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Hands On: Airmail 2 (OS X)

1 hour ago | Posted in: software, Apple

Staying on top of emails, especially when there are multiple accounts involved, is unpleasant. Of the many mail clients out there (such as Mail, included with OS X), each tries to offer users its own spin on staying ahead of the curve. Airmail 2.0, released earlier this year, provides a client designed for Yosemite, supporting iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP 3, and more. We got a hold of Airmail 2.0 (which we will simply refer to as "Airmail" going forward) to take a look for ourselves, and see if this email client stands out from the crowd.



Kate Winslet could take 'lead' role in Jobs biopic

3 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Actress Kate Winslet is currently in negotiations for "the female lead" in Universal's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. Winslet is best known for movies like Titanic, The Reader, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's not clear what the role will be, but top female characters in the film are rumored to include Jobs' daughter Lisa, and Katie Cotton, Apple's former PR head.



DirecTV users get access to Fox Now, FX Now, Nat Geo app content

3 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, iPhone apps, mobile phones, iPad apps

DirecTV has announced a partnership with Fox Networks, giving subscribers access to all the content in the Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on multiple platforms. This includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, and Windows devices. In effect the change means that the apps have simply added DirecTV as a service authentication option, joining other TV providers.



Forums: temp sensors, old iMacs and Yosemite chats

3 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, upgrades/storage, Apple

This week in the MacNN Forums, members discuss temperature sensor issues, hard drive compatibility and more. After a temperature sensor blew on the logic board of a Xserve that is run by "Waragainstsleep" he turned to the forums hoping someone would have some advice on how to repair this so he doesn't have to replace the whole board. Today Dedicated MacNNer was looking for help with moving addresses from Leopard to Yosemite.



Apple deals: refurbished Mac Pros starting at $2,549

3 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week Apple's online store has a selection of refurbished MacBook Pro models on sale for as low as $2,549. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics has been cut by $450 to $2,549. Priced at $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.



DealNN: Mac minis, SSDs and more

3 hours ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, Apple

Right now at B&H snag up a great deal on a Mac mini which has seen a $80 discount from $999 down to $919. That discount makes this the best price we have seen on this configuration by about $20. It features a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB Fusion Drive. It is backed by Apple's standard 1 year warranty on parts and labor.



Briefly: Bing's app updates, Wozniak gets permanent Australian status

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Microsoft's Bing search engine has updated its iOS apps, Bing for iPad and Bing Search for both iPhone and iPad. Bing's apps include daily homepage images that can be downloaded, the ability to earn rewards for specific searches, syncing for bookmarks, and more. Bing for iPad v2.3 features a new Today View, translation browser exension, and bug fixes. Bing Search v5.3 offers a fully redesigned homescreen, quick access to trending stories, weather and other interested, and simplified movement between pages. Both apps, which are available on iTunes, are free to download.



T-Mobile settles FTC 'cramming' lawsuit, agrees to pay $90M

4 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

T-Mobile has settled a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over complaints the carrier allowed third-party companies to place unauthorized charges to customer bills. As part of the "cramming" settlement, T-Mobile has agreed to pay out at least $90 million in fines and refunds, as well as altering its third-party billing practices.



Apple hikes prices at Russian App Store

5 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, developer, Apple, iPad

Apple is increasing the prices of both apps and in-app purchases at the Russian App Store, according to a new memo issued to developers. An app that would normally be 99 cents in the US, for example, is now 62 rubles. That indicates that apps have almost doubled in cost in Russia during 2014.



FBI: North Korea responsible for Sony Pictures hack, leaks [u]

6 hours ago | Posted in: security

[Updated with comments from President Barack Obama] North Korea is responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced. The statement about the agency's investigation into the intrusion of the movie studio's computer network, and subsequent leaks, comes at the same time as messages supposedly coming from the hackers wanting Sony to do more than halt the release of "The Interview" movie.



Hands On: Zen Bound 2 (iOS)

6 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Games are supposed to be fun -- there's no denying that. Most games played have some sort of objective, be it shooting bad guys, racing against a clock, or beating other players at obtaining an objective. But some of the best games are the ones that are designed to be fun with no pressure, no competition, and no clocks. One such game, that utilizes a touch screen as more than a keyboard, is Zen Bound 2, by developer Secret Exit.



CalDigit reveals $200 Thunderbolt Station 2

6 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals

CalDigit has launched the Thunderbolt Station 2, a new Thunderbolt 2 dock. Like some alternatives, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three powered USB 3.0 ports, and connections for HDMI, Ethernet, and audio input/output. Two eSATA 6G ports are also present, supporting storage formats not normally enabled by a Thunderbolt dock.



Friday Deals: Ultra HD monitor, game console bundles, Steam Sale

7 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software

There is less than a week until Christmas, and depending on where you live, approximately four days available for deliveries of presents. If there are more presents to get before the big day, you're likely to be spending a lot on quicker deliveries, so why not even out the cost by getting some great Friday Deals? Every Friday afternoon, we search for bargains on hardware, peripherals, gadgets, and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Prices are right at the time of writing, but double-check before purchasing, as prices could change. Also, be sure to return to this post over the weekend, as more deals will be added as time goes on.


Apps: Mellel, ScreenFlow, BBEdit

8 hours ago | Posted in apps


    Mellel 3.3.7 ($39)

    Mellel is a word processor that offers tools for writing and organizing long documents. The v3.3.7 update fixes a few memory leaks, along with an issue where the app could crash when clicking on parts of the text after editing a cross reference. An issue that prevented Mellel from copying text when viewing a document in the “Versions” browser has also been addressed.


    ScreenFlow 5.0.1 ($99)

    ScreenFlow is a screen capture tool that is capable of recording the contents of an entire desktop at the same time as a stream from a video camera. An issue that prevented the software from opening when placed in a subfolder of /Applications hierarchy has been fixed in v5.0.1. Problems with frame rates, DV camera detection, and internal recording have also been fixed.


    BBEdit 11.0.2 ($50)

    BBEdit is a text-editing suite that places emphasis on coding through project support features and the recognition of common syntax structures. Version 11.0.2 offers fixes for a number of reported bugs and crashes. Changes have also been made to reduce the amount of transient memory needed for several operations.


    ExpanDrive 4.2.1 ($50)

    ExpanDrive builds cloud storage into any application by allowing the online storage account to act like a USB drive plugged into the Mac. Support for Microsoft OneDrive for Business/Office 365 is included in this update. Issues with losing licensing information, and failing S3 connections have also been resolved.


    Mailplane 3.3.4 ($25)

    Mailplane allows users to access their Gmail accounts from a desktop application. The software displays the same interface as the web version of Gmail, but adds extra functionality such as the ability to attach files through drag and drop. The v3.3.4 update now provides the same download functionality for embedded images as it does for normal attachments. Users will also no longer be prompted for a 2-step verification code if “Trust this computer” has been selected.


Apple's Cook, Williams 'deeply offended' by BBC supply chain expose

8 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

In a new email memo to the company's UK workforce, Apple's Senior VP of Operations Jeff Williams claims that he and CEO Tim Cook were "deeply offended" by a BBC Panorama documentary exposing labor abuses in the company's supply chain. Specifically, Williams and Cook are said to have been "deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain, or mislead our customers in any way;" Williams charges that "Panorama's report implied that Apple isn't improving working conditions. Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth."



Watch ABC app for Apple TV gets full episodes for non-subscribers

10 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals

Users of the Watch ABC app on the Apple TV set-top box can now watch full episodes a week after they air without a subscription, ABC has announced. Previously the app was like most network-based offerings on Apple TV, limiting that content to people who could authenticate a cable subscription. Watching the latest episodes as soon as they're uploaded (next-day) still requires authentication, as does the live feed available in select cities.



Samsung shutting down ChatOn cross-platform messaging service in 2015

12 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Samsung is shutting down its ChatOn messaging service in the next few months, the manufacturer has announced. The cross-platform messaging service will go dark on February 1 for the majority of users around the world, though apparently users in the United States could have access to the service for a little while longer than everyone else.


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Hands On: Photon Flash Player for iPad (iOS)

12 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Perhaps you don't know it yet, but you are already in one of the two camps over how Apple refuses to allow Flash to work on iPads. If you doubt this because you haven't even heard of the issue, then you're in the half of the population that has simply never noticed the problem. If you do know it and you're reading this because you know it, then you are getting this problem a lot -- and you have been searching forever for a solution. Photon Flash Player for iPad is a solution. It's a web browser, like Safari, but it comes with the ability to play Flash -- and you pay for that, in how its other functionality is weaker.


Uber agrees with Portland council to suspend service for three months

13 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Uber is putting a stop to its app-based taxi service in Portland, just two weeks after it launched. The Wall Street Journal reports the company made an agreement with the city to put a hold on the service for a three-month period, while the two parties negotiate and create a regulatory framework that allows ridesharing services to coexist with existing cab companies and other transportation options.


Hottest Apple products see improved supply for final Xmas push

15 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, Apple

In the past month, shipping times have been variable for some of Apple's most in-demand products. However, ship dates for the two new iPhone models, the 6 and 6 Plus -- along with the recently-introduced Retina 5K iMac -- have dropped just ahead of the final push of gift-buying for the holiday season. Both online ship times and same-day in-store pickup schedules have improved.


Misfortune Cookie exploit endangers 12 million routers

16 hours ago | Posted in: computers, security, peripherals

Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies released information on Thursday about an exploit they are calling "Misfortune Cookie." This bug was introduced into "RomPager" software, which is commonly embedded into residential gateway devices such as routers, beginning in 2002. A conservatively-estimated 12 million un-patched devices, connected to the Internet in 189 countries, are at risk.


Hands On: Snapselect photo management app (OS X)

17 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

Apple's professional photo manager, Aperture, had its advantages over its biggest rival, Adobe Lightroom -- and it is a shame the former been dropped (to be replaced with a new app, Photos for Mac, early next year). One thing Aperture was really good at was adding photos - so much so that we tended to do it over and over. Just not intentionally. One thing it was bad at, by contrast, was helping you find duplicates -- so a big photo library quickly became an unmanageably enormous one. Snapselect intends to fix this for users of Aperture, Lightroom, iPhoto -- and anyone who has tried to handle photos without using any of those programs.


Analysis: Title II regulation, with forbearance, the best path forward

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Since President Barack Obama voiced his support for reclassification of ISPs as utilities, there has been much debate back and forth, and back again on the topic of "Title II" regulation of carriers. Would it be the dystopian nightmare anti-government zealots and the carriers proclaim, or would it provide a golden utopia of progress for consumers and American businesses alike?


White House encourages US telecommunications to enter Cuban market

21 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

In a fact sheet released on Wednesday, the White House has outlined some of the ways normalization of relations with Cuba will impact trade and travel. The document covers not only how many cigars Americans can bring home with them from trips to the island nation, but encouraged telecommunications companies to improve the Cuban people's connection to the rest of the world.


Hands On: Supreme Ruler (Steam for OS X, Windows)

23 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software

War games may have originated from the need to boost military logistics and planning, but they have since become popular with civilian gamers. Risk and Chess are two popular war games most people are familiar with, as are Civilization and Hearts of Iron. How does newcomer Supreme Ruler Ultimate, by Battlegoat Studios, stack up to the classics?


New USB thumb drive-sized device can take over computers

Thu December 18, 2014 | Posted in: computers, security, software, hacks

A new USB microcontroller -- roughly the size of a small thumb drive -- has been demonstrated as a proof-of-concept device that leverages a serious and unfixable vulnerability in USB easily take over and install malware on any unlocked computer. Though it requires physical access or tricking the user into inserting the controller into a USB port, the device has worrying implications for any computer left unattended for more than a minute -- the time it takes for the device to gain admin access, change network settings, install a backdoor and remove any obvious sign of intrusion.


Cook makes 'generous' donation to LGBT campaign Project One America

Thu December 18, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a "generous personal financial investment" in Project One America, an LGBT rights effort run by the Human Rights Campaign, according to an announcement. Project One is concentrated on securing marriage and nondiscrimination rights for LGBT people in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. HRC says it's interested in "tearing down misperceptions and providing concrete protections for those who need it most." The organization also lauds Cook for being the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, calling it a "clear and powerful message" about it being acceptable to be gay.


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