0 1 hour ago

Bill aims to prevent state-level laws weakening device encryption

A new cross-party bill is being introduced to Congress later today, aiming to prevent state-level encryption bills from causing any issues. If passed, the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private Telecommunications Act (ENCRYPT Act) will preempt state and local government laws that would affect the encryption of smartphones and other devices, in an attempt to make device security laws more cohesive across the United States.

Posted in: security
2 2 hours ago

Apple Pay, other services, not able to add new Visa card to wallet

Starting early this morning, Apple Pay users have been experiencing problems adding Visa cards to the wallet. The issue is limited to addition of new Visa Debut or Credit cards only, and is not impacting payments with existing Visa cards, or addition and use of competing company cards.

Posted in: industry, Apple
1 2 hours ago

Bluetooth SIG delivers new Internet Gateway IoT connectivity protocol

The Bluetooth standard governing body, Bluetooth SIG, has introduced a new architecture and supporting set of educational tools that enables developers to quickly create Internet gateways for Bluetooth products. The new Bluetooth gateways allow any Bluetooth sensor to send and receive data to the cloud allowing for potential "Internet of Things" functionality such as the ability to monitor and control fixed Bluetooth sensors from a remote location.

Posted in: gadgets, networking
0 3 hours ago

The Big Deal: The multipurpose Beyond Ink Pen for $49

Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deal lists, we occasionally find items that are interesting enough to have their own Big Deals post. Today's selection is the Beyond Ink Pen from our own MacNN Deals store, a writing tool that has far more technological functionality than a typical ball point pen usually offers.

Posted in: accessories
2 3 hours ago

Vulnerability in Sparkle update framework puts Mac apps at risk

A framework used by developers to perform software updates in Mac apps has potentially put the users of some popular tools at risk, via a recently discovered flaw. A vulnerability in the Sparkle framework makes apps including Camtasia, uTorrent, and Sequel Pro susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, which could lead to the installation of malicious code on the Mac desktop, all without the knowledge of the user.

Posted in: security, developer
0 4 hours ago

Living with: Due 2.2

It feels wrong using more than one To Do app: it's actually against the ideas of Getting Things Done. That's for a good reason, too, as when you have what it calls one "trusted system," you always know when you're done. If you have two, you have to keep checking two; and good luck deciding what goes in what. Yet, that's what we're doing now, and it's because of Due 2.2. You can think of Due as a basic, but loud, To Do app. Its function is to make sure you do something when it has to be done. So if I've got a phone call to make at a certain time, I'll put it in Due instead of OmniFocus.

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Dropshare 4 for Mac now available

Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q

 1h

Google starting phase-out of Flash ads

Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc

 2h

Sonos now works with Apple Music

Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko

Software  8h

Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces

An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI

Gadgets  18h

Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog

Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ

Software  20h

Office for Mac v15.18 released

Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW

 21h

Apple to open new south Florida mall store

According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd

Retail  22h