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Briefly: Carousel by Dropbox for iPad, new iPhone cases

11/20, 6:12pm

Photo gallery app by Dropbox now supported on iPad

Photo gallery and sharing app Carousel has received an update, now supporting iPad users. The Dropbox-made app provides a private way to share, store and organize image and video content, and instantly back up files to one's Dropbox account. In addition to now being iPad-compatible, the latest version of Carousel also supports integration with Instagram and Whatsapp. Free to download, Carousel requires iOS 7 or later.

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Briefly: Starbucks rolls out Powermat, Sony offers free movies

11/20, 8:25am

Starbucks adds Powermat wireless charging to 200 San Francisco stores

Starbucks is expanding its wireless charging efforts, by adding more Duracell Powermat charges to 200 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, ahead of plans to offer it across the United States and possibly in Europe and Asia by next year. For customers without a compatible wireless charging device, Duracell Powermat "Rings" will be available to borrow and return for each visit, or can be bought for $10 each.

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Briefly: AnyAngle iPad case, Red Giant Universe 1.3

11/19, 11:14pm

Briefly: AnyAngle iPad case, Red Giant Universe 1.3

Logitech has announced the introduction of a new protective case in its suite of tablet products, the Logitech AnyAngle for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. Featuring an integrated, hidden hinge, the case holds an iPad at any angle within a 50-degree range, keeping that angle in place without tipping or sliding. The stand folds behind the iPad as to create a minimalist appearance, and magnets also secure the stand and assist in holding an angled position. The has a rubberized frame that protects the tablet from accidental bumps and drops, and its hidden magnets keep the case securely closed as to prevent scratches and cracks. Available in a variety of colors, the AnyAngle case will be available this month for $60.

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Motorola Keylink unveiled as accessory for finding keys, smartphone

11/19, 8:16pm

Keylink attaches to keyring, makes noise via app, button makes phone ring

Motorola has revealed an accessory which could help prevent people from losing their keys or their phone. The Motorola Keylink is designed to be attached to a keyring, and can be set to make a noise from a connected smartphone at a range of up to 100 feet if they are misplaced, with a button on the keyfob able to trigger the smartphone's ringer as well.

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Upp hydrogen fuel cell available in Apple Stores in United Kingdom

11/19, 3:56pm

Personal hydrogen fuel cell from Intelligent Energy recharges smartphones, USB devices

A hydrogen fuel cell has gone on sale in the United Kingdom via Apple Stores. The Upp from Intelligent Energy, a company previously said to be in discussions with Apple over fuel cell technology, is a portable unit for providing extra power to mobile devices, and though it has a battery to store energy for future use, additional cartridges which provide extra power can be attached, ones which can be replaced once exhausted.

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Briefly: New railroad steel tablet stands, SunTrust adds Apple Pay

11/19, 12:00am

Griffin Technology releases two new tablet stands composed of reclaimed railroad steel

Griffin Technology has partnered with Rail Yard Studios, offering the release of two new tablet stands made of railroad steel. Made of reclaimed rail stock installed on the original Louisville and Nashville Railroad between 1906 and 1908, the Rail Slice Tablet Stand and Rail Artifact Stand are built to hold a full or mini-sized tablet in both landscape and portrait orientation.

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Briefly: Magnetic portable battery, Airbnb-specific security system

11/18, 10:39pm

Patriot launches Fuel Ion magnetic portable battery

Patriot has launched the latest addition to its Fuel Ion ecosystem, the Fuel Ion Magnetic Portable Battery. The battery attaches to the back of any Fuel Ion phone case, offering a 2100mAh capacity that can charge any smartphone without need to connect with a power cord. Lightweight, the battery can charge itself and any enabled smartphone when the battery is connected via its base to a wall or car adapter power source. The Fuel Ion ecosystem includes cases and other accessories compatible with iPhone 5 and 5s, Samsung Galaxy 4 and 5, and Samsung Note 3. Priced at $50, the Fuel Ion Portable Battery will soon be available through Amazon and a variety of other retailers.

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New MFi specs allow built-in Lightning ports, smaller connectors

11/18, 10:55am

Port tech should simplify some accessories

As a part of last week's Made For i conference in China, Apple introduced a pair of important changes to standards for Lightning connectors. Above all is that accessory makers will now be allowed to include built-in Lightning ports. In the past, companies have been forced to include separate USB connections for charging products, even though Lightning is fully capable of delivering power.

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Giveaway: win a Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480

11/17, 9:52pm

win a Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480

According to a recent survey conducted by Logitech, 65 percent of Americans are distracted by messages from one of their devices when using another. In fact, multi-tasking is the new normal, with more than three-fourths of Americans using two or more devices simultaneously a day. Fortunately, Logitech has the cure for this affliction. It's called the Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480, and it's designed to be used with computers, tablets and smartphones. MacNN has teamed up with Logitech to give away one of these keyboards to one of our readers.

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Apple now accepting HomeKit product plans for approval

11/17, 9:11pm

Shenzhen conference gathered HomeKit, iOS accessory manufacturers

On the heels of reports that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips that feature Apple's HomeKit API already embedded in them are now arriving to accessory makers, Apple announced during its "Made For i" (MFi) developer conference in China that manufacturers can now submit product plans for HomeKit-based products to the iPhone maker for approval, making it possible that the first group of such devices could arrive before the end of the holiday buying season. Apple's MFi certification would be the last step for devices before hitting the market.

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Briefly: OmniGraffle 6.1, Mujjo releases new iPhone 6 Plus case

11/16, 3:52pm

Release of new OmniGraffle 6.1 includes Yosemite update, new tool options

The Omni Group has released its latest version of OmniGraffle, a graphic document editing app for OS X. Allowing users to create graphic documents efficiently, lines stay connected to shapes even when they're moved in the new version, while style and organization tools finish off a diagram that is simplistic or technically in-depth. OmniGraffle 6.1 offers a new user interface, as well as the ability to detach inspectors into their own floating panels. New fill effects, stroke and shadow types, and support for the Visio 2013 format are all included. Requiring OS X Yosemite to run, OmniGraffle is priced at $100.

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Briefly: STM Skinny Pro, Studio for iPad, SwitchEasy Wrap for iPhone

11/16, 2:40pm

Studio, Skinny Pro line of tablet covers extends to new iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3

STM Bags announced that two models of its existing tablet covers are coming for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. The STM Skinny Pro snap-on case is getting a slight refresh to fit both of the new iPad, coming in blue, black, red, and urban camouflage. The cover features an instant on/off feature, along with the ability to fold into different viewing or standing options. The inside of the cover is lined with micro suede, while the exterior is polycarbonate and polyurethane. The STM Skinny Pro can be ordered on Amazon now for $40, but shipping time is listed from one to three months out.

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SanDisk iXpand builds Lightning connector into USB drive

11/13, 11:10am

Companion app allows for Camera Roll backups or media steraming

SanDisk has today introduced the iXpand, a new USB flash drive aimed at iOS devices. Unlike most, it incorporates a secondary Lightning connector, allowing owners to plug it directly into an iPhone or iPad. A companion app can be toggled to automatically backup photos and videos from a device's Camera Roll. The app can moreover stream music and videos directly from the drive; compatible movie formats include AVI, MKV, MP4, MOV, and WMV.

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New Square Reader scans both chip- and stripe-based cards

11/12, 3:30pm

EMV tech becoming standard in US by end of 2015

Retail payment service Square has opened up preorders for a new version of the Square Reader, designed to scan chip-based credit and debit cards. It supports older stripe-based cards as well, and the company is promising end-to-end encryption, as well as active tamper detection. It's compatible with iOS and Android, requiring only the appropriate apps and an account with Square for paying service fees.

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Beats launches Solo2 Wireless headphones

11/12, 11:00am

On-cup controls handle playback, calls

Apple-owned Beats has announced the Solo2 Wireless, a new pair of over-the-ear headphones. The unit is based on the original Solo2 headphones released earlier this year, but sports Bluetooth for pairing with devices up to 30 feet away. Buttons on the ear cups let users control volume and playback, and even answer phone calls.

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Briefly: STM's Flip iPhone 6 case, Airbnb iOS update

11/12, 9:08am

STM releases Flip folio case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Accessory maker STM has announced its Flip wallet case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Utilising two micro-suction cups, the front cover attaches to the phone's screen, and also features two card slots. Foldable, the Flip case can act as a stand for propping the phone up for a viewing position. Available in charcoal, black and red, the Flip Folio can be purchased for $35 through Radtech.

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DealNN: monitors, printers and more

11/11, 6:04pm

monitors, printers and more

This week at Newegg.com get a great deal on a bundle that includes a 28-inch Acer widescreen LED backlight LCD monitor and a Canon ImageClass MF3010 monochrome laser printer. These items carry a retail cost of $700, but are only $400 when purchased in this bundle. That's a savings of more than $150 over buying these items individually anywhere else.

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Briefly: SwitchEasy's Rave iPhone cases, wireless iPhone flash

11/10, 2:31pm

SwitchEasy announces new kickstand cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Mobile accessories designer SwitchEasy has announced two new cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus entitled Rave. Composed of a combination of faux leather and thermoplastic polyurethane, the Rave case is reflective, and shimmers when it catches the light. Its folding design allows the phone to be propped up into a kickstand, ideal for watching videos. The Rave joins SwitchEasy's line of cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and will be available online, with pricing starting at $30.

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Apple deals: Mac Pro and accessories

11/07, 3:04pm

Mac Pro and accessories

At Apple's online store today create the perfect budget Mac Pro work station with refurbished Mac Pros and accessories. Mac Pro models start at $2,549 for a refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Or opt for the more powerful Mac Pro with a 2.7GHz 12-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage for $5,849.

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Fitbit products removed from online Apple store

11/07, 10:50am

Likely connected to lack of HealthKit support and/or Apple Watch

Apple has pulled all Fitbit products from its online store, shoppers note. The change was made without explanation, although last month sources indicated it might happen. Inventory of Fitbit devices at the store began to run low during the past week.

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Briefly: Booq's Boa Nerve, Stealth messenger bag; Google Drive 3.3

11/06, 5:56pm

Booq introduces new Boa Nerve, Stealth messenger bag

Booq has announced the newest addition to the Boa collection, the Boa Nerve Stealth. A messenger bag that accommodates a 15-inch Macbook, the Boa Nerve Stealth is intended for cyclists or a commuter on foot. The bag is composed of heavy-duty tarpaulin, and features a magnetic strap system that switches from loose to secure, and its stabilizer strap offers the option of additional fitting options. Its interior includes a padded laptop pocket, alongside three flapped pockets with Velcro closures and one large zippered pocket. Priced at $195, the Boa Nerve Stealth is available through various retailers.

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Hands On: Griffin Survivor Slim for iPad Air 2

11/04, 4:40pm

A rugged case...for those who need it

For some people, the best protection options for an iPad are probably the simplest. An AppleCare+ plan, for instance, may be $99 up front -- and cost an extra $49 per accident -- but will let you forego a case entirely, or at least pick a case for style over substance. And on the most basic level, you can just be cautious and keep your iPad out of anything like a dangerous situation. That may not be an option though, and for that, there are cases like the Griffin Survivor Slim.

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Products with HomeKit API embedded now headed to market

11/04, 1:49am

Broadcom, TI and Marvell shipping chips needed for 'smart home' accessories

A new report says that at least two of the three Apple-approved vendors for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips that feature Apple's HomeKit embedded in the processors are now shipping the components to home appliance manufacturers. The news, confirmed by Forbes, suggests that products taking advantage of HomeKit technology should be appearing more commonly in the market over the course of the next few months. Though several HomeKit-centric products are already out, a forthcoming conference should vastly increase that number.

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Performer headphones with suspension ear cups revealed by 808 Audio

11/03, 1:29pm

New headphone suspended ear cup design inspired by studio microphone mounts

Two new pairs of over-the-ear headphones were announced by 808 Audio today, taking a new approach to the ear cup design. The Performer Headphones -- released in wired and Bluetooth models -- use ear cup suspension technology in an attempt to give users a better fit during long play sessions, or in professional audio applications like DJ sets.

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Briefly: SwitchEasy's AirMask iPhone case, SwiftKey adds languages

11/03, 1:25pm

SwitchEasy introduces new lightweight case for iPhone 6

SwitchEasy has announced the AirMask "non-case" for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Functioning as a screen guard and case combined, the AirMask measures 0.35 millimetres in thickness, and weighs 10 grams. Its polymer shell provides 3H hardness protection, and is capable of resisting regular wear and tear. It additionally features a textured surface that improves one's grip on their phone. The AirMask is priced at $25 for iPhone 6, and $30 for iPhone 6 Plus, and is available for pre-order in gold, silver and gray.

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Giveaway: Win a 808 Audio Hex SL Bluetooth speaker!

10/31, 4:40pm

Win a 808 Audio Hex SL Bluetooth speaker!

What is a hex? On a day like today, it could mean a magical spell or a curse. It could also simply be the prefix from the Greek word "hexa," as in a hexagon. For 808 Audio, we assume it's a little bit of both. They have a series of Bluetooth speakers called "Hex" that heavily utilize hexagonal shapes and enchant listeners with magical sounds of music as well. We have one Hex SL enchanting Bluetooth speaker to give away to our readers.

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Giveaway: come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista all day!

10/31, 4:00pm

come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista all day!

Now that Halloween is in full swing (presumably swinging from a noose), it's time for all the little ghosts, goblins, ware-wolves and witches to come out of hiding. It's time for tricks, and it's time for treats, but most of all it's time for a little fun. So this year, come trick or treat with MacNN and Electronista, because we have a big bag full of Halloween treats (and some tricks) to give to our readers. Check back here throughout the day, as the list below will be refreshed when each new treat (or trick) is announced. Have fun everyone!

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win one of two Marshall cell phone cases!

10/31, 3:49pm

Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 2 Marshall cell phone cases!

What's Halloween without a little rockin' music? It's not really Halloween at all! I mean, think of all the great rock bands who have based their whole acts around having Halloween all year round: Black Sabbath along with Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Slayer, Gwar and of course we can't forget Kiss all bask in the glory of the eternal darkness that this day represents. You can be sure that at some point, most of these groups used Marshall equipment, and today to celebrate that we have two Marshall cell phone cases to give away to our readers.

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 3 Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds!

10/30, 11:28pm

Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 3 Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds!

With the witching hour upon us, we have a most wicked prize up for grabs: the Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds. Gather around while we tell the spooky tale of three wicked little sets of earbuds that lost their way, and ended up being captured by MacNN staff to send off to live with strangers. Pretty scary stuff for those earbuds, but it's another treat for our readers.

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Briefly: BookArc Stand for Mac Pro, Spotify for iPad updated

10/30, 8:13pm

Twelve South releases horizontal stand for Mac Pro

Twelve South has announced the release of the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed for Mac Pro. Designed in the shape of an arc, the stand allows the compact computer to fit in spaces with half the height available, making it suitable for fitting into gear racks and studio shelves. The BookArc is composed is heavy gauge steel, which has been machined into a curve shape and coated with a chrome finish. Priced at $60, the BookArc Pro is available online through Twelve South.

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to USB cable!

10/30, 7:02pm

Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to USB cable!

Tomorrow is Halloween, and as such MacNN and have a bag of treats to give away to our readers. We are going to be handing out prizes to lucky little ghosts and ghouls who participate. Keep an eye out for the selection of treats that we have to offer for the rest of today and tomorrow. Beware, some of the items we list will be tricks! First up, we have three JunoPower Kaebo Lightning cable connectors to give away. Read on to learn more.

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Hands On: WaterField Outback Slip Case for iPad Air 2

10/30, 11:35am

As much a fashion statement as practical

Modern iPad cases are built not only to suit a wide range of uses, but a wide range of incomes, and both of those factors come into play with one of WaterField's first products for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the Outback Slip Case. On a functional level, it's relatively straightforward: it's a cushioned sleeve that you slide an iPad into. WaterField makes four variants, split between the Air and the Mini, and whether you want one sized to accommodate a Smart Cover as well. We tested the Air 2/Smart Cover edition.

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Briefly: Tylt wireless charging devices, djay 2 released for Android

10/29, 6:17pm

VU Wireless Car Charging Mount, VU Solo give consumers new options for charging

Tylt unveiled two new wireless charging solutions, adding the VÜ Solo and VÜ Wireless Car Charging Mount to its lineup. The VÜ Solo is a wireless Qi charging base powered by Micro USB, keeping it compatible with existing smartphone and tablet charging blocks. Only a single Qi coil is in the base, but Tylt includes a Micro USB cable that contains its Alin positioning system to ensure the device makes contact at the correct point. Devices that require 1A to charge can use the base, which also features a non-slip surface and suction base. Price for the VÜ Solo is set at $40.

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Logitech debuts new Type+, Ultrathin, Keys-To-Go keyboards for iPads

10/29, 4:56pm

Keys-To-Go supports all iOS devices

Logitech has announced a trio of new iPad keyboard accessories, beginning with updates of its Type+ and Ultrathin cases for the iPad Air 2. The Type+ is a thin folio design, with features such as automatic wake/sleep magnets for both an iPad and the keyboard itself. It costs $100, and comes in black, blue, green, or purple, with extra "synthetic" versions of the first two colors.

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Briefly: New iPad Dodocases, UI Actions, Browser updated

10/27, 1:46pm

Dodocase releases Flat Vernacular Classic cases for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Tech accessories producer Dodocase has released two case series for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Its Flat Vernacular series features unique hand-drawn patterns from Brooklyn-based design company of the same name, and its Classic cases are available in black with different options for the inner cover. Both case series include a book-bound spine, an impact-resistant bamboo tray and folding back cover, either offering multi-angle folding options or the original cover.

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Former Apple execs Johnson, McDougal form new retail startup, Enjoy

10/23, 10:51pm

Service would help shoppers make better decisions about online purchases

Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson, along with his former Apple colleague Jerry McDougal and former Apple creative director Tom Suiter have teamed up in a new retail-oriented startup endeavor called Enjoy, promising to help consumers spend more wisely instead of just aiming for the cheapest price. The company, which launches next year, will help consumers make smarter choices on buying, such as educating shoppers on the finer points of a camera to promote the best overall value.

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Moto 360 software update ships, wireless charging dock on Google Play

10/22, 8:33am

Latest Moto 360 update adds battery saving option, mood lighting

Owners of the Moto 360 smartwatch have received two bits of good news this week. The latest Android Wear update for the Motorola smartwatch introduces more battery-related improvements, along with other software tweaks, while Google Play has started to include the Moto 360 Wireless Charging Dock among its hardware listings.

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IC12 launches portable LED Light Cube light source

10/21, 5:50pm

Highly-controllable flash and video light can be interlocked with other units

Originally funded through an IndieGoGo campaign, the Australia-based IC12 has now debuted its 5,000-lumen high-speed portable flash and video light, the LED Light Cube. Built with an interlocking design that allows units to be used in combination, the light offers no recycle time between flashes, and gives photographers a way of shooting with a continuous high-speed flash of up to 1/8000th of a second. The unit is compact enough to be easily portable, and doesn't require external battery packs.

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Review: Kenu Airframe Plus

10/21, 3:06pm

Phablet car-mount brings hands-free to larger format mobile devices

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this year, the Airframe + takes the same basic design of the Airframe and gives it a little extra stretch in order to hold larger six-inch phones. In our review, we thoroughly put the Airframe + to the test to see what exactly it is that puts the "plus" in this portable car mount.

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Briefly: Tumblr's native OS X app, Griffin launches new iPad cases

10/19, 5:33pm

Tumblr releases OS X app, features full screen viewing, easy posting

Blogging social platform Tumblr has released a native OS X app. A microblogging service, Tumblr lets users share media ranging from text, photos, music, links, video and more. Tumbler's app for OS X features a full-screen viewing option, and additionally allows posting to Tumblr from anywhere on one's Mac that has a Share button in its window. Free to download, the new Tumblr app requires OS X 10.10.

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Apple pulls Bose products from online store

10/17, 4:47pm

Comes despite companies settling lawsuit

In spite of the two companies settling a lawsuit over noise cancellation patents, Apple has gone ahead and removed Bose headphones and speakers from its online store, visitors note. Rumors surfaced a week ago that Apple was planning to remove Bose products from its stores. Why it would want to was uncertain, but one point of speculation was animosity because of the lawsuit.

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Iovine on NFL-Bose ban of Beats: 'I can't believe I'm this lucky'

10/16, 12:12am

Publicity from ban, player fine makes Beats 'look like the underdog,' co-founder says

Speaking at the University of California's "Global Conversation" conference on Wednesday, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine offered his spin on the recent NFL deal with rival Bose to make the latter's headphones the "official" brand of the football league, and the fact that many players seem to prefer the Beats brand. He told the audience that players, both under contract to endorse Beats and not, have taken to taping over the Beats logo on their own pairs rather than wear the endorsed brand.

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Giveaway: PowerSkin PoP'n 2 power pack for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

10/15, 8:05pm

PowerSkin PoP'n 2 power pack for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are in the hands of millions of loyal Apple fans, many people are starting to look at useful accessories that third party manufacturers have to offer. One awesome addition to the list of "must-haves" is the PowerSkin PoP'n 2 portable battery pack. We have two of these battery packs to give away to our readers. Find out more about what makes this mobile charging solution different, and how you can enter to win.

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Apple could stop selling Fitbit accessories at retail

10/15, 1:25pm

Decision may be linked to Apple Watch

Apple may, in the near future, stop selling Fitbit products at its retail stores, sources claim. No explanation has been given, but it's speculated that the reason may be the Apple Watch, which is shipping early next year and will share similar functions, even if it's more expensive and not intended purely as a fitness device. So far, Apple doesn't appear to be taking action against any other fitness trackers, but Fitbit controls nearly 70 percent of that market.

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Briefly: Belkin Qode keyboards, Stonelight Pictures keyboard app

10/14, 9:25pm

Two new Bluetooth keyboard cases come to the Qode series starting at $100

Belkin announced two new keyboard cases today, under the banner of its Qode tablet series. The Bluetooth keyboard covers offer "improved keyboard layouts" with the same number of keys as a laptop, with the Ultimate Pro Keyboard offering additional features over the Slim Style Keyboard. The Qode Ultimate Pro features an aluminum construction, a backlit keyboard, adjustable portrait and landscape modes with different view angles, up to a year of continuous battery life, a detachable case that doubles as a smart cover, and auto-sensing automatic on/off technology. Belkin's Slim Style Keyboard is a folio cover and keyboard in one, with a stand that supports several viewing angles, a handheld media mode, and flexible corner tabs to keep the iPad in place.

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Review: Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

10/14, 3:35pm

Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard gives tablets versatility, but typing space is cramped

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. From the lack of feedback to the change in configurations, there are several obstacles that can get in the way of adapting to a new format. However, physical keyboards are available on the market to help people retain some of the familiar feel, without having to carry around a laptop. Adesso offers a Bluetooth keyboard for fit this need with the Compagno X. But is the keyboard helpful to users, or will it drive them back to using the screen-based alternatives? Find out in our review.

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OnePlus partners with JBL for $40 E1+ earphones

10/13, 6:19am

Red JBL earphones have 9mm drivers, inline controls

Chinese mobile device producer OnePlus has introduced a second set of earphones for its smartphone, less than a month after announcing another pair of slightly-smaller earbuds. Built in partnership with JBL, the E1+ Earphones are said to be "specifically crafted" for the OnePlus One, with the earbuds using 9mm JBL drivers with the company's PureBass technology, claimed to provide a high-frequency response between 10Hz and 22kHz and a considerable amount of bass.

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NPD: iPhone 6 launch triggered record-breaking sales of accessories

10/10, 9:37pm

Nearly $250M in accessories sold after iPhone 6 debut, up 43 percent

According to a new report from sales analyst NPD, mobile phone accessories in the US hit a new record in the two weeks immediately following the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Accessory sales were seen to be 43 percent higher than the two weeks before the launch, and far better than the 17 percent increase seen in the same period after the release of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s last year. The new total for accessories in the fortnight was $249 million, topping last year's $195 million.

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Briefly: Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated, Renegade iPhone 6 case

10/10, 3:37pm

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated for iOS

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile has released an update to its iOS app, offering a thorough overhaul from its previous versions. A professional-grade painting and drawing app, SketchBook v3.0.1 features pencil and brush tools that aim to deliver a realistic drawing experience. Its redesigned user interface and improved "paint engine" allow users to apply the same workflow to devices with a range of screen sizes, thereby eliminating separate tablet and phone editions of the app. The app's interface is fully customizable to fit the user's working preferences.

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Briefly: Chromebook's business features, iHeartRadio Android Wear app

10/09, 4:16pm

Google announces Chromebook business features aimed at office environments

Google has announced the release of new business-focused features for its Chromebook laptop. Users can now switch easily between personal accounts and one's organization's credential-secured account, and its new single sign-on feature allows for logging in with the same credentials and identity provider used in the rest of an organization. Certificate management for wireless networks is also included, with provisioning Chromebooks with client certificates to access 802.1X EAP-TLS networks now being easier for businesses, schools and government institutions.

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