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MacNN Staffers: What made the Mac the choice for you?

08/25, 5:51pm

Apple hardware has, generally, been solid since inception. Sure, there was the Apple III, and the Performa, but generally, the quality of the OS and hardware beats the alternative. However, besides just the Cupertino hardware, everybody we've talked to recently speaks fondly of a peripheral that really drove home the point of the platform. Most of these innovations have since made it to other devices, but for a while, the Mac was the center of innovation. Three of our more "seasoned" staffers were there for the inception of the Mac, and either by destiny or accident, made it their platform of choice. Here are their stories of the non-Apple gear that pushed the assimilation for them.

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Hands On: Audiofly AF56 In-Ear Headphones

08/25, 5:40pm

Today is the fourth installment in an unplanned series about Audiofly in-ear headphones. We've taken a look at their starter models, the respectable A33 and the bolder version, the Clublife Paradise, but today we get to take a look at the high-end headphones from the company. Only the testing block today is the Audiofly AF56 in-ear headphones.

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Apple's Logic Pro jumps to 10.2, includes Alchemy soft synth

08/25, 3:53pm

On Tuesday, Apple issued a major update of its pro audio software Logic Pro X, now incorporating the Alchemy soft synthesizer from its takeover of Camel Audio and adding new loops, filters, presets, modulation sources, and ways to more easily find and control them. Alchemy and some of the other improvements added to Logic Pro X have also been incorporated into MainStage, now at version 3.2 with the Alchemy synth in it as well.

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SSD data recovery, secure erase standards group formed

08/25, 2:40pm

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and its Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) have announced the formation of a new Data Recovery and Erase Special Interest Group (DR/E SIG) to accelerate awareness and adoption of recovery technology in the solid state storage marketplace. The first meetings, held earlier in August, brought together manufacturers as well as data recovery specialists, to hammer out a charter and a path for the group to standardize techniques, technologies, and best practices for SSD recovery and erasure, previously unique to each manufacturer.

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Daily Deals: Samsung 1TB SSD, backlit gaming keyboard, tri-band router

08/25, 2:30pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive items from yesterday include a 1TB SSD from Samsung for $309, a refurbished Asus Tri-Band router for $189, and a $20 backlit gaming keyboard.

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App Update: Xmplify, Musictube, CopyDrop, more

08/25, 2:05pm

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 look at revisions to Amplify, Musictube, CopyDrop, TextBar, LaunchControl, and Mac App Blocker.

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Pono struggling to expand due to lack of resources, no new CEO

08/25, 1:35pm

Pono has both managerial and financial issues, according to a Facebook post by musician Neil Young. The rock legend confirmed the company is still looking for a CEO to replace temporary leader Young after the departure of John Hamm last year, and that despite sales of the Pono Player reaching the "tens of thousands," the company is still looking to expand its reach into new countries and more product categories, even though it also apparently has some funding issues.

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Best Buy expanding Apple Watch locations early to meet demand

08/25, 1:33pm

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has announced that the retailer will change course on the Apple Watch, and rush to put the wearable in all 1,050 of its retail locations in the US "by the end of September," instead of the 300 outlets it was previously planning for. In addition, the iPhone maker's "Store Within a Store" branded Apple sections within Best Buy stores in some 740 locations are undergoing renovations in time for the holiday season.

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VMware Fusion 8, Pro ships today with Windows 10 support

08/25, 10:49am

VMware has released an update to its Fusion virtualization tool series, introducing Windows 10 support for the first time. Unveiled one week after Parallels performed a similar launch, Fusion 8 and the more advanced Fusion 8 Pro variant are both able to provide access to Windows 10 from within OS X, as well as including support for OS X El Capitan both as the host operating system and as a virtual machine, so the public beta can be tested without disrupting the existing OS X installation.

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Apple CEO may be at odds with SEC after CNBC China data disclosure

08/25, 10:44am

Attorneys at various news agencies are claiming that Apple CEO Tim Cook is in violation of US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules. The analysts purport that the letter to CNBC analyst and fund manager Jim Cramer that was read during a broadcast violate fair disclosure of corporate financial information, and the public exchange of data that may impact stock pricing.

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Appeals court opens door to FTC oversight of corporate cyber security

08/25, 9:05am

The Third US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled in a lawsuit against Wyndham hotels, that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to regulate and enforce corporate IT security policies and failures. The appeal ruling opens the door to the regulatory agency to take pre-emptive measures, should it see fit, but also confirms the agency's power to protect the citizenry and file lawsuits on its behalf for companies such as Wyndham, Target, Ashley Madison, and others who have failed to secure customers' personal information.

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MacNN Deals: Charge your iPhone in a variety of different ways

08/25, 8:29am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we are highlighting a trio of offers that can get your smartphone to full power, including a way to charge your iPhone while keeping it bacteria free, a case that includes a secondary battery, and a messenger bag that includes a built-in battery pack.

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Pointers: Getting Things Done with Apple Gear -- part 3, Doing Stuff

08/25, 8:11am

Previously... David Allen's Getting Things Done is a superb methodology for doing things, getting through your work and not going home at the end of the day defeated by your To Do list. It's so effective that GTD has become a cult –– but its creator is a corporate kind of guy and he prefers paper. We're less corporate and far more technology-addicted. So this week-long series is about what Getting Things Done really does and what Mac and iOS tools you can best use for it.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II adds five-axis image stabilization system

08/25, 7:57am

Olympus has updated the OM-D E-M10 mirrorless camera it released last year by adding five-axis stabilization, among other new features. The new OM-D E-M10 Mark II has the same vintage styling as the original, but this time the 16.1-megapixel Micro Four Thirds shooter has a similar VCM image stabilization system to the E-M5 Mark II, allowing it to compensate for camera roll, vertical and horizontal shift by up to four steps.

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Apple may end One to One program in favor of more group training

08/25, 6:31am

Apple may be making another change to its retail stores, by allegedly ending its "One to One" subscription-based tutoring scheme. A report claims the program will be shutting down in favor of providing more free workshops, allowing multiple people to learn the same topic at the same time, which increases the number of people visiting the store as well as making more efficient use of its employees.

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