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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2 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.
4 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.
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.
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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
8 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.
9 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.
9 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.
9 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.
11 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.
20 hours ago | 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.
22 hours ago | 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.
23 hours ago | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: audio
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three selections are all for listening to music privately, including two stylish headphones for more relaxed listening, and one pair of earbuds for those who like to exercise with some musical accompaniment.
Thu September 3, 2015 | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Oliver Schusser, an Apple vice president for iTunes International, was recently interviewed by the UK's The Guardian newspaper and admitted that the company is getting "a lot of feedback" on issues ranging from the design of the iOS Music app to sometimes-severe problems with iTunes 12.2 on Macs, as well as both compliments and brickbats on the overall Apple Music paid subscription service and the free features that accompany it.
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