Self-publishing -- once known as the "vanity press" -- has been around for decades. If you had a burning desire to be a published author, but mysteriously the conventional literary "mafia" couldn't see the value in your heartbreaking work of staggering genius, you could pay to have books created for you in the hopes that this would lead to your "discovery." It rarely worked out that way (until 50 Shades of Gray took that path). With the advent of desktop publishing in the late 1980s and the emergence of e-books into the mainstream more recently, authors can now take much more control over their literary fate. In this new Summer Project, MacNN is going to show you what we mean, by putting out a book ourselves over the next eight weeks. Read on to find out more.
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3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
If you're a fan of photography, chances are you probably know what HDR photos are. If you're not, let us key you in. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range imaging, and it's been around for a while. It compiles three images, one over-exposed, one under-exposed, and one balance, to create images with bright, brilliant highlights and deep, rich shadows. iOS 8 brought about a burst mode to our favorite iOS devices, and we took a look at Fusion, a point-and-shoot camera app that allows you to take HDR images quickly and easily.
4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, security, troubleshooting, iPhone apps
A new iOS bug has manifested itself, allowing for malicious senders to remotely crash an iPhone. A very specific string of Arabic text can be used, which triggers a flaw in unicode handling, which will lock up Messages, induce phone restarts if locked, and can cause Springboard to crash.
4 hours ago | Posted in: audio
Welcome to Crowdfunding Critic, an occasional post that arises every so often, whenever we find something on one of the many crowdfunding efforts that may be worth your time, and possibly your money. None of the projects featured in this series of posts pay us for the attention, as we select them based on if they are interesting to us and potentially you. This time we're looking at the Flare Audio lineup of premium headphones and earphones.
4 hours ago | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps
DJs have been mixing their magic on turntables and large, expensive basement studio setups for decades at this point, bringing us incredible mashups and original songs. However, there's no reason that DJs should be chained to heavy, expensive equipment when a perfectly viable resource sits within their hands. Today we checked out Edjing Pro, a professional DJ mixing tool for the iPad and iPhone.
4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Woke up one morning -- dah da dah duh -- with an entire short play in my head. As you do. I would like to tell you that I picked up my iPad, opened Drafts 4 and wrote the whole thing in one go because that is what I should have done. Instead, as much of a fan of Drafts on iOS as I am, I tried writing it in Final Draft instead.
18 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, mobile phones
While IK Multimedia is perhaps better known for the audio software it creates, the past few years has seen the company growing more and more into the mobile accessory space. Products like the iRig, iRig Mic HD, and iLoud have given the company a reputation for creating products that are not only well built, but also easy to use. Most recently, the company has announced the launch of the iKlip Grip, a new multifunction product aimed towards mobile photographers.
18 hours ago | Posted in: networking, Apple
Apple has replaced the controversial discoveryd networking routine with the older mdnsresponder in the latest beta of OS X, released today. In our brief testing with the beta, we had all of our sporadic networking issues resolved on an afflicted MacBook Pro Retina i7 2012 model, as well as on a 2014 era Mac mini.
19 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Kindo by Space Bears is a two player board game where the players take over spaces in an attempt to capture the King of their opponent. The developers describe it as a "fresh new medieval board game", which sounds odd; it's a pretty good description. The style of the design is fairly simple and we could see it in the same category as Checkers, Go, or most of all Othello. The mechanics are certainly interesting, and it includes all the game modes one could ever want from a board game app. We're still not sure how we feel about the choices of colors in the various themes though.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. In today's entry we look at the Telltale Games collection coming to GOG, the 35th anniversary update to Pac-Man for iOS, the latest Overwatch character reveal, and Terra Battle's new update.
20 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where we search for discounts, offers, sales, and bundles on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. A recap of the still-active three-day weekend's deals follows after the new list, including a GoPro bundle, and an Acer monitor for $90.
20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
MoviePass is a subscription service for people who go out to the movies often. The member uses an app to "check into" a movie at a nearby theater, and then uses a special card to pay for the ticket. The directions say the number of movies a member can see through MoviePass is "unlimited," but what they really mean by that is there aren't any blackout dates. In reality, there are a number of restrictions, but they're not onerous. For people who find themselves going out to the movies often, this has the potential of being a pretty good deal.
The Apple facility in Mesa, AZ, formerly owned by GT Advanced had a roof fire earlier today, over a loading dock. The fire is currently contained, and for the moment, appears to have been limited to portions of the roof and solar installation only. Firefighters from three stations were drawn to fight the fire, which required the evacuation of 12 people from inside the facility.
22 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, Graphics/Web Design
You're not going to need this often but let's work it out. What Monodraw 1.0 does it let you produce ASCII art – and already if you're blinking at that, you're not the market for this – like those images you've seen that are made up entirely of letters. They used to be done on typewriters because we knew no better, they were then done on computers because we were young. The makers of Monodraw want you to do ASCII art because it will last forever. They're right.
23 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps
Microsoft will be making Windows 10 more useful to smartphone owners, by making it easier to set up their desktop and mobile device to connect together and share files. The added mobile support is also supported by a second announcement that the Cortana virtual assistant will be available to download and use on other platforms than Windows Phone, with both iOS and Android set to receive access in the future.
Jony Ive has received a promotion at Apple, from his position as Senior Vice President of Design to the newly-created Chief Design Officer. The move to the company's third C-level executive, alongside CFO Luca Maestri and CEO Tim Cook, will allow Ive to delegate his existing roles to other long-standing Apple employees while still exercising creative control, without the added work of administration and management.
Tue May 26, 2015 | Posted in: developer, iPhone apps, iPad apps
MacPaw has officially released a new platform for app development and distribution called DevMate. The new package is a two-fold platform that helps developers with app distribution, collection of data, and analysis. The SDK, DevMateKit, simplifies integrated activations, updates delivery, collects feedback, and collates crash reports. The Dashboard displays application data that gives developers a quick overview of how the app is performing in the App Store.
Tue May 26, 2015 | Posted in: software, networking
Acronis today unveiled Acronis Access Connect, the company's latest file and print sharing solution for SMBs and enterprises. Acronis Access Connect, formerly known as ExtremeZ-IP, adds broad support for mobile workers to securely access files using iOS, Android, and Windows Phone-based devices to and from Windows and OS X servers.
Tue May 26, 2015 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple
Early today in the MacNN forums Mac Elite "jeff k" was trying to do an OS update on his Mac and was informed that he didn't have enough space left to do that, after examining the situation he believes he does have the space, but can't figure out why his computer thinks otherwise. A few days ago Mac Elite "rotuts" was looking for a way to change all folders to "hide toolbar" and received some useful advice.
At Apple's online store today, find savings of up to $350 off refurbished iMacs. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $170 to $929. A $230 discount drops the price on the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive down to $1,269.
Tue May 26, 2015 | Posted in: Investor
Time Warner Cable has become the subject of another acquisition, barely a month after the attempted merger between TWC and Comcast failed. This time, Charter is the potential suitor to the cable company, with it providing $100 in cash and half a share of the "New Charter" parent company in exchange for each TWC share, a price that effectively values Time Warner Cable at approximately $55 billion.
Tue May 26, 2015 | Posted in: software
We understand death and taxes, at least in a broad sense -- but the fact that our hard disk space gets filled up so quickly remains a mystery of our times. Disk Cartography 1.1 will not stop you adding more and more documents and videos, but it will show you where, what and just how enormous they are. Once you've spotted that gigantic movie file, you can use Disk Cartography to delete it, and free up all that space.
Mon May 25, 2015 | Posted in: industry
AT&T and several trade organizations in the telecom and cable industry have publicly posted statements of issues they intend to raise as part of their lawsuits against the FCC's ruling mandating net neutrality. While the statements aren't in-depth rundowns of the arguments the organizations that oppose the ruling intend to make, they do seem rather familiar to anyone who remembers the successful Verizon lawsuit of 2012 that acted as a catalyst for the Title II reclassification for ISPs in the first place. These issues indicate AT&T and others believe the FCC's ruling on net neutrality violates the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, as well as the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended).
Mon May 25, 2015 | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design, iPhone apps
Its full title in the App Store is Carbo – Handwriting in the Digital Age and you're already thinking iPads, stylus or scribbling on the screen but you're wrong. This is not another app about mimicking the experience of writing on paper, it's not really about replacing paper at all. Carbo is about letting you continue to use paper but now use it in the digital world: take paper you write on and edit, copy or share it as you would anything you create online from scratch.
Mon May 25, 2015 | Posted in: computers, peripherals, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio, mobile phones, Apple
Hello and welcome to an unusual edition of Daily Deals. Typically, the staff of MacNN and Electronista do not provide a deals post on a Saturday or Sunday, but since retailers are offering sales over this three-day weekend, we're making an exception. As well as a recap of the still-active deals from earlier this week, we've been adding new deals to the list throughout the weekend, with the most recent deals added this morning at 12:50APM EDT, so you can make the most of your money.
Mon May 25, 2015 | Posted in: computers
Mac and PC technology company Other World Computing last week announced the the Accelsior S, a new PCIe card with direct mount support for a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s SSD. The latest addition to OWC's Accelsior line enables PC, Mac Pro tower and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis users to add additional storage which in some cases will be faster than the native SATA bus.
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