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Microsoft reportedly close to RTM Windows 10 build finalization

07/06, 1:54pm

Microsoft is allegedly close to finalizing software included in the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 10, one that it will be providing to manufacturers to install on their computers, notebooks, and tablets. Sources of The Verge claim the RTM build of Windows 10 will be ready sometime this week, ahead of the new operating system's final release to consumers that is scheduled to take place on July 29.

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App Update: iWatermark Pro, Pixy, HoudahSpot, more

07/06, 1:53pm

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 iWatermark Pro, Pixy, HoudahSpot, Flip4Mac Player, Hands Off!, Road Trip Planner, and Cocktail (Mavericks Edition).

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Paypal enters into agreement to buy money transfer service Xoom

07/06, 1:19pm

Digital money transfer providers PayPal and Xoom have announced a definitive agreement under which PayPal will acquire Xoom for $25 per share in cash or an approximate $890 million enterprise value. The transaction represents a premium of 32 percent over Xoom's three-month volume-weighted average price and was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, as well as the Board of eBay, PayPal's parent company (for the time being).

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Briefly: Apple Pay UK on July 14, Apple posts SF Pride video

07/06, 1:00pm

A memo to supermarket chain Waitrose employees (and seemingly confirmed by Apple UK training documents) appears to reveal that Apple Pay in the UK will launch on July 14, albeit with varying restrictions on how much buyers can purchase without having to enter additional information. According to reports, most merchants will have a limit of £20 ($31.24 US) on any kind of contactless payment system, except some new POS terminals that are specifically designed to support Apple Pay.

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Mac Game Review: Lego Jurassic Park

07/06, 12:50pm

"Welcome to Jurassic Park!" -- Richard Attenborough's John Hammond beckons us to enjoy what was supposed to be, and did eventually become, Disneyland meets the zoo meets the natural history museum. Of course, all is never as it seems. Now, one of the biggest film franchises of all time finally gets the Lego treatment just in time for its return to the big screen with Lego Jurassic World, from Lego game developers extraordinaire Traveller's Tales and porting house Feral Interactive.

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Polaroid upgrades Cube camera with Wi-Fi remote access

07/06, 11:58am

Polaroid is opening up a second generation of its compact Cube action camera up for preorder. The Polaroid Cube+ is another small video camera, measuring the same 35mm in each direction as the original, but this time the Plus adds in wireless connectivity to a smartphone or tablet using the companion app and Wi-Fi, providing viewfinder, remote controls, and faster sharing of captured video and images, at a range of up to 30 feet.

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Samsung ships 2TB 850 Pro, Evo 2.5-inch solid state drives

07/06, 11:57am

Samsung Electronics today expanded its retail SSD line, and has introduced the 2TB versions of its 850 Pro and 850 Evo solid state drives (SSDs). Samsung guarantees the 2TB 850 Pro for 10 years or 300TB written, and the 2TB 850 Evo for five years or 150TB written to the drive.

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GoPro rolls out Hero4 Session rugged sports camera

07/06, 11:29am

GoPro today announced its latest action camera, the Hero4 Session. The camera, is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than GoPro's Hero4 Black and Silver camera and benefits from a new durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a discrete housing.

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MacNN Deals: Protect your passwords, data with these three deals

07/06, 8:59am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's group of offers relate to keeping your online life safe, including managing your various passwords on multiple devices, and protecting your data by backing it up online regularly.

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Exclusive testing: iTunes 12.2 mangling network-shared libraries

07/06, 8:56am

Over the period of time since iTunes 12.2 was released, MacNN has been receiving spotty reports of iTunes library corruptions. We've begun preliminary testing on the root cause, and a final determination or possible workaround is some time away -- however, w do have solid data pointing to iTunes corrupting libraries hosted over an OS X network share periodically. More problematically, iTunes libraries accessed over an SMB share from either a Windows-based computer or network attached storage (NAS) device are frequently damaged by some iTunes process.

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Apple updates OS X server for Yosemite to 4.1.3

07/06, 7:45am

Hidden inside Apple's flood of releases last week, the Cupertino manufacturer released a point update to OS X Server for OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite. The server package that adds functionality to the base OS X "client" has been incremented to version 4.1.3, and brings security fixes, stability improvements, and importantly improved reliability of Time Machine backups and restores.

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Pointers: Listen to Apple Music offline on iOS

07/06, 7:25am

It is in all ways a great thing that Apple Music includes the ability for you to download music to listen to when you don't have an internet connection -- or you don't want to use the one you've got. If you're away from Wi-Fi and have a limit on how much data you can download without surcharges, Apple Music can eat through that like nobody's business. Plus whatever your plan, streaming much just kills your battery. So being able to have one big downloading session before you head out the door is brilliant. It's also ridiculously confusing.

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Comment: An independent artist's view on Apple Music

07/06, 6:42am

As a music fan, I'm delighted that Apple Music is finally here. The thought of being able to access most of Apple's iTunes catalog for a low monthly fee is a mouth-watering prospect. Before services like this were available, I would routinely spend two or three times as much every month on buying new music to feed my addiction. Therein lies the problem for independent artists, but also all artists at large, as streaming services move from being marginal, secondary sources of income to something increasingly material.

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MasterCard trials self portrait-based payment authentication

07/06, 6:13am

MasterCard is testing out an unusual method to verify the identity of a credit or debit card holder, by using photographs as an authentication method. The app is said to require the user to take a self portrait at the time of purchase in order to prove who they are, as MasterCard explores alternative ways for users to make mobile payments without having to provide a fingerprint or remember a PIN or password each time.

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Game Replay: Minecraft in Windows 10, Club Nintendo US ends

07/05, 10:49pm

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Microsoft is bringing Minecraft to Windows 10, Club Nintendo ends in North America, Sales are halted and refunds offered for Final Fantasy XIV for Mac, and the revelation that Destiny could have been a funnier game.

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