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Analysis: Apple Music and Home Sharing, one week later

07/07, 3:45pm

Join the MacNN staff for a look at Apple's rollout, after the dust has settled

As we typically do after major Apple releases, MacNN has gathered some of its staff to consider the implications, long-term effects, potential fallout, mis-fires, and triumphs of the new release -- this time, Cupertino's new Apple Music. Apple gave us all a lot to think about, both during launch week, as well as this week dealing with the public fallout of a launch that could be called only mostly successful. Read on to see what we thought one week after the craziness that was launch day of the service, in addition to simultaneous software updates to nearly everything Apple offers.

Daily Deals: Netgear router bundle, 55-inch 4K TV, podcast microphones

07/07, 3:36pm

MacNN and Electronista deals for July 7, 2015

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've wiped the slate clean of all old deals, with the new batch including a router and external drive bundle, a 55-inch 4K TV from Polaroid, and some podcast-worthy microphones from Massdrop

Forums: software update renders iMac useless and more

07/07, 2:52pm

software update renders iMac useless and more

This week in the MacNN Forum goers attempt to help one Fresh-Faced Recruit who's Retina iMac stopped working after a software update and wouldn't even boot to safe mode. One Fresh-Faced Recruit asks "how to return to same sized windows look in all-spaces/mission control view" and has yet to receive a response.

Apple deals: Macs from $419

07/07, 2:50pm

Macs from $419

Right now at Apple's online store find bargain prices on refurbished Macs with prices starting as low as $419. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has seen an $80 discount to $419. A $140 discount drops the cost on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $759.

Showtime cable-free Apple TV app launches

07/07, 2:27pm

Movie channel will offer direct subscriptions for $11 per month

On Tuesday, Showtime began offering direct subscriptions to its service through Apple TV that no longer require an existing cable or satellite service, the company revealed. The network, which features shows such as Dexter and Weeds, is also bringing the standalone service Showtime Anytime to iOS users soon, likely by July 12. Like its rival HBO, the streaming service will offer both a wide back catalog, along with current movies and original programming.

Hands On: Wormarium 1.0.0 (iOS)

07/07, 2:05pm

Take to the trenches and wage war against the terrible moles

Remember the days when cellphones were a lot less smart? Remember how content you were to play the same game over and over again, collecting apples for a snake so he could grow large enough, only to inevitably meet his end when he literally met the end of his tail? We're ready to transport you back to the golden days of 1995 with Wormarium, a strange spin on days of yore.

App Update: Infuse, Skype, SocialPlanet, more

07/07, 1:55pm

App Update for Jul 7, 2015

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 here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to Infuse, Skype, SocialPanel, LaunchBar, Grid 2 Reloaded Edition, SoundByte, and Opera Beta.

Samsung warns of reduced operational profits in quarterly report

07/07, 1:20pm

Galaxy S6 Edge supply issues said to have affected Samsung finances

Samsung has warned it is highly likely to miss expectations in its upcoming quarterly financial report, expected to be issued towards the end of this month. The South Korean electronics giant is expecting to report that its consolidated operating profit for the quarter will be down four percent compared to the same quarter, bringing it down to 6.9 trillion won ($6.1 billion), and continuing a trend of bad luck for the manufacturer.

Apple's iOS 8.4 update already on 37 percent of devices

07/07, 12:20pm

Analysts predict trouble for rivals during three-month free Apple Music trial

Just a week after its release, the iOS 8.4 update has already been adopted by 37 percent of all active iOS users, an above-average rate for an incremental upgrade that may be driven in part by desire for access to the free trial of the new Apple Music service. While the numbers are on par with the growth seen in the first week of iOS 8.0's release, point updates are generally incorporated more slowly.

Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music, Video as Groove, Movies & TV

07/07, 10:31am

Xbox brand removed from apps in preparation for Windows 10 launch

Microsoft is updating its desktop media apps in preparation for the Windows 10 launch at the end of this month, by removing the Xbox name among other alterations. Xbox Video is going to be rebranded to Movies & TV in Windows 10, with Microsoft's Xbox Music service receiving the new name Groove, with both services also going through a visual upgrade as part of the changes.

Hands On: Monster Want Burger 1.0 (iOS)

07/07, 9:58am

Put your culinary creativity to the test in this burger builder

Every so often, we come across a game that is impossibly cute and fun. Somewhere past the shooters and the platformers and the strategy games is an alcove of games that are just designed to make you smile. One such game is the addicting, adorable, and all-around good game Monster Want Burger.

MacNN Deals: Improve your web design, app development skills

07/07, 7:56am

Three bundles provide help for creating apps, responsive web designs

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's trio of deals revolve around design, including both apps and web design, as well as a free course to help start you off in iOS game development.

Hands On: Papa Sangre (1.2.4) and Papa Sangre II (1.12) (iOS)

07/07, 7:43am

Fumble through the world of lost souls and learn to see with your ears

Recently, we looked at The Nightjar by developer Somethin' Else, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. It's game where a minimal UI covers the screen, because the player character can't see -- and the player is supposed to "use their ears to see." It's actually the second game to use the "Papa Engine," the first being Papa Sangre (1.2.4). There's also a sequel, the unsurprisingly-named Papa Sangre II (1.12). All three of these apps are included in a discounted bundle on iTunes. We're going to talk a little bit about the first game, but what really has us excited is Papa Sengre II.

Microsoft offers grants to universities for HoloLens research

07/07, 7:25am

Up to $100,000, two HoloLens units offered to five research projects

Microsoft is attempting to prove the usefulness of its HoloLens augmented reality headset, by offering free units and cash to researchers. The Microsoft HoloLens Academic Research project will grant five academic institutions two development kits for the device as well as up to $100,000 in grants each, if researchers make a suitable proposal that aims to "better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society."

Briefly: TiVo discount for Aereo customers, Nest Cam reaches UK

07/07, 6:12am

TiVo offers discounted Roamio DVR to ex-Aereo customers

Customers affected by the shutdown and bankruptcy of streaming live TV service Aereo are being offered assistance by Tivo, in the form of a small discount until the end of the month. The set-top box company is providing the TiVo Roamio OTA for use with HD antennas as well as the TiVo Stream for no upfront cost, with a monthly subscription of $20 for two years.

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