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Hands On: Pandemic 2.5 (iOS)

1 hour ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

How many games actually allow a player to play as something truly terrible? Sure, there are a lot of games that let players choose the "wrong" choice, but where are the games that let you wreak total havoc? Pandemic 2.5, the successor to the popular flash game Pandemic 2, will. This devious little gem allows players to create a custom disease from the ground up, which serves to help them eradicate the human race. The game manages to be part resource management, part chance, and part outwit-the-AI, and can be profoundly frustrating.

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Apple, Samsung still tops in smartphone market, but Xaiomi rising fast

8 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

A new report from IDC again places Apple and Samsung at the top of the heap for smartphone manufacturers as it has for years now -- but there is nonetheless notable change in the air. Samsung saw a significant drop in shipments for its smartphones, dropping 8.5 percent from the year-ago quarter. Apple, in second place, saw a 16.1 percent increase in shipments. Though Samsung was dominant with 78.1 million units shipped, a new challenger from China is beating the Korean company on its home turf of low-end smartphones.

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Microsoft Band fitness tracker leaks through companion apps

10 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Microsoft's rumored wearable device has appeared earlier than expected, leaked within a companion app on the Mac App Store. The Microsoft Band is, as rumored, a device with a thin display similar to the Samsung Gear Fit, with the accompanying app screenshots showing it will apparently be capable of a similar level of monitoring of the user's actions as other fitness trackers.

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Hands On: PicTrove 2 Pro (iOS)

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

PicTrove 2 Pro is an app that has taken the time-intensive act of image-searching on the web and streamlined it. Users are able to search multiple websites, including Google, Bing, Flickr, Pinterest, and more all at once, and compare them side-by-side. Tapping and swiping through allows a user to browse images one at a time from a specific search site. There is also the ability to refine searches per site, allowing a user to specify whether they would like photographs or clipart, or decide on the size or quality of the image. Even animated GIFs are fully supported within PicTrove 2 Pro.

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GT Advanced CEO tells court Apple contracts were 'unsustainable'

12 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Daniel Squiller, the COO of GT Advanced Technologies who was among those slowly selling off his holdings in company over the course of 2014, has told the bankruptcy court that the company lost $461 million before it finally filed for bankruptcy, which he characterized as a last-resort measure to get out of "unsustainable" contracts with Apple. Squiller painted a picture that claimed that GT Advanced assumed all the risk in their joint venture, while Apple took none.

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CurrentC CEO, COO field questions about data breach, Apple Pay block

15 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security, iPhone apps, Apple

CurrentC governing company Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) held a conference call a bit earlier today. The company's lead executives took turns defending the company against some claims related to fines for merchants abandoning CurrentC, and also tried to explain away the email data breach it had suffered.

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Logitech debuts new Type+, Ultrathin, Keys-To-Go keyboards for iPads

15 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, accessories, iPad

Logitech has announced a trio of new iPad keyboard accessories, beginning with updates of its Type+ and Ultrathin cases for the iPad Air 2. The Type+ is a thin folio design, with features such as automatic wake/sleep magnets for both an iPad and the keyboard itself. It costs $100, and comes in black, blue, green, or purple, with extra "synthetic" versions of the first two colors.

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Calculator widgets for iOS 8 suddenly blocked from App Store

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, developer, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

Apple has forced the developer of PCalc, James Thomson, to remove an iOS 8 Notification Center widget that let people do calculations without opening the app. The decision is an apparently sudden reversal, given that the app was previously approved with the widget intact. PCalc has been featured in several sections of the App Store, such as "Great Apps and Games for iOS 8," and even "Extend Your Apps," which focuses on software with unusual widgets.

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Apple in talks to bring iPhone to Iran

17 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

Apple is talking to Iranian distributors about the possibility of selling the iPhone in the country, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Senior Apple executives have reportedly met with the distributors at the former party's London headquarters. If the iPhone does become available in Iran, it will be through premium resellers, rather than Apple itself, which has no direct footprint to speak of. "Over a dozen" Apple employees -- including technical and marketing staff -- have been involved in the recent efforts, the Journal adds.

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Hands On: PluralEyes 3.5 (OS X, Windows)

17 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, audio

DSLR shooters often have a troublesome workflow when trying to put together videos recorded with the dual-purpose cameras. While many consumers might look to a dedicated camcorder to produce a short film or conduct an interview, DSLR cameras provide the necessary technology needing only an external audio recorder to do the job. But how do users bring video and audio together? In the past, filmmakers entered into a time consuming process to match peaks in waveforms. However, that is no longer needed as Red Giant offers a supremely better solution with PluralEyes 3.5.

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T-Mobile opens up iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 orders

19 hours ago | Posted in: iPad

Following up on earlier promises, the US branch of T-Mobile has officially launched the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at its online and retail stores. People shopping online, at least, are being told that the 128GB Air 2 is currently unavailable, despite it being ready at Apple and other third-party vendors. Apple does typically produce fewer quantities of its highest-end models.

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CurrentC payment system customer emails stolen

20 hours ago | Posted in: security, iPhone apps, mobile phones

Contactless payment platform CurrentC has fallen victim to user information theft. Merchants Consumer Exchange (MCX), The company behind the mobile payment system is informing beta users of the service that "that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you." The company claims no other data has been stolen, but the theft calls into question the data security of the not fully operational payment system.

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Briefly: Xtreem's Atom RC Drone; new Cooler Master mouse, keyboard

20 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets

Xtreem, a range of remote controlled toys designed by Swann, has announced the release of its new Atom RC Mini Drone. Focused on precise maneuverability, the drone uses an infrared signal to communicate with its joystick remote control, which offers eight-way multi-dimensional movement, and heights of up to 100 feet in the air. The helicopter's Li-poly battery provides up to four minutes of continuous flight time, and can be recharged via its remote control or by plugging it into a USB port. Priced at $40, the Atom Mini RC Drone is available at Fry's.

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Hands On: ColorSnapper (OS X)

20 hours ago | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design, Apple

Visually creative professionals have long been in favor of using OS X to get their job done, in part because of simple, included utilities, like DigitalColor Meter. This utility allows users to magnify screen contents and copy the RGB pixel components, suited for those who seek a specific hue for their own design project - web, graphic or otherwise. This included tool is great, but for those who seek a more integrative alternative, we decided to check out ColorSnapper, priced at $5, to see if more features made a better pixel color picker.

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CurrentC partners banned from supporting Apple Pay, other rivals [u]

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, security

(Updated with news of CurrentC hack) Retailers partnering with MCX on the upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system are contractually obligated to use CurrentC exclusively, according to the New York Times. Several of the retailers say that if they break their contracts, there are steep fines in place. This will block several popular payment platforms, namely Apple Pay, Softcard, and Google Wallet.

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Verizon testing FiOS bundles with year of Netflix in NYC area

21 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

Surprisingly given the public animosity between the two companies, Verizon has begun offering a year of video streaming service Netflix to some of its new customers. Customers who sign up for FiOS Internet and television bundles in the immediate vicinity of New York City are being offered the deal. Packages including a year of Netflix start at $80 a month and include a free year of Netflix.

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Apple spreads iAd to 70 more countries around the globe

23 hours ago | Posted in: developer, Apple

The iAd network is now available in another 70 countries, bringing the total up to 95, according to an Apple announcement to developers. The company hasn't identified which regions are new except for Australia, but says the remainder are spread across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The change should increase the potential reach of existing iAd campaigns and enable new ones.

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Hands On: Dragonbox Algebra 12+ (iOS)

Wed October 29, 2014 | Posted in: education, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Educational Apps aren't in short supply, and most parents with iPads, iPods, and iPhones likely have the devices filled filled to the brim with the latest and greatest miracle apps that promise to teach their children all sorts of things. However, to stumble across an app that is truly engaging and capable of teaching children skills that directly translate into the classroom is somewhat of a rarity. That being said, DragonBox Algebra 12+ by WeWantToKnow delivers an app that is fun to play while simultaneously teaching children the core rules of Algebra.

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LG shipping 31-inch Digital Cinema 4K Monitor to US this week

Wed October 29, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals, digital imaging

LG has introduced another high-resolution monitor to its computer display range, one which is able to display a higher-than-Ultra HD image. The Digital Cinema 4K monitor offers a resolution of 4096x2160, higher than the 3840x2160 resolution of a standard 4K television or display, all packed into a screen measuring 31 inches diagonally.

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Hands On: Terminology 3 for iOS

Wed October 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Pocket dictionaries are actually pretty useful, when you think about it. Sometimes you run across a word in conversation or in an article that you don't recognize, and being able to define it on the fly makes your life much easier. Maybe you're a writer and suffer from same-word-syndrome, where you repeatedly use the same descriptor over and over. A pocket dictionary can help break the cycle by suggesting synonyms. Enter Terminology 3, a dictionary app that offers more than the standard definition function in iOS. The program includes a full, completely-offline US English dictionary, thesaurus and word reference that allows you to find definitions, synonyms, and antonyms whenever the need strikes.

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Apple reveals that iOS 8 has topped 50 percent adoption

Tue October 28, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, software, developer, Apple, iPad

As of October 27, iOS 8 was installed on 52 percent of eligible devices, Apple has announced in a posting on its developer website. While far slower than the take-up rate of iOS 7 last year, the milestone was achieved in a little less than six weeks' time -- still far faster than comparative figures for other mobile and desktop platforms. Early delivery and quality glitches in iOS 8 -- most notoriously the short-lived 8.0.1 bugfix release -- may have made the public more gun-shy about trusting later updates.

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Mojang's digital card game Scrolls releasing by the end of November

Tue October 28, 2014 | Posted in: gaming

Minecraft developer Mojang announced in an interview that its next game Scrolls is looking at a November release. The card-based tactics game, best known for its legal spat with Bethesda Softworks over the Scrolls trademark, moved into beta in June 2013 before it was announced that the title would be expanded beyond OS X and Windows.

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Nike updates Running app with iPhone 6 compatibility, HealthKit

Tue October 28, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Nike has announced a significant update to its Nike+ Running app for the iPhone, which now natively supports the resolution of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In addition, the app now features cooperation with the Heath app included with iOS 8. The Running app itself can now also read from the M8 motion co-processor, including changes in elevation. It can now read heart rate data created by third-party hardware that is sent to the Health app, and can report NikeFuel and workout data to the Health app.

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Facebook reaches $3.2B in revenue for Q3 2014, 864M daily users

Tue October 28, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Facebook released its third quarter results for the 2014 fiscal year, announcing that $3.2 billion in revenue was pulled in for the period ending September 30. The company beat Wall Street projections of an earnings per share (EPS) of $0.40 on $3.12 billion in revenue. While Facebook beat the EPS on diluted non-GAAP figures by three cents, the company posted only a $0.30 EPS under GAAP.

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Forums: 2011 Core i7 iMac vs Retina i5 iMac

Tue October 28, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple, iPad

After having some display backlight and logic board issues with an older iMac, Mac Enthusiast "Boochie" has decided now would be a good time to start thinking about a new iMac. A post they made in the MacNN forums sparked a debate about what would be a better choice, a 2011 iMac with a Core i7 processor, or a new Retina iMac with an i5 processor. Yesterday, one Forum Regular was trying to determine the best cable to use to connect a Mac mini to a Dell UltraSharp monitor, and asked fellow forum members for their thoughts.

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Apple deals: displays and accessories

Tue October 28, 2014 | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple's online store has dropped the price on the refurbished Apple 27-inch LED cinema display by $200, cutting the cost down from $999 to $799. This display offers 2560x1440 resolution, LED backlighting, 178-degree viewing angles and three USB ports along with built-in iSight camera, microphone and 49-watt speaker system. Quickly and easily set up a wireless network using an iDevice, Mac or PC and the refurbished AirPort Express. It has been reduced by $24 down to $75.

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