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Apple Game Roundup: EVE Online charity effort, GOG Galaxy beta

14 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, gaming

On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at the GOG Galaxy front-end public beta, an EVE Online charity effort for Nepal, the top 10 strategy games according to Mac Gamer HQ, and a possible mod for Grand Theft Auto V to use an iPhone to control the in-game phone.

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Forums: Mac is slow, iTunes questions and more

40 minutes ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, upgrades/storage, Apple

Today in the MacNN forums, members attempt to assist Junior Member "donaldkepler" with trying to figure out why his Mac is slow. Games Meister "The Final Dakar" noticed that non-downloaded podcasts are marked as "played" in iTunes, and wonders "what's up with that?" but no one has responded.

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Apple deals: Mac minis and Mac Pros

42 minutes ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Right now at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Mac minis and Mac Pros. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $80 down to $419. For $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage.

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Daily Deals: Lenovo Windows tablet, Sony NEX, Bluetooth car stereo

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

Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl online retailers for offers, sales, discounts, and more for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals from yesterday follows after today's new batch, which includes a $100 Lenovo Windows tablet, a refurbished Sony NEX camera, and a Bluetooth car stereo receiver.

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Hands On: Gravilon (Windows, OS X)

2 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

We love platformers. What started out as a simple concept has now expanded, with thousands of titles for avid gamers to enjoy with something geared toward everyone. Because there are so many out there, traversing this diverse genre can be a little daunting. We're here to show you a neat title we recently checked out, called Gravilon, a platformer with an interesting twist.

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Apple Pay gains another 24 financial institutions as growth continues

2 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple has again updated its list of Apple Pay partners by adding another 24 credit unions and banks, with a strong emphasis on credit unions in the latest additions. Personal and branded cards from the financial institutions can be added to Apple Pay in most cases, though small-business and sub-branded speciality cards may not always be compatible. Since its launch last fall, Apple Pay has nearly instantly become the most popular of the various mobile-payment services, despite only being available on the iPhone 6 (and now, Apple Watch).

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Samsung reveals Pro Plus, Evo Plus SD card lines with faster speeds

2 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage

Samsung today introduced its latest memory card lineups the Pro Plus and Evo Plus. The new Pro Plus is equipped to handle storing and transferring professional-grade photos and 4K UHD video. The Evo Plus is tailored towards content creation and storage demands of smartphone, tablet, compact camera and Full HD camcorder users.

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European Commission Apple, Amazon anti-trust ruling will miss deadline

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

Europe's anti-trust agency, the European Commission (EC) will miss its own internal deadline for a ruling on the tax probe it has underway against Apple, Starbucks, and Amazon. Citing the need for justice and accuracy in its ruling, EC chief Margrethe Vestager said that "we will not sacrifice the rule of law or the quality of our work to speed up the process."

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Brother debuts pair of all-in-one inkjet printers, new high-volume ink

4 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Printer manufacturer Brother yesterday introduced an expansion to its Business Smart Series color inkjet all-in-ones that the company says will serve as the flagships to the Business Smart Plus and Business Smart Pro lineups. Using Brother's new INKvestment Super High Yield ink cartridges, the MFC-J5920DW Business Smart Plus and MFC-J6925DW Business Smart Pro provide less than $0.01 black cost per page and less than $0.05 color cost per page according to the company.

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Hands On: Bang, The Official Video Game 2.1.6 (iOS)

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

Hey now, steady down there, Slim. Got no beef with you today. Just moseyed on in to town to wait for the stagecoach that's a-bringin' me my Apple Watch. Think I might take a pew here and play myself some cards. Barkeep! Quit polishin' that glass and fill it with some firewater. I got me a copy of Bang, The Official Video Game version 2.1.6 and I mean to have me some fun.

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Briefly: Apple Maps Connect expands again, Apple RAW support updated

6 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, developer, Apple

The expansion of Apple Maps Connect, a service that allows developers and business owners to manage and expand current Apple Maps listings, continues. Yesterday, the company added five more countries to its list of European nations able to use the service: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Sweden. The Maps Connect feature adds business and indoor information drawn from Apple Maps' iBeacon-based Indoor Mapping initiative to help businesses offer a more complete profile on themselves.

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Apple Watch: 'Made for' program launches, Interface Guidelines updated

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

Apple has officially expanded the "Made for i" program that already covers authorized accessories for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to include the Apple Watch. While the program mostly focuses on allowing third-party bands to correctly work with the new device, accessory makers will soon be able to create other accessories such as USB chargers, protective cases, charging stands, and other items with the "Made for Apple Watch" designation that confers Apple's approval.

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Hands On: 3D Virtual Tabletop v2.1.24 (iOS)

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

One of the biggest problems of tabletop gaming is that requires a lot of things to be in place before you can even begin to play. First, you need to get a group of people together in the same place to play a game, and generally, that place needs to have enough space for a table, a board, miniatures, and more. But what if it could be easier? 3D Virtual Tabletop gives you the ability to take a tabletop map and miniatures virtually anywhere you can take an iPad or an iPhone.

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Giveaway: Win an Apple Watch

8 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

The recent launch of the Apple Watch has garnered considerable attention and high sales, despite some considering it to be too expensive to acquire. If you fall into this category but still want the Apple-produced smartwatch, you will probably want to take part in our contest to win the Apple Watch through our own recently-launched MacNN Deals.

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Apple stops code-signing for iOS 8.2, blocking downgrade possibilities

19 hours ago | Posted in: security, software, developer, Apple

Continuing with recent custom, Apple has stopped "code-signing" iOS 8.2 for security reasons. The move, intended to protect users, does make downgrading back to earlier versions impossible, and prevents users with jailbroken devices in iOS 8.2 from updating. The code-signing procedure, which applies to both Apple and iOS or OS X developers, is designed to prevent malicious apps from masquerading as legit ones, or for outside parties to inject code into applications.

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Hands On: TextGrabber + Translator v4.5 (iOS)

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

Apps that promise to help you snag pictures of real-life documents aren't new, and we've checked out several in the past. Typically, the apps tend to scan a document and convert the image into a PDF, which is useful if you're planning on reading the document digitally. However, if you're looking to edit the text you're reading, you're out of luck. That is, until we checked out TextGrabber + Translator, by ABBYY.

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Briefly: YouTube vanishes from older Apple TVs, Ford adding CarPlay

22 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets, accessories, Apple

Owners of second-generation Apple TV units -- the last of the larger, gray-colored models -- have reported that YouTube has vanished from the devices starting last night, with both the dedicated channel and references to the feature being removed. As reported previously, the change is due to alterations Google announced last month in the YouTube Data API to allow for new features that various older devices, including some of Google's own, cannot support. Also affected in the cutoff are YouTube app support for older iOS devices running obsolete versions of iOS.

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GE shows HomeKit-compatible LED light bulbs with GE Align

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

GE Business Innovations today debuted color-changing LED lighting compatible with Apple's HomeKit during GE's Connected Future event, unveiling LED-enabled Intelligent Environments capabilities for cities, buildings and homes. The new HomeKit-enabled LED bulb will utilize GE Align technology, automating lighting according to the body's natural sleep cycle, tracked by HomeKit and Apple's iOS-based HomeKit..

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Hands On: Meditate Plus 1.01 (iOS)

23 hours ago | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Whether you take meditation as an essential part of your life, or see it as just being able to shut up and stop thinking for a minute, there are an awful lot of meditation apps for iOS. Seriously. There are more of these than there are notepad apps, and we didn't think that was possible. Normally we'd examine them all, but it just seems somehow wrong to stress-test meditation apps. We've come to Meditate Plus after anecdotal recommendations, which also said you can see this app as a model for how they all work.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 13: Powerwall to the People

Mon May 4, 2015 | Posted in: audio, Apple

Welcome, comrades, to episode 13 of The MacNN Podcast as we celebrate the glorious people's revolution and salute labor everywhere this May Day through (mostly) home electronics! In the latest episode, various citizens of MacNN parade like troops on review through a number of Apple- and non-Apple topics under the watchful eye of our Dear Readers! Truly it is worker's playtime with the Apple Watch now arriving, plus Tesla's Powerwall battery reveal.

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Daily Deals: Sony 40-inch TV, Turtle Beach headset, Star Wars Kindle

Mon May 4, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day where we search online for discounts, offers, and sales for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it's the start of a new week, we've wiped the slate clean of old deals, with the new list including a 40-inch Sony TV, Turtle Beach gaming headphones, and because of today's date, discounted Star Wars books on Kindle.

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Hands On: Stickman Rush v1.1 (iOS)

Mon May 4, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

We dig games. We spend a lot of time playing them around here, and we've become somewhat adept at picking out games that we think are particularly good examples of both enjoyable and challenging mechanics. We took a look at a fun, albeit strange title that we think you'll like, called Stickman Rush.

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Mac Game Review: The Spatials 2.7

Mon May 4, 2015 | Posted in: gaming

In space, no one can hear you having fun. But that's precisely what you will be doing soon after starting a game of The Spatials, a new strategy building game from first-time developers Weird and Wry. In The Spatials, you are the commander of a space station on a distant asteroid. Or, at least you will be once you build it. Using your strategic skills and the credits provided, you plan, build, explore, produce, and exploit to make your station the most popular tourist location in the galaxy.

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Meerkat switches to Facebook to avoid Twitter restrictions

Mon May 4, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Meerkat, the video streaming startup, is adding Facebook integration following Twitter's actions to restrict the app's popularity. The latest update, rolling out on iOS now with an update to the Android beta likely to follow, effectively frees the live video broadcasting service from Twitter entirely, making the linking of a Twitter name to an account an extra social networking option rather than core to its operation.

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Review: Jorno Bluetooth Keyboard

Mon May 4, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, iPad

The Jorno Bluetooth keyboard and stand for tablets certainly looks nice. The gunmetal grey shell of the keyboard looks great while the unit is folded up. That's right -- the keyboard folds with two hinges into a swank-looking brick when not in use. There's also a nice case with a magnetic closure that transforms into a tablet stand. This keyboard and its care are ideal for travel -- it's lightweight and compact when not in use. There were some things we didn't like about it, but the designers were certainly on the right track when they came up with this one. Check our review to see what we thought about it.


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MacNN Deals launches with 10 percent discount offer

Mon May 4, 2015 | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design

Regular readers of our Daily Deals posts may have noticed a paragraph near the top of the list for the last few weeks promoting a dedicated deals page. Today, we've officially launched MacNN Deals over at deals.macnn.com, offering discounts on a wide range of items you will probably find useful, including sections for gadgets and gear, eLearning packages, and even one for drones.

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