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Pointers: Summer Project: E-publishing, part six

07/01, 2:49pm

Creating e-books and prepping paperbacks

You're at the stage now where you know you will never have to write another word of your book ever again. Meanwhile, we're at the stage of wondering how to break it to you that you still have some writing to do. However, we've decided to build up to that after taking you through the next stage of the e-publishing process. In this part of the Pointers Summer Project, we'll actually, genuinely, thoroughly produce an e-book. We'll also prepare the paperback, and you'll see why that takes a step more.

Daily Deals: Mariner Software sale, Starbucks brewer, Wi-Fi extender

07/01, 2:35pm

MacNN and Electronista deals for July 1, 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 checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the dead ones, and have added a bunch more, including a sale on Mariner Software titles, an effectively-free Wi-Fi range extender, and a Starbucks brewer for $60.

Cisco launches bid to buy OpenDNS for $635 million

07/01, 2:04pm

Deal expected to close in 1Q 2016 after regulatory approvals are met

Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire OpenDNS, a privately held security company based in San Francisco. OpenDNS provides advanced threat protection through domain name system extension, adding phishing protection and content filtering to the vital service. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

Hands On: The Firm 1.1.1 (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

07/01, 2:00pm

High-pressure finance meets Tindr in this amazingly engaging game

The Firm by Sunnyside Games is an arcade-style game, where the user is settling in for their first day on the job as a stock trader. The poor guy doesn't even have time to put his plant on his desk before stocks start piling up in front of him. He needs to make choices, quickly; so he can make a lot of money for himself and his company, quickly. If he's not fast enough, he'll be fired. The gameplay is super simple, but imparts a sense of urgency that draws the player in and remains even once the round is over, compelling them to play "just one more round."

App Update: CopyQueue, ClamXav, Bloom, more

07/01, 1:47pm

App Update for Jul 1, 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 CopyQueue, ClamXav, Bloom, LibreOffice, Microsoft OneNote, and Posternio.

Sony rolls out trio of high-end flagship wireless streaming speakers

07/01, 1:43pm

Speakers feature Google Cast, Airplay, Spotify Connect

Sony Electronics announced today three new premium wireless speakers, the SRS-X77, SRS-X88 and SRS-X99. Like the HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 sound bars and STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 A/V receivers, all three wireless speakers have Google Cast, AirPlay, and Spotify Connect, as well as multi-room capability through the Song Pal app. The SRS-X88 and SRS-X99 speakers also boast Hi-Res audio capability.

Ricoh unveils small-format 11x17 black and white LED printer

07/01, 1:23pm

New printer brings A3-sized printing to a desktop-size printer

Ricoh today introduced a new compact black-and-white LED printer that brings paper handling up to 11x17 inches to small businesses and enterprise. The new Ricoh SP 6430DN printer produces up to 38 pages per minute using Ricoh's new LED imaging technology, which delivers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution.

Microsoft adds sixth Surface Pro 3 option, Surface 3 LTE on the way

07/01, 1:02pm

Sixth Surface Pro 3 includes Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage

Microsoft has quietly extended its Surface Pro 3 lineup, adding one more option to the existing collection of five tablets, as part of a few changes to its overall Surface range. The sixth tablet adds an extra Core i7 selection to the roster, and while it has the same core specifications as its high-end stablemates, Microsoft has shrunk the storage capacity down from 512GB and 256GB to just 128GB.

Leak in iTunes 12.2 shows Apple will update iPod lineup

07/01, 12:56pm

Shuffle, Nano, Touch to continue, but no obvious visible changes seen

An image buried inside the resources of iTunes 12.2 offers a surprising revelation to iPod fans: Apple's iPod lineup, which has seen diminishing sales for years, will get another -- though possibly final -- hurrah, with new color options and likely upgraded processors and storage. All three of the company's current iPod models -- the wearable Shuffle, the diminutive Nano, and the full-sized "iPhone with no phone," the iPod touch -- will see new colors, including strong shades of blue and pink, as well as the now-expected gold option.

MacNN Deals: Three highly-portable Bluetooth speakers

07/01, 12:09pm

Improve the audio quality of a smartphone by acquiring a Bluetooth speaker

Every Day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have a collection of three Bluetooth-equipped speakers, and while two are fairly normal examples from the portable audio market, one is visually completely different from the others.

Hands On: Localscope 4.3 (iPhone)

07/01, 10:20am

Smart navigation app adds Uber

We may have been looking at this the wrong way: previously, we've described this app -- now updated to Localscope 4.3 -- as a competitor to Where To?, and we've said that its rival wins. For apps you use to find a place and then get to it, Where To is better -- but maybe we were wrong to regard them as direct competitors.

Living without: iMac – part two, it's back

07/01, 10:14am

It doesn't have that new-Mac smell, but that's okay

Last week we told you what happens when Apple recalls your iMac, pulls it out of your hands in order to do its recently announced 3TB hard drive replacement. We also told you that if your iMac is from between December 2012 and September 2013, you should check Apple's site about this and get it sorted. Get it looked at and seen to. However, we then said we expected that this week we'd be telling you: "it came back, we signed more paperwork, we got on with our work." There was more to it than we'd expected though and that's only half because we went through more withdrawal symptoms than we imagined possible.

Sprint lifts 600kbps video stream restriction on All-In plan

07/01, 10:06am

Online complaints prompts backtracking by Sprint over bandwidth policy

Sprint has backtracked on its decision to limit the bandwidth of video streams in a recently launched plan, following online complaints. The All-In plan, launched just yesterday, will no longer have the video-specific rule in play, which prevented subscribers from watching streaming video at higher bit rates than 600kbps, with the carrier having to find other ways to prevent its network from being heavily used.

Internet users listen to Beats 1 stream without iOS, iTunes

07/01, 9:30am

Open Beats 1 streams discovered, work on Android devices

Android users do not have to wait until the Apple Music app heads to the platform in the fall before being able to listen to the Beats 1 station, some users have discovered. A number of unprotected live streams have been uncovered, allowing anyone with a suitable client to be able to listen to the stream uninterrupted, even on operating systems not yet supported by the service.

Hands On: Dragon Jump 1.0 (iOS)

07/01, 8:02am

Slay dragons and save the day with this reflex-testing game

We were born a few centuries too late to become knights -- the kinds that guard castles, tilt in jousts, and of course, slay dragons. That doesn't stop us from wishing for the glory days of yore, however. If you've ever wanted to protect a castle of your own, we suggest that you check out Dragon Jump, a game for all the modern-day knights out there.

Acer launches XR341CK 34-inch curved QHD gaming monitor

07/01, 7:47am

High-resolution curved Acer monitor has 21:9 aspect ratio, AMD FreeSync support

Acer has unveiled a high-resolution gaming monitor it will be bringing to the United States, one which uses AMD FreeSync technology to eliminate screen tear and stuttering in games. The XR341CK is an ultra-wide 21:9 curved monitor that has a 34-inch QHD panel, capable of showing a 3440x1440 image at 75Hz, with its resolution and width also allowing for picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes, so multiple video sources can be viewed at the same time.

Huawei launches Honor 7 smartphone, Band Zero smartwatch

07/01, 6:36am

Huawei Honor 7 has 5.2-inch 1080p display, 20MP camera, metal body

Huawei has launched a pair of new devices in the last 24 hours, including a smartphone and a smartwatch that are both destined for sale in China in the near future. The Honor 7 is a smartphone equipped with a 20-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus, held inside a metal alloy frame, while the Honor Band Zero has been teased as another round-faced smartwatch that the manufacturer is aiming to release this summer.

Analysis: Apple Music and Beats One

07/01, 12:06am

The MacNN staff look at today's massive litany of releases by Apple

It's that time again -- Apple has hit us all with a flood of releases, and leading the pack are Apple Music and Beats One. Join Managing Editor Mike, MacNN Editor Charles, and writer William for a discussion of all the hits, misses, and we discuss if we should keep the wheel in the sky turning for what's on tap, or if Apple's new offering is little more than a rainbow in the dark.

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