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MacNN Deals: Secure yourself online with these four offers

Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items all relate to online security, including a subscription to a VPN service, a way to have a "burner" phone line, secure storage for your account credentials across multiple devices, and courses that teach ethical hacking techniques.

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0 1h ago

Apple to roll out Siri SDK at WWDC, working on Amazon Echo challenger

Apple is planning to roll out a long-requested Siri SDK for developers at WWDC 16, reports The Information. The software package will finally allow developers to take advantage of Siri's natural speech recognition technology within their apps for the first time. Additionally, Apple is said to be looking to take Siri into the house, by building a speaker system that would compete with devices like Amazon's Echo. With Siri for Mac expected to debut at WWDC16, Siri looks to becoming increasingly pivotal in Apple's plans moving forward.

Posted in: gadgets, developer, Apple
0 2h ago

Apple rehires encryption specialist, Blackphone co-founder Jon Callas

Apple has confirmed that it has rehired Jon Callas, who had previously worked at Apple on an encryption system used to protect stored data on a Mac, reports Reuters. Callas worked for Apple in the 1990s, and then again between 2009 and 2011, before he went on to co-found secure communications specialists PGP Corp and Silent Circle, best known for its encrypted and secure Blackphones.

Posted in: security, software, Apple
0 2h ago

Seeking $5M payout, lawyers challenge Error 53 suit dismissal filing

Despite Apple fulfilling promises to repair Error 53-afflicted devices, and reimburse for third-party repairs, complainants in a class-action suit are seeking to keep the action alive. Following an Apple motion to dismiss the case, plaintiffs claim that Apple has only made a "vague" announcement and is not publicizing the issue enough. Presumably, injunctive relief for a fix is no longer needed, but the group is still seeking $5 million in compensation from Cupertino for the issue.

Posted in: iPhone, Apple
0 2h ago

Public betas of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6; Airport Base Station updates

Apple on Tuesday issued the first public betas of iOS 9.3.3 and OS X 10.11.6, immediately following the Monday release of the developer versions of the same betas. The latest updates are considered primarily maintenance patches, with little in the way of any new features. Apple hasn't identified what the updates fix, although these often emerge on user forums not long after their availability, particularly if anything unusual is unearthed. The public betas are open to any Apple user who is enrolled in Apple's Beta Software Program, but as always, caution is urged when attempting to install non-finalized software.

Posted in: iPhone, software, Apple, iPad
0 3h ago

The Big Deal: Pick your own app bundle for $22 with BundleHunt

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. Today, we are pointing you towards the BundleHunt "Buy What You Want" Spring Mac Bundle, which will not only allow you to choose the apps you want to have from a large selection for just $22, but also gives you the opportunity to get that $22 back in the form of credit for other BundleHunt offers.

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Google Paris HQ raided by investigators

Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9

Industry  1h

Apple TV extends universal search to NBC

Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R

Gadgets  1h

Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service

Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft

IPhone apps  21h

QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping

Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu

Software  1d

Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks

Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z

Computers  1d

i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive

Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2

Audio  1d

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  1d