Michael Bromwich, the combative antitrust monitor appointed seemingly due solely to his close relationship with original trial judge Denise Cote, has claimed that Apple "is its own worst enemy" in terms of cooperation with the court-appointed monitor, but admitted that Apple's antitrust program is "substantially stronger" in what might be his final report for the court, unless Judge Cote extends his appointment. Bromwich, who was restrained from previous excesses by an Appeals Court that barely upheld Cote's original decision, has had a difficult relationship with the iPhone maker from the start.
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2 hours ago | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps
We think that one of the most soothing activities you can do in your daily life is take time to play with sound. Whether it's passing time during your morning commute, or at your desk when you've got some downtime, there's something undeniably awesome about playing with sound generators. If you're a big fan of music and sound generators, we've got a real treat for you: Polyphonic, a fun music generator that anyone can use.
3 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, Apple
It's been a week since OS X El Capitan was released, and still we're arguing over whether to upgrade or not. We're not saying it's the Jets and the Sharks here, not exactly, but opinions are strong -- and if voices aren't raised, then it's because we're chiefly typing at each other. Still, it's seven days in, and we've got some staff proposing Five Reasons to Upgrade while others stand behind Five Reasons to Skip El Capitan for Now. It's time to call it before Apple announces OS X Alcatraz.
4 hours ago | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage
Mac upgrade vendor Other World Computing (OWC) announced today that it has expanded its OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini line. The new line has up to 50 percent more capacity with a new maximum of three terabytes (3.0TB) storage. The bus-powered Mercury Elite Pro mini is now available in 18 different hard drive or OWC Mercury SSD-equipped configurations, with interface options including USB 3.0, eSATA 6Gb/s, and FireWire.
4 hours ago | Posted in: software
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, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are procrastination eliminator Vitamin-R 2, as well as detailing updates to encryption tool MacFort, audio editor TwistedWave, text expander Typinator, screenshot utility SnapNDrag Pro, scanning software VueScan, and Twitter client Tweetbot.
5 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals include the Pebble Steel smartwatch for $100, JBL Loft 50 Three-way floorstanding speakers for $150, and a Pantum wireless monochrome laser printer for just $25,
Cutting out the usual one-day wait between developer and public-tester releases, Apple on Tuesday issued a fourth beta of iOS 9.1 for both groups. While changes and updates are not yet known, there have been a series of small tweaks and polishes in recent betas, including new wallpaper options, the ability to disable contact photos in Messages, and other minor revisions alongside the usual bug fixes. In addition, the company released a new third betas of tvOS and Xcode 7.1 to developers.
We've covered a few different art museum-type apps here before, but they're generally databases of a vast swath of famous artworks that are picked for their, well, artistic value. Today we're going to show you something a little different -- the Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy app, an art app that is every bit as educational to look at as it is gorgeous.
6 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets
Microsoft has unveiled its second-generation fitness wearable at its Windows 10 devices event today, using the same name as its predecessor. The Microsoft Band refines the physical design of the original fitness tracker from last year with a 320x128 curved AMOLED display, combined with a thermal plastic elastomer silicone vulcanate band, with Microsoft adding a few other features and functions to the iOS, Android, and Windows Phone-compatible device.
6 hours ago | Posted in: computers
Updated with pricing information of various configurations. Alongside the reveal of the HoloLens developers kit and the new version of the Band wearable, Microsoft refreshed its Surface Pro, in addition to adding a new laptop to the line. The Surface Pro 4 brings new processors, a higher resolution screen, and a new pen to the now 12.3-inch device. The Surface Book is a larger convertible device, with a 13.5-inch screen, with detachable screen.
A series of six new, 15-second ads from Apple debuted yesterday, showcasing some of the main features of the Apple Watch, ranging from Apple Pay to Maps to messaging. Coming on the heels of the debut of the Apple Hermes Watch as well as new "Made for Watch" band lugs, the ads are all studio-shot with pastel hues that focus on real-world uses for the device rather than the device itself. Two of the ads, "Sing" and "Date," focus on different ways to message people -- voice messages and receiving image and text messages.
Microsoft is preparing to ship developer kits for the HoloLens, its attempt at an augmented reality headset, the software company revealed during today's Windows 10 devices event today. The HoloLens Development Edition will be made available to purchase in the first quarter of next year, priced at $3,000 per kit, with Microsoft starting to accept applications for the headset's development kit from later today.
8 hours ago | Posted in: software
There was a time when iOS didn't have copy and paste, yet despite Android users mocking us, we honestly weren't that fussed –- until we got it, and couldn't believe we'd functioned a single day without it. It's the same with clipboard managers for OS X: first you can barely register what the term means, you're that disinterested, but then you use one and, wallop, you're wondering why anyone would work without one. Yet people do, otherwise perfectly normal and sane people get through life without clipboard managers. Paste 1.1.0 could be the way to convince them, because it is a very visual clipboard manager: you see this and you understand right away.
9 hours ago | Posted in: industry
HDMI® Licensing LLC today announced the Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program. This new certification program encompasses additional and enhanced HDMI cable testing as well as a comprehensive anti-counterfeiting label program, aimed at ensuring consumer satisfaction with 4K and UltraHD content delivery.
9 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone
Do you want to own a new iPhone 6s? This is a reminder that you can avoid paying for an upgrade through your carrier and enter the competition on MacNN Deals. Our own store is giving you the opportunity to win an iPhone 6s in your choice of color, and all you have to do to take part is enter via the contest page before it ends in approximately 16 days.
9 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, developer, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Apple has fixed an issue that prevented developers from taking advantage of "App Thinning" in iOS 9. Introduced in the latest version of the mobile operating system, the feature now allows for developers to produce apps for Apple's mobile devices that are custom for each hardware version, with applications downloading only the resources it requires and therefore using only a minimal amount of storage on the host device.
9 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Today, Beddit released its first Apple Watch app for sleep tracking. The new app integrates with the ballistocardiograpic Beddit Smart tracking device inserted between the user's sheet and mattress, with the pair providing around-the-clock sleep monitoring, personalized coaching, and gives a convenient source of information on sleep quality.
10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories
Smartphone and tablet accessory manufacturer Belkin today announced the Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone. The Belkin Charge Dock is the first Apple Watch peripheral to feature an integrated magnetic charger for the watch, and a Lightning connector for an iPhone.
Security researchers have revealed the "YiSpecter" malware, a strain able to affect both jailbroken and stock devices on older versions of Apple's iOS. The package utilizes compromised developer certificates, as well as private APIs, and for a brief period of time avoided detection. As with previous malware, the package was only prevalent in China, with limited worldwide infections.
10 hours ago | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today, we are highlighting some of the "Pay What You Want" bundles up for grabs, allowing you to set your own price for courses and asset collections relating to productivity and website design, with ten percent of all purchases going to charity.
One of the nice things about the iPad is that if you're a board game enthusiast, there's a ton of great games that have been ported to this portable platform. Having a collection of board games that you can toss into your bag for easy gaming without having to tote around giant boxes is fantastic, and makes on-the-go gaming far more plausible than before. If you're looking for a new game to try out at your next game night, allow us to suggest the recently re-released Dominant Species.
12 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets
The latest generation of the Roku streaming set-top box is finally offering support for 4K-resolution content. The Roku 4 is now able to push the high-resolution content to Ultra HD televisions at up to 60 frames per second, with the device able to stream 4K TV shows and movies from Netflix, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, and YouTube with HEVC and VP9 support, as well as upscaling 1080p content to 4K resolution.
17 hours ago | Posted in: industry, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
On Monday, Apple quietly added two new cities -- Boston, Massachusetts and Sydney, Australia -- to its list of cities that include full transit information and directions. The Feature Availability page for iOS now shows a total of 13 individual cities with full transit data, with a generic "China" label to signify transit data for some 300 cities in China. The data for transit includes route maps, station maps (a feature not found with Google Maps), departure times and platforms or stops for ferries, busses, and trains.
Porsche has opted to support only Apple's CarPlay infotainment technology in its latest 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, blocking Android Auto support chiefly because Google demands detailed information from the vehicle's onboard diagnostics unit that is then sent to Google, compared to Apple's need only for the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to tell CarPlay if the car is in motion. The carmaker was reportedly unhappy with Google's need to collect intricate data on the car's performance for no apparent reason.
23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, security, gadgets, troubleshooting, software, developer, hacks, audio, Apple
It's now October, and all the big Apple gifts we're going to get for Xmas this year are (probably) behind us. There's just one more to open: OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Should you jump to the latest and greatest? There are reasons to do so, and there are reasons to wait, depending on your situation. MacNN Editor Charles Martin and Managing Editor Mike Wuerthele discuss the pros and cons, talk about the real differences between the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, argue whether 16GB can work on an iOS device for storage without much pain, and more.
Mon October 5, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Beer sponsor of the National Football League Budweiser has introduced the Bud-E Fridge. The new offering is a smart home beer fridge that gives consumers the ability to view real-time information from their fridge, ranging from the number of beer cans and bottles in it, to when the optimal temperature is reached for them, from anywhere that they have access to a mobile device.
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