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Daily Deals: Acer Aspire Switch 10, Gear Pro, Planetary Annihilation

05/06, 1:30pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the column which features a list of the best online discounts, sales, offers, and bundles for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of still-active deals from Monday and Tuesday are joined by a new wave of offers, including an Acer Windows tablet and keyboard dock for $200, cheap Gear Pro action cameras, and a "killer" games bundle that includes Planetary Annihilation

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Apple plans late June launch for revamped iTunes, despite obstacles

05/06, 12:48pm

Speculation and unconfirmed reports have run rampant over Apple's progress in its effort to revamp its iTunes music services, with recent reports suggesting the company may have difficulty hitting its planned June target for formally introducing both a revised Music app for iOS in the forthcoming iOS 8.4, and a significantly revamped iTunes Radio and Beats Music streaming service designed to compete with Spotify. Various reports, however, claim obstacles -- ranging from music label reluctance to federal investigations.

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Feature: Apple's 'discoveryd' failure in Yosemite and iOS 8

05/06, 10:22am

Through all of Apple's patches for OS X 10.10.3, and the iOS, one core networking service remains problematic. At the heart of Apple's networking is the "discoveryd" routine introduced in the latest versions of the OS which drives how OS X and iOS 8 locates and resolves network connections to other devices. However, the new iteration replacing a much older service is causing problems with Bonjour, fouling DNS resolution, and generating a host of other problems for many users, which can be exacerbated by the number of modern OS X and iOS devices on a network, making it a major problem for Apple faithful.

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Briefly: ResearchKit DNA apps, OpenTV sues over video patents

05/06, 9:02am

A leading research and academic technology review publication has revealed that Apple is working with researchers on building DNA-testing apps using ResearchKit, the company's API for medical research software. The apps would require volunteers to submit DNA samples, helping scientists at institutions such as UC San Francisco examine the causes of premature birth by studying genetic factors, while another study will look at disease-connected genes gathered through the study.

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T-Mobile attacks Verizon with 'Never Settle' 14-day service trial

05/06, 8:25am

Following the success of the iPhone 5s Test Drive promotion from last year, T-Mobile will be offering something similar to potential customers currently subscribed to Verizon. The "Never Settle" campaign will provide Verizon customers the ability to try out the carrier's network and service, by borrowing a smartphone from T-Mobile for two weeks at no charge.

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Hands On: Wear Reader 1.1.0 (Apple Watch)

05/06, 8:06am

You're going to end up reading more on your Apple Watch than you imagine. Yes, you're just supposed to glance at it to see who's sent that new email but, come on: you'll scroll through reading it all. The screen is more than good enough that you can do this and you simply will. What you may resist more is the notion of reading an entire book this way. That's what Wear Reader wants you to do. One quick word at a time.

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Cox launches Gigabit Internet service in Arizona, California, Nevada

05/06, 7:06am

Cox Communications is catching up with rivals Google Fiber, Comcast, and AT&T in offering gigabit Internet to more of its residential customers. Initially announced a year ago, the company's "G1gablast" service has gone live in parts of Phoenix, AZ; Orange County, CA; and Omaha, Nebraska, and Las Vegas, NV, earlier than the initially anticipated launch by the end of next year.

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Opinion: Is Microsoft Continuum a game changer for Windows phones?

05/06, 7:05am

Although Microsoft is lagging as very distant third in the smartphone space, it has not yet given up on the hope that it can eventually gain some market traction. At its Build developers conference last week, the Redmond software giant revealed the shape of things to come from its smartphones in the near future. The most intriguing features demonstrated for Windows 10 on smartphones was Continuum, its new desktop mode for a smartphone connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Although it hasn't been revealed in its final form, Continuum promises to reconfigure a Windows 10 smartphone interface on-the-fly so that users can interact with its apps in a desktop environment much as they would do with a PC. Is it a game changer?

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Comcast spent $336M on failed Time Warner Cable acquisition

05/05, 9:02pm

Comcast's failed attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable cost the cable company a considerable amount of money, according to analysis of its earnings reports. While the transaction would have cost $45.2 billion if it did indeed go through, Comcast has apparently spent at least $336 million to get the purchase moving over the last five quarters, before it ended.

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Home Depot to support Apple Pay across entire 2,000-store chain

05/05, 4:47pm

Contrary to earlier media reports that suggested Home Depot would drop the mobile payments service, in fact the company has announced that it formally plans to support Apple Pay throughout its entire US operation, making it the largest retailer thus far to support Apple's mobile-payments platform. The announcement comes alongside, and will not replace, stores' acceptance of payment rival PayPal, and the chain says it may continue to add other payment forms.

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Apple TV gains new channels in US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia

05/05, 4:14pm

Apple has added a handful of new channels to Apple TV units in the US, Canada, the UK, French- and German-speaking regions in Europe, and Australia today. Starting immediately, US owners can now watch CBS Sports (which does not require a cable subscription login) or USA Now, which does require a login. In Canada, viewers will now see either CraveTV (if they are Bell subscribers) or Showmi (for Rogers or Shaw cable customers). Other countries have also received different new channels.

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Apple Game Roundup: EVE Online charity effort, GOG Galaxy beta

05/05, 3:01pm

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 GOG Galaxy front-end public beta, an EVE Online charity effort for Nepal, the top 10 strategy games according to Mac Gamer HQ, and a possible mod for Grand Theft Auto V to use an iPhone to control the in-game phone.

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Forums: Mac is slow, iTunes questions and more

05/05, 2:35pm

Today in the MacNN forums, members attempt to assist Junior Member "donaldkepler" with trying to figure out why his Mac is slow. Games Meister "The Final Dakar" noticed that non-downloaded podcasts are marked as "played" in iTunes, and wonders "what's up with that?" but no one has responded.

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Apple deals: Mac minis and Mac Pros

05/05, 2:33pm

Right now at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Mac minis and Mac Pros. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $80 down to $419. For $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage.

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Daily Deals: Lenovo Windows tablet, Sony NEX, Bluetooth car stereo

05/05, 1:06pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl online retailers for offers, sales, discounts, and more for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals from yesterday follows after today's new batch, which includes a $100 Lenovo Windows tablet, a refurbished Sony NEX camera, and a Bluetooth car stereo receiver.

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