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Apple office-space crunch continues with new SF SoMa lease

07/30, 1:48pm

Coming on the heels of a similar lease in Seattle, Apple has entered into an agreement to create office space out of two floors of a high-rise building in San Francisco, using a South of Market building that houses CBS Interactive and carving out some 76,000 square feet of office space, expected to accommodate around 400 to 500 engineers.

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Apple pushes second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to developers

07/30, 1:30pm

While attention and development focus continue on the upcoming iOS 9 major upgrade expected to be delivered in September or early October, Apple on Thursday also updated its ongoing iOS 8-based improvement set of updates with a second beta of iOS 8.4.1, now available through an update directly on iPhones associated with developer accounts or through the iOS Developer Resource Center.

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My Stupid Fault: a trio of (avoidable) tales of hardware failure

07/30, 1:15pm

Yeah, I'm the guy that both made William take off his watch for a week, and made him do this column, My Stupid Fault, first. We all have tech tales of woe for sure -- the really special ones we've done to ourselves by accident or by incompetence. Mine is something I keep coming back to, time after time, after time -- and once, it almost caused a problem with Cold War-era national defense. Today, I bring you the second installment of My Stupid Fault -- a series of three tech failures at the worst possible time, with a common solution.

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Apple opens fourth retail location in Hong Kong

07/30, 12:19pm

Apple has opened up its latest Apple Store in China, with the Canton Road location in Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui district being the fourth outlet for the city. CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to thank the "thousands of Hong Kong customers" visiting the new location and joining in the celebration of the store launch, with the 23rd Apple Store constructed in China being part of a major retail expansion in the country for the company.

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App Update: AudioSwitcher, Invisible, MP3 Toolkit, more

07/30, 12:08pm

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 AudioSwitcher, Invisible, MP3 Toolkit, TG Pro, Dropbox, and A Better Finder Rename.

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Review: HP 14-inch 14-x030nr Chromebook

07/30, 10:53am

We're mostly Mac users here, right? So, If you're like us, and you are, chances are you've come to realize that you need the ability to access the Internet on the go. Also, you've probably come to realize that your smartphone or tablet lacks some of the ease of use that a laptop does. If you're looking for a lightweight, portable solution without spending a lot of money on a MacBook Air, you might want to take a look at cloud-centric laptops, since iOS and OS X can access those services when you're at your main battlestation at home. We recently got our hands on an HP 14-inch 14-x030nr Chromebook and took a look at it to see how well it could meet our daily needs in the absence of OS X, check our review to see how well it worked for us.

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MacNN Deals: Three discounted productivity software packages

07/30, 10:33am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the highlights within our own MacNN Deals store. Today's trio of offers are discounted software packages for your Mac that can make you more productive, including low cost PDF editing, drive management, and animation tools.

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Samsung takes another beating in second quarter financial results

07/30, 9:20am

Samsung has endured yet another poor showing in its latest quarterly financial results, confirming warnings the manufacturer issued earlier this month. The Korean electronics giant achieved sales of 48.54 trillion won ($4.1 billion) in the second quarter, up from the previous quarter by 1.42 trillion won or 3 percent, but a drop from the 52.35 trillion won brought in for the same period last year, a fact reflected in other areas of the results.

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D-Link launches DWA-192 spherical 802.11ac USB adapter

07/30, 8:55am

Networking company D-Link today announced it is now shipping the spherical AC1900 Wi-Fi USB Adapter (DWA-192). Designed to bring faster speeds and extended range to laptops and desktop PCs, the DWA-192 boasts 3x3 internal antennas, operation on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and speeds of up to 1900Mbps.

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Briefly: HBO Now on Verizon FiOS, Amazon Dash Button sales

07/30, 7:21am

Verizon has started to sell HBO's standalone streaming service, HBO Now, to its FiOS broadband customers. Following the lapsing of Apple's exclusivity period, Verizon is providing a 30-day free trial of the $15 service, which provides access to currently-broadcast programming as well as HBO's on-demand archive. Verizon Wireless customers won't be missing out for long, as HBO will apparently be included in Verizon's in-development Go90 Internet TV service.

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Windows 10 upgrades use large amounts of bandwidth, issues arise

07/29, 9:58pm

Microsoft's distribution of Windows 10 to users may be causing issues for some Internet users, due to the sheer amount of bandwidth being used. While Microsoft has apparently put a lot of effort into making the release of the free upgrade as error-free as possible, problems are still surfacing despite attempts by the software giant to minimize issues, including extremely slow download speeds for a number of updaters.

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Volkswagen now shipping first models with built-in CarPlay support

07/29, 8:04pm

As promised roughly a year after CarPlay was unveiled, German car maker Volkswagen is now shipping automobiles that include a next-generation infotainment system called MIB-II that includes support for both CarPlay and Android Auto along with its own proprietary suite of Car-Net apps, the latter of which requires a subscription. The company says that all but its entry-level models will feature the new MIB-II system.

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Apple releases third public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

07/29, 4:28pm

About 48 hours after offering a fifth developer beta of this fall's OS X 10.11 upgrade, Apple has made a "public beta" version available to registered testers, just a week after the last public beta, suggesting that more-or-less weekly updates will continue to appear through the testing process, a significant increase from the Yosemite public beta releases. The latest beta has the same focus areas as the previous beta.

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Verizon wireline union votes to strike over possible benefit cuts

07/29, 4:22pm

Verizon wireline workers, including telephone, cable, and FiOS service workers have voted to strike along the east coast of the US should the union see the need during the ongoing contract negotiation. Over 86 percent of the 39,000-strong workforce agreed to the strike, which could come as soon as August 1, the day the existing contract expires.

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IDC: iPad still king, but market for tablets shrinking

07/29, 3:19pm

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook remains "bullish" on the future of tablets, Apple and the market generally for tablets is declining as consumers continue to favor large-screen smartphones for tablet-like functions, and as companies struggle to figure out what the replacement cycle for the still-popular devices is or should be, says research firm IDC. According to Apple, it sold 11.2 million iPads (with shipments of 10.9 million) in its fiscal third quarter, down from 13.7 million sold in the previous quarter.

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