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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] 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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LG Chem creates higher-capacity hexagonal batteries for smartwatches

06/30, 7:23am

Smartwatches with higher-capacity batteries could soon be hitting the market, if manufacturers adopt a new battery from LG Chem. The battery, hexagonal in shape, is said to provide up to 25 percent more capacity compared to similar-sized rectangular batteries, which the company believes can provide up to four more hours of battery life, a significant addition to the amount of time current smartwatches are capable of lasting for between charges.

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Hands On: Wolfram Words 1.2 (iOS)

06/30, 7:01am

Wolfram Alpha is a website and a service that works like a search engine that thinks. Ask it questions and it doesn't just return a search result pulled from a stodgy database, it calculates the answer. Usually we use it for things like 'how many working days between now and 27 November" and usually we then go off on a rabbit hole of exploring other facts and answers. What we've perhaps never used it for is anything to do with words and now Wolfram Words 1.2 wants to correct that.

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Briefly: Sprint Direct 2 You in more cities, Amazon Prime Now in UK

06/30, 6:34am

Sprint is bringing its Direct 2 You home delivery and set-up service to two new markets. The latest major expansion of the service, Sprint will now be delivering smartphones and transferring files and user settings between old and new devices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver. This brings the total number of cities covered by Direct 2 You to 28, with it expected to roll out to more locations throughout the rest of this year.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 21: Writing your app in (Taylor) Swift

06/29, 7:55pm

Episode 21 of The MacNN Podcast is now available! Join us for a very speedy hour as we talk about a great new contest where you can win a 5K Retina 27-inch iMac, the licensing kerfuffle with Apple Music that features a happy ending, more troubles for MacKeeper, the plaudits and perils of e-publishing, the trauma of having to send in a Mac for repair, and our picks for App(s) of the Week! Show notes after the jump.

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Uber executives detained in France following French taxi strike

06/29, 6:25pm

Two executives of Uber have been taken into police custody in France, days after the country-wide strikes held by traditional taxi service operators upset over Uber's continued operations in the region. The detained company management is being questioned by the authorities over the legality of the service, specifically concerning the taxes and social charges Uber allegedly avoids dealing with, due to the nature of how it operates.

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