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Daily Deals: Sony 4K smart TV, LG 24-inch HDTV, $80 Dell laser printer

Every day, the staff of MacNN search online retailers for great bargains on hardware, gadgets, software, and other items that you may find useful for our regular Daily Deals post. The list has been refreshed, adding new deals alongside still-valid older items, with debuting offers including a 24-inch LG HDTV for $120, a Sony 55-inch 4K smart TV for $1,500, and a Dell laser printer that has dropped down from $230 to just $80.

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Amazon releases Lumberyard as free game development engine

Amazon is taking a bigger step into the game development business, by offering a game engine for free alongside another related service. Lumberyard is a cross-platform engine that is claimed to be able to power "AAA" console and PC games as well as virtual reality and mobile titles, while GameLift is a service running on AWS that can quickly deploy and scale session-based multiplayer games, in tune with player demand.

Posted in: gaming, developer
0 3 hours ago

Giveaway: one reader will win a Steve Jobs| Blu-ray combo pack

It's probably safe to assume that MacNN readers know who Steve Jobs is at this point in history. His story has been told in many ways and in 2015 a new entry to the history of Jobs was submitted in the form of a movie. This would be the third movie, second since his death, and first feature presentation that we have have had an opportunity to share with our readers in the form of a giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack that includes a Digital HD code as well as a DVD copy.

Posted in: Apple
2 6 hours ago

MacNN Deals: Sort out your cable issues with these accessories

Every day, alongside our Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all ways to help you sort out your cabling issues, including a magnetic organizer, a cable that lights up, one to help while on the go, and an adapter to deal with USB-C connections.

Posted in: accessories
1 7 hours ago

Russia's Internet czar plans to tax services provided by Apple, Google

A new advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to increase taxes stemming from US companies trading in the country, in an attempt to try and make it easier for local competitors to take on their American counterparts. German Klimenko, the country's Internet czar, is going after Apple, Google, and Microsoft just six weeks after taking the role, with the taxation plan expected to help raise revenue for the government at the same time as making services such as Yandex and Mail.ru more attractive to citizens.

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Belkin-driven iPhone screen protector installation service expanding

Previously launched in Japan, and soft-launched in the US, the Apple and Belkin screen protector installation program will continue its rollout US-wide starting today. The program, supporting only iPhone 6-series phones, uses an installation apparatus to insure what the companies call "an impeccable result that mirrors the look and feel of the native screen."

Posted in: iPhone, accessories, Apple, iPad

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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces

An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI

Gadgets  2h

Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog

Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ

Software  4h

Office for Mac v15.18 released

Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW


Apple to open new south Florida mall store

According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd

Retail  5h

Filemaker provides free custom app guide

FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh


OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND

SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL


Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit

US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir