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Huawei, NTT Docomo research proposes LTE supported by Wi-Fi bands

45 minutes ago | Posted in: networking

Carriers could use Wi-Fi spectrum to extend capacity for its LTE service in the future, if new research is adopted. Researchers from Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and Huawei have managed to use the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum, typically used for Wi-Fi, to operate an LTE network, with the extra bandwidth having the potential to enhance existing LTE cellular networks.

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iOS apps: Afterlight, Papers 3, Vine

1 hour ago | Posted in iOS apps

  • 46.4MB

    Afterlight 2.5 ($1)

    Afterlight is a photography app that includes a number of filters and effects for editing images on iOS devices. Version 2.5 introduces a brand new filter section called Fusion. This group of filters allows users to create their own filters by combining different adjustment tools, filters, and textures. A crash that occurred when an image is sent to Afterlight from another app has also been fixed.

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    Papers 3 3.2.2 ($10)

    Papers 3 can be used to find, read, organize, and sync research papers. The update has significantly improved app launch time, as well as sped up the syncing process. The app will also now use less memory and will no longer have issues syncing a library after unlinking from Dropbox.

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    Vine 2.5.1 (free)

    Vine can be used to create short looping videos. These videos can be shared directly on Vine, as well as through Twitter sand Facebook. The v2.5.1 update includes a new camera that gives users the ability to create a Vine in new ways. New camera tools offer additional ways to edit videos, as well as import existing videos from the camera roll. Users will also find new settings for controlling which notifications they received.

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    MediaFire 2.0.1 (free)

    MediaFire is an online storage service that lets users store, organize, and share up to 50GB of data. The app includes a built-in file viewer that can display documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, as well as play video and audio files. The latest release offers faster background uploading, improved Facebook sign-in, and fixes or a number of reported bugs.

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    Instacast 4 4.7.2 ($2)

    Instacast is a podcast management app that can be used to track, download, and listen to podcasts. Within the app users can find all of their podcast subscriptions and organize episodes into lists for sequential playback. Version 4.7.2 includes an improved Skipping Control setting, as well as better integration with Instacast Cloud. Issues with creating iCloud Backups have also been addressed with this update.

 
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Purported Foxconn images confirm iPhone 6 lens protrusion, case info

2 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

A French Apple enthusiast site has published some photos from a screen, alleging that they come from Foxconn, detailing construction details and dimensions of Apple's new iPhone line. The screenshots dating in some cases back to February confirm the raised camera lens detail demonstrated in leaks a few days ago.

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Backlight redesign reportedly hampered iPhone builds in June, July

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

Adding to the mystery of the iPhone 6 and its shipment date, reports are circulating that Apple's suppliers were "scrambling" to source enough screens for the new device because of a shift in design. Not known is if the problem, linked to the backlight, will lead to shipping delays or extremely tight sales constraints on launch.

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Briefly: ESPN Scores Pebble app released, Chromecast price cut in UK

4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software

ESPN has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, providing results for various sporting events. The Scores app includes results from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, and college basketball, and will vibrate to notify the wearer about game updates. The app is now available to download from the Pebble App Store for iOS and Android.

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Leica M-P 24MP rangefinder camera doubles memory buffer of Leica M

6 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Premium camera producer Leica has revealed an upgraded version of its Leica M rangefinder. The Leica M-P houses a full-frame 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, accompanied by a 2-gigabyte memory buffer double the size of the Leica M version, allowing it to be not only twice as fast, but also capable of up to 24 images in a burst mode at a speed of 3 fps.

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Briefly: Otterbox's Alpha Glass protectors, Booq's Cobra Brief

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

Rugged accessories producer Otterbox has announced its introduction of a new screen protection product for iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Alpha Glass consists of fortified glass that features reactive touch and anti-shatter properties. Suitable for standalone use as a screen protector, Alpha Glass is installed by lightly coating the protector with its accompanied alcohol wipe, clean with the microfiber cloth and align it against the screen. Gentle pressure secures the protector, pushing out air that can create bubbles. Alpha Glass is removable with no leftover residue. Priced at $30, the new screen protectors can be purchased online through Otterbox.

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Sprint takes a jab at carriers with $60 single-line unlimited plan

11 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

With the exit of Dan Hesse and the appointment of CEO Marcelo Claure earlier in the month, Sprint is kicking into a new gear with a bunch of new offerings. Following on a new family plan structure, including a $100 plan with up to 10 lines and 40 GB of date, Sprint announced a new single line plan that offers unlimited text, talk and data for only $60 per month. The new plan follows on previous reports that a similar plan was in the works for $50 a month.

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Apple removes anonymous Secret app from Brazilian App Store

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software, iPhone apps, mobile phones, Apple, iPad apps

Following a ruling by a Brazilian judge that anonymous social apps such as Secret violate the Brazilian constitution, Apple has removed the program from the App Store in that country, citing that its own guidelines require that apps comply with local laws in the country they're sold in. In addition to Apple, the judge ordered Google and Microsoft to also remove the app or similar apps. There has not, however, been any reports of Apple or the other companies remotely deleting the app from users' devices.

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Apple CEO Cook visits iPad-using VA hospital in Palo Alto

15 hours ago | Posted in: Apple, iPad

One day after US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald called the Palo Alto Veterans Administration hospital one of the "crown jewels" of the VA healthcare system," the facility received a visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who tweeted that he was "honored" to meet doctors alongside California legislator Anna Eshoo, noting that the facility is "now using iPads to help treat vets and families." The message was accompanied by a photo of Cook with an iPad-using staffer.

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Briefly: Google Play Music iOS update, N3twork personal TV network

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

Google Play Music has updated its app for iOS devices, featuring improved library management and additional functionality. Google Play Music is a music streaming subscription service, featuring access to millions of songs and custom radio stations. The latest version (1.3.2.2559) allows users to remove content from their library. The "Thumbs Up" playlist can now be sorted in reverse chronological order, and overall library management has been improved to include fewer duplicates and better playback to avoid skipping audio. Additional accessibility features are also included. The app is free to download, with music subscription priced at $10 monthly.

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Apple issues minor updates to OS X iMovie, iWork suite

17 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

On Thursday, Apple issued minor updates to its OS X versions of iMovie, Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The most significant of the updates appears to be for iMovie, updated to version 10.0.5 that offers iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater, though there is still no fix for the program under the Yosemite Public Beta. Also updated were Keynote (to v6.2.2), Pages (to 5.2.2), and Numbers (to version 3.2.2).

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Twitter details how it fights off spam with BotMaker anti-spam tool

17 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer

Twitter offered details on how it battles with spam on the service, showing off a specialized tool that the company made in the process. BotMaker was built by the team, which has so far been responsible for a reduction of 40-percent "in key spam metrics" since its launch. The company went into spill some of the specifics of its creation, something it needed to make since it offers real-time interactions and an exposed developer API.

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Apple in talks with insurance companies about HealthKit

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple is talking with at least two insurance companies about its HealthKit platform in iOS 8, according to Bloomberg. These include Humana, and UnitedHealth, the US' biggest such firm. It's not clear, though, what the parties might have in mind.

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Numerous Apple online services hit with outages

20 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, networking, Apple

Many Apple online services were caught in a severe outage on Thursday, according to the company's official system status page. This included every iCloud service, such as Photos, device backups, Keychain, Mail, Documents in the Cloud, and web apps. Also impacted were Back to My Mac, Find My Friends, Find My iPhone, and iMovie Theater.

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UPS Stores hit by 'malware intrusion,' customer data possibly exposed

20 hours ago | Posted in: security

The UPS Store, Inc. reported that a number of its stores have been the target of a "broad-based malware intrusion," adding that customer data could have been accessed. The United Parcel Service (UPS) subsidiary became aware of the breach on July 31, the same day that the Department of Homeland Security sent out notices regarding a malware called "Backoff" according to the New York Times.

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Apple searches for engineers to work on VoLTE tech for iPhone

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, networking, Apple

Apple has posted two job listings asking for people with experience in voice-over-LTE technology, better known as VoLTE. The first asks for a "cellular systems protocol engineer," while the second asks for a "wireless communication software engineer" familiar with "SIP, RTP, and VoIP related protocols." Although it's dependent on carrier support, VoLTE can allow for much better call quality than regular or even 3G voice channels.

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Apple releases second public OS X Yosemite beta, new iTunes 12 test

21 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

Participants in the OS X Beta Program can now download a second public beta of OS X Yosemite via the Mac App Store. Changes are unlisted, but since it's following just a few days after the release of Developer Preview 6, it presumably incorporates that code's fixes and feature additions. Apple is believed to be building towards a final launch of Yosemite in October, which could mean one or two more public betas in the interim.

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Law firm mulls possible suit over problems with 2011 MacBook Pro

23 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting

A DC-based legal firm, Whitfield Bryson & Mason, is considering a possible class-action lawsuit over graphics problems with the 2011 MacBook Pro. In a post to a Facebook group organized around the issue, the firm says it has "commenced an investigation leading us to your community." The firm adds that while other posts are providing information, it wants people to fill out a survey to "determine if any legal claims may exist." The company's track record includes suits against companies like Google and Lenovo.

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T-Mobile taunts Sprint, offers year of free LTE data to new customers

23 hours ago | Posted in: industry

T-Mobile is ramping up its fight against Sprint, by attempting to coax subscribers to switch carrier. From August 29th, whenever a T-Mobile customer convinces another person to sign up to the carrier, both accounts will receive unlimited LTE data free for an entire year, or in the case of existing T-Mobile Simple Choice customers already having unlimited LTE, a $10 monthly credit for one year instead.

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Apps: Web Snapper, Videobox, Tidy Up

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in apps

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    Web Snapper 3.3.5 ($15)

    Web Snapper allows users to capture screenshots of entire webpages. Web links can be added to the software through drag and drop functionality, or through a toolbar button in Safari. Pages can then be saved as an image, a vector-based file, or a multi-page PDF. Version 3.3.5 fixes a perpetual issue users faced in the Preferences pane, as well as a problem with some dynamic web pages. The update also includes a new licensing mechanism that should be both easier to use and more reliable.

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    Videobox 4.1.1 ($15)

    Videobox is a tool for downloading flash video content from most video sharing sites. The software can also convert video into a native Quicktime format for viewing on a Mac or iOS device. In the latest release some fast downloaders will now automatically update when the app is launched. The series search has also been updated and a conversion bug that occurred when using 2-pass conversion has been fixed.

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    Tidy Up 3.0.15 ($30)

    Tidy Up enables users to search for duplicate files and packages while utilizing various filters. A bug that caused the app to crash has been fixed in this update, along with several other minor issues.

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    Yate 2.7.7 ($20)

    Yate can be used to tag and organize digital audio files. Version 2.7.7 will now process MP4 files. Each file will be treated as an M4A file, which is essentially what they are if they pass the open criteria. Some regressions in FLAC and Tag Set preferences UI that were introduced in v2.6 have also been resolved with this update.

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    Arq 4.5.4 ($40)

    Arq is a backup utility that will make incremental backups to an online storage account. The software keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month. An “absurd string length” error that was caused by an index file with incorrect offsets has been fixed in this release. Users must simply recreate the index file from the pack data, and replace the bogus index file.

 

Schematics suggest iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and 128GB models

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

Another new schematics leak from Chinese repair firm GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and 128GB capacities. Modules from suppliers Toshiba and Hynix are listed, notably excluding 32GB. If the schematics are indeed representative of planned iPhone models, it may hint that Apple is doing a significant shakeup of its usual 16/32/64GB tiers.

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Quicken 2015 for Mac brings new features, strips others

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: software

Intuit has officially released Quicken 2015 for Mac, a long-awaited update of its personal finance software. Some improvements include a new UI design, matched to OS X Yosemite, and support for syncing data with a companion iOS app, which can also be used to snap photos of receipts to record purchases. New investment tools update quotes continuously, and track factors like cost basis and capital gains.

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Apple TV 'unavailable for pickup' at many US Apple Stores

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals, Apple

The Apple TV is showing as "unavailable for pickup" at many Apple Stores across the US, including the most high-profile ones in California, Texas, and New York. The absent stocks are reportedly being blamed on the ongoing $25 iTunes card bundle. Sales may also be influenced by a recent Lollapalooza livestream, and Apple's planned coverage of iTunes Festival London.

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Briefly: Walmart iPhone sale, new Tesla car-starting app

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Giant retailer Walmart has lowered the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5c to a mere 97 cents as part of what appears to be an early move to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 6, or to bring in back-to-school shoppers. The chain has also lowered the price on the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, cut from $99 previously. Both offers require signing a new two-year contract with either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (T-Mobile is not included in this promotion).

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Judge Koh blocks Apple attempt to recover attorney fees from Samsung

Wed August 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple, iPad

On Wednesday, US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled on two motions in the ongoing leftover matters related to the first Apple vs. Samsung patent trial from 2012. The first ruling denied Apple the opportunity to recover attorney's fees from Samsung related to its guilty verdict on trade dress claims, and the second returned a $2.6 million Apple bond the company had put up to enforce a sales injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was found to have copied Apple's iPad technology. No action was ever taken on the ban due to the appeals process, and both companies have since agreed to drop the injunction.

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Alleged iPhone 5.5-inch chassis backplate leaked in photos

Wed August 20, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

New photos allegedly from "deep within Apple's supply chain" have revealed what could be the backplate for the little-leaked 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show the chassis of the larger "phablet" device next to the same part from the 4.7-inch version, suggesting that the models will be similar apart from sizing. It should be noted that these images could well be from Chinese knock-off devices based on rumored specs, such as the Android-based Goophone.

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Apple updates Safari 7.1/6.2 beta, OS X Mavericks Server beta

Wed August 20, 2014 | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

On Wednesday, Apple released two betas for its Safari web browser, as well as a new beta for OS X Server. The Safari betas, 7.1 for Mavericks and 6.2 for Lion and later, add new features to WebKit, the rendering engine at the heart of the browser. In addition, Apple has asked testers to focus on general website compatibility in light of changes in some defaults, and tie-ins to forthcoming features in OS X and iOS. The new OS X Server beta requires the latest Mavericks (10.9.4).

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