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 drones you can fly around, including two smaller specimens, a camera drone kit you can construct, and a larger model that not only captures 1080p video, but has advanced features such as a "follow me" mode.
European customers of video streaming services could end up paying a higher subscription, if a proposal from the European Commission is adopted. According to a draft of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, expected to be revealed next week, member states within the European Union could impose a "Netflix Tax" on services operating within the country, with funds received from the levy intended to help finance local TV show and movie productions.
If you head out into your nearest forest, chances are you're not going to find a ninja bear, but that's exactly the sort of thing that lurks in the woods of the next game we're checking out. Today, we spend some quality time with Bushido Bear, an action-arcade title from one of our favorite developers, Spry Fox.
Apple is looking to move into some or all of 61,000 square-feet of prime retail space at the bottom of the GM building, right behind where its iconic Steve Jobs-designed square glass box-domed Fifth Avenue store currently stands, reports the New York Post. Initially, the move could be temporary, as its basement-level operations at the Fifth Avenue store is getting overcrowded, and the company is keen to give the store a revamp.
Backblaze has released its latest data on hard drive failure rates, finding that the results for the last 12 months were the lowest it has recorded, at just 1.84 percent. Its data center currently utilizes drives from HGST, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital, for a total of 61,523 drives, up from 56,224 at the end of 2015. The data backup specialists have now had their drives operational for a combined one billion hours, providing a wealth of data on consumer-level hard drive performance and reliability.
Apple today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The company claims that this investment will accelerate Maps development, and create up to 4,000 jobs. Across India, Apple says it supports over 640,000 iOS app developer jobs, and other positions related to the iOS ecosystem.
One person's essential Mac app is another person's waste of time and there is software that you cannot work without yet nobody else you know has tried it. However, this might be the one example where not enough people have even heard of it, yet it is software that should be an essential for everyone. If we were Apple, we'd want it included with OS X -- and that was back when we were on the old, ancient, dark days of version 3. Now Hazel 4.0.1 for Mac is out and it is much improved.
Finding something good to watch on the TV is sometimes an impossible task, and looking through a DVD or Blu-ray collection for a film or show that could be entertaining at that moment can be a fruitless endeavor. One giveaway on MacNN Deals may help solve the content problem, with the winner able to bolster their available media collection with a ten-year subscription to Netflix.
An earlier breach of LinkedIn's servers has been revealed as bigger than first thought, years after the event took place. A breach of the work-focused social network in 2012 was thought to have affected 6.5 million accounts, but it has recently come to light that details for approximately 167 million accounts were advertised for sale on a 'Dark Web' site, with the seller offering the entire collection for five bitcoins, worth just $2,200.
Since time began and chocolate was first invented, it has been a universal rule: everything that is bad for you tastes or looks or feels good. Now, though, there appears to be an exception with scam ads masquerading as magical cures to our girths and our BMI. The ads aren't new, though they do seem to be increasing, but what's come out this week is that we are worse than gullible.
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.
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.
You seem nice, can't you do do something about this? I am being directed to quit iTunes, and not open it again for a week. Now, if you're one of the many who find this software confusing, you could well be shrugging. Yet compare and contrast: MacNN managing editor Mike Wuerthele has devised this series about being forced to reexamine one's workflows and device preferences. I had to quit iTunes, while he had to force himself to wear an Apple Watch. The humanity.
There are niche markets, and there are niche markets that you should belong to. If you aren't already an Amazon Associate, think about it. Then get Associate: Simple Affiliate Linking for Amazon 1.0 as it helps speed up how you use the system. If you haven't used it, if you're not an Associate or if you've never heard of it, this is what's going on and why you should sign up.
This week's Pointers includes a tip your humble narrator did not know about until he was the recipient of a forwarded message from a mutual friends quite recently, whereupon he dropped everything and had to learn how to do it himself, and then found a head-scratching mystery. There are times when each of us has to act as a "middleman" in the iOS or Mac version of Messages -- either forwarding a message accidentally sent to the wrong friend (you), or creating (and then managing) a group chat.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find offers, discounts, promotions and bargains for our readers to consider purchasing. The new items added to the list today includes a Vizio 32-inch HDTV for $145, an Asus Onhub dual-band wireless AC1900 router for $150, and a Monoprice graphic drawing tablet for $36.
At today's Google I/O conference, the search engine giant revealed a pair of upcoming communications apps. The first, Allo, is a Google-assisted text chat application, combined with Google's new information engine. The second is Duo -- Google's interpretation of person-to-person video calls, designed by some of the pioneers from WebRTC.
Google is altering the way it performs voice search queries to take on Siri and other competitors, becoming more conversational and assistant-like, with the upgraded Google Voice Search renamed Google Assistant. At the same time, it is attempting to fend off dedicated assistant devices, like the Amazon Echo and Alexa, confirming the rumors by announcing Google Home, a similar network-connected speaker device the company expects to ship later this year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, traveling in India this week, started his trip with a visit to a famous temple in Mumbai on Wednesday before meeting with prominent businessmen and the heads of the major carriers in India at the Taj Mahal Hotel. According to local media reports, Cook will also have dinner with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and meet with local government officials, such as Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. Also on Cook's agenda are meetings in Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Delhi during the five-day trip, including a meeting with the country's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Printer producer Brother has added two more all-in-one device packages aimed at small office and home users to its "INKvestment" range, which combines a printer with enough ink cartridges to last for a very long time. The MFC-J985DW is able to print a black and white page for less than a penny, while the XL version of the same package increases the number of cartridges to a point where most intended users won't need to pay for a new cartridge for up to two years.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE