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Grooveshark saga concludes; service dead, handed to music industry

05/01, 9:13am

As part of a "settlement agreement with the major record companies," music discovery service Grooveshark has shut down. The company has agreed to "cease operations immediately, wipe clean all of the record companies' copyrighted works" and turn over the website, all mobile apps, and intellectual property including patents and copyrights to the recording industry.

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Briefly: Amazon Instant Video on iOS, Sprint Wi-Fi deal with Boingo

05/01, 9:10am

Amazon Instant Video now allows iOS users to watch HD content. Version 3.0 of the app upgrades the available resolution from standard definition to HD for both TV shows and movies. The same update adds cellular streaming to the app for the first time, as well as new mobile data usage settings, and also introduces streaming of content to an Apple TV using AirPlay.

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Hands On: Moshi iGlaze Armour (iPhone 6)

05/01, 7:27am

A number of cases have emerged in the marketplace for owners of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seeking some protection for their devices without detracting from the overall style. For those not wanting to shy away from the look and feel of the aluminum-adorned phones, Moshi introduced a simple case option with the iGlaze Armour. The minimalistic case features aluminum on the back, all while adding a thin layer of protection. But does the iGlaze Armor do enough to protect iPhones without turning them into an eyesore, or should consumers look elsewhere to protect their electronic investments?

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Pointers: BusyContacts group emailing

05/01, 7:11am

We've said that we think BusyContacts is the best address book software on the Mac, so here's some proof. One feature that we've found we keep coming back to is the ability to email a group of people. You can select a group in Apple's own Contacts, and you can choose that group in Mail, but we never did. It was a chore. Yet with BusyContacts, we do it a lot.

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Hands On: Apple Season v1.0.1 (iOS)

05/01, 7:04am

If we've said it once, we've said it a dozen times: we like arcade games. We like beating our own high scores, and we even begrudgingly admit to liking the fact that we'll eventually lose when we play them. Maybe it's nostalgia from our arcade days, or maybe it's some form of gamer-based masochism. Whatever it is, we keep coming back to the genre, time and again. One example is Apple Season, which will challenge your reflexes and ability to quickly catch apples as they fall from the sky.

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Apple Watch: UK charger, S1 teardown, battery specifics

04/30, 7:30pm

Along with the debut of the Retina MacBook and Apple Watch, Apple has quietly updated another item it manufacturers with a new design -- this time, the UK 5W charger for the Apple Watch and iOS devices, which sports a previously-unseen design that may change other UK Apple device chargers. First revealed by a friend of Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive on social media, the new adapter features foldable pins that make it less bulky than the current fixed-pin chargers seen for the iPad and other devices.

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Briefly: iOS 8 cracks 80 percent, Apple TV slips to 1-2 weeks shipping

04/30, 4:30pm

Apple has updated its App Store distribution graph for developers, showing that iOS 8 has now been adopted by 81 percent of active iOS devices. The figure, which has risen two percent from the previous report in mid-April, reflects the overall improvements brought to the system since its initial release, as well as the wide compatibility of iOS 8, which goes back to 2011's iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. The rapid adoption rate continues to be a major platform advantage for developers.

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Daily Deals: HP EliteBook, HP Envy 4000, Seiki 4K TV

04/30, 3:10pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we search for discounts, sales, offers, and money off hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of still-active deals from earlier this week is accompanied by a new batch of deals, including a $400 4K television, HP EliteBook notebooks with hard drive and SSD options, and a $50 HP Envy printer.

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Apple: EU Ireland investigation could have 'material' profit impact

04/30, 1:48pm

Apple has filed its latest quarterly report with the US government, and in so doing noted that an ongoing European Commission investigation of Ireland and its government's corporate tax rate could "require Ireland to recover from the company past taxes covering a period of up to 10 years reflective of the disallowed state aid," calling that potential amount "material." While difficult to gauge, the eventual impact could be in the billions for Apple.

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Anonymous sharing app Secret shutting down

04/30, 12:23pm

Secret, the app that allowed people to share private thoughts or information publicly and anonymously, is shutting down. After consulting with the board of directors, CEO David Byttow has decided to wind down the company over the next few weeks, closing access to the apps and deleting data, declaring "Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company."

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The Feature Thief, part four: iPhoto and Aperture

04/30, 12:00pm

In this penultimate installment of The Feature Thief, where we've been dissecting the corpses of several of Apple's self-created and then self-killed or revamped software apps, we thought we'd take a look at the latest victims. Aperture and iPhoto are the apps that have suffered most recently at Apple's sometimes-brilliant but generally ruthless tendency to kill off popular apps in favor of a bigger overall idea. Both programs are still alive and kicking, but they are like the old man greeting the baby New Year: suddenly graced with the realization of its own mortality.

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Apple and IBM partnership bearing fruit in Japan Post healthcare deal

04/30, 10:23am

As part of Apple's partnership with IBM, a new deal has been struck with Japan Post Holdings to improve elder care in the country. IBM will combine forces with Apple and Japan Post, which provides insurance and healthcare solutions in addition to mail delivery, to develop software to assist with information transmission, communications with family, and help monitor health parameters of customers.

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Briefly: Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1, Pixelmator 3.3.2

04/30, 9:38am

Bombich Software's Carbon Copy Cloner has been upgraded to version 4.1. Major changes to the new revision include a new task progress window to the User Agent application, a contextual menu in the task list, improved volume display with large numbers of drives, enhanced email notifications through SMTP accounts installed in OS X Mail, and assorted bug fixes and refinements.

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Mac Game Review: Guns, Gore, and Cannoli 1.0

04/30, 9:08am

As with many other things in life, first impressions count with games. We're taught not to judge a book by its cover, but it's something we nevertheless do so many times in our day-to-day life. However, once we look beyond the superficial, we have the potential to see something more valuable and meaningful than what may lie on the surface. Guns, Gore, and Cannoli (GGC, hereafter) is a run-and-gun side-scrolling action platforming shooting game that at first glance reminds us more of a Prohibition-era Metal Slug with zombies.

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TomTom Bandit action camera creates highlight reels after shaking

04/30, 8:42am

GPS producer TomTom has unveiled its own take on the action camera, one which offers on-device editing and highlights creation. The TomTom Bandit has a built-in media server that allows it to process videos before sharing them with a smartphone, and is able to create a highlights compilation from available video clips whenever the user shakes the camera.

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