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Friday, September 04

Hands On: Vent Luxe iPhone car mount

Not everyone likes having their car windscreen blocked by a big iPhone 6 Plus and in many states they can like it all they want, they're still not allowed to do it. Plus, we don't all have cars, some of us hire one only when we need it. For each of us, a full-blown car mount for our iPhones is overkill and instead the Vent Luxe is a contender. It's an iPhone car mount that you wedge onto the slats of your air conditi...

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MacNN Deals: Record videos from high in the sky with these drones

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items are a trio of drones, with all three quadcopters allowing you to fly around, perform acrobatic airborne maneuvers, and record footage from a viewpoint high in the sky, all without breaking the bank. ...

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Hands On: Colorburn 1.3 (iOS)

If you've owned an iPhone for longer than about 20 minutes, chances are you're already aware of the vast amount of photography filter apps on the App Store. And, if you've taken a look at them, most of them offer the same thing: a couple dozen filters that are all remarkably the same. Occasionally you'll find one that stands out from the rest, but for the most part they're pretty much the same filters wrapped in a di...

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Google Chrome 45 improvements reduce memory usage by tabs

The latest release of the Chrome web browser has introduced a number of measures to make it faster and less resource-hungry earlier than anticipated. Version 45 of the browser for desktops now incorporates a number of features that can minimize the amount of memory the software uses for tabs and other functions, with one other feature coming out in the coming weeks which could help notebook users extend their battery...

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Pointers: Five OmniFocus Tips (OS X)

Not everyone has OmniFocus but maybe everyone should. True, it's a bit of a bionic To Do manager and overkill for many people plus more than perhaps most software, this kind of thing is very individual. You can hate OmniFocus and adore Todoist and we wouldn't think you're a bad person. Only, if you are an OmniFocus fan or you're just starting out with it, you are the sort of person who needs its powerful features yet...

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Hands On: Knomad iPad Air Leather Portable Organizer by Knomo

Previously on MacNN... in a piece about Living With: Knomo Leather Case, we not only enthused about a bag we've had for seven years, we said it would take a huge shove before we'd move away from it. AThen as we just said on the new One More Thing podcast, it's as if the makers said right, Challenge Accepted. For a week now we've been using a much more recent alternative, the Knomad iPad Air Leather Portable Organizer...

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Mozilla tests Firefox for iOS in New Zealand in preparation for launch

Mozilla has started to publicly show its attempt at bringing Firefox to iOS, with an initial test launch in just one country. The mobile browser has been unveiled in a public preview in New Zealand with expansion to a "few more countries" expected in the coming months, with Mozilla using the limited launch to receive feedback on a number of features before it has a wider release to users in the rest of the world late...

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Thursday, September 03

Game Replay: I Am Bread on iPhone, ESPN eSports job, Steam beta

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, I Am Bread heads to iOS, Sony starts testing its PlayStation 4 firmware update, Valve also tests an upgrade for Steam's Big Picture mode, and ESPN looks to expand its gaming coverage by hiring eSports editors. ...

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Briefly: 'Steve Jobs' at Telluride, News app grows to 50 publishers

Universal Pictures' Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-written, big-budget biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, titled eponymously after the mercurial former CEO, will have its debut with at least one screening at the Telluride Film Festival, which begins tomorrow. The timing of the screening or screenings hasn't been revealed, and will also be shown at the New York Film Festival on October 3, followed by a general...

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Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 digital pen revealed with updated design

Wacom has unveiled a new stylus at IFA, alongside its other graphics tablet-based launches earlier today. The Bamboo Fineline 2 takes after the original launched last year in being a stylus for normal tablets, one with pressure sensitivity allowing apps to react to how hard the user presses down with the nib, and in turn letting users be able to make more refined and detailed drawings on their tablet compared to usin...

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Kantar: iPhone upgrades will continue, Europe switching from Android

A new study by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel based in Europe has disputed speculation that Apple's next iPhones may not do as well as the record-shattering iPhone 6 lineup, which proposes that pent-up demand for a bigger-screen iPhone has now been addressed after three quarters of staggering sales figures. The study not only found that at least a third of all US iPhone buyers are at the end of their two-year...

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Hands On: Magic River 1.0 (iOS)

We've become somewhat accustomed to games falling short aesthetically. Either the designs are too gaudy, or the sounds are too harsh, and after we play them we're left feeling a little disappointed. Every so often, we come across a game that absolutely knocks it out of the park when it comes to design. For us, Magic River is one of those games....

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Judge denies Apple new Smartflash trial, but retains dropped damages

US District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap has denied Apple a chance at a new trial to clear its name from charges that it willfully infringed on patents owned by patent troll Smartflash last February, but has decided to retain the dismissal of the original $532.9 million awarded to the company for damages, clearing the way for a damages retrial later this month. Judge Gilstrap reversed the jury's award, but not its fin...

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FCC approves Verizon Wireline, FiOS sale to Frontier in CA, FL, TX

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Frontier Communications' acquisition of Verizon's wireline, broadband and video operations, including the FiOS network, in California, Florida and Texas. The company is currently also seeking approval from the California Public Utilities Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, and has received Hart-Scott-Rodino federal antitrust clearance. ...

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Daily Deals: SanDisk SSD four-pack, Dell monitor, $600 3D printer

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 3D printer for $600, a 19.5-inch monitor from Dell for $80, and a four-pack of SanDisk 128GB SSDs for just $160. ...

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Good Apples: Cupertino's failures that weren't

Microsoft gets a lot of attention, praise and applause when it pre-announces products it's going to release one day and that somehow represent a golden future of the technology industry. Apple goes the other way and gets the opposite reaction: it prefers to announce products that actually are the future of the industry but you can buy them now. Maybe it's just that they casually drop in the words "available today" a ...

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Wacom Bamboo Spark creates digital images from pen and paper notes

Wacom has made a slight departure from its usual graphics tablets, by using its knowledge to create a note-taking device built into a folio. The Bamboo Spark uses Wacom's stylus input technology to allow the folio to capture the movement of the pen, allowing it to record images drawn by the user the pen and paper, effectively creating a digital copy of the drawing or other data as an image file for safe keeping or la...

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App Update: Posterino, Acorn, Haskell, more

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 Posterino, Acorn, Haskell, CrossOver, and Deliveries....

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MacNN Deals: Headphones for listening in comfort, when keeping fit

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three selections are all for listening to music privately, including two stylish headphones for more relaxed listening, and one pair of earbuds for those who like to exercise with some musical accompaniment. ...

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Apple VP: 'a bit of homework' yet to do on Apple Music, iTunes issues

Oliver Schusser, an Apple vice president for iTunes International, was recently interviewed by the UK's The Guardian newspaper and admitted that the company is getting "a lot of feedback" on issues ranging from the design of the iOS Music app to sometimes-severe problems with iTunes 12.2 on Macs, as well as both compliments and brickbats on the overall Apple Music paid subscription service and the free features that ...

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Samsung improves iOS IoT compatibility with new SmartThings Hub

At today's Samsung press event at the IFA conference, the company released a new new SmartThings Hub. The new hub is equipped with a more powerful processor that enables video monitoring, and a battery backup that lasts up to 10 hours in case of a power outage. The Hub is also able to process some automations locally without an Internet connection. Alongside the release is also a new iOS and Android app for organizat...

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Wacom introduces four packages in new Intuos graphics tablet range

Wacom has used IFA to launch a new range of Intuos graphics tablets. The new tablets are being brought out in four different models with two different sizes, with the Art, Comic and Photo tablets including Pen and Touch capabilities while the Draw version just has pen input, with also including optional wireless connectivity, 1,024 pen pressure sensitivity levels, and four customizable ExpressKeys in the top corners....

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Genieo adware features new exploit that gains access to Keychain

The latest version of the adware toolbar malware known as Genieo now has the ability to access the OS X Keychain without user knowledge, thanks to privileges gained during the initial install where the user willingly uses their admin password. Though the program itself does not use the technique to cause any malicious harm on its own, the trick will likely be copied and used by others to possibly compromise the secur...

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Living With: Apple's iPhone 5c in white

I did the original review here of the iPhone 5c -- it was an upgrade for me from the iPhone 4, a game changer in its own regard. Our review was one of very few positive ones, and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe reviewers compared it to the significantly more expensive (without contract) 5s, which released at the same time, and maybe not. But, other than the original "game changing" original iPhone that gave us the f...

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The Big Deal: Last chance to buy the Supercharge Your Mac Bundle

If you want to make improvements to the way your Mac operates cheaply, you haven't got long to pick up a software package from MacNN Deals. The Supercharge Your Mac Bundle contains nine apps that can help make you work more efficiently and keep your files in order, but the deal is only going to be active until tonight, so if you want it you had better be quick. ...

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US District Court approves $415M anti-poaching lawsuit settlement

A settlement proposal by major tech companies to end a multi-year lawsuit over anti-poaching policies has been accepted on the second attempt. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has approved the settlement, proposed in January by co-defendants Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe, with the joint settlement figure of $415 million being a significant increase from the settlement figure of $324.5 million originally proposed by...

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Logitech debuts K380 multi-device Bluetooth keyboard, M535 mouse

Accessory manufacturer Logitech today introduced the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse. As opposed to setting configurations for the device with software drivers, the K380 will recognize your connected device and automatically map keys to supported functions and shortcuts....

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Hands On: Nozoku Rush 1.0.1 (iOS)

Are you a big fan of number-based puzzle games? Do you ever feel like there aren't enough games that cater to your insatiable urge for addition and subtraction? Maybe 2048 isn't a challenge anymore. It's been known to happen. People get so good at combining tiles that it no longer becomes anything more than muscle memory. Well, we're going to show you a game that is plenty challenging, even fore the most adept math w...

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Sony creates Wena watch with fitness tracking, contactless payments

Sony has created a smartwatch that offers some advanced functionality while keeping the appearance of a traditional wristwatch, unlike its existing smartwatch efforts. The Wena, said to stand for "Wear Electronics Naturally," uses a normal dial-based face instead of a screen, though despite the appearance, it is able to provide notifications using a customizable LED light on the watch band and through vibration, with...

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Pointers: the magical powers of restarting

Those of you who follow the MacNN Podcast will know that I got an Apple Watch (finally) a little over two weeks ago. I have been enjoying it, thanks, but a day or two ago it started misbehaving: specifically, the "hey Siri" function would not complete once I had told it what I wanted. It would just hang there, like a needy groupie. So I needed to figure out how to troubleshoot it....

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