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MacNN Deals: Upgrade how you use the Apple Watch

1 minute 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's collection revolves around the Apple Watch, including two stands to stylishly charge the smartwatch, as well as a way to improve the watch itself by replacing the band with a more colorful design.

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Plex forums breached, user data held to ransom by hacker

1 hour ago | Posted in: security

Plex is under threat from a hacker, attempting to blackmail the service by holding some of its customer data up for ransom. The streaming media software developer's forums have been breached, with the hacker demanding bitcoin from the company, otherwise the attacker will release all the acquired customer data, as well as other software and files picked up in the intrusion for all to see.

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Hands On: Scanner Pro 6 (iOS)

1 hour ago | Posted in: digital imaging, iPhone apps

There is no iPhone scanning app that will get you the same results you have from a desktop scanner like a Fujitsu ScanSnap or a portable document one like a Doxie. However, even portable ones need carrying around, and desktop ones need a desktop, whereas your iPhone is with you all the time and everywhere. What Scanner Pro 6 does is let you photograph a document, and calls that a scan. There are alternatives, and there have been five previous versions of this one, but developer Readdle adds improvements and one potentially brilliant new feature.

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Chicago extends existing laws to tax online services 9 percent

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Users of Netflix, Hulu Plus, and other streaming services in Chicago can expect to pay a higher subscription rate in the future, after the city changed laws. The "cloud tax" is effectively an extension of existing laws to add a nine-percent tax on streaming services and some other online platforms, which in at least one case will see the end price of services paid for by consumers in the city go up in order to compensate for the extra cost of business.

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Universal issues first full 'Steve Jobs' movie trailer

15 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Universal Studios has released a full-length, two-and-a-half-minute trailer for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, which is set to open on October 9 and features Michael Fassbender in the title role, along with Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, Kate Winslet as Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, and Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, the mother of Jobs' first child, Lisa.

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Hands On: GarageBand 10.1 (OS X)

16 hours ago | Posted in: software, audio, Apple

Following the launch of Apple Music, Apple pushed out the latest version of GarageBand for both Mac and iOS. GarageBand, as you are likely aware, is Apple's entry-level music production software that ships free with all Macs. While the latest release doesn't do much to change the experience of using the software, it does introduce a range of additional content that can be used to create new music.

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Daily Deals: Bose Solo TV, MacBook Pro, Brother printer

17 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

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 checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the dead ones, and have added a bunch more, including the Bose Solo TV Sound System, a refurbished MacBook Pro, and a Brother multifunction printer.

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Prince removes music catalog from majority of streaming services

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry, audio

The battle for musicians to receive payment for their music from streaming services has resulted in an unusual move by one artist. Prince has started to request that all streaming services pulls his back catalog of tracks from their collections, with Spotify being one of the first to remove the singer's music, though according to a report, the struggling Tidal will apparently continue streaming Prince's songs to subscribers.

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Apple warns users on new Trim support in 10.10.4

19 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, hacks, Apple

Although many are celebrating the long-awaited arrival of Trim support for third-party SSD storage that can be enabled by users, Apple's implementation of it should be considered preliminary, and comes with an unusual and strongly-worded warning that offers no support if the user should experience problems. In addition, some popular SSD models, notably Samsung's 840 and 850 lines, may be subject to a data-destroying bug if Trim is activated.

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Hands On: Hook 1.03 (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

20 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPad apps

Sometimes, we want to engage our mind, while at the same time turning it off. Hook by Maciej Targoni is a super-minimalist puzzler with simple controls for solving problems that can be fantastically complex. It's all about interlocking pieces that fit together in very specific ways. The player must figure out in what order the different pieces can be removed to clear the board.

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App Update: RapidWeaver, M3Unity, Printopia, more

21 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 RapidWeaver, M3Unity, Printopia, OmniFocus, and DNSCrypt.

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MacNN Deals: Three discounted subscriptions for online services

21 hours ago | Posted in: software

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 a trio of online services that can help you back up your data, create a business plan, and privately browse the Internet.

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Some PC users won't get Windows 10 update on July 29 launch day

22 hours ago | Posted in: software

Prospective users of Windows 10 may have to wait before being able to use the next version of Microsoft's operating system, the software company has revealed. A blog post advises that it will be rolling out Windows 10 to Windows Insiders first on July 29, then reserved systems will be notified that they can upgrade in waves after the launch date, with subsequent waves increasing in size.

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Hands On: OmniFocus for Apple Watch

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

It's not even an app. The actual app is OmniFocus 2.5.3 for iOS, it's just when you get that, you get this. Yet the Apple Watch version of OmniFocus is good enough, and complete enough, that you could genuinely use it by itself. You'd be mad to, with the iPhone on your person or two feet away from you, but you could -- and it's a remarkable example of what can be done on the Watch right now.

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Giveaway reminder: Win an Apple iMac with Retina 5K display

23 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

If you want to get your hands on the Apple iMac with Retina 5K display for free via the MacNN Deals giveaway, this is your reminder to enter. The competition, to win the iMac with a 27-inch 5120x2880 IPS display worth $2,000, will be closing in less than a week, so if you want the chance to own it, you have to act quickly.

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Apple Music launch cripples Home Sharing, alters iTunes Match

Thu July 2, 2015 | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple

The heralded Apple Music service launch has accompanied a merger of iTunes Match with Apple's new streaming service. However, possibly to appease record labels, some significant changes have been made to iTunes functionality, including the removal of Home Sharing for music on the iPhone and iPad, as well as substituting iTunes Matched songs downloaded to a device with DRM-laden versions.

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BlueStacks releases Mac version of Android emulator

Thu July 2, 2015 | Posted in: software

BlueStacks has released a completed version of its BlueStacks for Mac app, allowing for Android apps and games to be played from OS X. Originally launched in 2012 in alpha but only being finalized now, the BlueStacks App Player for Mac emulates the same functionality offered by Android tablets and smartphones, but on the desktop, and without the need for users to own an Android device in the first place.

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Hands On: Xenowerk 1.2.4 (iOS)

Thu July 2, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

We're not sure if anyone expected iOS to be home to so many shooters, but lo and behold, a quick search for shooters in the App Store yields thousands of results for tons of action-packed, gun-slinging adventures, but so few of them are done well. It's a gallery of poor mechanics We're here to change that, with today's offering of Xenowerk, a sci-fi shooter with some serious style.

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Briefly: YouTube 60fps mode on mobile, White House lifts camera ban

Thu July 2, 2015 | Posted in: software, digital imaging, iPhone apps

Google has updated both its iOS and Android apps to allow for playback of 60fps content, reports The Next Web. Originally introduced in October for videos viewed in the browser at 1080p and 720p resolutions, and also implemented for live streams, the 60fps clips can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet, with the majority of the higher frame rate content consisting of gameplay videos.

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Game Replay: Batman issues, Scrolls shutting down next year

Wed July 1, 2015 | 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, a report claims the problems of the PC edition of Batman: Arkham Knight were known about for months, Mojang is shutting down the Scrolls servers next year, and a developer explains delays in Star Citizen's FPS component.

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Editorial: Pardon? You don't like Apple Music?

Wed July 1, 2015 | Posted in: audio, Apple

It's not compulsory to like anything, and the world would be a dull place if everybody thought the same way. Plus, there are criticisms you can make of Apple Music's launch, its various limitations, and how iTunes 12 is still complex, some of which we delved into earlier today. Only Apple Music is getting a bad press primarily for being good, and for doing what you'd expect a streaming music service to do. It has honestly been criticized for being fun. Damn those Apple people, how dare they make something fun? Don't they know music is serious?

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Exclusive: Apple App Store's Chris Bledsoe talks failure

Wed July 1, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

Chris Bledsoe was on the team at Apple that launched the App Store. On The Successful Failure podcast, the Apple executive has given a rare interview about failure, success, and what you can learn from each. While little actual concrete data was given about Apple's internal makeup, Bledsoe discusses the general culture around the launch, as well as provides some insights on the pressures that new product launches are under.

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Hands On: Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition (OS X, Windows)

Wed July 1, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, software

There are moments in the past each one of us wishes have gone differently. From an embarrassing scene we can't live down, to the regret piled on from a missed opportunity, we're reminded how fleeting time can be in hindsight. For some of us, these moments repeat in our minds as we attempt to find a scenario in which all the right things are said and done to alleviate the pain they cause. Bracket Games dives into this character flaw in Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition, a piece of interactive fiction centered on a family in the midst of a turning point. But is it worth reliving harsh times in order to grow, or is Bracket Games setting players up for a lifetime of hurt?

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Hands On: iTunes 12.2.0 (OS X)

Wed July 1, 2015 | Posted in: audio, Apple

It's been called over-complicated, it's been called confusing, but it's also been called the place where you keep all your music by nearly everyone in the civilized world. That last has now changed: it's the place you get to almost all the music ever created in the history of the world, and then some. Okay, maybe no,t but we had -- hang on, let's check -- 9,692 songs yesterday and today we have (counts on fingers) 30,000,000, give or take the Beatles. The new iTunes 12.2 for Mac brings some minor changes, and one massive one with the introduction of Apple Music to OS X.

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Pointers: Summer Project: E-publishing, part six

Wed July 1, 2015 | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design

You're at the stage now where you know you will never have to write another word of your book ever again. Meanwhile, we're at the stage of wondering how to break it to you that you still have some writing to do. However, we've decided to build up to that after taking you through the next stage of the e-publishing process. In this part of the Pointers Summer Project, we'll actually, genuinely, thoroughly produce an e-book. We'll also prepare the paperback, and you'll see why that takes a step more.

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Daily Deals: Mariner Software sale, Starbucks brewer, Wi-Fi extender

Wed July 1, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

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 checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the dead ones, and have added a bunch more, including a sale on Mariner Software titles, an effectively-free Wi-Fi range extender, and a Starbucks brewer for $60.

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