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Apple again tops in PC customer satisfaction, but some rivals gaining

09/23, 8:06pm

For the 11th year in a row, Apple has topped the satisfaction ratings in the most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index rating buyer happiness with PC purchases, including tablets. Noting a slight uptick in overall satisfaction with desktop computers, ACSI Chairman Claes Fornell could not say if desktop PCs are poised for a comeback or if consumers who disliked being bound to a desk have simply moved on to other devices. Apple has won the top slot every year since 2004.

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Confirmed: Apple acquired magazine-app maker Prss this summer

09/23, 6:17pm

One of Apple's routinely-unpublicized acquisitions this year was magazine-app creator Prss. The firm, which created software that makes it easy to create magazine apps (and more importantly, to dynamically refresh them with silent updates), shut down this July -- and some of the former employees now appear to be working at Apple, according to Dutch enthusiast site iCulture. The iPad maker recently confirmed the acquisition.

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Ron Johnson recruiting former Apple staff for new delivery firm

09/23, 5:04pm

Former Apple retail head and later JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson is working on a "high-end, on-demand delivery service" for gadgets, says The Information, citing sources in contact with him. Johnson has allegedly recruited some other former Apple workers, including ex-VP Jerry McDougal. McDougal left Apple at the beginning of 2013; Johnson left JC Penney roughly three months later.

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Apple TV gets promised FX Now app channel

09/23, 4:09pm

Apple has silently updated the Apple TV with an expected FX Now app channel. The app offers on-demand streaming of content from FX, FXX, and FXM, such as American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy. Viewers must however authenticate a cable subscription from a provider such as AT&T U-Verse, Bright House, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, or Time Warner Cable.

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Samsung exiting Europe PC market; sales continue in US, elsewhere

09/23, 4:00pm

Following continued dismal sales in Europe of computer hardware, electronics giant manufacturer has ceased sales in the region, effective immediately. The sales stop includes the company's popular Ativ line, as well as the generally successful Chromebook products by the Korean manufacturer. While the company claims the stop is temporary, no word has been given on when the company may resume sales again.

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Apple may rebrand Beats Music in February, rumors hint

09/23, 3:34pm

Apple could announce a new, rebranded version of Beats Music in February, according to "industry scuttlebutt" heard by Re/code's John Paczkowski. No other information has leaked, but it's speculated that the switch may happen in parallel with the Grammy Awards, which are being held February 8th. The event could theoretically serve as a marketing springboard for a new service.

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Briefly: Cooler Master Novatouch TKL keyboard, Grid 2 OS X release

09/23, 3:10pm

Cooler Master's Novatouch TKL "tenkeyless" keyboard hit the market in the United States, offering consumers a new switch type that the company calls "hybrid capacitive." The Novatouch is meant not only to be for gamers looking for an edge, but also professionals looking for a high quality keyboard with quick response. Cooler Master worked with Japanese company Topre to create the new design that is a cross between dome and mechanical switches. It's requires only a 45 gram force and 1mm travel, less than we were told at Penny Arcade Expo, to actuate.

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Canon launches five models in new Maxify inkjet line, with AirPrint

09/23, 2:11pm

Digital imaging company Canon announced today five models in the new Maxify series of Wireless Inkjet printers. Released today are the Maxify MB5320 Wireless Inkjet Small Office All-In-One (AIO) printer, the MB5020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office AIO printer, MB2320 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, MB2020 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, and iB4020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office printer. All five models are aimed at at the small office or home user, and feature an array of mobile and cloud printing options.

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iPhone 6 Plus bending in pockets, some users complain

09/23, 1:42pm

Having only shipped on Friday, the iPhone 6 Plus is already bending in the pockets of some owners, according to complaints in forums. Hours-long pressure from standing or physical activity appears to be responsible. Affected phones should still function, but may look noticeably deformed and refuse to lay flat.

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Square CEO: Apple Pay, Bitcoin payments included in future register

09/23, 1:06pm

Square's next generation of payment terminal could allow retailers to accept payments from Bitcoin and Apple Pay, the company head has suggested. In an interview, CEO Jack Dorsey explained that a future version of its cash register system will be able to accept a number of different payment types, on top of the current credit card payments it currently works with.

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Forums: Palm Pilots? (un)predictive text? iOS 8 internet problems?

09/23, 1:00pm

This week in the MacNN Forums "subego" started a thread that appears to be showcasing some of the bazaar interpretations Apple's new predictive text in iOS 8 creates, either that or he is simply trying to live up to his "Clinically Insane" ranking by spewing incoherent gibberish. Today a Fresh-Faced Recruit who goes by the name "Swervage" has started a rather unusual thread lashing out at Apple for not making Mavericks compatible with Palm Pilots, going as far as saying that this is "monumentally moronic" of Apple.

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Apple deals: MacBook Air from $769, MacBook Pro and iMac from $929

09/23, 12:55pm

Apple's online store has a wide selection of low cost refurbished MacBook Pro and iMac models starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $769. Now priced at $929, after a $170 discount, is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB of hard drive space.

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iOS 8.0.1 to deal with bugs in Phone, iCloud Keychain, Safari

09/23, 12:52pm

As predicted, iOS 8.0.1 is now in the hands of carrier partners for testing, a source says. The person notes that the update fixes a variety of bugs left in the OS for its debut last week. It for instance copes with glitches in the Phone app, which can affect call forwarding, and cause freezes when accessing Visual Voicemail.

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Bipartisan bill seeks to clarify overseas data warrant requirements

09/23, 12:38pm

In the shadow of Microsoft's dispute with the US Department of Justice, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Senate Judiciary Committee member Chris Coons (D-DE), legislation has been proposed to codify law enforcement access to citizen's data stored internationally. The bill, titled the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act seeks to authorize the use of extraterritorial search warrants, but vacate said warrants if it requires parties involved to break the laws of a country to do so.

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DealNN: MacBook Air, HP printer and more

09/23, 12:26pm

Amazon has slashed the price on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air from $999 down to $805. That 19 percent discount dropped the price by $194, and also made this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by roughly $15. However, at B&H they are offering this same Mac for $820, and it includes a copy of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and $50 off Timbuk2 Commute messenger bag. This MBA features a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.

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