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Apple is establishing a Repair Extension Program for 2013 Mac Pro models, according to details provided in a leaked internal notice. It is said Apple and Authorized Service Providers will be able to repair certain Mac Pro systems manufactured early last year, after determining that graphics cards used in the production of the Mac Pro at that time were error-prone, causing freezing, restarts, video distortions, and in some cases preventing the Mac Pro from booting entirely.
Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff that you can get, and possibly make use of this weekend, without spending a single penny. This time, we have ways to help you cook better and learn how to code, as well as a selection of apps to protect yourself and your data.
Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while. Today's assortment of Mac apps includes sale prices on Twisted Lands, Cloud Outliner 2 Pro, and Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free. Highlights from today's list include a sale on the Red Onion TOR-powered browser, fantasy card game Talisman, and Roguelike 100 Rogues.
Apple has responded to a damages retrial verdict that could someday see the iPhone maker paying out $625 million -- nearly double the original damages -- in a case it lost against VPN company VirnetX over VPN technology used in FaceTime, Messages, and VPN on Demand. In the 2011 case, the jury said the Cupertino company infringed willfully in the original complaint, and did not do enough to avoid further infringement after the initial verdict. On Friday, Apple filed a motion calling for a mistrial.
We may be the only people who like email as a concept, and are fine with Apple Mail as an app. That's nice for us, but even we agree there are things we wish Apple would add, and there are now several alternative apps that provide the features we'd like, and many are struggling without. Spark 1.5.0 for iPhone is one, and like the recently-released and recently-reviewed Airmail, it chiefly focuses on making dealing with new emails very, very fast.
If you ever need to get your Touch ID-enabled home button repaired, be sure to have it done by Apple Authorized Service Providers or Apple directly only: UK newspaper The Guardian reports that "thousands" of users who have had their Touch ID button repaired by third parties and found that their iPhone would then "brick" itself (become inoperative) after the next iOS update. The notorious "Error 53" that causes this, according to Apple, is a security measure to prevent low-level hardware hacking.
It's the end of the week, and the last thing you want to do is anything that involves effort. To save you the trouble of scouring online retailers for great offers, the crew of MacNN have done it for you. The still-active deals from earlier this week are accompanied by a new batch, including a four-unit D-Link Smart Plug pack for $60, a HP Business 23.6-inch monitor for $110, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for $28.
Apple has asked the Supreme Court not to listen to Samsung's appeal over the ongoing patent infringement lawsuit, a filing from Tuesday has revealed. Samsung's request to the Court in December asking it to hear a design patent case is being opposed by Apple, with the arguments that Samsung has already failed to prove it's innocence, and despite the attention the case has received over the years, it is "unexceptional" and should not be looked into further.
On Friday, Apple added another 32 US financial institutions on its Apple Pay partner site who are now supporting the company's mobile payments technology, bringing the total in the United States up to an even 1,000 (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's). The news comes following reports that Apple Pay is now accepted at over two million terminals worldwide and further reports that a number of name-brand chains is set to expand significantly across 2016.
Apple is among a clutch of tech companies in negotiations with the National Football League (NFL) for the nonexclusive digital (streaming) rights to Thursday Night Football, a report from Variety has revealed. While the NFL has said only that it is in "active discussions with prospective digital partners" on the matter, Verizon's Go90 service, Amazon, Apple, Google, and others are involved in negotiations. CBS and NBC, who have the television rights, will also be able to stream the games in the US.
Previously, we've enthused about the Logitech K380, mostly enthused about the Create, and generally enthused with some caveats about the K400r -- and what do you mean, you're getting these names mixed up? Logitech took some steps toward making things clearer with this, the Logitech K400 Plus keyboard. That doesn't sound like a giant leap forward for keyboard naming, but in all other ways the firm markets this as being for use with your "smart" HDTV -- sort of.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all things that can help give your devices more power when you need it most, including one for making the most of a power outlet, two to give your smartphones and tablets some extra charge, and another that gives MacBooks more juice.
A new report from industry analyst Canalys reports that the Apple Watch has established itself as the industry leader in smartwatches, shipping around 12 million units since its debut last April and accounting for two-thirds of all smartwatch shipments. In part the confirmation of what many analysts already suspected came about because of a strong holiday quarter, with Apple selling around five million Apple Watch units during that period. Separate from full-blown smartwatches, basic fitness bands exceeded 37 million units for calendar 2015.
Apple is apparently trying to help people with a tendency to crack or smash their iPhone display, with two initiatives to help before and after the screen is damaged. It is claimed Apple will soon provide credit for iPhone trade-ins with cracks or damage to the screen or buttons, while some Apple Store outlets in Japan are apparently offering the installations of screen protectors onto devices on behalf of the customer.
Prominent journaling app Day One has received a significant upgrade on both Mac and iOS, reaching version 2 on each platform. Named Day One 2, the latest iteration of the app from Bloom Built updates the interface on all versions, with new features including the ability to create up to ten journals with unique colors and names, add up to ten inline photographs into each entry, and a single synchronization option that spans both versions called Day One Sync 2.0.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the staff of MacNN sometimes finds an offer deserving enough to have its own Big Deals post. Today's find is the Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s from our own MacNN Deals store, a case that claims to provide superior protection to your precious smartphone from the elements, falls, and other hazards of an active lifestyle that would normally damage or break unprotected mobile devices.
It's like the mostly-fictitious parable that NASA and its contractors spent billions of dollars developing a pen that can work in space where the Russian space agency just bought some pencils -- a moment ago we signed a form and we did it using an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro, where in the past it would've been a ballpoint pen that cost 5 cents. You will never spend the money on all this Apple gear in order to sign forms, but if you have the iPad Pro and you have the Pencil, you will never sign anything any other way ever again.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free. Highlights from today's list include Voice Keyboard Pro going free, as well as sales on Worms 3 and Earth 3D.
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ