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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a set of A-Audio: Elite HD Earphones

48 minutes ago | Posted in: audio

Ah, is that? Yes, yes, we think it is! The sweet sound of success, the sweet sound of freedom and victory over evil. The end of this journey has come. The Trick or Treat giveaway is over, but first we have one last treat to hand out. We have a set of A-Audio: Elite HD earphones to give to one lucky reader. We bet that sounds pretty sweet too.



Samsung seeking to break patent deal with Microsoft over Nokia buy

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Samsung is petitioning the court to allow it to invalidate its contract with Microsoft, a contract that it has only belatedly paid patent license fees on for the last year. A late Thursday court filing declares that once Microsoft acquired Nokia, it became a significant competitor with Samsung. The Korean manufacturer claims that the buy puts the two companies on equal footing in the smartphone market, and continuing the contract would induce some problems with US copyright laws.



Hands On: Surgeon Simulator (iOS)

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

For those of who haven't heard, Surgeon Simulator by developer Bossa Studios is an extremely popular tongue-in-cheek game that originated on Steam for the "PC Master Race." Fortunately for those with iPads, iPhones, and newer iPod Touch models, Bossa Studios has decided to bring this remarkably frustrating game to iOS, and we've taken some time with it.



FCC head considering 'hybrid' partial Title II oversight of ISPs

3 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

Reports are circulating that US Federal Communications Commission chief Tom Wheeler is evaluating a hybrid approach to Internet regulation and net neutrality proposals. One of the four proposals not only would apply Title II regulation to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), but also allow them to sell "fast lane" access, breaking up applicable fees and regulations into wholesale and retail transactions.



Virginia judge rules police can unlock smartphones with fingerprints

3 hours ago | Posted in:

A defendant can be compelled to unlock their smartphone for the police using fingerprints, a Virginia Circuit Court judge has ruled. Judge Steven C. Frucci declared that while a passcode for a smartphone cannot be demanded from a defendant, they can be forced to unlock the device using its built-in fingerprint reader instead, with the ruling calling into question the fingerprint security systems that are becoming more commonplace in mobile devices.



Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win one of 10 "Haunted" app codes!

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

We just received a psychic vision from the other realm. Grandma is calling to let us know her and her friends are going to be out in full force tonight. She said that every suspected haunted house is a target, so if ghost hunting is on the agenda tonight this next treat is going to come in very handy. We have 10 redemption codes to give away for Shifting Blue's latest app "Haunted" which is the ultimate guide to finding real haunted sites near you. As with our App giveaway from earlier (which is now closed) this app is going out to the first 10 people who enter so that they can join in on the fun later tonight!



Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a trip to space on Mars One

4 hours ago | Posted in:

With all the scary stuff going down here on planet earth today, we couldn't think of anyplace on the planet that would be safe for our readers. So we figured it would be best to launch you into space. We have secured seats for one very lucky reader and thirteen of their closest friends or family to jump on board Mars One where you can start life all over again on an alien planet! Better hurry though, we hear the zombie apocalypse has already begun, so chose travel companions wisely!



Giveaway: Win a 808 Audio Hex SL Bluetooth speaker!

5 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, audio

What is a hex? On a day like today it could mean a magical spell or a curse. It could also simply be the prefix from the Greek word "hexa," as in a hexagon. For 808 Audio we assume it's a little bit of both. They have a series of Bluetooth speakers called "Hex" that heavily utilize hexagonal shapes and enchant listeners with magical sounds of music as well. We have one Hex SL enchanting Bluetooth speaker to give away to our readers.



Friday Deals: 65-inch LG 4K TV, Steam Halloween sale, more

5 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, software

It is time for the last Friday Deals of October! Every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As today is Halloween, don't be too surprised to see sales and deals with a spooky theme. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list.



Giveaway: come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista all day!

5 hours ago | Posted in: computers, accessories, audio

Now that Halloween is in full swing (presumably swinging from a noose), it's time for all the little ghosts, goblins, ware-wolves and witches to come out of hiding. It's time for tricks, and it's time for treats, but most of all it's time for a little fun. So this year, come trick or treat with MacNN and Electronista, because we have a big bag full of Halloween treats (and some tricks) to give to our readers. Check back here throughout the day, as the list below will be refreshed when each new treat (or trick) is announced. Have fun everyone!



Briefly: Camera+ app for free, Mercury On-the-Go Pro drive 2TB option

5 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, upgrades/storage, iPhone apps

Users of the Apple Store app for iOS can currently access a free download of photography app Camera+. Camera+ is still found priced at $3 in its normal place on iTunes, however a free version can be redeemed from the Stores tab when using Apple Store.



Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 2 Marshall cell phone cases!

5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

What's Halloween without a little rockin' music? It's not really Halloween at all! I mean, think of all the great rock bands who have based their whole acts around having Halloween all year round. "Black Sabbath" along with "Alice cooper," "Marilyn Manson", "Slipknot", "Slayer", "Gwar" and of course we can't forget "Kiss" all bask in the glory of the eternal darkness that this day represents. Guaranteed at some point most of these groups used Marshall equipment, and today to celebrate that we have two Marshall cell phone cases to give away to our readers.



Trent Reznor 'fully in it' on unannounced Apple/Beats project

6 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

Trent Reznor -- the Nine Inch Nails frontman and one-time chief creative officer at Beats -- says he is "fully in it right now" on an unannounced music project for Apple and Beats. While he is unwilling to go into much detail, in a new interview, he says his work is "related" to his role with Beats Music. "Beats was bought by Apple, and they expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them," the musician notes. "I can't go into details, but I feel like I'm in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them. That does mean some compromises in terms of how much brain power goes toward music and creating. This is very creative work that's not directly making music, but it's around music."



Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 13 codes for A Haunted Halloween!

6 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

This is Halloween, everybody scream! Time to get a little spooky with our next treat. We have just received a message on our crystal ball with 13 redemption codes for Shifting Blue's app titled "A Haunted Halloween" and since it is in fact Halloween we aren't going to waste any more time getting these codes out to you. So what we are going to do is give these codes to the first 13 people that enter the giveaway. Time is ticking! So sign up now!



Forums: new Mini mysteries

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

Since the release of the updated Mac mini, there has been a lot of chatter in the MacNN forums regarding some of the choices made by Apple to use slower processors and take away the ability to upgrade RAM among other things. Yesterday Professional Poster "badidea" took to the forums reporting serious problems with re-partitioning their startup disk, and they are pleading for help from fellow forum members.



Apple Deals: refurbished rMBPs from July 2014

7 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Just added to Apple's Online Store are a selection of 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro models starting as low as $1,099. A $200 discount is offered on a Retina MacBook Pro configuration with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $1,099. Priced at $1,439 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.


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DealNN: Mac Pro, iMac, printers and more

7 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, Apple

Currently is offering a $150 discount on the Mac Pro 6-core computer which has been reduced from $4,800 down to $4650. That price break makes this the best price we have seen on this Mac Pro configuration by $50. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics. As always with Apple, it is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor.


Apple Watch a tougher project than iPhone, says Jonathan Ive

7 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

The Apple Watch has been a tougher product to design than the iPhone, according to Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive. "Even though Apple Watch does so many things, there are cultural, historical implications and expectations," he said last night while accepting the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award from San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. "That's why it's been such a difficult and humbling program.... As soon as something is worn, we have expectations of choice." Ive joked that only "in prison" do people wear the same exact thing.


Apple publishes open-source code for OS X Yosemite

9 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

Apple has published the open-source code contained in OS X Yosemite. This includes the xnu-2782.1.97 kernel, as well as numerous other system components. The parts combine into Darwin 10.10.0, an open-source OS derived from Apple, NeXTSTEP, and BSD code, among other sources.


Briefly: new Chrome bookmark manager, GrooveMaker 2, DJ Rig updates

9 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps

Google has publicly launched its bookmarking service for its Chrome browser, named the Chrome Bookmark Manager. Formerly named Google Stars while in development, the new extension incorporates Google Search with a new user interface. When signed in to Chrome with syncing enabled, users can bookmark a webpage with its one-click save function; this now saves an image and note to make bookmarks more efficient. Its search function looks at the bookmark's title and snippet, as well as the page's content, and bookmarks can be organized by topic. Existing bookmarks will automatically update with images and descriptions, and a folder of favorite bookmarks can be made public and be shared with whomever desired by way of a link. Chrome Bookmark Manager is free to download via the Chrome Web store.


iOS apps: 1Password, PDFen, WordPress

10 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

  • 16.7MB

    1Password 5.1.1 (free)

    1Password is a password management app that allows users to store and organize multiple passwords. A built-in password generator can also be used to create unique passwords for every site. The latest release has moved the lock screen art so that it is no longer hidden behind the Touch ID prompt. A few tweaks have also been made to speed up the lock screen, and a bug that prevented folder contents from properly syncing via iCloud has been fixed.

  • 42.1MB

    PDFpen for iPhone 1.8.3 ($5)

    PDFpen for iPhone allows users to edit PDFs directly on an iPhone. Within the app users can add text, images and signatures, comments, page numbers, and more directly to any PDF files stored on the device. The v1.8.3 update includes various minor bug fixes.

  • 20.9MB

    WordPress 4.5 (free)

    WordPress is a tool for managing a WordPress blog or site from an iOS device. The software includes tools for moderating comments, creating or editing posts, viewing stats, and uploading images or videos. A new Today Extension for Stats has been added with this update. Numerous bugs, including one that caused some users to see blank notifications, have also been addressed.

  • 9.6MB

    Hyperlapse 1.1.2 (free)

    Hyperlapse is a new app from Instagram that can be used to create time lapse videos. When shooting video with Hyperlapse, all footage is automatically stabilized to give it a cinematic feeling. Version 1.1.2 is strictly a maintenance release that resolves some small bugs and improves overall performance.

  • 121MB

    Pixelmator 1.0.1 ($5)

    Pixelmator is an image editor that provides users with the tools needed to create, edit, and enhance images. Version 1.0.1 makes the Repair tool available on the iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad mini, and offers better brush parameters. Brush previews have also been improved, giving users a better idea of the stroke shape.


Outlook for Mac gets revamp, MS lays out Office for Mac roadmap

10 hours ago | Posted in: software

Microsoft has announced a new version of Outlook for Mac, incorporating several significant changes. The update includes a "modern," revamped user interface, with touches such as better scrolling and switching between Ribbon tabs. The underlying engine has been made faster and more reliable thanks to improvements to threading and database code.


New Apple Store to open in Lille, France in November

11 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple is preparing a new store in Lille, France, which barring unusual delays should open in November, reports say. A black construction facade with the company's logo has been spotted on Rue Faidherbe; such barricades usually go up in the last few weeks before a store opening. The shop should span two floors and slightly over 15,000 square feet.


Apple adds 15-inch 2014 Retina MacBook Pros to refurb store

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple stocked its refurb store with 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on Thursday, offering discounts on the brand-new models just three months (to the day) after their debut of up to $570 off the current retail price. A wide range of configurations is available at this writing, ranging from a 2.2GHz Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage selling for $1,700 (15 percent off) up to a quad-core i7 model at 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M for $2,719, the most deeply-discounted model.


Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a box full of new Mac Pro computers!

19 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Last night as we were leaving work, we stumbled upon a great big box of brand new custom Mac Pro computers just sitting by the dumpster behind MacNN headquarters. We know it doesn't sound possible -- quite unbelievable really -- as a matter of fact, we hardly believe it ourselves. Since none of us need a new Mac Pro, we couldn't think of anything better to do than to give them away to our loyal readers. Instead of wasting time handing them out one at a time, we're just going to give the whole box of them to one lucky winner. Find out how you can enter to win!


Review: Tablo DVR

19 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a USB storage device. The Tablo is one such digital video recorder (DVR) that captures free, over-the-air broadcasts, allowing people to watch their favorite time-shifted shows through a tablet or browser. But is Nuvyyo's Tablo a device that does the job with minimal hassle, or are consumers better off with the attachment to cable? Find out in our review.


Hands On: Organ Trail Director's Cut (iOS and Android)

20 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, mobile phones, iPad apps

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is a nostalgic game that promises to entertain both those who loved the original classic Oregon Trail as well as players who are simply looking for a surprisingly in-depth iOS game. Don't think that this game is simply riding the coattails of retro-gaming's popularity right now -- Organ Trail is an interesting game, even without the allure of the chiptune music and cutting-edge graphics circa 1985.


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