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Pandora is looking to possibly put itself up for sale, and is working to enter discussions with potential buyers, as the service endures challenging trading conditions, according to a report. The music streaming service is supposedly working with Mor... more
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Fractals are pretty neat - those intricate geometric curves that seem to continue on infinitely. Fractals are often used to explain the way crystals grow and snowflakes form, and even the way galaxies have come to be. On top of that, as Frax HD shows, they're pretty cool looking as well.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's four items are a selection of drones from the wide array available in the store, including small and cheap options as well as those wanting to record video from their flying machine while it is still in the air.
Apple has become the target of a lawsuit from haptic feedback company Immersion, for alleged patent infringement in Apple's Force Touch and 3D Touch systems. Immersion claims the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6s infringe on a total of three patents relating to haptic feedback systems, with a complaint to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and a Delaware district court lawsuit seeking a sales injunction in the United States along with compensation.
AT&T has detailed its plans for "5G" testing. The telecom giant plans to collaborate with Ericsson and Intel to work on 5G solutions starting in the second quarter of this year, with outdoor tests and trials over the summer. Field trials of 5G technologies in Austin, TX will begin before the end of this year. AT&T expects the new technology to deliver wireless speeds between 10 and 100 times faster than 4G LTE offerings, with lower latency in the range of one to five milliseconds.
We feel a bit like we're rats suggesting that SoundCloud is a sinking ship that we're going to desert but right now, this week, there is reason to make certain you have all of the audio you've uploaded there. It will be a blow if the company closes as a result of poor financial returns, as it's a service we've enjoyed personally and we continue to use professionally: you can hear every one of the MacNN podcast shows on there. Nonetheless, the firm has announced serious financial losses and while we hope they can turn it around, we don't want you (or us) to lose any of our audio on there.
If you have looked at Apple's latest and largest iPad with envy, even if you already own an iPad Air or iPad mini, we may have something of interest for you. Take part in this giveaway from MacNN Deals, and you could win your very own 32GB iPad Pro, complete with an Apple Pencil, with the total prize package on offer valued at almost $900.
Runkeeper, the fitness app for iOS and Android that tracks your outdoor workout sessions, is being acquired by a sportswear brand. Revealed on Medium by Runkeeper CEO Jason Jacobs, it has entered a "definitive agreement" with clothing and sneaker producer Asics to be purchased, though without disclosing details about the acquisition's value, in a move that echoes similar acquisitions by major sporting brands of well-known and popular workout-tracking startups.
Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Telltale Games prepares to ship the first episode of a new The Walking Dead season, Bungie confirms the Destiny sequel will come out next year, Ubisoft takes a break from Assassin's Creed for this year, and Quantum Break is no longer an Xbox One exclusive game.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free.
The lawfirm leading the attack against Apple for its "Error 53" code issue when an unauthorized Touch ID sensor is replaced has filed for $5 million in payouts and a software patch disabling the lockout performed by an alleged Apple policy to discourage third party repair. Filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the suit claims that Apple's measures to protect the TouchID security is "problematic, and, even, abusive."
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN search through online retailers for bargains, offers, and discounts on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. The still-alive deals from yesterday have been kept with dead deals moved off the list, with the new additions including a Fitbit Charge for $80, a TiVo Roamio OTA HD DVR and streamer for $30, and a Seagate Expansion 4TB portable external hard drive for $120.
Google is going to address the concerns of European regulators about its compliance with an EU ruling over the "Right to be Forgotten," by extending it to other search pages. Google has confirmed it will start removing specific search results requested by EU citizens from all of its regional searches around the world, but only if the searches are started by people physically located within the European Union itself.
Serato, a developer typically associated with software used by professional DJs in their performances, has created an app for iOS that brings the DJ performance to the iPhone. Pyro is able to play songs from a playlist one after another, with the app's algorithm monitoring the beats of the current and next tracks, blending them together and allowing them to run one after another without any gaps between tracks, a task club DJs routinely perform.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's four selections are all accessories to use with your iPhone or smartphone, including a way to offload stored images and videos, the Pencil stylus, a mount for use in cars, and a way to use the iPhone with your home phone service.
Editions at Play is the new Google bookstore and it is a brand new idea of bringing pages to life, of adding interactive elements and of bringing old-fashioned books into the 21st century. Stop us if you've heard that before. As with ebooks before them, as with Choose Your Own Adventure books before that, this new Editions at Play idea puts the reader at the center of the action. It's meant to solve the problem of people not reading much, by meaning they don't have to read much.
We've argued before that the To Do app Things has the best name for this kind of app but we had forgotten Remember the Milk which is unquestionably the cleverest title in the genre. The reason we'd forgotten it, though, is that RTM is a very long-standing service that hasn't particularly kept up with the times –– until now. Now, with a revamped online service and a new Remember the Milk 4.0.41 universal iOS app, it's back.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deal lists, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to have their own Big Deals post. Today's choice is a new software bundle from MacUpdate, which offers a collection of ten Mac apps said to be worth $100 for just $20, with the first 1,000 people who buy the bundle receiving FX Photo Studio CK as an extra bonus on top.
The Apple Watch could be used to alter the volume of the iPhone's ringtone or notification tones, if the contents of a recently-published patent application are put into practice. The application for a "Volume Control for Mobile Device using a Wireless Device" filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office suggests how a secondary device, such as an Apple Watch, can be used to monitor the volume of the iPhone, to ascertain how loud it is to the wearer compared to the volume of the surrounding area.
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Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ