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Weekly Game Replay: Valve's handling of Hatred, Telltale's Minecraft

2 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN put together a one-stop article for some of the major news in the video game industry in the past week. In this week's edition of the Weekly Game Replay, we look at Valve's handling of Hatred on Steam Greenlight, Mojang and Telltale Games team up for narrative-based Minecraft game, judge gives go ahead on Killzone resolution lawsuit, World of Warcraft exploring in-game purchasable game time tokens, and Majesco Entertainment investor cash infusion.



Obama: Sony hack not act of war; Anonymous promises attacks on NK

8 hours ago | Posted in: security

In an interview recorded on Friday, President Obama clarified his remarks last week regarding the Sony Pictures hack. The president denies swirling discussions about the hack being an act of war, and called it "an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive." Additionally, late Sunday, Tweets purport that hacker collective Anonymous is about to wade into the fray against North Korea for its role in the event.



Hands On: Lumy (iOS)

10 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps

There are two facts of photography that Lumy is built to exploit for you. First, the sun is your friend because there is a time when the sheer quality of daylight helps make your photographs beautiful. The time is known as the magic or the golden hour but the second fact is that you're lucky if it's really sixty minutes. Wouldn't an app to help you pinpoint on what limited time you actually have be helpful?



Friday Deals: Ultra HD monitor, Game and console bundles, more [U]

23 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software, accessories

[Updated with more deals!] There is less than a week until Christmas, and depending on where you live, approximately four days available for deliveries of presents. If there are more presents to get before the big day, you're likely to be spending a lot on quicker deliveries, so why not even out the cost by getting some great Friday Deals? Every Friday afternoon, we search for bargains on hardware, peripherals, gadgets, and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Prices are right at the time of writing, but double-check before purchasing, as prices could change. Also, be sure to return to this post over the weekend, as more deals will be added as time goes on.



BlackBerry creeping closer to profit with $148 million quarterly loss

Sat December 20, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry, mobile phones

Cellphone manufacturer BlackBerry has published its most recent quarterly results. While the company is trumpeting a return to profitability, it still incurred a fair value debenture charge, forcing the company to post a $148 million loss on the quarter, or $0.28 per share. Without the debenture, it would have posted a modest profit of $2 million. While it appears that the cost-cutting measures are starting to pay off, given the improvement in the loss numbers, the company showed a 34 percent drop in revenue over the year-ago-quarter, suggesting that the road ahead for the company is still challenging.



Briefly: Procreate Pocket illustration app; Switcheasy's new releases

Sat December 20, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, iPhone apps, iPad

Savage Interactive has released an iPhone version of its illustration app Procreate Pocket, a scaled-down version of its iPad app Procreate. Intended for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Procreate Pocket is powered by a 64-bit Silica engine, offering a variety of drawing tools and 250 levels of "Undo." Among its features, its 18 layers of Blend Modes allow for versatile composition, and 1080p video recording option can document all stages of the drawing process without interruption. Priced at $3, Procreate Pocket requires iOS 8.1 or later.



Judge completely denies HP's Autonomy buy class action suit settlement

Sat December 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry, networking

A US district judge in San Francisco has outright rejected HP's settlement offer to settle the Autonomy acquisition class action suit in the US. Saying that "the shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices," Judge Charles Breyer has kicked the settlement back to the plaintiffs without suggestions for recovery. The matter is now likely to head to trial sometime in the summer of 2015.



Google sues MPAA-driven Attorney General, Hood calls for 'time out'

Sat December 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry

Google has launched its own legal effort to stop Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood's effort with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to pin the search engine as the cause of the world's piracy problem. Google claims in the court filing in Mississippi's district court that Hood has filed a "burdensome, retaliatory" subpoena against it, which would require a massive financial and labor effort to comply, for no real gain other than extra-judiciary punishment. Hood has responded, and is "calling a time out, so that cooler heads may prevail."



Hands On: Artboard (OS X)

Sat December 20, 2014 | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design, Apple

You take your life in your hands when you ask us to draw something. Look at the screenshots here, and tell us you can't tell that we're really writers with clipart. While it's obvious we don't spend all day coloring in fantastic illustrations, we do very often need to sketch out rough images -- and that's where Artboard shines. It is a fully-fledged illustration application of sufficient calibre that a full-time artist could work in it full-time -- but it is particularly suited to those of us who occasionally need a powerful tool, and don't want to dole out the cash for a monthly subscription to a software giant.



NK demands joint Sony hack investigation; Sony pulls movie promos

Sat December 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry, security

North Korea has verbally fired back at allegations that it is behind the Sony Pictures attack. Calling the recent FBI statement identifying the country as the culprit "groundless slander," the country is demanding a joint investigation into the hack, with the country's experts and US law enforcement working side-by-side. If the US should refuse, North Korea's foreign ministry promised "grave consequences," presumably to US interests. The government of North Korea continues to deny that they hack, which has caused an estimated $100 million of damage to Sony Pictures, not including less tangible problems, can on the country.



Hands On: Letters and Dots (iOS)

Sat December 20, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

There's no shortage of word games on the App Store -- and for the most part, a lot of them have very similar mechanics. You have your Scrabble, your Boggle, and your Hangmen - and variations on those themes. But what about apps that combine genres of games to create something new and fun? That's why Letters and Dots, by J.D. Shultz, was created -- to add a little flair to a fairly narrow genre.



Apple Pay already accounting for one percent of all digital payments

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, security, Apple

A study by research firm ITG suggest that Apple Pay -- introduced in October -- is already accounting for one percent of all digital payments - for comparison purposes, the three-plus-year-old Google Wallet system holds about four percent of digital payments. The firm also noted that those using Apple Pay increased spending using mobile payments, and tended to use the technology frequently -- resulting in a jump in sales at top merchants that accepted Apple Pay, such as Walgreens, Whole Foods and McDonald's.



Hands On: Video Converter Pro - All (OS X)

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: software, Apple

Before we get into this, Video Converter Pro is currently free for a limited time, so go get it on the Mac App Store now. If you read this one minute too late and the price has gone back up, get it anyway because it is more than worth the usual asking price of $15. Or rather, it is if you need to convert videos, because that's what this just does, without fuss.



Hands On: Airmail 2 (OS X)

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: software, Apple

Staying on top of emails, especially when there are multiple accounts involved, is unpleasant. Of the many mail clients out there (such as Mail, included with OS X), each tries to offer users its own spin on staying ahead of the curve. Airmail 2.0, released earlier this year, provides a client designed for Yosemite, supporting iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, and more. We got a hold of Airmail 2.0 (which we will simply refer to as "Airmail" going forward) to take a look for ourselves, and see if this email client stands out from the crowd.



Kate Winslet could take 'lead' role in Jobs biopic

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

Actress Kate Winslet is currently in negotiations for "the female lead" in Universal's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. Winslet is best known for movies like Titanic, The Reader, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's not clear what the role will be, but top female characters in the film are thought to include Jobs' daughter Lisa, Jobs' wife Laurene Powell Jobs, and Katie Cotton, Apple's former PR head.



DirecTV users get access to Fox Now, FX Now, Nat Geo app content

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals, iPhone apps, mobile phones, iPad apps

DirecTV has announced a partnership with Fox Networks, giving subscribers to the satellite-based TV service access to all the content in the Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on multiple platforms. This includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, and Windows devices. In effect, the change means that the apps have simply added DirecTV as a service authentication option, joining other TV providers such as cable operators.


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Forums: temp sensors, old iMacs and Yosemite chats

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, upgrades/storage, Apple

This week in the MacNN Forums, members discuss temperature sensor issues, hard drive compatibility and more. After a temperature sensor blew on the logic board of a Xserve that is run by "Waragainstsleep," he turned to the forums hoping someone would have some advice on how to repair this, so he doesn't have to replace the whole board. Today, a Dedicated MacNNer was looking for help with moving addresses from Leopard to Yosemite.


Apple deals: refurbished Mac Pros starting at $2,549

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week, Apple's online store has a selection of refurbished MacBook Pro models on sale for as low as $2,549. The refurbished 2013 Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics has been cut by $450 to $2,549. Priced at $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel six-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.


DealNN: Mac minis, SSDs and more

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: computers, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, Apple

Right now at B&, snap up a great deal on a Mac mini, which has seen a $80 discount -- from $999 down to $919. That discount makes this the best price we have seen on this configuration by about $20. It features a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive. It is backed by Apple's standard one-year warranty on parts and labor.


Briefly: Bing's app updates, Wozniak gets permanent Australian status

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Microsoft's Bing search engine has updated its iOS apps, Bing for iPad and Bing Search for both iPhone and iPad. Bing's apps include daily homepage images that can be downloaded, the ability to earn rewards for specific searches, syncing for bookmarks, and more. Bing for iPad v2.3 features a new Today View, translation browser exension, and bug fixes. Bing Search v5.3 offers a fully redesigned homescreen, quick access to trending stories, weather and other interested, and simplified movement between pages. Both apps, which are available on iTunes, are free to download.


T-Mobile settles FTC 'cramming' lawsuit, agrees to pay $90M

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

T-Mobile has settled a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over complaints the carrier allowed third-party companies to place unauthorized charges to customer bills. As part of the "cramming" settlement, T-Mobile has agreed to pay out at least $90 million in fines and refunds, as well as altering its third-party billing practices.


Apple hikes prices at Russian App Store

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, developer, Apple, iPad

Apple is increasing the prices of both apps and in-app purchases at the Russian App Store, according to a new memo issued to developers. An app that would normally be $1 in the US, for example, is now 62 rubles. That indicates that apps have almost doubled in cost in Russia during 2014, though the increase is largely due to recent currency pressures.


FBI: North Korea responsible for Sony Pictures hack, leaks [u]

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: security

[Updated with comments from President Barack Obama] North Korea is responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has now announced. The statement about the agency's investigation into the intrusion of the movie studio's computer network, and subsequent leaks, comes at the same time as messages supposedly coming from the hackers wanting Sony to do more than halt the release of "The Interview" movie.


Hands On: Zen Bound 2 (iOS)

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Games are supposed to be fun -- there's no denying that. Most games played have some sort of objective, be it shooting bad guys, racing against a clock, or beating other players at obtaining an objective. But some of the best games are the ones that are designed to be fun with no pressure, no competition, and no clocks. One such game, that utilizes a touch screen as more than a keyboard, is Zen Bound 2, by developer Secret Exit.


CalDigit reveals $200 Thunderbolt Station 2

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: computers, peripherals

CalDigit has launched the Thunderbolt Station 2, a new Thunderbolt 2 dock. Like some alternatives, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three powered USB 3.0 ports, and connections for HDMI, Ethernet, and audio input/output. Two eSATA 6G ports are also present, supporting storage formats not normally enabled by a Thunderbolt dock.


Apps: Mellel, ScreenFlow, BBEdit

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in apps


    Mellel 3.3.7 ($39)

    Mellel is a word processor that offers tools for writing and organizing long documents. The v3.3.7 update fixes a few memory leaks, along with an issue where the app could crash when clicking on parts of the text after editing a cross reference. An issue that prevented Mellel from copying text when viewing a document in the “Versions” browser has also been addressed.


    ScreenFlow 5.0.1 ($99)

    ScreenFlow is a screen capture tool that is capable of recording the contents of an entire desktop at the same time as a stream from a video camera. An issue that prevented the software from opening when placed in a subfolder of /Applications hierarchy has been fixed in v5.0.1. Problems with frame rates, DV camera detection, and internal recording have also been fixed.


    BBEdit 11.0.2 ($50)

    BBEdit is a text-editing suite that places emphasis on coding through project support features and the recognition of common syntax structures. Version 11.0.2 offers fixes for a number of reported bugs and crashes. Changes have also been made to reduce the amount of transient memory needed for several operations.


    ExpanDrive 4.2.1 ($50)

    ExpanDrive builds cloud storage into any application by allowing the online storage account to act like a USB drive plugged into the Mac. Support for Microsoft OneDrive for Business/Office 365 is included in this update. Issues with losing licensing information, and failing S3 connections have also been resolved.


    Mailplane 3.3.4 ($25)

    Mailplane allows users to access their Gmail accounts from a desktop application. The software displays the same interface as the web version of Gmail, but adds extra functionality such as the ability to attach files through drag and drop. The v3.3.4 update now provides the same download functionality for embedded images as it does for normal attachments. Users will also no longer be prompted for a 2-step verification code if “Trust this computer” has been selected.


Apple's Cook, Williams 'deeply offended' by BBC supply chain expose

Fri December 19, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

In a new email memo to the company's UK workforce, Apple's Senior VP of Operations Jeff Williams claims that he and CEO Tim Cook were "deeply offended" by a BBC Panorama documentary exposing labor abuses in the company's supply chain. Specifically, Williams and Cook are said to have been "deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain, or mislead our customers in any way;" Williams charges that "Panorama's report implied that Apple isn't improving working conditions. Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth."


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