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Saturday, February 13

Hands On: Waving Cube 1.03 (iOS)

Do you fancy yourself someone with ultra-fast reflexes? Do you have nerves of steel? Put both to the test with a fast paced arcade game that will have you dodging spikes and collecting coins - a game called Waving Cube....

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Friday, February 12

Freebie Friday: Get lost in The Mesh, create your own iOS games

Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff that you can get, and possibly make use of this weekend, without spending a single penny. The freebies this time include a collection of Mac apps, a course on how to make your own iOS games, and a smattering of free App Store titles ....

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App deals for iOS: Samurai II Vengeance, Home Designer 3D Gold, more

The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free. ...

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App deals for OS X: Cross DJ, Boxy, Paperless, more!

Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while....

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Hands On: Sony ICD-UX533 digital recorder

It's not as if your iPhone can't record audio and in fact record it remarkably well. Yet there are times when it isn't good enough or it isn't convenient to use your iPhone. There are also times when it isn't appropriate or even allowed to have your phone out –– and there are times when you will benefit from having two recorders. Cue the broadcast-quality Sony ICD-UX533....

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Apple replacing some USB-C cables sold in June 2015

Apple has launched an exchange program for some USB-C cables that it sold in June 2015, both packed-in with the MacBook launched that year, as well as sold separately at Apple Retail stores and other venues. According to Apple, only a "limited number of cables" have a flaw that, while not dangerous to connected equipment, may interfere with proper charging of a connected device....

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Living With: Logitech K380 keyboard

We've been testing a lot of Logitech keyboards lately and, just between you and me, we were considering doing a kind of smackdown group test of the lot. However, when your water cooler conversations become heated about plastic keyboards, though, it's time to take a look at yourself and your priorities in life. That's not to say I won't cave in, especially if the alternative is to discuss football, but right now I'd l...

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Cable lobbyists write FCC, seek limited Internet privacy regulation

An assortment of special interest groups are petitioning US Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler to limit privacy protections offered to Internet users, under the guise of hampering innovation and harming consumers. Among the petitioners are cable and broadcast industry advocacy groups The American Cable Association, U.S. Telecom Association, Consumer Technology Association, National Cable & Telecommuni...

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Hands On: MindNode 2.2.2 for OS X and 4.2.2 for iOS

We've previously covered MindNode in both its iOS and OS X versions and the short version is that we liked them, they're handy and easy to use mind mapping apps. It's a regularly updated and well cared for app, though, with the universal version for iPhone and iPad having since gone through 14 further revisions since our January 2015 look. Now in its latest versions, MindNode 2.2.2 for OS X and MindNode 4.2.2 for iOS...

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Daily Deals: Vizio sound stand, 55-inch LG 4K TV, 2015 MacBook

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN search through online retailers for bargains, offers, and discounts on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. The still-alive deals from yesterday have been kept with dead deals moved off the list, with the new additions including a 55-inch 4K LG TV for $698, a Vizio 2.1-channel sound stand for $78, and other potential Valentine's Day gifts....

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Cue, Federighi spill details about iTunes, iCloud volume on podcast

In a surprise podcast appearance, Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi appeared to discuss Apple's forthcoming iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 releases. Additionally, on the appearance, the pair discussed the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, and the number of iCloud account holders....

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Harman shipping JBL Legend CP100 head unit with CarPlay on February 14

Harman has opened its head unit with support for CarPlay and Android Auto up for preorder, a unit it first showed off at CES in January. The JBL Legend CP100 in-dash receiver is an aftermarket upgrade for an existing 2-DIN in-car entertainment system that adds in connectivity with smartphones, including access to calling and messaging functions, turn-by-turn navigation sourced from the mobile device's mapping app, an...

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Apple allegedly set to roll out first self-produced programming

Apple partner and musician Dr. Dre is reportedly starring in and producing Apple's first self-produced television show. Titled Vital Signs the venture is said to be six episodes long, semi-biographical, chronicle the emotional development of the rapper, and bankrolled by Apple itself....

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Hands On: Apple Pencil

Back in what feels like the dark ages, when the Apple Pencil was announced, you know, possibly pre-Obama, perhaps pre-Ballmer, we were handed one to try. As it happens, at that exact moment the Pencil was put in our hands we were intently focused on the iPad Pro's screen and how the Smart Keyboard worked. It felt practically as if we took the Pencil out of politeness and wrote our signatures on the screen as quickly ...

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Pandora reportedly exploring possibility of selling itself

Pandora is looking to possibly put itself up for sale, and is working to enter discussions with potential buyers, as the service endures challenging trading conditions, according to a report. The music streaming service is supposedly working with Morgan Stanley to conduct acquisition talks with suitors, though apparently only at a preliminary level, and follows after the publication of a disappointing quarterly finan...

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Hands On: Frax HD 1.3.1 (iOS)

Fractals are pretty neat - those intricate geometric curves that seem to continue on infinitely. Fractals are often used to explain the way crystals grow and snowflakes form, and even the way galaxies have come to be. On top of that, as Frax HD shows, they're pretty cool looking as well....

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MacNN Deals: Fly high with these four discounted drones

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's four items are a selection of drones from the wide array available in the store, including small and cheap options as well as those wanting to record video from their flying machine while it is still in the air. ...

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Immersion sues Apple for allegedly infringing haptic feedback patents

Apple has become the target of a lawsuit from haptic feedback company Immersion, for alleged patent infringement in Apple's Force Touch and 3D Touch systems. Immersion claims the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6s infringe on a total of three patents relating to haptic feedback systems, with a complaint to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and a Delaware district court lawsuit seeking a sales inju...

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AT&T launches 5G wireless testing program, up to 100x faster than 4G

AT&T has detailed its plans for "5G" testing. The telecom giant plans to collaborate with Ericsson and Intel to work on 5G solutions starting in the second quarter of this year, with outdoor tests and trials over the summer. Field trials of 5G technologies in Austin, TX will begin before the end of this year. AT&T expects the new technology to deliver wireless speeds between 10 and 100 times faster than 4G LTE offeri...

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Pointers: Download your audio from SoundCloud

We feel a bit like we're rats suggesting that SoundCloud is a sinking ship that we're going to desert but right now, this week, there is reason to make certain you have all of the audio you've uploaded there. It will be a blow if the company closes as a result of poor financial returns, as it's a service we've enjoyed personally and we continue to use professionally: you can hear every one of the MacNN podcast shows ...

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Giveaway: Win your own iPad Pro, Apple Pencil with MacNN Deals

If you have looked at Apple's latest and largest iPad with envy, even if you already own an iPad Air or iPad mini, we may have something of interest for you. Take part in this giveaway from MacNN Deals, and you could win your very own 32GB iPad Pro, complete with an Apple Pencil, with the total prize package on offer valued at almost $900. ...

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Asics acquires workout-tracking mobile app Runkeeper

Runkeeper, the fitness app for iOS and Android that tracks your outdoor workout sessions, is being acquired by a sportswear brand. Revealed on Medium by Runkeeper CEO Jason Jacobs, it has entered a "definitive agreement" with clothing and sneaker producer Asics to be purchased, though without disclosing details about the acquisition's value, in a move that echoes similar acquisitions by major sporting brands of well-...

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