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Briefly: Apple expands Maps info, Visa takes tokens to Europe

6 hours ago | Posted in: security, developer, Apple

Apple has added GreatSchools and GasBuddy to its list of sources for data in its Maps program. The latter company is said to be supplying Apple with gas station locations, exact business names and what major gasoline producer they are affiliated with, rather than the gas pricing spot-check that the company is known for. GreatSchools is likewise likely to be providing school locations information rather than specific school information.

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Briefly: Pebble SDK 3.0 preview released, Twitter security update

8 hours ago | Posted in: security, developer

Pebble has released a new version of its smartwatch SDK, in preview. Version 3.0 is built with the Pebble Time in mind, including support for 64 colors in apps, a new animation framework, PNG and Animated PNG support, and automatic detection of which platforms the developer wants to build for when compiling. According to the company, developers looking to make apps for the new SDK will need to make relatively few changes to the application to get it to work.

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Android loses share to iOS in mobile enterprise arena

8 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, enterprise, mobile phones, Apple, iPad

The latest Good Technology Mobility Index Report on the mobile enterprise space, based on a survey of Good's customer base for its own enterprise-level email services, shows iOS gaining ground by taking away share from Android in calendar Q4 2014, with the former growing by four percentage points to hit 73 percent share of global enterprise activations. Android fell by the same amount to 25 percent, while Windows Phone held steady at one percent.

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Hands On: CoconutBattery 3.2 (OS X, iOS)

10 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software

The curiously-named CoconutBattery 3.2 is a free app that examines the batteries in your MacBooks and your iOS devices. One click and you know everything: it gives you the skinny on every possible scintilla of information about the state your battery is in.

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Apple Pay now accepted at more than 860 Firehouse Subs locations in US

12 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

In addition to sandwich chain Panera Bread and Subway, and fast food king McDonald's, some 860 branch locations of sub sandwich chain Firehouse Subs will now officially begin accepting Apple Pay starting today. Apple Pay allows users to pay for food by simply holding the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to a terminal while holding the Touch ID button on the devices. The franchise is hoping to more than double the number of locations it has in the US to over 2,000 by 2020.

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

14 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

15 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

16 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

18 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

18 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

20 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

20 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)

21 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

21 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)

22 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

22 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)

Wed February 25, 2015 | 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

Wed February 25, 2015 | 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

Wed February 25, 2015 | 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

Wed February 25, 2015 | 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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