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Apple pushes out beta 6 of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

08/03, 4:30pm

Exactly one week after the last developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has issued another update to the forthcoming OS X upgrade, which is scheduled to appear this fall, and likely to debut some time in September. The previous beta, 15A235d, did not list any significant changes or fixes, but focused primarily on small UI tweaks and bug fixes. The new beta, build 15A244d, is likely to have followed the same path.

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Hands On: Griffin Helo TC Chopper

08/03, 2:53pm

One of the greatest things about smartphones and Bluetooth-enabled tablets is the sheer amount of crazy gadgets that go along with them. You can control lights, air conditioners, cameras and more, all from your iPhone or iPad -- but what about things that are designed for fun? What about Bluetooth-enabled toys? Today, we're here to tell you about one of the most fun gadgets we've had a chance to look at, Griffin's Helo TC Chopper.

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Hacking team creates Thunderstrike-based Mac firmware worm

08/03, 2:40pm

A new exploit has been developed that could threaten Mac security by leveraging vulnerabilities in firmware rather than software, making the worm nearly impossible to remove. While sounding more ominous than any threat since the original firmware-based Thunderstrike (which was limited to a proof-of-concept with no reported attacks), leading security experts say this new threat is also very low-risk.

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Daily Deals: Fire TV Stick, 24-inch Dell monitor, Duracell batteries

08/03, 2:11pm

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 wiped from the list completely, with the new deals for this week including the Amazon Fire TV Stick for $25, a 24-inch Dell monitor for $185, and a massive selection of Duracell batteries from Woot.

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Dr. Dre to release new album as an Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

08/03, 2:02pm

Following a hiatus from his own music career since 1999's 2001, Apple music executive Andre Young -- better known to the world as rapper, producer, radio host and entrepreneur Dr. Dre -- will release his new album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, as an exclusive to be streamed on Apple Music, and sold digitally on iTunes. Dre has also exclusively allowed the streaming of his first solo album, 1992's The Chronic, on Apple Music.

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Apple reportedly working on voicemail transcription service

08/03, 12:57pm

Siri may one day answer phone calls and transcribe voicemail messages for its users, a report claims, a feature that could end up being more important than the introduction of Visual Voicemail. Employees at Apple are allegedly testing a service which will listen to voicemail messages, transcribe them into text-based versions, and then have them delivered to the user's iPhone, allowing for the content of the message to be quickly understood by the user, without needing to listen to the voicemail at all.

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App Update: BookletCreator, Roccat Browser, Google Chrome, more

08/03, 12:17pm

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 BookletCreator, Roccat Browser, Google Chrome, Kodi, Vienna, and Nova Golf.

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Fujifilm releases infrared-capable X-T1 IR mirrorless camera

08/03, 12:16pm

Fujifilm has announced an update to its flagship mirrorless camera line. The new Fujifilm X-T1 IR is the company's first infrared X-Series mirrorless camera that delivers high performance in demanding fields for technical experts, law enforcement, medical research and scientific communities. Sharing nearly identical specifications as the original, the new model adds advanced infrared technology to see light from the ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared (IR) portions of the light spectrum with a range of approximately 380nm through 1,000nm.

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Briefly: Cook in Istanbul, IBM to order up to 200,000 MacBooks

08/03, 12:09pm

Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a surprise visit to Turkey on Saturday to be present at the two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul, to celebrate the arrival of the Apple Watch to the country. The Apple Watch Sport starts at 1,249 Turkish Lira (TRY), which translates to about $450 US at the current exchange rate. The company now has two stores in Istanbul, a flagship store at the Zorlu Center mall, and another at the Akasya Shopping Center.

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MacNN Deals: Improve your network, secure your online activities

08/03, 10:37am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are highlighting some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's trio of offers are ways to improve your wireless connectivity, from making sure your home or work network is operating optimally, to ways to keep yourself safe online with a choice of two VPN services.

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Hands On: Vox 2.5.1 (OS X, iOS)

08/03, 9:57am

This is the most beautiful, even mesmerising app and where you always want to shout loudly about great software, we wanted to stand on desks and bellow that Vox 2.5.1 is a gorgeous music player and service. Unfortunately, we more stood by desks arguing over it. It was 50/50 between one side of MacNN saying it is stunning with some problems and the other half saying those problems were just too much. Both sides are right: we long to recommend this to you but if we do, we have to prepare you for frustrations.

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Taking Apple Music for a drive: the non-techie point of view

08/03, 9:30am

We're a completely Mac and iOS household but it's my husband William who is the techie one. Look left a bit and there's me. Hello. I just want to use the stuff without understanding the innards. So MacNN asked me for a non-geek review of Apple Music.

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Analyst: iMac refresh due in third quarter with KSF-based screens

08/03, 9:20am

Apple will be refreshing its iMac range with a selection of new processors and better displays sometime in the third quarter, among other predictions from an analyst at KGI Securities. Ming-Chi Kuo suggests the new panels will use an LED phosphor material called KSF, said to provide a significant boost to color saturation and picture quality of the display, though there appear to be some issues with some of what the analyst suggests.

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AT&T, DirecTV launch first combined wireless, television plans

08/03, 8:46am

Following its very recent acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T has rolled out the first of its combined nationwide package of TV and wireless services from a single provider on one bill beginning August 10. The low-end offer includes HD and DVR service for up to four TV receivers, unlimited talk and text for four wireless lines, and 10GB of shareable wireless data for $200 a month.

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Pointers: Fix Waiting Apps (iOS)

08/03, 8:13am

You may never have seen this, in which case you have a good day now. The rest of us have turned to our iPhones and found that an app we need urgently is greyed out for no clear reason. Or a whole folder is. Or the app does say Installing and you realise it must be an update as you installed this one months ago -- but then it keeps on saying Installing. Perhaps the very worst is when it just says Waiting. Surely, there can be no worse torture inflicted on a law-abiding iOS user than having an app say Waiting, in perpetuity.

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