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Wednesday, July 29

AT&T rails against $100 million FCC fine for misleading customers

AT&T is protesting the $100 million fine it was levied by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for improperly informing unlimited wireless customers of throttling after 5GB of data is consumed in a month. Claiming that the penalty is "an unseemly effort to coerce settlement," AT&T is demanding that the FCC retract the document, and cancel the associated fee, holding AT&T liable for misleading customers....

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The Big Deal: Last chance to get BundleCult's July Mac Bundle

If you have seen our previous posts about BundleCult's July Mac Bundle, then you'll know it contains a collection of ten essential apps to make your OS X life easier for just $30. There isn't much time left to take advantage of the offer, as the deal will be ending tomorrow morning, so if you think it may be handy, you may want to get it now. ...

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Livescribe rolls out new Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro edition

Smartpen manufacturer Livescribe announced yesterday that it is now rolling out a new Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition. The Echo smartpen is an all-in-one device that digitizes notes written on paper and records audio synchronized to handwriting using the built-in microphone. Following capture, the app and hardware combination transfers all of the notes and audio to a computer through USB....

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MacNN Deals: Repair your gadgets, start off in 3D printing

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are highlighting some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's collection of deals may help you save money by repairing broken equipment yourself, including tool sets, an iPhone 3D screen repair kit, and an entry-level way to get into 3D printing. ...

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DevonTechnologies updates DevonAgent, DevonSphere for OS X El Capitan

Earlier today, DevonTechnologies updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DevonAgent as well as the context-aware search assistant DevonSphere Express bringing OS X El Capitan compatibility. In addition to other fixes and changes, DevonAgent Pro 3.9.2 now uses the title of PDFs displayed in the built-in web browser and will capture and send non-HTML documents to DevonThink....

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Pointers: Six tools for writing books

When you've done something once, you can fly through it the second time. Unless that second time is ages later, in which case you spend all your waking hours re-learning something you'd already sweated through. So entirely for you and not at all, not in the teeniest way for us the next time we write a book, here's what you need. It's what we recommend after a summer of working on this, followed up by one or two cases...

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SubRosaSoft brings speed, Yosemite compatibility to FileSalvage 9

Long time OS X developer SubRosaSoft has announced the immediate availability of FileSalvage 9. The latest version of FileSalvage features up to five times better recovery speed according to the company, a new user interface, and most importantly, support for OS X 10.10....

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Nokia reveals Ozo stereoscopic 360-degree camera for VR videos

Nokia has unveiled its first camera aimed at professional creators of 360-degree video content, for the production of footage viewable using virtual reality headsets and other imaging systems. The Ozo virtual reality camera is a spherical device that has a collection of eight imaging sensors and an equal number of microphones capable of recording stereoscopic video and audio that can be seen and heard at all angles. ...

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Hands On: Learn Spanish with MosaLingua 7.0 (iOS)

Language is one of those things that needs to be maintained and routinely brushed up on, and is especially true of a second language. How many of us took Spanish or French in high school, but haven't spoke a lick of it since then? If you're looking for a great way to refresh your memory, we suggest checking out something like Learn Spanish with MosaLingua....

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Microsoft ships Windows 10, upgrade for Windows 7, 8.1 available now

Microsoft has finally made Windows 10 available to download for all users. The latest operating system from the software giant is out in 190 countries simultaneously, allowing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to start upgrading their systems to Windows 10, with Microsoft also commencing sales of full installations of the software via its own Microsoft Store as well as through Amazon and other traditional outlets. ...

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Tuesday, July 28

Game Replay: Ouya acquisition deal, 2TB PlayStation 4 at GameStop

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Ouya strikes an acquisition deal with Razer, GameStop offers the PlayStation 4 with a 2TB capacity, and Dragon Quest 11 becomes the first game confirmed to ship on Nintendo's future NX game console....

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Opinion: Why Force Touch on the iPhone will be awesome

Following the arrival of Apple Watch, a lot of people are expecting to see Apple bring Force Touch to the iPhone. It seems inevitable that Apple will do just that, with the possibility that it could arrive as soon as the next version of the iPhone, expected to arrive in the next couple of months. Not only will it work as a key feature differentiator, it will actually be a great addition for iPhone functionality, and ...

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Briefly: 'Steve Jobs' at NY film fest, Keith Richards' Apple Music vid

The forthcoming major-studio Steve Jobs biography movie, simply entitled Steve Jobs, will get an early debut at the New York Film Festival on October 3, a week ahead of its October 9 national debut. The film has been given the prestigious "centerpiece" slot on the evening, with the film festival's director, Kent Jones, saying the movie is taking an "unconventional approach" to tell the story of the mercurial Apple co...

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Daily Deals: MacBook Pro, 16.3MP Samsung camera, Seagate 2TB USB Drive

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. Still-active deals from yesterday are accompanied by a new wave of offers, including a MacBook Pro for $200 off list price, a Samsung WB380 16.3-megapixel camera for $130, and 2TB of external storage for just $80. ...

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Study: Apple Watch having material impact on health of users

The Apple Watch's innovative combination of gentle reminding, motivation, goal setting, and its key visualization of activity and progress is actually working to help users lead healthier lives, a new study from Wristly concludes. Users in a study of Apple Watch early buyers report that 86 percent of them are still wearing the device on a daily basis, with another 12.3 percent wearing it "most days." Only three respo...

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Hands On: NC Twitter Widget for Notification Center 1.1 (iOS)

Twitter is a never-ending waterfall of news, totally random information and totally spurious comments: you can't keep up with everything, and everything changes from moment to moment too. NC Twitter Widget for Notification Center 1.1 can't stop the flow, but it can let you quickly see the latest few tweets before, just as quickly, letting you back into real life. It's an iOS 8 Notification Center item, which means yo...

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Motorola launches Moto X Play, Moto X Style, third-generation Moto X

Motorola has introduced three more devices to its Moto Android smartphone range at today's media event. A 2015 edition of the entry level Moto G was shown alongside two new variants of the flagship Moto X, including the Moto X Play with a large 3,630mAh battery said to last for up to 30 hours of mixed usage, and the Moto X Style, which uses a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and improved internal specifications. ...

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Repair facilitator iFixit partnering with electronics recycler ERI

Device repair resource and teardown mavens iFixit is partnering with the largest recycler of electronic waste in the world, Electronic Recyclers International, to to make repair possible for gadgets of all kinds. The pair will make heretofore unavailable parts purchasable through iFixit, alongside guides, and the sometimes specialty tools required to do the repairs....

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Hands On: This is My Food 1.0.0 (iOS)

Educational apps for kids over the age of five are often entirely centered around reading comprehension or mathematics, and often tend to gloss over the sciences. We think that is a real shame, because kids are naturally curious about the world around them and how it works. Urbn Pockets, however, saw this opportunity and decided they'd step in, with a biology- and nutrition-themed app called This is My Food....

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App Update: ChronoSync Express, Liquid Rhythm, FilePane, 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 ChronoSync Express, Liquid Rhythm, FilePane, NetShred X, Keep...

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Intel, Micron reveal 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology

Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. today unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to enhance any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. While superficially similar to HP's Memristor technology, 3D XPoint technology is a new and major breakthrough in memory process technology....

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T-Mobile adds Apple Music to Music Freedom, reveals iPhone 6 offer

T-Mobile is completing its Un-carrier Amped summer initiative with a pair of announcements that benefit Apple fans the most. Its Music Freedom service will include Apple Music for the first time, while customers picking up an iPhone 6 from the carrier this summer will be able to upgrade to the next generation of device for free, if the upgrade takes place before the end of this year. ...

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Apple debuts three new ads for Apple Watch showcasing apps

Apple has now added three new TV spots to its collection of ads for the Apple Watch, each with an emphasis on showing what apps look like on the device, and each with a theme: music apps, travel apps, and fitness apps. The commercials showcase mostly third-party programs, and showcase the amount of clear, useful information that can be gleaned on the small screen. Shazam, Yelp, and Nike+ Running are among the apps fe...

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Hands On: Dashlane 3.0.3 (OS X, iOS)

Ask anyone who uses a password manager app, and they will evangelize about it -- but they'll also make it sound as if there's only one. We're a little guilty of this ourselves: we've regarded 1Password as synonymous with password management. Yet there are really a handful of them, and Dashlane 3.0.3 has fans who will never look at anything else. They probably don't need to....

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Apple deals: Mac minis as low as $419

Today at Apple's online store today find reduced prices on a wide selection of refurbished Mac mini configurations. Starting at $419 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. A $110 price cut is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $589. ...

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MacNN Deals: Learn how to develop your own apps, games, web services

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the highlights within our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items are all Pay-What-You-Want bundles that can help you become a top-notch programmer, including web development, app creation, and producing your own games for others to play, while also raising funds for Creative Commons....

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Briefly: Windows 10 pre-load, Amazon Prime Music in UK

Microsoft is allegedly preparing for tomorrow's launch of Windows 10, by preloading the operating system on computers that have been booked in for the upgrade. According to WinBeta, users that have already reserved their free upgrade from Windows 7 or later will start to see the files being preloaded ahead of a release after midnight tonight. The report also warns upgraders they can also expect to download a day one ...

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Opinion: Yesterday's Google+ divorce -- Facebook gets the kids

If you have signed up for YouTube, if you've got yourself a Gmail account, or if you have sneezed within 17 miles of a Wi-Fi hotspot, you've been given Google+. We'd say whether you wanted it or not, but did anyone actually want it? Now the service continues -- sans Google+ Photos -- but it's no longer going to be rammed in the direction of your throat. You can safely sign up for Google's more useful and popular serv...

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Hands On: Lumo Deliveries 1.4.2 (iOS)

Resource management games are a fairly broad genre. You've got the base builders and the simulation games, but every so often you've got games that are almost entirely about one single thing: aquiriing and reallocating resources. The most famous title we can think of is Cookie Clicker, but there are several other games in the genre. Today, we check out another game that fits this mold, Lumo Deliveries, to see how it ...

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Hands On: Stray Dog Simulator 1.1 (iOS)

If you've never experienced the joy of playing a game that is utterly ridiculous, we're not sure if you have even really begun living. We've checked out a lot of silly games here, and they've earned a spot in our heart. Today we add another to our growing list, Gluten Free Games' Stray Dog Simulator, a game in which you live the life of a stray dog....

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HSBC, First Direct start supporting Apple Pay transactions

Two more banks have started to accept Apple Pay transactions in the United Kingdom, two weeks after it launched in the country. HSBC and First Direct have joined the growing roster of UK financial institutions supporting Apple Pay, with their customers now able to make contactless payments in stores using the Apple Watch or iPhone 6, though there are still a few notable gaps in the collection of banks. ...

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