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Apple issues fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers

07/27, 9:50pm

A day earlier than expected, Apple on Monday issued a fifth developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to registered developer accounts. At present, there is no further public beta release apart from the second tester release, issued last Wednesday. The new beta 5 has the same focus areas as the previous beta.

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Leak claims Parallels 11 will allow OS X users access to Cortana

07/27, 8:21pm

Users of Windows 10 on OS X may be able to use Microsoft's digital assistant, if they are using Parallels' Desktop for Mac. A leaked product page for version 11 of the virtualization software allegedly suggests that Cortana's voice commands will continue to be usable by Mac users running the Microsoft operating system on their desktop, even if Windows 10 is not the foremost application at that time.

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Rumor: 10 million signed up for Apple Music in first month

07/27, 8:16pm

In only its first month, some 10 million people have signed on to give the subscription-based Apple Music a try during its three-month free trial period, according to music industry sources that allegedly reflect a figure given to them by Apple itself. While the number doesn't mean much during the free trial period, if one assumed that the number of users trying it out will grow over the summer, established rivals may have reason to worry.

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Google separating Google Accounts, YouTube profiles from Google+

07/27, 7:26pm

Google is making more changes to the way its services work with its social network, by starting to separate Google Accounts from Google+. In yet another move that suggests Google+ is slowly losing prominence, the search company is starting to decouple its services from the site, with YouTube comments soon to be disassociated with Google+ possibly being the biggest news from the company for today.

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Briefly: Apple joins WH climate group, announces UK bond sale

07/27, 5:00pm

On Monday, Apple was announced to be part of 13 companies joining a White House initiative headed by Secretary of State John Kerry, taking a new pledge called the American Business Act on Climate Change plege. Apple, which has already invested extensively in renewable energy resources and other environmental initiatives, joins tech companies Google and Microsoft in the project, which aims to reduce carbon pollution by six billion tons by 2030.

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Follow-up: Apple to launch 500 new resellers in India

07/27, 3:06pm

As part of an expanded push in one of its fastest-growing markets that recently saw the company advertising for a senior government manager, the iPhone maker is now in the final stages of executing a plan to increase its available resellers to around 500 outlets. There are currently around 100 resellers already on board, and the company plans to double iPhone sales in each of the next three years.

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Daily Deals: Harman Kardon home theater, dashcam, Crucial 500GB SSD

07/27, 2:49pm

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. The old deals from last week have been removed, because it is the start of a new week, with the new deals including a 500GB Crucial SSD for $150, a dashcam for $120, and a Harman Kardon home theater system for $300.

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Hands On: Busy Shapes 1.4.0 (iOS)

07/27, 1:40pm

There's something to be said for apps that cater to the preschool and elementary crowd. Years go, most developers avoided creating apps for younger kids, because most mainstream consoles and computers had far too many buttons for little fingers. Thanks to touchscreen devices, more developers are making the leap to engage a younger audience. We checked out Busy Shapes, a cute puzzler for the under-10 set.

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App Update: Deliver, uBar, Drobo Dashboard, more

07/27, 1:30pm

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 Deliver, uBar, Drobo Dashboard, MacFamilyTree, DetectX, and Cookie Stumbler.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 25: My Stupid Cat's Fault

07/27, 1:27pm

Another interesting week at MacNN brings us plenty to talk about on Episode 25 of The MacNN Podcast, ranging from the FCC approval of the AT&T/DirecTV deal for no clear reason (but with a bunch of conditions), to our new column "My Stupid Fault." We also include a full report on Apple's fiscal Q3 and the uncalled-for drop in the stock, the results of our testing of Apple's new third-party SSD Trim support, and more.

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Intel Skylake may offer 30 percent battery improvements over Broadwell

07/27, 12:34pm

Intel's upcoming 14nm Skylake line of processors will be a considerable improvement compared to current-generation Broadwell chips, according to allegedly leaked internal slides. The performance improvements between Broadwell and Skylake will see improvements in many areas, including a 30 percent longer battery life, up to 50-percent better 3D performance, and improved processor performance at lower power, making it especially ideal for notebook-based systems.

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MacNN's Week that Was: July 19 through July 25, 2015

07/27, 12:22pm

Yeah, its a day late because of some improvements on the site, but its now time for the weekly MacNN Week That Was column! Rolling into our second month, this is our weekly column on the stories that entertained us, informed us, or amused us in our patrols around the Internet during the week. We're not just highlighting our own writing -- anything that we've discussed behind the scenes here at MacNN is fair game. Read on for thoughts on the events of the week in the tech world!

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Researchers develop single-molecule transistor in the lab

07/27, 10:55am

An international team of researchers has demonstrated for the first time that a single molecule can operate as a field-effect transistor when surrounded by charged atoms that operate as the gate. The technology is in its infancy, but points to a future of even smaller transistors than possible now, with computers operating on a near-quantum level.

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MacNN Deals: Three ways to upgrade how you charge USB devices

07/27, 10:30am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are highlighting some of the discounted items available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three items are all USB hubs, with two designed to help you charge your devices more efficiently and quickly, and one to give you increased control over which USB devices can be connected and usable.

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Beijing police raid counterfeit Apple iPhone maker, nine arrested

07/27, 10:18am

Acting on a tip from US law enforcement, Beijing police raided a factory producing fake iPhones and accessories. Nine suspects have been arrested in the scheme, which produced 41,000 fake phones and could have been worth up to $19 million in counterfeit electronics sales.

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