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Friday, October 31

Forums: new Mini mysteries

Since the release of the updated Mac mini, there has been a lot of chatter in the MacNN forums regarding some of the choices made by Apple to use slower processors and take away the ability to upgrade RAM among other things. Yesterday Professional Poster "badidea" took to the forums reporting serious problems with re-partitioning their startup disk, and they are pleading for help from fellow forum members. ...

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Apple Deals: refurbished rMBPs from July 2014

Just added to Apple's Online Store are a selection of 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro models starting as low as $1,099. A $200 discount is offered on a Retina MacBook Pro configuration with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $1,099. Priced at $1,439 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. ...

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DealNN: Mac Pro, iMac, printers and more

Currently MacMall.com is offering a $150 discount on the Mac Pro 6-core computer which has been reduced from $4,800 down to $4650. That price break makes this the best price we have seen on this Mac Pro configuration by $50. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based flas...

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Apple Watch a tougher project than iPhone, says Jonathan Ive

The Apple Watch has been a tougher product to design than the iPhone, according to Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive. "Even though Apple Watch does so many things, there are cultural, historical implications and expectations," he said last night while accepting the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award from San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. "That's why it's been such a difficult and humbling program.... As soon as somet...

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Apple publishes open-source code for OS X Yosemite

Apple has published the open-source code contained in OS X Yosemite. This includes the xnu-2782.1.97 kernel, as well as numerous other system components. The parts combine into Darwin 10.10.0, an open-source OS derived from Apple, NeXTSTEP, and BSD code, among other sources. ...

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Briefly: new Chrome bookmark manager, GrooveMaker 2, DJ Rig updates

Google has publicly launched its bookmarking service for its Chrome browser, named the Chrome Bookmark Manager. Formerly named Google Stars while in development, the new extension incorporates Google Search with a new user interface. When signed in to Chrome with syncing enabled, users can bookmark a webpage with its one-click save function; this now saves an image and note to make bookmarks more efficient. Its searc...

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Outlook for Mac gets revamp, MS lays out Office for Mac roadmap

Microsoft has announced a new version of Outlook for Mac, incorporating several significant changes. The update includes a "modern," revamped user interface, with touches such as better scrolling and switching between Ribbon tabs. The underlying engine has been made faster and more reliable thanks to improvements to threading and database code....

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New Apple Store to open in Lille, France in November

Apple is preparing a new store in Lille, France, which barring unusual delays should open in November, reports say. A black construction facade with the company's logo has been spotted on Rue Faidherbe; such barricades usually go up in the last few weeks before a store opening. The shop should span two floors and slightly over 15,000 square feet. ...

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Giveaway: come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista all day!

Now that Halloween is in full swing (presumably swinging from a noose), it's time for all the little ghosts, goblins, ware-wolves and witches to come out of hiding. It's time for tricks, and it's time for treats, but most of all it's time for a little fun. So this year, come trick or treat with MacNN and Electronista, because we have a big bag full of Halloween treats (and some tricks) to give to our readers. Check b...

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Apple adds 15-inch 2014 Retina MacBook Pros to refurb store

Apple stocked its refurb store with 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on Thursday, offering discounts on the brand-new models just three months (to the day) after their debut of up to $570 off the current retail price. A wide range of configurations is available at this writing, ranging from a 2.2GHz Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage selling for $1,700 (15 percent off) up to a quad-core i7 model at 2.8GHz...

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a box full of new Mac Pro computers!

Last night as we were leaving work, we stumbled upon a great big box of brand new custom Mac Pro computers just sitting by the dumpster behind MacNN headquarters. We know it doesn't sound possible -- quite unbelievable really -- as a matter of fact, we hardly believe it ourselves. Since none of us need a new Mac Pro, we couldn't think of anything better to do than to give them away to our loyal readers. Instead of wa...

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Review: Tablo DVR

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a USB storage device. Th...

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Hands On: Organ Trail Director's Cut (iOS and Android)

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is a nostalgic game that promises to entertain both those who loved the original classic Oregon Trail as well as players who are simply looking for a surprisingly in-depth iOS game. Don't think that this game is simply riding the coattails of retro-gaming's popularity right now -- Organ Trail is an interesting game, even without the allure of the chiptune music and cutting-edge graphics ci...

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Thursday, October 30

Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 3 Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds!

With the witching hour upon us, we have a most wicked prize up for grabs: the Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds. Gather around while we tell the spooky tale of three wicked little sets of earbuds that lost their way, and ended up being captured by MacNN staff to send off to live with strangers. Pretty scary stuff for those earbuds, but it's another treat for our readers. ...

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Kodak PixPro SP360 action cam records 360-degree video

Kodak has introduced an action camera that can take 360-degree photographs and video. The PixPro SP360 has a domed lens located on the top, allowing its imaging sensor to take pictures or capture video from all angles surrounding the camera, allowing for 1080p video to be recorded showing the front, rear, and side views from wherever it is mounted. ...

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Briefly: BookArc Stand for Mac Pro, Spotify for iPad updated

Twelve South has announced the release of the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed for Mac Pro. Designed in the shape of an arc, the stand allows the compact computer to fit in spaces with half the height available, making it suitable for fitting into gear racks and studio shelves. The BookArc is composed is heavy gauge steel, which has been machined into a curve shape and coated with a chrome finish. ...

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to USB cable!

Tomorrow is Halloween, and as such MacNN and ...

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Grocery chain Meijer bucks CurrentC, accepts NFC mobile wallets [u]

[Updated with MCX clarification] Rather than disable its NFC-compatible terminals and stop taking Apple Pay (or Google Wallet, or Softcard) mobile payments after a period of compatibility, grocery chain Meijer has said it has "no plans" to stop accepting NFC-compatible systems in its stores -- despite being a member of MCX's CurrentC program, which contractually bars competing systems. The CurrentC system, which does...

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MPAA, national theater association take stand against wearables

Wearing Google Glass in any movie theater in the United States could soon mean a visit from law enforcement, thanks to the efforts of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and National Association of Theatre Owners. The organizations released a joint statement this week, announcing that wearable devices are now added to official anti-piracy polices....

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Seth Rogen tapped to play Steve Wozniak in upcoming Jobs biopic

Actor Seth Rogen may have been cast to star as Steve Wozniak in Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, sources tell Variety. Rogen is best known for his comedy roles, starring in movies like Neighbors and This is the End, but he has also appeared in dramas such as 50/50. The sources add that Jessica Chastain is under consideration for the movie as well, but what role she might play is unknown....

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Briefly: Microsoft OneNote iOS update, Flipboard 3.0

Microsoft has released updates for its OneNote client, available for both iPhone and iPad. Considered a "digital notebook," OneNote documents can be shared with others and across devices. Adding support for new iOS 8 features, users can now password-protect sections of documents directly from mobile devices. Touch ID unlocking is now enabled for owners of iPhone 5s or newer, and users can insert files from a preferre...

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Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak gets Cydia, will get English within 24 hours

The Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak tool is now being bundled with Cydia, and will get an English translation within 24 hours, its developers say. Cydia is commonly used to simplify jailbreaking, partly by offering an easy way to install unapproved apps. When the Pangu code was released earlier this month, it was only in Chinese and in a rudimentary form intended for developers....

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Epson to release V800, V850 Pro photo scanners in November

Epson is gearing up to release two new professional-level photo scanners in November, with the Perfection V800 Photo and Perfection V850 Pro. The scanners offer a number of scanning options, allowing users to scan photos and negatives -- including 35mm slides, medium format and film strips -- with the help of height adjustable film holders....

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Judge orders GT Advanced bankruptcy document unsealed

The New Hampshire judge overseeing GT Advanced's bankruptcy, Henry Boroff, has ordered the unsealing of an affidavit explaining reasons for the sapphire supplier's Chapter 11 filing. Apple has fought to keep the document private, claiming it could harm not only its reputation but its relationship with other suppliers. GT's COO, Daniel Squiller, is said to chronicle attempts to meet Apple demand, claiming that the lat...

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Microsoft Band officially launches, available to buy now for $200

Microsoft has officially announced its fitness tracker, the day after images leaked via companion apps. The Microsoft Band is able to track the wearer's vital signs and physical activities, with some included sensors not typically included in such devices, with it also providing a number of smartwatch-style interactions using its customizable display. ...

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Hands On: Jagged Alliance -- Flashback (OS X, Windows)

Kickstarter has helped to revive many favorites of the past, including Reading Rainbow, Veronica Mars, and even the Jagged Alliance turn-based strategy series. Jagged Alliance: Flashback was funded on Kickstarter by developers Full Control back in May of 2013, promising to create a tactical RPG that Jagged Alliance fans new and old would enjoy....

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Apple reverses course, decides to allow apps with calculator widgets

In another sudden turnaround, Apple has reversed a decision to block apps with calculator widgets from the App Store. An Apple spokesperson says that PCalc and other similar apps will be permitted in the store without changes. It's suggested that the company simply hadn't anticipated the possibility of widgets serving as calculators, hence reviewers being confused as to whether they can give the greenlight....

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Best Buy to offer gift cards with iPad Air, MacBook Air on November 8

As a part of a November 8 promotional event, the US branch of Best Buy will be giving away gift cards with purchases of an iPad Air or MacBook Air. Buyers of a first- or second-generation iPad Air will get a $50 card; the card value jumps to $100 when buying a MacBook. Shoppers must go to "select" retail outlets to qualify....

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Hands On: WaterField Outback Slip Case for iPad Air 2

Modern iPad cases are built not only to suit a wide range of uses, but a wide range of incomes, and both of those factors come into play with one of WaterField's first products for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the Outback Slip Case. On a functional level, it's relatively straightforward: it's a cushioned sleeve that you slide an iPad into. WaterField makes four variants, split between the Air and the Mini, and...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in new essay

Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay in a new essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Although the fact has been widely known for some time, Cook has never before stated it publicly. He says that he is "proud to be gay," but admits that it "wasn't an easy choice" to come out. "Privacy remains important to me, and I'd like to hold on to a small amount of it," the essay reads later on. "I've made Apple my life's wo...

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Hands On: Pandemic 2.5 (iOS)

How many games actually allow a player to play as something truly terrible? Sure, there are a lot of games that let players choose the "wrong" choice, but where are the games that let you wreak total havoc? Pandemic 2.5, the successor to the popular flash game Pandemic 2, will. This devious little gem allows players to create a custom disease from the ground up, which serves to help them eradicate the human race. The...

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Apple, Samsung still tops in smartphone market, but Xiaomi rising fast

A new report from IDC again places Apple and Samsung at the top of the heap for smartphone manufacturers as it has for years now -- but there is nonetheless notable change in the air. Samsung saw a significant drop in shipments for its smartphones, dropping 8.5 percent from the year-ago quarter. Apple, in second place, saw a 16.1 percent increase in shipments. Though Samsung was dominant with 78.1 million units shipp...

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