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Game Replay: I Am Bread on iPhone, ESPN eSports job, Steam beta

5 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, I Am Bread heads to iOS, Sony starts testing its PlayStation 4 firmware update, Valve also tests an upgrade for Steam's Big Picture mode, and ESPN looks to expand its gaming coverage by hiring eSports editors.

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Briefly: 'Steve Jobs' at Telluride, News app grows to 50 publishers

7 hours ago | Posted in: developer, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Universal Pictures' Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-written, big-budget biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, titled eponymously after the mercurial former CEO, will have its debut with at least one screening at the Telluride Film Festival, which begins tomorrow. The timing of the screening or screenings hasn't been revealed, and will also be shown at the New York Film Festival on October 3, followed by a general US release on October 9.

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Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 digital pen revealed with updated design

8 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Wacom has unveiled a new stylus at IFA, alongside its other graphics tablet-based launches earlier today. The Bamboo Fineline 2 takes after the original launched last year in being a stylus for normal tablets, one with pressure sensitivity allowing apps to react to how hard the user presses down with the nib, and in turn letting users be able to make more refined and detailed drawings on their tablet compared to using their finger.

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Kantar: iPhone upgrades will continue, Europe switching from Android

9 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

A new study by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel based in Europe has disputed speculation that Apple's next iPhones may not do as well as the record-shattering iPhone 6 lineup, which proposes that pent-up demand for a bigger-screen iPhone has now been addressed after three quarters of staggering sales figures. The study not only found that at least a third of all US iPhone buyers are at the end of their two-year contracts, but that the "switcher rate" from Android to iOS in Europe continues to grow.

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Hands On: Magic River 1.0 (iOS)

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

We've become somewhat accustomed to games falling short aesthetically. Either the designs are too gaudy, or the sounds are too harsh, and after we play them we're left feeling a little disappointed. Every so often, we come across a game that absolutely knocks it out of the park when it comes to design. For us, Magic River is one of those games.

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Judge denies Apple new Smartflash trial, but retains dropped damages

11 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, Apple

US District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap has denied Apple a chance at a new trial to clear its name from charges that it willfully infringed on patents owned by patent troll Smartflash last February, but has decided to retain the dismissal of the original $532.9 million awarded to the company for damages, clearing the way for a damages retrial later this month. Judge Gilstrap reversed the jury's award, but not its findings of infringement, after he determined his own instructions on calculating royalties may have confused the jury.

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FCC approves Verizon Wireline, FiOS sale to Frontier in CA, FL, TX

12 hours ago | Posted in: industry, networking

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Frontier Communications' acquisition of Verizon's wireline, broadband and video operations, including the FiOS network, in California, Florida and Texas. The company is currently also seeking approval from the California Public Utilities Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, and has received Hart-Scott-Rodino federal antitrust clearance.

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Daily Deals: SanDisk SSD four-pack, Dell monitor, $600 3D printer

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

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include a 3D printer for $600, a 19.5-inch monitor from Dell for $80, and a four-pack of SanDisk 128GB SSDs for just $160.

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Good Apples: Cupertino's failures that weren't

13 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Microsoft gets a lot of attention, praise and applause when it pre-announces products it's going to release one day and that somehow represent a golden future of the technology industry. Apple goes the other way and gets the opposite reaction: it prefers to announce products that actually are the future of the industry but you can buy them now. Maybe it's just that they casually drop in the words "available today" a little bit too smugly but for whatever reason you can put money on any Apple product being mocked, derided and decried at launch time. Later? Not so much.

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Wacom Bamboo Spark creates digital images from pen and paper notes

13 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Wacom has made a slight departure from its usual graphics tablets, by using its knowledge to create a note-taking device built into a folio. The Bamboo Spark uses Wacom's stylus input technology to allow the folio to capture the movement of the pen, allowing it to record images drawn by the user the pen and paper, effectively creating a digital copy of the drawing or other data as an image file for safe keeping or later editing.

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App Update: Posterino, Acorn, Haskell, more

14 hours ago | Posted in: software

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, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to Posterino, Acorn, Haskell, CrossOver, and Deliveries.

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MacNN Deals: Headphones for listening in comfort, when keeping fit

14 hours ago | Posted in: audio

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three selections are all for listening to music privately, including two stylish headphones for more relaxed listening, and one pair of earbuds for those who like to exercise with some musical accompaniment.

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Apple VP: 'a bit of homework' yet to do on Apple Music, iTunes issues

14 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Oliver Schusser, an Apple vice president for iTunes International, was recently interviewed by the UK's The Guardian newspaper and admitted that the company is getting "a lot of feedback" on issues ranging from the design of the iOS Music app to sometimes-severe problems with iTunes 12.2 on Macs, as well as both compliments and brickbats on the overall Apple Music paid subscription service and the free features that accompany it.

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Samsung improves iOS IoT compatibility with new SmartThings Hub

15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, iPad apps

At today's Samsung press event at the IFA conference, the company released a new new SmartThings Hub. The new hub is equipped with a more powerful processor that enables video monitoring, and a battery backup that lasts up to 10 hours in case of a power outage. The Hub is also able to process some automations locally without an Internet connection. Alongside the release is also a new iOS and Android app for organization and control of the system.

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Wacom introduces four packages in new Intuos graphics tablet range

15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Wacom has used IFA to launch a new range of Intuos graphics tablets. The new tablets are being brought out in four different models with two different sizes, with the Art, Comic and Photo tablets including Pen and Touch capabilities while the Draw version just has pen input, with also including optional wireless connectivity, 1,024 pen pressure sensitivity levels, and four customizable ExpressKeys in the top corners.

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Genieo adware features new exploit that gains access to Keychain

15 hours ago | Posted in: security, software

The latest version of the adware toolbar malware known as Genieo now has the ability to access the OS X Keychain without user knowledge, thanks to privileges gained during the initial install where the user willingly uses their admin password. Though the program itself does not use the technique to cause any malicious harm on its own, the trick will likely be copied and used by others to possibly compromise the security of the OS X password manager. The technique exploits no hack or flaw, but abuses existing privileges.

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Living With: Apple's iPhone 5c in white

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

I did the original review here of the iPhone 5c -- it was an upgrade for me from the iPhone 4, a game changer in its own regard. Our review was one of very few positive ones, and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe reviewers compared it to the significantly more expensive (without contract) 5s, which released at the same time, and maybe not. But, other than the original "game changing" original iPhone that gave us the full Internet on mobile, it has been my favorite Cupertino-built phone so far.

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The Big Deal: Last chance to buy the Supercharge Your Mac Bundle

16 hours ago | Posted in: software

If you want to make improvements to the way your Mac operates cheaply, you haven't got long to pick up a software package from MacNN Deals. The Supercharge Your Mac Bundle contains nine apps that can help make you work more efficiently and keep your files in order, but the deal is only going to be active until tonight, so if you want it you had better be quick.

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US District Court approves $415M anti-poaching lawsuit settlement

17 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

A settlement proposal by major tech companies to end a multi-year lawsuit over anti-poaching policies has been accepted on the second attempt. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has approved the settlement, proposed in January by co-defendants Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe, with the joint settlement figure of $415 million being a significant increase from the settlement figure of $324.5 million originally proposed by the companies.

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Hands On: Nozoku Rush 1.0.1 (iOS)

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

Are you a big fan of number-based puzzle games? Do you ever feel like there aren't enough games that cater to your insatiable urge for addition and subtraction? Maybe 2048 isn't a challenge anymore. It's been known to happen. People get so good at combining tiles that it no longer becomes anything more than muscle memory. Well, we're going to show you a game that is plenty challenging, even fore the most adept math whiz -- a fast paced subtraction game called Nozoku Rush.

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Logitech debuts K380 multi-device Bluetooth keyboard, M535 mouse

17 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, accessories

Accessory manufacturer Logitech today introduced the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse. As opposed to setting configurations for the device with software drivers, the K380 will recognize your connected device and automatically map keys to supported functions and shortcuts.

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Sony creates Wena watch with fitness tracking, contactless payments

18 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Sony has created a smartwatch that offers some advanced functionality while keeping the appearance of a traditional wristwatch, unlike its existing smartwatch efforts. The Wena, said to stand for "Wear Electronics Naturally," uses a normal dial-based face instead of a screen, though despite the appearance, it is able to provide notifications using a customizable LED light on the watch band and through vibration, with the watch also connecting to a companion app for iOS for more advanced functionality.

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Pointers: the magical powers of restarting

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple, iPad

Those of you who follow the MacNN Podcast will know that I got an Apple Watch (finally) a little over two weeks ago. I have been enjoying it, thanks, but a day or two ago it started misbehaving: specifically, the "hey Siri" function would not complete once I had told it what I wanted. It would just hang there, like a needy groupie. So I needed to figure out how to troubleshoot it.

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Hands On: Nihilumbra 2.0 (iOS)

Wed September 2, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Here we are again, dragging out the soapbox on mobile platformers. We've found a few gems in the series, but largely have remained somewhat unimpressed. Today, though, we've got another title that we think console platformer players should find palatable. We sunk our teeth into Nihilumbra to see if it stood out in the genre.

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Briefly: Free football on Apple TV, new acts for Apple Music Festival

Wed September 2, 2015 | Posted in: audio, Apple, iPad

CBS has revealed that it will stream this year's Super Bowl contest, along with the AFC playoff games and two regular-season football games on a number of "laptops, desktops, and tablets" and other devices, including Apple TV, free of charge without a need for cable account authentication. The two games will be the New York Jets versus the Miami Dolphins in London on October 4 at 9:30AM ET, and a US Thanksgiving Day game between the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys on November 26 at 4:30PM ET.

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Motorola debuts second-gen 360, new 360 Sport smartwatch

Wed September 2, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, accessories

On Wednesday, Motorola announced a second-gen version of its Moto 360 smartwatch, and also introduced a new fitness-oriented model called the 360 Sport. The two devices are mostly identical in terms of features, but the Sport will use silicon materials to protect it from heat and sweat, include independent GPS that will work without a connection to a smartphone, and offers both traditional LED backlighting and limited front-side illumination for better outdoor reading.

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