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Hands On: Give It Up! 1.3 (iOS, Android)

05/02, 2:01pm

We enjoy rhythm games, particularly when the music is catchy -- and if there's a character that makes adorable squeaky noises, so much the better. There's a lot to be said for the satisfaction inherent in getting into a groove and becoming one with the music. If the groove is elusive, than finding it becomes so much sweeter. One such app is Give It Up! by Invictus, and we really wanted to like it. The music is fun, and the little character is an adorable blob of ink that bounces and squeaks when the player is doing well, and even its death animation is cute. Unfortunately, we followed the advice given in the app's title.

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Hands On: Split v1.0.2 (iOS)

05/02, 8:18am

Switching back and forth between web pages in Safari on the iPad is a massive pain. Trying to compare any sort of information becomes tedious and frustrating, and more often than not, we find ourselves bolting to the nearest desktop or notebook computer to do our research instead. That's where Split comes in, a simple little browser that allows you to compare two webpages, side by side, at the same time.

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Hands On: Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones

05/02, 4:26am

The Beats Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones is the latest product to emerge from the now wholly Apple-owned subsidiary. While it is unlikely Apple's engineering and design teams have had much, if any, influence on its latest products, most agree that the second generation of Beats headphones is much improved over its first generation of products. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the asking price for a set of Beats headphones. This new wireless model will run you $299, putting them on roughly on par with high-end competition from Bose and Sennheiser. So -- are they worth it?

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Briefly: More BBC Radio 1 Beats hires, iMovie update, App Analytics

05/01, 6:04pm

Following the hiring of influential former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe in February as part of both iTunes Radio and a speculated revamp of the Beats Music service, a trade magazine for the music industry has reported that as many as four other top producers for Radio 1 are leaving to join Lowe to work on the revamped subscription service at Apple, which could be announced as early as June's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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Hands On: Debate Time 1.0 (iOS)

05/01, 4:01pm

You've got 18 months of hard political campaigning left before your Presidential elections: here in the UK we have less than a week. Next Thursday, 7 May, is our General Election and while take very seriously the job of choosing the least worst candidate available to us, it is fair to say that we are ready for some relief. Debate Time is an iOS game that intends to do exactly that by switching our attention from the political party leaders to cartoon images of the same people.

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Hands Off: This is My Apple Watch, not yours!

05/01, 3:16pm

My wife Angela is classy, elegant, charming and considerate -- but she can afford to be, she's just got an Apple Watch. I bought it for her at the precise same second I bought one for myself yet while hers just raced through the Preparing to Ship and on to Dispatched and is today on her wrist, mine is stuck on Processing, with as far as I can tell two million others'. You can call me romantic for buying her one and actually I'd like it if you did, it would help me feel better that mine is nowhere in sight yet.

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Apple Game Roundup: Shadowrun, Frozen Cortex patch, DOS in Twitter

05/01, 1:51pm

On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at the release of Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown, a big patch for This War of Mine, the ability to embed classic DOS games on Twitter, and a major renovation to leagues and players in Frozen Cortex.

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Hands On: Drop Wizard 1.0 (iOS)

05/01, 1:50pm

Drop Wizard is a single-screen 2D arcade platformer, with an adorable 16-bit style in the tradition of the original Mario Brothers. In Drop Wizard, the only thing the player controls is direction of travel. Every time the wizard drops down to a new level, he shoots a bolt from his wand in the direction he's facing, hence the name.

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Daily Deals: MacBook Air, Nikon D3300, Sennheiser HD 203

05/01, 12:56pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, savings, sales, and money-off offers for you, the discerning reader. Today's last roundup of still-alive deals from earlier in the week comes along with a fresh batch of offers, including an entry-level DSLR from Nikon, half-price Sennheiser headphones, and a $750 MacBook Air

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Forums: choppy video playback

05/01, 12:56pm

This week in the MacNN forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit is looking for answers as to why they are getting choppy video playback in all their video players except for VLC video player. Today Mac Elite "rotuts" was looking for a way to open folders in the same way that they were able to when using older operating systems such as 10.6, and so far has yet to find an answer.

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Apple deals: Mac mini

05/01, 12:52pm

Apple's online store has restocked their refurbished shelf with wide selection of Mac mini's. They start at $419 for the refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. A $110 discount is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $589.

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Apple continues to struggle as Apple Watch ship times slip

05/01, 11:48am

Shipping estimates for certain models of the Apple Watch -- specifically the 42mm size of both the aluminum-based Sport edition and stainless steel Watch version -- are now in short supply around the world, from China to the UK as well as parts of Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and the US. The smaller 38mm version of the same models are still listed as shipping in June, and not all countries have pushed back the 42mm.

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Hands On: iMindQ 6.2.0 (OS X)

05/01, 11:04am

The easiest way to describe iMindQ is to say that it is a mind-mapping application: you can jot down stray ideas, then sort them out, join them up into groups, and be sparked into thinking of more related ideas. Even the makers start by calling it mind mapping, but really this is something more than that.

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The Feature Thief, conclusion: AppleWorks and the lessons learned

05/01, 10:43am

Over the past week, we've been having a picnic in the software graveyard of Apple's various revamps, do-overs, and outright murders of programs that sometimes suffered from having too small a niche to devote the time to (such as Aperture), sometimes got dumped by most users who outgrew them (iWeb), and occasions where Apple painted itself into a corner (iMovie, Final Cut Express, iDVD). Today, we conclude the series with the grand-daddy of Apple abandonware: AppleWorks.

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Apple updates Watch support page, admits tattoos may be a problem

05/01, 9:56am

In a response to complaints about tattoos affecting the heart rate sensor, Apple has updated a support document to admit that it may be a problem. In a new update to the document, Apple now says that "Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings."

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