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Apple releases third public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

07/29, 4:28pm

About 48 hours after offering a fifth developer beta of this fall's OS X 10.11 upgrade, Apple has made a "public beta" version available to registered testers, just a week after the last public beta, suggesting that more-or-less weekly updates will continue to appear through the testing process, a significant increase from the Yosemite public beta releases. The latest beta has the same focus areas as the previous beta.

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Verizon wireline union votes to strike over possible benefit cuts

07/29, 4:22pm

Verizon wireline workers, including telephone, cable, and FiOS service workers have voted to strike along the east coast of the US should the union see the need during the ongoing contract negotiation. Over 86 percent of the 39,000-strong workforce agreed to the strike, which could come as soon as August 1, the day the existing contract expires.

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IDC: iPad still king, but market for tablets shrinking

07/29, 3:19pm

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook remains "bullish" on the future of tablets, Apple and the market generally for tablets is declining as consumers continue to favor large-screen smartphones for tablet-like functions, and as companies struggle to figure out what the replacement cycle for the still-popular devices is or should be, says research firm IDC. According to Apple, it sold 11.2 million iPads (with shipments of 10.9 million) in its fiscal third quarter, down from 13.7 million sold in the previous quarter.

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Yahoo Livetext brings audio-free video text chats to iOS, Android

07/29, 3:07pm

Yahoo today announced Yahoo Livetext, a new app for one-to-one live video texting on iPhone and Android phones. Yahoo Livetext blends texting with the immediacy of live video -- but without the audio.

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Daily Deals: MacBook Pro, Home Cinema projectors, Lytro camera

07/29, 3:02pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. Still-active deals from yesterday are accompanied by a new wave of offers, including up to $600 off a mid-2014 MacBook Pro, an Epson Home Cinema projector for $400, and the Lytro Light Field Camera for $80.

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Hands On: Microsoft Excel 2016 v15.11.2 (OS X)

07/29, 2:20pm

It's no longer enough for Microsoft to add the odd new feature and scrub up the appearance of an app: the world has moved on, not least in that we now call them all "apps" instead of "applications." With Office 2016 now available to Office 365 users (if their companies have enabled it, or if they sign up themselves), our attention did go first to the new version of Microsoft Word. Office for Mac really contains four major applications (and OneNote, which we'll call a minor one) though, and while we personally might lump PowerPoint and Outlook together into the guest-cast category, Microsoft Excel 2016 15.11.2 is definitely a star of the show.

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App Update: Duplicate Photo Finder, Tropico 5, Graphic Inspector, more

07/29, 1:23pm

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 look at revisions to Duplicate Photo Finder, Tropico 5, Graphic Inspector, Picture Collage Maker, Audirvana Plus, and TextBatchConv.

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Briefly: Teenagers caught on iPhone scam, Sprint updates family plan

07/29, 12:58pm

Teenagers performing a scam where they sold iPhone boxes filled with Play-Doh bricks have been arrested. Three teenagers have been charged by the Auburn Hills police near Detroit, Michigan over the scam, after they sold the weighted box to a Metro PCS store owner, reports Reuters. The store owner contacted the police after he encouraged the teenagers to perform a second sale of "more phones" to the store, with the group arrested upon their return. All three have entered not guilty pleas and are due in court for a pre-exam conference on August 3.

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Apple issues driver update for Windows 7, 8 on Macs

07/29, 12:41pm

In a seeming coincidence to being the day Microsoft has launched its latest version of Windows, on Wednesday Apple released a driver update for those running Windows 7 and Windows 8 on their 2015 series MacBook computers, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and the latest Retina MacBook. The update is a FaceTime Camera driver update that improves compatibility with Windows when using Boot Camp-based installations.

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Motorola unveils Moto Pulse, Moto Surround Bluetooth headphones

07/29, 12:24pm

Alongside yesterday's Moto smartphone announcements, Motorola also unveiled a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The Moto Pulse and sporty Surround headphones come complete with an iOS companion app, which helps with connecting the devices to an iPhone or iPad, shows the remaining battery life, and helps track the devices down if they are lost using Google Maps.

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AT&T rails against $100 million FCC fine for misleading customers

07/29, 11:23am

AT&T is protesting the $100 million fine it was levied by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for improperly informing unlimited wireless customers of throttling after 5GB of data is consumed in a month. Claiming that the penalty is "an unseemly effort to coerce settlement," AT&T is demanding that the FCC retract the document, and cancel the associated fee, holding AT&T liable for misleading customers.

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The Big Deal: Last chance to get BundleCult's July Mac Bundle

07/29, 10:33am

If you have seen our previous posts about BundleCult's July Mac Bundle, then you'll know it contains a collection of ten essential apps to make your OS X life easier for just $30. There isn't much time left to take advantage of the offer, as the deal will be ending tomorrow morning, so if you think it may be handy, you may want to get it now.

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Livescribe rolls out new Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro edition

07/29, 10:00am

Smartpen manufacturer Livescribe announced yesterday that it is now rolling out a new Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition. The Echo smartpen is an all-in-one device that digitizes notes written on paper and records audio synchronized to handwriting using the built-in microphone. Following capture, the app and hardware combination transfers all of the notes and audio to a computer through USB.

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MacNN Deals: Repair your gadgets, start off in 3D printing

07/29, 9:54am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are highlighting some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's collection of deals may help you save money by repairing broken equipment yourself, including tool sets, an iPhone 3D screen repair kit, and an entry-level way to get into 3D printing.

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DevonTechnologies updates DevonAgent, DevonSphere for OS X El Capitan

07/29, 9:49am

Earlier today, DevonTechnologies updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DevonAgent as well as the context-aware search assistant DevonSphere Express bringing OS X El Capitan compatibility. In addition to other fixes and changes, DevonAgent Pro 3.9.2 now uses the title of PDFs displayed in the built-in web browser and will capture and send non-HTML documents to DevonThink.

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