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Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while. Today's assortment of Mac apps includes Toast Titanium, Filtromatic, and network tool Air Radar.
It's your regularly scheduled Daily Deals post, where the staff of MacNN scour online retailers for great offers and bargains on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. The usual list of still-active deals is bolstered by a new collection, including a 512GB SSD from SanDisk for $136, a manufacturer refurbished Slingbox 500 Media Player for $119, and Apple Earpods for less than half price at $12.
There's a funny meme floating around where someone asks someone else if they can fax something for them, and the answer is "no, because of where I live." "Where do you live," the confused asker asks. "In the 21st century," is the reply. These days, that question (which, fair warning, will likely be the subject of a future Pointers) could just as easily be asked by people who want you to "burn" something for them, which in computer vernacular means to create or copy an optical disc of media.
A new report from Park Associates gauging the US smartphone market in 2015 has found that Apple continues to hold the largest share of the market with 40 percent, though rival Samsung was able to manage a small gain on the year. Noting that the US market has seen that 86 percent of "broadband households" have a smartphone now, the market analysis firm found that "operators are pulling out all the tricks to encourage phone upgrades," with only about half of US consumers still on a cellphone contract.
Apple may be continuing to build out its own content delivery network (CDN), in order to provide downloads and streams of music and video content to its users, a report claims. An investor call about CDN Akamai's financial results has made rumors about Apple's in-house CDN resurface, with the suggestion that Apple is slowly moving away from relying on Akamai's network for its media transfer needs for markets around the world.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all audio accessories, including a compact Bluetooth speaker, a way to make Apple's EarPods fit more securely, a gadget that can make your wired headphones run off Bluetooth, and a pair of stylish headphones crafted from solid wood.
A series of soon to arrive Apple security certificate expirations will cause some problems, if users and developers do not take some steps to rectify the situation. A November-issued series of certificates, scheduled to expire on February 13 is affecting both game developer Aspyr. Additionally, Apple is mandating developers applications that generate passes for Apple Wallet, use Safari Push Notifications, or extend the functionality of Safari must use a renewed Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Intermediate certificate starting on February 14.
Starting early this morning, Apple Pay users have been experiencing problems adding Visa cards to the wallet. The issue is limited to addition of new Visa debit or credit cards only, and is not impacting payments with existing Visa cards, or the addition and use of competing company cards.
The Bluetooth standard governing body, Bluetooth SIG, has introduced a new architecture and supporting set of educational tools that enables developers to quickly create Internet gateways for Bluetooth products. The new Bluetooth gateways allow any Bluetooth sensor to send and receive data to the cloud allowing for potential "Internet of Things" functionality such as the ability to monitor and control fixed Bluetooth sensors from a remote location.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deal lists, we occasionally find items that are interesting enough to have their own Big Deals post. Today's selection is the Beyond Ink Pen from our own MacNN Deals store, a writing tool that has far more technological functionality than a typical ball point pen usually offers.
A framework used by developers to perform software updates in Mac apps has potentially put the users of some popular tools at risk, via a recently discovered flaw. A vulnerability in the Sparkle framework makes apps including Camtasia, uTorrent, and Sequel Pro susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, which could lead to the installation of malicious code on the Mac desktop, all without the knowledge of the user.
It feels wrong using more than one To Do app: it's actually against the ideas of Getting Things Done. That's for a good reason, too, as when you have what it calls one "trusted system," you always know when you're done. If you have two, you have to keep checking two; and good luck deciding what goes in what. Yet, that's what we're doing now, and it's because of Due 2.2. You can think of Due as a basic, but loud, To Do app. Its function is to make sure you do something when it has to be done. So if I've got a phone call to make at a certain time, I'll put it in Due instead of OmniFocus.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Rock Band 4 hardware sales prompt job cuts at peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz, Final Fantasy IX quietly ships on mobile devices, Firewatch arrives on Mac and PC, and Rocket League finally reaches the Xbox One.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free. Highlights from today's list include sales on a number of educational titles starring Little Critter, Big Photo, Taijitu: A Game About Balance.
Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while. Today's assortment of Mac apps includes adventure title Deponia, Mac monitoring tool iStatMenus, and distraction reducer HazeOver.
Apple is apparently not done with feature changes and improvements to its Notes app for OS X and iOS. Interviewed by a Japanese Windows-oriented magazine, Apple marketing VP Brian Croll revealed that Notes will soon gain the ability to "capture" or import notes from Evernote, a popular notes web service, when OS X 10.11.4 is released. The update, which will likely be mirrored in iOS 9.3's release (which is also currently in beta) could prove a popular feature with users.
A new app in the iOS and Apple TV App Store is suspected to be the first to use a technology from BitTorrent called BitTorrent Live to allow for peer-to-peer-powered live streaming of political events and other news, for example covering the New Hampshire presidential primary this evening. The system is said to reduce latency and content distribution network woes by widely distributing the content across many participating computers to lighten the overall load.
Every day, the staff of MacNN search online retailers for great bargains on hardware, gadgets, software, and other items that you may find useful for our regular Daily Deals post. The list has been refreshed, adding new deals alongside still-valid older items, with debuting offers including a 24-inch LG HDTV for $120, a Sony 55-inch 4K smart TV for $1,500, and a Dell laser printer that has dropped down from $230 to just $80.
Amazon is taking a bigger step into the game development business, by offering a game engine for free alongside another related service. Lumberyard is a cross-platform engine that is claimed to be able to power "AAA" console and PC games as well as virtual reality and mobile titles, while GameLift is a service running on AWS that can quickly deploy and scale session-based multiplayer games, in tune with player demand.