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Hands On: White Noise 5.8 (iOS, OS X, Android)

06/30, 6:57pm

Remember those scenes in the 1992 comedy Cousin Vinny, where Joe Pesci's character couldn't sleep in the rural quiet of the small country town he was visiting. He didn't get a good night's rest until somebody sent him a recording of his New York neighborhood at night. Noise can either keep you awake, or lull you to sleep. White Noise by TMsoft is an app that provides ambient soundscapes, paired with an alarm clock and the ability to record and loop our own "perfectly quiet" environment sounds. We tried out White Noise for iOS on our iPhone 5, and we were often surprised and delighted by the experience.

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Sprint launches 'All-In' plan that limits video stream bandwidth

06/30, 6:26pm

Sprint has launched a new price plan today that it hopes will make the cost of the service simpler to subscribers signing up to it. At the same time, the carrier has also come under fire for including a policy in the "All-In" plan's small print, limiting the amount of data transferred for specific types of network traffic, a move which some may consider to be against the basic principles of net neutrality.

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Apple updates Garageband, iBooks Author, iMovie

06/30, 6:23pm

Apple continued with its cascade of updates on Tuesday with updates to iBooks Author (now at version 2.3) and Garageband (version 10.1), alongside an earlier update for iMovie (updated to v10.0.9). The Garageband update is the most significant of the three, bringing a wealth of new drummers, drum kits, and synthesizer patches, mostly focused on electronic dance music (EDM) and Hip Hop.

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Apple finally launches iTunes 12.2, capping day of software updates

06/30, 6:20pm

Breaking: As predicted, Apple has just made iTunes 12.2 available for OS X users, as of 6PM ET. While not yet available through the iTunes update menu, the package can be seen and downloaded through the App Store's update tab. The software, which was expected earlier today to coincide with the launch of Beats 1 and Apple's paid music services, brings a revamped set of free and paid services to the music-management program, replacing iTunes Radio and making other minor interface changes to align with the iOS release.

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Mac users seeing request to upgrade to unreleased iTunes 12.2 [u]

06/30, 4:53pm

[Update: iTunes 12.2 now released at 6PM ET] While iOS users are experiencing changes related to Apple Music, Mac users are also seeing things fall into place, but at a far slower pace. Before Mac users will be able to use Apple Music and listen to Beats 1, they will have to upgrade iTunes from the current version 12.1.2 to version 12.2 -- an update which is currently unavailable to download by users, and is conspicuous by its absence on a day when Apple has overloaded it servers with a plethora of major, minor, and security updates.

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Linksys ships range-boosting replacement antennas for home routers

06/30, 4:35pm

Networking company Linksys today announced the first dual-band, omni-directional high-gain antennas for the consumer market. The new Linksys high-gain antennas available in a two- and four-pack help improve a router's signal strength specifically at the edge of a Wi-Fi network resulting in enhanced Wi-Fi performance.

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Forums: iMac only boots to safe mode, login issues and more

06/30, 4:33pm

This week in the MacNN Forums, members assist Posting Junkie "sek929" with trying to get to the bottom of a problem he is having with an iMac that will only boot into safe mode. Today "ibook_steve" had some questions about logging into Apple Discussions and turned to the forums for answers.

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Apple deals: iPads and iPods

06/30, 4:28pm

Right now at Apple's online store, find great bargains on refurbished iPads and iPods. The refurbished 5th generation iPod touch with 16GB of storage can be had for only $149 after a $30 discount, while $159 will get a 4th gen. 32GB Touch. Priced at $199 is the refurbished 5th generation 32GB iPod touch in blue, pink or space gray. Also available is the 5th gen. 64GB Touch in yellow or space gray for $239.

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GigSky utilizes Apple SIM for purchase of world-spanning data plans

06/30, 3:54pm

International data service provider GigSky today announced that it will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with the Apple SIM in more than 90 countries and territories. With an Apple SIM installed, iPad customers can view and select available pay-as-you-go contract-free short-term data plans directly on an iPad, avoiding purchasing a local SIM during world travel.

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Briefly: TaiG iOS 8.4 jailbreak; Downgrade iPad 2, iPhone 4S to iOS 6

06/30, 3:33pm

Jailbreak group TaiG has released an iOS 8.4 hack, mere hours after the official Apple release of the new OS. The new software revision uses the same exploit that the group used just days ago for iOS 8.3, allowing users to install the Cydia repository, and other phone software tweaks, at the cost of some device security regarding execution of arbitrary code. The hack requires a Windows PC, iTunes, and the newly released 2.2.0 version of the group's tool.

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Uber acquires Bing mapping assets, 100 employees from Microsoft

06/30, 3:25pm

Uber is significantly bolstering its mapping operations and research, by acquiring technology and staff from Microsoft for an as-yet undisclosed amount. Map-related assets from Bing are being passed on to the app-based taxi firm, reports TechCrunch, with approximately 100 employees also being transferred over as part of the purchase, in yet another navigation-related acquisition from the transport company.

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Hands On: Apple Music (iOS, OS X, Windows)

06/30, 3:13pm

Just spotted on one of our reviewers' Facebook page: a music fan has written "so long Spotify, it was good while it lasted." Time will tell -- specifically three months of time, as that's how long Apple's giving for free -- but we're already impressed with Apple Music. Not so impressed, however, with the expected problem of it being difficult to download the necessary updates while everyone else in the world was trying to grab them too. Actively disappointed with the unexpected issues facing some unknown number of iTunes Match users, as well. Yet in terms of what Apple Music does, and what it's like, we actually are impressed.

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Apple updates Safari, releases first 9.0 beta, offers EFI security fix

06/30, 3:02pm

Among a storm of major updates, Apple has also issues updated versions of Safari for the three versions of OS X currently supported: Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), and Yosemite (10.10). In addition to the updated Safari versions (6.2.7, 7.1.7, and 8.0.7 respectively), the company also issued the first developer beta of the forthcoming Safari 9.0, which will accompany the release of OS X 10.11 this fall, and a pair of EFI updates.

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Daily Deals: 128GB iPad Air, GoPro Hero3+, Samsung curved HDTV

06/30, 1:40pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the dead ones, and have added a bunch more, including a cheap GoPro Hero3+, a cut-price 128GB iPad Air, and a Samsung 48-inch curved HDTV for $700.

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App Update: Pro Media Tools, Angband, Macgo Blu-ray Player, more

06/30, 1:28pm

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 here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to Pro Media Tools, Angband, Macgo Blu-ray Player, MKV2M4V, UninstallPKG, Pixave, and iMovie.

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