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Hands On: Planetary Annihilation (OS X, Windows, Linux)

1 hour ago | Posted in: gaming, software

In August 2012, a team from Uber Entertainment launched a kickStarter campaign, aiming to raise $900,000 to make a new real-time strategy game called Planetary Annihilation. After two years of work and raising over $2.2 million, as well as other funds via "early access," the game is finally released outside of beta, and gamers can finally try out what backers have been playing for some time during the game's development.

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Doximity: doctors a prime market for fast iPhone 6 adoption

3 hours ago | Posted in: education, iPhone, developer, Apple

Although it is not surprising to learn that Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad have an above-average adoption rate among medical professionals, new information from a networking site devoted to doctors has shed new insight on the relationship between Apple and the medical field. Doximity, described by Forbes as a "LinkedIn for doctors," reports that of its 300,000 member database, some 85 percent of doctors carry iPhones -- and they tend to upgrade to new models very quickly.

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Roundup: games for iOS at PAX Prime 2014

6 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software, iPad apps

At this year's Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, there was no shortage of iPad games on the show floor. From independent developers to more well-known names in publishing, there weren't enough genres of games to keep all levels of players engaged. Electronista was on hand to take a look at some of the games that are out now or coming to iOS in the future.

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Briefly: Q Card Case Wallet, NovaPack battery case for iPhone 6

7 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

Mobile accessories designer CM4 has announced the introduction of its Q Card Case for the iPhone 6. A one-piece design, the Q Card case protects the user's phone in addition to storing credit cards, cash and IDs. Its rubber-and-fabric composition aims to minimize overall bulk. The Q Card Case for iPhone 6 is now available to order for $40, with shipping beginning next week.

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Automattic reacts to leak of Gmail logins, resets 100,000 passwords

16 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security

Fallout could still be on the way as a result of the collection of nearly five million Gmail username and password credentials leaked on a Russian Bitcoin forum, but for now at least one company is taking action. Automattic, the company responsible for the blogging platform WordPress, announced it has reset user passwords for more than 100,000 accounts based on the information contained in the list.

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Briefly: PrivacyScan update for OS X, EditReady 1.1 launches

16 hours ago | Posted in: computers, security, software, Apple

SecureMac has released an update for its privacy software for OS X, featuring a new digital footprint security wipe functionality. PrivacyScan allows users to erase sensitive information to securely prevent recovery, as such cache files, browsing history, cookies, temporary files and more. The latest version (v1.6) improves compatibility with future versions of OS X, and also adds greater Firefox web browser support and fixes. PrivacyScan is priced at $15 on the App Store, with a free demo version available directly through SecureMac.

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National Federation of the Blind sues Uber over refused rides, abuses

Sat September 13, 2014 | Posted in: industry, troubleshooting

Ride sharing service Uber is being sued by the California branch of the National Federation of the Blind for mistreatment of the disabled. The complaint, filed in the Northern California District Court, alleges refusal of rides to blind persons with service dogs, abandonment of blind travelers in harsh weather conditions, and cancellation fee being charged after being refusing to transport blind riders. Additionally, there is one report of a Uber ride share driver putting a service dog in the trunk of the car, with the driver refusing to pull over and rectify the situation when the passenger realized where the dog was riding.

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G-Technology shows Thunderbolt 2 64TB G-Speed Studio XL

Sat September 13, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage

Storage solutions provider G-Technology announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-Speed Studio XL. Expanding on the two–bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-Speed Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions which launched earlier this year, the G-Speed Studio XL holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives. Fully populated and properly configured, the array is capable of moving in excess of 1.3GB per second.

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Full extent of J.P.Morgan hack not known, two months after attack

Sat September 13, 2014 | Posted in: industry, security

Information security professionals are still apparently sorting out the depth of an intrusion at J.P.Morgan Chase from earlier this summer. Three people with information regarding the digital break-in have spoken to press, claiming that the hackers had -- and in some cases may still have -- high-level access to bank servers, as well as gleaning information from around a million customer accounts.

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MIcrosoft closing in on $2.5B Mojang deal, may be announced Monday

Sat September 13, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry, gaming

More details are emerging from Microsoft regarding the rumored deal for Mojang deal. According to sources familiar with the matter, the software giant could announce the deal which would net it the Minecraft developer as soon as Monday, for $2.5 billion in cash. The acquisition cost is about eight times the developer's sales for 2014, and there is no clear known heir to the Minecraft throne in the pipeline.

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H.265 video on iPhone 6 models to improve FaceTime over cellular

Sat September 13, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple, iPad

In addition to the more publicly-known features found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's tech specs page for the new models has revealed that they support H.265 video encoding and decoding, otherwise known as High Efficiency Video Coding. It allows the same quality of video as H.264, but using only half as much bandwidth -- allowing FaceTime video-conferencing calls to maintain the necessary quality on cellular networks without requiring large amounts of data. It could foreshadow the option of multi-party FaceTime calls on broadband.

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Cook: Apple working on projects 'not even rumored'

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

In a new interview for the PBS Charlie Rose show, Apple CEO Tim Cook adds some small tidbits to hs previous public statements around Apple's latest products. Specifically, he reveals that the company's "great interest" in television is continuing, that the company is working on products not even "rumored about yet," and more.

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Details on Apple Pay revealed: 'safer' system, Apple gets 0.15 percent

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, developer, Apple, iPad

Some of the details of Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, have been revealed in a report by Britain's The Financial Times. As briefly alluded to by CEO Tim Cook, Apple does get a small commission on sales made using Apple Pay, to the tune of 0.15 percent (15 cents on every $100 spent), though this does not affect the purchase price.

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Apple delays introduction of SMS Continuity, iCloud Photo Library

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, digital imaging, iPad

Two key iOS 8 features -- SMS Continuity and iCloud Photo Library -- have been pushed to October. The delay was quietly mentioned in a press release from earlier this week. Even when Photo Library does appear, it will only be in beta form. The feature has meanwhile been removed from Apple's iCloud marketing page, and it can't be found in the iOS 8 gold master.

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U2's 'Songs of Innocence' downloaded over two million times

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: industry

U2's Songs of Innocence album -- which Apple is currently giving away for free via iTunes -- has already been downloaded over two million times since Tuesday, sources say. The group's back catalog appears to be doing well as well, with 17 albums on the iTunes Top 100 chart, led by The Joshua Tree at number 12.

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New iPhone 6 preorders affected by infrastructure glitches

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple

A number of people trying to place early preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been met with technical issues. Shoppers are complaining, for instance that they were initially unable to buy unlocked T-Mobile or AT&T models. Apple servers in fact appear to have had problems connecting to carrier servers, forcing the company to issue reservation numbers via email that people could use to complete an order within the next 24 hours.

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Forum Roundup: Apple Watch…why bother?

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, Apple

As everyone knows by now, this week Apple took the wraps off their latest creation -- the Apple Watch. While there was much hype about this device leading up to its release, some MacNN forum-goers don't seem to think there is much reason to get this particular device over the competition, as is discussed in the thread titled "Apple watch…why bother." One Mac Elite wonders if the Apple Watch will be on display in stores before it is available for sale.

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Apple deals: iPads from $249, iPods from $99

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, Apple, iPad

Apple's Online Store currently has a wide selection of refurbished iPads and iPods on sale for bargain prices. Save 37 percent on the refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage space for $249, which is a savings of $150 off the original price. Get special limited-time pricing on the refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi and Cellular for AT&T; it was $429, but has been cut by $110 to $319.

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DealNN: MBP for $1,599, MBA for $869 and more

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage, Apple

Amazon currently has the previous-generation 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display on sale for $1,599 with free US shipping. That's a savings of $400 off the list price of $1,999, and $100 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This MBP features a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Briefly: Cambridge Audio's G2 speaker, SimCity BuildIt for iOS

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

British audio company Cambridge Audio has announced the upcoming release of its ultra-compact Bluetooth speaker, the G2. Comprised of a four speaker array, the G2 can run for up to ten hours on a charge. The speaker features Bluetooth connectivity as well as Near-Field Communication (NFC), which supports one-touch pairing, and can remember eight different devices. Its solid aluminium body includes soft touch controls, and is available in black or champagne finish options. Priced at $175, the G2 can be ordered in October.

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AT&T adding Wi-Fi calling to network in 2015, claims executive

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, mobile phones

AT&T will be bringing Wi-Fi calling to its network, though customers will have to wait until 2015. The president and CEO of AT&T's Mobile and Business Solutions group Ralph de la Vega claimed that the technology will be made available to customers, but not until the carrier has worked to prevent calls from dropping on the service.

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Friday Deals: Feral Interactive sale, 4TB USB 3.0, 128GB MX 100, more

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage, iPhone apps, iPad apps

While we know that you're all busy getting your iPhone pre-order on, but yet, there's still time for Friday Deals! Every Friday afternoon, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy. We do add deals over the weekend, so keep checking!

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'Record number' of overnight iPhone 6 preorders, Apple says

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

Overnight preorders of the iPhone 6 achieved "record" numbers, an Apple spokesperson claims. The company is not, however, offering specific figures. A similar statement has been issued by AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel, who says that preorder demand is higher than any time in the past two years. Apple and all of the major US carriers are believed to have sold out of their initial preorder stock for the 5.5-inch 6 Plus, resulting in shipping times stretching out to 3-4 weeks.

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Best Buy, Walmart decline to support Apple Pay

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: industry

Two major US retailers -- Best Buy and Walmart -- have announced that they will not support Apple Pay, according to the Wall Street Journal. The companies are instead said to be backing a payment service operated by Merchant Customer Exchange. The MCX technology requires only an app download, and is platform-agnostic, supporting older iPhones as well as Android devices. Apple Pay will be restricted to the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch.

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HP pleads guilty to felony bribery charges, $58.7M penalty assessed

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Hewlett Packard has pleaded guilty to international bribery charges, as part of a plea arrangement it had previously negotiated. As part of the deal. the company's Russian subsidiary has admitted to charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a transaction arranged with Russia's top prosecutorial office. The company will pay an additional $58.7 million to settle the charges on top of the $108 million it agreed to pay in April.

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BitTorrent CEO discusses net neutrality, turns fast lane idea around

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: industry, networking

BitTorrent's Chief Executive Officer Eric Klinker has made his response to the US Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality proposal, using the "fast lane" provisions, known. Klinker believes that a model similar to that of the electric distribution in the US can be used, where users and websites get lower rates for use in times of lower demand rather than the potential conflict of interest, and double-payment, that ISPs would get for having sponsored faster access under FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal.

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Apple Pay coming to China through China UnionPay, report says

Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

Apple Pay will at some point make it to China by way of China UnionPay, a source tells Caixin. UnionPay is a state-supported bank card company, and has reportedly reached a deal with Apple that will allow Apple Pay to link to its cards. It's not clear though when the platform will reach China, or even when the iPhone 6/6 Plus will ship to the country.

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