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Daily Deals: ViewSonic 28-inch monitor, Samsung 500GB SSD, Nikon D7100

09/01, 1:25pm

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 new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include a 500GB Samsung external SSD for $175, a refurbished Nikon D7100 for $600, and a 28-inch ViewSonic 1080p monitor for $187.

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App Update: Unreal Engine, TextExpander, Ableton Live, more

09/01, 1:14pm

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 Unreal Engine, TextExpander, Ableton Live, OmniGraffle, NZB Drop, and Atom.

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Briefly: new Memphis store, VMA two-party Apple Music ad

09/01, 1:00pm

Apple is planning to build one of its first "next-generation" standalone stores in the Memphis suburb of Germantown before taking the concept overseas to other countries, according to Apple Senior Director of Development Rick Millitello, who presented the plans for the new store to the Germantown Design Review Commission. The change will move the store slightly within its present Shops of Saddle Creek North location.

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Telestream debuts Wirecast Go, RTMP-streaming iOS app

09/01, 12:27pm

Digital media tools and workflow solutions provider Telestream has announced Wirecast Go, a stand-alone iPhone live video streaming application. Wirecast Go will enable users to capture content using their iPhone camera, insert graphics, logos, titles and other images and then stream live directly to YouTube or any other Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) server with in-app purchase.

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Briefly: Nest updates Learning Thermostat, new HP Instant Ink printers

09/01, 11:44am

Nest has made a few minor updates to its Learning Thermostat, following earlier changes to the Protect and Cam. The third-generation Thermostat is thinner than earlier models, and uses a larger 2.08-inch diameter 480x480-resolution display. New features included in this version are Farsight, where the device lights up and shows the temperature or time when someone walks into the room, and a Furnace Heads-Up warning on the display and smartphone at the start of a heating or cooling session if it notices potential problem with the furnace. On sale today, the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is priced at $250.

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Hands On: Pangolin 1.3 (iOS)

09/01, 9:54am

We feature iOS arcade games here fairly frequently, from the pretty bad Angry Birds 2 to arcade runners like the Bit.Trip series. We'd like to think we know what we're talking about when it comes to quality. That's why we're here to show you one of our all-time favorite arcade games for iOS, a cute little game known as Pangolin.

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MacNN Deals: A trio of accessories for people on the go

09/01, 9:50am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have three accessories that will help you when you're on the move, including ways to charge your smartphone when driving or cycling, and a mount that makes it trivial to attach your phone to a windscreen or dashboard in a vehicle.

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Tales of the Genius Bar: 12-inch MacBook display etching issue

09/01, 8:54am

Every now and then, even we have to make a trip to the Apple Genius Bar. For those new to the Apple family, the Genius Bar is where you go for tech support, whether it is hardware or software related. As my 12-inch MacBook is covered, I recently took it in for inspection at the Genius Bar for an issue where it appears that the trackpad has made contact with the display surface and left permanent marks.

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Briefly: UK contactless payments increase, Google+ Collections on iOS

09/01, 8:42am

The limit for contactless payments in the United Kingdom has increased. The new limit of £30 ($46) per transaction, up from £20 ($30), applies to payments using contactless cards as well as Apple Pay, though some retailers may have to update their terminals before being able to use the new transaction cap. Trade organization the UK Cards Association now claims the limit increase is more than the average supermarket spend of £25 ($38), reports the BBC, potentially allowing the number of contactless transactions to increase.

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Apple reportedly considering creating its own TV shows, movies

09/01, 7:22am

Apple is allegedly looking into creating its own original video content to directly take on Netflix and Amazon, according to a report. It is claimed Apple has talked to entertainment industry executives about the possibility of producing video for its customers, ultimately with the aim of creating its own TV shows or movies that could be sold to customers directly via iTunes or through the often-rumored Internet TV streaming service.

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Netflix losing major movies in September after not renewing Epix deal

08/31, 9:03pm

Subscribers of Netflix in the United States will be seeing considerably fewer movies in the streaming service's catalog, as it has decided not to renew a five-year agreement with Epix. A number of major titles will be available until they are removed at the end of September, including Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z, and Transformers: Age of Extinction, as Netflix works to expanding its roster with more exclusive content.

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Briefly: Apple Pay at University of Oklahoma, NFL on Apple TV

08/31, 7:53pm

The first US university to accept Apple Pay at all locations campus-wide turns out to be the University of Oklahoma, according to a blog post from the school. In total, the ultra-secure mobile payment system is accepted at some 400 point of sale locations at the university, from the campus bookstore to all the restauarants. Apple has been a popular vendor at the One University technology store on campus, and also promotes the university's content on iTunes U and on iBooks.

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Review: Blue Yeti Studio recording microphone and software

08/31, 6:59pm

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics for beginning podcasters or vocalists, and we were very impressed with Blue's Mo-Fi headphones -- we wanted to thoroughly test each component of the Blue Yeti Studio, which features a Yeti-class desk microphone bundled with software to enhance different types of recordings. It's a slightly pricier package than a basic starter mic for a first podcast, so is it worth it? Find out in our review.

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Editorial and Hands On: Star Wars Card Trader

08/31, 3:55pm

So, the Internet has lost its mind at some point in the past few days. If you haven't heard, there was a JPEG of Han Solo being bought and sold on eBay for upwards of $225. Of course, it's not just any digital image, or so I'm told, but a card from the officially licensed Star Wars: Card Trader digital collectible trading card app from Topps.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 30: 'Free (as in) beer'

08/31, 3:51pm

Driving across 770 miles of breathtaking Canadian landscape, Editor Charles returns from the Edmonton Fringe Festival with accolades and a shiny new Apple Watch for his trouble, just in time to bring you the big 3-0 episode of the MacNN Podcast, along with Managing Editor Mike, writer William Gallagher, and special guest Matt Boyd of the excellent webcomic Three Panel Soul.

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