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El Capitan beta hints at future 4K Apple product

08/04, 6:00pm

The recently-released sixth developer beta (just today matched with a fourth public preview) has revealed listings for an as-yet-unreleased product listing, which could be an iMac -- and, according to the configuration files inside the beta, the forthcoming unit sports a "professional level" 4K resolution of 4096x3048 -- slightly higher than "consumer 4K" resolutions of 3840x2160 found on most 4K HDTVs. The files refer only to resolution, and give no hints on display size or class of product.

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Daily Deals: Lytro Illum, 50-inch Ultra HD Vizio TV, OKI printer

08/04, 3:54pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. Yesterday's still-active deals are joined by a new batch, including the Lytro Illum Light Field Camera for $800, a 50-inch Ultra HD Vizio television for $800, and the OKI MB471 LED Multifunction Laser Printer for a third of its usual price.

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Apple's iPhone gains share in US, continues growth but slips in China

08/04, 3:08pm

Apple's iOS platform continued a streak of strong growth in both the US and China, according to new ComScore and Canalys report issued yesterday, taking share away from Android. However, while still seeing extraordinary growth in China, surges in shipments from native Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi and Huawei meant that Apple was knocked to third place in Chinese market share, having briefly captured the top spot.

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Apple releases fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

08/04, 1:50pm

As reported yesterday, the sixth developer beta for OS X 10.11 El Capitan has given way to a fourth public beta, available to pre-registered testers who signed up through the Appleseed program. Both of the recent betas, which share the build number 15A244d, are said to have very minor tweaks and under-the-hood fixes, including a new General icon in System Preferences, and at least one new wallpaper. Some notable flaws remain unaddressed, however.

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App Update: Monosnap, Net Monitor, iBackupBot, more

08/04, 1:32pm

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 RapidWeaver, Napkin, Adobe Photoshop CC, Cocktail, Monosnap, Net Monitor, and iBackup.

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Briefly: Vaio Win 10 compatibility unknown, Open Internet appeal Dec 4

08/04, 12:58pm

Sony has strongly advised against upgrading its computer line previously built for Windows 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10. In a service advisory for its users, the company states that "there is a risk of software/driver corruption" and warns users that "if you do not wait for our test results before proceeding with the upgrade, some of the hardware or features on your Vaio computer may no longer work as intended." The company also has provided a new venue for ordering recovery disks, not normally included with the computer.

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Another 40 US institutions add support for Apple Pay

08/04, 12:49pm

Another 43 US banks and credit unions are now supporting Apple Pay, according to the iPhone maker's partner website, with the total number of partners now at 465. The list does not include two new banks, HSBC and First Direct, that have recently activated support for Apple Pay with their systems, bringing the total of major UK bank chains to nine. Currently it is expected that the next country to gain Apple Pay support will be Canada, though negotiations with Chinese institutions continue.

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Apple refutes Cupertino-lead MVNO rumors with definitive statement

08/04, 12:17pm

In a rare refusal, Apple has shot down rumors that it is developing its own mobile service. In a terse statement, the company said in response to a Business Insider report yesterday that "We have not discussed nor do we have any plans to launch a (mobile virtual network operator)."

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Opinion: Evernote chose the wrong free feature to mess with

08/04, 12:08pm

As of July 15, if you use the free version of Evernote you can no longer email into it: you can't forward an email to store in your Evernote account, you can't use any apps that save into Evernote via mail. As of July 27, Evernote has a new CEO, as the company's co-founder Phil Libin has stepped to the left to allow ex-Google manager Chris O'Neill to take the helm. The two things are (possibly) unrelated but they come from the same place: Evernote needs to make some cash.

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Hands On: Swipes 1.0 (OS X, iOS)

08/04, 10:43am

You do need a To Do manager but does the world need another one? Swipes has been around longer than it seems from its name: alongside the new Swipes 1.0 for OS X there is Swipes 2.4 for iOS and it's been progressively developed over the last couple of years. Now it's come to the Mac and brings with it the same minimalist, visual, attractive system for entering tasks and staying on top of them.

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Apple privilege escalating bug exploited in new adware installer

08/04, 10:42am

A zero-day exploit revealed last month for only OS X Yosemite has been found in "the wild." The exploit is being seen in an adware installer, and modifies the "sudoers" UNIX file that determines who has root permission for the system, and during the installation process, can give root permission to an arbitrary process without needing a password.

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Researchers claim to discover multiple ways to bypass Square security

08/04, 10:39am

Security researchers have come up with a way to turn the Square Reader into a tool for stealing data from credit cards. A group of recent graduates of Boston University will be speaking out about how they can modify the smartphone accessory, used to facilitate card payments via Square's service, to allow any other app to intercept the data and use the card owner's payment information for other, presumably illegal, uses.

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MacNN Deals: Charge your devices with battery packs, surge protection

08/04, 9:22am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's collection of discounted items to help you power your devices, including a pair of high-capacity battery packs for portable charging, and a supersized surge protector to maximize the number of items on charge when at home.

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Seagate and Micron roll out SAS SSD with up to 1800MB/s speeds

08/04, 9:19am

Storage company Seagate and Micron Technology have released the first product from the strategic alliance the pair forged in February. Available today for enterprise customers is the 1200.2 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Solid State Drive (SSD) available in up to 4TB in a 2.5-inch size.

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HighPoint launches USB 3.1 PCIe adapter, two drive docks

08/04, 9:01am

HighPoint has debuted its next generation USB Host-to-Device storage and connectivity product lines, featuring 10Gb/s transfer speeds. The latest RocketU PCIe host adapter provides a USB 3.1 upgrade for any Mac or PC platform with PCIe slots. Additionally, the company's performance-oriented dual-bay USB 3.1 RocketStor 3100 Series Drive Docks support any industry standard 3.5- or 2.5-inch SATA hard drive or SSD, including the latest 8TB models, and provide USB 3.1 connectivity via USB Type-B and Type-C ports, depending on model.

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