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Thursday, March 05

Hands On: Vintagio (iOS)

Vintagio by MacPhun takes video and images from an iOS device, and lets the user apply filters to give them a retro look. As an example, here's a very dull video where one of our reviewers stupidly crosses a river by walking along something that isn't meant to be used as a bridge while it's raining. Directly below it, is a slightly more amusing version of the same video with a built-in effect and soundtrack from the ...

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Revamped Beats Music, iTunes streaming coming in June, sources say

Apple is now aiming for a revamp of its Beats Music streaming service, which will see the offering tied in more closely to both iTunes and other Apple products and services, to happen in June -- right around the time of the expected Worldwide Developers Conference, which is likely to happen on June 8–12, according to sources familiar with current plans. In addition to retaining the personalization and hand-curated ...

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Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex revealed with 12,000 dpi optical sensor

Logitech has unveiled another gaming mouse in its range of high-performance peripherals, this time with a high DPI optical sensor. The G303 Daedalus Apex's Delta Zero optical sensor is able to offer a dpi range from as low as 200 to 12,000 with zero smoothing, tracking movement at 300 inches per second and is also able to be tuned to operate optimally with the mousing surface being used. ...

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Hands On: Alice Trapped in Wonderland (iOS)

Point-and-click adventure games have been popular for quite some time, with titles such as Myst and Neverwood leading the pack. A big draw to the genre is the ability to force players to engage in lateral thinking by giving them cryptic puzzles to solve. One such title for iOS is Alice Trapped in Wonderland by MediaCity Games, a point-and-click adventure set in the classic children's book world....

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Continental, BMW talking to Apple about car partnerships

Two major auto manufacturers are said to be in talks with Apple about a variety of possible partnerships, from Continental's hopes that it could participate in any rumored Apple Car creation to BMW's desire to collaborate with the iPhone maker about bringing some its existing and future car technology to its auto lineup. BMW went out if its way, however, to specifically deny that its talks with Apple have anything do...

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Microsoft releases public preview of Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft on Thursday released a public preview beta of the programs that make up the forthcoming Office 2016 for Mac. The new versions, which inherit many of the features from the last Windows release, offer a Yosemite-inspired look that support Retina displays, full-screen mode, and other modern Mac and OS X features. The preview versions are completely free to download and use, but are intended to give customers a...

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Hands On: Fresh Air Weather (iOS)

There are places in the world where the weather is extreme, but people who live there know how to deal with it. There are places in the world where weather remains constant, except for certain parts of the year when everybody freaks out. No matter where you live, there are a few things you can be sure of. Two of them are that the sun rises and sets, and that atmospheric conditions will create some kind of environment...

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Daily Deals: Trendnet wireless router, Hisense HDTV, Amazon Kindle

Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where discounts, sales, and offers for various gadgets, gizmos, hardware, and software are listed for you, the dear MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new items including a 40-inch HDTV, a $25 dual-band wireless router, and $20 off the Amazon Kindle....

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Hands On: Awesome Paper Toys (iOS)

Most people know about origami, which is the act of folding paper into three-dimensional shapes and objects. In origami, the crafter never cuts or glues the paper, and instead relies on precise folding techniques. Paper craft, which is like origami's laid-back cousin, is a lot less strict. In paper craft, users make three-dimensional objects, but can use cutting, folding, and gluing pieces of paper together. Often, p...

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Hands On: Scan Me (iOS)

Scan Me by organize.me is an app that will create a multi-page PDF by taking pictures, convert those pictures to text, and scan QR codes. While the other two features are good to have handy as well, it's the creation of PDFs that we found really useful....

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Briefly: Imgur iOS app relaunches, Sling TV gains AMC, IFC

Imgur, the image hosting service, has launched a new app for iOS devices. The free app provides quick access to popular images on the service, as well as voting and commenting on individual photographs, and managing the user's own image collection. This is Imgur's second attempt at the mobile app, as the original iOS version wasn't "native to the platform," founder and CEO Alan Schaaf told The Verge. An Android app i...

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Xiaomi Yi is $64 GoPro-style action camera with 16MP sensor

Not content with making mobile devices, Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi revealed a new action camera at Mobile World Congress. The Xiaomi Yi is a compact camera in a similar style to GoPro Hero devices, taking the form of a small unassuming white box, with the device offering a 16-megapixel camera sensor capable of 1080p H.264 video recording at 60 frames per second. ...

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Wednesday, March 04

Hands On: Sopio (iOS)

Sopio by Lightwood is an app version of a card game of the same name. Lightwood is no stranger to developing Sopio apps for iOS; they've had a free Sopio score tracker app available on iTunes since 2012. This new app, however, is the full game -- or rather, as full a game of Sopio as one can have with only one human player....

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Briefly: Yerba Buena gets signage, iTunes tweaked for indie labels

Crews are putting up banners, signs, and other decorations to transform the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco into an Apple auditorium for the March 9 "Spring Forward" event, where Apple is expected to offer a general update on its various initiatives as well as formally debut the Apple Watch, which will arrive in stores some time in April. As reported earlier, Apple is also building on an extension to the center t...

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Hands On: Duckie Deck Card Wars (iOS)

Generally, Duckie Deck games tend to be more on the lighter side of problem solving and gameplay, intended for children between ages two and four. Duckie Deck Card Wars, however, is designed for children who are a little bit older, and are looking for their own games to play. We took a look at Card Wars to see just how well it stood up to the task at hand....

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Apple in talks to add streaming HBO service to Apple TV

According to a new report, Apple is in talks with movie and original program service HBO to bring its streaming service, called "HBO Now," to Apple TV as a standalone subscription service that does not require an existing cable or satellite connection. The deal, if it goes through, would bring some flexibility to users who would like HBO programming, but don't want to pay for a higher-priced bundle that cable compani...

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Screenshots of refreshed MacBook Air stats hint at Broadwell update

A Chinese site has posted images not of the forthcoming refreshed MacBook Air itself, but of its specifications gleaned from the "About this Mac" dialog. The images are said to be from a soon-to-be-released low-end MacBook Air produced by Foxconn, according to Feng.com, and reveal that the 13-inch unit will sport an Intel Broadwell Core i5-5250U dual-core processor set at 1.6GHz (with turboboost when required) and an...

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Hands On: Sync Solver (iOS)

We wrote a bit about Sync Solver for Fitbit app back in November. We have a Fitbit Zip, which tracks steps -- but doesn't do flights of stairs and sleep analysis, nor does it connect to Apple's Health app. Still, we'd like to get our steps into Health, and that's where a third party app like Sync Solver comes in....

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Apple Watch: SF annex for debut, Chinese mag cover, sales plan

Apple is making modifications to a tented annex that is an extension of the main Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, where it plans to formally unveil the Apple Watch to the press and public on March 9. The expansion construction is shrouded so as to obscure what the company is up to, but the most likely explanation is to have an additional showcase area for the product so as not to cut into the seating capacity of ...

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Hands On: Buy Me A Pie (iOS, Android, web)

Imagine a family function. Mom has run out of butter and sends her dutiful adult child out to the store to get some. People arrive with delicious things in crockpots, and oh! We're short a serving spoon. Mom calls and leaves a voice mail to pick one up, because her dutiful adult child is driving and would never pick up a call while driving. Unexpected guests arrive and we're going to need more lemonade, so Dad sends ...

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Daily Deals: Wacom Cintiq 13HD, 55-inch RCA HDTV, Sony action cam

Welcome to Daily Deals the post where we search for offers and discounts on a variety of computer hardware, gadgets, games, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Aside from a recap of still-active deals, today's new additions include the Wacom Cintiq 13HD, $200 off a 55-inch RCA HDTV, and a Sony Action Camera for $150. ...

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Hands On: Besiege (Cross-Platform)

Physics games are fun, and we'd be willing to be that most gamers are keen to agree. There's something almost addicting about games that employ smart physics engines, and fun rag-doll effects, that just seem to keep us coming back for more. Newcomer Besiege, by Spiderling Games, is a title that takes everything we love about the physics genre, drops it into a Medieval setting, and creates one of the most fun not-quit...

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Hands On: Star Drift (iOS)

Star Drift by Squarehead Studios is a side-scrolling spaceship shooter. The player taps the screen to maneuver up and down while picking up temporary buffs, blowing up baddies, and avoiding obstacles. The color choices and soundtrack evoke a late 80's aesthetic, with its bright glowing colors against a black background and cool synth riffs....

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Briefly: Tinder adds paid option, Sonos Controller update

Tinder has launched a paid subscription option for its localized dating app called Tinder Plus, adding two more features to the service as well as providing unlimited "likes." Passport allows paid users to select other locations to search for people in those areas, while Rewind allows for the correction of the last swipe action performed, potentially allowing for the user to reverse an accidental left swipe in the iO...

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How 'appflows' reveal the true power of the iPad Air 2

We recently had the opportunity to learn about how iPad Air 2 is being used in small business. There are several apps being used by small businesses on the iPad Air 2 to enable them to undertake tasks themselves, where they might otherwise outsource at considerable expense. We also looked at real-world case studies, where the same apps had been used to excellent effect. Perhaps the most interesting aspect was how a s...

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Follow-ups: Apple working on A123 settlement; Apple Pay adds banks

After our recent story two weeks ago about litigation being brought against Apple for poaching battery engineers and scientists from A123 Systems (an automotive and vertical-market energy research firm), Apple has informed the judge in the case that it is seeking a settlement and is in talks with the company. Apple had recruited former A123 Chief Technical Office Mujeeb Ijaz, who then helped Apple poach several of hi...

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Strong security of Apple Pay exposes weakness in banking system

The security built into Apple Pay is so resistant to tampering, reports the UK newpaper The Guardian, that criminals are focusing more than ever on traditional bank weaknesses surrounding common fraud and identity theft techniques, exploiting the lax identity requirements some banks employ for users who are adding credit cards to Passbook, which stores the data so that Apple Pay can later utilize it. So far, the frau...

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