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Thursday, February 11

Apple reportedly drops Samsung in favor of TSMC for A10 production

Apple may be dropping Samsung as one of its processor manufacturers for the next version of the iPhone, according to a report. Rather than split the manufacturing of the "A10" chips between two semiconductor fabricators, a South Korean newspaper claims Apple will not be using Samsung, with TSMC apparently becoming the sole company responsible for producing the processor destined for use in Apple's future smartphone. ...

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Wednesday, February 10

App deals for iOS: Forbidden Island, Lara Croft Go, Learn French, 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 boardgame conversion Forbidden Island, one of the...

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App deals for OS X: continued sales from Smile Software, OrangeD

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 Toast Titanium, Filtromatic, and ...

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Daily Deals: $12 Apple Earpods, SanDisk 512GB SSD, Slingbox 500

It's your regularly scheduled Daily Deals post, where the staff of MacNN scour online retailers for great offers and bargains on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. The usual list of still-active deals is bolstered by a new collection, including a 512GB SSD from SanDisk for $136, a manufacturer refurbished Slingbox 500 Media Player for $119, and Apple Earpods for less than half price at $12. ...

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Pointers: Yes, you can still burn a movie DVD on a Mac in 2016

There's a funny meme floating around where someone asks someone else if they can fax something for them, and the answer is "no, because of where I live." "Where do you live," the confused asker asks. "In the 21st century," is the reply. These days, that question (which, fair warning, will likely be the subject of a future Pointers) could just as easily be asked by people who want you to "burn" something for them, whi...

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Apple leading smartphone in US with 40 percent share

A new report from Park Associates gauging the US smartphone market in 2015 has found that Apple continues to hold the largest share of the market with 40 percent, though rival Samsung was able to manage a small gain on the year. Noting that the US market has seen that 86 percent of "broadband households" have a smartphone now, the market analysis firm found that "operators are pulling out all the tricks to encourage ...

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Akamai investor call suggests Apple increasing in-house CDN reliance

Apple may be continuing to build out its own content delivery network (CDN), in order to provide downloads and streams of music and video content to its users, a report claims. An investor call about CDN Akamai's financial results has made rumors about Apple's in-house CDN resurface, with the suggestion that Apple is slowly moving away from relying on Akamai's network for its media transfer needs for markets around t...

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MacNN Deals: Upgrade your audio with these accessories

Every day, 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 audio accessories, including a compact Bluetooth speaker, a way to make Apple's EarPods fit more securely, a gadget that can make your wired headphones run off Bluetooth, and a pair of stylish headphones crafted from solid wood. ...

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Apple security certificate expiration forcing Aspyr, web updates

A series of soon to arrive Apple security certificate expirations will cause some problems, if users and developers do not take some steps to rectify the situation. A November-issued series of certificates, scheduled to expire on February 13 is affecting both game developer Aspyr. Additionally, Apple is mandating developers applications that generate passes for Apple Wallet, use Safari Push Notifications, or extend t...

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Bill aims to prevent state-level laws weakening device encryption

A new cross-party bill is being introduced to Congress later today, aiming to prevent state-level encryption bills from causing any issues. If passed, the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private Telecommunications Act (ENCRYPT Act) will preempt state and local government laws that would affect the encryption of smartphones and other devices, in an attempt to make device security laws more cohesive acr...

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Apple Pay, other services, not able to add new Visa card to wallet

Starting early this morning, Apple Pay users have been experiencing problems adding Visa cards to the wallet. The issue is limited to addition of new Visa debit or credit cards only, and is not impacting payments with existing Visa cards, or the addition and use of competing company cards....

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Bluetooth SIG delivers new Internet Gateway IoT connectivity protocol

The Bluetooth standard governing body, Bluetooth SIG, has introduced a new architecture and supporting set of educational tools that enables developers to quickly create Internet gateways for Bluetooth products. The new Bluetooth gateways allow any Bluetooth sensor to send and receive data to the cloud allowing for potential "Internet of Things" functionality such as the ability to monitor and control fixed Bluetooth...

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The Big Deal: The multipurpose Beyond Ink Pen for $49

Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deal lists, we occasionally find items that are interesting enough to have their own Big Deals post. Today's selection is the Beyond Ink Pen from our own MacNN Deals store, a writing tool that has far more technological functionality than a typical ball point pen usually offers. ...

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Vulnerability in Sparkle update framework puts Mac apps at risk

A framework used by developers to perform software updates in Mac apps has potentially put the users of some popular tools at risk, via a recently discovered flaw. A vulnerability in the Sparkle framework makes apps including Camtasia, uTorrent, and Sequel Pro susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, which could lead to the installation of malicious code on the Mac desktop, all without the knowledge of the user. ...

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Living with: Due 2.2

It feels wrong using more than one To Do app: it's actually against the ideas of Getting Things Done. That's for a good reason, too, as when you have what it calls one "trusted system," you always know when you're done. If you have two, you have to keep checking two; and good luck deciding what goes in what. Yet, that's what we're doing now, and it's because of Due 2.2. You can think of Due as a basic, but loud, To D...

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