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Apple online store begins carrying refurbished Retina iPad minis

21 minutes ago | Posted in: Apple, iPad

For the first time, Apple's online store has begun selling refurbished versions of the Retina iPad mini. The option drops the price of a 16GB Wi-Fi model to $339, $60 less than its usual cost. 32GB has been reduced $80 to $419, and 64GB models have been cut $90 to $509. Cellular-equipped Minis aren't yet available in refurb form.

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iOS apps: Pinnacle Studio, Figure, Tangent

32 minutes ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    Pinnacle Studio 5.0 ($13)

    Pinnacle Studio allows iPad users to edit film footage directly on their mobile device. Clips can be arranged on a storyboard, while built-in transitions, effects, and audio can be used to enhance footage. Version 5.0 has been overhauled for iOS 7 and includes an updated interface, as well as the ability to create 24, 25, and 30fps projects. Users can also now duplicate timeline clips to quickly create title and PIP templates.

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    Figure 1.6 ($1)

    Figure is a music creation tool that provides users with drums, bass, and synth sounds. The software works with a touch interface that doesn't require the user to have any pervious musical background knowledge. In v1.6 users can now share songs with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Three new drum kits, Sonny, Code, and Boom Bap have also been added, along with various bug fixes.

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    Tangent 1.6 ($1)

    Tangent can be used to edit photos on an iOS device. The software provides users with various shapes, patterns, and filters, that can be combined to create unique effects. The latest release adds support for sending edits directly to Union, the company’s app for blending and masking, with the tap of a single button,

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    QuizUp 1.2 (free)

    QuizUp is a social game where players compete in small trivia rounds against friends and players around the world. Version 1.2 adds support for playing in German and resolves a number of reported issues.

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    Instagram 5.0.9 (free)

    Instagram is a popular social network for sharing images and videos. Within the app users can edit their media and share it with all of their followers in a photo feed, or privately share content directly with friends. The latest release is strictly a maintenance update that fixes some bugs and improves overall performance.

 
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Sonos plans software update to make speaker system completely wireless

55 minutes ago | Posted in: networking, audio

Sonos is testing a software update for its wireless speaker system that removes the need for a physical connection to the home network. The software would allow for the system's SonosNet network to operate with one of the speakers accessing the local Wi-Fi network, and avoiding wiring either a speaker or the Sonos Bridge wireless networking device to a router.

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New Apple retail chief Ahrendts may not join until June

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Future Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts may actually remain the CEO of Burberry until June, says The Guardian. Although Ahrendts has finished a mandatory six-month wait and is technically free to switch this month, she has allegedly promised to stay with Burberry until at least June 6th to ease the transition to her replacement, chief creative officer Christopher Bailey. She also has a strong financial incentive, since she could earn a bonus of as much as £8M (about $13.5 million) if she makes it to the 6th.

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Apple to mark Earth Day 2014 at retail and on campus

2 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

On April 22nd, Apple will be holding its first real Earth Day commemorations since 2006, reports say. At retail, the company is expected to cover its logos in green, and give at least some stores special Earth Day t-shirts for workers. Back at Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino, a "large-scale internal event" is due to happen on the afternoon of the 22nd, presumably with Earth Day as a focus.

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Apple readies iOS 7.1.1, accelerates iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 testing

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

Apple is preparing an immediate follow-up to iOS 7.1 in the form of v7.1.1, according to web traffic data from 9to5Mac. The site says that it has received "numerous" hits from v7.1.1 devices operating in areas around Apple's Cupertino campus. It's not clear when the update will go live, or what it will contain, but the version number suggests that it should arrive relatively soon and mostly contain bugfixes.

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BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, Now TV iOS apps suddenly failing to stream video

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

Several UK-based iOS apps -- including BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, and Now TV -- have suddenly stopped streaming video, the BBC reports. The issue began last night, and is still ongoing; the source of the problem is so far unknown, as is whether other apps are also being affected. The director of Now TV, Gidon Katz, indicates that the issue can be temporarily fixed in Sky and Now by rewinding iOS' clock by a day, but that triggers other problems -- including preventing access to the App Store -- and doesn't solve the flaw in iPlayer.

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Eyefi launches cloud storage service for Mobi Wi-Fi memory cards

5 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, accessories

Eyefi is expanding the usefulness of its Wi-Fi-equipped SD memory cards, by launching its own cloud storage service. The Mobi SD card, released last year, will now not only wirelessly transfer photographs taken by a digital camera to a mobile device, but it will also provide the option of automatically uploading it to the Eyefi Cloud.

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Macworld gems: The Roost MacBook stand, iMacompanion USB port

11 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, peripherals, gadgets, accessories

Continuing our look at some of the more interesting devices and services we ran across at Macworld in San Francisco last month, MacNN and Electronista staffers will periodically write about items and vendors that caught our eye at the show that we thought our readers would like to know about. Today's focus is on two successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns: The Roost stand for notebooks, and the iMacompanion USB port from Wiplabs.

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Briefly: Text expander Typinator 5.9, PDFpen 6.2 released

12 hours ago | Posted in: software

Productivity software developer Ergonis has announced the release of Typinator 5.9, a maintenance update for its text expander. Released prior to the launch of the next major version 6, Typinator v5.9 incorporates several minor bug fixes, and improves compatibility with third-party applications, such as Aperture, MacGiro, Mellel and more. Requiring OS X 10.5.8 or later, Typinator 5.9 is a free upgrade for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5, and costs $35.50 for new customers.

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Report: Apple to partner with Shazam for song recognition in iOS 8

14 hours ago | Posted in: developer, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Citing unnamed sources "with knowledge of the product," Bloomberg is reporting that Apple may enter into a partnership with song-identifying app Shazam to bring the music-matching feature to iOS 8. Users could, for example, ask Siri "what song is playing?" as they listen to iTunes Radio or other streaming music services, with the voice assistant enlisting Shazam's services to return an answer after a short identifying pause. This in turn would produce a link to the song on iTunes.

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Mayer: Yahoo should be Apple's default search engine

16 hours ago | Posted in: developer, Apple

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who has worked diligently to turn around the veteran search engine's fortunes with some success, is planning on appealing to Apple to make Yahoo's search engine the default choice on the Mac and iOS. Currently Apple offers Yahoo as a option for search, but uses Google as a default (and Bing to power Siri inquiries). Mayer may seen an opportunity to advance Yahoo's already-friendly relationship with Apple, given its fight with Google over Android and patents.

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Texas Instruments adopting Apple's iBeacon in embedded products

17 hours ago | Posted in: industry, enterprise, developer, Apple

Veteran embedded chip and automotive systems maker Texas Instruments has announced plans to incorporate Apple's iBeacon technology in many of the company's forthcoming Bluetooth products, saying that "there are many more applications that could benefit from the technology" beyond its presence popular use in retail shops, restaurants and stadiums. TI will be adding iBeacons to its SimpleLink line of automotive micro-controllers, and it WiLink navigation systems.

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Briefly: Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard, Chrome Remote Desktop

19 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, software

Microsoft has launched its All-in-One Media Keyboard. Designed for use in the living room, the peripheral offers a full-size spill-resistant QWERTY keyboard, and connects to a device using a USB wireless transceiver. On the right-hand side is a multi-touch trackpad that supports gestures, and a row of three buttons above which can be customized for quick access to specific apps. Shipping tomorrow, the All-in-One Media Keyboard is priced at $40.

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Google misses analyst profit estimates, seeing declining growth

19 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

Google today announced financial results for the quarter that ended in March. The search engine giant reported consolidated revenues of $15.42 billion for the quarter, an increase of 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operating income in the first quarter of 2014 was $4.12 billion, or 27 percent of revenues. Earnings per share in the first quarter was $5.04 on 685 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $4.97 in the first quarter of 2013 on 673 million diluted shares outstanding.

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iPad version of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft goes global

20 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPad, iPad apps

The iPad version of Blizzard's card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available at App Stores worldwide. The app was actually released for the iPad earlier this month, but only in the form of a soft launch at the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand App Stores. Mac and PC versions of Hearthstone have been available for some time.

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Review: Linksys EA6900 802.11ac router

20 hours ago | Posted in: networking

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home network. One option is Linksys' EA6900, a new top-tier networking device from a long-standing name in the world of routers. Linksys says the EA6900 is a compelling option that offers a router that is not only fast and reliable, but also extremely simple to set up. Does this new 802.11ac router live up to its claims? Read our review and find out.

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Briefly: Anki Drive's new cars and more, Aspyr's Fantastic 3 bundle

21 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, upgrades/storage

Anki Drive, a line of toy race cars that feature iOS compatibility, has updated its Anki Drive app, as well as released new cars and tracks. Using AI robotics, Anki Drive aims to integrate the nature of video games into a physical game context, requiring Anki cars, a physical track, and at least one compatible iOS device to play. The new cars, Corax and Hadion ($70 each) are the newest "characters" for Anki Drive, with Hadion featuring Turbo Boost speeds capabilities. Corax, on the other hand, has the option to mount multiple weapons.

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Hyundai to install CarPlay in 2015-model Sonatas

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

Hyundai will support Apple's CarPlay beginning with 2015-model Sonatas shipping later this year, according to an announcement. The Korean carmaker is the first since Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz to reveal specific plans for vehicles shipping in 2014. One more, Honda, has yet to say which car models it will fit with CarPlay. Other brands -- such as Ford, BMW, and Toyota -- may not have CarPlay-ready vehicles until 2015 arrives.

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Corel intros Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, reboots iPad app

Wed April 16, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

Corel has brought its previously iPad-only mobile video editing app, Pinnacle Studio, to the iPhone. The app allows for complex editing, including the ability to trim individual frames and insert elements like transitions, stills, titles, graphics, fast/slow-motion, and picture-in-picture effects. Quick clip arrangement can be done with the Storyboard, while the Timeline allows for more precise manipulation and trimming.

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Samsung seized on death of Steve Jobs to launch anti-Apple ads

Wed April 16, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Samsung decided to launch its "Next Big Thing" campaign -- parodying Apple -- in the wake of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, according to an email trail exposed during the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial. Samsung America's VP of US sales, Mike Pennington, described Jobs' death as "the best opportunity" to run a campaign targeting Apple, since people would be worried about whether Apple could continue to come up with great ideas minus Jobs' influence. "Sorry to continue to push this issue, but I have seen this far too long and I know this is our best opportunity to attack iPhone," Pennington is quoted as saying.

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Apps: Typinator, Sibelius, Dropbox

Wed April 16, 2014 | Posted in apps

    5.9MB

    Typinator 5.9 ($35)

    Typinator can be used to automatically fill in repeating text and/or pictures. Users can set a list of commonly used words or images, and then define text fragments that trigger each item. Version 5.9 fixes a problem that resulted in overlapping labels in input fields, as well as an expansion problem with SecureCRT. In addition, a work around for a cursor positioning error in Mellel has been included.

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    Sibelius 7.5 ($600)

    Sibelius is a music notation app that allows users to create and edit musical scores. Version 7.5 introduces a redesigned Espressivo feature, which gives users control over the rhythmic feel of any individual part. A new Timeline window has also been added to provide a quick view of an entire score, and new export options let users save a video file of the score to share with others.

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    Dropbox 2.6.29 (free)

    Dropbox is a desktop utility that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs with an online web storage account. This can be used to backup files to the cloud, or to quickly synchronize files between multiple computers. An issue where the second account would get unlinked if the e-mail associated with the account was changed. Several modifications have also been made to the camera upload splash screen.

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    Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1 ($36)

    Keyboard Maestro is a utility meant to improve the convenience of Mac OS X by enabling macro shortcuts, which can be activated at any time. Version 6.4.1 fixes a typo in the Get File Attribute editor, as well as an issue where simulated text could activate Typed String triggers. A number of potential crashes have also been resolved with the update.

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    Camtasia 2.7.2 ($100)

    Camtasia is a screen recording and production tool that allows users to record onscreen activity, Keynote slides, camera video and microphone or system audio. The latest release fixes a number of crashes, including one that could occur when a large number of media files are placed in the bin.

 

8GB iPhone 5c reaches 14 more countries

Wed April 16, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

The 8GB iPhone 5c is now on sale in 14 more countries, checks show. When the 8GB option first became available last month, it launched in just a handful of regions. The model is newly available in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Switzerland.

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Apple vs Samsung, Day Seven: You can't infringe an invalid patent

Wed April 16, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, software, developer, mobile phones, Apple

Not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's patents, a parade of witnesses for Samsung told the jury today in the Apple-Samsung trial, those patents aren't valid even if Samsung did copy them. With some help from Apple's very light cross-examination, Samsung again flew through a lengthy list of experts who testified on the relative worthlessness of Apple's patents for "data detectors" (also referred to as "quick links"), universal search, autocorrection and the "slide to unlock" concept.

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Apple iAd director spotted in London; UK iTunes Radio launch soon?

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: industry, audio, Apple

Fueling speculation that Apple may be planning to expand iTunes Radio to selected countries in the near future, tweets on Twitter have revealed that Apple's director of iAd services, Paul Wright, has been making the rounds of London media marketing and ad agencies where he is based. This follows claims by online radio service Bloom, which would be a competitor to iTunes Radio in the UK, that it was rebuffed from advertising on iAd, and a report of iTunes Radio briefly functioning in Ecuador.

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Cote rules against Apple again; no dismissal on states' e-book suit

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry, Apple

For observers in Apple's battle against the US Department of Justice over alleged e-book "price fixing," it will come as no shock whatsoever that Judge Denise Cote has ruled against the company on a connected legal matter -- but the fact that she actually cited a reasoning based in law this time may surprise some. The US District Court judge has refuted Apple's filing for a dismissal in the lawsuits brought by 33 states and territories based on the DOJ case ruling.

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Briefly: Google Helpouts for iPhone, Borderlands 2 DLC

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps

Google debuted its Hangouts-based video support service Google Helpouts last fall; today an app version for iPhone has been released. Users can connect over Google's Hangouts service to experts who are knowledgable in a specific subject for tutoring. The iOS app offers the ability to find, schedule, give or start a "Helpout," read reviews and listing details, receive text-message and mobile reminders, and more.

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Apple seeds seventh 10.9.3 beta to developers

Tue April 15, 2014 | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

Just shy of a week after the last release, Apple has issued its seventh beta of the forthcoming maintenance release, 10.9.3, to developers. As before, the new version lists no known issues, and asks testers to focus on any remaining issues with graphics drivers, audio, Mail, Safari, and the re-introduced feature of local syncing of Contacts and Calendar data through iTunes to local devices. The new build, 13D43, also includes preliminary support for pixel doubling on 4K displays.

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