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Saturday, April 30

Crowdfunding Critic: The Secret History of Mac Gaming book

When you think "critical turning points in computer gaming history," chances are you might not think about the Mac at all. Richard Moss, a freelance writer, ludologist (gaming researcher), and gaming enthusiast, is going to try to change that. He's writing a book called The Secret History of Mac Gaming, and attempting to crowdfund its production....

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Hands On: Homido 360 VR player 2.0 (iPhone)

One of the most exciting prospects for us, when learning about mobile VR, was the idea of being able to watch our favorite YouTube and streaming services through a VR headset, but we were surprised when the streaming giants were sluggish to give us an in-app option. We do have a solution, though, one that comes in the form of a handy little app called Homido 360 VR player....

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Friday, April 29

Freebie Friday: Sync your passwords, clean your iPhone, ride a dragon

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 an offer arriving on May 4, a trial of a secure password storage service, and a game where you pilot a dragon and cause chaos. ...

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Report: Apple to try data extraction for 'lost at sea' victim's iPhone

A lawyer representing the family of Austin Stephanos has revealed in a court hearing that Apple has agreed to attempt data extraction on a recovered iPhone 6 used by the Florida teen, who along with companion Perry Cohen was lost at sea nine months ago. The 19-foot fishing boat the pair used was re-recovered last week after having drifted off following the initial recovery last year. The family of Cohen, along with t...

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Coach to offer high-end fashion bands for Apple Watch

A sales representative for high-profile handbag and satchel maker Coach has revealed that the fashion designer is planning to partner with Apple for a range of fashion bands for the Apple Watch that will debut in June. The bands, which may reflect that seasonal colors, decorations, charms, and styling of the company's spring line of bags, are said to be retailing for $150 and will likely be sold at the company's bout...

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Pointers: updating our iOS 9 battery-life tips guide

This edition of Pointers is actually a sequel to our column of April 20, which has proven to be a popular one, and was on the topic of changing some habits to reward yourself with big battery-life savings. We got some smart reader suggestions from our smart readers, and we did some further testing on our own (that surprised us a little bit). We'll update you on the further testing of Personal Hotspot, Low Power Mode,...

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Daily Deals: Tesoro keyboard, 50-inch Element HDTV, MacBook Air

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers to find offers, discounts, bargains, and sales for our readers to enjoy. Expired deals from the list created over the course of this week have been purged, while the new deals list includes a 50-inch Element HDTV for $250, a 13-inch MacBook Air for $850, and a Tesoro Excalibur G7NL blue illuminated mechanical gaming keyboard for $70. ...

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Fitbit wins in ITC patent infringement suit against Jawbone

Fitbit is now less likely to endure an import ban for some of its fitness trackers into the United States, following a ruling made by a US International Trade Commission (ITC) judge yesterday. In a dispute between Fitbit and Jawbone over alleged patent infringement, ITC Judge Dee Lord ruled the last of the contentious patents owned by Jawbone to be invalid, though the ordeal is not yet over for either of the companie...

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US Supreme Court suggests jurisdiction-less computer searches

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing on behalf of the Supreme Court, has authorized a rule change that could allow any judge in any jurisdiction to issue a search warrant for the contents of computers -- including mobile devices such as smartphones -- in any other jurisdiction, a move that would certainly result in judge-shopping and widespread search powers for the government and various agencies. The rule change wil...

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MacNN Deals: Four discounted accessories for your Apple Watch

Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all things you can use with an Apple Watch, including a collection of stands, a portable battery pack, and the ability to seriously customize your wearable device with a personalized watch band. ...

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Hands On: Loud on Planet X (cross-platform)

Do you love music? Do you hate aliens? Do you love listening to music, and killing aliens with lasers? While that's an oddly specific pastime, there's a great chance that if you think you like any of these things, you're probably going to be in the market for checking out Loud on Planet X....

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TiVo agrees to be acquired by Rovi in $1.1B deal

TiVo, the manufacturer of TV set-top boxes, has agreed to be acquired by another company that is also quite big in the digital video recorder business. Rovi will be paying $1.1 billion, made up of approximately $277 million in cash and the remainder paid in stock, to acquire the DVR producer, with the deal apparently being seen as a way for Rovi to significantly increase its patent catalog by including TiVo's collect...

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Apple continues to increase R&D expenditure

Apple continues to increase its expenditure on research and development programs. For the period January to March, the company spent $2.5 billion on R&D, a figure 31 percent higher than for the same period last year. Further, as a proportion of its total revenue, Apple's R&D expenditure reached 5 percent for the first time. Historically, Apple's R&D expenditure as averaged at around 3 percent of its total revenue. Ac...

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The Big Deal: The MacUpdate Spring Bundle of 11 apps for $50

Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Today, we're highlighting the MacUpdate Spring Bundle, which is offering a collection of ten productivity and creative apps for your Mac, as well as a bonus app for those placing early orders. ...

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FBI reportedly didn't pay more than $1M for San Bernardino iPhone hack

The FBI may not have spent as much to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c than previously claimed by the director of the bureau, according to a report. A previous suggestion by Director James Comey that put the price of the hack in excess of $1.3 million dollars is being declared as an over-inflated number, with numerous government sources of a report putting the figure somewhere below $1 million. ...

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Hands On: Radiant Grid 1.0 (iOS)

We've got another game for all you casual puzzle game addicts -- something that doesn't rely on stress as a mechanic to trip you up, or something that doesn't force you to do things for a set amount of points. This time we're taking a look at Radiant Grid, a simple puzzle game that is easy to pick up, and harder to put down....

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Porsche bringing CarPlay to 718 Cayman series

Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple’s iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system....

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Apple share buybacks resume Friday, company will benefit from price

Apple will resume its share buyback program on Friday, following a mandatory period where the program was suspended. Following Apple's relatively disappointing fiscal Q2 earnings report for the period January to March, the company's stock took a battering, wiping around $40 billion from its market cap. However, with share prices dipping down to its lowest level this year, Apple is poised to take advantage of any turn...

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Leica M-D camera costs $6,000, does not include rear display

Luxury camera producer Leica has launched its latest high-end digital imaging device, but one that is missing a very common component that usually appears on digital cameras. The Leica M-D (Typ 262) is a 24-megapixel camera with a full-frame CMOS sensor and the Maestro image processor, but unusually the company has decided to purposely leave off any way of being able to review any shots taken on the camera itself, as...

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