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Happy Fourth of July from MacNN and Electronista

07/03, 8:00pm

Happy pre-Fourth of July! We here at Electronista and MacNN wish our readers a happy US Independence Day -- yes, even our readers from the UK, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. In all seriousness, we've still got great things planned for the weekend. We'll still bring you anything urgent that pops up, as well as the second part of our Technology in Recovery series, plus a recap of the big stories of the week on Sunday. Until we see you again, toss those burgers on the grill, and have a happy and safe July fourth holiday!

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Dr. Dre to debut hour-long radio show July 4 on Beats 1

07/03, 7:15pm

Following the decision to release his first album The Chronic as an Apple Music exclusive, untitled Apple executive Dr. Dre will debut a new bi-weekly radio show on Beats 1 on Saturday, July 4, entitled "The Pharmacy," focusing on West Coast urban music and other tracks of interest to Dre. The first episode will debut at 6PM ET, and joins a host of other shows hosted by prominent musicians.

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Pointers: play nearly any media file on your iOS device

07/03, 6:10pm

Today's Pointers is going to be a bit short and sweet because, like everyone else in the US, we're itching to get out of the office and engage in dangerous, noisy, polluting activities of an excessive nature. So while you are waiting in the burn unit or drunk tank for either treatment or bail money, here's a great tip for making all that waiting time easier: a simple way to get your iOS devices to play any non-DRM'd audio, photo, or video file format without taking up any space. It's like iTunes Match, but for all kinds of media files.

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Reddit moderators set communities private to protest employee firing

07/03, 5:43pm

The firing of an employee has caused community outrage over at Reddit today, prompting many parts of the site to be hidden from view by volunteer moderators. A number of the site's communities are setting their subreddits to private in protest of a decision by management to let go of Victoria Taylor, a staff member that managed the famous Ask Me Anything (AMA) section, with readers revolting over a lack of explanation for the site's actions.

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Hands On: Ball Alien 1.0 (iOS)

07/03, 5:30pm

If we say platformer, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably a game like Super Mario Bros or Super Meat Boy, or maybe even the original Donkey Kong. Something classic and straightforward -- but the truth of the matter is that the platformer genre is almost as wild and varied as the puzzle genre. That's why we decided to tell you guys about Ball Alien, a quirky skill platformer that has you traversing platforms in space.

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Alleged 'iPhone 6s' logic board, case suggest only internal upgrades

07/03, 3:15pm

Possibly anticipating continued record sales, Apple has allegedly already begun preliminary production for this fall's anticipated iPhone 6 refresh, with the new models presumably called the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Images of a new alleged motherboard (likely to be legitimate in our view) and casing suggest that the external appearance compared to the current models will change little, and that the next upgrade will focus on internal and software improvements.

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Hands On: 2F1B 1.8 (iOS)

07/03, 2:58pm

Two Fingers, but only one brain (2 F 1 B) is a series of 20 mini-games that are mixed and matched to appear two at a time on the user's screen. At first, we weren't sure we were going to like that, but we were pleasantly surprised. Our first encounter with 2F1B was last year, and we were saddened by what we perceived as ads that really got in the way of gameplay. We were recently prompted to give the app another chance. Happily, whether by design or accident, the ad situation has improved dramatically.

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Apple gains share in US market, narrows gap with Android

07/03, 12:24pm

Matching its performance in the previous quarter, Apple's iPhone again gained nearly two percent market share in the US in the last three months, according to ComScore, widening its lead as the dominant smartphone maker. While Android as a platform continued to hold the top platform position at 52.1 percent, it again suffered an overall decline of 0.7 percent, while iOS surged to 43.5, a 1.8 percent gain matched exactly by losses from Android, Microsoft, and BlackBerry.

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Daily Deals: Curved LG monitor, 960GB SSD, Roomba cleaner

07/03, 12:21pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the dead ones, and have added a bunch more, including a sub-$300 960GB SSD, a curved LG monitor, and a Roomba.

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Hands On: The Nightmare Cooperative 1.0 (Cross-Platform)

07/03, 12:20pm

Roguelikes can be an intimidating genre. They're generally known for complicated stat management systems, complex maps, and for being absolutely unforgiving to new players. If you're looking for a gentler roguelike to jump into, we'll show you the pros and cons of The Nightmare Cooperative, available on (Steam and the App Store).

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App Update: MacFamilyTree, Maya, Economacs, more

07/03, 12:20pm

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 here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to MacFamilyTree, Maya, Economacs, Blender, Cinema 4D, Batman Arkham Asylum, and Minco.

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Hands On: Learn Discovery 1.2.0 (iOS)

07/03, 9:54am

Ah, Wikipedia, our torrid little knowledge love affair. Sure, it's not always the most accurate, but it's certainly the most convenient. We're not going to pretend like we're not the type to spend an evening hopping from article to article, reading as much as we can -- but what if there was an easier option, something that made sense of the complex information presented to you by Wikipedia? Now, there is, with Learn Discovery.

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MacNN Deals: Upgrade how you use the Apple Watch

07/03, 9:27am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's collection revolves around the Apple Watch, including two stands to stylishly charge the smartwatch, as well as a way to improve the watch itself by replacing the band with a more colorful design.

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Plex forums breached, user data held to ransom by hacker

07/03, 7:55am

Plex is under threat from a hacker, attempting to blackmail the service by holding some of its customer data up for ransom. The streaming media software developer's forums have been breached, with the hacker demanding bitcoin from the company, otherwise the attacker will release all the acquired customer data, as well as other software and files picked up in the intrusion for all to see.

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Hands On: Scanner Pro 6 (iOS)

07/03, 7:30am

There is no iPhone scanning app that will get you the same results you have from a desktop scanner like a Fujitsu ScanSnap or a portable document one like a Doxie. However, even portable ones need carrying around, and desktop ones need a desktop, whereas your iPhone is with you all the time and everywhere. What Scanner Pro 6 does is let you photograph a document, and calls that a scan. There are alternatives, and there have been five previous versions of this one, but developer Readdle adds improvements and one potentially brilliant new feature.

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