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Game Center outage hits some users throughout Tuesday

06/03, 2:15am

Following a series of short but widespread iCloud and online storefront-related outages, Apple's Game Center has been down since early Tuesday afternoon (Pacific TIme), and as of late Tuesday has still not yet been resolved. According to the company's system status page, every area of Apple's online services saw some level of outage on Tuesday, with a morning disruption of Siri, Apple Pay, storefront, and iCloud services followed by a second disruption of the online stores in the early evening.

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Forums: Mavericks sharing preferences and more

06/02, 5:09pm

Late last week in the MacNN forums, Fresh-Faced Recruit "JB1000" had some questions about the sharing preferences in Mavericks, but has yet to find a solution. Today "andi*pandi" has been trying to figure out how to synch sms messages across iPhone and iPad, assuming that they would synch automatically after upgrading to 8.3.

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Apple deals: iPods, iPads and iMacs

06/02, 5:08pm

This week at Apple's online store, save on a selection of refurbished items from iPods to iMacs. A $30 price cut is offered on the refurbished 5th generation 16GB iPod touch, which has been reduced to $149 from $179. The 32GB 5th generation touch has been cut to $199, while the 64GB configuration has seen a $60 drop to $239.

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Apple Game Roundup: XCOM 2, App Store tweak, Heroes of the Storm [u]

06/02, 3:10pm

[Update: Heroes of the Storm is out for OS X] On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. In today's entry we look at the announcement of XCOM 2, a tweak to the way Apple displays content in the App Store, and the coming release of Raceline CC and Radical Rappelling.

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Apple updates Apple Events channel, adds NatGeo to Apple TV

06/02, 2:57pm

Apple on Tuesday re-activated its Apple Events channel for Apple TV owners ahead of the just-confirmed live stream of the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, scheduled for 10AM PT on Monday, June 8. In addition, the company added a new channels from National Geographic, combining content from both the NatGeo channel as well as the NatGeo Wild channel that includes full shows, documentaries, and more.

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Sonnet Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe card debuts, one controller per port

06/02, 2:30pm

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe, a four-port, four-controller SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 adapter card with charging capabilities. The Allegro card provides users a simple way to add four USB 3.0 ports, each providing full 5Gbps bandwidth, to Mac Pro and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express card expansion chassis.

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Daily Deals: Lego Fusion, JBL speaker dock, Pioneer AV receiver

06/02, 2:00pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, bundles, offers, and sales on hardware and software for you, the discerning reader. Just a new collection of deals today, plus still active ones from yesterday, with the new additions including surprisingly cheap Lego playsets with additional app-related play, a Lightning-equipped speaker dock, and a 4K-ready AV receiver from Pioneer.

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Netflix denies third-party advertising coming to streaming service

06/02, 1:26pm

Netflix will not be bringing third-party advertising to its video-streaming service, the company has advised. Recent reports suggested that Netflix was testing putting in trailers for Netflix programming before and after shows being watched on the service, though the company has since spoken out denying it is considering bringing any revenue-generating advertising anytime soon, and it is just promoting its self-generated shows.

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HomeKit-compatible smart products now hitting marketplace

06/02, 1:06pm

First announced roughly a year ago, the first products taking advantage of Apple's HomeKit home-automation technology are, as expected, now hitting the market. Among the offerings soon to appear at retail are a "smartplug" electrical outlet adapter from iHome, air quality and energy-use sensors from Elgato, and a range of lighting kits to add HomeKit functionality from Lutron. Insteon, Ecobee, and General Electric have also made announcements.

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Briefly: iCloud issues, Apple Pay adds another 12 institutions [u]

06/02, 12:14pm

[Updated with new information] Although the system status page for Apple's services continues to report no issues, some users are experiencing issues with iCloud.com, the App Store and other aspects of the service. General syncing seems to be working, but developers are also reporting issues with CloudKit Dashboard. Some users, including MacNN staffers, have reported problems with app updates and iCloud mail accounts as well.

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SourceForge stops adding 'third-party offers' to software projects

06/02, 12:05pm

SourceForge is changing its practices regarding adding third-party offers to the installer of seemingly-unmaintained software projects, following complaints from users and recent reports. The company is no longer adding the extra offers, which includes antivirus software and back-up services which generate SourceForge revenue, and will instead only add the extra items to projects that have chosen to include them in the installer.

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Hands On: Merchants of Kaidan (OS X, Windows)

06/02, 10:40am

Centuries ago, picking up a special trinket or a necessary item wasn't as simple as driving down to the local big box store. Villages and towns in the Middle Ages often went without specialty goods, often settling for what was available in the local area if other items weren't readily available. However, traveling merchants filled a vital role in delivering products from far and wide, from the everyday to the extraordinary. While many of these road-worthy individuals likely enjoyed their treks across the land, the appeal to a life of wheeling and dealing was in the money to be made. For those curious about what the life of a carriage-bound trader might have been like so long ago, Forever Entertainment SA's Merchants of Kaidan offers a taste without an exorbitant investment.

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MacNN Deals: Two app bundles for your Mac, a fitness tracker for you

06/02, 9:58am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we're featuring two software bundles for your Mac that can help you keep it running in top condition and to convert files to different formats, as well as a cut-price fitness tracker.

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Thunderbolt 3 brings 40Gb/s to USB-C physical connector

06/02, 8:56am

As expected, the next generation of Thunderbolt has been announced. The new third iteration of the technology doubles the speed of the previous version to 40Gb/s. Interestingly, the protocol uses the same physical port as USB-C, and USB-C devices can be plugged directly into the same port with no adapters necessary.

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Computex: Intel outs ten Broadwell processors with Iris Pro graphics

06/02, 8:49am

Intel has increased the range of its fifth-generation "Broadwell" family of processors, announcing a new set of ten processors at Computex, alongside new Xeon processors. The new chips are divided equally between desktop and mobile versions, with the processor producer incorporating Iris Pro graphics into its LGA desktop processors for the first time, giving a boost to systems that rely on integrated graphics instead of a separate graphics card.

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