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App deals for OS X: continued sales from Smile Software, OrangeD

Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while. Today's assortment of Mac apps includes Toast Titanium, Filtromatic, and network tool Air Radar.

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Daily Deals: $12 Apple Earpods, SanDisk 512GB SSD, Slingbox 500

It's your regularly scheduled Daily Deals post, where the staff of MacNN scour online retailers for great offers and bargains on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. The usual list of still-active deals is bolstered by a new collection, including a 512GB SSD from SanDisk for $136, a manufacturer refurbished Slingbox 500 Media Player for $119, and Apple Earpods for less than half price at $12.

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Pointers: Yes, you can still burn a movie DVD on a Mac in 2016

There's a funny meme floating around where someone asks someone else if they can fax something for them, and the answer is "no, because of where I live." "Where do you live," the confused asker asks. "In the 21st century," is the reply. These days, that question (which, fair warning, will likely be the subject of a future Pointers) could just as easily be asked by people who want you to "burn" something for them, which in computer vernacular means to create or copy an optical disc of media.

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0 11h ago

Apple leading smartphone in US with 40 percent share

A new report from Park Associates gauging the US smartphone market in 2015 has found that Apple continues to hold the largest share of the market with 40 percent, though rival Samsung was able to manage a small gain on the year. Noting that the US market has seen that 86 percent of "broadband households" have a smartphone now, the market analysis firm found that "operators are pulling out all the tricks to encourage phone upgrades," with only about half of US consumers still on a cellphone contract.

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Akamai investor call suggests Apple increasing in-house CDN reliance

Apple may be continuing to build out its own content delivery network (CDN), in order to provide downloads and streams of music and video content to its users, a report claims. An investor call about CDN Akamai's financial results has made rumors about Apple's in-house CDN resurface, with the suggestion that Apple is slowly moving away from relying on Akamai's network for its media transfer needs for markets around the world.

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MacNN Deals: Upgrade your audio with these accessories

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all audio accessories, including a compact Bluetooth speaker, a way to make Apple's EarPods fit more securely, a gadget that can make your wired headphones run off Bluetooth, and a pair of stylish headphones crafted from solid wood.

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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers

The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe


Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky


Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4

Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.


Google given NHTSA SDS waivers

In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR


Dropshare 4 for Mac now available

Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q


Google starting phase-out of Flash ads

Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc


Sonos now works with Apple Music

Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko

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