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Briefly: Rogers 700MHz LTE rolls out, Toshiba UHS-II microSD cards

2 hours ago | Posted in: industry, accessories

Rogers is expanding the available spectrum for its LTE service in Canada, by turning on its 700MHz network. Engadget reports that areas of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver will see the benefits of 700MHz at first, with subscribers and AT&T customers roaming in the region able to see Rogers LTE in indoor areas where the signal was previously inaccessible. While it does not offer specific timing, Rogers plans to roll out the extra spectrum bands across the country.

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Pandora hit by new copyright lawuits over songs from pre-1972

5 hours ago | Posted in: industry, audio

Following a similar lawsuits against Sirius XM radio, a group of record companies has filed suit in a New York court against Pandora, the top streaming subscription music service in the US. While songs made before February 15, 1972 are not subject to federal copyright protections, the labels argue that Pandora, like Sirius, should pay royalties to the tune of tens of millions of dollars because the songs are still protected under state laws.

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Briefly: Facebook Version 9.0 for iOS, cross-platform Farmville 2

8 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Version 9.0 has been released for Facebook's app for iOS, adding new features. Though a minor update, the biggest addition to the app is the ability for users to reply to comments on pages that have enabled it. Administrators can now review and review posts by group members, and all users will be able to view trending topic posts in the iPad's version of News Feed. Facebook's app for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded for free from iTunes.

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Analysts: Low iPhone growth now, but good times ahead in 2014

8 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, Apple

Historically, investment and Wall Street analysts have had a poor track record predicting Apple's fortunes ahead of time. However, as Apple's guidance has gotten more accurate, and as supplier leaks and blatant manipulation of the market grow, predictions are getting more accurate. As it traditionally does, Fortune magazine has rounded up the predictions of various investment houses and independent analysts, which show slow growth in iPhones this quarter, but expectations of boosts ahead.

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Briefly: Flickr 3.0 for iOS, Photos+ gains Dropbox support

10 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Yahoo has updated the iOS client app for its Flickr photo-sharing service, giving it a more iOS 7-compatible "flat" look and navigation system that offers a noticeably more "Instagram-like" experience, where moving through photos is more free-form. The update now allows users to post up to 30 seconds' worth of HD video to the service, with live filters and adjustment tools available for both video and photos. Version 3.0 now sports certain kinds of object recognition beyond just faces, among other changes.

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Briefly: OWC updates Hard Drive DIY Kit, PDFpen Scan+ 1.3

12 hours ago | Posted in: software

Other World Computing today introduced its new DIY Kit for all 2011 iMac and 27-inch 2012 iMac models, enabling owners to replace the factory-installed internal hard drive with up to 6.0TB hard drive for expanded storage and back-up capacity. The kits feature a custom power cable with an in-line digital thermal sensor, ensuring proper factory fan operation and full compliance with Apple diagnostic testing. All kits include a NewerTech 14-Piece Toolkit, Microfiber Pro Cleaning Cloth, custom iMac to HDD SATA 3.0 (6GB/s) interface and power cable with in-line Digital Thermal Sensor, and two suction cups for outer glass removal. Priced at $65, the DIY Kits can be purchased online.

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Deals: RadioShack dropping price on iPhone 5s, Pixelmator price drop

12 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, software, Graphics/Web Design, Apple

Although there have been a number of good deals in recent months on both the iPhone 5c and 5s, a new deal kicking off tomorrow from RadioShack may be the one iPhone 4S holdouts have been waiting for. Starting April 18, new or upgrading customers using AT&T, Verizon or Sprint can buy the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for $99, half of its usual $199 up-front cost. The deal, which is available both online and in stores, gets sweeter if users trade in a working iPhone 4S or newer.

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Michael's craft store chain hit by massive, long-running data breach

12 hours ago | Posted in: security

Craft store chain Michael's Stores and affiliated Aaron Brothers has confirmed details of a massive security breach including between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014. The analysis conducted by the company shows that approximately 2.6 million cards may have been impacted, which represents about seven percent of payment cards used at Michael's stores in the US during the time period.

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FCC limiting 2015 AT&T, Verizon bandwidth auction purchases

13 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

The US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed that he plans to limit how much spectrum that AT&T and Verizon can buy in the 2015 auction of bandwidth reclaimed from broadcasters. The chairman spoke out a day after AT&T threatened to boycott the auction, possibly slashing the reimbursement that the federal government would get from the auction.

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Facebook to roll out Nearby Friends option for iOS, Android apps

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, security, iPhone apps, mobile phones

Facebook has announced an upcoming feature for its iOS and Android apps, Nearby Friends. The function will notify users when friends are within a certain radius, giving a chance to meet up. For security purposes the feature will be off by default, only work if both parties have it enabled, and allow restricting notifications to specific groups -- close friends, for example, or a custom list.

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Google launching test of fiber Internet for business in Kansas City

16 hours ago | Posted in: industry, networking

Google is picking select Kansas City companies to test Google Fiber prototype offerings for business. The business rollout in Kansas City is the first of its kind for the Gigabit Internet service with Google saying that it is "in the beginning of figuring out what that product could look like, and that's why we're launching this pilot."

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Dropbox buys out Loom photo service, Hackpad collaboration tool

17 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software, digital imaging, iPhone apps

Cloud storage service Dropbox has bought out Loom, a photo storage and organization service, according to a notice on the latter company's website. Additionally acquired by the file sharing locker is collaborative document service Hackpad which will continue to support its app, unlike Loom.

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Briefly: Chromecast gains MLB.TV broadcasts, live YouTube

18 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

The Google Chromecast is now supported by the MLB.com At Bat for iOS and Android. The update allows subscribers of MLB.TV's Premium Subscription to stream live, out-of-market games and on-demand events, with a choice of home or away broadcasts also available. The MLB.TV subscription is $25 per month or $130 for the entire year, with access to the MLB.com At Bat app's features included in the price.

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Briefly: RunKeeper's new Breeze app, Beamer 2.0

18 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, Apple

RunKeeper has launched a new, passive step tracking app today, entitled Breeze. By constantly tracking motion with the M7 chip found within the iPhone 5s, Breeze offers its users a personal coaching feature, in the form of push notifications and updates regarding one's activity levels. The following day, Breeze details a summary of the previous day's activities and stats. Users can share their completed goals, high activity level days, and a general activity profile with friends on Facebook, Twitter, RunKeeper and elsewhere. Free to download, Breeze requires iOS 7.0 or later and an iPhone 5s for full feature compatibility.

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Apple online store begins carrying refurbished Retina iPad minis

19 hours ago | Posted in: Apple, iPad

For the first time, Apple's online store has begun selling refurbished versions of the Retina iPad mini. The option drops the price of a 16GB Wi-Fi model to $339, $60 less than its usual cost. 32GB has been reduced $80 to $419, and 64GB models have been cut $90 to $509. Cellular-equipped Minis aren't yet available in refurb form.

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iOS apps: Pinnacle Studio, Figure, Tangent

19 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    Pinnacle Studio 5.0 ($13)

    Pinnacle Studio allows iPad users to edit film footage directly on their mobile device. Clips can be arranged on a storyboard, while built-in transitions, effects, and audio can be used to enhance footage. Version 5.0 has been overhauled for iOS 7 and includes an updated interface, as well as the ability to create 24, 25, and 30fps projects. Users can also now duplicate timeline clips to quickly create title and PIP templates.

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    Figure 1.6 ($1)

    Figure is a music creation tool that provides users with drums, bass, and synth sounds. The software works with a touch interface that doesn't require the user to have any pervious musical background knowledge. In v1.6 users can now share songs with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Three new drum kits, Sonny, Code, and Boom Bap have also been added, along with various bug fixes.

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    Tangent 1.6 ($1)

    Tangent can be used to edit photos on an iOS device. The software provides users with various shapes, patterns, and filters, that can be combined to create unique effects. The latest release adds support for sending edits directly to Union, the company’s app for blending and masking, with the tap of a single button,

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    QuizUp 1.2 (free)

    QuizUp is a social game where players compete in small trivia rounds against friends and players around the world. Version 1.2 adds support for playing in German and resolves a number of reported issues.

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    Instagram 5.0.9 (free)

    Instagram is a popular social network for sharing images and videos. Within the app users can edit their media and share it with all of their followers in a photo feed, or privately share content directly with friends. The latest release is strictly a maintenance update that fixes some bugs and improves overall performance.

 
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Sonos plans software update to make speaker system completely wireless

19 hours ago | Posted in: networking, audio

Sonos is testing a software update for its wireless speaker system that removes the need for a physical connection to the home network. The software would allow for the system's SonosNet network to operate with one of the speakers accessing the local Wi-Fi network, and avoiding wiring either a speaker or the Sonos Bridge wireless networking device to a router.

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New Apple retail chief Ahrendts may not join until June

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Future Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts may actually remain the CEO of Burberry until June, says The Guardian. Although Ahrendts has finished a mandatory six-month wait and is technically free to switch this month, she has allegedly promised to stay with Burberry until at least June 6th to ease the transition to her replacement, chief creative officer Christopher Bailey. She also has a strong financial incentive, since she could earn a bonus of as much as £8M (about $13.5 million) if she makes it to the 6th.

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Apple to mark Earth Day 2014 at retail and on campus

21 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

On April 22nd, Apple will be holding its first real Earth Day commemorations since 2006, reports say. At retail, the company is expected to cover its logos in green, and give at least some stores special Earth Day t-shirts for workers. Back at Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino, a "large-scale internal event" is due to happen on the afternoon of the 22nd, presumably with Earth Day as a focus.

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Apple readies iOS 7.1.1, accelerates iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 testing

21 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple, iPad

Apple is preparing an immediate follow-up to iOS 7.1 in the form of v7.1.1, according to web traffic data from 9to5Mac. The site says that it has received "numerous" hits from v7.1.1 devices operating in areas around Apple's Cupertino campus. It's not clear when the update will go live, or what it will contain, but the version number suggests that it should arrive relatively soon and mostly contain bugfixes.

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BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, Now TV iOS apps suddenly failing to stream video

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

Several UK-based iOS apps -- including BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, and Now TV -- have suddenly stopped streaming video, the BBC reports. The issue began last night, and is still ongoing; the source of the problem is so far unknown, as is whether other apps are also being affected. The director of Now TV, Gidon Katz, indicates that the issue can be temporarily fixed in Sky and Now by rewinding iOS' clock by a day, but that triggers other problems -- including preventing access to the App Store -- and doesn't solve the flaw in iPlayer.

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Eyefi launches cloud storage service for Mobi Wi-Fi memory cards

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging, accessories

Eyefi is expanding the usefulness of its Wi-Fi-equipped SD memory cards, by launching its own cloud storage service. The Mobi SD card, released last year, will now not only wirelessly transfer photographs taken by a digital camera to a mobile device, but it will also provide the option of automatically uploading it to the Eyefi Cloud.

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Macworld gems: The Roost MacBook stand, iMacompanion USB port

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, peripherals, gadgets, accessories

Continuing our look at some of the more interesting devices and services we ran across at Macworld in San Francisco last month, MacNN and Electronista staffers will periodically write about items and vendors that caught our eye at the show that we thought our readers would like to know about. Today's focus is on two successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns: The Roost stand for notebooks, and the iMacompanion USB port from Wiplabs.

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Briefly: Text expander Typinator 5.9, PDFpen 6.2 released

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: software

Productivity software developer Ergonis has announced the release of Typinator 5.9, a maintenance update for its text expander. Released prior to the launch of the next major version 6, Typinator v5.9 incorporates several minor bug fixes, and improves compatibility with third-party applications, such as Aperture, MacGiro, Mellel and more. Requiring OS X 10.5.8 or later, Typinator 5.9 is a free upgrade for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5, and costs $35.50 for new customers.

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Report: Apple to partner with Shazam for song recognition in iOS 8

Wed April 16, 2014 | Posted in: developer, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Citing unnamed sources "with knowledge of the product," Bloomberg is reporting that Apple may enter into a partnership with song-identifying app Shazam to bring the music-matching feature to iOS 8. Users could, for example, ask Siri "what song is playing?" as they listen to iTunes Radio or other streaming music services, with the voice assistant enlisting Shazam's services to return an answer after a short identifying pause. This in turn would produce a link to the song on iTunes.

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Mayer: Yahoo should be Apple's default search engine

Wed April 16, 2014 | Posted in: developer, Apple

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who has worked diligently to turn around the veteran search engine's fortunes with some success, is planning on appealing to Apple to make Yahoo's search engine the default choice on the Mac and iOS. Currently Apple offers Yahoo as a option for search, but uses Google as a default (and Bing to power Siri inquiries). Mayer may seen an opportunity to advance Yahoo's already-friendly relationship with Apple, given its fight with Google over Android and patents.

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Texas Instruments adopting Apple's iBeacon in embedded products

Wed April 16, 2014 | Posted in: industry, enterprise, developer, Apple

Veteran embedded chip and automotive systems maker Texas Instruments has announced plans to incorporate Apple's iBeacon technology in many of the company's forthcoming Bluetooth products, saying that "there are many more applications that could benefit from the technology" beyond its presence popular use in retail shops, restaurants and stadiums. TI will be adding iBeacons to its SimpleLink line of automotive micro-controllers, and it WiLink navigation systems.

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