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Briefly: Extensis Portfolio debuts, new OS X printer driver updates

17 minutes ago | Posted in: peripherals, software, enterprise, Apple

Extensis today announced the new release of its modular digital asset management (DAM) system, Extensis Portfolio. Aiming to provide a more affordable system for companies of all sizes, Extensis Portfolio allows users to holds millions of assets in one catalog or several, and can be used by multiple departments. Companies can choose what they will use with Portfolio's modular platform, with options for mobile DAM, single sign-on, web portals and more. The system's new "Restful" API provides simple integration with other third-party applications, such as eCommerce Systems, collection managements systems, and web content Management systems.

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iOS apps: Camera+, 500px, Manual

2 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    Camera+ 6.0.1 ($2)

    Camera+ builds on the default camera app by adding extra shooting features, editing options, and photo filters. Within the app users can set the exposure separately from the focus, as well as use a horizon level to eliminate crooked shots. The v6.0.1 emergency bug fix resolves the “Black Spinny Screen of Doom” for the Photo Extension, the “Buttonless Popup of Purgatory” for Restore Purchases, and a couple of other minor issues.

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    500px 2.8.1 (free)

    500px is a photo sharing platform that lets users upload photos and browse through numerous community selected galleries. A layout issue specific to the iPhone 4S has been fixed with this update.

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    Manual 1.0.1 ($2)

    Manual is a camera app that gives users independent control over the shutter, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation. Missing ISO and shutter values for capable devices have been added to this release, align with better support for iPads. A URL scheme for launchers has also been added and a number of theme bugs have been resolved.

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    Flow for Instagram 2.1.4 (free)

    Flow for Instagram is a tool for viewing an Instagram feed on an iPad. The app loads a user’s entire feed into a grid interface designed specifically for the larger display. Version 2.1.4 adds support for iOS 8, as well as for viewing any tagged users in photos. Along with an updated icon, the update also includes carious bug fixes and performance enhancements.

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    Fragment 1.5.1 (free)

    Fragment is a photo app that gives users a number of prismatic effects to use on their images. Each of the effects includes several options for customization, as well as a shuffle button that create a totally random effect. Version 1.5.1 introduces three new shape backs and a fix for a bug that caused photo albums to appear empty on iOS 8.0.2.

 
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Bug causing App Store to include wrong apps in Kids categories

2 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, iPad

A bug involving the iOS App Store is causing it to display inappropriate apps under the various Kids categories, according to complaints. Browsing those categories' Top Charts sections, users can currently spot many apps that would normally fall under the All Categories umbrella. This includes obvious mistakes such as gambling and dating apps.

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iPhone 5 battery replacement program allows third-party displays

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple

Apple is now allowing people to participate in its iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program even if they've had their phone's display fixed using third-party components, according to a notice on the company's private website for service providers. The company's previous position was that it wouldn't replace batteries in phones that may have seen damage, and as such it required broken displays to be fixed first. If someone fixed a display on their own, though, Apple would deny them a new battery.

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT GPS watch revealed with wireless connectivity

5 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Garmin has introduced another device in its Forerunner GPS watch range. The Forerunner 920XT, a follow-up to last year's Forerunner 910XT, is able to track the wearer's physical activities and provide a variety of statistics on its display, but improves on its predecessor by using a color display, being 15 percent lighter, and offers increased connectivity options.

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Briefly: Spotify launches in Canada, Pokemon TCG reaches iPad

8 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software, audio, iPad, iPad apps

Spotify has opened up its service in Canada to all users, following a brief invitational period. The streaming music service boasts over 20 million songs served on 320kbps streams, with chief content officer Ken Parks claiming the collection has been "tailor made for Canadian music fans." Users have the same ad-supported free and paid service options as other regions, with Spotify Premium priced at $10 per month.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month donation option appears on iTunes Store

11 hours ago | Posted in: education, Apple

City of Hope, a research and treatment charity focused on cancer and diabetes among other life-threatening illnesses, will be the recipient of donations given by iTunes users through a new portal on the iTunes Store and available for iOS, Mac and Windows users. The move, the first time Apple has set up a donation system for a non-disaster relief organization, is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and will be available throughout October.

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Bloomberg: Apple to offer next iPad Air in gold color option

13 hours ago | Posted in: Apple, iPad

As previously reported, Apple will launch the second-generation iPad Air, and possibly the iPad mini with Retina display, with an option for a gold color -- to match the options available for the iPhone 5s and new iPhone 6 family. The gold color, first introduced last year, is said to be the most popular color for the iPhone 5s and caused severe shortages for the gold model during its debut. The next iPad models are also expected to gain the latest A8 processor, improved graphics and Touch ID.

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Apple calling for Yosemite app submissions following GM seeding

15 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

On Tuesday, Apple signaled the end of active development of the first official version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite with the seeding of the "Golden Master," a one-last-lookover build that will be used as the final first release if no show-stopping bugs are found. An email was sent to registered developers calling for app submissions ahead of the upcoming launch of Yosemite, though no date or deadline was given. The existence of a GM candidate suggests that Yosemite is not far from being released to the public.

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Pebble cuts smartwatch prices by $50, adds activity tracking

16 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Pebble, the Kickstarter-funded smartwatch, has been updated with some new functionality, and new prices. An incoming update for the smartwatch will enable activity tracking functionality for the first time, with the manufacturer dropping the price of both the standard Pebble and the Pebble Steel by $50, bringing them to $99 and $199 respectively.

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Briefly: Borderlands the Pre-Sequel on Mac, Roccat Tyon mouse

17 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Mac owners and fans of the cel-shaded shooter series set on Pandora will be happy to learn that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is launching on OS X alongside PC and game consoles on October 14. Aspyr Media is publishing the title, working with Gearbox Software and 2K Games to make the simultaneous launch possible. The game will support cross-platform multiplayer, as well as content through Gearbox Software's Shift or Steam if purchased there.

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Evercore raises AAPL to $125 on increased iPhone demand

19 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, Apple

Apple is not the only company that believes the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will not only drive a bigger upgrade cycle, but also bring at least some switchers from the Android platform. Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra has reiterated his "overweight" rating for AAPL and raised the price target to $125, along with encouraging investors to buy the stock in a new memo to clients. He also published optimistic estimates for both the September and December quarters in terms of iPhone sales.

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Briefly: RocketStor 6361A PCIe chassis, Goodreader for iPhone 6

19 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets, upgrades/storage, audio

HighPoint Technologies has announced the launch of the RocketStor 6361A, the newest product within its RocketStor 6300 Thunderbolt 2 Adapter series. A single PCIe-slot Thunderbolt 2 expansion chassis, the RocketStor 6361A is designed for Thunderbolt- and Thunderbolt 2-capable Mac platforms, delivering 20GB/s bandwidth for interface cards such as media capture, 10GB/s Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or external storage/RAID controllers.

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Apple broke off talks with PayPal because of Galaxy S5, sources claim

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple and PayPal were indeed in talks regarding Apple Pay, but those were cancelled after Samsung signed a deal to let people make PayPal transactions using the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S5, sources say. The people suggest that Apple was so upset that it not only backed out of talks but chose to exclude PayPal as an acceptable platform in developer documentation. Blame has been laid on eBay CEO John Donahoe, who went ahead with the Samsung deal despite opposition from former PayPal president David Marcus, who reportedly believed it might cause problems with Apple.

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Settlement checks from liquid damage lawsuit arriving for iOS owners

21 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple

Participants in a class action lawsuit regarding liquid damage indicators for the iPhone and iPod touch are beginning to receive settlement checks, accounts say. In April 2013, Apple agreed to pay $53 million to compensate people who may have been denied warranty coverage because of the indicators. Their maker, 3M, admitted that they could be tripped simply by humidity. Apple later adjusted its policies to require additional checks before blocking repairs, but the lawsuit continued.

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SteelSeries revamps Siberia line, unveils Siberia v3, Prism models

22 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, audio

Audio accessory maker SteelSeries announced that it is building upon its lineup of successful Siberia headphones, adding four new models under the line. The new models, named under the Siberia v3 and Siberia Prism monikers, come five years after the release of the popular Siberia v2 headset. The next iteration of the Siberia line is set to release this holiday season.

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Forums: Yosemite coming soon, contract confusion and more

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple

With the release of the golden master candidate of Yosemite to developers, there has been renewed interest in the MacNN forums about when this next update will be out of beta and in the App store for everyone. Forum Regular "webraider" was attempting to purchase a contract free factory unlocked iPhone 6, but has run unto some problems and wonders if anyone has an answer.

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Apple deals: Mac Pros as low as $2,549

22 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple has added even more current-generation Mac Pro models to the refurbished shelf at Apple's Online Store. Starting at $2,549, after a $450 discount, is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics. Priced at $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics.

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DealNN: MacBook Pros, 4K HDTVs and Bluetooth speakers

22 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Until today at B&H.com, get the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display on sale for $2,199. That's $400 less than the original MSRP of $2,599, and the lowest price we have seen on this configuration by $100. Also with this deal, save $40 off a Canon Pixma wireless printer, $50 off Timbuk2 Commute and get a free copy of LoJack. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 Crystalwell processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apple to announce Q4 earnings on October 20

22 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

Apple has announced that it will release the results of its fiscal fourth quarter on Monday, October 20. An earnings call is scheduled for 2PM Pacific time that day, or 5PM Eastern, but the company typically issues a press release about 30 minutes beforehand. Barring unexpected developments, the call should include commentary by CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri as they respond to questions from analysts and investors.

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Early buyers: Galaxy Note 4 case gap large, business card fits in void

22 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, mobile phones

First purchasers of the Galaxy Note 4 are claiming that the devices have a gap between the plastic body of the phone, and the metal frame that surrounds the edge of the phone. According to reports, the gap is large enough to stick in a business card. Samsung has issued a statement about the gap, denying that it is a problem, or will affect functionality of the device in any way.

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Apple seeds GM candidates of OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6.1 to developers

22 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

Apple has begun seeding gold master candidates of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers. While "candidate" status means the software is still pre-release, it implies that the code is nearly complete, as it could be released to the public should no serious bugs be discovered. Apple has, in some years, released multiple GM candidates.

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Briefly: Drobo Mini 8TB, Velvetwire Powerslayer Blu

23 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories

Connected Data, the creator of the Droboline of storage solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 drive array. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5" drive bays, pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime, as a result of Drobo's BeyondRAID Technology. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an retail price of $999 through Drobo's website and its select channel partners.

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Foxconn struggling to hire people to help with iPhone 6 production

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone

Foxconn has embarked on an aggressive hiring campaign for its Shenzhen and Zhengzhou factories, hoping to improve production of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to Digitimes. The site indicates that because assembly line work isn't as attractive as it used to be in China, Foxconn is having a hard time recruiting enough people to staff its factories. As a solution, it has been staging hiring events to keep up its workforce.

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Quanta to begin Apple Watch production in January 2015, report says

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

Taiwan's Quanta Computer will only start mass production of the Apple Watch in January 2015, according to a supply chain rumor from Apple Daily. Apple has only officially stated that the Watch will ship in early 2015. If production does begin in January, that will likely place shipments in February.

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Belkin revamps Express Dock; adds Thunderbolt 2, 4k support

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals, upgrades/storage

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a cross-platform docking solution designed for both OS X and Windows-based computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the new dock allows users to take full advantage of the technology's high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices connected through the dock using a single Thunderbolt cable. 

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Colette event gives public behind-glass glimpse at Apple Watch

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

Today's Apple Watch event at Colette mostly involved units running on demo loop behind locked glass, visitors say. Members of the press are being allowed to wear the product, but even then, the hardware is still running on loop. Apple is also declining to provide any more information on specifications, pricing, or a launch date.

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