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Apple Watch: third-party items, Currys/PC World in UK, try-ons

4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, Apple

Apple Stores around the US are now selling third-party Apple Watch accessories at the stores, often featuring packaging co-designed with Apple in an effort to give accessories a more uniform look. The first of these new products is the NightStand for Apple Watch, created by ElevationLabs. The new unit is only available in retail stores, and has not yet appeared online.

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Apple deals: Up to $600 off refurbished Mac Pros

6 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

At Apple's online store today, take advantage of steep discounts on refurbished Mac Pro configurations. Starting at $2,549, after a $450 discount, is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Next up, priced at $2,889, is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core E5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage.

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Rumor Roundup: the September 9 event gossip scorecard

7 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps

So now that it is finally confirmed that Apple has chosen September 9 for its big event, and a different venue than usual to accommodate more press and that requires some street closures for a likely outdoor component (which hints strongly that something unexpected is up), the rumors are again flying about what we should expect to see at the event. Let's have a look at what's being whispered about, and a (speculative) look at the odds any of it will happen.

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Daily Deals: Kingston SSD bundle, Onkyo A/V receiver, 24-inch display

8 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 pair of 120GB SSDs for $85, a 24-inch Monoprice gaming monitor for $160, and an Onkyo 5.2-channel receiver for $180.

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Confirmed: One to One program at Apple Stores being retired

10 hours ago | Posted in: education, Apple

As previously reported, Apple is retiring the $99 per year "One to One" training program in favor of an upgraded and free workshops program as of September 28. The company, in a leaked memo to employees, cited lower attendance as the primary reason for the sunsetting of the paid program, and has reorganized its workshop scheduling pages on its website to make it easier for users to schedule classes.

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Samsung upgrades Ultimate Test Drive with $200 switching offer

10 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Samsung, in an attempt to make its current "switcher" promotion more attractive, is offering iPhone users who switch to its smartphones extra bonuses. On top of what participants of the existing Ultimate Test Drive receive, Samsung is offering $100 in Google Play credit if the user actually purchases a Samsung device after the trial period -- with an extra $100 check awarded if they trade in their iPhone with their carrier or a retailer.

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Pentagon works with Apple, other companies on wearable technology

11 hours ago | Posted in: security, Apple

Apple is working with the US government alongside a number of other major companies and institutions to develop new wearable technology. The Pentagon project, said to be using third-parties instead of its own development resources due to the rapid pace of creating new technologies, is aiming to create ways for sensors and other electronics to be embedded into the outwards-facing surfaces of vehicles, such as a jet, or part of the uniform worn by military personnel.

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App Update: VueScan, LibreOffice, TunnelBear, more

11 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 VueScan, LibreOffice, TunnelBear, NepTunes, Ringtone Adder, and ScreenSleeves.

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Back to School gift guide: for the student

12 hours ago | Posted in: computers, software, audio, iPad

Kids headed back to school has been a lucrative market for ages, and this year is no different. There's always been the need for television and music. Additionally this year's crop, like every other for the last 15 years, is digital, connected, and with these come an insatiable need for power to charge these devices. We've got ideas for the back to school crowd, to keep things organized, drown out the noise of the neighbors, and just to get things done.

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MacNN Deals: Three software offers to improve your Mac

14 hours ago | Posted in: software

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals store. Today, we are highlighting some software offers, including one way to easily maintain or repair your Mac, an app to organize your iTunes library, and a bundle of nine apps to help you become more productive.

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Pointers: Getting Things Done with Apple Gear - Conclusion

15 hours ago | Posted in: software

It's a big job, Getting Things Done. David Allen's clever system takes effort but it actually works and despite all the work you have to put into it, you do tend find yourself feeling lighter than you used to. Fewer things are pressing on your mind because you're handling them all. If the hardest part of GTD is keeping at it then we'd say the second hardest part is understanding Allen's corporate language. Hopefully we've dealt with translating that all week – including yesterday's coverage of the single most vital part of GTD – but now we want you to go do things. We want you to do them with our recommendations of specific Apple technologies and software.

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Sprint tempts DirecTV customers from AT&T with free year of service

15 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Sprint is attacking AT&T and "celebrating" its competitor's merger with DirecTV, by offering existing DirecTV customers free service for a year if they switch carriers to Sprint. Starting from today and running until September 30, existing customers of the satellite TV service can activate new lines on Sprint and get 12 months of service with no monthly fee, including unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 2GB of data per line per month.

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Hands On: Workflow 1.3 (iOS)

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

Once again, this app has had the tiniest of point number updates from 1.2 to become Workflow 1.3 but what it's added is hugely significant. Previously we've reviewed this and we've tried it out and we have completely understood that it is a marvel of automation for your iPhone and iPad. Intellectually, we understood that it meant you could speed up things, make a single button that launched complicated sequences involving different apps. We understood all this intellectually – but now because of just one of the new features, we get it.

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Apple executive Ian Rogers leaving two months after Apple Music launch

17 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

A key executive that helped with the launch of Beats 1 has resigned from Apple, just two months after it went live as part of Apple Music. Ian Rogers, instrumental in the creation of the always-on streaming radio station, is said in reports to be moving on from Apple to work in an "unrelated industry" for an unnamed company in Europe, with the decision to leave Apple being described as an unexpected departure by the executive.

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Game Replay: The Witcher 3 hits 6M sales in first 6 weeks

Thu August 27, 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, CD Projekt managed to achieve over 6 million The Witcher 3 sales in six weeks, Rovio announces more job cuts, AMD reveals details of the Radeon R9 Nano GPU, and the creator of Gears of War unveils his latest project.

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Briefly: Square Appointments, (Apple) PayAnywhere launches

Thu August 27, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Payment firm Square has introduced a new service and iOS-only app, both called Appointments, that is aimed at businesses that rely on client bookings, such as (for example) a cleaning service or landscaping firm. The iOS app is free, but the service costs $30 per month for one user, $50 per month for two- to five-person teams, and $90 a month for unlimited employees or owners. For those who use Square Register to accept credit-card payments, the service connects to that automatically.

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Hands On: Tears Revolude 1.0.2 (iOS)

Thu August 27, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Role playing games have been popular for the past couple of decades at this point, with Japanese role playing games being some of the best selling titles in the genre. Prized for their upgrade systems and turn-based combat, many gamers can't get enough of them. If you're into turn-based RPGs, we've got one to show you today, a JRPG called Tears Revolude.

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Daily Deals: Bose SoundTrue, 32GB Flash Drive, Destiny: The Taken King

Thu August 27, 2015 | 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 Bose SoundTrue headphones for $80, $10 off the Destiny: The Taken King pre-order price, and a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive for $12.

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Belkin ships trio of fashion accessory USB to Lightning cables

Thu August 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, iPad

Today Belkin announced a new line of fashion-inspired charging cables. MFi certified to ensure iOS compatibility, these Lightning to USB cables are designed to clip on and off any bag, purse or keychain, so that users are never without a cable to charge their iPhone, iPod or iPad. The new fashion cables are available in three design options: a leather tassel, a braided USB clip, and a metallic keychain.

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App Update: PopChar X, formZ, VirtualBox, MainStage, more!

Thu August 27, 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 PopChar X, formZ, VirtualBox, FileMaker Pro, File Juicer, and Apple MainStage.

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Apple patent application describes noise cancelling EarPods

Thu August 27, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

Apple is experimenting with ways to use bone conduction technology with its EarPods, in order to make calls through headsets clearer for both parties. The patent application, recently published but originally filed in February last year, explains a system where untethered earbuds include a multitude of sensors and microphones that can combat background noise and wind, allowing the wearer to be better heard by the other party of a call.

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Bad Apples: the worst Mac products ever

Thu August 27, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

There's a discussion on this week's new MacNN: One More Thing podcast about Macs versus Windows wherein one person says it would now take dynamite to get him off OS X. Just occasionally, it's as if Apple says Challenge Accepted because alongside gorgeous iMacs and sleek MacBook Airs, it has also devoted its design skills to some truly dreadful hardware. Machines so bad that we know they lost Apple customers -- even when they were specifically meant to celebrate the company's skills.

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Apple media event scheduled for September 9 in San Francisco

Thu August 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple, iPad

Apple has officially invited media to its September 9 event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The heading for the event is "Hey Siri, give us a hint," referencing Apple's voice recognition and interpretation technology that may extend itself past the iPhone and iPad at the event in either OS X or other hardware.

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Back to School gift guide for the newly freed adults

Thu August 27, 2015 | Posted in: software, Apple, iPad

Kids are great -- except when they aren't. The fall is fabulous for many reasons, not the least of which is sending the munchkins off to be educated for the day, and off to college for the older set. Yeah, kids are the future, but parental freedom is good -- and necessary too. In this gift guide, we look at a few options for parents sending their entire brood off to school.

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Logitech debuts Artemis wired, wireless PC, gaming headsets

Thu August 27, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, audio

Peripheral and accessory manufacturer Logitech today introduced two new gaming headphones, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Gaming Headset  and the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset. The headphones are fully customizable, feature RGB lighting, swappable backlit speaker plates and programmable G-keys. When paired with Logitech Gaming Software for Windows or OS X, users can customize audio settings, and create personal sound profiles.

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Griffin launches Survivor Tactical, and Ultra Thin Apple Watch cases

Thu August 27, 2015 | Posted in:

Accessory maker Griffin Technology has announced two new accessories for the Apple Watch -- the Survivor Tactical Case and the Ultra Thin Case. The new Survivor Tactical Case lets users wear the watch knowing their investment is protected, while the Ultra Thin Case adds snap-on color and style to the Apple Watch.

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