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Apple support document confirms Apple TV at core of HomeKit network

06/03, 9:11am

Confirming speculation, Apple has posted a support document for HomeKit which spells out that a third generation Apple TV can be used as a hub for a system. With an Apple TV as a central point, users can control HomeKit devices while away from the home network with an iOS device.

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Pointers: Summer Project -- E-publishing, part two

06/03, 8:17am

Don't look at us like that. Planning is exciting -- or at least, it is essential. If you're a writer, then the thing you want to do is write; and if you're a publisher, then the thing you want is for that writer to have written, please, so that you can get on with your work. Our job in this Summer Project is to create a real book -- paperback and ebook -- and do so in front of you with only one massive cheat. As explained in last week's introduction, the cheat is that this isn't just playing around with the tools, and this book wasn't conjured up for the series.

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Hands On: Colour Madness 1.6 (iOS)

06/03, 7:51am

Reflex-driven games require a special sort of gamer. You have to like stress. Not just like it, but relish it. Hair-trigger reflexes and the ability to make a split-second decision are two important qualities to posses when playing these type of games. If that sounds like the type of gamer you are, then we'd suggest you check out Colour Madness.

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Living With: Apple Watch

06/03, 7:33am

As I write this, it is one month to the day since my Apple Watch arrived -- and I only know that because I looked it up. It simultaneously feels like I have always had one and that it is still a new toy. Those two things can't both be true, but they are and really it just means I am firmly in that time when I just don't appreciate that I'm actually a lucky git for having one.

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Game Center outage hits some users throughout Tuesday

06/03, 2:15am

Following a series of short but widespread iCloud and online storefront-related outages, Apple's Game Center has been down since early Tuesday afternoon (Pacific TIme), and as of late Tuesday has still not yet been resolved. According to the company's system status page, every area of Apple's online services saw some level of outage on Tuesday, with a morning disruption of Siri, Apple Pay, storefront, and iCloud services followed by a second disruption of the online stores in the early evening.

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Forums: Mavericks sharing preferences and more

06/02, 5:09pm

Late last week in the MacNN forums, Fresh-Faced Recruit "JB1000" had some questions about the sharing preferences in Mavericks, but has yet to find a solution. Today "andi*pandi" has been trying to figure out how to synch sms messages across iPhone and iPad, assuming that they would synch automatically after upgrading to 8.3.

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Apple deals: iPods, iPads and iMacs

06/02, 5:08pm

This week at Apple's online store, save on a selection of refurbished items from iPods to iMacs. A $30 price cut is offered on the refurbished 5th generation 16GB iPod touch, which has been reduced to $149 from $179. The 32GB 5th generation touch has been cut to $199, while the 64GB configuration has seen a $60 drop to $239.

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Apple Game Roundup: XCOM 2, App Store tweak, Heroes of the Storm [u]

06/02, 3:10pm

[Update: Heroes of the Storm is out for OS X] On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. In today's entry we look at the announcement of XCOM 2, a tweak to the way Apple displays content in the App Store, and the coming release of Raceline CC and Radical Rappelling.

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Apple updates Apple Events channel, adds NatGeo to Apple TV

06/02, 2:57pm

Apple on Tuesday re-activated its Apple Events channel for Apple TV owners ahead of the just-confirmed live stream of the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, scheduled for 10AM PT on Monday, June 8. In addition, the company added a new channels from National Geographic, combining content from both the NatGeo channel as well as the NatGeo Wild channel that includes full shows, documentaries, and more.

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Sonnet Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe card debuts, one controller per port

06/02, 2:30pm

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe, a four-port, four-controller SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 adapter card with charging capabilities. The Allegro card provides users a simple way to add four USB 3.0 ports, each providing full 5Gbps bandwidth, to Mac Pro and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express card expansion chassis.

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Daily Deals: Lego Fusion, JBL speaker dock, Pioneer AV receiver

06/02, 2:00pm

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, plus still active ones from yesterday, with the new additions including surprisingly cheap Lego playsets with additional app-related play, a Lightning-equipped speaker dock, and a 4K-ready AV receiver from Pioneer.

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Netflix denies third-party advertising coming to streaming service

06/02, 1:26pm

Netflix will not be bringing third-party advertising to its video-streaming service, the company has advised. Recent reports suggested that Netflix was testing putting in trailers for Netflix programming before and after shows being watched on the service, though the company has since spoken out denying it is considering bringing any revenue-generating advertising anytime soon, and it is just promoting its self-generated shows.

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HomeKit-compatible smart products now hitting marketplace

06/02, 1:06pm

First announced roughly a year ago, the first products taking advantage of Apple's HomeKit home-automation technology are, as expected, now hitting the market. Among the offerings soon to appear at retail are a "smartplug" electrical outlet adapter from iHome, air quality and energy-use sensors from Elgato, and a range of lighting kits to add HomeKit functionality from Lutron. Insteon, Ecobee, and General Electric have also made announcements.

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Briefly: iCloud issues, Apple Pay adds another 12 institutions [u]

06/02, 12:14pm

[Updated with new information] Although the system status page for Apple's services continues to report no issues, some users are experiencing issues with iCloud.com, the App Store and other aspects of the service. General syncing seems to be working, but developers are also reporting issues with CloudKit Dashboard. Some users, including MacNN staffers, have reported problems with app updates and iCloud mail accounts as well.

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SourceForge stops adding 'third-party offers' to software projects

06/02, 12:05pm

SourceForge is changing its practices regarding adding third-party offers to the installer of seemingly-unmaintained software projects, following complaints from users and recent reports. The company is no longer adding the extra offers, which includes antivirus software and back-up services which generate SourceForge revenue, and will instead only add the extra items to projects that have chosen to include them in the installer.

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