Target on Friday revealed a number of discounts on Apple products that will see the retailer offering the iPhone 5c for $30 and the iPhone 5s for $180. The new discounts come as Target is winding down a similar promotion that had the 5c available for $50. The sale will begin on Sunday, December 22, and it will run through Tuesday, December 24.
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1 hour ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, software, iPhone apps, iPad apps
VisionTek has announced the release of its latest custom portable toolkits for upgrading and repairing PC and Mac computers this week. Offering 12 and 26-piece toolkits, each provide the tools needed for executing computer upgrades and repairs at home.
21 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, developer, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
[Updated with more app deals] Freebies and discounts on iOS apps are in plentiful supply during this holiday season, and MacNN is scouring the App Store and web to bring our readers the best of these discounts, most of which should be locked-in throughout the next week or so (Apple is closing its iTunes Connect service, which allows developers to change App Store prices, until December 27). Here are just some of the best deals we've found for you.
23 hours ago | Posted in: security
The National Security Agency has been accused of paying computer-security company RSA $10 million to sell encryption software vulnerable to surveillance, unnamed sources have told Reuters. The agency's role in promoting a crackable encryption standard was exposed earlier this year in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, however the latest report is the first to detail a formal contract and monetary compensation for compliance.
Fri December 20, 2013 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, Apple
It's official, the new Mac Pros are available to order, and the MacNN Forums are abuzz with excitement over this latest addition to the Apple lineup. Some, however, question the usefulness of multiple GPUs and the exorbitant price tag for fully-equipped models. On another topic, one member has been having trouble synching passwords for email accounts on their new iPhone 5s and has turned to the forums for some advice.
It's obvious that while aluminum Mac Pros are in high demand right now, there is still love for the now-previous tower models. That is why Apple's online store is constantly sold out of older Mac Pros, but right now save $360 on the Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $2,139. A $560 discount is offered on the refurbished Mac Pro with dual 2.4GHz 6-core processors, 12GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, currently $3,239.
Right now at CowBoom.com, save on the first-generation 16GB iPad in refurbished condition, which has been reduced to $150 with free US shipping. That's $50 less than the lowest price found for a refurbished unit anywhere else. It features a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, 3G data service, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 16GB of storage, though buyers should be aware that this unit cannot run iOS 6 or 7 (there are still plenty of compatible apps available, however). Warranties can be purchased starting at $15.
Fri December 20, 2013 | Posted in: gadgets
Samsung will release a follow-up to its ill-received Galaxy Gear smartwatch, one that will expand the company's nascent line of wearable devices instead of replacing the Gear. The new device, according to Digital Daily, would be dubbed the Galaxy Band, and it would have a notably different focus than the Gear. Leading the development of this new device would be Luc Julia, a former software engineer for Apple's Siri, who jumped ship to Samsung earlier this year.
Fri December 20, 2013 | Posted in: gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, networking, iPhone apps, iPad apps
QuickTek, a producer of antennas and RF products for Macs, has announced the release of a 802.11ac wireless transceiver, the acNano. Its size is comparable to an average flash memory stick, and plugs into a USB port. Upon installing the supplied driver, the acNano provides older Apple PowerBooks with 802.11ac high-speed wireless networking speeds.
Gneo is a productivity tool that can help users keep track of everything they need to accomplish. Version 1.0.5 adds a highly requested feature, the Calendar selector, as well as new advanced Smart Notebook filters. Delete account functionality has also been added to the settings, and several known bugs have been resolved.
Tangent can be used to edit photos on an iOS device. The software provides users with various shapes, patterns, and filters, that can be combined to create unique effects. The v1.4 update includes a new cropping tool, a new export option to open in LoryStripes and Fragment, and various other general improvements.
Carcassonne is a digital version of the land building board game. All of the original artwork is included, along with support for both offline and online multiplayer. The latest release has fixed a bug that could cause iPad users to get stuck on the Resume Game screen.
Minecraft Pocket Edition is a portable version of the popular survival game that gives players to create a range of tools and items with the proper materials. The v0.8.1 release includes a host of fixes for multiplayer and Realms.
Kingdom Rush is a mobile strategy game where players must defend their kingdom against hordes of ocrs, trolls, wizards, and more. The game includes eight specialized tower upgrades, more than 30 different enemies, and a variety of environments to protect. The update includes a new stage, The Fungal Forest, as well as a new boss fight and new hero to use in battle.
Fri December 20, 2013 | Posted in: iPhone apps
Nike has released an update to its Nike+ Running app for iOS devices, adding a new Coach system that aims to help users achieve training goals. The navigation menu now provides four different programs, including 5K, 10K, half-marathon and full-marathon distances, with a choice between three different training levels.
Fri December 20, 2013 | Posted in: upgrades/storage, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Other World Computer (OWC) has announced today the availability of OWC memory upgrade kits for Apple's new Mac Pro 2013 models. Available in 32GB and 64GB kits, the new ECC 1866MHz Quad-Channel Matched Kits offer up to a 31 percent savings when purchased instead of factory-option cost additions. Fully RoHS- and JEDEC-compliant, the memory kits are backed with a lifetime advance replacement warranty and money-back guarantee.
Fri December 20, 2013 | Posted in: accessories, mobile phones
Smartphone manufacturers will need to decide on a single standard battery charger for mobile devices, according to a provisional European law. The European Parliament has created an outline agreement for a single charger that its members will vote upon in March, which could potentially lead to the law being implemented as early as 2017.
Fri December 20, 2013 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps
BlackBerry is still working on adding voice and video calling to BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android, the company has revealed. The free calling over voice and video will be making its way to the app during 2014, along with a number of other additions, such as BBM Channels and what the company claims to be faster and easier sharing of content and locations.
Fri December 20, 2013 | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps
Musical app maker IK Multimedia has unveiled its redesigned mobile loop-based music-making app, Groovemaker 2 -- currently available for the iPhone and iPod touch, but with a future update bringing a universal version that will work natively on the iPad. The updated app features a "completely redesigned" iOS 7-style interface, a new Grid interface that allows for simplified loop remixing, a new high-quality time stretch function, new sharing features and more.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who just two months ago surprised investors by saying that first-weekend sales of the new iPhone models were likely to have been evenly split between the constrained iPhone 5s and the colorful iPhone 5c, now believes that the iPhone 5c will be outsold by older models of iPhone -- both the still-supported iPhone 4s and scarcer but still in-channel iPhones 5 and 4 -- and that its alleged low sales may be holding up the China Mobile deal.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Apple's latest update to OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server has fixed a virtual private network (VPN) connectivity issue. The update fixes issues preventing clients from communicating with OS X VPN services through the L2TP protocol when the client and server were under different NAT gateways.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: peripherals, upgrades/storage, accessories, Apple
Now that the redesigned Mac Pro is finally out, buyers lucky enough to get one of the early ones will also be shopping for accessories. While a number of third-party manufacturers have already begun ramping up to support the new tower, offerings specifically targeting Mac Pro buyers are still thin on the ground. The online Apple Store, however, has an UltraHD (4K) display monitor, new black Thunderbolt cables and existing storage expansion solutions on offer.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Game purveyor Steam has commenced its annual Holiday sale, with deep discounts on games, many playable on both OS X and Windows. Titles on sale change every day -- today's Steamplay highlights include comedic heist title Monaco for $3 (80 percent off); dystopian shooter Bioshock Infinite for $10, 75 percent off; and '80s sci-fi board game translation Space Hulk for $10, a 66 percent discount. Other titles cycle through steep discounts in eight-hour intervals. Steam claims that more than 2000 games are or will be on sale for this event.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging, enterprise
Epson today introduced three new VS-Series projector models. The new low-cost Epson VS230, VS330 and VS335W allow for bright images for small- to medium-sized meeting rooms, are lightweight and travel-friendly, and offer Epson's simple setup suite for flexible positioning and rapid setup.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: accessories
Mushkin has announced its new Atom USB 3.0 Flash Drive, which focuses on providing a small form-factor the size of a quarter. Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1, the Atom USB 3.0 flash drive enables users to leave the flash drive into the USB port while working on the go without obstruction. Offering versatility for tablet and slim notebook users, the flash drive can be plugged in and left as secondary device storage with a low power usage.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: software, enterprise, Apple
On Thursday, Apple updated its enterprise Mac program for iOS device mass-configuration, Apple Configurator, now at version 1.4.3. The update improves redemption of Volume Purchase Program (VPP) codes when installing App Store apps by fixing an issue in which valid codes were incorrectly reported as "already redeemed." It also resolves a problem with skipping Setup Assistant steps while preparing an unsupervised device, and fixes an issue that could prevent the app from being quit. It requires OS X 10.8 or later, and is available free on the Mac App Store.
[Updated with more details] Apple has released the first OS X 10.9.2 beta build, enabling registered developers to begin testing the update ahead of public availability. The build arrives just a few days after Apple began distributing the release version of Mavericks 10.9.1, which brought changes to the Mail client and a number of bug fixes. The new release is the first to bring FaceTime audio to the Messages and FaceTime programs for the Mac.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Google has released a major update to its Zagat app for iOS devices, adding an iPad-optimized interface alongside the existing iPhone layout. The discovery guide also offers new content, including ratings and reviews for shops and hotels, along with listings for locations in Charleston and Nashville.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: upgrades/storage, Apple
Just a few hours after it became available, Apple's Mac Pro has received a firmware update. Apple published Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0 midday Thursday, saying that it is recommended for all Mac Pro (Late 2013) models. The update improves system reliability during reboot, and it solves an issue with memory self-test.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: software, digital imaging, Graphics/Web Design
Escape Motions' Flame Painter program has received an update, offering a full 64-bit application with a variety of new tools. Flame Painter is a paint application for desktops that provides tools for creating original artworks with flame effects, intended for designers and enthusiasts alike. Version 2.5 of Flame Painter features new Blue and Glow effect filters, and a new Basic Brush for simple strokes. Users can now zoom up to 800 percent, have larger file dialogs, and show and hide dock panels.
Thu December 19, 2013 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Shazam's iPhone app got an update on Thursday that brings the Auto Shazam function already present in the iPad version to Apple's bestselling smartphone. Now, Shazam continuously recognizes popular music and television playing around a user, even when the phone is locked or when a user leaves the Shazam app. When a user activates the app, it will then display what it has most recently tagged.
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