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Monday, February 08

App deals for OS X: AppDelete, MathStudio, MacGourmet Deluxe, 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. Today's assortment of Mac apps includes the aforementioned sale on AppDel...

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App Deals for iOS: The Martian, Music Theory Pro, Upad 3, 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. Highlights from today's list include sales on art tool Inspire Pro, writing utility Quick Draft...

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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source

Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall ...

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Instagram now supporting multiple accounts

As reported earlier, Instagram has formally announced that it will roll out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in it's iOS app with an update that will bring the program to version 7.1.5. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app, and some users are reporting that the ability to add account...

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Lawyers consider possible legal action against Apple over 'Error 53'

Apple may face some legal trouble in the future, if lawyers decide to proceed with plans to launch a class action suit against the company. Law firms are apparently considering taking action against Apple over the "Error 53" controversy, where third-party repairs of the Touch ID button on iPhones would trigger an Apple-produced security measure that effectively makes the smartphone completely inoperative. ...

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Apple Watch most secure, privacy-conscious wearables, says study

A new study that compared the security of user data as transmitted by the short-range Bluetooth used by the leading fitness and health wearables has found, as one headline writer summed it up, that "every fitness tracker but [the Apple Watch] is a privacy nightmare." The report, done by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab and Canadian privacy-rights group Open Effect, tested eight wearables and found that all -- ...

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Hands On: Super Phantom Cat 1.10 (iOS)

Who didn't dream about growing up to become a superhero when they were a kid? We're willing to bet you did, and the same is true of one feline named Chemist White, who just so happens to be the protagonist of a fun, retro-inspired platformer called Super Phantom Cat....

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Daily Deals: ChugPlug, WD My Passport Ultra, refurbished iMacs

It's the day after a major sporting event, and it is almost certain some people are feeling a bit worse for wear after watching the big game, and possibly partying afterward. If you need to buy some hardware, software, or gadgets today, let Daily Deals be your guide, and help you find great offers from online and offline retailers, while you take care of yourself. The Deals slate has been emptied of older inactive de...

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Apple releases third betas of OS X, iOS, watchOS, tvOS to developers

On Monday, Apple released third betas of OS X 10.11.4, iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 to developers, with changes -- if any -- from the previous betas largely unknown, except for an update in the new tvOS beta (for the fourth-generation Apple TV) that adds dictation support for searches using the Siri remote. OS X 10.11.3 continues to build on the previous beta's support for Live Photos in Messages, also seen in ...

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Facebook 'Free Basics' service banned by Indian regulator

Facebook's project to provide people in developing countries access to essential websites has come under fire in India, with the local telecommunications regulator banning free mobile data programs that appear to go against net neutrality principles. Free Basics, the Facebook-created service is no longer allowed to operate in the country, after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) instituted new regulatio...

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 50: Burning Down the House

Happy birthday to us -- The MacNN Podcast turned one this week, and so -- when you listen to this episode -- picture us both wearing jaunty party hats. Back down to the usual two-man rowboat, this week MacNN Editor Charles Martin and Managing Editor Mike Wuerthele talk about a few hot topics, and by that we don't mean the emo superstore down at the mall. Naturally, our recent site redesign -- the first in a whopping ...

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App Update (OS X): Tweetbot, Together, Permute, 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 cover Twitter client Tweetbot, storage utility Together, video converter Permute, ...

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Hands On: Wild Weather 1.5 (iOS)

The default weather app on the iPhone is useful, but a bit bland, and the default weather app on the iPad is... well, it doesn't exist. Sure, you could snag some big-name weather app, or one that includes interactive maps and real time weather updates, or you could get an app that is simple, stylish, and cool. If you're interested in the cooler option, allow us to tell you about Wild Weather....

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MacNN Deals: Four more accessories for charging your devices

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. While we showed off some power-related accessories on Friday, there's a lot more of them in the store than just those four, so today's collection is made up of some of the more unusual battery and power accessories available to purchase. ...

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Apple GPU supplier Imagination Technologies cuts costs, sacks CEO

Apple GPU supplier Imagination Technologies has reported that it will report a second business year of losses in April. Additionally, partially in response to the terrible results, the company has fired CEO Hossein Yassaie, and will divest itself of its unprofitable music line, Pure....

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Apple Music launches in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries

Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of ...

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Apple reportedly close to receiving Apple Store approval in India

Apple is apparently getting closer to launching its first retail stores in India, with the government reportedly preparing to fast-track the company's application. A source of a report claims Apple will be able to bypass a number of regulations that typically prevent foreign entities from setting up stores to sell their own products, with Apple deemed a "provider of cutting-edge technology" and is being given prefere...

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Hands On: Tweetings for Twitter 2.18.3 (iPhone)

Twitter is awesome, and so is the official Twitter app. We've had no real complaints about it in the years that we've used it, though that doesn't mean we're not open to alternatives. Today, we check out Tweetings for Twitter, an app that attempts to add some upgrades to your Twitter experience....

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Logitech Group videoconferencing system aimed at medium-sized groups

Logitech is attempting to take on the videoconferencing market, by launching a new conferencing system aimed at mid-to-large size groups and meeting rooms. The Logitech Group follows on from the CC3000e in the ConferenceCam range, offering the ability to hold a conference call with a group of up to 14 people locally, though this can be extended to a total of 20 people by the use of an optional expansion microphone. ...

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This Week in Apple History: February 6 through 12

You know that over its 40-year history, Apple has had its ups and downs. What we didn't appreciate, until we started slicing through those decades week by week, was that there would be weeks that seemed just a bit cursed. Yet alongside the plane crash that changed everything, alongside Black Tuesday at NeXT, and alongside the failure of the Apple III, this week also saw the famous autographing of the Macintosh....

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Hands On: App in the Air 5.1.10 (iOS)

If you're sitting in exactly the right spot in the departure lounge, you can see all the flight information you need right there on the monitors. For anywhere else, from being at a bad angle to being at home planning your trip, App in the Air 5.1.10 shows you what you need....

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Pointers: Backup your Quicken data right now

This is where coming new to a product may be a help: we've been using Quicken 2016 for around six weeks now while researching a full Hands On review, and in the mix of good and bad things we've found out about it, we entirely missed something. Quicken 2016 does not backup your data the way previous versions of the software did and, we'd say, every version of every software should. The more longstanding a Quicken user...

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Giveaway: Win an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil from MacNN Deals

There are some people who believe the iPad can be used as an extremely lightweight notebook replacement. Not that long ago, Apple picked up on this trend and created their version of the iPad geared towards work, and as part of a MacNN Deals giveaway, you now have the chance of owning your very own iPad Pro, complete with the Apple Pencil, in a package valued at almost $900. ...

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