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Some users seeing request to upgrade to unreleased iTunes 12.2

16 minutes ago | Posted in: Apple

While iOS users are experiencing changes related to Apple Music, Mac users are also seeing things fall into place, but at a far slower pace. Before Mac users will be able to use Apple Music and listen to Beats 1, they will have to upgrade iTunes from the current version 12.1.2 to version 12.2 -- an update which is currently unavailable to download by users.

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Linksys ships range-boosting replacement antennas for home routers

34 minutes ago | Posted in: networking

Networking company Linksys today announced the first dual-band, omni-directional high-gain antennas for the consumer market. The new Linksys high-gain antennas available in a two- and four-pack help improve a router's signal strength specifically at the edge of a Wi-Fi network resulting in enhanced Wi-Fi performance.

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Forums: iMac only boots to safe mode, login issues and more

36 minutes ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, Apple

This week in the MacNN Forums, members assist Posting Junkie "sek929" with trying to get to the bottom of a problem he is having with an iMac that will only boot into safe mode. Today "ibook_steve" had some questions about logging into Apple Discussions and turned to the forums for answers.

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Apple deals: iPads and iPods

41 minutes ago | Posted in: iPod, Apple, iPad

Right now at Apple's online store, find great bargains on refurbished iPads and iPods. The refurbished 5th generation iPod touch with 16GB of storage can be had for only $149 after a $30 discount, while $159 will get a 4th gen. 32GB Touch. Priced at $199 is the refurbished 5th generation 32GB iPod touch in blue, pink or space gray. Also available is the 5th gen. 64GB Touch in yellow or space gray for $239.

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GigSky utilizes Apple SIM for purchase of world-spanning data plans

1 hour ago | Posted in: networking, iPad

International data service provider GigSky today announced that it will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with the Apple SIM in more than 90 countries and territories. With an Apple SIM installed, iPad customers can view and select available pay-as-you-go contract-free short-term data plans directly on an iPad, avoiding purchasing a local SIM during world travel.

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Briefly: TaiG iOS 8.4 jailbreak; Downgrade iPad 2, iPhone 4S to iOS 6

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone, hacks, iPad

Jailbreak group TaiG has released an iOS 8.4 hack, mere hours after the official Apple release of the new OS. The new software revision uses the same exploit that the group used just days ago for iOS 8.3, allowing users to install the Cydia repository, and other phone software tweaks, at the cost of some device security regarding execution of arbitrary code. The hack requires a Windows PC, iTunes, and the newly released 2.2.0 version of the group's tool.

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Uber acquires Bing mapping assets, 100 employees from Microsoft

1 hour ago | Posted in: Investor

Uber is significantly bolstering its mapping operations and research, by acquiring technology and staff from Microsoft for an as-yet undisclosed amount. Map-related assets from Bing are being passed on to the app-based taxi firm, reports TechCrunch, with approximately 100 employees also being transferred over as part of the purchase, in yet another navigation-related acquisition from the transport company.

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Hands On: Apple Music (iOS, OS X, Windows)

1 hour ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Just spotted on one of our reviewers' Facebook page: a music fan has written "so long Spotify, it was good while it lasted." Time will tell -- specifically three months of time, as that's how long Apple's giving for free -- but we're already impressed with Apple Music. Not so impressed, however, with the expected problem of it being difficult to download the necessary updates while everyone else in the world was trying to grab them too. Actively disappointed with the unexpected issues facing some unknown number of iTunes Match users, as well. Yet in terms of what Apple Music does, and what it's like, we actually are impressed.

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Apple updates Safari, releases first 9.0 beta, offers EFI security fix

2 hours ago | Posted in: security, developer, Apple

Among a storm of major updates, Apple has also issues updated versions of Safari for the three versions of OS X currently supported: Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), and Yosemite (10.10). In addition to the updated Safari versions (6.2.7, 7.1.7, and 8.0.7 respectively), the company also issued the first developer beta of the forthcoming Safari 9.0, which will accompany the release of OS X 10.11 this fall, and a pair of EFI updates.

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Daily Deals: 128GB iPad Air, GoPro Hero3+, Samsung curved HDTV

3 hours 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 checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the dead ones, and have added a bunch more, including a cheap GoPro Hero3+, a cut-price 128GB iPad Air, and a Samsung 48-inch curved HDTV for $700.

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App Update: Pro Media Tools, Angband, Macgo Blu-ray Player, more

3 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

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 Pro Media Tools, Angband, Macgo Blu-ray Player, MKV2M4V, UninstallPKG, Pixave, and iMovie.

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Users reporting iTunes Match issues as Apple Music launches

4 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, audio, Apple

The launch on Tuesday of Apple Music appears to be wreaking havoc with existing users of iTunes Match, the company's virtual music cloud storage service. Reports beginning yesterday and worsening today indicate that users who have not or are unable to currently update their iOS version to the just-released 8.4, as well as Apple TV users, are seeing issues including duplicate entries for artists and playlists, inaccurate album art, and a general inability to download or stream songs.

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Hands On: Poly Bridge (OS X, Windows in early access)

4 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Building games are the best. Whether its a simple game like Minecraft or a more complex game like Besiege, we love games that give us a chance to flex our engineering muscles. Today we take a look at a game that does just that -- we checked out the cartoony physics title Poly Bridge, a game that allows you to try your hand at being a civil engineer.

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Apple falls at appeals court, $450M e-book antitrust ruling upheld

5 hours ago | Posted in:

The Apple e-book price fixing matter is slowly grinding to its end, with Apple being handed a defeat in appeals court on Tuesday. the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled, in a split decision, that the original ruling by Judge Denise Cote

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Apple updates OS X to 10.10.4; includes networking, Mail, Photos fixes

5 hours ago | Posted in: software, networking, Apple

Updated with Trimforce inclusion in new version. In an update flurry this morning, Apple has also debuted OS X 10.10.4. In addition to Apple's general fixes included in every update, the revision includes the excision of DiscoveryD and replacement with its former technology, mDNSResponder, for improved networking reliability, a fix to an external monitor issue, and a rectification of a JavaScript exploit in Safari.

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Apple Music, iOS 8.4 update are on the air; servers hammered [u]

6 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

[Updated with correction, lightening of server load in US] As expected, Apple has launched iOS 8.4, with an accompanying OS X 10.10.4 update. Alongside the software release, Apple has also fired up the Apple Music service and Beats One. Apple Music provides access to some 30 million tracks in the iTunes catalog, both for streaming and offline listenings. Music curation includes recommendations for songs and albums from experts, with playlists for various activities and song genres.

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European Parliament adopts net neutrality rules, ends roaming fees

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Europe is one step closer to ending mobile phone roaming charges throughout the continent, after the European Parliament agreed on new rules to forbid them once and for all. According to the deal, agreed to last night in the final days of Latvia's European Union Council presidency, roaming charges as a whole in the region will be scrapped in the next two years, with the agreement also -- surprisingly -- including stricter net neutrality rules that would apply across the continent.

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Apple Music, iOS 8.4 update are on the air; servers hammered [u]

6 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

[Updated with correction, lightening of server load in US] As expected, Apple has launched iOS 8.4, with an accompanying OS X 10.10.4 update. Alongside the software release, Apple has also fired up the Apple Music service and Beats One. Apple Music provides access to some 30 million tracks in the iTunes catalog, both for streaming and offline listenings. Music curation includes recommendations for songs and albums from experts, with playlists for various activities and song genres.

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European Parliament adopts net neutrality rules, ends roaming fees

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Europe is one step closer to ending mobile phone roaming charges throughout the continent, after the European Parliament agreed on new rules to forbid them once and for all. According to the deal, agreed to last night in the final days of Latvia's European Union Council presidency, roaming charges as a whole in the region will be scrapped in the next two years, with the agreement also -- surprisingly -- including stricter net neutrality rules that would apply across the continent.

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Hands On: Penumbear 1.2 (iOS)

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

We've been up on our high horses about platformers here before, explaining why the genre has some serious flaws on mobile platform -- but today, we think we found one that addresses the flaws the best. We urge you to check out Penumbear, a classic platformer with a creepy twist.

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MacNN Deals: Three ways to improve the way you charge mobile devices

8 hours ago | Posted in: accessories

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have three power-related items, including one battery, a way to charge multiple items at once, and one gadget designed to make sure you are charging your devices as efficiently as possible.

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LG Chem creates higher-capacity hexagonal batteries for smartwatches

9 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Smartwatches with higher-capacity batteries could soon be hitting the market, if manufacturers adopt a new battery from LG Chem. The battery, hexagonal in shape, is said to provide up to 25 percent more capacity compared to similar-sized rectangular batteries, which the company believes can provide up to four more hours of battery life, a significant addition to the amount of time current smartwatches are capable of lasting for between charges.

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Hands On: Wolfram Words 1.2 (iOS)

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

Wolfram Alpha is a website and a service that works like a search engine that thinks. Ask it questions and it doesn't just return a search result pulled from a stodgy database, it calculates the answer. Usually we use it for things like 'how many working days between now and 27 November" and usually we then go off on a rabbit hole of exploring other facts and answers. What we've perhaps never used it for is anything to do with words and now Wolfram Words 1.2 wants to correct that.

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Briefly: Sprint Direct 2 You in more cities, Amazon Prime Now in UK

10 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Sprint is bringing its Direct 2 You home delivery and set-up service to two new markets. The latest major expansion of the service, Sprint will now be delivering smartphones and transferring files and user settings between old and new devices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver. This brings the total number of cities covered by Direct 2 You to 28, with it expected to roll out to more locations throughout the rest of this year.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 21: Writing your app in (Taylor) Swift

21 hours ago | Posted in: education, computers, industry, gadgets, troubleshooting, developer, accessories, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Episode 21 of The MacNN Podcast is now available! Join us for a very speedy hour as we talk about a great new contest where you can win a 5K Retina 27-inch iMac, the licensing kerfuffle with Apple Music that features a happy ending, more troubles for MacKeeper, the plaudits and perils of e-publishing, the trauma of having to send in a Mac for repair, and our picks for App(s) of the Week! Show notes after the jump.

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Uber executives detained in France following French taxi strike

22 hours ago | Posted in: industry, iPhone apps

Two executives of Uber have been taken into police custody in France, days after the country-wide strikes held by traditional taxi service operators upset over Uber's continued operations in the region. The detained company management is being questioned by the authorities over the legality of the service, specifically concerning the taxes and social charges Uber allegedly avoids dealing with, due to the nature of how it operates.

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One Musical Group crowd funding MFi Smart Piano, Light Keyboard

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Purveyor of musical instrument learning technology One Musical Group announces today the North American launch of its piano product line: The One Light keyboard and The One Smart Piano which the company claims is the worlds first MFi-certified upright piano. Both devices are already in production and with a US launch bering funded on Indiegogo.

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Hands On: Satechi Smart Travel Router

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, networking

In our experience, there are two things -- both of which cause frustration and discontent -- that most international travelers can agree on: hotel Wi-Fi, and the fact that one probably won't be able to just plug something in to fix it. Not only are there differences in what's coming out of the wall in different regions, but the standards for how plugs are shaped are different as well. We were very interested, then, when we saw the Satechi Smart Travel Router. Aside from creating a personal Wi-Fi network when it's plugged in, it also provides two USB ports, and acts as a plug adapter.

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