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Briefly: Square Appointments, (Apple) PayAnywhere launches

3 minutes ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Payment firm Square has introduced a new service and iOS-only app, both called Appointments, that is aimed at businesses that rely on client bookings, such as (for example) a cleaning service or landscaping firm. The iOS app is free, but the service costs $30 per month for one user, $50 per month for two- to five-person teams, and $90 a month for unlimited employees or owners. For those who use Square Register to accept credit-card payments, the service connects to that automatically.

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Hands On: Tears Revolude 1.0.2 (iOS)

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

Role playing games have been popular for the past couple of decades at this point, with Japanese role playing games being some of the best selling titles in the genre. Prized for their upgrade systems and turn-based combat, many gamers can't get enough of them. If you're into turn-based RPGs, we've got one to show you today, a JRPG called Tears Revolude.

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Daily Deals: Bose SoundTrue, 32GB Flash Drive, Destiny: The Taken King

6 hours ago | 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 Bose SoundTrue headphones for $80, $10 off the Destiny: The Taken King pre-order price, and a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive for $12.

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Belkin ships trio of fashion accessory USB to Lightning cables

6 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, iPad

Today Belkin announced a new line of fashion-inspired charging cables. MFi certified to ensure iOS compatibility, these Lightning to USB cables are designed to clip on and off any bag, purse or keychain, so that users are never without a cable to charge their iPhone, iPod or iPad. The new fashion cables are available in three design options: a leather tassel, a braided USB clip, and a metallic keychain.

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App Update: PopChar X, formZ, VirtualBox, MainStage, more!

7 hours 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 PopChar X, formZ, VirtualBox, FileMaker Pro, File Juicer, and Apple MainStage.

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Apple patent application describes noise cancelling EarPods

8 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple is experimenting with ways to use bone conduction technology with its EarPods, in order to make calls through headsets clearer for both parties. The patent application, recently published but originally filed in February last year, explains a system where untethered earbuds include a multitude of sensors and microphones that can combat background noise and wind, allowing the wearer to be better heard by the other party of a call.

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Bad Apples: the worst Mac products ever

8 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

There's a discussion on this week's new MacNN: One More Thing podcast about Macs versus Windows wherein one person says it would now take dynamite to get him off OS X. Just occasionally, it's as if Apple says Challenge Accepted because alongside gorgeous iMacs and sleek MacBook Airs, it has also devoted its design skills to some truly dreadful hardware. Machines so bad that we know they lost Apple customers -- even when they were specifically meant to celebrate the company's skills.

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Apple media event scheduled for September 9 in San Francisco

8 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple, iPad

Apple has officially invited media to its September 9 event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The heading for the event is "Hey Siri, give us a hint," referencing Apple's voice recognition and interpretation technology that may extend itself past the iPhone and iPad at the event in either OS X or other hardware.

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Back to School gift guide for the newly freed adults

8 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple, iPad

Kids are great -- except when they aren't. The fall is fabulous for many reasons, not the least of which is sending the munchkins off to be educated for the day, and off to college for the older set. Yeah, kids are the future, but parental freedom is good -- and necessary too. In this gift guide, we look at a few options for parents sending their entire brood off to school.

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Logitech debuts Artemis wired, wireless PC, gaming headsets

10 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, audio

Peripheral and accessory manufacturer Logitech today introduced two new gaming headphones, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Gaming Headset  and the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset. The headphones are fully customizable, feature RGB lighting, swappable backlit speaker plates and programmable G-keys. When paired with Logitech Gaming Software for Windows or OS X, users can customize audio settings, and create personal sound profiles.

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Griffin launches Survivor Tactical, and Ultra Thin Apple Watch cases

10 hours ago | Posted in:

Accessory maker Griffin Technology has announced two new accessories for the Apple Watch -- the Survivor Tactical Case and the Ultra Thin Case. The new Survivor Tactical Case lets users wear the watch knowing their investment is protected, while the Ultra Thin Case adds snap-on color and style to the Apple Watch.

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MacNN Deals: Three accessories to make travelling easier

10 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are highlighting some of the items available over at our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we are looking at three accessories that can be useful if you travel a lot, including a USB-powered razor, a low-cost light bulb powered by USB, and a device that can allow you to charge your mobile devices wherever you are in the world, regardless of the electrical outlet.

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Review: ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

11 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, mobile phones

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. Honestly, we don't blame you. Until recently, your options for home projectors have been slim, all with obvious downfalls. Most home projectors weren't affordable or user friendly, or if they were, they simply weren't bright enough or designed to work with your electronics. That's not universally the case anymore, and we're going to show you how easy at-home projection can be with our review of the ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector.

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Canon bringing EOS M3 mirrorless camera to US in October

11 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Canon has confirmed it will be bringing the EOS M3 mirrorless camera to the United States in the near future, following its launch in European and Asian markets earlier this year. The compact snapper, which houses a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with the DIGIC 6 image processor, will be arriving in the country in early October, with it keeping exactly the same list of specifications as its international counterparts.

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Amazon think tank Lab126 hit with layoffs, project cancellations

11 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

According to recent reports and rumors out of Seattle and Cupertino, e-commerce giant Amazon is scaling back some of its hardware ambitions. Amazon's Lab126, its hardware incubator has contracted somewhat, with "several hundred" of the 3000-strong staff looking for work following a combination of hardware development projects and the cancellation of some upcoming projects killed in the wake of the Fire Phone's failure.

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Hands On: Wanted Poster Pro 2.4 (iOS)

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

So with Halloween on the horizon and convention season being a year-round thing, we've decided to bring you a little gift. What if there was a quick way to create some themed decorations for your haunted house or themed party? Today, we humbly suggest Wanted Poster Pro, an app that allows you to create your own wanted posters right from your iPhone or iPad.

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LG teases new universal Bluetooth Rolly Keyboard for mobile devices

12 hours ago | Posted in: accessories

In an effort to capture a larger share of the fast-growing mobile accessories market, LG will unveil the industry's first solid rollable wireless portable keyboard at the IFA 2015 trade show in Berlin, Germany. Unlike other portable keyboards on the market, the Rolly Keyboard folds up along the four rows to create a "stick" that fits into a pocket.

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Facebook starts public testing of 'M' digital assistant in Messenger

12 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Facebook has started to publicly test its own attempt at a digital assistant to its users, as previously rumored. Codenamed Moneypenny but now known as "M", the assistant exists within Facebook Messenger for a small number of users, and allows them to complete various shopping-based tasks on the user's behalf, such as acquiring and delivering gifts to family members, booking a table at a restaurant, making travel arrangements, and other similar services.

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Pointers: Getting Things Done with Apple Gear, part 5: Review

13 hours ago | Posted in: software

If anyone ever manages to collate some statistics about Getting Things Done, the productivity cult (nee methodology) of David Allen, there are some figures that are certain to be there. For a start, the number of people who begin using GTD and give up will be high. Equally, though, the customer satisfaction rating for those who stick with it will be enormous. You can just bet, however, that a giant number of GTD users skip one feature. For once, software is not the brilliant help we've been saying it is all week: even To Do apps often leave out this part. Yet the Review is crucial to every single thing that is good about Getting Things Done.

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Giveaway: Win a GoPro Hero4 Session with MacNN Deals

14 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

The latest competition from our own MacNN Deals page is giving you the opportunity to film yourself while performing outdoor activities using the GoPro Hero 4 Session, worth $400. Launched just last month, the compact sports camera is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than its Hero4 stablemates, but is still able to record high quality video in extreme situations.

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Hands On: Leef iBridge for iPhone, iPad

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, peripherals, iPad

The Leef iBridge is the answer to a couple of our recent prayers. It is an elegant, MFI certified, USB and Lightning drive solution for Lightning port equipped iPhones and iPads that allows users to transfer data directly between a Mac or PC via USB drive to their compatible iOS device. It supports unprotected video and music files in the full range of formats supported by Apple on these devices (including ALAC) as well as Office-style document types. Read onto to see why we like it a lot, and why iOS photographers and videographers will love it as well.

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MacNN One More Thing Podcast episode 1: Formerly Known As...

Wed August 26, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets

Bless Swatch for giving us the idea for the title and bless Apple for creating enough news that we need a second podcast. MacNN: One More thing is your midweek podcast with William Gallagher and Malcolm Owen, let loose from Monday's main show and allowed to talk in their natural British accents all they like.

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Google takes on Twitch by launching YouTube Gaming

Wed August 26, 2015 | Posted in: gaming

Google has launched its attempt to take on the Amazon-owned Twitch in the gaming video market, with a section of YouTube specially created for gamers. YouTube Gaming is a subsection of the main video service that purely serves video game-related videos to its viewers, including "let's play," walkthroughs, speed runs, and other content, as well as a greater focus on streaming gameplay live from players to their followers.

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Samsung stole secrets from TSMC to win Apple order, court finds

Wed August 26, 2015 | Posted in: industry, Apple

A senior engineer at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) who left the company after nearly 20 years, has been found guilty of illegally passing on the firm's trade secrets, specifically the FinFET fabrication process, to Samsung -- which then copied the process in order to win a majority of the orders of Apple's A-series processor manufacturing, a Taiwanese court has found.

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Daily Deals: Audio-Technica microphone, 3D printer, Pebble smartwatch

Wed August 26, 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 3D printer for $700, a refurbished Pebble smartwatch for $70, and a bundle including an Audio-Technica microphone and an acoustic enclosure for $200.

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Living With: freelance writing and Apple Music

Wed August 26, 2015 | Posted in: software, audio, Apple

This is my 20th year of freelancing, I think. Could be 21st. Maybe 22nd. It's funny how leaving regular employment was a mountain when it was ahead of me, but not even a hill in retrospect. Whenever I did it, though, I've now had at least two decades of working from home, plus very often fitting in with many different offices. A week-long project in a book publisher's building, one day a week at a magazine's office, running mentoring sessions in people's homes, workshops at festivals, and once doing a thing in an abbey. Call me stupid, but it's taken the new Apple Music service to make me realize that across every place I went, I had to adapt to different attitudes to music.

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