Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff you can make use of this weekend, without spending a penny. In this edition, learn how to take better photographs, edit images, start your own website, listen to Johnny Cash, and occupy your time with some free console games.
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4 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
Like others recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk felt compelled to walk back some harsh comments about Apple (which may -- or may not -- be a future competitor in electric vehicles) when critics pointed out that his comments were inaccurate. Musk appeared to be trying to unruffle feathers from Apple employees as well as executives with whom he has a relationship -- he and Apple's VP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive have been seen talking on a few occasions -- but may not have been successful.
7 hours ago | Posted in: computers, industry, security, mobile phones, Apple
FBI Director James Comey, a vocal advocate for forcing computer manfacturers to install "backdoors" in computers so that various law-enforcement and spy agencies can gain unfettered access to US and foreign citizens' data, announced on Friday that the Obama administration had opted not to force tech companies to decrypt encrypted communications and files in testimony before Congress. Comey added that talks with tech companies about how to help with law enforcement had, however, become "more productive."
7 hours ago | Posted in: computers, 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 sales joining the still-alive deals include a 64GB Mushkin flash drive for $18, a Logitech G930 wireless gaming headset with 7.1 surround sound for $49, and a 55-inch Sony Ultra HD television for $1,300.
The head of Tesla, CEO Elon Musk, has attacked Apple for poaching its designers and engineers, suggesting the employees that change sides between companies are Tesla rejects. In an interview with a German newspaper, Musk boasted "They have hired people we've fired," claimed the car manufacturer internally called Apple the "Tesla Graveyard," and that "If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding."
9 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 featuring a system customization tool MacPilot, as well as detailing updates to color tool Colors Pro, file manager Centurion, PDF builder PDF Creator, window manager Amethyst, Internet radio client Radyo, and stat analyzer StatPlus.
9 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
On the eve of his film Steve Jobs opening in select theaters, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin appeared on the Conan O'Brien show to talk about the film, and got back into the brief dust-up between Cook and Sorkin, who took comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook that biographical pictures about Jobs generally are "opportunistic." The Universal Pictures film, which has garnered strongly positive reviews, has opened in a handful of cinemas in New York and LA, and will roll out to a wider release throughout October.
11 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, audio
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are highlighting some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's collection of items are all headphones, with the four listings including a pair of iBeats by Dre, two pairs of Bluetooth-equipped earbuds, and even an iPhone case that contains its own headphones within itself.
As usual, following a month of carrier exclusivity, Apple has now begun selling factory-unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus at full retail price. The units have the advantage of allowing users to pick more customized plans that suit their needs, or change carriers at will, as well as be used in nearly any country globally with local providers. Broadly speaking, buying an unlocked iPhone outright is also generally the least expensive option in terms of total cost of ownership and highest resell value.
Today at Apple's online store, save up to $380 on refurbished MacBook Pros. Starting at $829 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. A $230 discount can be had on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $1,269.
12 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple
With more iPhone 6s models in the hands of our forum goers, the discussion continues this week in the MacNN forums about this most recent update to the iPhone. Mac Elite "SierraDragon" asked earlier this week if there are "any expectations as to when we may be able to purchase the new Apple TV" with some saying possibly as early as the end of the month.
13 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging
Drone manufacturer DJI has introduced a device that repurposes the stabilization used in its flying machines for more conventional video purposes. The DJI Osmo is a handheld stabilizer that is able to keep the camera on the top steady, which when combined with a smartphone and a 4K camera makes it a cheap way for amateur filmmakers to create smooth, stable shots at a 4K resolution with minimal equipment.
14 hours ago | Posted in: software
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. This is a reminder that the Big Mac Bundle from our own MacNN Deals store, which offers a collection of 14 apps to help organize your work, keep your Mac running smoothly, and improve your productivity, is available to buy for another four days.
15 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Whether you came in on the original comic strip, the movie, short-run TV series, or any of the various cartoons, there's no denying that Flash Gordon is awesome. Fighting alien bad guys, saving the Earth, exploring the reaches of space -- Flash Gordon did it all. Today, we check out Flash Gordon, an endless runner that has you tearing through Mongo, avoiding all the dangers that Ming the Merciless has at his disposal in glorious '80's style.
15 hours ago | Posted in: software
Depending on your age, when you hear the word "alias," you either think of J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner, or you think of Hannibal Hayes and Kid Curry. Somewhere between those two, though, there came Apple's version of aliases, which weirdly became better known on PCs when Microsoft took the idea, and made "shortcuts" (so innovative!). Microsoft made the better, clearer name, but when they took the concept they didn't read to the end. OS X aliases do everything shortcuts do, and a significant amount more, to help you manage files on your Mac. It's a shame that more of us don't use them.
16 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones
AT&T has enabled Wi-Fi calling for some of its customers, shortly after receiving a waiver from the FCC concerning some regulatory aspects of the service. Confirmed in a blog post, users on iOS 9 devices with a postpaid wireless account set up for HD Voice are now able to make their calls over Wi-Fi if cellular connections are unavailable. Users will be able to make and receive calls through their existing number over Wi-Fi, with no additional charges being applied on calls to US numbers.
Apple has removed a small number of content blockers from the App Store, with the blockers said to pose a security risk to its user base. The removed apps, which blocked online advertising from being shown on iOS devices, have been found to install their own root certificates, potentially allowing for malicious developers and other parties to steal user data by reading web traffic before it is encrypted by the browser.
Thu October 8, 2015 | Posted in: gaming
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Steam Early Access witnesses two major indie games graduating from the scheme, voice actors vote to strike over game-related pay, The Walking Dead invades the App Store, and the Star Wars Battlefront beta begins.
Thu October 8, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
Apple VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey announced at the Code/Mobile conference on Thursday that direct Apple Pay payments would begin to be supported at Starbucks and other restaurant chains such as KFC and Chili's in pilot programs beginning later this year, with a full rollout for all 7,500 of Starbucks' company-owned stores happening across 2016. The coffee chain, which has supported online Apple Pay for reloading its virtual loyalty card app but not direct payment, will now be able to take Apple Pay without a loyalty card or app if desired.
A range of new countries will be getting the either the Apple Watch or the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for the first time across the month of October, part of Apple's plan to have the devices in as many countries as possible ahead of the holiday buying season this quarter. The company previously said it intends to have the new iPhones available in 130 countries by the end of the year. The Apple Watch is on a different and likely less-ambitious timetable, but Apple is bringing it to many new markets as well.
Thu October 8, 2015 | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design, iPhone apps
Facebook has finally revealed its alternative to the "like" button, as part of two different ways the social network is hoping to change the way its users interact with each other. A test for "Reactions," emoji-based responses to Facebook posts, is underway in two countries, with Facebook also confirming it is building on top of its existing virtual reality work, by attempting to develop it's own augmented reality version of the social service.
Thu October 8, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple
Apple has opted to comment on unscientific and unrealistic test results floating around that purport to show serious differences between iPhone 6s model phones using chips made by Samsung versus those made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Apple, which uses both companies to make its A9 processor that powers both the 6s and 6s Plus, says that there is very little real-world difference between the two chips, which are slightly different sizes depending on manufacturer.
Thu October 8, 2015 | Posted in: computers, 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 sales joining the still-alive deals include a Harman Kardon home theater system for $190, an Acer WXGA-resolution projector for $240, and a Thermaltake BlacX Duet hard drive docking station for $35.
Thu October 8, 2015 | 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 featuring a 50 percent discount on the audio compilation tool MixTape Pro, as well as detailing updates to dock modifier DockMod, CPU reclaimer App Tamer, system utility BlueHarvest, FTP client Yummy FTP, menu bar cleaner Bartender, and eBook reader Kindle.
Three recent appearances by leading Apple executives have provided further insight into their views on a variety of topics, ranging from Tim Cook's desire to be a role model to Sir Jonathan Ive's remembrances of Steve Jobs to music executive Jimmy Iovine's dislike of "freemium" music services. Ive and Iovine were interviewed as part of a conference hosted by Vanity Fair, while Cook was honored by the Human Rights Campaign last week for his position as a role model for LGBT youth as well as his efforts to promote diversity and equality in general.
Thu October 8, 2015 | Posted in: troubleshooting, upgrades/storage
Developer BinaryFruithas announced announce the release of DriveDx 1.4.1, its solution for SSD and hard drive health diagnostics and monitoring. The new version brings external drive enclosure SMART diagnostic testing on OS X El Capitan (10.11) -- all previous solutions are incompatible with new OS X System Integrity Protection (SIP) functionality.
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