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Productivity shoot-out: Galaxy Tab S2 versus iPad Pro 9.7

With a recent analysis of the tablet market showing that "detachables" are growing in popularity, Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 and Apple's iPad Pro 9.7-inch represent two of the best alternatives on the market. Head to head, which one comes out on top?

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OLED equipment maker sees orders ramp due to future iPhone

Companies in Apple's supply chain are already reaping the benefits of Apple's rumored plans to switch to OLED display panels for its 2017 iPhone line up, reports Bloomberg. Upstream supplier Applied Materials last week reported a close to four-fold increase in orders for its equipment, which is used to manufacture OLED displays. In putting place orders for this equipment now, OLED display manufacturers like Samsung are said to be positioned well to ramp up OLED production for the fall of 2017.

Posted in: iPhone, Apple
0 1h ago

Apple Music-exclusive album charts on Billboard 200 by streaming alone

An album recently launched exclusively on Apple Music has reportedly become the first to enter the top ten spaces on a major albums chart from streaming alone. The Coloring Book album from Chance the Rapper debuted on the Billboard 200 at position number eight, and it is the only one to have earned its place as a streaming-only release, without any traditional album sales counting towards the album's ranking.

Posted in: audio, Apple
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Hands On: RapidWeaver 7.0 (OS X)

Real men and women fashion websites with their bare hands, CSS and Javascript in their teeth, the wind in their hair, and probably a client looking at his or her watch a lot. At the other end of the scale, we've seen people knock up websites in WordPress in under two minutes. In between comes RapidWeaver 7.0 which speeds up the chores in website design but gives you far more control over its appearance and features than limited pre-built templates can.

Posted in: software
0 2h ago

The Big Deal: Last chance to get the MacUpdate Spring Bundle for $50

Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Extended in duration, today is your reminder to check out the MacUpdate Spring Bundle, a collection of productivity and creative apps for your Mac, before the bundle ends later tonight.

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RealMac overhauls RapidWeaver, version 7.0 available now

After a year in development, RealMac software has released RapidWeaver 7.0. Along with the normal improvements implemented in a major release, the new version also has a built-in Web server, a search engine optimization "health check," reduced the size of the app, and implemented greatly improved third-party plug-in installations.

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Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker

On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z

Accessories  44m

Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs

Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn

Gadgets  58m

Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock

Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ

Peripherals  17h

Spotify deploys new $15 family plan

Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK

Audio  22h

Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case

Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM

Accessories  22h

Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps

British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM

Industry  1d

Belight Soft launches Art Text 3

Belight Soft has launched the latest version of its graphic design software, Art Text 3. The new version sticks with the goals of the previous iterations in developing a creative art text tool that is easy to use for beginners, but produces powerful results that will also appeal to pros. Among its key features are over 70 customizable templates to assist with logo design, word art, web elements and picture captions. Users can customize 3D materials using over 200 textures, over 140 bump map surfaces and over 80 environment map textures. Users of either of the two previous versions can upgrade to the new version for $30, a $20 savings. New users can also enjoy the $30 price as an introductory offer through the Mac App Store until May 31. http://bit.ly/1U6jFqu

Graphics/Web Design  3d