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Briefly: Opera Coast for iPhone, Prong PWR iPhone case

38 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone, gadgets, accessories, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Opera Software has released an iPhone version of its WebKit-based browser, Opera Coast. An iPad version was released last September, initially optimizing the browser for touchscreens. Users can begin a search by using a pulling down gesture on the home screen, bringing up an input interface with an icon-based autofill for sites previously visited. Navigation between pages can be executed by a swipe, with websites displayed on the iPhone's full screen. Opera Coast features a small toolbar on the bottom that includes a visual grid (that can can consists of multiple screens) of saved websites, with searching enhanced be related words and suggestions. Both iPhone and iPad versions of Opera Coast are free to download.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook auctions off lunch date for charity

1 hour ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook is now auctioning off a lunch date via the website Charitybuzz. The auction runs today through May 13th, and has a $100,000 target, with the proceeds due to go to the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. The RFK Center is involved in field activities around the world, as well as awards and educational programs.

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Industry bigwigs launch OpenSSL-fixing Core Infrastructure Initiative

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry, security

The Linux Foundation today announced it has formed a new project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure, namely, OpenSSL. The newly formed Core Infrastructure Initiative enables technology companies to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance, while allowing the developers to continue their work under open source community norms. Founding backers of the Initiative include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation.

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Hands-on: Logitech Hinge and Turnaround cases for iPad Air

1 hour ago | Posted in: accessories, iPad

On Tuesday Logitech announced several new iPad cases. Here at MacNN we were given a chance to try two of them, the Hinge and the Turnaround, both in versions for the iPad Air. Since they're relatively straightforward cases, we thought we'd give them a simple-hands-on rather than full reviews.

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Apple tops 2014 JD Power rankings for smartphone satisfaction

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

Apple has topped a 2014 JD Power ranking of customer satisfaction among US smartphone owners. Each smartphone maker is scored according to metrics for performance, physical design, features, and ease of use, and relative to each of the four major US carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Apple is in first place with all four carriers, but trailed closely by Samsung.

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Facebook buys out Moves fitness app for iOS and Android

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, iPhone apps, mobile phones

Facebook has bought out Finnish firm ProtoGeo Oy and its signature product, Moves, a health and fitness tracking app for iOS and Android. ProtoGeo says it will start contributing to Facebook's own services in an unspecified capacity. Moves will continue to exist as a standalone app though, and ProtoGeo adds that there are "no plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook."

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Apps: Arq, World Clock Deluxe, Screens

3 hours ago | Posted in apps

    15.5MB

    Arq 4.1.7 ($40)

    Arq is a backup utility that will make incremental backups to an online storage account. The software keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month. An issue that caused Arq Agent’s helper program to crash when a backup error occurred and no information was available has been fixed with this update. Developers have also removed an unreliable “multi-threading processing” option.

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    World Clock Deluxe 4.12 ($19)

    World Clock Deluxe can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the dock. Version 4.12 features an improved software update, as well as several enhancements for the report that is displayed after updating cities, time zones, and DST rules. Some OS X Mavericks incompatibilities have also been resolved and some minor interface revisions have been made.

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    Screens 3.0.1 ($35)

    Screens is a screen sharing and VNC client that can be used to connect remotely to any Mac, Windows or Linux computer. Support is included for controlling a computer with gestures, while a scrollable shortcuts toolbar gives quick access to other functions. The v3.0.1 update now allows for blank passwords, and includes various stability and performance improvements.

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    Beamer 2.0.1 ($15)

    Beamer is a tool for wirelessly streaming movie files to an Apple TV. Support is offered for most major video formats, such as AVI, MOV and MKV, but subtitle support is still in the works. The latest release adds the ability to enter a Beamer 1 license to receive an upgrade offer. An ‘Export License’ button has also been added to the preferences and a few crashes have been fixed.

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    Porthole 1.6.2 ($16)

    Porthole allows users to stream audio from their favorite music source to an AirPort Express, AirPlay speakers, or Apple TV. Version 1.6.2 has fixed a bug that could cause the software to crash when connection and disconnecting in rapid succession, which should also improve stability during network interruptions. Additionally, the new release also includes Xcode project updates and other minor tweaks.

 
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New MacBook Airs could debut as soon as next week, sources claim

5 hours ago | Posted in: computers

Apple could be planning to update the MacBook Air as soon as next week, according to sources for French site MacGeneration. This includes refreshes of both the 11- and 13-inch lineups. It's unclear which processors they might use; lower-end models could use recent options like the 1.4 GHz i5-4260U, 1.4 GHz i5-4350U, or 1.5 GHz i5-4360U, but Intel hasn't announced a replacement for the i7-4650U used in more expensive Airs.

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Cook answers analyst questions on China, carriers, Apple

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, mobile phones, Apple, iPad

Beyond the "big story" about Apple's analyst-beating earnings, profits and surprise stock split, financial analysts got a chance to ask some probing questions during Wednesday's Apple conference call discussing the company's fiscal Q2 results. In a Q&A session accompanying the announcements, Apple CFO Lucas Maestri and CEO Tim Cook revealed some details and their thoughts on diverse areas of the business, ranging from specifics on China to the changing US smartphone landscape.

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Good numbers of note: 800M iTunes accounts, 20M Apple TVs, more

13 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, Apple

With the exception of iPads and the declining iPod, the numbers coming out of Apple's conference call with analysts mirror the title of Pixar's best movie: Up. Of primary importance to analysts were the better-than-expected iPhone sales, but Mac sales were also up from the year-ago quarter. Other numbers revealed in the course of the call were also positive; growth in China and Japan, strength in developing markets and new revelations on Apple TV and iTunes numbers.

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Briefly: IMDb 4.2 updated, WaterField Rough Rider bag

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

Movie, television and celebrity information database, IMDb, has updated its app for iOS today. The app allows users to find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, and create a "must-see" list of shows and films. In v4.2, users can now access US-wide television listings. Additionally, Amazon Prime is now integrated, meaning that whether a title is available on Amazon Prime is indicated upon searching. If the Amazon Instant Video app is installed, the media can be played immediately. The showtimes page design has been revamped, and a ratings history bug has been fixed. Free to download, the IMDb iOS app requires iOS 7.0 or later.

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Judge in Apple e-book case denies stay of states' class-action suit

16 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Once again, US District Court Judge Denise Cote has denied an Apple motion -- this time asking that the court delay the class-action lawsuit brought by 33 states and various consumer groups while Apple appeals her original guilty verdict in the federal case that alleged Apple led a conspiracy to fix e-book prices. The states are hoping to get further damages from Apple, up to a possible $840 million if the judge triples the damages asked for due to a finding of willful guilt.

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Cook: iPad sales actually better than expected, figures are misleading

18 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, Apple, iPad

On paper, the sales of the iPad in Apple's fiscal second quarter look bad: a 16 percent drop from the year-ago quarter, rumors of which already had pundits and business sites wondering if the iPad had peaked. Statistics, however, can sometimes be misleading -- and in an unusually proactive explanation, Apple CEO Tim Cook took time at the start of his conference call with analysts to explain that changes in channel inventory accounted for most of the "lower" sales.

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FCC distributes new 'Open Internet' rules internally ahead of May vote

19 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will circulate new "open" Internet regulations internally on Thursday. The new proposal will allow companies to pay Internet providers a fee for "special access" to customers and boosted speed of delivery of the paid content, on a "commercially reasonable" basis, paving the way for more deals like the one Comcast struck with Netflix. The FCC will determine what the terms will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Apple announces historic 7:1 stock split, increases buyback program

19 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

In a surprise announcement, Apple will do a 7:1 stock split on June 6, giving stockholders of record as of June 2 an additional six shares for every one share of stock they currently hold. Trading will resume on June 9 at the split-adjusted price, which CEO Tim Cook has said the company wants to be more affordable so that smaller investors can get into the stock. Given today's closing price of $524.75, the average price of a share would drop to $75 if the split were happening now.

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Angela Ahrendts to join Apple 'next week,' says Tim Cook

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will be joining Apple as its retail head "next week," Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed today during the company's Q2 conference call. Ahrendts has been confirmed as making the switch since last year, but until now neither Apple nor Burberry would give an exact timeframe. In the interim Ahrendts has been helping Burberry transition to her successor, CCO Christopher Bailey.

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Apple Q2 numbers show lower iPad revenue, growth in China and Japan

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, Investor, computers, Apple, iPad

As a part of announcing its second-quarter results, Apple has also posted a detailed breakdown (PDF), exposing further facts. They reveal, for instance, that Apple's iPad revenues dropped 16.4 percent year-over-year, shifting from roughly $8.7 billion to $7.6 billion. The company has typically seen continuous growth for the iPad, but units fell from just under 19.5 million to 16.3 million. Cook later clarified that inventory changes made the drop seem much more dramatic than it actually was in terms of end-user sales.

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Apple touts $45.6 billion in Q2 2014 revenues

21 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, computers, Apple, iPad

Apple has posted $45.6 billion in revenues in its second fiscal quarter, up from $43.6 billion the same period a year ago. Net profits rose from $9.5 billion to $10.2 billion, or from $10.09 per share to $11.62. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones, an increase from the 37.4 million in Q2 2013. iPad sales came in at 16.3 million units, below a Wall Street consensus forecast of 19.7 million. The company also recorded 4.1 million Macs.

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DoubleTwist MagicPlay adds AirPlay support to Google Play Music

22 hours ago | Posted in: software

Google Play Music on Android can be used to stream music through AirPlay devices, thanks to a release from doubleTwist. MagicPlay: AirPlay for Android, downloadable from Google Play and works with the existing doubleTwist Player, will act as a bridge between Google's Cast API for streaming to the Chromecast and AirPlay, granting the music service AirPlay support.

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Briefly: Viber 4.2 for iPhone, new STM laptop bags

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

Calling and messaging app, Viber, today has announced an update for its iPhone app featuring a redesign for iOS 7. Viber facilitates free world-wide calling and messaging over a WiFi or 3G connections to other Viber users, with calls made to non-Viber landlines and mobile numbers possible at low rates. Viber v4.2.0 features a revised aesthetic to compliment iOS 7, and the added ability to send up to 10 photos and videos at one time to reduce redundancy in file transfer. Users can now send longer video messages, and contacts can see when a user is typing a message to them from an Android tablet, Linux, Mac, PC, or Windows 8 device. Viber is free to download through iTunes for devices running iOS 6.0 or later.

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GameStop to add 23 Simply Mac, 400 Spring Mobile stores this year

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: industry

US-based game retailer GameStop is planning to add 23 Simply Mac locations this year, and as many as 400 Spring Mobile and Cricket locations, says the Star-Telegram. The company bought out Simply Mac and Spring Mobile last year in an attempt to diversify its revenue. Simply Mac is an authorized Apple reseller, whereas Spring Mobile sells AT&T products; Cricket is based on the AT&T network. The expansion is expected to cost up to $140 million, based on a mix of buying existing outlets and constructing new ones. GameStop says it expects to add 200 to 250 Spring locations and 100 to 150 Cricket outlets.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the phone that Android users have been craving for some time. Information coming out of Mobile World Congress painted the phone to be the next leap in innovation spearheaded by Samsung to breathe life back into their smartphones. From changes in the camera and adding pieces of technology to aid a healthy lifestyle, on top of a powerful set of internals, the phone has been set up by Samsung marketing to be the next must have phone for consumers at all levels. But is Samsung creating a phone that will indeed work for everyone, or are they stretching themselves too thin to cover so many ideas? Read our review and find out.

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Catcher technology pegged as supplying metal casings for iPhone 6

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry

Analysts for two financial firms, Barclays and Morgan Stanley, are contending that Taiwanese firm Catcher Technology will supply metal casings for the next-generation iPhone. Both firms in fact expect Catcher's share of iPhone 6 casings to top 10 million units this year. Much of the argument is based on Catcher's existing involvement in the Apple supply chain; the firm is thought to produce casings for both the MacBook Pro and the iPhone 5s, to the degree that 40 percent of its revenue stems from Apple orders.

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Google Maps adds option to view older Street View image collections

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design

Google has updated its online Maps service by adding the option to view earlier Street View imagery. Users of Google Maps can, in a number of locations, use previously-collected Street View photographs to explore an area, and be able to compare recent shots of the location with those from the same place dated from as far back as 2007.

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iOS apps: Movies by Flixster, Path, TextExpander

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in iOS apps

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    Movies by Flixster 6.11.1 (free)

    Movies provides users with reviews, trailers, and showtimes for all of the movies currently in theaters. Users can also find information on upcoming movies and titles recently released on DVD. A number of reported bugs have been addressed with this update.

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    Path 3.4.3 (free)

    Path is a social network where users can share various aspects of their day-to-day life. Support is included for capturing thoughts, photos, videos, places, music, movies, books, and even sleep. Version 3.4.3 includes a number of bug fixes and will be the last release that support iOS 6.

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    TextExpander 2.5.1 ($5)

    TextExpander allows users to create a library of abbreviation shortcuts for frequently used snippets of text. These snippets can then be used to quickly type text in more than 150 apps that include TextExpander support, such as OmniFocus, Things, and WriteRoom. A problem where plain text snippets could change to form mated text inadvertently has been fixed in this release.

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    Pinnacle Studio 5.0.1 ($13)

    Pinnacle Studio allows iPad users to edit film footage directly on their mobile device. Clips can be arranged on a storyboard, while built-in transitions, effects, and audio can be used to enhance footage. Various bugs have been fixed in the v5.0.1 update.

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    Image Blender 2.2.2 ($3)

    Image Blender is a tool for combining images with masks and different blend modes. Within the app users can specify exactly where images should be blended, and personalized filters with overlays can be saved for later use. Version 2.2.2 fixes issues with saving just a masked foreground. A problem where masks would not be cleared has also been resolved.

 

iOS 7.1.x code points to Siri support on Apple TV

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals

Code contained in iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 suggests that Apple is planning to bring Siri to the Apple TV. A PLIST file for Assistant -- an internal Apple name for Siri -- includes the Apple TV lineup under its collection of supported devices. Notably, though, no Apple TV to date has included the microphone that would be needed for Siri.

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Amazon signs deal for HBO content on Prime Instant Video, Fire TV

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Subscribers of Amazon Prime will be able to enjoy classic HBO shows in the near future, the retailer has revealed. At the same time, Amazon has announced HBO Go will be added to the company's Fire TV, allowing the streaming media box to show recently-broadcast programs as well as its archive of over 1,700 shows, original films, and specials.

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Update fixes FaceTime for Snow Leopard; iOS 6 support still broken

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, software, iPad

Apple has released a minor update for the OS X version of FaceTime, v1.0.5. The patch is aimed directly at resolving connection problems some people have been experiencing, particularly in OS X Snow Leopard. The file is a 17.6MB download at the Mac App Store.

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