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Game Replay: Destiny voice actor changes, Microsoft at Gamescom

4 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Microsoft uses Gamescom to show off some important items, a change of voice actor in Destiny is unexpectedly announced, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will include previous games in the franchise, and one game streamer is banned from Twitch over an ill-advised prank.

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El Capitan beta hints at future 4K Apple product

10 hours ago | Posted in: developer, Apple

The recently-released sixth developer beta (just today matched with a fourth public preview) has revealed listings for an as-yet-unreleased product listing, which could be an iMac -- and, according to the configuration files inside the beta, the forthcoming unit sports a "professional level" 4K resolution of 4096x3048 -- slightly higher than "consumer 4K" resolutions of 3840x2160 found on most 4K HDTVs. The files refer only to resolution, and give no hints on display size or class of product.

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Daily Deals: Lytro Illum, 50-inch Ultra HD Vizio TV, OKI printer

12 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. Yesterday's still-active deals are joined by a new batch, including the Lytro Illum Light Field Camera for $800, a 50-inch Ultra HD Vizio television for $800, and the OKI MB471 LED Multifunction Laser Printer for a third of its usual price.

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Apple's iPhone gains share in US, continues growth but slips in China

12 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

Apple's iOS platform continued a streak of strong growth in both the US and China, according to new ComScore and Canalys report issued yesterday, taking share away from Android. However, while still seeing extraordinary growth in China, surges in shipments from native Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi and Huawei meant that Apple was knocked to third place in Chinese market share, having briefly captured the top spot.

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Apple releases fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

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

As reported yesterday, the sixth developer beta for OS X 10.11 El Capitan has given way to a fourth public beta, available to pre-registered testers who signed up through the Appleseed program. Both of the recent betas, which share the build number 15A244d, are said to have very minor tweaks and under-the-hood fixes, including a new General icon in System Preferences, and at least one new wallpaper. Some notable flaws remain unaddressed, however.

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App Update: Monosnap, Net Monitor, iBackupBot, more

14 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 look at revisions to RapidWeaver, Napkin, Adobe Photoshop CC, Cocktail, Monosnap, Net Monitor, and iBackup.

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Briefly: Vaio Win 10 compatibility unknown, Open Internet appeal Dec 4

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

Sony has strongly advised against upgrading its computer line previously built for Windows 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10. In a service advisory for its users, the company states that "there is a risk of software/driver corruption" and warns users that "if you do not wait for our test results before proceeding with the upgrade, some of the hardware or features on your Vaio computer may no longer work as intended." The company also has provided a new venue for ordering recovery disks, not normally included with the computer.

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Another 40 US institutions add support for Apple Pay

15 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Another 43 US banks and credit unions are now supporting Apple Pay, according to the iPhone maker's partner website, with the total number of partners now at 465. The list does not include two new banks, HSBC and First Direct, that have recently activated support for Apple Pay with their systems, bringing the total of major UK bank chains to nine. Currently it is expected that the next country to gain Apple Pay support will be Canada, though negotiations with Chinese institutions continue.

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Apple refutes Cupertino-lead MVNO rumors with definitive statement

15 hours ago | Posted in: networking, mobile phones, Apple

In a rare refusal, Apple has shot down rumors that it is developing its own mobile service. In a terse statement, the company said in response to a Business Insider report yesterday that "We have not discussed nor do we have any plans to launch a (mobile virtual network operator)."

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Opinion: Evernote chose the wrong free feature to mess with

15 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

As of July 15, if you use the free version of Evernote you can no longer email into it: you can't forward an email to store in your Evernote account, you can't use any apps that save into Evernote via mail. As of July 27, Evernote has a new CEO, as the company's co-founder Phil Libin has stepped to the left to allow ex-Google manager Chris O'Neill to take the helm. The two things are (possibly) unrelated but they come from the same place: Evernote needs to make some cash.

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Hands On: Swipes 1.0 (OS X, iOS)

17 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

You do need a To Do manager but does the world need another one? Swipes has been around longer than it seems from its name: alongside the new Swipes 1.0 for OS X there is Swipes 2.4 for iOS and it's been progressively developed over the last couple of years. Now it's come to the Mac and brings with it the same minimalist, visual, attractive system for entering tasks and staying on top of them.

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Apple privilege escalating bug exploited in new adware installer

17 hours ago | Posted in: security

A zero-day exploit revealed last month for only OS X Yosemite has been found in "the wild." The exploit is being seen in an adware installer, and modifies the "sudoers" UNIX file that determines who has root permission for the system, and during the installation process, can give root permission to an arbitrary process without needing a password.

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Researchers claim to discover multiple ways to bypass Square security

17 hours ago | Posted in: security

Security researchers have come up with a way to turn the Square Reader into a tool for stealing data from credit cards. A group of recent graduates of Boston University will be speaking out about how they can modify the smartphone accessory, used to facilitate card payments via Square's service, to allow any other app to intercept the data and use the card owner's payment information for other, presumably illegal, uses.

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MacNN Deals: Charge your devices with battery packs, surge protection

18 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's collection of discounted items to help you power your devices, including a pair of high-capacity battery packs for portable charging, and a supersized surge protector to maximize the number of items on charge when at home.

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Seagate and Micron roll out SAS SSD with up to 1800MB/s speeds

18 hours ago | Posted in: enterprise, upgrades/storage

Storage company Seagate and Micron Technology have released the first product from the strategic alliance the pair forged in February. Available today for enterprise customers is the 1200.2 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Solid State Drive (SSD) available in up to 4TB in a 2.5-inch size.

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HighPoint launches USB 3.1 PCIe adapter, two drive docks

19 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage

HighPoint has debuted its next generation USB Host-to-Device storage and connectivity product lines, featuring 10Gb/s transfer speeds. The latest RocketU PCIe host adapter provides a USB 3.1 upgrade for any Mac or PC platform with PCIe slots. Additionally, the company's performance-oriented dual-bay USB 3.1 RocketStor 3100 Series Drive Docks support any industry standard 3.5- or 2.5-inch SATA hard drive or SSD, including the latest 8TB models, and provide USB 3.1 connectivity via USB Type-B and Type-C ports, depending on model.

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Telstra offers free year of Apple Music with iPhone 6 contract

19 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Australian carrier Telstra is offering free subscriptions for Apple Music to its customers. Subscribers acquiring the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from the company on a 12-month or 24-month Go Mobile plan will be able to use the Apple-powered music streaming service for one year without paying a separate subscription, with the carrier's marketing suggesting it will be implementing carrier billing of Apple Music once the free period is over.

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Hands On: Firo 3.0 (iPad)

19 hours ago | Posted in: audio, iPad apps

We've written about the validity of the iPad as a musical outlet before, but quite a few of the music production apps available for the iPad tend to fall into one of two groups: they're either so simple they're more like toys, or so complicated that they're only for professionals. The app that we're going to talk about today, however, is a nice middle-ground -- a feature-packed, yet user-friendly app called Firo.

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Epson rolls out five printers in new low-cost consumable EcoTank line

19 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Under its new EcoTank brand, Epson today unveiled five new all-in-one color printers featuring large ink reservoirs -- what Epson defines as the Supertank category -- that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink. Epson claims that When comparing EcoTank to a traditional printer, the ink included with the EcoTank is equivalent to about 20 sets of ink cartridges, depending on the model.

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Hands On: Griffin Premium Braided Lightning Cable

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, accessories, iPad

We're the first to admit that we are not easy on cables. It's not unheard of them to end up in the bottom of our laptop bag, bunched up and crushed together. We also might have a slight problem with being able to put our iPhones and iPads down long enough for them to charge fully, which often leads to the ends becoming crimped, which eventually leads to wire breakage, which eventually leads to the death of a poor, defenseless cable. Sound familiar? That's why Griffin decided to make their Premium Braided Lightning Cable, to give us serial cable-breakers something that can live up to the abuse.

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Briefly: Amazon Echo in Staples, Amazon Prime sharing restricted

21 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets

The Amazon Echo, the network-connected speaker hosting the retailer's Alexa assistant, has gone on sale through a third-party store for the first time. Staples is offering the cylindrical speaker through its website to all customers priced at $180, the same as Amazon. So far, it can only be acquired through the Staples website, with delivery to local stores available as a shipping option, though there is still the potential to sell it from stores directly.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 26: I can't put down this anti-gravity book

22 hours ago | Posted in: education, troubleshooting, software

If it wasn't for our new books (have we mentioned them?), this would be a strangely all-Microsoft episode of The MacNN Podcast, but luckily the Redmond giant turns out software for both Macs and Windows (who knew?), so we've set up this episode to be fun to listen to while you wait for your approval notice from Microsoft that you may obtain your copy of WindOwS X -- sorry, Windows 10. We also talk cool software, including (yes) Microsoft Excel.

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Apple spends $138M on 43-acre San Jose development plot

Mon August 3, 2015 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple's appetite for property is increasing, with a report claiming it has acquired real estate in North San Jose that it could potentially use for even more office space. The purchase, closed last week according to recently published public records, means Apple now owns approximately 43 acres of undeveloped land in the area, with the deal for 2347 North First St. said to have cost the company slightly more than $138 million to acquire.

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Introducing two books from MacNN writers

Mon August 3, 2015 | Posted in: education, software

If you've been following our Wednesday Pointers column over the last nine weeks, you'll know that the column on that day was devoted to documenting the process of writing a book, and then turning that manuscript into a real, buyable, out-in-the-world e-book and paperback. That book, William Gallagher's The Blank Screen: Blogging, is now available -- and an e-book version of the columns has also been created.

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Apple pushes out beta 6 of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Mon August 3, 2015 | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, developer, Apple

Exactly one week after the last developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has issued another update to the forthcoming OS X upgrade, which is scheduled to appear this fall, and likely to debut some time in September. The previous beta, 15A235d, did not list any significant changes or fixes, but focused primarily on small UI tweaks and bug fixes. The new beta, build 15A244d, is likely to have followed the same path.

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Hands On: Griffin Helo TC Chopper

Mon August 3, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, iPad apps

One of the greatest things about smartphones and Bluetooth-enabled tablets is the sheer amount of crazy gadgets that go along with them. You can control lights, air conditioners, cameras and more, all from your iPhone or iPad -- but what about things that are designed for fun? What about Bluetooth-enabled toys? Today, we're here to tell you about one of the most fun gadgets we've had a chance to look at, Griffin's Helo TC Chopper.

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