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Briefly: Chlorine leak at NC data center, woman dumps rare Apple I

06/01, 5:42pm

While details are sparse, five people were injured in a chlorine leak that occurred at the Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina on Monday, according to local news reports. The leak was reported about 2:30PM ET, and may have been connected to a water purification system. The 183-acre facility, which Apple has run since 2010, is one of the largest data centers -- and renewable energy farms -- in the United States.

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Pre-2014 Macs vulnerable to potential firmware attack

06/01, 4:18pm

A new vulnerability -- albeit one that is extremely unlikely to happen "in the wild" -- has been discovered by security researcher Pedro Vilaca, where a flaw in pre-2014 Macs could conceivably allow an attacker access to a portion of OS X that has access to the Mac's Open Firmware and EFI (what PC users might call the BIOS of the machine) and possibly exploit other vulnerabilities to perhaps overwrite it with malicious firmware.

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Hands On: Ready Steady Play 2.0 (iOS)

06/01, 3:35pm

One of our favorite things about gaming on iOS devices is the sheer amount of games that you can play. You like first-person shooters? There are a plethora of reflex-testing shooters for the iPad. Platformers? No sweat, there's some really great ones out there for your favorite iOS device. We especially appreciate it, however, when the games ourselves give us options -- which is why we checked out a multi-game title called Ready Steady Play.

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Daily Deals: iPad mini 2, 3D printer, $40 Beats earphones

06/01, 2:48pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, bundles, offers, and sales on hardware and software for you, the discerning reader. Just a new collection of deals today, as the slate has been cleaned of last week's offers, with the new batch including Beats urBears earphones, an iPad mini 2, and a Cube 3D printer.

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Apple Watch: bands in stores, shipping time down, Watch to 512K Mac

06/01, 2:27pm

Though in-store sales of Apple Watch models are expected to begin soon, it is currently near-impossible to get one's hands on an Apple Watch without either ordering it online from Apple or visiting one of a handful of high-end fashion boutiques around Europe. Bands for the Watch, however, continue to become more available -- with a spot check of stores in the US showing that sport bands and Leather Loop models are now very widely available.

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Hands On: Numbees and the World of Math 1.0.3 (iOS)

06/01, 12:49pm

Getting kids to practice math skills isn't always easy. Flash cards are boring, worksheets are torture, and forget about trying to get your average nine-year-old to a tutor without at least four temper tantrums and a significant amount of bribery. So how do you get your kids to brush up on their math skills? We suggest Numbees and the World of Math, a well-rounded, fun app for helping improve your child's math skills.

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Cook donates 50,000 AAPL shares to unnamed charity

06/01, 12:21pm

A new SEC filing by Apple has revealed that CEO Tim Cook donated 50,000 shares of Apple stock to an unnamed organization, which if sold now would be worth more than $6.56 million. Cook donated the shares out of his personal holdings of AAPL, and was required to file an SEC Form 4 to disclose the transfer, but did not specify which charity has received the gift. Cook has tended to donate to social justice and LGBT organizations.

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Computex: GoPro builds action camera line, announces Hero+ LCD

06/01, 11:04am

GoPro has announced the launch of a new entry to its lineup of action cameras, the Hero+ LCD. An expansion to the existing entry Hero series, GoPro's new offering builds upon the original camera with the introduction of a built-in LCD display. The new display has been integrated directly into the water-proof housing -- which claims protection for up to 131 feet -- and unlike the Hero3+ Silver that came before, cannot be removed from this protective housing.

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Typo slain by BlackBerry; company may never sell smartphone keyboards

06/01, 10:56am

BlackBerry announced today that it has settled the legal dispute with Ryan Seacrest's Typo Products, previously pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. As part of the settlement, Typo has agreed to permanently discontinue selling keyboards for smartphones and mobile devices with a screen size of less than 7.9 inches, leaving the company with no currently shipping products. Other terms of the settlement are confidential.

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MacNN Deals: The Summer Mac Essentials Bundle

06/01, 10:54am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. For today's edition, we're looking at the Summer Mac Essentials Bundle, a collection of nine Mac apps that aims to improve your OS X experience and productivity, with the bundle priced at 90 percent below the standard cost of buying the apps individually.

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Computex: Asus demoes 4K 60Hz 32-inch ProArt PA329Q monitor

06/01, 9:32am

As part of a much larger array of reveals at the Taiwan Computex, Asus showed the ProArt PA329Q 4K monitor. The new Asus offering is a 32-inch 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) monitor with a wide variety of input options aimed at professionals that delivers a 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut.

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Mac Game Review: XCOM Enemy Unknown Complete

06/01, 9:03am

When I first started reading about XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and saw it described as a turn-based tactical video game, I couldn't jibe that with the screenshots I looked at, which made it look like a first or third person shooter. I finally got a chance to spend some quality time with the game, and now I understand what it all means. The successor in name if not in developer to 1994's X-COM: UFO Defense, XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Elite Edition Complete version from Steam with all the downloadable content available to date, integrates cinematic shooter-style video elements with turn-based, squad level combat and then mixes in some real-time strategy-esque base-building to create an immersive experience with elements to please a variety of gamers.

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Hands On: TextExpander 5 (OS X)

06/01, 9:00am

You've read the headline, Hands On: TextExpander 5, and for many people that would be enough to send them straight off to buy it. Here's TextExpander 5 on its official site. Without exception, though, those keen people will all be ones who've already used TextExpander 4. If that's not you, if you've barely heard of this thing that speeds up your typing, then wait a moment, read on a bit, and only then go buy it.

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SanDisk shows pair of USB SSDs, one USB-C; refreshes flash drives

06/01, 8:37am

At this week's Computex in Taiwan, storage vendor Sandisk unveiled a two new products alongside a refresh of two others. The new drives are the USB-C SanDisk Extreme 900 portable SSD and the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD. Bolstered today are the 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit, and the 256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive.

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Hands On: Arcane Castle 1.1.1 (iOS)

06/01, 8:16am

Our iPads have become our go-to device for gaming on the go, and it's filled with all sorts of games. We've got puzzlers, we've got action games, RPGs and more. The one genre we seem to be light on, however, is the humble side-scroller. Today, however, we add one more to our collection, with Arcane Castle, a wizard-themed action side-scroller.

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