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MacNN Deals: Three ways to improve the way you charge mobile devices

22 minutes ago | Posted in: accessories

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have three power-related items, including one battery, a way to charge multiple items at once, and one gadget designed to make sure you are charging your devices as efficiently as possible.

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Hands On: Wolfram Words 1.2 (iOS)

2 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Wolfram Alpha is a website and a service that works like a search engine that thinks. Ask it questions and it doesn't just return a search result pulled from a stodgy database, it calculates the answer. Usually we use it for things like 'how many working days between now and 27 November" and usually we then go off on a rabbit hole of exploring other facts and answers. What we've perhaps never used it for is anything to do with words and now Wolfram Words 1.2 wants to correct that.

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Briefly: Sprint Direct 2 You in more cities, Amazon Prime Now in UK

2 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Sprint is bringing its Direct 2 You home delivery and set-up service to two new markets. The latest major expansion of the service, Sprint will now be delivering smartphones and transferring files and user settings between old and new devices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver. This brings the total number of cities covered by Direct 2 You to 28, with it expected to roll out to more locations throughout the rest of this year.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 21: Writing your app in (Taylor) Swift

13 hours ago | Posted in: education, computers, industry, gadgets, troubleshooting, developer, accessories, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Episode 21 of The MacNN Podcast is now available! Join us for a very speedy hour as we talk about a great new contest where you can win a 5K Retina 27-inch iMac, the licensing kerfuffle with Apple Music that features a happy ending, more troubles for MacKeeper, the plaudits and perils of e-publishing, the trauma of having to send in a Mac for repair, and our picks for App(s) of the Week! Show notes after the jump.

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Uber executives detained in France following French taxi strike

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry, iPhone apps

Two executives of Uber have been taken into police custody in France, days after the country-wide strikes held by traditional taxi service operators upset over Uber's continued operations in the region. The detained company management is being questioned by the authorities over the legality of the service, specifically concerning the taxes and social charges Uber allegedly avoids dealing with, due to the nature of how it operates.

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One Musical Group crowd funding MFi Smart Piano, Light Keyboard

16 hours ago | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Purveyor of musical instrument learning technology One Musical Group announces today the North American launch of its piano product line: The One Light keyboard and The One Smart Piano which the company claims is the worlds first MFi-certified upright piano. Both devices are already in production and with a US launch bering funded on Indiegogo.

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Hands On: Satechi Smart Travel Router

16 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, networking

In our experience, there are two things -- both of which cause frustration and discontent -- that most international travelers can agree on: hotel Wi-Fi, and the fact that one probably won't be able to just plug something in to fix it. Not only are there differences in what's coming out of the wall in different regions, but the standards for how plugs are shaped are different as well. We were very interested, then, when we saw the Satechi Smart Travel Router. Aside from creating a personal Wi-Fi network when it's plugged in, it also provides two USB ports, and acts as a plug adapter.

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Frigidaire launches Wi-Fi-enabled window Cool Connect Air Conditioner

17 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Home appliance manufacturer Frigidaire has released the first iOS and Android app controlled window air conditioner. The Cool Connect Air Conditioner connects with the Frigidaire Smart Appliance app across the Internet and through a local area Wi-Fi network, which lets consumers control the unit from their smart device, including generating a schedule for operation, receiving maintenance alerts, and remote unit status monitoring.

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Daily Deals: 1TB SSD, $300 50-inch HDTV, IP surveillance camera

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, security, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we've wiped the slate clean of older deals, with the new collection including a $300 50-inch HDTV, a 1TB SSD for under $400, and a 720p IP surveillance camera for $60.

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App Update: Ableton Live, Cute DJ, Freeway Pro, more

18 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

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 here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to Ableton Live, Freeway Pro, Mac App Blocker, CuteDJ, Skip Tunes, and Typinator.

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Hands On: Nekoze 1.3.2 (OS X)

19 hours ago | Posted in: software

We'd thought the coffee meeting was going well until the person we were trying so hard to impress said: "You know your posture is really hunched over, don't you?" We didn't, and now we're worried about it. Worried enough to install Nekoze 1.3.2, but possibly not quite so worried as to keep it installed.

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Apple to release iOS 8.4 tomorrow, upgrade iTunes Match in fall

19 hours ago | Posted in: software, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Through confirmations, now-deleted posts, and a series of tweets, Apple has revealed that iOS 8.4 will be released tomorrow, June 30, at 8AM PT (11AM ET), and SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has clarified how iTunes Match and the paid Apple Music subscription service will work together. In addition, Senior Director of Apple Music (and former Beats CEO) Ian C. Rogers revealed that with the arrival of iOS 9, the cloud music locker both services share will expand to hold 100,000 or more songs.

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Railroad crossing locations to be highlighted in Google Maps

20 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Drivers using Google Maps for navigation will soon find they will receive more notifications regarding rail crossings. The Federal Railroad Administration is said to be working with Google to add the locations of all grade crossings in the United States to the navigation app, with the turn-by-turn instructions also set to receive extra audio and visual alerts when nearing crossings, in a bid to lower the number of accidents at crossings.

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Barclaycard expands NFC payments in UK with bPay devices

23 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Barclaycard is expanding the number of ways people in the United Kingdom can make contactless payments, by offering more NFC-equipped items. A bPay sticker, along with a key fob and a wristband, will be going on sale in the country soon, allowing customers to make the contactless payments quickly without having to carry an NFC-equipped smartphone or go through prompts in an accompanying smartphone app.

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Hands On: Toca Life: City 1.0 (iOS)

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

If you've been around for a while, chances are you've heard us gush about Toca Boca, a company that makes creative, exploration, and role-playing-based apps for kids. The apps are gender-neutral, highly interactive, and they have some of the coolest, most colorful characters we've come across in a kids app. The developers continue this trend with Toca Life: City, an app that takes you inside the world of Toca Boca.

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Pointers: Go Further with Syncing Google and Apple Calendars

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: software

Last week Pointers covered scratching an itch that had come up for us: the need for certain people to see our calendars despite their being on Google and our being on Apple Calendar. The short version is that you can do it but it's a bit fiddly and involved a workaround. It turns out, though, that we need a longer version because all that worked fine when these people were in our group company Google Calendar. Now the people who needs to see it the most are not: they're remote workers and what they really require is to have our calendar appear alongside their own.

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MacNN Deals: Keep healthy and shop smarter with iOS gadgets

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in:

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals. Today's trio of deals revolve around iOS and mobile devices, including a smart weighing scale, a way to keep track of your grocery shopping, and a pay-what-you-want bundle that could help you develop your own iOS apps.

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Hands On: Printer Pro 5.4.2 (iOS)

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

It's happening. Mom is thinking about getting an iPad. The problem? Mom likes hard copies of all the cool table setting inspirations and recipes she finds online. Don't ask us where she files all those print-outs away, we don't know -- perhaps she has an extra-dimensional filing cabinet or something. The point is, we want to make sure it's easy to print stuff from an iPad, otherwise she'll just go back to her laptop, and the tablet will collect dust. Printer Pro by Readdle just might be the app we need to do that. It provides an easy-to-use and familiar set of printing options to send documents to a printer over Wi-Fi, as well as making sure they print up nice and neat.

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Briefly: BBM update includes $1 private chats, Malwarebytes amnesty

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

The latest update to BlackBerry Messenger for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry 10 devices adds more paid-for security functions to the service. The current timed and retracted messages options have been rolled into a similarly-priced $1-per-month Privacy and Control subscription, with the new Private Chat function able to strip out names and profile pictures after a short period of time, minimizing the usefulness of taking a screenshot of a conversation. The Android version of the app has also received a Material Design overhaul, while iOS users will now find their in-app font sizes will be based on the size selected in system settings.

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Hands On: iOS 9 Preview for iPad Air 2

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: Apple, iPad

Although there have been some clues that Apple has been planning to introduce split-screen multitasking on the iPad, it was still something of a surprise to see the feature finally debut at WWDC. The feature will make its debut in iOS 9, which is due to officially land sometime in the fall, likely around the time we see the next generation of iPhones and iPads. Similar functionality can be found in Windows tablets and some Android tablets, so what is it like on the iPad Air 2?

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Game Replay: Star Wars alpha, bug bounties, Fallout 4 bottle caps

Mon June 29, 2015 | Posted in: gaming

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, EA gets a closed alpha of Star Wars: Battlefront ready, an early access game on Steam pays a bug bounty, Nintendo offers more Amiibo models in the UK, and someone preorders Fallout 4 in bottle caps.

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Hands On: Her Story (OS X, iOS, Windows)

Sun June 28, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

What comes to mind when we say "game?" Chances are, you've got fond memories of the first video game you played. Maybe it was Mario or maybe it was some sort of card game or arcade title. Maybe you think about current games like Halo or Call of Duty. If this sounds like what you think of when it comes to gaming, Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hills: Shattered Memories is here to turn that idea around with Her Story (Steam | App Store), a murder-mystery with an unusual play style.

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Editorial: Mainstream press clickbait critical, Apple press annoyed

Sun June 28, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

In the UK, it's known as Betteridge's law of journalism: a headline that is a question can always be answered by the reader by the word 'no' regardless of editorial intent. Is Elvis really alive? No. Could this one simple technique make you a millionaire overnight? Take a wild guess. While you're at it, apply your guess to CNBC's article that's been headlined: "Is interest in the Apple Watch dissipating?"

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Hands On: Kindle 4.9.1 (OS X, iOS)

Sun June 28, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

The latest release of Amazon's Kindle software for iOS and Macs is devoted to improving how text looks on your screen as you read. Excuse us? With Kindle 4.9.1, it's five years since the application came to Apple gear and only now it's concerned with how you read on it?

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MacNN's Week That Was: June 21 through June 28

Sun June 28, 2015 | Posted in: digital imaging, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

We hope your Sunday is going well so far. Today launches our new column about the stories that entertained us, informed us, or just plain tickled us. We're not just highlighting our own writing -- anything that we've discussed behind the scenes here at MacNN is fair game. Read on for thoughts on the events of the week in the tech world including more bad news for MacKeeper, a shotgun assault on a drone, and a major upgrade to a 2009 Mac Pro.

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Sirius XM settles majority of pre-'72 music catalog royalty suits

Sat June 27, 2015 | Posted in: audio

Sirius XM Holdings has agreed to a legal settlement with independent and major record companies for its use of recordings created before 1972. The satellite radio broadcaster will pay $210 million to plaintiffs ABKCO Music & Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, and Warner Music Group.

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