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Apple brings iWork apps out of beta on iCloud.com; free access to all

2 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

PC users that have been curious to try out Apple's suite of productivity programs, formerly known collectively as iWork, are now able to do so from the main iCloud.com website, the feature having been taken out of Apple's beta.icloud.com lab. Earlier this month, Apple made a free 1GB account available to any users who wanted to sign up but did not have an Apple device, but only within the beta site. Now the applications (in their web versions) are available free for anyone with an Apple ID to use.

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Opponents, supporters of FCC Net Neutrality, Title II vote speak out

4 hours ago | Posted in: security, networking

As expected, the Federal Communication Commission's votes today have not gone unnoticed by the telecommunications and Internet industry. There are no surprises in the commentary generated by the vote, with posturing and veiled threats being delivered by those impacted negatively by the vote.

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Daily Deals: Samsung 4K monitor, Vizio smart TV, Fujifilm bundle

4 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, upgrades/storage, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Welcome to Daily Deals, the time when we search for deals, offers, discounts, and sales on hardware, software, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our usual recap of still-active deals, the new batch of offers include a 28-inch 4K-resolution monitor, a cheap 42-inch Vizio TV, and a digital camera bundle featuring the Fujifilm FinePix S9250.

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Apple media event scheduled for March 9, likely to discuss Apple Watch

6 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple has today invited the media to an event on March 9. The "Spring Forward" event is taking place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and is likely discussing firm release dates, and details of the final shipping version of the Apple Watch. The title of the event makes reference to time, suggesting the upcoming change in most first-world nations that sees clocks moved forward an hour -- in effect, a brief leap into the future.

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FCC approves net neutrality, Title II proposal in 3-2 vote

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry, networking

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the net neutrality rules, including Title II regulation of Internet Service Providers as proposed by FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, with minor modifications. The vote wasn't unanimous, nor was it expected to be, and predictably split across party lines. The two Democratic members and the Chair voted to approve the contentious policy, and the two Republican members voted against it.

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Brikk luxes out Apple watch, will ship $70k diamond encrusted model

8 hours ago | Posted in: hacks, Apple

Despite the Apple Watch not yet shipping, design company Brikk has unveiled the Lux Watch product line. Their new collection includes 30 precious metal-plated, diamond encrusted luxury models across three lines of the upcoming wearable from Cupertino.

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FCC net neutrality vote today, last minute changes made to proposal

9 hours ago | Posted in: security

On the eve of the net neutrality vote at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), chairman Tom Wheeler has reportedly made some changes to the proposal. Reportedly extracted by request of Google and some other public interest groups is a clause that could allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to charge websites for delivered content.

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Hands On: Tube Map Pro (iOS)

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

We truly do not appreciate how good apps are -- until we hit a problem. You join us now live as we head in to London by train, and have had to go hunting for new apps. We've ended up buying Tube Map Pro to help us get around, and we're very happy with it -- but there is a yin and a yang with apps.

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WD grows My Cloud line with two Expert, two Business models

9 hours ago | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage, networking

Storage company WD, today expanded its suite of network attached storage (NAS) solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses. Released today are the My Cloud Expert two-bay My Cloud EX2100, and four-bay EX4100. In the My Cloud Business lineup are the two-bay My Cloud DL2100, and four-drive DL-4100.

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Hands On: Weather Clock Pro (iOS)

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

Bedside alarm apps are hardly new by any stretch of the imagination, and we'd be willing to bet that most iPhone users have tried one at some point. Often times these apps tend to be fairly simple, providing the user with little more than a clock and an alarm, both features that the iPhone comes with by default. But what if you desire more from your bedside setup? Weather Clock Pro, by iHandy, brings quite a bit more to the table.

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China regulators block governmental purchases of Apple, Intel hardware

10 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, security, Apple

A weekend move by China has stricken Apple, Intel, Cisco, Citrix, and McAfee from approved vendors for governmental purchase. Ostentibly to protect national security interests, the move appears to be more about giving state run and other Chinese companies a leg up on procurements in the country, similar to regulations inside the US government that does the same.

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Hands On: WireShare (iOS)

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

Apple's iPads and iPhones are great, but there are a few drawbacks to using them versus using a full-fledged computer. Generally, we tend to hit snags when it comes to being able to easily access a wide variety of file types. Sure, there are workarounds, and there are apps for just about every file type out there, but they're often clunky, and only tend to deal with one part of the problem. What if there was an app that promised to fix this issue, not only with a smooth design but also with an impressive amount of features? That's the exact promise that Feetan made when they developed WireShare, an ambitious little media app.

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Briefly: Google Play Music expansion, Netflix adds more kids content

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, audio

Google Play Music has received an upgrade to its music storage component, allowing customers to keep more songs on its servers for streaming to computers and mobile devices. The music locker has increased its upper limit of 20,000 tracks to 50,000, double that of the paid iTunes Match service. Despite vastly increasing its storage capacity, the digital locker is still a completely free service.

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Pointers: introducing Siri to your family

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, iPad

This week's Pointers tip is short and sweet, and one of those head-slapping "of course!" moments. It's a far simpler way of adding your family into Siri so that she (or he) will understand who you mean when you say "send a text to my wife" or "read me the last email from my father." You can do this manually in Contacts (or the previous version, known as Address Book), but its a bit labor-intensive that way. Using this easier method, you can eliminate the dreaded "which John did you mean?" when you know more than one, and meant the one you're related to.

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IDC: iOS, Android control 96.3 percent of entire smartphone market

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

Based on shipment data, analyst firm IDC has determined that Apple and Samsung have effectively gained full control of the smartphone market, splitting 96.3 percent of all smartphones shipped -- up nearly a full percentage point from the same period last year. All Android phones combined account for 81.5 percent in 2014, a slight increase from 2013. The percentages flip, however, when talking about money rather than units -- with Apple said to get 90 percent of the profits in the industry.

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Apple Watch stars in 12-page Vogue spread; Cook spills details

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

While the Apple Watch will make its first US cover debut in the March issue of lifestyle and health magazine Self, the US edition of fashion magazine Vogue features a 12-page ad for the Apple Watch in the current March issue -- and a video version of the ad for the iPad edition. The new ads continue Apple's theme of positioning the Apple Watch -- or at least some versions of the forthcoming product -- to the fashion market. As is customary, the print ad features some images of the product at full size.

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Hands On: Notebook Wars Saga Pro (iOS)

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Popularized in the 1980s, shoot 'em up's, or shmups for short, dominated the arcade scene. From Space Invaders through Ikaruga, the genre has a diverse set of titles across almost every platform. The games are generally categorized as shooter games in which a player must outlast a constant onslaught of enemies, while being pulled along an auto-scrolling play field. We took a look at one such game for iOS, Notebook Wars Saga Pro by Francisco Ferreres, to see how it stacks up against other shmups we've looked at.

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Daily Deals: MSI gaming notebook, 512GB Crucial SSD, Classic rock

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where we scour the Internet for offers, discounts, and deals on computer hardware, gadgets, games, and other items for you, the glorious MacNN and Electronista reader. A recap follows a selection of new deals, including an MSI GP Series gaming notebook, a 512GB Crucial SSD, and a sale of classic rock on iTunes.

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Cook, Srugi arrive in Israel after meetings in Germany

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Fresh from his trip to Germany, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple VP of Hardware Technology Johny Srugi -- the latter a graduate of Israel's Technion Institute of Technology -- have made their way to Israel for meetings and to attend the opening of a new set of Apple R&D offices in Herzliya. Along with the announcement of a nearly $2 billion investment in two new data centers to be located in Europe, Cook and Srugi met with various Israeli officials, including President Rueven Rivlin and former president Shimon Peres.

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Comcast may be planning to start own mobile carrier

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: industry

Comcast may be exploring the possibility of creating its own wireless service, using its collection of Wi-Fi hotspots. While comments made during a conference call with analysts may hint at the cable company's potential mobile phone service, a report claims Comcast has placed multiple job advertisements, looking for staff to create the mobile service.

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Hands On: Footpath (iOS)

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Footpath – usually $1 but at time of review free on the App Store – is a route map app for walkers and runners that does one thing very well. We would like it to do just a little more for the ambulatory but it's one of those apps you'll play with just to see how it works.

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Apple on the hook for $533M lawsuit payout over in-app purchase tech

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: industry, gaming, Apple

Apple has been handed a rare loss in a patent licensing trial. The Cupertino manufacturer has been ordered to pay patent aggregation company Smartflash, a non-practicing entity, $532.9 million for willful infringement of the company's patents in iTunes and in-app purchase processing. The trial was held in Tyler, TX, the "rocket docket" and notably friendly to patent trolls.

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Hands On: And Then It Rained (iOS)

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

And Then It Rained by Megagon Industries is one of the most tranquil games we've come across. It's a colorful one-touch game that involves sliding different colored "towers" across the bottom of the screen, to catch droplets of corresponding colors falling from the top.

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Briefly: Microsoft Office 365 in Education, Pingit pays Twitter names

Wed February 25, 2015 | Posted in: education, software, iPhone apps

Microsoft is offering a simpler way for students around the world to check their eligibility for a free Office 365 license. While free subscriptions have been around for a while, it typically involved a lengthy process to check for eligibility. Now, students and teachers need to just sign up with a valid school email address to receive their subscription, which includes installation of Office apps on up to five computers and up to five mobile devices, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage.

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Hands On: YouTube Kids (iOS, Android)

Tue February 24, 2015 | Posted in: education, iPhone apps, iPad apps

YouTube is a wonderful place. The sheer amount of content uploaded to it every day is almost enough to entertain and educate us for a lifetime. That being said, YouTube is far from being child-friendly, even though a lot of children's programming winds up on there. Parents have often gone the route of tandem-browsing, only allowing their children to watch the content that they click on. However, if you're ready to let your kid have some unrestricted browsing time without the risk of them stumbling onto the weirder parts of the Internet, we suggest you take a look at Google's new app: Youtube Kids.

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Briefly: Apple intros new World Travel kit, Maps Flyover updated

Tue February 24, 2015 | Posted in: software, accessories, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Apple has revised its World Travel Adapter Kit, which includes plugs for the differing electrical systems around the world. The new package sees a price drop of $10, and is now priced at $29. Changes in the new version include the addition of a new plug type for Brazil known as a "type N" adapter, but the dropping of a formerly-included USB cable and power adapter.

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