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GigSky utilizes Apple SIM for purchase of world-spanning data plans

06/30, 3:54pm

International data service provider GigSky today announced that it will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with the Apple SIM in more than 90 countries and territories. With an Apple SIM installed, iPad customers can view and select available pay-as-you-go contract-free short-term data plans directly on an iPad, avoiding purchasing a local SIM during world travel.

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Briefly: TaiG iOS 8.4 jailbreak; Downgrade iPad 2, iPhone 4S to iOS 6

06/30, 3:33pm

Jailbreak group TaiG has released an iOS 8.4 hack, mere hours after the official Apple release of the new OS. The new software revision uses the same exploit that the group used just days ago for iOS 8.3, allowing users to install the Cydia repository, and other phone software tweaks, at the cost of some device security regarding execution of arbitrary code. The hack requires a Windows PC, iTunes, and the newly released 2.2.0 version of the group's tool.

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Uber acquires Bing mapping assets, 100 employees from Microsoft

06/30, 3:25pm

Uber is significantly bolstering its mapping operations and research, by acquiring technology and staff from Microsoft for an as-yet undisclosed amount. Map-related assets from Bing are being passed on to the app-based taxi firm, reports TechCrunch, with approximately 100 employees also being transferred over as part of the purchase, in yet another navigation-related acquisition from the transport company.

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Hands On: Apple Music (iOS, OS X, Windows)

06/30, 3:13pm

Just spotted on one of our reviewers' Facebook page: a music fan has written "so long Spotify, it was good while it lasted." Time will tell -- specifically three months of time, as that's how long Apple's giving for free -- but we're already impressed with Apple Music. Not so impressed, however, with the expected problem of it being difficult to download the necessary updates while everyone else in the world was trying to grab them too. Actively disappointed with the unexpected issues facing some unknown number of iTunes Match users, as well. Yet in terms of what Apple Music does, and what it's like, we actually are impressed.

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Apple updates Safari, releases first 9.0 beta, offers EFI security fix

06/30, 3:02pm

Among a storm of major updates, Apple has also issues updated versions of Safari for the three versions of OS X currently supported: Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), and Yosemite (10.10). In addition to the updated Safari versions (6.2.7, 7.1.7, and 8.0.7 respectively), the company also issued the first developer beta of the forthcoming Safari 9.0, which will accompany the release of OS X 10.11 this fall, and a pair of EFI updates.

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Daily Deals: 128GB iPad Air, GoPro Hero3+, Samsung curved HDTV

06/30, 1:40pm

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 cheap GoPro Hero3+, a cut-price 128GB iPad Air, and a Samsung 48-inch curved HDTV for $700.

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App Update: Pro Media Tools, Angband, Macgo Blu-ray Player, more

06/30, 1:28pm

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 Pro Media Tools, Angband, Macgo Blu-ray Player, MKV2M4V, UninstallPKG, Pixave, and iMovie.

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Users reporting iTunes Match issues as Apple Music launches

06/30, 1:08pm

The launch on Tuesday of Apple Music appears to be wreaking havoc with existing users of iTunes Match, the company's virtual music cloud storage service. Reports beginning yesterday and worsening today indicate that users who have not or are unable to currently update their iOS version to the just-released 8.4, as well as Apple TV users, are seeing issues including duplicate entries for artists and playlists, inaccurate album art, and a general inability to download or stream songs.

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Hands On: Poly Bridge (OS X, Windows in early access)

06/30, 12:32pm

Building games are the best. Whether its a simple game like Minecraft or a more complex game like Besiege, we love games that give us a chance to flex our engineering muscles. Today we take a look at a game that does just that -- we checked out the cartoony physics title Poly Bridge, a game that allows you to try your hand at being a civil engineer.

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Apple falls at appeals court, $450M e-book antitrust ruling upheld

06/30, 12:05pm

The Apple e-book price fixing matter is slowly grinding to its end, with Apple being handed a defeat in appeals court on Tuesday. the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled, in a split decision, that the original ruling by Judge Denise Cote

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Apple updates OS X to 10.10.4; includes networking, Mail, Photos fixes

06/30, 11:16am

Updated with Trimforce inclusion in new version. In an update flurry this morning, Apple has also debuted OS X 10.10.4. In addition to Apple's general fixes included in every update, the revision includes the excision of DiscoveryD and replacement with its former technology, mDNSResponder, for improved networking reliability, a fix to an external monitor issue, and a rectification of a JavaScript exploit in Safari.

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European Parliament adopts net neutrality rules, ends roaming fees

06/30, 10:48am

Europe is one step closer to ending mobile phone roaming charges throughout the continent, after the European Parliament agreed on new rules to forbid them once and for all. According to the deal, agreed to last night in the final days of Latvia's European Union Council presidency, roaming charges as a whole in the region will be scrapped in the next two years, with the agreement also -- surprisingly -- including stricter net neutrality rules that would apply across the continent.

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Apple Music, iOS 8.4 update are on the air; servers hammered [u]

06/30, 10:48am

[Updated with correction, lightening of server load in US] As expected, Apple has launched iOS 8.4, with an accompanying OS X 10.10.4 update. Alongside the software release, Apple has also fired up the Apple Music service and Beats One. Apple Music provides access to some 30 million tracks in the iTunes catalog, both for streaming and offline listenings. Music curation includes recommendations for songs and albums from experts, with playlists for various activities and song genres.

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Hands On: Penumbear 1.2 (iOS)

06/30, 9:52am

We've been up on our high horses about platformers here before, explaining why the genre has some serious flaws on mobile platform -- but today, we think we found one that addresses the flaws the best. We urge you to check out Penumbear, a classic platformer with a creepy twist.

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MacNN Deals: Three ways to improve the way you charge mobile devices

06/30, 8:49am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have three power-related items, including one battery, a way to charge multiple items at once, and one gadget designed to make sure you are charging your devices as efficiently as possible.

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