Time once again for another episode of The MacNN Podcast, this time episode 22! Since it was quite a notable week, this week's chat between Editor Charles, Managing Editor Mike, and staffers Michelle, Bradley, and Sanjiv is pretty jam-packed. The big story of the week was the launch of Apple Music, and we spend time on both the good and bad of that, but we talk about a lot more as well. Show notes after the jump.
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5 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've wiped the slate clean of all old deals, with the new batch including an Ultra HD monitor from Dell, an MSI gaming notebook, and a massive Canon EOS Rebel T5i bundle.
5 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
"Quick proposal," began the message from managing editor Mike Wuerthele. "How about not wearing your Apple Watch for seven days?" I've just gulped typing those words to you and it's some hours since the message. When this happened I was a little bit more tetchy, explaining that I couldn't do this because – quite reasonably – "I hate you." Only, it's a good idea. My Watch has become part of my regular life, an unthinking and automatic part of it, so doing without it for a time will make me think about it. Surely I'll be better positioned to quantify what I missed, surely I'll be able to assess what I feel has been a boon to my working life.
A NBA player is blaming the screen size of Apple's iPhone 6 plus for a persistent arm injury. San Antonio Spurs player Matt Bonner is citing his own experience, as well as that of his training staff for the claim that the larger device necessitating a longer reach across the device as well as changes in use habits is responsible for his tennis elbow-like injury.
7 hours ago | Posted in: software
Microsoft is allegedly close to finalizing software included in the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 10, one that it will be providing to manufacturers to install on their computers, notebooks, and tablets. Sources of The Verge claim the RTM build of Windows 10 will be ready sometime this week, ahead of the new operating system's final release to consumers that is scheduled to take place on July 29.
7 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 here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to iWatermark Pro, Pixy, HoudahSpot, Flip4Mac Player, Hands Off!, Road Trip Planner, and Cocktail (Mavericks Edition).
Digital money transfer providers PayPal and Xoom have announced a definitive agreement under which PayPal will acquire Xoom for $25 per share in cash or an approximate $890 million enterprise value. The transaction represents a premium of 32 percent over Xoom's three-month volume-weighted average price and was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, as well as the Board of eBay, PayPal's parent company (for the time being).
8 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
A memo to supermarket chain Waitrose employees (and seemingly confirmed by Apple UK training documents) appears to reveal that Apple Pay in the UK will launch on July 14, albeit with varying restrictions on how much buyers can purchase without having to enter additional information. According to reports, most merchants will have a limit of £20 ($31.24 US) on any kind of contactless payment system, except some new POS terminals that are specifically designed to support Apple Pay.
8 hours ago | Posted in: gaming
"Welcome to Jurassic Park!" -- Richard Attenborough's John Hammond beckons us to enjoy what was supposed to be, and did eventually become, Disneyland meets the zoo meets the natural history museum. Of course, all is never as it seems. Now, one of the biggest film franchises of all time finally gets the Lego treatment just in time for its return to the big screen with Lego Jurassic World, from Lego game developers extraordinaire Traveller's Tales and porting house Feral Interactive.
9 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging
Polaroid is opening up a second generation of its compact Cube action camera up for preorder. The Polaroid Cube+ is another small video camera, measuring the same 35mm in each direction as the original, but this time the Plus adds in wireless connectivity to a smartphone or tablet using the companion app and Wi-Fi, providing viewfinder, remote controls, and faster sharing of captured video and images, at a range of up to 30 feet.
9 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage
Samsung Electronics today expanded its retail SSD line, and has introduced the 2TB versions of its 850 Pro and 850 Evo solid state drives (SSDs). Samsung guarantees the 2TB 850 Pro for 10 years or 300TB written, and the 2TB 850 Evo for five years or 150TB written to the drive.
9 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging
GoPro today announced its latest action camera, the Hero4 Session. The camera, is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than GoPro's Hero4 Black and Silver camera and benefits from a new durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a discrete housing.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's group of offers relate to keeping your online life safe, including managing your various passwords on multiple devices, and protecting your data by backing it up online regularly.
12 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, audio, Apple
Over the period of time since iTunes 12.2 was released, MacNN has been receiving spotty reports of iTunes library corruptions. We've begun preliminary testing on the root cause, and a final determination or possible workaround is some time away -- however, w do have solid data pointing to iTunes corrupting libraries hosted over an OS X network share periodically. More problematically, iTunes libraries accessed over an SMB share from either a Windows-based computer or network attached storage (NAS) device are frequently damaged by some iTunes process.
13 hours ago | Posted in: software, networking, Apple
Hidden inside Apple's flood of releases last week, the Cupertino manufacturer released a point update to OS X Server for OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite. The server package that adds functionality to the base OS X "client" has been incremented to version 4.1.3, and brings security fixes, stability improvements, and importantly improved reliability of Time Machine backups and restores.
13 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple
It is in all ways a great thing that Apple Music includes the ability for you to download music to listen to when you don't have an internet connection -- or you don't want to use the one you've got. If you're away from Wi-Fi and have a limit on how much data you can download without surcharges, Apple Music can eat through that like nobody's business. Plus whatever your plan, streaming much just kills your battery. So being able to have one big downloading session before you head out the door is brilliant. It's also ridiculously confusing.
14 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
As a music fan, I'm delighted that Apple Music is finally here. The thought of being able to access most of Apple's iTunes catalog for a low monthly fee is a mouth-watering prospect. Before services like this were available, I would routinely spend two or three times as much every month on buying new music to feed my addiction. Therein lies the problem for independent artists, but also all artists at large, as streaming services move from being marginal, secondary sources of income to something increasingly material.
14 hours ago | Posted in: industry
MasterCard is testing out an unusual method to verify the identity of a credit or debit card holder, by using photographs as an authentication method. The app is said to require the user to take a self portrait at the time of purchase in order to prove who they are, as MasterCard explores alternative ways for users to make mobile payments without having to provide a fingerprint or remember a PIN or password each time.
22 hours ago | Posted in: gaming
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Microsoft is bringing Minecraft to Windows 10, Club Nintendo ends in North America, Sales are halted and refunds offered for Final Fantasy XIV for Mac, and the revelation that Destiny could have been a funnier game.
Sun July 5, 2015 | Posted in: accessories, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Therapy for a disabled person is a mixed bag. Sometimes the body cooperates, and sometimes the mind. Sometimes both, sometimes neither -- and neither is what we got this week. Regardless, the therapists soldiered on, with some pretty solid initial tech solutions for therapy and common recovery stumbling blocks.
Sun July 5, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to Freedom Deals, the one-off version of Daily Deals that we're using to highlight some of the online offers, discounts, bundles, and sales going on this weekend, in honor of the Fourth of July. Notable deals include the freedom-creating Broforce, a collection of large HDTVs, and a Wii U with Splatoon. Normal deals service will resume tomorrow.
Sun July 5, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps
The Nightjar by developer Somethin' Else is a science fiction thriller in which the player has been abandoned alone on a spaceship which is about to self-destruct. All the lights have gone out, so there's a lot of bumping into walls and following sounds. Thankfully, Benedict Cumberbatch is talking to you through an ear piece and knows how to get you safely off the ship... probably.
Sun July 5, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
We've said this before about how we come up with the apps we review -- sometimes we're approached by the developers who request we take a look at their app, sometimes we go looking for apps we think the readers would be interested in, and sometimes readers alert us to the existence of an app we should write about through our tips email. Even when we don't like something, we try to be constructive in our criticisms. However, periodically we come across something that will spark in us either blinding rage or numbing apathy. Either way, we're just not sure we can squeeze a whole article out of it that isn't just the word "meh" over and over again, or simply a picture of Zoidberg yelling, "your app is bad, and you should feel bad!" Join us, for this first installment of a periodic column shaming the worst of the choices on the App Store that we randomly get corralled to examine.
Sun July 5, 2015 | Posted in: industry, software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Happy post-Fourth of July! We hope you emerged from the holiday unburnt from the sun, the grill, or explosives! Today marks our second iteration of a new column about the stories that entertained us, informed us, or just plain tickled us in the course of the week. We're not just highlighting our own writing -- anything that we've discussed behind the scenes here at MacNN is fair game. Read on for thoughts on the events of the week in the tech world including a bevy of Apple Music stories, just as many OS X tales, and some goofy stories from around the web.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in:
Happy pre-Fourth of July! We here at Electronista and MacNN wish our readers a happy US Independence Day -- yes, even our readers from the UK, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. In all seriousness, we've still got great things planned for the weekend. We'll still bring you anything urgent that pops up, as well as the second part of our Technology in Recovery series, plus a recap of the big stories of the week on Sunday. Until we see you again, toss those burgers on the grill, and have a happy and safe July fourth holiday!
Following the decision to release his first album The Chronic as an Apple Music exclusive, untitled Apple executive Dr. Dre will debut a new bi-weekly radio show on Beats 1 on Saturday, July 4, entitled "The Pharmacy," focusing on West Coast urban music and other tracks of interest to Dre. The first episode will debut at 6PM ET, and joins a host of other shows hosted by prominent musicians.
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