Tech-support scams have been around for a long time, but a disturbing new level has been breached with the discovery that scammers are using detailed records of Dell customer interactions to augment their claims that they are legitimate -- suggesting a security breach of Dell's customer base -- and that the company has been aware of the issue since at least last May and does not seem to have done anything about it, since the scams are continuing.
Hyper, a company specializing in accessories for a wide variety of Apple and Samsung electronics, has unveiled a new HyperLink 316L Stainless Steel Band for any Apple Watch version, but costs $70 -- $330 less than Apple's own similar band. The company also announced a new charging dock and USB power bank designed to resemble a watch gift box. Also announced today at CES was a new Belkin charging dock that includes it own integrated charger, and earlier this week researchers showed off a method to control drone aircraft using the Apple Watch.
Netflix is now available in more than 190 countries around the world, after the video streaming service went live in 130 new countries simultaneously during a presentation at CES. The launch now means Netflix is effectively available in almost all countries, though it is still exploring whether it can launch its service in China, and it cannot operate in Crimea, North Korea, and Syria due to US government restrictions on American companies in those territories.
One of our personal favorite genres of game is the perspective puzzler. Relatively rare, these games will challenge the way you think, forcing you to exercise your spacial reasoning and your lateral thinking. Today, we're here to talk about one of the most highly-praised perspective puzzle games we've seen, Monument Valley.
Dell has used CES to introduce a number of new monitors, alongside USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks. The UltraSharp 30 is Dell's first OLED monitor, one that uses an Ultra HD resolution, the 23 Wireless Monitor and 24 Wireless Monitor both allow smartphones and notebooks to connect wirelessly, and the Dell Dock and Dell Thunderbolt Dock are able to provide connected systems with extra connectivity options, for both PCs and Macs.
On Wednesday, Pioneer announced a new series of NEX dash systems that will expand options for automobile owners that want to add CarPlay- or Android Auto-compatible aftermarket systems to their vehicles. The news comes on top of numerous CarPlay compatibility announcements by big-name automakers, though there are still a number of companies that have not yet committed to offering either of the two smartphone-based infotainment systems.
Mac upgrade vendor OWC has revealed the immediate availability of the OWC 4.0TB Aura SSD Upgrade for the 2013-current Apple Mac Pro. The Aura SSD product line for Mac Pro is the first internal SSD upgrade for the 2013 Mac Pro and debuted at CES 2015 offering up to 2.0TB of capacity. The all-new 4.0TB model (shipping just in time for CES 2016) doubles the capacity available, now offering up to 16 times the capacity of the standard factory drive and four times the capacity of the maximum factory option.
On Wednesday, Apple released a second beta of OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan for developers and pre-registered public beta testers, two days after doing the same for the latest iOS beta, 9.2.1 and three weeks after the first OS X 10.11.3 beta. The new build, 15D13b, only a few increments higher than the previous build, 15D9c, reflecting a similar situation with the latest iOS 9 beta and serving as a reminder that new builds were sparse during the holiday period.
Previously on MacNN... we ran a series of articles that, to be brutal about it, translated David Allen's Getting Things Done methodology out of corporate-speak and into something Apple users could benefit from. We did it partly because Allen's ideas are so useful, but chiefly because the iPads, Macs and iPhones we all have are particularly well-suited to this GTD system for getting organized and productive. Then the iPad Pro came out, and it doesn't exactly change things, but it is hands-down the best Apple device for GTD.
At the Las Vegas CES audio firm Audio-Technica has shown a bevy of new products including its first-ever wireless turntable with Bluetooth technology. Also new are Hi-Res Audio compliant headphones, headphones with Bluetooth technology, gaming headsets, QuietPoint noise-cancelling, and Solid Bass headphones.
Do you still have Christmas money or gifts cards? Are they burning a hole in your pocket yet? MacNN is here to solve your little problem! As always, this afternoon we've got deals for you to think about while you consider what to do with that idle gift money. Today's highlights include a pair of noise-cancelling wireless headphones from BOHM for $60, a 50-inch LG 1080p HDTV for $450, and a DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter drone with a 2.7K camera for $500.
We've played a lot of mobile games 'round these parts, and we're always excited to share games that we think are great examples of the genres they're in. Today, we found a game that represents arcade action puzzlers perfectly, called Blown Away: Secret of the Wind.
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 highlight MacUpdate's current deal on iOS media manager for OS X Waltr, as well as bring you recent updates to screen capture utility ScreenFlow, social networking client Twitter, Internet activity cleaner MacCleanse, image analyzer Graphic Inspector, Instagram uploader Up, and resolution utility QuickRes.
Razer has produced a webcam that will be extremely handy to gamers producing YouTube videos or streaming live on Twitch. The Stargazer is a desktop webcam that uses an Intel RealSense SR300 camera that includes depth sensing functionality, allowing for broadcasters to remove the background on the webcam video feed without resorting to using a chroma key effect, potentially replacing it with game footage or another more suitable backdrop.
A new alleged part leak has reinvigorated rumors regarding the next-generation "iPhone 7" that is expected to appear this fall. Photos posted on the usual gang of Chinese website suspects claim to show a backlight assembly from the new phone, but the part -- even if genuine -- doesn't indicate any significant design changes. Other rumors regarding the "iPhone 7" currently making the rounds include a fresh revival of the previously-mentioned "no headphone jack" claim, and a potential 256GB storage option for the "iPhone 7 Plus."
Accessory manufacturer Satechi has unveiled two USB-C products at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. The Type-C Hub has been updated to now have an integrated pass-through USB-C charging port. Furthermore, Satechi has also launched a brand new Type-C Card Reader, which can simultaneously read SD and Micro SD cards.
Withings has produced a fitness tracker that uses an e-ink display, instead of using LCDs or LEDs like other similar devices. The Withings Go is able to display on its round screen the time and a progress dial, showing the percentage of a target achieved, with the use of the 1.1-inch e-ink display meaning it can have a battery life of up to eight months, far beyond the battery lives of other smartwatches and many fitness trackers currently on the market.
Apple today announced that customers around the world made this holiday season the biggest ever for the App Store, setting new records during the weeks of Christmas and New Year's. In the two weeks ending January 3, customers spent over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. January 1, 2016 marked the biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $144 million. It broke the previous single-day record set just a week earlier on Christmas Day.
Misfit has launched a pair of activity-tracking devices at CES, in two different formats. The Ray is a traditional fitness monitor worn on the wrist that aims to be a stylish minimalist device similar to a bracelet, while the Specter is a pair of wireless headphones offers smart functionality through an extra trigger button and its own fitness tracking functions, at the same time as streaming audio from a connected smartphone over Bluetooth.
Display company Viewsonic today introduced new home solutions with the XG Series of high-performance gaming monitors and new 1080p LightStream home entertainment projectors. The gaming monitors feature quick refresh rates with a range of resolutions from Full HD to 4K UHD, ultra-fast response times, low input lag, with support for Nvidia's G-Sync or AMD's FreeSync technologies. The LightStream 7 Series of projectors offers improved color accuracy over predecessors for an immersive big screen entertainment experience.
Keyssa today announced commercial availability for its Kiss Connector, a contactless method to move and stream massive files between devices and within devices in less time than existing methods. The Kiss Connector itself is a tiny, low-cost, low-power, solid-state, embeddable electromagnetic connector that is now available as a reference design for manufacturing partners.
Fitbit has added another device to its wearable fitness tracker range, one that is more like a smartwatch compared to previous releases. The Fitbit Blaze has a color LCD touchscreen, a first for the company, which can be used to show a variety of smartwatch notifications, remotely control music, and reject incoming calls, as well as other fitness tracking functions usually included in fitness trackers, making it a more functional all-purpose device usable outside of activity monitoring.
To think that some people object that you can't remove Apple's own apps from iPhones and iPads. Actually, everybody objects to that. Still, you can chuck them all in a folder and never think of them again – unless they're Game Center. If you're a fan then we do agree: it's a well-done system that means you can play games against other people anywhere across the internet. Er, so long as they're also on Apple devices. Only, call us curmudgeonly, but when we fire up chess to while away a few minutes in private defeat and misery, we don't always want to share that with the world. You try shutting up Game Center, though.
Networking peripheral company TP-Link today unveiled the Talon AD7200 Multi-band Wi-Fi Router, the world's first multi-band router based on the 60GHz 802.11ad standard. At short ranges, with compatible equipment, the Talon AD7200 will deliver up to 4.6Gbps just with the 802.11ad connection.
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 courses to help you improve your skills, including lessons in digital marketing, becoming a better photographer, learning how to create games, and even how to become a white hat hacker.
Panasonic unveiled a pair of compact travel cameras in its Lumix ZS range at CES, with each said to be ideal for traveling photographers. The ZS100 and the ZS60 are both pocketable and lightweight shooters capable of recording 4K video at 30fps, as well as 1080p footage at up to 60fps, but while the ZS60 uses an 18-megapixel ½.3-inch MOS sensor, the ZS100 opts for a larger 1-inch MOS sensor that can take 20-megapixel photographs.
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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