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Leaks of 'iPhone 6s' parts show few hardware changes

08/02, 4:46pm

As one might expect once the unit entered larger-scale production in anticipation of a September release, leaked images from factory workers in China of the next release of iPhones are increasing in frequency, and are increasingly likely to be legitimate. The images thus far have revealed little in the way of changes to the design or casing of the next iPhones, likely to be called the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," despite rumors of significant new features.

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Opinion: The trouble with the Music app for iOS

08/02, 7:35am

In response to Jim Dalrymple's troubles with Apple Music and its problematic integration with iTunes and iTunes Match, Marco Arment wrote a piece recently that provided a good explanation of why this seems to have reached a tipping point. While Arment highlighted a range of issues, one that he said he didn't want to get "started on" was the Music iOS app. In the absence of Arment's views, I have put forward what my issues with the Music app for iOS are here.

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Introducing two books from MacNN writers

08/02, 3:03am

If you've been following our Wednesday Pointers column over the last nine weeks, you'll know that the column on that day was devoted to documenting the process of writing a book, and then turning that manuscript into a real, buyable, out-in-the-world e-book and paperback. That book, William Gallagher's The Blank Screen: Blogging, is now available -- and an e-book version of the columns has also been created.

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Pointers: the iOS troubleshooting and device maintenance guide

07/31, 7:05pm

Today's Pointers column was inspired by a real-life incident in which an acquaintance asked me for help in picking out a new iPad. Knowing that they had a fourth-generation iPad -- not far removed from the iPad Air 2 that I have -- I asked why. "Doesn't work anymore," they grumbled resentfully. "Lots of crashes, some apps don't even launch now." I asked if it had ever been turned off. "Every night," they said. I said, "no, not put to sleep -- turned off." "You can do that?!" they exclaimed.

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Daily Deals: Toshiba external drive, Onkyo headphones, Harry Potter

07/31, 3:41pm

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 Onkyo headphones for $60, an external Toshiba 1TB hard drive and Wi-Fi adapter for $65, and all of the Harry Potter movie franchise films in various formats.

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Strategy Analytics: Apple now second-biggest mobile phone maker

07/31, 2:54pm

A new study by Strategy Analytics has confirmed Apple CEO Tim Cook's claim that iPhone sales were up a staggering 35 percent year-over-year, making Apple the smartphone maker with the second-highest mobile phone shipments overall, including "feature phones." The remaining-but-shrinking market for low-end smartphones and feature phones is what keeps Samsung in first, but Apple's marketshare rose to 10.9 percent share, compared to last year's 8.2 percent.

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Hands On: Bee 1.0 (iOS)

07/31, 2:50pm

The world seems to hate email, but it isn't going anywhere -- and those of us who like it are bemused at attempts to replace it. Microsoft Send didn't strike a chord with us but actually, maybe Bee 1.0 does. It's definitely got a place in adding convenience and speed to emails, though probably not if you're a heavy user of Apple's Mail, and definitely not if you're wedded to Gmail or Outlook.

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Google rebuts French global 'Right to be Forgotten' request

07/31, 2:23pm

Google has responded to France's request for the European "Right to be Forgotten" law to be expanded to cover all Google search pages, suggesting it to be a bad idea for Internet users as a whole. French data protection regulator CNIL's formal notice for delisting of requested links has been declared by Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer as a "troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web."

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Forums: 21.5-inch Retina iMac?

07/31, 1:55pm

This week in the MacNN Forums, members discuss their hopes and dreams that one day we will see a , with many saying that it's probably still a long way off. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is wondering if their MacBook from 2009 can actually handle 8GB of RAM, and has a few questions about Yosemite.

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Apple deals: iMacs from $929

07/31, 1:43pm

Currently at Apple's online store, there is a wide selection of refurbished iMacs on sale with prices starting as low as $929. A $170 price drop on the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive makes the price $929. A $230 discount is offered on the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,269.

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App Update: Pagico, FCS Remover, Vinoteka, more

07/31, 1:26pm

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 Pagico, FCS Remover, Vinoteka, Call Recorder for FaceTime, File Juicer, and MTR.

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MacNN Deals: Homeware gadgets to wake you up, set the mood

07/31, 11:58am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are highlighting some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's offering includes an unusual alarm clock, a cooking thermometer for your iPhone, and the ability to change the mood of a room using Bluetooth-equipped lightbulbs.

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Hands On: Vellum 1.2.5 (OS X)

07/31, 10:18am

There's reviewing and there's reviewing. You know that the tiniest single-function utility gets examined, turned upside down, poked about with and possibly even shaken a bit. You also know that doesn't take long. There are things like Microsoft Word which take a month or more of serious use with betas and previews before more serious use with the final release. Then there's Vellum 1.2.5. We've had this software for about six months, maybe seven. You can't say we're quick with the news on this one, but complete, we are.

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Giveaway: Win a Samsung 4K TV with an Apple TV, Fire TV, or Roku 3

07/31, 10:05am

This is your reminder that our own MacNN Deals page is giving you the opportunity to own a serious upgrade for your living room. The giveaway prize package is for a Samsung 50-inch 4K television, and to provide you with content to watch on the large high-resolution screen, your choice of a new set-top box from either an Apple TV, an Amazon Fire TV, or a Roku 3 Media Player.

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Rumor: Apple TV refresh in September includes Siri voice control

07/31, 9:40am

The Apple TV may be the subject of a refresh in the near future, according to another recent rumor for the streaming set-top box. The latest version claims Apple is intending to unveil a next-generation Apple TV in September, alongside the launch of new iPhones, with it this time incorporating many updates, including an update to its operating system that allows access to the App Store, as well as voice control provided by Siri.

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