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Apple stops code-signing for iOS 8.2, blocking downgrade possibilities

05/04, 7:45pm

Continuing with recent custom, Apple has stopped "code-signing" iOS 8.2 for security reasons. The move, intended to protect users, does make downgrading back to earlier versions impossible, and prevents users with jailbroken devices in iOS 8.2 from updating. The code-signing procedure, which applies to both Apple and iOS or OS X developers, is designed to prevent malicious apps from masquerading as legit ones, or for outside parties to inject code into applications.

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Hands On: TextGrabber + Translator v4.5 (iOS)

05/04, 7:01pm

Apps that promise to help you snag pictures of real-life documents aren't new, and we've checked out several in the past. Typically, the apps tend to scan a document and convert the image into a PDF, which is useful if you're planning on reading the document digitally. However, if you're looking to edit the text you're reading, you're out of luck. That is, until we checked out TextGrabber + Translator, by ABBYY.

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Briefly: YouTube vanishes from older Apple TVs, Ford adding CarPlay

05/04, 5:08pm

Owners of second-generation Apple TV units -- the last of the larger, gray-colored models -- have reported that YouTube has vanished from the devices starting last night, with both the dedicated channel and references to the feature being removed. As reported previously, the change is due to alterations Google announced last month in the YouTube Data API to allow for new features that various older devices, including some of Google's own, cannot support. Also affected in the cutoff are YouTube app support for older iOS devices running obsolete versions of iOS.

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GE shows HomeKit-compatible LED light bulbs with GE Align

05/04, 4:27pm

GE Business Innovations today debuted color-changing LED lighting compatible with Apple's HomeKit during GE's Connected Future event, unveiling LED-enabled Intelligent Environments capabilities for cities, buildings and homes. The new HomeKit-enabled LED bulb will utilize GE Align technology, automating lighting according to the body's natural sleep cycle, tracked by HomeKit and Apple's iOS-based HomeKit..

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Hands On: Meditate Plus 1.01 (iOS)

05/04, 3:37pm

Whether you take meditation as an essential part of your life, or see it as just being able to shut up and stop thinking for a minute, there are an awful lot of meditation apps for iOS. Seriously. There are more of these than there are notepad apps, and we didn't think that was possible. Normally we'd examine them all, but it just seems somehow wrong to stress-test meditation apps. We've come to Meditate Plus after anecdotal recommendations, which also said you can see this app as a model for how they all work.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 13: Powerwall to the People

05/04, 1:28pm

Welcome, comrades, to episode 13 of The MacNN Podcast as we celebrate the glorious people's revolution and salute labor everywhere this May Day through (mostly) home electronics! In the latest episode, various citizens of MacNN parade like troops on review through a number of Apple- and non-Apple topics under the watchful eye of our Dear Readers! Truly it is worker's playtime with the Apple Watch now arriving, plus Tesla's Powerwall battery reveal.

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Daily Deals: Sony 40-inch TV, Turtle Beach headset, Star Wars Kindle

05/04, 12:09pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day where we search online for discounts, offers, and sales for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it's the start of a new week, we've wiped the slate clean of old deals, with the new list including a 40-inch Sony TV, Turtle Beach gaming headphones, and because of today's date, discounted Star Wars books on Kindle.

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Hands On: Stickman Rush v1.1 (iOS)

05/04, 10:39am

We dig games. We spend a lot of time playing them around here, and we've become somewhat adept at picking out games that we think are particularly good examples of both enjoyable and challenging mechanics. We took a look at a fun, albeit strange title that we think you'll like, called Stickman Rush.

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Mac Game Review: The Spatials 2.7

05/04, 10:18am

In space, no one can hear you having fun. But that's precisely what you will be doing soon after starting a game of The Spatials, a new strategy building game from first-time developers Weird and Wry. In The Spatials, you are the commander of a space station on a distant asteroid. Or, at least you will be once you build it. Using your strategic skills and the credits provided, you plan, build, explore, produce, and exploit to make your station the most popular tourist location in the galaxy.

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Meerkat switches to Facebook to avoid Twitter restrictions

05/04, 10:04am

Meerkat, the video streaming startup, is adding Facebook integration following Twitter's actions to restrict the app's popularity. The latest update, rolling out on iOS now with an update to the Android beta likely to follow, effectively frees the live video broadcasting service from Twitter entirely, making the linking of a Twitter name to an account an extra social networking option rather than core to its operation.

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Review: Jorno Bluetooth Keyboard

05/04, 9:27am

The Jorno Bluetooth keyboard and stand for tablets certainly looks nice. The gunmetal grey shell of the keyboard looks great while the unit is folded up. That's right -- the keyboard folds with two hinges into a swank-looking brick when not in use. There's also a nice case with a magnetic closure that transforms into a tablet stand. This keyboard and its care are ideal for travel -- it's lightweight and compact when not in use. There were some things we didn't like about it, but the designers were certainly on the right track when they came up with this one. Check our review to see what we thought about it.


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MacNN Deals launches with 10 percent discount offer

05/04, 8:58am

Regular readers of our Daily Deals posts may have noticed a paragraph near the top of the list for the last few weeks promoting a dedicated deals page. Today, we've officially launched MacNN Deals over at deals.macnn.com, offering discounts on a wide range of items you will probably find useful, including sections for gadgets and gear, eLearning packages, and even one for drones.

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Pointers: Missed Notifications on Apple Watch

05/04, 7:18am

Your Apple Watch keeps telling you about different notifications, but you're deep in conversation, you're driving, or you're just someone with vast self-control. Whatever the reason, you are going to start piling up notifications on your Watch, and they won't seem to be there when you finally get to look. Here's where they are and how to see them -- because you're not checking them when you're driving, are you?

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Hands On: Bean Dreams -- Bean's Quest 2.0 (iOS)

05/04, 7:08am

Bean Dreams: Bean's Quest 2 by Kumobius is a 2D platformer starring ... you guessed it, a jumping bean. Currently, there are 13 "dreams" with six stages each, to be played through as the hat-wearing bean bouncing around collecting fruit and finding adorable pink axolotls sequestered away in difficult-to-get-to nooks of each level.

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Amazon Echo gains extra abilities with new IFTTT channel

05/04, 6:58am

Amazon Echo network-connected speaker and Alexa virtual assistant has been updated with the ability to make and receive commands through If This Then That (IFTTT). The new Amazon Alexa IFTTT Channel allows users to set new commands or "recipes" for the device to follow, expanding its functionality to work with a large number of well-known online services.

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