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Next gen video codec standard group formed by Google, MS, Intel

1 hour ago | Posted in: digital imaging, developer

even leading Internet companies today announced formation of the Alliance for Open Media -- an open-source project that will develop next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies in the public interest. The Alliance's founding members are Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix. The new Alliance is committing its collective technology to meet growing Internet demand for top-quality video, audio, imagery and streaming across devices of all kinds and for users worldwide.

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Daily Deals: ViewSonic 28-inch monitor, Samsung 500GB SSD, Nikon D7100

3 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, 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. The new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include a 500GB Samsung external SSD for $175, a refurbished Nikon D7100 for $600, and a 28-inch ViewSonic 1080p monitor for $187.

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App Update: Unreal Engine, TextExpander, Ableton Live, more

3 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 Unreal Engine, TextExpander, Ableton Live, OmniGraffle, NZB Drop, and Atom.

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Briefly: new Memphis store, VMA two-party Apple Music ad

3 hours ago | Posted in: audio, Apple

Apple is planning to build one of its first "next-generation" standalone stores in the US in the Memphis suburb of Germantown, with the new design debuting overseas this fall, according to Apple Senior Director of Development Rick Millitello, who presented the plans for the new store to the Germantown Design Review Commission. The change will move the store slightly within its present Shops of Saddle Creek North location.

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Telestream debuts Wirecast Go, RTMP-streaming iOS app

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

Digital media tools and workflow solutions provider Telestream has announced Wirecast Go, a stand-alone iPhone live video streaming application. Wirecast Go will enable users to capture content using their iPhone camera, insert graphics, logos, titles and other images and then stream live directly to YouTube or any other Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) server with in-app purchase.

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Briefly: Nest updates Learning Thermostat, new HP Instant Ink printers

4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Nest has made a few minor updates to its Learning Thermostat, following earlier changes to the Protect and Cam. The third-generation Thermostat is thinner than earlier models, and uses a larger 2.08-inch diameter 480x480-resolution display. New features included in this version are Farsight, where the device lights up and shows the temperature or time when someone walks into the room, and a Furnace Heads-Up warning on the display and smartphone at the start of a heating or cooling session if it notices potential problem with the furnace. On sale today, the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is priced at $250.

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Hands On: Pangolin 1.3 (iOS)

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

We feature iOS arcade games here fairly frequently, from the pretty bad Angry Birds 2 to arcade runners like the Bit.Trip series. We'd like to think we know what we're talking about when it comes to quality. That's why we're here to show you one of our all-time favorite arcade games for iOS, a cute little game known as Pangolin.

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MacNN Deals: A trio of accessories for people on the go

6 hours ago | Posted in: accessories

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have three accessories that will help you when you're on the move, including ways to charge your smartphone when driving or cycling, and a mount that makes it trivial to attach your phone to a windscreen or dashboard in a vehicle.

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Tales of the Genius Bar: 12-inch MacBook display etching issue

7 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Every now and then, even we have to make a trip to the Apple Genius Bar. For those new to the Apple family, the Genius Bar is embedded deep in an Apple retail store, and its the prime destination for Apple tech support for consumers, regardless if hardware or software related. As my 12-inch MacBook is covered under warranty, I recently took it in for inspection at the Genius Bar for an issue where it appears that the trackpad has made contact with the display surface and left permanent marks.

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Briefly: UK contactless payments increase, Google+ Collections on iOS

8 hours ago | Posted in: industry, iPhone apps, Apple

The limit for contactless payments in the United Kingdom has increased. The new limit of £30 ($46) per transaction, up from £20 ($30), applies to payments using contactless cards as well as Apple Pay, though some retailers may have to update their terminals before being able to use the new transaction cap. Trade organization the UK Cards Association now claims the limit increase is more than the average supermarket spend of £25 ($38), reports the BBC, potentially allowing the number of contactless transactions to increase.

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Apple reportedly considering creating its own TV shows, movies

9 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple is allegedly looking into creating its own original video content to directly take on Netflix and Amazon, according to a report. It is claimed Apple has talked to entertainment industry executives about the possibility of producing video for its customers, ultimately with the aim of creating its own TV shows or movies that could be sold to customers directly via iTunes or through the often-rumored Internet TV streaming service.

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Netflix losing major movies in September after not renewing Epix deal

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Subscribers of Netflix in the United States will be seeing considerably fewer movies in the streaming service's catalog, as it has decided not to renew a five-year agreement with Epix. A number of major titles will be available until they are removed at the end of September, including Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z, and Transformers: Age of Extinction, as Netflix works to expanding its roster with more exclusive content.

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Briefly: Apple Pay at University of Oklahoma, NFL on Apple TV

20 hours ago | Posted in: education, iPhone, peripherals, iPhone apps, Apple

The first US university to accept Apple Pay at all locations campus-wide turns out to be the University of Oklahoma, according to a blog post from the school. In total, the ultra-secure mobile payment system is accepted at some 400 point of sale locations at the university, from the campus bookstore to all the restauarants. Apple has been a popular vendor at the One University technology store on campus, and also promotes the university's content on iTunes U and on iBooks.

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Review: Blue Yeti Studio recording microphone and software

21 hours ago | Posted in: software, accessories, audio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics for beginning podcasters or vocalists, and we were very impressed with Blue's Mo-Fi headphones -- we wanted to thoroughly test each component of the Blue Yeti Studio, which features a Yeti-class desk microphone bundled with software to enhance different types of recordings. It's a slightly pricier package than a basic starter mic for a first podcast, so is it worth it? Find out in our review.

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Editorial and Hands On: Star Wars Card Trader

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

So, the Internet has lost its mind at some point in the past few days. If you haven't heard, there was a JPEG of Han Solo being bought and sold on eBay for upwards of $225. Of course, it's not just any digital image, or so I'm told, but a card from the officially licensed Star Wars: Card Trader digital collectible trading card app from Topps.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 30: 'Free (as in) beer'

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, computers, industry, peripherals, gadgets, software, accessories, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps

Driving across 770 miles of breathtaking Canadian landscape, Editor Charles returns from the Edmonton Fringe Festival with accolades and a shiny new Apple Watch for his trouble, just in time to bring you the big 3-0 episode of the MacNN Podcast, along with Managing Editor Mike, writer William Gallagher, and special guest Matt Boyd of the excellent webcomic Three Panel Soul.

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Daily Deals: Harman Kardon speakers, Logitech mice, Xbox One

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, 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. The new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include Xbox One bundles, Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Wireless Speakers for $100, and the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX for $28.

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App Update: f.lux, BackupLoupe, Subler, more

Mon August 31, 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 look at revisions to f.lux, BackupLoupe, Subler, Preference Manager, Macs Fan Control, and Camtasia.

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Apple partners with Cisco for iOS network, comm optimizations [u]

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: enterprise, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

[Update: Cook's surprise appearance at sales conference added] Apple and Cisco today announced a partnership to optimize Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps. The pair's first effort integrates the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments for collaboration in business, with the goal of providing employees with a seamless experience between iPhone and their desk phone. In addition, Apple CEO Tim Cook stunned the 20,000 attendees at Cisco's annual sales conference with a surprise appearance to discuss the announcement.

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Apple releases eighth developer, sixth public beta of OS X El Capitan

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

On Monday, Apple updated both its developer and public betas of the next major upgrade of OS X, 10.11 El Capitan, with identical build releases, continuing a recent pattern of making the developer and public betas the same. The new build, 15A279b, comes 11 days after the last release, and just 10 days prior to Apple's September 9 media event, though El Capitan may not see a release at that event.

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Living with: iPhone 6

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: Apple

The iPhone 6 is the first iPhone that I didn't want to buy. I queued for the original in 2007 and I'm not so addicted that I could tell you each model I ever had since but look at any iPhone from then to the 6 or 6 Plus and there are only two options. Either I wanted one or I got it. I was on the typical UK two-year contract that meant I would have to sit out every other model and that should've meant I was ready to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus but I didn't. Not until a couple of months ago, that is.

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Google brings Android Wear to iOS, LG Watch Urbane supported

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets, software

Google is expanding the reach of Android Wear from Android smartphones, by allowing some owners of its smartwatches to connect to iOS devices, confirming earlier rumors. Rolling out today, Android Wear for iOS will allow the LG Watch Urbane to pair with an iPhone 5 or newer running iOS 8.2 or later, though it appears the majority of Android Wear users won't be able to connect their older smartwatches to iOS at all.

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MacNN launches testing of heat on unpowered SSD data retention

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: peripherals, troubleshooting

Earlier this year, there was some controversy about heat and SSD data life when left unpowered. We don't think this is a major problem for most users, as a SSD will be powered for essentially its entire operational life -- but it may be an issue going forward, as users collect older technologies for re-use, given the generally long life of Apple hardware. So, in conjunction with our SSD Trim testing, we've started real-life testing of unpowered, depleted SSDs, exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time to check on both data retention, as well as drive survivability.

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T-Mobile cracking down on extreme bandwidth users of its LTE network

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones

T-Mobile is warning its customers not to abuse the carrier's unlimited data service, or they will end up being punished. CEO and President John Legere has spoken out against some of its highest bandwidth-consuming subscribers, warning that they will find their plans will be altered to limit the amount of bandwidth they use, preventing them from abusing the service and freeing up capacity for the rest of the carrier's subscriber base.

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Hands On: Zentries 1.6.0 (iOS)

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

If you've got an iPad or an iPhone, you might use it as a notepad while you're on the go. After all, most of us have our phones at all times, so they make the perfect holding tank for all our thoughts, ideas, and feelings. If you're not satisfied with the way Notes is working out for you, we're here to show you an alternative. We checked out Zentries, a simple little notepad app.

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New jailbroken iOS device malware found in Weiphone Cydia repository

Mon August 31, 2015 | Posted in: security, networking, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Malware for iOS requiring a jailbroken handset, and access to Chinese software repositories has been identified. Recent research has discovered 92 samples of a new family of malware called "KeyRaider," which has resulted in the theft of 225,000 valid Apple accounts login credentials, and associated device GUID.

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