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Apple refutes Cupertino-lead MVNO rumors with definitive statement

33 minutes ago | Posted in: networking, mobile phones, Apple

In a rare refusal, Apple has shot down rumors that it is developing its own mobile service. In a terse statement, the company said in response to a Business Insider report yesterday that "We have not discussed nor do we have any plans to launch a (mobile virtual network operator)."

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Opinion: Evernote chose the wrong free feature to mess with

42 minutes ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

As of July 15, if you use the free version of Evernote you can no longer email into it: you can't forward an email to store in your Evernote account, you can't use any apps that save into Evernote via mail. As of July 27, Evernote has a new CEO, as the company's co-founder Phil Libin has stepped to the left to allow ex-Google manager Chris O'Neill to take the helm. The two things are (possibly) unrelated but they come from the same place: Evernote needs to make some cash.

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Hands On: Swipes 1.0 (OS X, iOS)

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

You do need a To Do manager but does the world need another one? Swipes has been around longer than it seems from its name: alongside the new Swipes 1.0 for OS X there is Swipes 2.4 for iOS and it's been progressively developed over the last couple of years. Now it's come to the Mac and brings with it the same minimalist, visual, attractive system for entering tasks and staying on top of them.

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Apple privilege escalating bug exploited in new adware installer

2 hours ago | Posted in: security

A zero-day exploit revealed last month for only OS X Yosemite has been found in "the wild." The exploit is being seen in an adware installer, and modifies the "sudoers" UNIX file that determines who has root permission for the system, and during the installation process, can give root permission to an arbitrary process without needing a password.

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Researchers claim to discover multiple ways to bypass Square security

2 hours ago | Posted in: security

Security researchers have come up with a way to turn the Square Reader into a tool for stealing data from credit cards. A group of recent graduates of Boston University will be speaking out about how they can modify the smartphone accessory, used to facilitate card payments via Square's service, to allow any other app to intercept the data and use the card owner's payment information for other, presumably illegal, uses.

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MacNN Deals: Charge your devices with battery packs, surge protection

3 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's collection of discounted items to help you power your devices, including a pair of high-capacity battery packs for portable charging, and a supersized surge protector to maximize the number of items on charge when at home.

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Seagate and Micron roll out SAS SSD with up to 1800MB/s speeds

3 hours ago | Posted in: enterprise, upgrades/storage

Storage company Seagate and Micron Technology have released the first product from the strategic alliance the pair forged in February. Available today for enterprise customers is the 1200.2 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Solid State Drive (SSD) available in up to 4TB in a 2.5-inch size.

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HighPoint launches USB 3.1 PCIe adapter, two drive docks

3 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage

HighPoint has debuted its next generation USB Host-to-Device storage and connectivity product lines, featuring 10Gb/s transfer speeds. The latest RocketU PCIe host adapter provides a USB 3.1 upgrade for any Mac or PC platform with PCIe slots. Additionally, the company's performance-oriented dual-bay USB 3.1 RocketStor 3100 Series Drive Docks support any industry standard 3.5- or 2.5-inch SATA hard drive or SSD, including the latest 8TB models, and provide USB 3.1 connectivity via USB Type-B and Type-C ports, depending on model.

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Telstra offers free year of Apple Music with iPhone 6 contract

4 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Australian carrier Telstra is offering free subscriptions for Apple Music to its customers. Subscribers acquiring the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from the company on a 12-month or 24-month Go Mobile plan will be able to use the Apple-powered music streaming service for one year without paying a separate subscription, with the carrier's marketing suggesting it will be implementing carrier billing of Apple Music once the free period is over.

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Hands On: Firo 3.0 (iPad)

4 hours ago | Posted in: audio, iPad apps

We've written about the validity of the iPad as a musical outlet before, but quite a few of the music production apps available for the iPad tend to fall into one of two groups: they're either so simple they're more like toys, or so complicated that they're only for professionals. The app that we're going to talk about today, however, is a nice middle-ground -- a feature-packed, yet user-friendly app called Firo.

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Epson rolls out five printers in new low-cost consumable EcoTank line

4 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Under its new EcoTank brand, Epson today unveiled five new all-in-one color printers featuring large ink reservoirs -- what Epson defines as the Supertank category -- that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink. Epson claims that When comparing EcoTank to a traditional printer, the ink included with the EcoTank is equivalent to about 20 sets of ink cartridges, depending on the model.

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Hands On: Griffin Premium Braided Lightning Cable

5 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, accessories, iPad

We're the first to admit that we are not easy on cables. It's not unheard of them to end up in the bottom of our laptop bag, bunched up and crushed together. We also might have a slight problem with being able to put our iPhones and iPads down long enough for them to charge fully, which often leads to the ends becoming crimped, which eventually leads to wire breakage, which eventually leads to the death of a poor, defenseless cable. Sound familiar? That's why Griffin decided to make their Premium Braided Lightning Cable, to give us serial cable-breakers something that can live up to the abuse.

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Briefly: Amazon Echo in Staples, Amazon Prime sharing restricted

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets

The Amazon Echo, the network-connected speaker hosting the retailer's Alexa assistant, has gone on sale through a third-party store for the first time. Staples is offering the cylindrical speaker through its website to all customers priced at $180, the same as Amazon. So far, it can only be acquired through the Staples website, with delivery to local stores available as a shipping option, though there is still the potential to sell it from stores directly.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 26: I can't put down this anti-gravity book

7 hours ago | Posted in: education, troubleshooting, software

If it wasn't for our new books (have we mentioned them?), this would be a strangely all-Microsoft episode of The MacNN Podcast, but luckily the Redmond giant turns out software for both Macs and Windows (who knew?), so we've set up this episode to be fun to listen to while you wait for your approval notice from Microsoft that you may obtain your copy of WindOwS X -- sorry, Windows 10. We also talk cool software, including (yes) Microsoft Excel.

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Apple spends $138M on 43-acre San Jose development plot

16 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple's appetite for property is increasing, with a report claiming it has acquired real estate in North San Jose that it could potentially use for even more office space. The purchase, closed last week according to recently published public records, means Apple now owns approximately 43 acres of undeveloped land in the area, with the deal for 2347 North First St. said to have cost the company slightly more than $138 million to acquire.

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Introducing two books from MacNN writers

17 hours ago | Posted in: education, software

If you've been following our Wednesday Pointers column over the last nine weeks, you'll know that the column on that day was devoted to documenting the process of writing a book, and then turning that manuscript into a real, buyable, out-in-the-world e-book and paperback. That book, William Gallagher's The Blank Screen: Blogging, is now available -- and an e-book version of the columns has also been created.

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Apple pushes out beta 6 of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

20 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, developer, Apple

Exactly one week after the last developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has issued another update to the forthcoming OS X upgrade, which is scheduled to appear this fall, and likely to debut some time in September. The previous beta, 15A235d, did not list any significant changes or fixes, but focused primarily on small UI tweaks and bug fixes. The new beta, build 15A244d, is likely to have followed the same path.

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Hands On: Griffin Helo TC Chopper

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

One of the greatest things about smartphones and Bluetooth-enabled tablets is the sheer amount of crazy gadgets that go along with them. You can control lights, air conditioners, cameras and more, all from your iPhone or iPad -- but what about things that are designed for fun? What about Bluetooth-enabled toys? Today, we're here to tell you about one of the most fun gadgets we've had a chance to look at, Griffin's Helo TC Chopper.

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Hacking team creates Thunderstrike-based Mac firmware worm

22 hours ago | Posted in: computers, security, troubleshooting, developer, Apple

A new exploit has been developed that could threaten Mac security by leveraging vulnerabilities in firmware rather than software, making the worm nearly impossible to remove. While sounding more ominous than any threat since the original firmware-based Thunderstrike (which was limited to a proof-of-concept with no reported attacks), leading security experts say this new threat is also very low-risk.

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Daily Deals: Fire TV Stick, 24-inch Dell monitor, Duracell batteries

22 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The old deals from last week have been wiped from the list completely, with the new deals for this week including the Amazon Fire TV Stick for $25, a 24-inch Dell monitor for $185, and a massive selection of Duracell batteries from Woot.

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Dr. Dre to release new album as an Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

22 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

Following a hiatus from his own music career since 1999's 2001, Apple music executive Andre Young -- better known to the world as rapper, producer, radio host and entrepreneur Dr. Dre -- will release his new album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, as an exclusive to be streamed on Apple Music, and sold digitally on iTunes. Dre has also exclusively allowed the streaming of his first solo album, 1992's The Chronic, on Apple Music.

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Apple reportedly working on voicemail transcription service

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, software, Apple

Siri may one day answer phone calls and transcribe voicemail messages for its users, a report claims, a feature that could end up being more important than the introduction of Visual Voicemail. Employees at Apple are allegedly testing a service which will listen to voicemail messages, transcribe them into text-based versions, and then have them delivered to the user's iPhone, allowing for the content of the message to be quickly understood by the user, without needing to listen to the voicemail at all.

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App Update: BookletCreator, Roccat Browser, Google Chrome, more

Mon August 3, 2015 | 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 look at revisions to BookletCreator, Roccat Browser, Google Chrome, Kodi, Vienna, and Nova Golf.

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Fujifilm releases infrared-capable X-T1 IR mirrorless camera

Mon August 3, 2015 | Posted in: digital imaging

Fujifilm has announced an update to its flagship mirrorless camera line. The new Fujifilm X-T1 IR is the company's first infrared X-Series mirrorless camera that delivers high performance in demanding fields for technical experts, law enforcement, medical research and scientific communities. Sharing nearly identical specifications as the original, the new model adds advanced infrared technology to see light from the ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared (IR) portions of the light spectrum with a range of approximately 380nm through 1,000nm.

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Briefly: Cook in Istanbul, IBM to order up to 200,000 MacBooks

Mon August 3, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gadgets, enterprise, Apple

Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a surprise visit to Turkey on Saturday to be present at the two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul, to celebrate the arrival of the Apple Watch to the country. The Apple Watch Sport starts at 1,249 Turkish Lira (TRY), which translates to about $450 US at the current exchange rate. The company now has two stores in Istanbul, a flagship store at the Zorlu Center mall, and another at the Akasya Shopping Center.

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MacNN Deals: Improve your network, secure your online activities

Mon August 3, 2015 | Posted in: software, networking

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are highlighting some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's trio of offers are ways to improve your wireless connectivity, from making sure your home or work network is operating optimally, to ways to keep yourself safe online with a choice of two VPN services.

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