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Briefly: App Store Games on Twitter, Spotify clarifies privacy policy

5 hours ago | Posted in: security, gaming, iPhone apps, Apple

Apple has launched a new Twitter account dedicated to gaming. The @AppStoreGames account will be posting more than picks by App Store editors for app of the week, with The Verge reporting the feed will include previews of games heading to the App Store, tips for popular titles, profiles of talented gamers, and will be used to interact with game developers. It is suggested the new Twitter feed may have been put in place to coincide with a rumored refresh of the Apple TV at the September 9 event, with some suggesting games may be playable on the set-top box.

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App Update: Cream, Entangler, FxFactory, more

8 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 Cream, Entangler, FxFactory, Up, BeanCounter, and MixTape Pro.

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Rumor Roundup: iPad Pro debut, cheaper gold Apple Watch, more

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, gadgets, software, Apple, iPad

With just days to go before next Wednesday's "Hey Siri" event, speculation on what else might be offered at the event is now running high, with even normally-factual newspapers getting into the speculation game with unnamed sources and unconfirmed reports. We've already run two Rumor Roundups to cover the likely, unlikely, and the good-for-a-laugh predictions we've seen, but there's more stuff to thumbs-up or shoot down, so let's look at the latest.

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Daily Deals: HP Officejet Pro printer, Lumix DMC-TS30, 128GB iPad Air

11 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 a HP all-in-one Officejet Pro printer for $150, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 16.1MP digital camera for $100, and a 128GB iPad Air for Sprint at $430.

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BlackBerry pays $425M in cash to acquire Good Technology

13 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, software, enterprise

BlackBerry has attempted to bolster its enterprise services, by acquiring a competitor in the mobile security business. Good Technology is being bought by the mobile phone producer for $425 million in cash, with the purchase expected to help Blackberry shore up its own enterprise messaging and security platform by using Good's knowledge of iOS, Windows, and Android management and applications security.

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ComScore: 44M trying Apple Music in US, iOS still gaining share

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

New analytics data from ComScore has good news for Apple on two fronts: the research firm believes far more users in the US are giving Apple Music a tryout than has been previously reported, and that even in the quarter before the expected new model rollout, Apple's iPhone 6 line is still gaining share in the US, now largely taking it from drops in chief rival and Android flagship company Samsung rather than from smaller rivals as it had previously.

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Briefly: working Apple I auction, Brussels store opening September 19

15 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, computers, Apple

Bonhams in New York City will auction another rare, fully-working Apple I computer said to be in "fantastic" condition in October, said to be one of the first 50 hand-constructed by Steve Wozniak and one of only six or seven units known to still be functioning. A number of the few remaining working units have been turned over at auction in recent years: Bonhams is expecting to fetch $500,000 or more for this latest unit, but others have sold for much more.

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Upgraded Philips Hue Bridge with HomeKit support leaked by retailer

15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Philips is adding more connectivity to its Hue lighting system, by introducing a device that connects the smart devices to Apple's HomeKit platform. Leaked via Dutch retailer Lampen before being removed from, the updated Hue Bridge with HomeKit support will apparently cost €60 ($66) when it ships and could replace the existing Hue Bridge entirely, as Philips attempts to make its lighting platform more useful in smart homes.

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Hands On: Vent Luxe iPhone car mount

16 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals

Not everyone likes having their car windscreen blocked by a big iPhone 6 Plus and in many states they can like it all they want, they're still not allowed to do it. Plus, we don't all have cars, some of us hire one only when we need it. For each of us, a full-blown car mount for our iPhones is overkill and instead the Vent Luxe is a contender. It's an iPhone car mount that you wedge onto the slats of your air conditioning vents.

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MacNN Deals: Record videos from high in the sky with these drones

17 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items are a trio of drones, with all three quadcopters allowing you to fly around, perform acrobatic airborne maneuvers, and record footage from a viewpoint high in the sky, all without breaking the bank.

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Hands On: Colorburn 1.3 (iOS)

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

If you've owned an iPhone for longer than about 20 minutes, chances are you're already aware of the vast amount of photography filter apps on the App Store. And, if you've taken a look at them, most of them offer the same thing: a couple dozen filters that are all remarkably the same. Occasionally you'll find one that stands out from the rest, but for the most part they're pretty much the same filters wrapped in a different UI. If you're tired of digging for a good filter app, we're going show you a filter app that goes above and beyond, and does it with style. Allow us to introduce you to Colorburn.

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Google Chrome 45 improvements reduce memory usage by tabs

18 hours ago | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design

The latest release of the Chrome web browser has introduced a number of measures to make it faster and less resource-hungry earlier than anticipated. Version 45 of the browser for desktops now incorporates a number of features that can minimize the amount of memory the software uses for tabs and other functions, with one other feature coming out in the coming weeks which could help notebook users extend their battery life.

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Pointers: Five OmniFocus Tips (OS X)

18 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Not everyone has OmniFocus but maybe everyone should. True, it's a bit of a bionic To Do manager and overkill for many people plus more than perhaps most software, this kind of thing is very individual. You can hate OmniFocus and adore Todoist and we wouldn't think you're a bad person. Only, if you are an OmniFocus fan or you're just starting out with it, you are the sort of person who needs its powerful features yet may not be getting to grips with them. You will. Let's just take a jump forward now and get you using what we'd call its five best but least known excellent features.

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Hands On: Knomad iPad Air Leather Portable Organizer by Knomo

18 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals

Previously on MacNN... in a piece about Living With: Knomo Leather Case, we not only enthused about a bag we've had for seven years, we said it would take a huge shove before we'd move away from it. A
Then as we just said on the new One More Thing podcast, it's as if the makers said right, Challenge Accepted. For a week now we've been using a much more recent alternative, the Knomad iPad Air Leather Portable Organizer. Most of the things we liked about our case are here too and there are even reasons why we could now see a benefit to sometimes using this instead.

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Mozilla tests Firefox for iOS in New Zealand in preparation for launch

20 hours ago | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Mozilla has started to publicly show its attempt at bringing Firefox to iOS, with an initial test launch in just one country. The mobile browser has been unveiled in a public preview in New Zealand with expansion to a "few more countries" expected in the coming months, with Mozilla using the limited launch to receive feedback on a number of features before it has a wider release to users in the rest of the world later this year.

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Game Replay: I Am Bread on iPhone, ESPN eSports job, Steam beta

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: gaming

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, I Am Bread heads to iOS, Sony starts testing its PlayStation 4 firmware update, Valve also tests an upgrade for Steam's Big Picture mode, and ESPN looks to expand its gaming coverage by hiring eSports editors.

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Briefly: 'Steve Jobs' at Telluride, News app grows to 50 publishers

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: developer, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Universal Pictures' Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-written, big-budget biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, titled eponymously after the mercurial former CEO, will have its debut with at least one screening at the Telluride Film Festival, which begins tomorrow. The timing of the screening or screenings hasn't been revealed, and will also be shown at the New York Film Festival on October 3, followed by a general US release on October 9.

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Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 digital pen revealed with updated design

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Wacom has unveiled a new stylus at IFA, alongside its other graphics tablet-based launches earlier today. The Bamboo Fineline 2 takes after the original launched last year in being a stylus for normal tablets, one with pressure sensitivity allowing apps to react to how hard the user presses down with the nib, and in turn letting users be able to make more refined and detailed drawings on their tablet compared to using their finger.

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Kantar: iPhone upgrades will continue, Europe switching from Android

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

A new study by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel based in Europe has disputed speculation that Apple's next iPhones may not do as well as the record-shattering iPhone 6 lineup, which proposes that pent-up demand for a bigger-screen iPhone has now been addressed after three quarters of staggering sales figures. The study not only found that at least a third of all US iPhone buyers are at the end of their two-year contracts, but that the "switcher rate" from Android to iOS in Europe continues to grow.

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Hands On: Magic River 1.0 (iOS)

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

We've become somewhat accustomed to games falling short aesthetically. Either the designs are too gaudy, or the sounds are too harsh, and after we play them we're left feeling a little disappointed. Every so often, we come across a game that absolutely knocks it out of the park when it comes to design. For us, Magic River is one of those games.

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Judge denies Apple new Smartflash trial, but retains dropped damages

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry, Apple

US District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap has denied Apple a chance at a new trial to clear its name from charges that it willfully infringed on patents owned by patent troll Smartflash last February, but has decided to retain the dismissal of the original $532.9 million awarded to the company for damages, clearing the way for a damages retrial later this month. Judge Gilstrap reversed the jury's award, but not its findings of infringement, after he determined his own instructions on calculating royalties may have confused the jury.

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FCC approves Verizon Wireline, FiOS sale to Frontier in CA, FL, TX

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: industry, networking

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Frontier Communications' acquisition of Verizon's wireline, broadband and video operations, including the FiOS network, in California, Florida and Texas. The company is currently also seeking approval from the California Public Utilities Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, and has received Hart-Scott-Rodino federal antitrust clearance.

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Daily Deals: SanDisk SSD four-pack, Dell monitor, $600 3D printer

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, digital imaging, 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 $600, a 19.5-inch monitor from Dell for $80, and a four-pack of SanDisk 128GB SSDs for just $160.

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Good Apples: Cupertino's failures that weren't

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: computers, Apple

Microsoft gets a lot of attention, praise and applause when it pre-announces products it's going to release one day and that somehow represent a golden future of the technology industry. Apple goes the other way and gets the opposite reaction: it prefers to announce products that actually are the future of the industry but you can buy them now. Maybe it's just that they casually drop in the words "available today" a little bit too smugly but for whatever reason you can put money on any Apple product being mocked, derided and decried at launch time. Later? Not so much.

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Wacom Bamboo Spark creates digital images from pen and paper notes

Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Wacom has made a slight departure from its usual graphics tablets, by using its knowledge to create a note-taking device built into a folio. The Bamboo Spark uses Wacom's stylus input technology to allow the folio to capture the movement of the pen, allowing it to record images drawn by the user the pen and paper, effectively creating a digital copy of the drawing or other data as an image file for safe keeping or later editing.

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App Update: Posterino, Acorn, Haskell, more

Thu September 3, 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, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to Posterino, Acorn, Haskell, CrossOver, and Deliveries.

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