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Misfit announces Flash, a new wearable for fitness, sleep monitoring

13 minutes ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories

Misift, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, announced another tracker today that aims at bringing wearables to a wider audience. The Flash functions as a fitness tracker and sleep monitor, taking on the same features found in the Shine for a lower price. Where the $100 Shine was a tracker in an aluminum shell, the Flash takes a cheaper route with polyurethane and polycarbonate construction for $50.

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Texas court finds CBS infringes upon Personal Audio LLC's patent

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry

Podcasters may not be in the free and clear of patent violations after a ruling this week in a Texas court. Six jurors found that CBS Corporation, home of the television network with shows like The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest, infringed upon the patent by streaming episodic content of its television shows on the Internet. The trial had only last four days, with CBS failing to prove the patent owned by Personal Audio LLC should be invalidated.

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Apple publishes guide for Android data transfer to iOS devices

1 hour ago | Posted in: education, iPhone, security, Apple

With its combination of more and better apps, better security and now large-screen mobile devices, Apple is expecting the new iPhone and iOS 8 to help persuade more Android users to move up to iOS, and to that end has published a document on its website guiding switchers on how to move content from their Android device to the iPhone. The expectation isn't based on hubris: surveys have shown that at least a third of Android users would consider switching to the iPhone 6 family.

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Official iPhone 6, 6 Plus cases being delivered for early orders

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

Early orders of Apple's official cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are beginning to reach customers, anecdotes indicate. While the company usually gives strict instructions to courier services that prevent them from delivering iPhones and iPads before a launch date, it doesn't do the same for accessories. The strict timing with hardware is believed to be for the sake of marketing impact as well as deterring scalpers.

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Forums: Incoming iPhone!

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, software, mobile phones, Apple, iPad

MacNN forum goers anxiously awaiting the delivery of their latest, greatest iPhones have converged in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone" to discuss just where in the world the tracking numbers state their precious cargo resides. Forum members who are looking for an iPad sleeve with a spot for a power adapter that doesn't cause a bulge converse about the available options in a thread started by Clinically Insane member "subego" earlier this week.

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Apple deals: savings of up to $770 on 15.4-inch MBPs

4 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Right now Apple's Online Store is offering steep price cuts on a selection of refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 500GB of storage and 8x SuperDrive has seen a discount of $690 down to $1,109. A $710 discount drops the price on the refurbished 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,489.

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Microsoft unveils universal mobile keyboard, Xbox One with PC cable

4 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, accessories

Microsoft announced a slate of new accessories with wireless features today, one of which is ready for use with three of the major mobile operating systems. A universal keyboard, wireless mouse, Bluetooth mouse and a PC-ready Xbox One controller are expected to make their way to consumers starting in the fall.

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DealNN: new Mac Pro for $3,199

4 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, digital imaging, Apple

This week at MacMall.com get the new Mac Pro for the sale price of $3,149. That's $150 off the list price of $3,299, and $100 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage, dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics and comes with OS X Mavericks pre-installed. As always, Apple's one year warranty on parts and labor applies.

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iCloud.com re-institutes two-factor authentication

5 hours ago | Posted in: security, Apple

Apple has once again enabled a two-factor authentication option for iCloud.com. It was briefly introduced in June, but then vanished for reasons unknown. Much like its equivalent for Apple IDs, the iCloud.com two-factor system requires verifying identity through SMS or Find My iPhone. Only once this is done can users load the site's apps.

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Netflix comes to Germany with day-one support on many devices

5 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Netflix has expanded into Germany, according to an announcement by the streaming video service. Plans start at €8 per month for basic SD streaming. Two simultaneous devices plus HD quality is €9, while four simultaneous devices with Ultra HD (when available) is €12. As elsewhere, each account can have up to four profiles, which can be age-restricted if need be.

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VirnetX's $368.2M verdict against Apple tossed on procedural grounds

6 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, networking, Apple

Last week, the US Federal Court of Appeals in Washington DC threw out a jury award of $368.2 million to patent holder VirnetX. While the court agreed that some patents were infringed, the appeals court ruled that incorrect jury instructions were doled out by the judge, which tainted the jury when it determined the damage award.

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Near-complete OS X 10.9.5 being seeded internally, sources say

7 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, Apple

OS X 10.9.5 is already being seeded within Apple, say several sources working for AppleCare. The step is believed to be an immediate precursor to launching the update for the public, since AppleCare staff need to be familiar with the update in order to troubleshoot it. Furthermore, iOS 8 is being released tomorrow, and Apple often clusters major software updates.

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Apple updates OS X Server 3.2 developer preview

7 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, enterprise, developer, Apple

Apple is seeding another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers. Changes are so far unknown, but the code is listed as build 13S5179. Server 3.2 is intended for Macs running OS X Mavericks, particularly 10.9.4 or later.

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Chinese police arrest Foxconn worker for stealing iPhone 6 shells

8 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, security

Chinese police have arrested a 40-year-old Foxconn worker, identified only by the surname Qiao, for stealing iPhone 6 shells from a factory in Jincheng, according to the state-run Taihang Daily. The person was detained on September 4th, and is specifically accused of selling six of the shells for 6,000 yuan (about $960) to a gadget market in Shenzhen, where a number of electronics makers are located.

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Apps: FotoMagico, CleanApp, HoudahSpot

9 hours ago | Posted in apps

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    FotoMagico 4.5 ($100)

    FotoMagico is a tool for creating slideshows with personal photos and music in only a few mouse clicks. The software includes a variety of transitions, such as panning, zooming, and scaling. Version 4.5 now requires OS X 10.8 or later as well as a 64-bit Intel processor. The software can now support content in resolutions all the way up to 4K, with new presets in the New and Settings dialogs, and a 4K YouTube export option. Numerous bugs have also been resolved.

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    CleanApp 5.0b2 ($15)

    CleanApp is an uninstaller and system management tool that allows users to delete cache files, applications, and other items wasting drive space. This second beta adds protection for Apple’s server app and fixes an issue that prevented the software from deleting universal binaries. Temporary files and log files will also now be found more reliably when searching for related files.

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    HoudahSpot 3.9.3 ($29)

    HoudahSpot allows users to create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they are searching for. Favorite queries can be saved for later access, and templates can be set up for frequently performed searches. A new feature that lets users tag mail messages by dragging and dropping them from Apple Mail to the HoudahSpot Tray is included with this update. Various bugs, including one that prevented the software from searching certain Spotlight-indexed network volumes, have also been fixed.

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    Fantastical 1.3.16 ($20)

    Fantastical is a calendar utility that sits in a users menu bar and can be accessed through a customizable keyboard shortcut. To add new events users can type a natural phrase and the software will automatically pull out relevant time and date information. A potential crash that could occur when encountering invalid event data has been fixed in this update. A problem that prevented users from interacting with the server password prompt when using VoiceOver has also been addressed.

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    TunnelBear 2.4.3 (free)

    TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network server that allows users to browse the internet privately. The latest release includes a fix for a reported issue that was resulting in unexplained disconnections.

 
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Apple wins patent on physics-based tablet GUI concept

9 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple has won a US patent on an unusual tablet-based graphical interface. The UI would not only make use of touch and motion, as iOS does currently, but simulated physics, including mass, gravity, friction, and/or drag. A basic example involves selecting multiple files or folders; by drawing a circle around them, users would create a selection "bubble" that could be behave like a floating ball, even bouncing off of screen edges. File and folder size could dictate mass, such that a larger file might move more slowly.

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DisplayPort spec boosted to 1.3, can drive 5K on single cable

10 hours ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.

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Devs will not have access to NFC APIs this year, Apple says

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, developer, networking, Apple

Third-party app developers won't be able to access the APIs for Apple's NFC chips this year, a company spokesperson says. That effectively limits the NFC support in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay, as well as a few other authorized uses. That may be a security measure on Apple's part, since opening up the APIs too early could make it easier for hackers to crack the payment technology.

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Olympus reveals silver OM-D E-M1, incoming firmware update

11 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.

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Review: Autodesk Smoke 2015

12 hours ago | Posted in: software

The follow-up to Smoke 2013, Autodesk's Smoke 2015 aims to improve on the original video editing software. While it introduces a new Timeline FX workflow and integrated 3D tracker alongside other new features and performance upgrades, is it enough to make users switch to the latest edition? Read our review of Smoke 2015 to find out.

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Opinion: Battery life should dictate Apple Watch release strategy

13 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

As an early adopter of all types of technology, I will be among the first to get my hands on an Apple Watch when it launches early next year. There is a lot that Apple looks to have nailed with it, including the typically elegant industrial design, advanced materials and system architecture combined with what looks to be the most evolved smartwatch OS by some margin. The multiple collections and easily swappable bands also make it highly customizable, greatly enhancing its overall appeal. However, the biggest question mark over it at this point is its battery life, which is a potential issue that could be addressed by Apple if it adopts a slightly different tact before launch.

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Free iTunes U2 album now up to 'record-breaking' 33 million in 'sales'

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry, audio, Apple

Less than a week after Apple added U2's new album Songs of Innocence to iTunes' users libraries as a free gift, Apple has revealed that the album has been downloaded, streamed or played in its entirety more than 33 million times, an average "sales" figure of 5.1 million copies per day. Apple did also provide a tool for users who didn't want the gift to remove it completely if they desired.

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Cook: Consumers 'are not our product,' pushes privacy policies

21 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security, Apple

During more of the interview for PBS' "Charlie Rose" show, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the thorny issue of user privacy, with Cook coming out strongly differentiating Apple from other companies, noting that Apple "tries not to collect data." Cook said he believes users "have a right to privacy," and used the issue to reiterate that Apple was not cooperating with US government spying programs.

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Epson debuts new PowerLite Home Cinema, Pro Cinema 3LCD projectors

22 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Epson announced two new projectors at the CEDIA Expo 2014 last week, adding entries to the Home and Pro Cinema lines. Pro Cinema entries include the LS9600e and LS10000, both utilizing Epson's 3LCD reflective laser technology. Three entries are now available in the PowerLite Home Cinema line, with the 3600e, 3500 and 3000 covering a range of prices above $1,000.

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T-Mobile confirms it will upgrade 'Test Drive' iPhones to iOS 8

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, upgrades/storage, Apple

US carrier T-Mobile is still running its "Test Drive" promotion, which offers to send a no-obligation iPhone 5s and a week's worth of access to non-customers to help them evaluate if they want to switch networks. On Monday, the carrier acknowledged that it will be upgrading the "test drive" iPhones to iOS 8 beginning just days after its debut on September 17. The company also said it will eventually move to the iPhone 6 as its default model for the "test drive" promotion, pending sufficient availability.

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Sprint revamps prepaid program, now available in three data tiers

23 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Today, a new series of tiered offerings for prepaid cellular plans were announced by Sprint. Inspired by the changing needs of wireless consumers and the need to be competitive against AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is offering plans in a different way than was announce earlier in the year. Plans have been simplified to three different base plans, giving consumers the amount of data they need.

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Crowdfunding Critic: Mass Fidelity Core wireless speaker system

Mon September 15, 2014 | Posted in: audio

Welcome to another edition of the Crowdfunding Critic, an article series where Electronista and MacNN staff look at some interesting projects being crowdfunded through sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. While we believe these devices to be appealing or useful at some level, please note that the article isn't an endorsement of the project or campaign. With any crowdfunding campaign, there are inherent risks involved. As such, we ask our readers to research the items they may be contributing to since it's an investment. In this week's edition, we take a look at The Core wireless speaker system from Mass Fidelity.

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