toggle VIEW:

Latest News

(0)

Hands On: Poly Bridge (OS X, Windows in early access)

17 minutes ago | Posted in: gaming

Building games are the best. Whether its a simple game like Minecraft or a more complex game like Besiege, we love games that give us a chance to flex our engineering muscles. Today we take a look at a game that does just that -- we checked out the cartoony physics title Poly Bridge, a game that allows you to try your hand at being a civil engineer.

more

(0)

Apple falls at appeals court, $450M e-book antitrust ruling upheld

44 minutes ago | Posted in:

The Apple e-book price fixing matter is slowly grinding to its end, with Apple being handed a defeat in appeals court on Tuesday. the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled, in a split decision, that the original ruling by Judge Denise Cote

more

(2)

Apple updates OS X to 10.10.4; includes networking, Mail, Photos fixes

1 hour ago | Posted in: software, networking, Apple

In an update flurry this morning, Apple has also debuted OS X 10.10.4. In addition to Apple's general fixes included in every update, the revision includes the excision of DiscoveryD and replacement with its former technology, mDNSResponder, for improved networking reliability, a fix to an external monitor issue, and a rectification of a JavaScript exploit in Safari.

more

(7)

Apple Music, iOS 8.4 update are on the air; servers hammered [u]

2 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

[Updated with correction] As expected, Apple has launched iOS 8.4, with an accompanying OS X 10.10.4 update. Alongside the software release, Apple has also fired up the Apple Music service and Beats One. Apple Music provides access to some 30 million tracks in the iTunes catalog, both for streaming and offline listenings. Music curation includes recommendations for songs and albums from experts, with playlists for various activities and song genres.

more

(1)

European Parliament adopts net neutrality rules, ends roaming fees

2 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Europe is one step closer to ending mobile phone roaming charges throughout the continent, after the European Parliament agreed on new rules to forbid them once and for all. According to the deal, agreed to last night in the final days of Latvia's European Union Council presidency, roaming charges as a whole in the region will be scrapped in the next two years, with the agreement also -- surprisingly -- including stricter net neutrality rules that would apply across the continent.

more

(0)

Hands On: Penumbear 1.2 (iOS)

2 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

We've been up on our high horses about platformers here before, explaining why the genre has some serious flaws on mobile platform -- but today, we think we found one that addresses the flaws the best. We urge you to check out Penumbear, a classic platformer with a creepy twist.

more

(0)

MacNN Deals: Three ways to improve the way you charge mobile devices

4 hours ago | Posted in: accessories

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have three power-related items, including one battery, a way to charge multiple items at once, and one gadget designed to make sure you are charging your devices as efficiently as possible.

more

(0)

LG Chem creates higher-capacity hexagonal batteries for smartwatches

5 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Smartwatches with higher-capacity batteries could soon be hitting the market, if manufacturers adopt a new battery from LG Chem. The battery, hexagonal in shape, is said to provide up to 25 percent more capacity compared to similar-sized rectangular batteries, which the company believes can provide up to four more hours of battery life, a significant addition to the amount of time current smartwatches are capable of lasting for between charges.

more

(0)

Hands On: Wolfram Words 1.2 (iOS)

5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Wolfram Alpha is a website and a service that works like a search engine that thinks. Ask it questions and it doesn't just return a search result pulled from a stodgy database, it calculates the answer. Usually we use it for things like 'how many working days between now and 27 November" and usually we then go off on a rabbit hole of exploring other facts and answers. What we've perhaps never used it for is anything to do with words and now Wolfram Words 1.2 wants to correct that.

more

(0)

Briefly: Sprint Direct 2 You in more cities, Amazon Prime Now in UK

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Sprint is bringing its Direct 2 You home delivery and set-up service to two new markets. The latest major expansion of the service, Sprint will now be delivering smartphones and transferring files and user settings between old and new devices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver. This brings the total number of cities covered by Direct 2 You to 28, with it expected to roll out to more locations throughout the rest of this year.

more

(0)

The MacNN Podcast, episode 21: Writing your app in (Taylor) Swift

16 hours ago | Posted in: education, computers, industry, gadgets, troubleshooting, developer, accessories, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Episode 21 of The MacNN Podcast is now available! Join us for a very speedy hour as we talk about a great new contest where you can win a 5K Retina 27-inch iMac, the licensing kerfuffle with Apple Music that features a happy ending, more troubles for MacKeeper, the plaudits and perils of e-publishing, the trauma of having to send in a Mac for repair, and our picks for App(s) of the Week! Show notes after the jump.

more

(4)

Uber executives detained in France following French taxi strike

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, iPhone apps

Two executives of Uber have been taken into police custody in France, days after the country-wide strikes held by traditional taxi service operators upset over Uber's continued operations in the region. The detained company management is being questioned by the authorities over the legality of the service, specifically concerning the taxes and social charges Uber allegedly avoids dealing with, due to the nature of how it operates.

more

(0)

One Musical Group crowd funding MFi Smart Piano, Light Keyboard

20 hours ago | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Purveyor of musical instrument learning technology One Musical Group announces today the North American launch of its piano product line: The One Light keyboard and The One Smart Piano which the company claims is the worlds first MFi-certified upright piano. Both devices are already in production and with a US launch bering funded on Indiegogo.

more

(0)

Hands On: Satechi Smart Travel Router

20 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, networking

In our experience, there are two things -- both of which cause frustration and discontent -- that most international travelers can agree on: hotel Wi-Fi, and the fact that one probably won't be able to just plug something in to fix it. Not only are there differences in what's coming out of the wall in different regions, but the standards for how plugs are shaped are different as well. We were very interested, then, when we saw the Satechi Smart Travel Router. Aside from creating a personal Wi-Fi network when it's plugged in, it also provides two USB ports, and acts as a plug adapter.

more

(1)

Frigidaire launches Wi-Fi-enabled window Cool Connect Air Conditioner

21 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Home appliance manufacturer Frigidaire has released the first iOS and Android app controlled window air conditioner. The Cool Connect Air Conditioner connects with the Frigidaire Smart Appliance app across the Internet and through a local area Wi-Fi network, which lets consumers control the unit from their smart device, including generating a schedule for operation, receiving maintenance alerts, and remote unit status monitoring.

more

(0)

Daily Deals: 1TB SSD, $300 50-inch HDTV, IP surveillance camera

22 hours ago | Posted in: computers, security, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we've wiped the slate clean of older deals, with the new collection including a $300 50-inch HDTV, a 1TB SSD for under $400, and a 720p IP surveillance camera for $60.

more

toggle VIEW:

Previous News

App Update: Ableton Live, Cute DJ, Freeway Pro, more

22 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

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 here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to Ableton Live, Freeway Pro, Mac App Blocker, CuteDJ, Skip Tunes, and Typinator.

more

Hands On: Nekoze 1.3.2 (OS X)

23 hours ago | Posted in: software

We'd thought the coffee meeting was going well until the person we were trying so hard to impress said: "You know your posture is really hunched over, don't you?" We didn't, and now we're worried about it. Worried enough to install Nekoze 1.3.2, but possibly not quite so worried as to keep it installed.

more

Apple to release iOS 8.4 tomorrow, upgrade iTunes Match in fall

23 hours ago | Posted in: software, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Through confirmations, now-deleted posts, and a series of tweets, Apple has revealed that iOS 8.4 will be released tomorrow, June 30, at 8AM PT (11AM ET), and SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has clarified how iTunes Match and the paid Apple Music subscription service will work together. In addition, Senior Director of Apple Music (and former Beats CEO) Ian C. Rogers revealed that with the arrival of iOS 9, the cloud music locker both services share will expand to hold 100,000 or more songs.

more

Railroad crossing locations to be highlighted in Google Maps

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Drivers using Google Maps for navigation will soon find they will receive more notifications regarding rail crossings. The Federal Railroad Administration is said to be working with Google to add the locations of all grade crossings in the United States to the navigation app, with the turn-by-turn instructions also set to receive extra audio and visual alerts when nearing crossings, in a bid to lower the number of accidents at crossings.

more

Barclaycard expands NFC payments in UK with bPay devices

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Barclaycard is expanding the number of ways people in the United Kingdom can make contactless payments, by offering more NFC-equipped items. A bPay sticker, along with a key fob and a wristband, will be going on sale in the country soon, allowing customers to make the contactless payments quickly without having to carry an NFC-equipped smartphone or go through prompts in an accompanying smartphone app.

more

Hands On: Toca Life: City 1.0 (iOS)

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

If you've been around for a while, chances are you've heard us gush about Toca Boca, a company that makes creative, exploration, and role-playing-based apps for kids. The apps are gender-neutral, highly interactive, and they have some of the coolest, most colorful characters we've come across in a kids app. The developers continue this trend with Toca Life: City, an app that takes you inside the world of Toca Boca.

more

Pointers: Go Further with Syncing Google and Apple Calendars

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: software

Last week Pointers covered scratching an itch that had come up for us: the need for certain people to see our calendars despite their being on Google and our being on Apple Calendar. The short version is that you can do it but it's a bit fiddly and involved a workaround. It turns out, though, that we need a longer version because all that worked fine when these people were in our group company Google Calendar. Now the people who needs to see it the most are not: they're remote workers and what they really require is to have our calendar appear alongside their own.

more

MacNN Deals: Keep healthy and shop smarter with iOS gadgets

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in:

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals. Today's trio of deals revolve around iOS and mobile devices, including a smart weighing scale, a way to keep track of your grocery shopping, and a pay-what-you-want bundle that could help you develop your own iOS apps.

more

Hands On: Printer Pro 5.4.2 (iOS)

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

It's happening. Mom is thinking about getting an iPad. The problem? Mom likes hard copies of all the cool table setting inspirations and recipes she finds online. Don't ask us where she files all those print-outs away, we don't know -- perhaps she has an extra-dimensional filing cabinet or something. The point is, we want to make sure it's easy to print stuff from an iPad, otherwise she'll just go back to her laptop, and the tablet will collect dust. Printer Pro by Readdle just might be the app we need to do that. It provides an easy-to-use and familiar set of printing options to send documents to a printer over Wi-Fi, as well as making sure they print up nice and neat.

more

Briefly: BBM update includes $1 private chats, Malwarebytes amnesty

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

The latest update to BlackBerry Messenger for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry 10 devices adds more paid-for security functions to the service. The current timed and retracted messages options have been rolled into a similarly-priced $1-per-month Privacy and Control subscription, with the new Private Chat function able to strip out names and profile pictures after a short period of time, minimizing the usefulness of taking a screenshot of a conversation. The Android version of the app has also received a Material Design overhaul, while iOS users will now find their in-app font sizes will be based on the size selected in system settings.

more

Advertisement

Connect with Us

FREE Apple, iPhone and Mac Newsletter

  • We will not share your email address with anyone.

    Follow us on Facebook

    toggle

    Most Popular

    Advertisement

    Recent Reviews

    Prong PWR Case

    Ultimately there's one thing we all want from smartphone accessories; we want options. When it comes to keeping our iPhone charged, w ...

    iHome iBT74 Color Changing Bluetooth Speaker

    There's no reason why your tech can't look good while doing what it was designed to do. That's the reason that sports cars look goo ...

    Logitech Gaming Daedalus Prime Mouse

    Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Bui ...

    toggle

    Most Commented