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Apple pulls iFixit developer credentials over Apple TV teardown

09/30, 4:49pm

Teardown and repair site iFixit, best known for their examinations of Apple hardware and repair guides, has seen its developer account closed and its app pulled from the App Store because it tore down a developer-only pre-release Apple TV, in direct violation of the terms and conditions of the developer agreement. The site took responsibility for the error, and apologized to app users for "any inconvenience."



Bose updates SoundTouch speaker range, launches SoundTouch 10

09/30, 4:08pm

Bose is launching a new generation of its SoundTouch speakers, increasing the connectivity of its family of network-connected audio devices. The upgrade to the existing SoundTouch speakers is accompanied by the announcement of a new device in the range, with the SoundTouch 10 being a compact a new smaller model that offers high-quality sound reproduction along with the same in-home streaming as the larger versions.



Security researcher uncovers method to bypass Gatekeeper security

09/30, 2:00pm

A security researcher planning a presentation at the Virus Bulletin Conference in Prague on Thursday has revealed that he has discovered a relatively simple way to bypass OS X's Gatekeeper security feature, potentially allowing a malicious file buried within a trusted application free reign to run unobstructed. The exploit could be used to steal passwords by modifying a legitimate app that already has Gatekeeper approval, for example. Apple is already aware of the issue and working on a fix.



App Update: Herald, NTFS, Storyist, more

09/30, 1:48pm

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, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are featuring a 59 percent discount on drive maintenance tool Drive Genius 4, as well as detailing updates to Mail plug-in Herald, file-format driver NTFS, story building software Storyist, backup utility Synchronize! X Plus, information manger EagleFiler, and mouse driver SteerMouse.


OS X 10.11 El Capitan released to public

09/30, 1:47pm

Apple on Wednesday issued the final version of its latest upgrade for OS X, known as 10.11 El Capitan. The new version, named after a precipice in Yosemite National Park, builds upon the foundation laid down by Yosemite in much the same way Snow Leopard was a polishing of the transitional technologies found in Leopard, or Mountain Lion was a refinement of the numerous changes seen in Lion. The upgrade is free for all qualified machines.



Daily Deals: Lego Marvel Super Heroes, LG 34-inch monitor, Nikon D7100

09/30, 1:42pm

Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals include LEGO Marvel Super Heroes for OS X for $10, a QHD-resolution 34-inch LG monitor for $620, and a refurbished Nikon D7100 DSLR for $600.



Apple releases iOS 9.0.2, Safari 9.0, third beta for iOS 9.1 [u]

09/30, 1:21pm

[Updated with news of new iOS 9.1 beta] Ahead of the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has released its latest major Safari for Mac update, boosting the browser to version 9.0, for both Yosemite (OS X 10.10) and El Capitan (10.11) users. Safari's earlier supported versions for Mavericks and Mountain Lion are also likely to see minor updates released later for compatibility reasons. In addition, Apple on Wednesday released another minor update for iOS 9, bringing it to v9.0.2, and unveiled a third developer and public beta of iOS 9.1.



Briefly: Sprint raises plan price, Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay in UK

09/30, 12:24pm

Sprint is preparing to increase the cost of its unlimited plan for a single line. While it is currently priced at $60 per month for unlimited calls, texts, and data, the carrier will be raising the plan's monthly charge to $70 from October 16 for new customers. Existing customers on the plan will continue to pay the $60 monthly rate, with Sprint advising they can also activate a new phone and remain on the same $60 Unlimited Plan, as long as they still meet the plan requirements and are either purchasing or financing a phone.



MacNN Deals: Charge your mobile devices from anywhere

09/30, 11:02am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's four offers are all accessories that can help you charge up your iPhone or other mobile devices, including a bundle of portable power supplies, in-car chargers, alongside a collection of other power-related items.



Living With: the Anker E7 power bank

09/30, 10:30am

We long to call this Look Back in Anker -- but the worst we can say about this external battery, after weeks of exhaustive use, is that we have a tiny little niggle or two. It's still just a big battery, and yet that size and that weight hasn't proved to be a problem. Instead, the Anker E7 has slotted into our workflow, and our bag, as if we always had it.



Research firm estimates iPhone 6s Plus costs $236 to manufacture

09/30, 9:42am

The materials used to manufacture the iPhone 6s Plus is said to cost less than a third of its retail price, according to an estimate by a research firm. It is believed by IHS Technology that the components and materials used in the larger of the two Apple smartphones cost $231.50, which when combined with the estimated production cost of $4.50 per device, brings the overall, manufacturing cost per smartphone to just $236.


Apple warning developers about new Chinese, Japanese taxes

09/30, 8:38am

Apple has informed developers of new tax application on sold apps in China and Japan. The iTunes connect briefing warns of "transactional taxes in China" as well as new tax laws in Japan "with respect to foreign businesses that provide electronic commerce to residents of the country." The taxes applied are in addition to any of those owed already, due to state or country of residence, and a discussion has begun between developers on whether to abandon the localities entirely.



Giveaway Reminder: Win an Apple iPhone 6s with MacNN Deals

09/30, 7:58am

Do you want to join the ranks of iPhone 6s owners, including the 13 million that picked up the smartphone and the iPhone 6s Plus from the opening weekend alone, without paying a penny for the device? This is a reminder that MacNN Deals is offering you the opportunity to acquire your own iPhone 6s by taking part in its giveaway, and there are now only 22 days left to enter.



Hands On: Google Maps 4.11.0 (iOS, Apple Watch)

09/30, 7:30am

You know that Google Maps is better than Apple Maps: there's probably no one outside Apple itself who would deny that Google's service has far more and richer data, and in some countries is better at finding routes. So the fact that the new Google Maps 4.11.0 release adds Apple Watch support is, in all ways, brilliant. Strike that: it's in all but one ways brilliant. As is so very often the case with Google, you have to switch on settings that you struggle to find -- in part because Google itself tells you the wrong place to look. There's an irony there in a map app by a search giant telling you the wrong place.



Logi Circle revealed as portable home monitoring camera

09/30, 6:56am

Logitech is taking on the Nest Cam and other home-monitoring cameras by releasing its own network-connected camera, but one with an unusual feature. The Logi Circle is able to stream video over the local network or Internet like its rivals, except it can also be disconnected from power and be moved around without a physical connection, allowing it to stream in a different location over Wi-Fi for up to three hours using its internal battery.


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