companion app, among other new features.
Tue November 24, 2015 | Posted in: peripherals
It may seem peculiar to have a favorite electrical plug -- it's the Mu -- but if you don't happen to travel to the UK much then you may not know. The domestic mains electrical system in Britain is practically industrial. Where a typical US mains socket provides 110V, the regular UK one pumps out 230-240V. It's why our kettles boil so very much faster, and it's why you can die if you hold wires that you stick into a British socket, despite the relatively safer 50Hz frequency. So, you know, there are pluses and minuses.
Tue November 24, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today, four accessories for use with your Mac and MacBook are offered for your perusal, including a way to increase the storage capacity of a MacBook Pro, backing up your Mac, and increasing its connectivity with other devices.
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