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Beats, Apple post self-deprecating video celebrating union

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

A brief video has been posted by new Apple employee Dr. Dre on the Beats Twitter account that both celebrates and pokes fun at the union of the two companies. The video, which features animated versions of the Beats Pill speakers and the disembodied voice of Siri, will remind some of the "talking car" Chevron advertisements done by Aardman Animation, makers of Wallace & Gromit in its style of animation and light humor between "Mikey" and "Tina."

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Apple retail chief Ahrendts issues memo, visits Grand Central store

4 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Dame Angela Ahrendts dropped by the Grand Central Station Apple Store this afternoon to talk with workers and learn more about the operation there. She is continuing a tour of flagship stores, having previously been seen at the grand opening of the Omotesando store in Japan and other locations. Ahrendts also released a memo with a Q&A section talking about her vision and her early experiences as head of retail.

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Judge offers preliminary approval of Apple, states e-book settlement

6 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Having just raised doubts about the fairness of the proposed settlement between Apple and a coalition of states' attorneys general and consumer groups over the alleged e-book "price fixing" scandal, US District Judge Denise Cote has apparently reconsidered the deal and given a tentative okay to the settlement, which would see Apple pay $450 million to resolve the civil claims, with a catch: Apple would only pay a total of $70 million if the case gets remanded on appeal, or nothing at all if Cote's guilty verdict is reversed.

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Forums: iOS 8 questions and discussion

9 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps

With the Beta release of Yosemite in the hands of a million Mac owners, and questions about that subsiding, the next big question in the MacNN forums is about the future of iOS 8. Forum-goers discuss the future of the Mac desktop in two different threads, one asking if a consumer Mac Pro might surface, and the other questioning the possibility of a Retina iMac.

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Apple deals: refurbished Macs from $719

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $719. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $719. A $150 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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DealNN: MBPs, iMacs, cameras and more

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, audio, Apple

Adorama.com currently has the previous generation Retina 13.3-inch MacBook Pro on sale for $2,250. That' s $150 less than their regular price of $2,400, and $250 off the MSRP of $2,500. This MacBook Pro features a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

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WSJ: Beats Music head Ian Rogers to take charge of iTunes Radio

9 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Beats Music head Ian Rogers will also take charge of iTunes Radio as a part of Apple's acquisition of Beats, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The people add that having Rogers in charge of both units is intended to generate cohesion in Apple's streaming music options. How exactly that might manifest is unclear, but the Journal speculates that Apple may implement new subscription options.

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President signs DMCA exemption bill, cellphone unlocking legal again

10 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

President Barack Obama has signed the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," making cellphone unlocking by individuals or businesses legal again, at least temporarily. The bill reauthorizes an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which allowed unlocking. The matter will come up for debate before the Library of Congress in 2015, so the bill signature today isn't a permanent fix.

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Aereo files for emergency aid, company is 'bleeding to death'

11 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

Aereo is "figuratively bleeding to death" according to a court filing made last night by the Supreme Court-impacted Internet video service. The filing cites "staggering costs" that it is still paying to stay alive as a business entity while the and US Copyright Office debate if it should be treated like a cable company, like the Supreme Court alluded in its ruling against Aereo.

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No layoffs at Beats yet, source claims

11 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Although layoffs may be coming, no one at Beats has lost their job yet as a result of Apple's takeover, a source tells Billboard. "Every single person is going through Apple orientation, they're signing up for healthcare," the person comments, noting that everyone has been offered a full-time job at Apple, although as confirmed by the company some people are only being offered work for a limited time. Specifically, the source says that these people could lose their jobs in anywhere from three months to a year. Five people have reportedly been fired in "performance-based terminations."

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Briefly: Delta Airlines' iOS in-flight entertainment, Chameleon 8.5

11 hours ago | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Delta Airlines today release an update for both of its Fly Delta iOS app, now allowing access to free in-flight entertainment content. Available through its new Delta Studio initiative, the service will be available on all domestic and two-cabin aircrafts, and feature a variety of TV shows and movies through the on-board Wi-Fi. The updated Fly Delta app also includes access to past and current issues of Delta's Sky Magazine, as well as a Glass Bottom Jet feature which provides flight tracking information. Users of the Gogo Video Player app are permitted to stream and access content through in flight entertainment services. Fly Delta for iPhone and iPad are both free to download through iTunes.

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Leak claims redesigned home buttons for 4.7-, 5.5-inch iPhones

13 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

Photos obtained by a French site show what are claimed to be home buttons and connected flex cables for Apple's 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, sometimes dubbed the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air, respectively. Both differ not only from the iPhone 5s, but each other, with the 4.7-inch phone for instance having a straight cable, and the 5.5-inch device having a slightly bent one. The buttons themselves are also visibly different. Significantly, identification numbers appear to match previous leaks and other parts from Apple.

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Friday Deals: iPad Air, Readdle apps, OWC Garage Sale, more

13 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, software, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Once again, it's time for the MacNN and Electronista Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, our faithful readers. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!

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Vivendi/UMG transfers Beats stake over to Apple in $404M deal [u]

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

(Updated with Apple welcoming page) Vivendi's Universal Music Group has completed a sale of its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple, in a deal worth $404 million, according to an official statement. The company hasn't released any other details. In all, Apple is paying about $3 billion to acquire Beats.

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Casio G-Shock GBA-400 includes SoundHound-powered music recognition

15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe nearby music to the smartphone for recognition by SoundHound, displaying the track information on the watch's digital display.

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Apps: OmniPlan, ExpanDrive, Together

15 hours ago | Posted in apps

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    OmniPlan 2.3.6 ($200)

    OmniPlan is a project planning application that is capable of storing Gnatt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones and critical paths. The software also allows users to break down a project into smaller tasks that can be distributed among workers. The latest releases resolves a number of bugs and crashes, including a problem that resulted in task labels rendering poorly on printouts of the Gantt view. A crash that could occur when plugging and unplugging external monitors has also been fixed.

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    ExpanDrive 4.1.4 ($50)

    ExpanDrive builds cloud storage into any application by allowing the online storage account to act like a USB drive plugged into the Mac. Version 4.1.4 makes improvements to the app’s ability to detect new/deleted files on a remote server, as well as to support for Textmate 2. Support for very large S3 listings has also been fixed and non-ASCII characters on Google Drive should no longer create any problems.

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    Together 3.2.1 ($40)

    Together is a tool for storing, previewing, editing and searching a variety of files. Most items can be dragged to Together's main window or Shelf for quick access. The v3.2.1 update addresses a crash that could occur after importing a folder by moving it, as well as a problem where the last selected items would not be restored after a restart if "Close windows when quitting an application" is selected in General System Preferences.

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    Ember 1.8 ($50)

    Ember is a digital scrapbooking app that can be used to store and organize websites, photos, apps, and many other things. Any content added to the app can be organized into collections, while tags can be used to further sort items. With the latest update, users can now record their screen at 60fps. A problem with saving GIFs from the Ember browser via the right-click menus has also been fixed.

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    HoudahGeo 3.7.2 ($29)

    HoudahGeo enables users to link photos to the location where they were taken. Photos can be pinned to their respective locations, removing the need for a digital camera with built-in GPS capabilities. In v3.7.2, the software can now display speed in knots, and will also check if it has read privileges before trying to load an image. Furthermore, pasting coordinates now understands more number formats and separators.

 
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NetShade 6 adds KeyShade password manager, UI improvements

16 hours ago | Posted in: security, software, networking

Rayner Software has released Netshade 6, an update of its proxy/VPN client for the Mac. The main addition is actually KeyShade, a tool for storing passwords, notes, and bank and credit card info. Data is encrypted using AES-256, and synced across devices. Rayner says that a standalone version of KeyShade will be "coming soon" to Mac and iOS, but that for now it's tied to NetShade.

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Briefly: Wunderlist, Indiegogo apps; Typo 2 keyboard in pre-order

Fri August 1, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, software, accessories, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

To-do app Wunderlist has reached version 3.0, and is celebrating with fresh, iOS 7-inspired look, among other changes. The biggest changes users would immediately notice are the design, the real-time sync and a new option to make a list public. Users can also share lists with selected other Wunderlist users (such as family) across nearly any mobile or desktop platform, with instant updating.

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Briefly: Roam Mobility's new low rate plans, iKlip Stage app

Fri August 1, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones, iPad apps

Roam Mobility, a Canadian independent roaming SIM replacement provider, has announced its new unlimited roaming plans for travellers while in the US. Upon purchasing a one-time upgrade to the network ($2), users with one of the company's SIMs and an unlocked device can access Roam Mobility's new Text+Data plan ($2 per day) offering unlimited texting and 2G data; plans that include 4G LTE data, flex scheduling, a Snowbird incremental option, and more are also available at generally lower rates than before. Roam Mobility can be purchased from major retailers across Canada, such as London Drugs, Staples, 7-Eleven, and more.

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Review: SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear wireless headphones

Fri August 1, 2014 | Posted in: audio

When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with sweat or the ear cups not holding onto the user's head tightly enough, there are a bunch of inconveniences that occur. This isn't even considering the cords that can get in the way, resulting in headphones flying off someone's head or a plug being yanked from a device. Is there a set of headphones that can put active people at ease when wearing them? Perhaps, as SMS Audio, the company led by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, has released an active version of its Sync on-ear wireless headphones. Do the SMS Audio Sync Sports give users everything they want, while delivering great audio? Find out in our review.

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Apple updates Epson drivers, Yosemite Feedback Assistant

Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals, software, developer, Apple

On Thursday, Apple updated its supported drivers for Epson printers and scanners for all OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9) users, and also added an update intended only for those testing the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta (either developers or members of the Beta Seed Program). The latter is just a small incremental update to the Feedback Assistant used to send Apple data on issues with the beta, and is available to all Yosemite testers.

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Briefly: Wikipedia for iOS revamped, Ember screen recording launches

Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

The official Wikipedia app for iOS has received a major update, including a complete native rewrite and new additions. The free encyclopedia contains more than 32 million article in 280 languages; the newest version now features localization and international support. Wikipedia Mobile v4.0 includes a table of contents sidebar, so that users can easily navigate articles. Editing is enabled, meaning that users can now edit articles whether they are logged in or out of their Wikipedia account. The mobile app is free to download, and requires iOS 6.0 or later.

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Square announces expansion into EMV chip card readers for business

Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in: industry, security, enterprise

Square, a company that helped open mobile payments up to the masses, released news today that it would be expanding its device offerings with a reader for chip-based credit cards, now frequently used outside the US. While the company states that typical Europay, Master Card and Visa (EMV) solutions are costly, it will release an affordable model to enable sellers to accept the secure payments.

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Facebook updates photo app Slingshot, chat app Messenger for iOS

Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

On Thursday, Facebook updated two of its applications for iOS users: the now-required Messenger chatting program, and its SnapChat-like photo-messaging app Slingshot. The latter's biggest change is the removal of what was previously a puzzling core requirement of the app -- users no longer have to "reply" with a message, photo or video before being allowed to see the message, photo or video sent to them. The now-mandatory Messenger app has been updated to allow full-screen viewing of photos and videos.

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Briefly: Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 3, Blood Bowl on tablets

Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, iPad apps

During last week's San Diego Comic Con, Telltale Games, the developer of narrative-based adventure games like The Wolf Among Us, announced that it would be producing a third season of its popular The Walking Dead game. Details on the next season of the title are scarce, as it was only mentioned during a panel for Skybound Entertainment, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's imprint. The game likely won't be out anytime soon, as the company still hasn't wrapped up season two of The Walking Dead. It's also looking to release narrative games in the same style with Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones.

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Office for iPad gets PDF export, new fonts and Picture tools

Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in: iPad, iPad apps

Microsoft has updated its trio of Office apps for the iPad -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- adding a number of significant features. Perhaps the biggest addition is support for PDF export, but new third-party fonts have also been added, as have new Picture tools that let people crop an image or reset it to an unaltered state. Other changes are specific to Excel and PowerPoint.

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Apple CDN now live in US and Europe, analyst says

Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in: networking, Apple

Apple's proprietary content delivery network is now operational in the US and Europe, says Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. Its status was determined by conducting traceroutes for OS X downloads, which show that files are being shuttled directly from Apple to ISPs. The network is estimated to be capable of delivering multiple terabits per second.

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