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Comcast tests $30 fee to remove Internet service data cap in Florida

31 minutes ago | Posted in: networking

Comcast is testing out an extra fee that will help Internet customers avoid paying out excess bandwidth-related charges on their monthly bill, in areas where a cap is enforced. The cable company is allowing customers in areas of Florida to pay $30 extra per month for unlimited data through the fiber network, letting subscribers go above their monthly usage allowance without worrying about receiving a higher than expected bill the following month.

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Asustor rolls out quartet of Broadwell-powered NAS appliances

33 minutes ago | Posted in: security, networking

Asustor has announced the launch of 4 high performance tower model network attached storage (NAS) devices.These new models are the first in the world to be equipped with Intel Braswell processors and feature the AS6202T and AS6204T powered by quad-core processors and the AS6102T and AS6104T powered by dual-core processors.

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One More Thing podcast episode 2: Downton Apple

1 hour ago | Posted in: Apple

All the news that's fit to say plus a lot that really isn't because it's just speculation. We'd say this has been the worst week for people guessing what Apple is up to and Apple dropping hints about what it isn't doing yet, except that most weeks are the worst week for that. In this second edition of the Other MacNN Podcast, One More Thing, William Gallagher and Malcolm Owen join some dots, right some wrongs and generally put the world to rights. It's the MacNN guarantee: we'll put the world to rights for you, but you'd probably best tune in to find out exactly how we're doing that. Also to learn the details of our Thingies of the Week.

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Troll Touch debuts TrollCover IR plug-and-play touchscreen for iMacs

1 hour ago | Posted in: peripherals

Apple computer touchscreen provider Troll Touch has announced the immediate availability of the TrollCover IR touchscreen solution for 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs. The new TrollCover is end-user installable, and eliminates the need for the customer to send the computer to Troll Touch for outfitting.

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Polaroid Snap resurrects instagram-like photos for 21st century

2 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

At Berlin's IFA trade show, Polaroid has shown the Snap -- a digital camera that makes prints without ink cartridges. The camera, similar to the Z2300 unveiled in 2012 uses encapsulated ZINK paper, coupled with the 10MP camera sensor in the camera to deliver 2x3-inch prints shortly after snapping the picture.

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MacNN Deals: Software offers to organize and protect your Mac

2 hours ago | Posted in: software

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three offers involve software to improve your Mac usage, including performing maintenance on hard drives, organizing your music collection, and a bundle of productivity apps.

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Netgear launches D7800 X4S Nighthawk VDSL/ADSL Modem Router

3 hours ago | Posted in: networking

Networking company Netgear has launched the D7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 WiFi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router. With a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and built-in DSL modem, it is the first DSL modem router on the market to support the latest Wave 2 Wi-Fi technology with Quad-Stream on both bands as well as Multi-User MIMO-capability.

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Asus shows RT-AC5300 router with eight antennas at IFA

3 hours ago | Posted in: networking

Asus has unveiled what it claims to be a wireless router with the "world's fastest Wi-Fi" connection at Germany's IFA show this morning. The RT-AC5300 takes its cue from the RT-AC3200 in using a large number of antennas, with this router using a total of eight detachable dual-band along all four main edges of the device to help it achieve speeds of up to 5.3Gbps over Wi-Fi, using both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands.

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Toshiba Q300, Q300 pro SSD line unveiled at IFA trade show

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

Alongside a hard drive lineup replacement, Toshiba also announced a pair of SSD-based storage solutions today. The new SSDs include the Toshiba Q300 Pro Series, built for gaming and creative applications, and the Toshiba Q300 Series Internal SSD, aimed at upgraders from traditional hard drives.

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Hands On 30/30 2.1.4 (iOS)

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Whether you're a student, a freelancer, a weekend warrior, or just someone who is looking to stay on task, time-management skills are pretty tricky. Maybe you fall prey to taking breaks that are too long. Maybe you find yourself allocating your time incorrectly. Whatever the reason, we're going to show you our favorite app for getting stuff done: 30/30.

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Toshiba completely refreshes desktop, laptop hard drive lines

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

Toshiba's Digital Products Division announced today four new performance internal hard disk drive models. The new lineup includes three desktop and one mobile option, with up to 6TB of storage. The 3.5-inch desktop internal HDDs include the Toshiba X300 Series, built for gaming and graphics; the Toshiba P300 Series, for high-performance mainstream users; and the Toshiba E300 Series, for reliable performance with low power management. Additionally, the Toshiba L200 Series, a 2.5-inch mobile drive, has also been released

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WD shows My Book Pro Thunderbolt 2 RAID 0,1 drive array

4 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage

WD today introduced the My Book Pro Thunderbolt 2 storage device. The array pre-formatted for OS X is available in four capacities, is aimed at 4k content producers, and pairs two 7200 RPM hard drives on a Thunderbolt 2 interface to deliver 435MB/s transfer rates.

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Intel details entire range of sixth-generation Skylake processors

4 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Intel has finally confirmed its entire lineup of Skylake processors, produced using a 14nm process, at its IFA keynote address in Germany this morning. The sixth generation of Intel Core processors detailed today consists of 48 new processors, including 20 destined for use in desktop systems and servers and 26 designed for notebooks and tablets, one of which is an unlocked mobile processor meant for enthusiast notebooks.

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Second Apple vs Samsung damages retrial set for March or April

12 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over both of the previous Apple vs Samsung juried trials (and one prior damages retrial), has set a date in either March or April of next year for the second damages retrial stemming from the first patent trial, brought on by a decision from the Federal Court of Appeals. That first patent trial's original $1.05 billion judgement against Samsung has been steadily whittled down through appeals, and is now approximately half its original amount.

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Apple patents smoke detection system for mobile devices

15 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

A recently discovered patent filing suggests Apple has considered adding the ability for an iPhone or an iPad to warn users of a potential fire. Patent number 9,123,221 describing "Wireless device networks with smoke detection capabilities" could lead to a future iPhone helping protect lives and property by discovering nearby smoke, and using its network connectivity to pass alerts to other nearby electronic devices to save others.

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Apple continues hiring from Tesla, automotive industries

17 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, software, developer, Apple

Apple has recently hired some further new engineers from Testla Motors and others with automotive backgrounds, fueling rumors of further work in vehicle electronics (with less credible reports claiming Apple is working on its own car). Among the recent hires, who may or many not be working on the same projects, are a technologist involved with automotive algorithms, two engineers from Tesla, and a former operations manager at India's Tata Motors.

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Follow-up: new Apple Store design as seen in Tennessee revealed

18 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

The new design for standalone, non-flagship Apple Stores as mentioned in our recent story on the approval process happening in Tennessee has been revealed in filings with the Germantown Design Review Commission. The new design, which will also be used in stores opening overseas this fall, is not a radical departure from existing designs, but replaces the stainless steel facade with a granite paneling, and increases the use of natural light, plants, and other environmental elements.

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Forums: Kernel task compressed memory, Time Capsule problems and more

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple

Today in the MacNN Forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit is wondering if anyone else has the same problem they have been having with kernel task compressed memory. Also today, Forum Regular "Harvey" turned to the forums after some strange issues started popping up with a 3 year old Time Capsule.

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Game Replay: Star Wars Battlefront beta, Metal Gear Solid V issues

18 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, EA announces there will be a beta of Star Wars Battlefront, buyers of physical copies of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for PC get a nasty surprise, Nintendo brings the New 3DS to the United States, and Microsoft brings out an "Elite" version of the Xbox One with faster storage.

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Hands On: Legends of Ooo 3.0 (iOS)

18 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

You've probably noticed that we're big fans of Adventure Time here. We've checked out quite a few of their mobile titles, but somehow forgot to bring you one of our favorites. Today, we correct that mistake, and show you a fun point-and-click adventure featuring Finn, Jake, and all your Adventure Time favorites: Legends of Ooo.

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Apple deals: Mac mini from $419

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple's online store has been restocked with refurbished Mac mini configurations in all price ranges. An $80 discount drops the cost on the refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $419. A discount of $110 is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $589.

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Next gen video codec standard group formed by Google, MS, Intel

21 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, developer

Seven leading Internet companies today announced formation of the Alliance for Open Media -- an open-source project that will develop next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies in the public interest. The Alliance's founding members are Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix. The new Alliance is committing its collective technology to meet growing Internet demand for top-quality video, audio, imagery and streaming across devices of all kinds and for users worldwide.

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Daily Deals: ViewSonic 28-inch monitor, Samsung 500GB SSD, Nikon D7100

22 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

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 new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include a 500GB Samsung external SSD for $175, a refurbished Nikon D7100 for $600, and a 28-inch ViewSonic 1080p monitor for $187.

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App Update: Unreal Engine, TextExpander, Ableton Live, more

23 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, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to Unreal Engine, TextExpander, Ableton Live, OmniGraffle, NZB Drop, and Atom.

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Briefly: new Memphis store, VMA two-party Apple Music ad

23 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

Apple is planning to build one of its first "next-generation" standalone stores in the US in the Memphis suburb of Germantown, with the new design debuting overseas this fall, according to Apple Senior Director of Development Rick Millitello, who presented the plans for the new store to the Germantown Design Review Commission. The change will move the store slightly within its present Shops of Saddle Creek North location.

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Telestream debuts Wirecast Go, RTMP-streaming iOS app

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Digital media tools and workflow solutions provider Telestream has announced Wirecast Go, a stand-alone iPhone live video streaming application. Wirecast Go will enable users to capture content using their iPhone camera, insert graphics, logos, titles and other images and then stream live directly to YouTube or any other Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) server with in-app purchase.

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