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Briefly: YouTube 60fps mode on mobile, White House lifts camera ban

11 minutes ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging

Google has updated both its iOS and Android apps to allow for playback of 60fps content, reports The Next Web. Originally introduced in October for videos viewed in the browser at 1080p and 720p resolutions, and also implemented for live streams, the 60fps clips can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet, with the majority of the higher frame rate content consisting of gameplay videos.

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Game Replay: Batman issues, Scrolls shutting down next year

7 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, a report claims the problems of the PC edition of Batman: Arkham Knight were known about for months, Mojang is shutting down the Scrolls servers next year, and a developer explains delays in Star Citizen's FPS component.

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Editorial: Pardon? You don't like Apple Music?

12 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

It's not compulsory to like anything, and the world would be a dull place if everybody thought the same way. Plus, there are criticisms you can make of Apple Music's launch, its various limitations, and how iTunes 12 is still complex, some of which we delved into earlier today. Only Apple Music is getting a bad press primarily for being good, and for doing what you'd expect a streaming music service to do. It has honestly been criticized for being fun. Damn those Apple people, how dare they make something fun? Don't they know music is serious?

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Exclusive: Apple App Store's Chris Bledsoe talks failure

13 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Chris Bledsoe was on the team at Apple that launched the App Store. On The Successful Failure podcast, the Apple executive has given a rare interview about failure, success, and what you can learn from each. While little actual concrete data was given about Apple's internal makeup, Bledsoe discusses the general culture around the launch, as well as provides some insights on the pressures that new product launches are under.

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Hands On: Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition (OS X, Windows)

14 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software

There are moments in the past each one of us wishes have gone differently. From an embarrassing scene we can't live down, to the regret piled on from a missed opportunity, we're reminded how fleeting time can be in hindsight. For some of us, these moments repeat in our minds as we attempt to find a scenario in which all the right things are said and done to alleviate the pain they cause. Bracket Games dives into this character flaw in Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition, a piece of interactive fiction centered on a family in the midst of a turning point. But is it worth reliving harsh times in order to grow, or is Bracket Games setting players up for a lifetime of hurt?

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Hands On: iTunes 12.2.0 (OS X)

14 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

It's been called over-complicated, it's been called confusing, but it's also been called the place where you keep all your music by nearly everyone in the civilized world. That last has now changed: it's the place you get to almost all the music ever created in the history of the world, and then some. Okay, maybe no,t but we had -- hang on, let's check -- 9,692 songs yesterday and today we have (counts on fingers) 30,000,000, give or take the Beatles. The new iTunes 12.2 for Mac brings some minor changes, and one massive one with the introduction of Apple Music to OS X.

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Pointers: Summer Project: E-publishing, part six

15 hours ago | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design

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.

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

16 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

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.

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Cisco launches bid to buy OpenDNS for $635 million

16 hours ago | Posted in: security, enterprise, networking

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.

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

16 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

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."

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App Update: CopyQueue, ClamXav, Bloom, more

16 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

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.

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

16 hours ago | Posted in: audio

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.

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

17 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, enterprise

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 1200x1200 dpi resolution.

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Leak in iTunes 12.2 shows Apple will update iPod lineup

17 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, audio, Apple

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.

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MacNN Deals: Three highly-portable Bluetooth speakers

18 hours ago | Posted in: audio

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.

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Hands On: Localscope 4.3 (iPhone)

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps

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.

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

20 hours ago | Posted in: computers, software

Last week we told you what happens when Apple recalls your iMac; in our case, 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.

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

20 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

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.

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Internet users listen to Beats 1 stream without iOS, iTunes

21 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

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.

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Hands On: Dragon Jump 1.0 (iOS)

22 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

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.

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Acer launches XR341CK 34-inch curved QHD gaming monitor

22 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals

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.

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Analysis: Apple Music and Beats One

Wed July 1, 2015 | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

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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Briefly: QuickTime Windows update, Apple Q3 call announced

Tue June 30, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, security, software, Apple

In addition to an avalanche of updates ranging from major to security-patches-only, Apple has released QuickTime 7.7.7 for Windows, the first update to the multimedia technology since early April. The update fixes a clutch of security issues with the QT Media Foundation, which could allow a maliciously-crafted file to lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. The root cause of the issue, multiple memory corruption issues, were addressed through improved memory handling.

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Hands On: White Noise 5.8 (iOS, OS X, Android)

Tue June 30, 2015 | Posted in: software, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Remember those scenes in the 1992 comedy Cousin Vinny, where Joe Pesci's character couldn't sleep in the rural quiet of the small country town he was visiting. He didn't get a good night's rest until somebody sent him a recording of his New York neighborhood at night. Noise can either keep you awake, or lull you to sleep. White Noise by TMsoft is an app that provides ambient soundscapes, paired with an alarm clock and the ability to record and loop our own "perfectly quiet" environment sounds. We tried out White Noise for iOS on our iPhone 5, and we were often surprised and delighted by the experience.

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Sprint launches 'All-In' plan that limits video stream bandwidth

Tue June 30, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones

Sprint has launched a new price plan today that it hopes will make the cost of the service simpler to subscribers signing up to it. At the same time, the carrier has also come under fire for including a policy in the "All-In" plan's small print, limiting the amount of data transferred for specific types of network traffic, a move which some may consider to be against the basic principles of net neutrality.

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Apple updates Garageband, iBooks Author, iMovie

Tue June 30, 2015 | Posted in: software, audio, Apple

Apple continued with its cascade of updates on Tuesday with updates to iBooks Author (now at version 2.3) and Garageband (version 10.1), alongside an earlier update for iMovie (updated to v10.0.9). The Garageband update is the most significant of the three, bringing a wealth of new drummers, drum kits, and synthesizer patches, mostly focused on electronic dance music (EDM) and Hip Hop.

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