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Briefly: LinkedIn retires InMaps, BBC's kids' coding, computing shows

5 hours ago | Posted in: education

Professional networking platform LinkedIn has discontinued its InMaps visualization tool. Citing the need to focus on new ways to visualize users' professional network, InMaps officially retired September 1. The feature was first launched in January 2011, and allowed for viewing different clusters in one's network and color code them as to see where crossovers and separations appeared.

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Progress picks up pace in new Apple Campus video

8 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Significant progress has been made in the construction of Apple's Campus 2 project since the last set of traffic-reported helicopter pictures were released. A new HD video shot with a GoPro camera attached to a drone plane have flown over the construction site (a legally murky move) and shown detailed images of the outer and inner retaining walls for the future headquarters of the company.

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Apple completes iTunes Festival lineup with final 20 performers

10 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

The iTunes Festival is now underway in London, having kicked off the first night of the month-long concert series with headliner Deadmau5 and opening acts Friends Within and Kate Simko & the London Electronic Orchestra. Performances are streamed live through the official iOS app, iTunes on the Mac or Windows, or via the dedicated Apple TV channel, with selected acts available for repeat or later viewing.

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Apple 'investigating' if leaked celebrity pics came from iCloud

12 hours ago | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, digital imaging, Apple

Even as Apple on Monday issued a terse statement saying only that "we take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," concerning the leak of compromising images from 101 celebrities, the 4chan poster who released the compromising images and video has now admitted that the pictures come from a variety of sources. In the meantime, Apple has patched a potential security flaw that could have allowed attackers to brute-force their way into obtaining weak iCloud passwords.

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Python script attacking Find My iPhone may be behind celebrity leaks

17 hours ago | Posted in: security, digital imaging, Apple

A script which allowed access to iCloud servers may have been behind the recent celebrity photo leaks, a report suggests. A Python script which discovered the password of an iCloud account has surfaced, with an apparent vulnerability in Find My iPhone potentially allowing attackers to "brute force" attack an account without any lockout or warning to the account owner.

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iOS apps: Plane Finder, Money by Jumsoft, PureShot

17 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    Plane Finder 7.3 ($5)

    Plane Finder provides users with a worldwide map that displays live moving planes. Version 7.3 introduces a new playback features that allows users to watch previous flights, with data going all the way back to April 2011. In addition, the app’s search capabilities have been improved with this release and a number of bugs have been resolved.

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    Money by Jumsoft 2.7.9 ($2)

    Money is a financial tool that can help a user track various transactions and maintain a budget. The tool allows users to create multiple accounts allowing users to keep cash, credit, and debit transactions separate. The v2.7.9 update addresses a number of reported bugs, including an issue with balances not being displayed due to excess text. A problem where reports and budgets would not update after adding a new transaction has also been fixed.

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    PureShot 2.82 ($2)

    PureShot is a camera app that features a number of options not found in the default Camera app. Users can choose between various shooting modes, as well as different histogram options, image qualities, and metering options. An issue with session-to-session AE-L status has been fixed with this update.

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    Tumblr 3.6.3 (free)

    Tumblr is a blogging tool that can be used to post varying content to any number of personal blogs. In v3.6.3 the appearance of blogs in the Explore tab has been improved. Previews are now generated using the blog’s appearance settings, combined with a header image and a background color. The option to filter individual blogs by a tag has also been added.

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    Over 2.3.10 ($1)

    Over allows users to add customized text to their images. The app includes 25 unique fonts, with the option to expand this to over 200 fonts with a $1 in-app purchase. Support is also included for resizing, aligning, and positioning the text. This release fixes an opacity bug, as well as a number of other known issues and stability problems. In addition, the maximum output resolution has been upped to 3072px.

 
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Chinese SAIC claims Microsoft anti-piracy measures are monopolistic

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has questioned Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi regarding allegations of abuse of Microsoft's monopoly on operating systems, productivity software, and browsers in the country. As part of the questioning, Microsoft has been given 20 days to respond to complaints alleging that Microsoft's use of serialization of software may have violated China's anti-monopoly laws.

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Claim: compromising celebrity photos due to iCloud hack

Mon September 1, 2014 | Posted in: security, digital imaging

A plethora of new celebrity nude images have surfaced on the Internet, along with claims that the photos and videos are the result of a hack of iCloud accounts. At least one of the victims of the leak has confirmed the images, but did not confirm the leak came from iCloud and added that the images now circulating were "deleted long ago," saying it would take a lot of "creepy effort" to obtain them.

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Tech reviewer Anand Lal Shimpi hired by Apple; Anandtech to continue

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

On Saturday night, well-regarded technology analyst and reviewer Anand Lal Shimpi, creator and owner of AnandTech, surprised readers with an announcement that he was retiring from the site and the tech publishing world. On Sunday, Apple confirmed that it had hired Shimpi, though it did not reveal what is job there would be. Shimpi, 32, originally started the site that became AnandTech on Geocities when he was 14 years old, and said that the site would continue without him.

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Amazon battling on multiple fronts, Japanese publishers now protesting

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: industry

In addition to its fight with publisher Hachette and UK booksellers, Amazon is also battling a series of Japanese publishers. In the process of launching a new ranking system in the country, Amazon Japan is alienating publishers, giving higher rankings to sellers that pay a larger percentage of income back to Amazon, and also boosting search results of publishers that hold larger back catalogs for sale on the service.

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Apple and AmEx rumored to team up for iPhone payments [u]

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

[Updated with claims of Visa, Mastercard deals] According to financial industry sources, credit card company American Express is teaming up with Apple on an iPhone payments system. The new offering is said to allow holders of an iPhone 6 to use the upcoming device in lieu of a physical card in retail shops with compatible hardware. It is not known if the feature will debut with the iPhone 6, or with a future software rollout.

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Briefly: IMDb, THX Tune-Up apps for iOS updated

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has released an updated version of its app for iOS, adding new features and removing some existing ones. The app allows users to find showtimes, watch trailers, and browse photos and celebrity information. IMDb v4.4 adds new showtimes refinements, improving its search function, and its updates to instant watch, "on disc" and TV listings aim to make it easier for users to easily find content they are seeking to view. The "On DVD/Blu-ray" pages are being retired, with IMDb citing that its data source was not adequate. Free to download, IMDb is available for devices running iOS 7.0 or later.

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Microsoft Ireland data warrant upheld, stay on data turnover lifted

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: security

A stay giving Microsoft permission to deny a warrant ordering email release from a user whose data is stored in Ireland has been lifted by Judge Loretta Preska. As a result of the order, issued on August 29, Microsoft has until September 5 to coordinate with the US Department of Justice and inform the court how it will comply with the original court order, demanding Microsoft surrender the data. Microsoft promises to fight the order, and does not intend to hand over the data.

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Review: Kanex KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage

Apple has never been shy about funky ports -- first it was Apple Desktop Bus, and its own DIN-8 serial port. Following that came FireWire and the first widespread implementation of USB. USB and FireWire still exist in faster versions that the original incarnations, but now Apple's got Thunderbolt -- yet another fast speed peripheral connection protocol. While eSATA isn't a wide-spread Mac connectivity protocol, inexpensive cases abound for the connector, which modern Macs without PCI-e slots can't handle. Connectivity specialists Kanex has a solution with the KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter. Adapters can be problematic, as any computer user knows by now. How well does the small Kanex box suit the bill? Check our review to find out.

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Briefly: Wipeout 2 for iOS and Android, Spotify Connect updates

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Activision Publishing has released its action platforming game Wipeout 2, available for iOS and Android devices, as well as for Kindle Fire. Based on the competition TV series "Wipeout," players dodge environmental hazards and challenge to complete each level as fast as possible. Players can choose from 10 playable characters, including Zombie, Pirate and Popstar, with 150 themed obstacles and 135 new levels. Free to download, Wipeout 2 is available on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

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AT&T files patent suit against Cox over years of unlicensed patent use

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

After what AT&T calls "years of protracted negotiations," it has filed suit against Cox Communications, alleging that the cable company has violated seven patents covering general networking, digital video recorders (DVR), and packet loss mitigation. In a change from "normal" patent suits, AT&T is not seeking sales embargoes, but instead looks for a "compulsory ongoing royalty" for products that use the patents in question.

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Review: Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, peripherals

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with something new that gamers can't resist. Logitech Gaming recently released the Hyperion Fury, a mouse created fit the needs of demanding FPS players. But does the Hyperion Fury have what it takes to lure gamers in, or is it just another device on the shelves? Find out in our review.

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Briefly: RHA T10i headphones, 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 48TB shipping

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: upgrades/storage, audio

British headphone producer RHA has announced the upcoming release of its latest in-ear headphones, the T10i. Featuring handmade dynamic drivers, the noise-cancelling headphones possess a custom tuning filter system that allows for frequency response adjustment. Filter adjustments are also included for bass and treble response. Each high-fidelity driver is encased in an ergonomic stainless steel housing; other features include a multi-core, 1.35m (53-inch) oxygen-free copper cable with three-button remote and microphone (suitable for Apple devices) and mouldable over-ear hooks. Priced at $200, the T10i headphones will be available for purchase in Apple stores worldwide starting September 5.

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Developer finds evidence supporting 3x resolution coming to iPhone

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, developer, Apple

It has been speculated for some time that if Apple does decide to make larger iPhone screens as it now appears to be doing, that resolution would have to increase dramatically, which could cause headaches for developers. However, new testing by Dragthing creator James Thompson has revealed that Apple may instead rely on pixel-tripling, asking developers only to provide assets at 1x, 2x, and 3x the logical screen resolution. This could yield Retina-quality images on devices with larger displays.

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Company compiles Apple's Swift for use with Android, Windows .NET

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: developer, Apple

A compiler company called RemObjects has created a new front end for its own Elements compiler called Silver that allows developers to write code hooking into APIs and frameworks outside iOS, letting them write native apps for iOS and Android. The project has also been made to work with both the Fire IDE and .NET, allowing Windows Phone developers to use Swift through the Visual Studio IDE. While not a universal write-once-run-anywhere solution, Silver could prove to be a boon for small developers who want to create Android and Windows Phone versions of their iOS apps written in Swift.

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Apple to appeal blocked injunction against Samsung products

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple will appeal a recent court decision which denied a permanent injunction against a variety of Samsung products, according to The New York Times. If imposed, an injunction would prevent several devices -- like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II -- from being sold in the US. The financial impact on Samsung would be minor, since the products in question are outdated and/or no longer being sold.

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T-Mobile 'uncarrier' event scheduled for September 10

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

US wireless carrier T-Mobile and mercurial CEO John Legere have scheduled a new "Uncarrier" event for September 10. It is unknown what will be discussed at the event that the company has tagged with "this time it's personal," but formal introductions of new services and other carrier initiatives are probable. Also possible is a discussion of new Apple-launched devices, as the Cupertino manufacturer has scheduled major product announcements for September 9.

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Friday Deals: MacBook Air, iPad Air, Kindle Fire HDX, iTunes, more

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, gadgets, digital imaging, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! As this is a big back-to-school sale week (plus PAX!), we're expecting more deals on things -- check back often over the weekend!

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Leaked iPhone 6 logic board shows NFC chip, 16GB of storage [u]

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

[Updated with video showing powered-on device] A new set of photos from Feld & Volk and well-known leak source Sonny Dickson show what appears to be a complete logic board for the iPhone 6. Significantly, the board contains both an NXP-made NFC chip and what's believed to be 16GB of Toshiba flash memory. Plans for NFC are now widely reported, and the photos may back a claim that Apple will retain 16GB as an option.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air as low as $779

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week at Apple's online store, find discounts on refurbished MacBook Air models with prices starting as low as $779. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $420 to $779. A $180 discount is available on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $869.

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Forums: Hard Drive ripoffs, new Apple TV channels and more

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, upgrades/storage, Apple

This week in the MacNN forums, Administrator "reader50" started a conversation about hard drive prices after making an observation about how generic hard drive prices haven't dropped in price the way they should have over the last 4 years. Yesterday Junior Member "anselm" had a few questions about using FileVault in OS X 10.9.

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DealNN: iPads, iMacs and curved HDTVs

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, peripherals, Apple, iPad

Staples.com is currently offering a $30 price cut on the 32GB iPad Air in Space Gray, which drops the cost from $599 down to $569. Use coupon code '11605' at checkout to drop the price down to $469, beating the next lowest price by more than $65. This iPad features 32GB of storage space, a 9.7-inch Retina display, A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor, built-in Wi-Fi, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera and a battery that lasts for up to 10 hours. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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