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Apple replacing some USB-C cables sold in June 2015

Apple has launched an exchange program for some USB-C cables that it sold in June 2015, both packed-in with the MacBook launched that year, as well as sold separately at Apple Retail stores and other venues. According to Apple, only a "limited number of cables" have a flaw that, while not dangerous to connected equipment, may interfere with proper charging of a connected device.

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Living With: Logitech K380 keyboard

We've been testing a lot of Logitech keyboards lately and, just between you and me, we were considering doing a kind of smackdown group test of the lot. However, when your water cooler conversations become heated about plastic keyboards, though, it's time to take a look at yourself and your priorities in life. That's not to say I won't cave in, especially if the alternative is to discuss football, but right now I'd like you to imagine that the smackdown happened in private and that the Logitech K380 won. Keep this in mind, though -- it's still the most blue keyboard I've ever used.

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Cable lobbyists write FCC, seek limited Internet privacy regulation

An assortment of special interest groups are petitioning US Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler to limit privacy protections offered to Internet users, under the guise of hampering innovation and harming consumers. Among the petitioners are cable and broadcast industry advocacy groups The American Cable Association, U.S. Telecom Association, Consumer Technology Association, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and others.

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1 4h ago

Hands On: MindNode 2.2.2 for OS X and 4.2.2 for iOS

We've previously covered MindNode in both its iOS and OS X versions and the short version is that we liked them, they're handy and easy to use mind mapping apps. It's a regularly updated and well cared for app, though, with the universal version for iPhone and iPad having since gone through 14 further revisions since our January 2015 look. Now in its latest versions, MindNode 2.2.2 for OS X and MindNode 4.2.2 for iOS have added To Do tasks right into their maps. Given how often we use mind maps as the start of a process that concludes with a long To Do list, it's only surprising that we've never thought to hanker for this feature before.

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Daily Deals: Vizio sound stand, 55-inch LG 4K TV, 2015 MacBook

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN search through online retailers for bargains, offers, and discounts on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. The still-alive deals from yesterday have been kept with dead deals moved off the list, with the new additions including a 55-inch 4K LG TV for $698, a Vizio 2.1-channel sound stand for $78, and other potential Valentine's Day gifts.

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Cue, Federighi spill details about iTunes, iCloud volume on podcast

In a surprise podcast appearance, Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi appeared to discuss Apple's forthcoming iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 releases. Additionally, on the appearance, the pair discussed the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, and the number of iCloud account holders.

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Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store

In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l


FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google

After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk


iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?

Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY


Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal

Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG


AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s

Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k


Google prevails in UK street mapping case

Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt


TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS

Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF