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Daily Deals: Harman Kardon speakers, Logitech mice, Xbox One

2 minutes ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage

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 Xbox One bundles, Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Wireless Speakers for $100, and the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX for $28.

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App Update: f.lux, BackupLoupe, Subler, more

20 minutes 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 f.lux, BackupLoupe, Subler, Preference Manager, Macs Fan Control, and Camtasia.

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Apple partners with Cisco for iOS network, communication optimizations

21 minutes ago | Posted in: enterprise, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Apple and Cisco today announced a partnership to optimize Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps. The pair's first effort integrates the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments for collaboration in business, with the goal of providing employees with a seamless experience between iPhone and their desk phone.

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Apple releases eighth developer, sixth public beta of OS X El Capitan

29 minutes ago | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

On Monday, Apple updated both its developer and public betas of the next major upgrade of OS X, 10.11 El Capitan, with identical build releases, continuing a recent pattern of making the developer and public betas the same. The new build, 15A279b, comes 11 days after the last release, and just 10 days prior to Apple's September 9 media event, though El Capitan may not see a release at that event.

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Living with: iPhone 6

48 minutes ago | Posted in: Apple

The iPhone 6 is the first iPhone that I didn't want to buy. I queued for the original in 2007 and I'm not so addicted that I could tell you each model I ever had since but look at any iPhone from then to the 6 or 6 Plus and there are only two options. Either I wanted one or I got it. I was on the typical UK two-year contract that meant I would have to sit out every other model and that should've meant I was ready to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus but I didn't. Not until a couple of months ago, that is.

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Google brings Android Wear to iOS, LG Watch Urbane supported

1 hour ago | Posted in: gadgets, software

Google is expanding the reach of Android Wear from Android smartphones, by allowing some owners of its smartwatches to connect to iOS devices, confirming earlier rumors. Rolling out today, Android Wear for iOS will allow the LG Watch Urbane to pair with an iPhone 5 or newer running iOS 8.2 or later, though it appears the majority of Android Wear users won't be able to connect their older smartwatches to iOS at all.

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MacNN launches testing of heat on unpowered SSD data retention

2 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, troubleshooting

Earlier this year, there was some controversy about heat and SSD data life when left unpowered. We don't think this is a major problem for most users, as a SSD will be powered for essentially its entire operational life -- but it may be an issue going forward, as users collect older technologies for re-use, given the generally long life of Apple hardware. So, in conjunction with our SSD Trim testing, we've started real-life testing of unpowered, depleted SSDs, exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time to check on both data retention, as well as drive survivability.

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T-Mobile cracking down on extreme bandwidth users of its LTE network

3 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

T-Mobile is warning its customers not to abuse the carrier's unlimited data service, or they will end up being punished. CEO and President John Legere has spoken out against some of its highest bandwidth-consuming subscribers, warning that they will find their plans will be altered to limit the amount of bandwidth they use, preventing them from abusing the service and freeing up capacity for the rest of the carrier's subscriber base.

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Hands On: Zentries 1.6.0 (iOS)

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

If you've got an iPad or an iPhone, you might use it as a notepad while you're on the go. After all, most of us have our phones at all times, so they make the perfect holding tank for all our thoughts, ideas, and feelings. If you're not satisfied with the way Notes is working out for you, we're here to show you an alternative. We checked out Zentries, a simple little notepad app.

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New jailbroken iOS device malware found in Weiphone Cydia repository

4 hours ago | Posted in: security, networking, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Malware for iOS requiring a jailbroken handset, and access to Chinese software repositories has been identified. Recent research has discovered 92 samples of a new family of malware called "KeyRaider," which has resulted in the theft of 225,000 valid Apple accounts login credentials, and associated device GUID.

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MacNN Deals: Three devices to help you become paperless

4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's group are all devices to help you become more organized by going paperless, with two document scanners with Wi-Fi connectivity on offer, alongside an item that provides a cloud storage-style service for your local network.

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Tidal wrongly blames Apple for killing Drake live stream

5 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

Tidal has claimed Apple pressured the music service to take down a stream for a charity concert during one artist's set. Viewers of the Tidal stream of Lil WeezyAna Fest for children affected by Hurricane Katrina were greeted by an image claiming Apple is "interfering with artistry" and preventing Drake from being broadcast, but reports suggest Apple may not have anything to do with the temporary takedown at all.

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Mac Game Review: Shadowrun Hong Kong 3.0.4

6 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Since 1989, Shadowrun has been giving pen-and-paper RPG players the ability to play around in a universe that is part Dungeons and Dragons, part Philip K. Dick novel. Now developers Hairbrained Schemes have given us another installment of the computer version of this experience, Shadowrun: Hong Kong.

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Pointers: Fix and Use iCloud Tabs (OS X, iOS)

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

We're looking at you and we're thinking you've got an iPhone and an iPad, maybe an iPhone and a Mac. Possibly all three: you look professional and that tends to mean you can make great use of all of these but, face it, professional doesn't mean made of money. If you do have more than one Apple device, though, you can use iCloud Tabs and you will the second you know what they are –– and you do one thing to make them work.

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Google advises developers on how to weaken iOS 9 app security

8 hours ago | Posted in: security, developer

Google has advised app developers of a way to weaken the security of iOS 9, in order to serve ads to users. A post on the Google Ads Developer Blog offers code to help get around App Transport Security (ATS), a feature in iOS 9 that forces apps to use HTTPS to encrypt data sent over the Internet, with the code disabling ATS so that the apps comply with third-party advertising networks and are able to run some "custom creative code" from Google's own ad servers.

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Hands On: Sixth-gen iPod touch with Apple A8 SoC

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, Apple

Once the darling of the Apple product range, the Apple iPod touch has become a sideshow in Apple's product range. Despite this, Apple recently gave its iPod range a small refresh, which included new color options -- but the iPod touch did also get a substantial spec bump up to the Apple's 64-bit A8 processor that powers the iPhone 6. While the upgrade will go unnoticed by most, both Nintendo and Sony will not have missed the significance of its launch.

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Game Replay: Rocket League for Mac soon, Borderlands film in the works

15 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, Rocket League for Mac and SteamOS announced, the HTC Vive will be limiting its release this year, more The Taken King details are released, and Borderlands starts its journey to the big screen.

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Hands On: Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch

18 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories

Twelve South is a small company of 12 employees that has been making cool accessories for Apple products since 2009. One of their latest products is the HiRise for Apple Watch, a bedside stand that helps to keep your Apple Watch charging routine streamlined and simple. It also makes for a great showcase for your Apple Watch as well.

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Briefly: Ive and Iovine, Intel's Skylake, healthiest mobile users

Sat August 29, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, developer, Apple

Among the list of speakers coming to the New Establishment Summit hosted by Vanity Fair in October will be Apple's Chief Design Officer Sir Jonathan Ive, making a second appearance at the event. He will be joined in Apple representation by Beats co-founder and Apple music executive Jimmy Iovine, though it is unclear if the two will appear together. The event will run October 5–7 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

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Apple Watch: third-party items, Currys/PC World in UK, try-ons

Fri August 28, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, Apple

Apple Stores around the US are now selling third-party Apple Watch accessories at the stores, often featuring packaging co-designed with Apple in an effort to give accessories a more uniform look. The first of these new products is the NightStand for Apple Watch, created by ElevationLabs. The new unit is only available in retail stores, and has not yet appeared online.

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Apple deals: Up to $600 off refurbished Mac Pros

Fri August 28, 2015 | Posted in: computers, Apple

At Apple's online store today, take advantage of steep discounts on refurbished Mac Pro configurations. Starting at $2,549, after a $450 discount, is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Next up, priced at $2,889, is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core E5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage.

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Rumor Roundup: the September 9 event gossip scorecard

Fri August 28, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps

So now that it is finally confirmed that Apple has chosen September 9 for its big event, and a different venue than usual to accommodate more press and that requires some street closures for a likely outdoor component (which hints strongly that something unexpected is up), the rumors are again flying about what we should expect to see at the event. Let's have a look at what's being whispered about, and a (speculative) look at the odds any of it will happen.

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Daily Deals: Kingston SSD bundle, Onkyo A/V receiver, 24-inch display

Fri August 28, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, 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 pair of 120GB SSDs for $85, a 24-inch Monoprice gaming monitor for $160, and an Onkyo 5.2-channel receiver for $180.

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Confirmed: One to One program at Apple Stores being retired

Fri August 28, 2015 | Posted in: education, Apple

As previously reported, Apple is retiring the $99 per year "One to One" training program in favor of an upgraded and free workshops program as of September 28. The company, in a leaked memo to employees, cited lower attendance as the primary reason for the sunsetting of the paid program, and has reorganized its workshop scheduling pages on its website to make it easier for users to schedule classes.

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Samsung upgrades Ultimate Test Drive with $200 switching offer

Fri August 28, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones

Samsung, in an attempt to make its current "switcher" promotion more attractive, is offering iPhone users who switch to its smartphones extra bonuses. On top of what participants of the existing Ultimate Test Drive receive, Samsung is offering $100 in Google Play credit if the user actually purchases a Samsung device after the trial period -- with an extra $100 check awarded if they trade in their iPhone with their carrier or a retailer.

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Pentagon works with Apple, other companies on wearable technology

Fri August 28, 2015 | Posted in: security, Apple

Apple is working with the US government alongside a number of other major companies and institutions to develop new wearable technology. The Pentagon project, said to be using third-parties instead of its own development resources due to the rapid pace of creating new technologies, is aiming to create ways for sensors and other electronics to be embedded into the outwards-facing surfaces of vehicles, such as a jet, or part of the uniform worn by military personnel.

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