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Briefly: Moleskine iPhone 6 case, Landscape 1.2

11/25, 9:06am

Notebook and accessory maker Moleskine has announced the release of an iPhone 6 case, featuring style attributes of its simple notebook. The black case features a book-style cover, held closed by a Moleskine elastic band, and its inside front pocket can store an extra-small Moleskine Volant journal, as well as business cards, credit cards and more. Its interior includes padded suede lining, and and inner rubberized shell keeps the iPhone 6 protected while still allowing access to all ports, buttons, speakers and cameras. Priced at $37, the Moleskine iPhone case is available online.

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Hands On: Improvox (iOS)

11/25, 7:28am

Until recently, the average person could not get their hands on professional-level pitch-correction software. The software had a tendency to cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars, and required an engineering degree to use. However, there has been a surge of cheaper but quality voice software available to everyone in the last few years. Among these is ImproVox by developer MuseAmi, which is available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch -- and is a clever app that puts a simple recording studio in your hands.

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Universal officially takes over Jobs biopic, Fassbender to star

11/25, 2:00am

As a follow-up to a story we reported on last week, Universal Studios has officially bought the rights to the Steve Jobs biopic already in pre-production from Sony, which had placed the project in "turnaround" on Thursday. Universal is said to have paid Sony $30 million to transfer the picture to the latter's control, retaining director Danny Boyle and reportedly confirming actor Michael Fassbender to play the lead role. There is still no firm announcement on when shooting will commence.

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Apple responds, points out flaws in AAA study of 'distracting' Siri

11/25, 1:36am

Apple has issued a statement criticizing a study conducted by the University of Utah for the American Automobile Association in October that rated Apple's Siri (and other naturalistic voice-command virtual assistants by proxy) as "the most" distracting in-car task compared to just driving, adjusting the car's radio or temperature, or using built-in car navigation or infotainment systems. In its response, Apple points out some serious flaws in the study, including the fact that it deliberately avoided using the driving-specific Siri Eyes Free or CarPlay options.

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City of Cupertino, Apple share new photo of Campus 2 progress

11/25, 12:16am

A new photo of the construction site of Apple Campus 2 has been posted to the City of Cupertino's official website for the project. Multiple structures can now be seen taking shape -- mostly support buildings, while infrastructure and progress on the "moat"-like tunnel system around or under the main building continues. There has been no update to the overall schedule for the project of late, suggesting that things are moving along on the revised schedule that will see the main building ready for use sometime late in 2016.

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Hands On: Acky's Breakout Reloaded (Mac, iOS, Android)

11/24, 10:01pm

Vintage gamers and arcade cabinet enthusiasts are likely to remember Arkanoid, which was a riff on a game called Breakout. The aim of the game was to clear a board of all of its bricks by using a paddle to bounce a small ball against them. At first, the game primarily showed up on arcade cabinets. The various remakes have shown up for just about every platform since. One such game is Acky's Breakout Reloaded by Isotope 244.

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T-Mobile, FCC reach agreement to help inform data-throttled customers

11/24, 8:57pm

US carrier T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an agreement today that changes the way T-Mobile handles customers that go over their data caps in any given month. The FCC says T-Mobile will take steps to ensure customers are better informed about the reduced speeds, including providing accurate speed tests.

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Chase debuts new TV ad promoting Apple Pay partnership

11/24, 7:52pm

Megabank Chase has aired a new TV commercial featuring the band Bleachers using a Chase Freedom credit account to purchase a variety of items and services ahead of a rooftop gig in Los Angeles -- with the difference being that the band members used their iPhones and Apple Pay instead of their credit cards. A representative from Chase told AdAge that representatives from Apple were involved in the creation of the ad, but asked mainly that the Apple Pay be shown in realistic situations.

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New iCloud features being held back by 'deep organizational issues'

11/24, 3:58pm

The introduction of new features in iCloud is being hampered by "deep organizational issues" at Apple, claims the sometimes-reliable The Information. The primary example is said to be iCloud Photo Library, which was announced in June and was initially expected to debut with iOS 8 in September. It missed that target, and even iOS 8.1 only ushered in beta support. It's also allegedly yet to be integrated with the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite.

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HitFilm 3 Pro gets new interface design, 3D effects

11/24, 3:04pm

FXHome has released Hitfilm 3 Pro, a new edition of its combination editing/effects suite for OS X and Windows. The software's interface has been redesigned, for example gaining a new editing timeline intended to keep every tool close by. It should be possible to rapidly switch between the editor and and several 3D compositing timelines. Users have access to 20 new effects, a 16-bit OpenEXR pipeline, and background proxying for more complex effects work.

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Older WordPress sites affected by critical cross-site scripting bug

11/24, 2:14pm

Versions of WordPress from 3.0 up to 3.9.2 were discovered to contain a security vulnerability through the comment features on the site, making a large number of installs and servers vulnerable to attack. The bug was discovered by Jouko Pynnonen of the Finnish IT company Klikki Oy, indicating that the bug went unchecked for more than four years since it was introduced with version 3.0 in June 2010.

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Briefly: Call Recorder for FaceTime, Patriot upgrades LX Series

11/24, 1:31pm

Ecamm has announced the release of its Call Recorder for FaceTime, available for download on the company's own site. Allowing users to record FaceTime audio and video calls directly to one's Mac, Call Recorder can record manually or automatically. Recordings of FaceTime chats, podcasts and interviews record footage side-by-side in HD resolution. Calls handed off from an iPhone can also be captured. Available as a seven day free trial, the full version of Call Recorder for FaceTime is priced at $30.

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Commerce Bank adds support for Apple Pay

11/24, 1:21pm

Another financial institution, Commerce Bank, has implemented support for Apple Pay mobile payments. The bank operates chiefly in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Colorado. It hasn't made an formal announcement, but is now listed in an official Apple Pay support document. Commerce customers who want to use Apple Pay are currently limited to personal MasterCards, even though the bank also offers Visa.

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T-Mobile expands Music Freedom roster to cover 14 more services

11/24, 12:47pm

T-Mobile has expanded the range of its Music Freedom scheme to include more streaming services. The program, which allows T-Mobile subscribers to listen to music from specific services without using up any of their mobile data allowance, now has an additional 14 services for customers to choose from, bringing the total for the entire collection to 27 services.

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Monday Deals: reconditioned 27-inch iMacs, Samsung HDTVs

11/24, 12:21pm

Welcome to the second installment of Monday Deals, which we will be running throughout the holiday shopping period. While it is just four more days until shoppers become uncivilized and argue over who gets to buy the last of a heavily-discounted product, we are listing various deals you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, can take advantage of now. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at a later reading, so check before purchasing. Also, check back on this post in the coming days, as more deals will be added as time goes on.

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