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GameStop to add 23 Simply Mac, 400 Spring Mobile stores this year

22 minutes ago | Posted in: industry

US-based game retailer GameStop is planning to add 23 Simply Mac locations this year, and as many as 400 Spring Mobile and Cricket locations, says the Star-Telegram. The company bought out Simply Mac and Spring Mobile last year in an attempt to diversify its revenue. Simply Mac is an authorized Apple reseller, whereas Spring Mobile sells AT&T products; Cricket is based on the AT&T network. The expansion is expected to cost up to $140 million, based on a mix of buying existing outlets and constructing new ones. GameStop says it expects to add 200 to 250 Spring locations and 100 to 150 Cricket outlets.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S 5 on Verizon

38 minutes ago | Posted in: mobile phones

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the phone that Android users have been craving for some time. Information coming out of Mobile World Congress painted the phone to be the next leap in innovation spearheaded by Samsung to breathe life back into their smartphones. From changes in the camera and adding pieces of technology to aid a healthy lifestyle, on top of a powerful set of internals, the phone has been set up by Samsung marketing to be the next must have phone for consumers at all levels. But is Samsung creating a phone that will indeed work for everyone, or are they stretching themselves too thin to cover so many ideas? Read our review and find out.

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Catcher technology pegged as supplying metal casings for iPhone 6

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry

Analysts for two financial firms, Barclays and Morgan Stanley, are contending that Taiwanese firm Catcher Technology will supply metal casings for the next-generation iPhone. Both firms in fact expect Catcher's share of iPhone 6 casings to top 10 million units this year. Much of the argument is based on Catcher's existing involvement in the Apple supply chain; the firm is thought to produce casings for both the MacBook Pro and the iPhone 5s, to the degree that 40 percent of its revenue stems from Apple orders.

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Google Maps adds option to view older Street View image collections

1 hour ago | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design

Google has updated its online Maps service by adding the option to view earlier Street View imagery. Users of Google Maps can, in a number of locations, use previously-collected Street View photographs to explore an area, and be able to compare recent shots of the location with those from the same place dated from as far back as 2007.

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iOS apps: Movies by Flixster, Path, TextExpander

2 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    Movies by Flixster 6.11.1 (free)

    Movies provides users with reviews, trailers, and showtimes for all of the movies currently in theaters. Users can also find information on upcoming movies and titles recently released on DVD. A number of reported bugs have been addressed with this update.

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    Path 3.4.3 (free)

    Path is a social network where users can share various aspects of their day-to-day life. Support is included for capturing thoughts, photos, videos, places, music, movies, books, and even sleep. Version 3.4.3 includes a number of bug fixes and will be the last release that support iOS 6.

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    TextExpander 2.5.1 ($5)

    TextExpander allows users to create a library of abbreviation shortcuts for frequently used snippets of text. These snippets can then be used to quickly type text in more than 150 apps that include TextExpander support, such as OmniFocus, Things, and WriteRoom. A problem where plain text snippets could change to form mated text inadvertently has been fixed in this release.

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    Pinnacle Studio 5.0.1 ($13)

    Pinnacle Studio allows iPad users to edit film footage directly on their mobile device. Clips can be arranged on a storyboard, while built-in transitions, effects, and audio can be used to enhance footage. Various bugs have been fixed in the v5.0.1 update.

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    Image Blender 2.2.2 ($3)

    Image Blender is a tool for combining images with masks and different blend modes. Within the app users can specify exactly where images should be blended, and personalized filters with overlays can be saved for later use. Version 2.2.2 fixes issues with saving just a masked foreground. A problem where masks would not be cleared has also been resolved.

 
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iOS 7.1.x code points to Siri support on Apple TV

2 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals

Code contained in iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 suggests that Apple is planning to bring Siri to the Apple TV. A PLIST file for Assistant -- an internal Apple name for Siri -- includes the Apple TV lineup under its collection of supported devices. Notably, though, no Apple TV to date has included the microphone that would be needed for Siri.

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Amazon signs deal for HBO content on Prime Instant Video, Fire TV

3 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Subscribers of Amazon Prime will be able to enjoy classic HBO shows in the near future, the retailer has revealed. At the same time, Amazon has announced HBO Go will be added to the company's Fire TV, allowing the streaming media box to show recently-broadcast programs as well as its archive of over 1,700 shows, original films, and specials.

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Update fixes FaceTime for Snow Leopard; iOS 6 support still broken

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, software, iPad

Apple has released a minor update for the OS X version of FaceTime, v1.0.5. The patch is aimed directly at resolving connection problems some people have been experiencing, particularly in OS X Snow Leopard. The file is a 17.6MB download at the Mac App Store.

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Briefly: WhatsApp hits 500M active users, Sprint domestic unlocking

6 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, mobile phones

WhatsApp has hit a milestone of half a billion active users, the messaging service has announced. The 500 million-user figure is 50 million more than it reported in February, when it also announced it was being acquired by Facebook for a total of $19 billion in cash and shares, with the service now seeing 700 million photographs and 100 million videos being shared between users every day.

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Apple vs Samsung, Day 10: The home stretch

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

The biggest news in today's Apple vs Samsung patent trial was the previously-reported revelation of a secret deal between Google and Samsung in which the search and advertising giant not only agreed to indemnify Samsung if it lost on two of the patent claims in this trial, but that Google -- not Samsung -- was to "direct and control" litigation and defense on Samsung's behalf. The revelation, which Samsung had previously denied in court, will be used to diminish the Samsung claim that the case is really about Android.

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Apple's 'Powerful' new TV commercial showcases iPhone 5s

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

A new Apple ad premiered tonight on Disney-owned ABC, called "Powerful." The 90-second spot (now available on Apple's YouTube channel) is the first this year to spotlight the iPhone 5s rather than the iPhone 5c, and features a band performing the Pixies song "Gigantic" while an array of apps -- beginning with musically-oriented ones, then branching off in other directions -- is shown. Like most recent Apple ads, the focus is on enabling people to do interesting things using their iPhones.

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Apple updates iOS Pages, Numbers, Keynote versions

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

Among other updates issued on Tuesday, Apple has further updated the iOS versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- formerly known collectively as iWork apps -- to version 2.2.1, just three weeks after its last update. The previous version introduced new features and restored old ones, but today's update lists only unnamed "stability and bug fixes," which might hint that the change is related somehow to an OpenSSL patch for 2013 Airport Extremes and Time Capsules issued earlier today.

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Apple releases OpenSSL fix for 2013 Airport Extreme, Time Capsule

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security, Apple

On Tuesday, Apple -- which had previously said none of its key software, operating systems, websites or web services had been affected by the Heartbleed OpenSSL security flaw -- issued a patch to its 2013 (only) Airport Extreme and Time Capsule products that support 802.11ac to fix the issue. The 2013 Airport Express is not affected by the bug, and does not require the update. The patch boosts the firmware version on the Extreme and Time Capsule to 7.7.3 and "provides security improvements related to SSL/TLS."

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Testimony: Google providing indemnity to Samsung in patent lawsuit

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Google attorney James Mccoun testified today that the search engine giant agreed to defend Samsung at least in part against some of the claims against it in the ongoing Apple versus Samsung trial. Apple played pre-recorded testimony from the attorney who confirmed emails that Google would provide some level of indemnity over four patents held by Apple if Samsung was sued, or would possibly take over defense of the claims.

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Malware steals Apple IDs from jailbroken iPhones, iPads

19 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, security, troubleshooting, developer, Apple, iPad

As has been predicted for some time, a new malware threat exploits the same flaws in iOS that jailbreaking tools use in order to install itself on older jailbroken iPhones and iPads. The malware, likely to be found in devices where the user has installed third-party customizations, scans for the Apple ID and password of the user, then transmits it to remote servers. Current, 64-bit iOS devices like the iPhone 5s, iPad Air or second-generation iPad mini -- and un-jailbroken iOS devices of all sorts -- appear to be immune so far.

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Briefly: Perfect Photo Suite 8.5, Briefly 1.5 for Mac

20 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging

OnOne Software has announced the upcoming release of its latest version of Perfect Photo Suite, adding improvements to photo browsing, file-management options, and more. Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 Photo Editor is a full-featured photo editor that also works as a plug-in with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple Aperture. In v8.5.0, the Browse module includes speed and productivity enhancements, such as faster thumbnail and preview viewing, and new file management features for organization. Improved performance with the Perfect Eraser tool simplify object removal on difficult gradient background, and enhanced masking support in Perfect Effects and Perfect Layers utilizes multiple Masking Bugs on a layer.

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Apple opens OS X betas to non-developers via Beta Seed Pprogram

21 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

For the first time, access to OS X beta releases has been opened to non-developers. Apple has introduced the Beta Seed Program, which requires only that a person have an Apple ID and sign a confidentiality agreement. The agreement blocks people from sharing information to anyone not also registered to receive betas.

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The Chernin Group, AT&T partner for media streaming effort

21 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, digital imaging

AT&T is partnering with The Chernin Group, with the latter pouring $500 million into an effort to distribute Internet-based video services. What exactly AT&T and Chernin will produce as a result isn't clear, but premium services like Netflix are suspected. The terms of the deal have not yet been announced.

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Apple fixes weekend iTunes outage for first-gen Apple TV owners

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, peripherals, troubleshooting, iPad

Apple appears to have fixed a problem that prevented owners of the first-generation Apple TV from accessing iTunes, according to comments on the product's support forums. The outage began over the weekend, but was resolved just earlier today. It's not clear what caused the issue, or why it would only affect first-gen Apple TVs.

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Apple posts Security Update 2014-002 and Safari 7.0.3

22 hours ago | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, software, Apple

Apple has released Security Update 2014-002, an OS X patch that addresses various security flaws. The software applies to Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. More significantly it comes bundled with Safari 7.0.3, which in addition to improved security includes some minor feature additions and bugfixes.

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Logitech releases trio of new iPad cases, updates Ultrathin cover

23 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, iPad

Logitech today officially launched three new cases for the iPad Air and the iPad mini. Leading these is the Big Bang, which merges a compact folio design with shock-absorbing material; Logitech claims the case can survive drops from as high as 1.4m, or about 4.6 feet. The front and back are also covered with liquid-resistant materials. The Air version of the case costs $100, while the Mini edition is $80.

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Aereo versus broadcast industry case heard before US Supreme Court

23 hours ago | Posted in: industry

In what is likely to be the final stop between Internet over-the-air television streamer Aereo and essentially the entire broadcast industry allied against it, Aereo seems to be fighting an uphill battle. Today's hearing before the US Supreme Court found judges skeptical about Aereo's business model, calling it "based solely on circumventing legal prohibitions that you don't want to comply with."

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Forums: Malware attack on jailbroken iDevices

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, Apple, iPad

Today in the MacNN forums, Moderator "Thorzdad" sent a warning to other members about a malware attack that has been discovered that is targeting jailbroken 32-bit iPods, iPads and iPhones. Yesterday Mac Elite "rotuts" took to the forums asking if a hybrid drive would work with a Mac Pro running 10.6.8.

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Escalating privileges Linksys, Netgear router bug not fully patched

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A security flaw in some Linksys and Netgear routers discovered this winter, thought to be patched, has only been slightly hidden. Instead of the router listening and obeying command packets on port 32764, now the command must be prefixed by a specially crafted packet, which reactivates the flaw, and allows for remote command and seizure of afflicted routers.

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Apple deals: Mac Pros from $2,139

23 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Today at Apple's online store chose from a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro models. The Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $360 to $2,139. Priced at $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.33GHz Intel 6-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive.

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DealNN: $600 off MacBook Pro

Tue April 22, 2014 | Posted in: computers, Apple

At MacMall.com's Earth Day sale, save $600 on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display which has been slashed from $2,200 down to $1,600. That discount makes this the best price we have seen on this notebook by about $300. This MBP features a Retina display, 3.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage with Intel HD Graphics 4000. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 to fix Touch ID, keyboard problems

Tue April 22, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple, iPad

As anticipated, Apple has released iOS 7.1.1 via iTunes and iOS' over-the-air update mechanism. The code is simply a maintenance release, primarily fixing keyboard responsiveness, as well as glitches when using Bluetooth keyboards while VoiceOver is on. For iPhone 5s owners, the patch improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition.

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