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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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Telstra offers free year of Apple Music with iPhone 6 contract

08/04, 8:39am

Australian carrier Telstra is offering free subscriptions for Apple Music to its customers. Subscribers acquiring the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from the company on a 12-month or 24-month Go Mobile plan will be able to use the Apple-powered music streaming service for one year without paying a separate subscription, with the carrier's marketing suggesting it will be implementing carrier billing of Apple Music once the free period is over.

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Hands On: Firo 3.0 (iPad)

08/04, 8:30am

We've written about the validity of the iPad as a musical outlet before, but quite a few of the music production apps available for the iPad tend to fall into one of two groups: they're either so simple they're more like toys, or so complicated that they're only for professionals. The app that we're going to talk about today, however, is a nice middle-ground -- a feature-packed, yet user-friendly app called Firo.

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Epson rolls out five printers in new low-cost consumable EcoTank line

08/04, 8:30am

Under its new EcoTank brand, Epson today unveiled five new all-in-one color printers featuring large ink reservoirs -- what Epson defines as the Supertank category -- that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink. Epson claims that When comparing EcoTank to a traditional printer, the ink included with the EcoTank is equivalent to about 20 sets of ink cartridges, depending on the model.

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Hands On: Griffin Premium Braided Lightning Cable

08/04, 7:22am

We're the first to admit that we are not easy on cables. It's not unheard of them to end up in the bottom of our laptop bag, bunched up and crushed together. We also might have a slight problem with being able to put our iPhones and iPads down long enough for them to charge fully, which often leads to the ends becoming crimped, which eventually leads to wire breakage, which eventually leads to the death of a poor, defenseless cable. Sound familiar? That's why Griffin decided to make their Premium Braided Lightning Cable, to give us serial cable-breakers something that can live up to the abuse.

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Briefly: Amazon Echo in Staples, Amazon Prime sharing restricted

08/04, 6:49am

The Amazon Echo, the network-connected speaker hosting the retailer's Alexa assistant, has gone on sale through a third-party store for the first time. Staples is offering the cylindrical speaker through its website to all customers priced at $180, the same as Amazon. So far, it can only be acquired through the Staples website, with delivery to local stores available as a shipping option, though there is still the potential to sell it from stores directly.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 26: I can't put down this anti-gravity book

08/04, 5:36am

If it wasn't for our new books (have we mentioned them?), this would be a strangely all-Microsoft episode of The MacNN Podcast, but luckily the Redmond giant turns out software for both Macs and Windows (who knew?), so we've set up this episode to be fun to listen to while you wait for your approval notice from Microsoft that you may obtain your copy of WindOwS X -- sorry, Windows 10. We also talk cool software, including (yes) Microsoft Excel.

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Apple spends $138M on 43-acre San Jose development plot

08/03, 8:09pm

Apple's appetite for property is increasing, with a report claiming it has acquired real estate in North San Jose that it could potentially use for even more office space. The purchase, closed last week according to recently published public records, means Apple now owns approximately 43 acres of undeveloped land in the area, with the deal for 2347 North First St. said to have cost the company slightly more than $138 million to acquire.

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Introducing two books from MacNN writers

08/03, 7:08pm

If you've been following our Wednesday Pointers column over the last nine weeks, you'll know that the column on that day was devoted to documenting the process of writing a book, and then turning that manuscript into a real, buyable, out-in-the-world e-book and paperback. That book, William Gallagher's The Blank Screen: Blogging, is now available -- and an e-book version of the columns has also been created.

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Apple pushes out beta 6 of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

08/03, 4:30pm

Exactly one week after the last developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has issued another update to the forthcoming OS X upgrade, which is scheduled to appear this fall, and likely to debut some time in September. The previous beta, 15A235d, did not list any significant changes or fixes, but focused primarily on small UI tweaks and bug fixes. The new beta, build 15A244d, is likely to have followed the same path.

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Hands On: Griffin Helo TC Chopper

08/03, 2:53pm

One of the greatest things about smartphones and Bluetooth-enabled tablets is the sheer amount of crazy gadgets that go along with them. You can control lights, air conditioners, cameras and more, all from your iPhone or iPad -- but what about things that are designed for fun? What about Bluetooth-enabled toys? Today, we're here to tell you about one of the most fun gadgets we've had a chance to look at, Griffin's Helo TC Chopper.

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Hacking team creates Thunderstrike-based Mac firmware worm

08/03, 2:40pm

A new exploit has been developed that could threaten Mac security by leveraging vulnerabilities in firmware rather than software, making the worm nearly impossible to remove. While sounding more ominous than any threat since the original firmware-based Thunderstrike (which was limited to a proof-of-concept with no reported attacks), leading security experts say this new threat is also very low-risk.

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Daily Deals: Fire TV Stick, 24-inch Dell monitor, Duracell batteries

08/03, 2:11pm

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. The old deals from last week have been wiped from the list completely, with the new deals for this week including the Amazon Fire TV Stick for $25, a 24-inch Dell monitor for $185, and a massive selection of Duracell batteries from Woot.

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