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Apple updates OS X to 10.10.4; includes networking, Mail, Photos fixes

06/30, 11:16am

In an update flurry this morning, Apple has also debuted OS X 10.10.4. In addition to Apple's general fixes included in every update, the revision includes the excision of DiscoveryD for improved networking reliability, a fix to an external monitor issue, and a rectification of a JavaScript exploit in Safari.

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European Parliament agrees to end roaming, new net neutrality rules

06/30, 10:48am

Europe is one step closer to ending mobile phone roaming charges throughout the continent, after the European Parliament agreed on new rules to end them once and for all. According to the deal, agreed to last night in the final days of Latvia's European Union Council presidency, roaming charges as a whole will be scrapped in the next two years, with the agreement also surprisingly including stricter net neutrality rules that would apply across the continent.

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Apple iOS 8.4 and Apple Music is on the air, servers hammered [u]

06/30, 10:48am

Updated with correction As expected, Apple has launched iOS 8.4 with an accompanying OS X 10.10.4 update. Alongside the software release, Apple has also fired up the Apple Music service and Beats One. Apple Music provides access to millions of tracks in the iTunes catalog, both for streaming and offline listenings. Music curation includes recommendations for songs and albums from experts, with playlists for various activities and song genres.

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Hands On: Penumbear 1.2 (iOS)

06/30, 9:52am

We've been up on our high horses about platformers here before, explaining why the genre has some serious flaws on mobile platform -- but today, we think we found one that addresses the flaws the best. We urge you to check out Penumbear, a classic platformer with a creepy twist.

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MacNN Deals: Three ways to improve the way you charge mobile devices

06/30, 8:49am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have three power-related items, including one battery, a way to charge multiple items at once, and one gadget designed to make sure you are charging your devices as efficiently as possible.

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LG Chem creates higher-capacity hexagonal batteries for smartwatches

06/30, 7:23am

Smartwatches with higher-capacity batteries could soon be hitting the market, if manufacturers adopt a new battery from LG Chem. The battery, hexagonal in shape, is said to provide up to 25 percent more capacity compared to similar-sized rectangular batteries, which the company believes can provide up to four more hours of battery life, a significant addition to the amount of time current smartwatches are capable of lasting for between charges.

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Hands On: Wolfram Words 1.2 (iOS)

06/30, 7:01am

Wolfram Alpha is a website and a service that works like a search engine that thinks. Ask it questions and it doesn't just return a search result pulled from a stodgy database, it calculates the answer. Usually we use it for things like 'how many working days between now and 27 November" and usually we then go off on a rabbit hole of exploring other facts and answers. What we've perhaps never used it for is anything to do with words and now Wolfram Words 1.2 wants to correct that.

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Briefly: Sprint Direct 2 You in more cities, Amazon Prime Now in UK

06/30, 6:34am

Sprint is bringing its Direct 2 You home delivery and set-up service to two new markets. The latest major expansion of the service, Sprint will now be delivering smartphones and transferring files and user settings between old and new devices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver. This brings the total number of cities covered by Direct 2 You to 28, with it expected to roll out to more locations throughout the rest of this year.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 21: Writing your app in (Taylor) Swift

06/29, 7:55pm

Episode 21 of The MacNN Podcast is now available! Join us for a very speedy hour as we talk about a great new contest where you can win a 5K Retina 27-inch iMac, the licensing kerfuffle with Apple Music that features a happy ending, more troubles for MacKeeper, the plaudits and perils of e-publishing, the trauma of having to send in a Mac for repair, and our picks for App(s) of the Week! Show notes after the jump.

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Uber executives detained in France following French taxi strike

06/29, 6:25pm

Two executives of Uber have been taken into police custody in France, days after the country-wide strikes held by traditional taxi service operators upset over Uber's continued operations in the region. The detained company management is being questioned by the authorities over the legality of the service, specifically concerning the taxes and social charges Uber allegedly avoids dealing with, due to the nature of how it operates.

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One Musical Group crowd funding MFi Smart Piano, Light Keyboard

06/29, 4:32pm

Purveyor of musical instrument learning technology One Musical Group announces today the North American launch of its piano product line: The One Light keyboard and The One Smart Piano which the company claims is the worlds first MFi-certified upright piano. Both devices are already in production and with a US launch bering funded on Indiegogo.

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Hands On: Satechi Smart Travel Router

06/29, 4:30pm

In our experience, there are two things -- both of which cause frustration and discontent -- that most international travelers can agree on: hotel Wi-Fi, and the fact that one probably won't be able to just plug something in to fix it. Not only are there differences in what's coming out of the wall in different regions, but the standards for how plugs are shaped are different as well. We were very interested, then, when we saw the Satechi Smart Travel Router. Aside from creating a personal Wi-Fi network when it's plugged in, it also provides two USB ports, and acts as a plug adapter.

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Frigidaire launches Wi-Fi-enabled window Cool Connect Air Conditioner

06/29, 3:15pm

Home appliance manufacturer Frigidaire has released the first iOS and Android app controlled window air conditioner. The Cool Connect Air Conditioner connects with the Frigidaire Smart Appliance app across the Internet and through a local area Wi-Fi network, which lets consumers control the unit from their smart device, including generating a schedule for operation, receiving maintenance alerts, and remote unit status monitoring.

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Daily Deals: 1TB SSD, $300 50-inch HDTV, IP surveillance camera

06/29, 2:46pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we've wiped the slate clean of older deals, with the new collection including a $300 50-inch HDTV, a 1TB SSD for under $400, and a 720p IP surveillance camera for $60.

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App Update: Ableton Live, Cute DJ, Freeway Pro, more

06/29, 2:21pm

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 Ableton Live, Freeway Pro, Mac App Blocker, CuteDJ, Skip Tunes, and Typinator.

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