The California-based Machinima Network has agreed to settle US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it engaged in deceptive advertising by paying "influencers" to post YouTube videos endorsing Microsoft's Xbox One system and several games. Under the proposed settlement, Machinima is prohibited from similar deceptive conduct in the future, and the company is required to ensure its influencers clearly disclose when they have been compensated in exchange for their endorsements.
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55 minutes ago | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to OmniFocus, Scrapbook, Notefile, Chromium, Microsoft Remote Desktop, and Carbon Copy Cloner.
1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Hulu has implemented it's rumored advertising-free subscription option to its streaming service. Priced at $12 per month, the new tier offers the same content as its standard $8 subscription but users will be able to watch shows without interruptions from commercials during the show itself, though TechCrunch notes pre-roll advertising for some shows will continue due to licensing agreements. The service advises that the existing $8 service will continue to show "fewer commercials than scheduled television."
1 hour ago | Posted in: Apple
On Wednesday, Apple added another 18 US banks and credit unions to the list of institutions now supporting Apple Pay with their issued credit and debit cards. The total number of US partners has now reached 457, up from the last update that also added 18 institutions in mid-August, with all major American banks and CU's now supporting the mobile payment service. The latest announcement comes on the heels of rumors that Apple will announce expansion into another country, such as Canada, at its September 9 media event.
2 hours ago | Posted in: networking
Comcast is testing out an extra fee that will help Internet customers avoid paying out excess bandwidth-related charges on their monthly bill, in areas where a cap is enforced. The cable company is allowing customers in areas of Florida to pay $30 extra per month for unlimited data through the fiber network, letting subscribers go above their monthly usage allowance without worrying about receiving a higher than expected bill the following month.
2 hours ago | Posted in: security, networking
Asustor has announced the launch of 4 high performance tower model network attached storage (NAS) devices.These new models are the first in the world to be equipped with Intel Braswell processors and feature the AS6202T and AS6204T powered by quad-core processors and the AS6102T and AS6104T powered by dual-core processors.
3 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
All the news that's fit to say plus a lot that really isn't because it's just speculation. We'd say this has been the worst week for people guessing what Apple is up to and Apple dropping hints about what it isn't doing yet, except that most weeks are the worst week for that. In this second edition of the Other MacNN Podcast, One More Thing, William Gallagher and Malcolm Owen join some dots, right some wrongs and generally put the world to rights. It's the MacNN guarantee: we'll put the world to rights for you, but you'd probably best tune in to find out exactly how we're doing that. Also to learn the details of our Thingies of the Week.
3 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals
Apple computer touchscreen provider Troll Touch has announced the immediate availability of the TrollCover IR touchscreen solution for 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs. The new TrollCover is end-user installable, and eliminates the need for the customer to send the computer to Troll Touch for outfitting.
4 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging
At Berlin's IFA trade show, Polaroid has shown the Snap -- a digital camera that makes prints without ink cartridges. The camera, similar to the Z2300 unveiled in 2012 uses encapsulated ZINK paper, coupled with the 10MP camera sensor in the camera to deliver 2x3-inch prints shortly after snapping the picture.
4 hours ago | Posted in: software
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three offers involve software to improve your Mac usage, including performing maintenance on hard drives, organizing your music collection, and a bundle of productivity apps.
5 hours ago | Posted in: networking
Networking company Netgear has launched the D7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 WiFi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router. With a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and built-in DSL modem, it is the first DSL modem router on the market to support the latest Wave 2 Wi-Fi technology with Quad-Stream on both bands as well as Multi-User MIMO-capability.
5 hours ago | Posted in: networking
Asus has unveiled what it claims to be a wireless router with the "world's fastest Wi-Fi" connection at Germany's IFA show this morning. The RT-AC5300 takes its cue from the RT-AC3200 in using a large number of antennas, with this router using a total of eight detachable dual-band along all four main edges of the device to help it achieve speeds of up to 5.3Gbps over Wi-Fi, using both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands.
5 hours ago | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage
Alongside a hard drive lineup replacement, Toshiba also announced a pair of SSD-based storage solutions today. The new SSDs include the Toshiba Q300 Pro Series, built for gaming and creative applications, and the Toshiba Q300 Series Internal SSD, aimed at upgraders from traditional hard drives.
5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Whether you're a student, a freelancer, a weekend warrior, or just someone who is looking to stay on task, time-management skills are pretty tricky. Maybe you fall prey to taking breaks that are too long. Maybe you find yourself allocating your time incorrectly. Whatever the reason, we're going to show you our favorite app for getting stuff done: 30/30.
5 hours ago | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage
Toshiba's Digital Products Division announced today four new performance internal hard disk drive models. The new lineup includes three desktop and one mobile option, with up to 6TB of storage. The 3.5-inch desktop internal HDDs include the Toshiba X300 Series, built for gaming and graphics; the Toshiba P300 Series, for high-performance mainstream users; and the Toshiba E300 Series, for reliable performance with low power management. Additionally, the Toshiba L200 Series, a 2.5-inch mobile drive, has also been released
6 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage
WD today introduced the My Book Pro Thunderbolt 2 storage device. The array pre-formatted for OS X is available in four capacities, is aimed at 4k content producers, and pairs two 7200 RPM hard drives on a Thunderbolt 2 interface to deliver 435MB/s transfer rates.
6 hours ago | Posted in: industry
Intel has finally confirmed its entire lineup of Skylake processors, produced using a 14nm process, at its IFA keynote address in Germany this morning. The sixth generation of Intel Core processors detailed today consists of 48 new processors, including 20 destined for use in desktop systems and servers and 26 designed for notebooks and tablets, one of which is an unlocked mobile processor meant for enthusiast notebooks.
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over both of the previous Apple vs Samsung juried trials (and one prior damages retrial), has set a date in either March or April of next year for the second damages retrial stemming from the first patent trial, brought on by a decision from the Federal Court of Appeals. That first patent trial's original $1.05 billion judgement against Samsung has been steadily whittled down through appeals, and is now approximately half its original amount.
A recently discovered patent filing suggests Apple has considered adding the ability for an iPhone or an iPad to warn users of a potential fire. Patent number 9,123,221 describing "Wireless device networks with smoke detection capabilities" could lead to a future iPhone helping protect lives and property by discovering nearby smoke, and using its network connectivity to pass alerts to other nearby electronic devices to save others.
Apple has recently hired some further new engineers from Testla Motors and others with automotive backgrounds, fueling rumors of further work in vehicle electronics (with less credible reports claiming Apple is working on its own car). Among the recent hires, who may or many not be working on the same projects, are a technologist involved with automotive algorithms, two engineers from Tesla, and a former operations manager at India's Tata Motors.
20 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
The new design for standalone, non-flagship Apple Stores as mentioned in our recent story on the approval process happening in Tennessee has been revealed in filings with the Germantown Design Review Commission. The new design, which will also be used in stores opening overseas this fall, is not a radical departure from existing designs, but replaces the stainless steel facade with a granite paneling, and increases the use of natural light, plants, and other environmental elements.
20 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple
Today in the MacNN Forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit is wondering if anyone else has the same problem they have been having with kernel task compressed memory. Also today, Forum Regular "Harvey" turned to the forums after some strange issues started popping up with a 3 year old Time Capsule.
20 hours ago | Posted in: gaming
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, EA announces there will be a beta of Star Wars Battlefront, buyers of physical copies of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for PC get a nasty surprise, Nintendo brings the New 3DS to the United States, and Microsoft brings out an "Elite" version of the Xbox One with faster storage.
20 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
You've probably noticed that we're big fans of Adventure Time here. We've checked out quite a few of their mobile titles, but somehow forgot to bring you one of our favorites. Today, we correct that mistake, and show you a fun point-and-click adventure featuring Finn, Jake, and all your Adventure Time favorites: Legends of Ooo.
Apple's online store has been restocked with refurbished Mac mini configurations in all price ranges. An $80 discount drops the cost on the refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $419. A discount of $110 is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $589.
23 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, developer
Seven leading Internet companies today announced formation of the Alliance for Open Media -- an open-source project that will develop next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies in the public interest. The Alliance's founding members are Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix. The new Alliance is committing its collective technology to meet growing Internet demand for top-quality video, audio, imagery and streaming across devices of all kinds and for users worldwide.
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