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Twitter updates abusive content policy, adds more anti-abuse tools

1 hour ago | Posted in: software

Twitter is making more changes to the way it deals with online harassment, including limiting how many people can see the messages of an abusive user. The microblogging and messaging service has also altered its policies relating to what is prohibited and how it deals with users posting policy-violating content, with a new tool able to help its staff more effectively monitor abusive tweets.

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Apple Watch: developer draw, iWork update, new Ahrendts video

5 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software, developer, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

A new email being sent to developers from Apple is offering them the opportunity to buy a specific, single Apple Watch model -- and, importantly, guarantees shipping by April 28. The company is trying to ensure that developers either actively working on Apple Watch applications or are planning to develop apps for that platform have a test model they can use to confirm and troubleshoot their work. Apple is offering a single variation in the pitch to developers: a Sport model (42mm) with the aluminum casing and a blue sport band.

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Forums: the new MacBook, disk rattling and more

9 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple

With the new MacBook arriving in stores and in peoples homes, MacNN forum goers have been giving their first impressions of this latest addition to the Mac family in the thread titled "MacBook Returns". Late last week one Fresh-Faced recruit was looking for some help figuring out the cause of rattling noise they hear in their startup disk when they boot up.

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Apple deals: up to 22 percent off MBA

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

At Apple's online store today, find savings of up to 22 percent off refurbished MacBook Air models. A $120 discount is offered on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, now $679. The refurbished 11.6-inch MBA from June 2013 with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been reduced by $240 to $809.

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Open-source networking flaw creates vulnerability in some iOS apps

9 hours ago | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, developer, networking

A flaw in a popular older version of an open-source networking library used by a number of iOS apps could create an exploitable vulnerability, particularly for users who do not keep their apps up-to-date. The issue could allow a hacker to bypass HTTPS security and conceivably steal passwords or other personal data. While the library in question was patched to address the problem three weeks ago, apps which include the older library are still vulnerable. According to SourceDNA, at least 1,500 iOS apps are currently exposed.

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Daily Deals: Toshiba notebook, PlayStation Vita, daVinci 3D Printer

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, audio, Apple, iPad

Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when we search online retailers for discounts, offers, and sales on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Yesterday's still-active deals are joined by a Toshiba notebook, a bundle for the PlayStation Vita, and a $350 3D Printer

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Apple Game Roundup: Kerbal 1.0, OS X Carcassonne, Blizzard MOBA

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at our DiRT 3: Complete giveaway, a Carcassonne sale and forthcoming OS X version, Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm open beta and release, and Kerbal Space Program exiting Steam's early access program.

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Hands On: ScreenFlow 5.01 (OS X)

10 hours ago | Posted in: software

Seriously, how often are you ever going to need to record a video of what's on the screen of your Mac? Unless you are the sort who routinely demonstrates things, you know it's not a very big number of times -- but we're going to tell you that it is precisely the same number of times that you should be using ScreenFlow 5.01.

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Adobe Lightroom CC updated, aims at Apple Photos

10 hours ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Adobe today announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC that improves performance and gives users new tools to edit, enhance, organize and present photos. Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography also includes mobile capabilities including the ability to automatically sync photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop, and Lightroom on mobile devices allowing users to access and edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone as well as Android smartphones and tablets.

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Tech TV show The Screen Savers resurrected on TWiT

11 hours ago | Posted in: industry

A TV show about technology is making a comeback, but over the Internet instead of television. The Screen Savers, a daily Tech TV show which ran from 1998 to 2005, is going to be resurrected as "The New Screen Savers" by main host Leo Laporte and hosted on his own podcast network TWiT.tv as a weekly live show streamed online, with the first episode set to broadcast on May 2.

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Review: DiVoom VoomBox Party Bluetooth streaming speaker

12 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, audio

The VoomBox Party by DiVoom is a 2.1 speaker system which can connect to devices via Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC. It's a bit larger than a brick and about the same weight as one. It's a bit heavy, but it's made to be taken out and about to parties, parks, and the beach. We wouldn't lug it around everywhere we go, but we definitely keep it with the stuff we take camping or Nerf battles in the middle of fields. It's not perfect -- see what we liked and what we didn't in our review.

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Hands On: Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft 2.5.8416 (iOS, Android)

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

This reviewer has been avoiding Hearthstone since it first came out. We doubted our conviction in being able to resist spending scads of money on card packs, or spending on extra money on a card that represented something with which we had a particular attachment from our time playing World of Warcraft. Time and experience dealing with games with in-app micro-transactions later, we think we're finally ready to take the plunge, now that Hearthstone is on iOS. In a nutshell, we enjoyed the experience, and find the game as a whole charming.

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Google cuts YouTube support for older Apple TV, Google TV, iOS devices

15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software

Google is preparing to cut support for its YouTube apps on a number of aging devices. An announcement on the YouTube support pages notes that select devices manufactured before or during 2012 will lose support for the video app, with the list including smart TVs and Blu-ray players, older Google TV devices, earlier models of the Apple TV, and some iOS devices.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 11: best backup practices, AMD in trouble

17 hours ago | Posted in: computers, industry, gaming, audio, Apple, iPad

Another week, another roundup on the week in tech through the eyes of our MacNN and Electronista staffers! This week, The MacNN Podcast takes a poll on backup strategies among our writers, while Managing Editor Mike tells campfire tales of data loss from his days as a network consultant. We spend some time talking about our own expanded gaming coverage, adding more Mac game reviews and coverage as well as doubling our overall industry news. We dissect what's getting chipmaker AMD down, try to figure out the LA School District's iPad waffling, and more.

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Sony reveals four sound bars, two receivers shipping this summer

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, audio

Sony has revealed a collection of four new sound bars and two A/V receivers to its home cinema audio range. The HT-ST9, HT-NT3, HT-CT780, and HT-CT380 sound bars and STR-DN860 and STR-DN1060 receivers will be going on sale in the United States starting in May, with all but the CT380 being HDCP 2.2 compliant, supporting playback of copyright-protected 4K content.

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Latest Apple environmental report out, shows larger carbon footprint

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: industry, Apple

The 2015 edition of Apple's annual Environmental Responsibility Report covering calendar 2014 is out, and as usual highlights the company's efforts to reduce, reuse, or mitigate its use of rare materials and its carbon footprint. While it points out that all of the company's data centers are now powered by renewable energy resources and reduced its greenhouse gas emissions during product use by 61 percent over the past seven years, Apple admits there are still areas, most of which are out of its direct control, where more could be done.

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Apple now charging cards, preparing to ship first Apple Watch orders

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

Some of the estimated 2.3 million who were able to order an Apple Watch on the first day of availability before the global inventory sold out in mere hours may soon be getting their order. Reader reports of cards being charged and emails that report the Apple Watch order as "preparing for shipment" went out on Monday for some customers, while many who ordered just minutes into the process are still being told their orders should ship within four to six weeks.

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Daily Deals: iPad Air 2 Retina, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge, Kindle Fire HD 7

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, audio, Apple, iPad

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for discounts, offers, and sales on electronic goods for you, the discerning reader. Since it is the start of a new week, all old deals have been removed from the list ready for new items, including discounts on the Apple iPad Air 2 Retina, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge, and the Kindle Fire HD 7.

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Review: Neurio Intelligent Home Monitor

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Neurio Home Intelligence is a piece of hardware that, when integrated into a home's breaker box, monitors electricity usage and allows the homeowner to see at a glance if they left the oven on, and what their electric bill might be. While the installation seems simple enough, we recommend having a qualified, professional electrician install it; using it after that is as easy as pie. While the performance of the Neurio Home Intelligence wasn't as magical as some of the documentation made it out to be, we really like this thing, and found it very useful -- check our review to see why we liked it so much.

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Micromat uses more sensors for Mac diagnostics in TechTool Pro 8

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: troubleshooting, software

Micromat has launched the eighth version of its Mac troubleshooting utility, adding more functionality to the software. TechTool Pro 8 builds upon the previous version's ability to test core components of the Mac's motherboard, by increasing the array of testable components to include more than 100 electrical and temperature sensors on some Mac systems.

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Hands On: BusyContacts 1.0.2 (OS X)

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: software

BusyMac, the makers of BusyContacts, have been steadily adding to this address book app with the kind of attention you get when you've gone from a beta to a shipping product and now have customers all over the world stress-testing it every day. There have been many fixes to bugs we hadn't ever encountered ourselves and there have been improvements to features that we did spot and do like. However, regard this as less of a Hands On 2 review, more a nudge that we think you should get this app.

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New Apple Watch bands revealed by Ive, Newson at Milan showcase

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

As reported previously, a few Apple executives and designer were in Milan this weekend to show off the Apple Watch, including Sir Jonathan Ive and designer Marc Newson, as well as SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. Photos from the event, and a post from a friend of Ive's, confirm that a number of unannounced Sport Band colors were on display at the Salone del Mobile design event. A number of notable VIPs also received Apple Watches as gifts.

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Pointers: look it up in the Dictionary (OS X, iOS)

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, software, Apple, iPad

Some people collect dictionaries, some have never bought one in their lives -- but we all have them at our fingertips right now. If you have a Mac, an iPhone or an iPad, you've got a dictionary, and it is a good one. It's good enough to replace most concise dictionaries you can buy, and it's easier to look up than a book. We're not saying it's arduous looking things up a in book, but the fact that you have to turn away from what you're reading is reason enough that many of us pile on with a soon-forgotten vow that we'll look it up later. Here's an easy way to look up the definition of a word right there on your Mac -- and then if that isn't enough, we've an even easier way to do it at your fingertips.

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Hands On: Office Lens 1.01 (iOS, Android)

Mon April 20, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Didn't we just do this one? At first glance, if you compare the new Microsoft Office Lens to Evernote Scannable, you might conclude that one is red and one is a sort of cyan blue. Otherwise, they do the same job of scanning documents very quickly, they do the same job of processing them, and they do a very similar job of passing that data on to other applications. In the case of Office Lens, that is chiefly anything beginning with Microsoft, and with Scannable, that is chiefly Evernote.

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Game Replay: Star Wars Battlefront, Steam security, World of Warcraft

Sun April 19, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, software

The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look by MacNN and Electronista on the wider gaming landscape, highlighting some of the more notable stories from the last few days. Today's list includes improvements to security on Steam, "Timewalking" in World of Warcraft, and the small matter of a new Star Wars game.

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Briefly: Comcast 2 gigabit in California, Norway shutting down FM

Sun April 19, 2015 | Posted in: industry

Comcast will be bringing its 2 gigabit Internet service to California, following the "Gigabit Pro" initial announcement for the service in Atlanta. Part of a number of upgrades to service speed for customers in the area starting from May, including free speed increases and a new 250Mbps tier, Comcast will introduce its gigabit-level service to nearly three million homes in the state starting in June. Pricing for the service has yet to be announced.

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