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Analysis: Apple Music and Home Sharing, one week later

33 minutes ago | Posted in: industry, troubleshooting, Apple

As we typically do after major Apple releases, MacNN has gathered some of its staff to consider the implications, long-term effects, potential fallout, mis-fires, and triumphs of the new release -- this time, Cupertino's new Apple Music. Apple gave us all a lot to think about, both during launch week, as well as this week dealing with the public fallout of a launch that could be called only mostly successful. Read on to see what we thought one week after the craziness that was launch day of the service, in addition to simultaneous software updates to nearly everything Apple offers.

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Daily Deals: Netgear router bundle, 55-inch 4K TV, podcast microphones

42 minutes ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've wiped the slate clean of all old deals, with the new batch including a router and external drive bundle, a 55-inch 4K TV from Polaroid, and some podcast-worthy microphones from Massdrop

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Forums: software update renders iMac useless and more

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week in the MacNN Forum goers attempt to help one Fresh-Faced Recruit who's Retina iMac stopped working after a software update and wouldn't even boot to safe mode. One Fresh-Faced Recruit asks "how to return to same sized windows look in all-spaces/mission control view" and has yet to receive a response.

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Apple deals: Macs from $419

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Right now at Apple's online store find bargain prices on refurbished Macs with prices starting as low as $419. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has seen an $80 discount to $419. A $140 discount drops the cost on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $759.

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Showtime cable-free Apple TV app launches

1 hour ago | Posted in: Apple

On Tuesday, Showtime began offering direct subscriptions to its service through Apple TV that no longer require an existing cable or satellite service, the company revealed. The network, which features shows such as Dexter and Weeds, is also bringing the standalone service Showtime Anytime to iOS users soon, likely by July 12. Like its rival HBO, the streaming service will offer both a wide back catalog, along with current movies and original programming.

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Hands On: Wormarium 1.0.0 (iOS)

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

Remember the days when cellphones were a lot less smart? Remember how content you were to play the same game over and over again, collecting apples for a snake so he could grow large enough, only to inevitably meet his end when he literally met the end of his tail? We're ready to transport you back to the golden days of 1995 with Wormarium, a strange spin on days of yore.

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App Update: Infuse, Skype, SocialPlanet, more

2 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, 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 here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to Infuse, Skype, SocialPanel, LaunchBar, Grid 2 Reloaded Edition, SoundByte, and Opera Beta.

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Samsung warns of reduced operational profits in quarterly report

2 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

Samsung has warned it is highly likely to miss expectations in its upcoming quarterly financial report, expected to be issued towards the end of this month. The South Korean electronics giant is expecting to report that its consolidated operating profit for the quarter will be down four percent compared to the same quarter, bringing it down to 6.9 trillion won ($6.1 billion), and continuing a trend of bad luck for the manufacturer.

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Apple's iOS 8.4 update already on 37 percent of devices

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software, audio, Apple

Just a week after its release, the iOS 8.4 update has already been adopted by 37 percent of all active iOS users, an above-average rate for an incremental upgrade that may be driven in part by desire for access to the free trial of the new Apple Music service. While the numbers are on par with the growth seen in the first week of iOS 8.0's release, point updates are generally incorporated more slowly.

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Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music, Video as Groove, Movies & TV

5 hours ago | Posted in: software

Microsoft is updating its desktop media apps in preparation for the Windows 10 launch at the end of this month, by removing the Xbox name among other alterations. Xbox Video is going to be rebranded to Movies & TV in Windows 10, with Microsoft's Xbox Music service receiving the new name Groove, with both services also going through a visual upgrade as part of the changes.

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Hands On: Monster Want Burger 1.0 (iOS)

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

Every so often, we come across a game that is impossibly cute and fun. Somewhere past the shooters and the platformers and the strategy games is an alcove of games that are just designed to make you smile. One such game is the addicting, adorable, and all-around good game Monster Want Burger.

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MacNN Deals: Improve your web design, app development skills

8 hours ago | Posted in: developer

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's trio of deals revolve around design, including both apps and web design, as well as a free course to help start you off in iOS game development.

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Hands On: Papa Sangre (1.2.4) and Papa Sangre II (1.12) (iOS)

8 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Recently, we looked at The Nightjar by developer Somethin' Else, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. It's game where a minimal UI covers the screen, because the player character can't see -- and the player is supposed to "use their ears to see." It's actually the second game to use the "Papa Engine," the first being Papa Sangre (1.2.4). There's also a sequel, the unsurprisingly-named Papa Sangre II (1.12). All three of these apps are included in a discounted bundle on iTunes. We're going to talk a little bit about the first game, but what really has us excited is Papa Sengre II.

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Briefly: TiVo discount for Aereo customers, Nest Cam reaches UK

10 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Customers affected by the shutdown and bankruptcy of streaming live TV service Aereo are being offered assistance by Tivo, in the form of a small discount until the end of the month. The set-top box company is providing the TiVo Roamio OTA for use with HD antennas as well as the TiVo Stream for no upfront cost, with a monthly subscription of $20 for two years.

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Eddy Cue Tweet: music Home Sharing may return in iOS 9

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

In the fallout about music not being able to be shared with Apple's Home Sharing feature to iOS 8.4 devices, Apple's Eddy Cue has responded on Twitter. In response to the barrage of coverage about the popular feature's absence, the executive has responded with a brief, carefully constructed Tweet, saying only that "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9."

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 22: The Sound of (Apple) Music

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, gadgets, troubleshooting, hacks, audio, iPad, iPad apps

Time once again for another episode of The MacNN Podcast, this time episode 22! Since it was quite a notable week, this week's chat between Editor Charles, Managing Editor Mike, and staffers Michelle, Bradley, and Sanjiv is pretty jam-packed. The big story of the week was the launch of Apple Music, and we spend time on both the good and bad of that, but we talk about a lot more as well. Show notes after the jump.

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Daily Deals: Ultra HD Dell monitor, MSI notebook, Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Mon July 6, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've wiped the slate clean of all old deals, with the new batch including an Ultra HD monitor from Dell, an MSI gaming notebook, and a massive Canon EOS Rebel T5i bundle.

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Editorial: Taking off the Apple Watch for one week

Mon July 6, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

"Quick proposal," began the message from managing editor Mike Wuerthele. "How about not wearing your Apple Watch for seven days?" I've just gulped typing those words to you and it's some hours since the message. When this happened I was a little bit more tetchy, explaining that I couldn't do this because – quite reasonably – "I hate you." Only, it's a good idea. My Watch has become part of my regular life, an unthinking and automatic part of it, so doing without it for a time will make me think about it. Surely I'll be better positioned to quantify what I missed, surely I'll be able to assess what I feel has been a boon to my working life.

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NBA star claims iPhone related injury responsible for lower accuracy

Mon July 6, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

A NBA player is blaming the screen size of Apple's iPhone 6 plus for a persistent arm injury. San Antonio Spurs player Matt Bonner is citing his own experience, as well as that of his training staff for the claim that the larger device necessitating a longer reach across the device as well as changes in use habits is responsible for his tennis elbow-like injury.

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Microsoft reportedly close to RTM Windows 10 build finalization

Mon July 6, 2015 | Posted in: software

Microsoft is allegedly close to finalizing software included in the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 10, one that it will be providing to manufacturers to install on their computers, notebooks, and tablets. Sources of The Verge claim the RTM build of Windows 10 will be ready sometime this week, ahead of the new operating system's final release to consumers that is scheduled to take place on July 29.

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App Update: iWatermark Pro, Pixy, HoudahSpot, more

Mon July 6, 2015 | 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 here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to iWatermark Pro, Pixy, HoudahSpot, Flip4Mac Player, Hands Off!, Road Trip Planner, and Cocktail (Mavericks Edition).

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Paypal enters into agreement to buy money transfer service Xoom

Mon July 6, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Digital money transfer providers PayPal and Xoom have announced a definitive agreement under which PayPal will acquire Xoom for $25 per share in cash or an approximate $890 million enterprise value. The transaction represents a premium of 32 percent over Xoom's three-month volume-weighted average price and was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, as well as the Board of eBay, PayPal's parent company (for the time being).

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Briefly: Apple Pay UK on July 14, Apple posts SF Pride video

Mon July 6, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

A memo to supermarket chain Waitrose employees (and seemingly confirmed by Apple UK training documents) appears to reveal that Apple Pay in the UK will launch on July 14, albeit with varying restrictions on how much buyers can purchase without having to enter additional information. According to reports, most merchants will have a limit of £20 ($31.24 US) on any kind of contactless payment system, except some new POS terminals that are specifically designed to support Apple Pay.

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Mac Game Review: Lego Jurassic World

Mon July 6, 2015 | Posted in: gaming

"Welcome to Jurassic Park!" -- Richard Attenborough's John Hammond beckons us to enjoy what was supposed to be, and did eventually become, Disneyland meets the zoo meets the natural history museum. Of course, all is never as it seems. Now, one of the biggest film franchises of all time finally gets the Lego treatment just in time for its return to the big screen with Lego Jurassic World, from Lego game developers extraordinaire Traveller's Tales and porting house Feral Interactive.

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Polaroid upgrades Cube camera with Wi-Fi remote access

Mon July 6, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Polaroid is opening up a second generation of its compact Cube action camera up for preorder. The Polaroid Cube+ is another small video camera, measuring the same 35mm in each direction as the original, but this time the Plus adds in wireless connectivity to a smartphone or tablet using the companion app and Wi-Fi, providing viewfinder, remote controls, and faster sharing of captured video and images, at a range of up to 30 feet.

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Samsung ships 2TB 850 Pro, Evo 2.5-inch solid state drives

Mon July 6, 2015 | Posted in: upgrades/storage

Samsung Electronics today expanded its retail SSD line, and has introduced the 2TB versions of its 850 Pro and 850 Evo solid state drives (SSDs). Samsung guarantees the 2TB 850 Pro for 10 years or 300TB written, and the 2TB 850 Evo for five years or 150TB written to the drive.

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